August 2013 Reader of the Month – Leo G.


Leo G.

Leo G.

This is the twentieth interview for Reader of the Month.

While taking Texas History at Baylor, I had to write a term paper. Mine was about the village of Salado, Texas. This meant I had to visit the library which held the Texas Collection. There, I saw this guy also poring over small towns. I asked him “Aren’t you in Texas History?” He nodded. Ever since them, I associate Leo G. with libraries and Mr. Carlson – whoever that is! Over the years, social media lets me keep up with Leo and what he’s reading!

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

 The Leftovers: Basketball, Betrayal, Baylor and Beyond by Matt Sayman.  I’m a huge Baylor sports fans.  This book, written by a former Baylor basketball play who played for the Bears during the horrendous murder scandal, is heart-breaking but also makes you want to stand up and cheer at times.

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

Nothing unusual!

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

Mostly music books: Training Soprano Voices by Richard Miller; The Private Studio Handbook by Joan Boytim; Music for the Voice by Sergius Kagen; Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber by Stephen Citron; The Dictionary of Opera by Charles Osborne.

4.      Who supplies your reading material?

About half are purchased through Amazon and the other half come from the local Half Price Books

5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

Even though I still read some fiction, my taste is decidedly non-fiction these days. I love books pertaining to music, movies, sports, and politics.

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

C.S. Lewis, John Grisham, Richard Miller, Madeline L’Engle and Charles Dickens

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

Friday Night Lights, the book that inspired the movie and series.  I’ve been meaning to read that for years!

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

Charlotte’s Web, the first” novel” that I ever read.  What an emotional book to read as an 8-year old!  I became an avid novel reader after reading it.

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

The Chronicles of Narnia   I also loved reading books in the Bunnicula series

10.   Where do you like to read?

On my bed and away from as many distractions as possible.

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

I love to sing, watch movies, attend or watch sporting events, and traveling—though I wish I could afford to do more of that.

12.   Where can we find you online?

Facebook!  My friends can attest that I am an addict 🙂

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

Yes, to two of my elementary teachers who instilled a great love of reading in me: Mrs. Ann Perkins and Mrs. Sandy Stouffer

14.  What do you challenge people to read?

I challenge people to read books in a genre that they usually try to avoid, be it Sci-Fi, fantasy, romance, graphic novels, etc.  I’ve read quite a few books that have surprised me in how much I actually enjoyed reading them.

15. What would you like to see on Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf?  

Jorie does a terrific job with reviews and presenting literary news!  Can’t think of anything she needs to add.

16.   How about sharing five random facts about you?
I am a HUGE sports fan, even though I am horrible at playing all sports!

Spanish was my first language, and up until I attended grade school, I spoke quite a bit more Spanish than English.

I’m an only child.

I can’t stand hot weather.  Don’t know why I still live in Texas!

To say that I’m a movie fan would be an understatement.

Jorie’s Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters


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top ten favorite secondary characters

  1. Geoffrey Chaucer in Anya Seton’s Katherine 
  2. Miz Mimi in Stephen King’s 11/22/63
  3. Mr. Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice 
  4. Grandma Mazur in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series 
  5. Cinna in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy 
  6. Rue also  in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy 
  7. Yunior in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 
  8. Mameha in Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha
  9. K-19 of John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines 
  10. Evanelle Franklin of Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells

The Monday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 47th 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

(ICYMI) In Case You Missed It:

Coming Soon: 

  • Participate in the Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday –   Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters (originally done May 2011)
  • Review a Book
  • Post an APPeal
  • Share August Reader of the Month – Leo G.
  • Finish reading: Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Daughters and Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ 

   My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)

  The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for JesusWar Ready: In My Father's ShadowEmmaHoly Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and CultureThe PrinceThe Wednesday Daughters

TBRs – Kiera Cass’ The Selection (Selection – Trilogy (Quality))


The Selection (Selection – Trilogy (Quality)) by Kiera Cass | Jorie’s Store by Amazon

In July’s Reader of the Month interview, Willa H. mentioned this book. I’ve since requested it in the eBook format. I’m number 50 or something like that. I look forward to reading it, though!

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dead at 87


Wow, what a cool guy! I’ve only read Elmore Leonard’s “Get Shorty.” Yet, I can say I’ve enjoyed Leonard’s characters – Chilly Palmer, Karen Sisco, and Juvenal in different films. RIP.

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Best-selling author Elmore Leonard died today. Leonard was known for his gritty realism, forceful dialogue, and as the “Dickens of Detroit.’

Elmore Leonard, writer of sharp, colorful crime stories, dead at 87

Twenty-six of his books have been adapted for the screen, including box office hits like “Get Shorty”, “Out of Sight” and “3:10 to Yuma”.

How do you pay tribute to someone many consider one of America’s great writers. The best way — is to hear from the man himself, in his own words.

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Top Ten Things That Make Jorie’s Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier


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Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier (maybe it’s Goodreads or your library or different resourcers etc. etc.)

  1. My Harris County Public Library card lets me borrow books!
  2. Overdrive allows me to download eContent for free pretty much whenever it suits me.
  3. Goodreads has an APP that helps me maintain a current reading list. It even has a bar code scanner!
  4. LibraryThing helps me find great read-alikes for the books I’ve enjoyed.
  5. Friends such as my Readers of the Month have recommended great books for me to read.
  6. OliveTree APP has allowed me to download the King James Version, the English Standard Version, and the New Living Translation for free! I can highlight, copy, and paste passages from this APP, too.
  7. Social Media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, etc have brought in traffic.
  8. YouTube has shown me many numerous vlogs and inspiration for things to come (maybe).
  9. Kimba the Caffeinated Reviewer has connected me to other bookish bloggers, especially with her Sunday Post meme!
  10. Last but not least, the Top Ten Tuesday meme by the folks at The Broke and the Bookish have linked me to great new books and readers alike.