Happy President’s Day – A Memory


Jorie’s Store – Ask Me Anything About the Presidents (Avon Camelot Books)

My first memory of President’s Day reaches back to when I was a first grader. A couple of the Social Studies teachers at my elementary school told us about two great U.S. Presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We had cake, too. Since I don’t like cherries all that much, I got in the Lincoln line.

I can tell you why we celebrate President’s Day (with sales on mattresses, no less). We even have a President’s Day Challenge going on a library branch where I work. (By the way, we’re actually open on President’s Day.)

So, why am I blogging about President’s Day? Well, a few years after that Social Studies class, I purchased Ask Me Anything About the Presidents at our school’s book fair. I believe I drove my entire family nuts by reading aloud the questions from this book. Nonetheless, I’m guessing Social Studies and the book inspired me to read biographies of various POTUS’. The book set me on a journey which I believe brought me to book blogging. It stirred my curiosity and made me want to share my opinions on books.

So, this President’s Day, I celebrate an impetus. What book(s) inspired you to blog? To discuss? To share with your friends?

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The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 24th Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little.
Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little.
Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post – Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

Link back to this post or this blog

(Don’t forget to vote for your favorite books in the Revisited Challenge!)

(I’ve been plagued by allergies and didn’t blog much.)

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

  • Post my 24th edition of The Sunday Post 🙂
  • Participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favorite Characters In X Genre
  • Post reviews
  • Share February Reader of the Month
  • Finish reading: Libba Bray’s Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2)

Around the Blogosphere:

My Book Haul: 

  • Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture 
  • Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus 
  • Libba Bray’s Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2)
  • Fred Plotkin’s Opera 101…

Laurie Lisle’s Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe


Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe by Laurie Lisle | eBranch Harris County Public Library

(Written 31 January 2013)

Title and Author(s): Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe by Laurie Lisle & Grace Conlin (Narrator)

Release Date: May 9, 2006
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
ISBN:  9781455100132

Duration: 13 hours, 39 minutes

Reasons for Reading: I wanted another eAudio. Also, I wanted something very different from Black Like Me. When I saw a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe, I felt I’d achieved that. All I remembered about her was that she was an artist that one of my sixth grade teachers said painted whatever she saw around her. While I found this simplistic, I felt there must be more to Georgia O’Keeffe. So, I checked it out via HCPL Overdrive and ultimately listened to it on my Nook Tablet.

Summary: This book takes on the true story of the American iconoclast – Georgia O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe marched to the beat of her own drummer perhaps from the beginning. Her larger than life story, bigger than some of her canvasses, draws interest.This artist lived nearly a century, one marked in change and evolution. Just the roles she played throughout her life – woman, artist, muse, lover, wife, friend, etc don’t begin to define her.

One Thing I Learned from reading Laurie Lisle’s Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe: O’Keeffe was the namesake of her maternal grandfather – George Victor Totto, a Hungarian count who came to the US in 1848.

What I Liked:  I liked that the author expressed herself in an objective way. Lisle portrayed O’Keeffe, warts and all, as the saying goes. She also described O’Keeffe’s mercurial ways very well.

What I Disliked: I blame myself for this. When I read about a visual artist in the future, I must skip an audiobook. I truly must see the pictures. While this encouraged me to browse online for O’Keeffe’s art, it was rather inconvenient listening to this on my work commute.

Three Out of Five Pearls

Song: Georgia on my Mind- Ray Charles – YouTube

Setting: Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Chicago

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Jorie’s Top Ten Bookish Romances


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

For future Top Ten Tuesday topics & info on how to participate, click here!

Top Ten Romances In Books

  1. Eve Dallas & Roark in J.D. Robb’s … in Death Series
  2. Katherine Swynford & John of Gaunt in Anya Seton’s Katherine
  3. Lucy Honeychurch & George Emerson in E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View
  4. Lindsey Lee Wells & Colin Singleton in John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines
  5. Juliet Ashton & Dawsey Adams in Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  6. Ella Barron & David Rainwater in Sandra Brown’s Rainwater
  7. Claire Waverley & Tyler Hughes in Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells
  8. Essie Lee Lane & Theophilus Henry Simmons in Michele Andrea Bowen’s Church Folk
  9. Miranda Knight & Noah Bishop of Kay Hooper’s A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series
  10. Amelia Peabody & Emerson of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody Series

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 23rd Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little.
Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little.
Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post – Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

Link back to this post or this blog

(Don’t forget to vote for your favorite books in the Revisited Challenge!)

(I’ve been plagued by allergies and didn’t blog much.)

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

My Book Haul: 

  • Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture 
  • Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus 
  • Libba Bray’s Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2)
  • Fred Plotkin’s Opera 101…

Jorie’s Top Ten Best Bookish Memories


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

For future Top Ten Tuesday topics & info on how to participate, click here!

 The Broke and Bookish Crew’s Top Ten Best Bookish Memories

Having autographs from:

  1. Marc Brown
  2. Stephen Cosgrove

Receiving responses on Twitter from:

  1. Miguel Nicolelis
  2. Stephanie Perkins
  3. Katherine Howe
  4. University of Texas Press

Hearing the following speak:

  1. John Updike
  2. Desmond Tutu
  3. John Grisham
  4. Jodi Picoult

 

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 22nd Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little.
Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little.
Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post – Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

Link back to this post or this blog

(Don’t forget to vote for your favorite books in the Revisited Challenge!)

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

  • Post my 23rd edition of The Sunday Post 🙂
  • Participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Best Bookish Memories (waiting in line for a new release, meeting an author, or some sort of great experience with a particular book that was unlike others)
  • Post reviews
  • Finish reading: Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1)

Around the Blogosphere:

My Book Haul: 

  • Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture 
  • Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus 
  • Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1)
  • Fred Plotkin’s Opera 101…