May 2013 Reader of the Month – Michael P.

This is the seventeenth interview for Reader of the Month.

About a year ago, I had the pleasure to interview Candice P. In her Reader of the Month feature, she mentioned her husband, Michael P. Candice has gone on to form her own blog warmcuppatea (a must read). Thus, when I asked if he’d be a willing interviewee, Michael kindly obliged to be the May Reader of the Month.

Michael P.

Michael P.

1.     What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year?

I haven’t finished yet it but I have really been enjoying Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. 

2.      Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?

I tend to read before I go to sleep.

3.      What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag?

Everything Orson Scott Card related, including novels and Graphic Novels. I also enjoy Stephen Lawhead.

4.      Who supplies your reading material?

The library, Amazon, and Half Price Books.

5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

Science fiction and fantasy

6.      Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything?

OSC, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis

7.      What’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

Treason, Shadows in Flight, and Ruins by Orson Scott Card

8.      Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so?

The Bible because it shaped me into the man I am today

9.   What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

10.  Where do you like to read?

In bed.

11.  Other than reading, what do you like doing?

Video Games, movies, anime and manga, graphic design and art, and hanging out with friends and family, watching Miyazaki films

12.  Where can we find you online?

Zazzle (camera101 and sparkyparks2), Facebook, Twitter

13.  Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online?

To my loving wife, Candice.

14.  What do you challenge people to read?

The Bible and The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien.

15.   How about sharing five random facts about you?

I like MMO’s, airplane rides, hanging out with my wife, and I enjoy gentle breezes and total relaxation.


Nook News!

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Thanks to the great staff at the Baybrook Barnes & Noble, I’m back to eReading! Although my Nook was beyond its warranty, these nice people still troubleshooted and resolved my Nook issues. If it hadn’t been repairable, BN would’ve offered me a massive discount on a replacement. A huge thanks goes to Adam at this location!


Jorie’s Top Ten Authors of Asian-Pacific Descent

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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(Since it’s the last week of National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m listing my ten favorite authors of Asian-Pacific descent – whether or not they’re “American.” So, I present these fine folks in the order they occurred to me.)

  1. Jhumpa Lahiri
  2. Amy Tan
  3. Jamie Ford
  4. Marjane Satrapi
  5. Ina Friedman
  6. Yangsook Choi
  7. Lisa Yee
  8. Narinder Dhami
  9. Tony Hsieh

Katherine Howe’s The House of Velvet and Glass

Jorie’s Store – Katherine Howe’s The House of Velvet and Glass

Title and Author(s):  Katherine Howe’s The House of Velvet and Glass
Release Date:
 Apr 06, 2012
Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition

ISBN: 978-1410448743
Pages: 695
Source: Harris County Public Library

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Reasons for Reading: Feel free to click onto this link TBRs – Katherine Howe’s The House of Velvet and Glass. Unfortunately,  I was reading this book when my Nook went on the fritz. It was a huge relief to me when I found the large print version of this novel at the library branch. Thus, I was able to quickly finish this book.

Summary: It’s 1915, three years after losing her mother and sister (Helen and Eulah) on that fateful voyage of the HMS Titanic, Sibyl Allston suffers in near silence as she runs the Boston household of her laconic, shipping magnate Lan Allston. She seeks solace in her late mother’s medium. When her brother, Harlan, gets kicked out of Harvard and his involvement with an odd woman seems the cause, old flame Professor Benton Derby reaches out to Sibyl. With Benton, Sibyl embarks on an odd journey of discovery of Boston’s Chinatown and its opium dens. Sibyl’s 1915 point of view is mingled with those of Helen and Eulah’s 1912 and Lannie’s 1867. I won’t say anymore about Lannie.

One Thing I Learned from reading Katherine Howe’s The House of Velvet and GlassI knew of the Widener Library at Harvard but I didn’t know the story behind it. For more info, visit History – Widener Library – Harvard College Library.

What I Liked: The characters were well conceived – particularly Sibyl, Eulah, and Lan. The settings appeared well-researched and recreated. Howe’s descriptive writing paints the picture without being gratuitous. I appreciated the integration of real-life people such as Harry Widener and Edwin Friend. By the end of the novel, I truly appreciated Lan’s love for and devotion to his family. Howe’s afterward was great and she made significant points in this section.

What I Disliked: Well, it wasn’t “Deliverance Dane.” The beginning didn’t pull me in as quickly as Howe’s first effort did. Once I put aside my “Deliverance Dane” measuring stick, I got more out of this book. Also, the presence of opium in this book made me extremely uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I DID like the resolution of the opium abuse. Lastly, I wanted to know more about Dovie, Harlan’s mysterious girlfriend.

Song: Al Bowlly “Melancholy Baby”

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The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 36th 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

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

  • Post my 36th edition of The Sunday Post 🙂
  • Participate in the Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday Freebie (Anything you want! Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Creatures! Top Ten Books Set in Paris! Top Ten Books I Wish I Never Read! etc. etc.)
  • Continued Celebration of National Asian Pacific
  • Share May Reader of the Month – Michael P.
  • Finish reading:  Jude Deveraux’s Lavender Morning

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 
  • Jude Deveraux’s Lavender Morning
  • Dan Brown’s Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) 
  • Zondervan’s The Bible in 90 Days: Cover to Cover in 12 Pages a Day (The Bible in 90 Days) (Week Nine)
  • Mary Lou Darst’s War Ready: In My Father’s Shadow 

National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Amy Tan

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This post is part of a feature at Jorie’s Reads called “Celebrating Asian – Pacific American Authors! that Candice P. of WarmCuppaTea and I are doing this May.

I recall going with my mom and her friends to see The Joy Luck Club which was based on Amy Tan’s bestselling novel of the same name. While I heard afterwards that the movie greatly differed from the book which inspired it, I looked forward to reading the book someday. Later on, as I read Tan’s books, I became riveted by these relationships. Tan really shines when it comes to rendering a portrait of the mother-daughter relationship.

As the Literature Resource Center says:

Novelist Amy Tan was born in 1952, in Oakland, California, to Chinese immigrant parents. Her father, John Tan, emigrated to the United States in 1947 and worked as an engineer before he became a Baptist minister. Tan’s mother, Daisy, came to the United States after her first marriage crumbled due to spousal abuse; although she had three children by her former husband, Chinese law at that time would not permit a divorced woman to gain custody of her offspring and Daisy kept her first family a secret from her American-born children for many years. It was only after she lost her oldest son, Peter, and her husband to brain cancer that Daisy would reveal her past. Still a teen at the time of the death of both her father and brother, Tan grew up with her younger brother in her mother’s home, a fact that is reflected in the primacy of mother-daughter relationships within her fiction.

Of course, these elements rise to the surface in Tan’s writings. It’s been a while since I’ve read The Joy Luck Club or The Kitchen God’s  Wife. Still, these characters and situations remain with me. They became the standard in my future reading. Tan’s writing has been rather formative in my reading life.

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Another Liebster :P

Liebster Award!!!

Wow! I got another Liebster nomination from the kind MissMelvis of Me, My Bookshelf, and I. Since I’ve been previously nominated, I thought I’d just answer MissMelvis’ questions. So, here goes…


The rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees;

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been chosen.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

11 Random Facts About Me…

  1. I’ve been a Christian of the Baptist variety for over 18 years.
  2. While both of my parents are left-handed, I’m right-handed.
  3. I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan even though I grew up in Houston.
  4. Vincent van Gogh is my favorite artist.
  5. I own all of Weezer’s albums sold on iTunes.
  6. My blood type is A+.
  7. I’ve traced some branches of my family tree back to the 1400s.
  8. An expectant mother chose the name I suggested for her daughter – Ava.
  9. Thanks to my dad, I can name the capital of any state in the U.S.
  10. Thanks to my mom, I’d much rather borrow a book from the library than buy one.
  11. I’ve worked in libraries in Texas, Hawaii, and Cambridge U.K.

Questions from my Nominator:

My 11 questions for my nominees:

1. What 3 words would you choose to describe yourself?

Devoted, Expressive, Creative

2. Have you ever won anything?

Yes, just last summer, I won a Nook Tablet at the American Library Association Conference.

3. What is the opening sentence of your favourite book?

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.”  – To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee

4. If you could live anywhere, where would you choose to live and why?

It’s wherever the most of my family and friends live.

5. What new thing would you like to learn today?

I’d like to learn more Spanish.

6. Which 5 people would you invite to your Dream Dinner Party?

Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Rivers Cuomo, Oprah, and Elie Wiesel

7. What lesson did you like the most at school?

My favorite class was History.

8. Who would play you in a film about your life?

I’ve been told I look like Anne Hathaway and Rachel Bilson. One of those ladies can portray me.

9. What is the most wonderful time of the year?

I like autumn the best.

10. What is your pet hate?

I really don’t like it when people drive way under the speed limit, especially on the freeway.

11. What is your number 1 sandwich filling?

It’s probably cheddar cheese although my first thought was avocado.