September 2013 Reader of the Month – Kimba C.


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This is the twenty-first interview for Reader of the Month.

 

It’s my pleasure to present Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer as my September Reader of the Month. Little over the year ago, by serendipity, I landed on The Sunday Post meme, hosted by Kimba. When I began participating, it pleased me greatly when Kimba actually replied to my posts on the blog. She also introduced me to other book bloggers. This past year is a blast and I have Kimba to thank. So, I’ll let Kimba take it away from here – Jorie

Hello my name is Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviewer but peeps around the sphere know me as Kimba.

1.      What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year? In the past year I’ve read over 250 books from numerous genres, so I will give you a few. Sabrina Jeffries -What the Duke Desires,  Sarah J. Maas- Crown of Midnight, Chris Bohjalian- The Light in the Ruins, and Katja Millay- Sea of Tranquility. Justin Cronin -The Passage and of course I could go on to name favorites in all the different genres

2.      Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading? When I first start a book, I need absolute quiet, but once I am into the tale the zombie apocalypse could occur and I wouldn’t hear a think.

3.      What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag? pfft *grins* A lot of books! My nightstand is overflowing with books I need to read in the next 30 days, I carry my ereader and smartphone with me everywhere. Just at a glance I see a Bella Andre book, a Lori Foster book, Linda Grimes and David Levithan.

4.      Who supplies your reading material? Besides my own personal addiction, I have been privileged enough to receive ARC’s from Tor, Random House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Bloomsbury, Hyperion, Sourcebooks, Kensington and a few other wonderful publishers.

5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy? I am not a bid fan of non-fiction or erotica ..so everything in between. I will read YA, NA and adult and I never read from the same genre back to back. So Monday it could be a contemporary romance, Tuesday a dystopian, Wednesday a historical romance, Thursday Chick-lit and Friday romantic suspense, rounding out the week with a good horror book on Saturday.

6.      Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything? Patricia Briggs, Amanda Stevens, Sarah MacLean, Heather Graham, Robyn Carr, Nora Roberts, Dan Wells, David Levithan, Bella Andre, Kat Richardson, Jayne Anne Krentz…should I stop? I did mention I am a book addict right?

7.      What’s on your TBR (to be read) list? :snorts: My list is huge, so how about we just name a few. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, Banquet of Lies by Michelle Diener, If You Were Mine by Bella Andre

8.      Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so? Amanda Quick introduced me to paranormal woo-woo with Second Sight. Prior to that my reading was limited to Oprah books of the month, horror, suspense, mystery and historical romance.

9.     What was something you enjoyed reading as a child? Alice in Wonderland, Grimm Fairy tales and all of the classics

10.   Where do you like to read? My favorite spot is with a blanket on my bed

11.   Other than reading, what do you like doing? drink coffee, spend time with my hubby and adult children, blog!

12.   Where can we find you online? I am all over the social media sites, if you visited my blog caffeinatedbookreviewer.com, there are links to my facebook, twitter, pinterest, and goodreads profiles.

13.   Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online? Oh, I have so many peeps I adore, so to be safe I am going to send hugs and coffee to all the peeps who link up and participate in the Sunday Post each week! *waves*

14.  What do you challenge people to read? I think people need to be open to all genres, keep trying new books, authors. When people tell me they are in a reading rut and I look and see all they are reading is from one genre, I am not surprised. Try, and try again. Just because you read one historical fiction and hated it, doesn’t mean you will hate all books from this genre.

15. What would you like to see on Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf? Some conversation posts, discussion posts.

16.   How about sharing five random facts about you? 

a. Without coffee I would die. Seriously, it is like air to me.

b. I will forgo sleep for a good book

c. I love to chat about books and the more I like a book, the faster I talk..I become almost animated!

d. I love salty mixed with sweet. Godiva’s chocolate salted almond bar..HEAVEN!

e. If I could I would never leave my home. Seriously, I would totally by everything on line. I love company but prefer my own little patch in this great big universe.

Jorie’s Top Ten Favorite Sequels


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top ten tuesday — top ten best sequels ever

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest…

The Reversal by Michael Connelly

Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum…

Tough Customer: A Novel by Sandra Brown

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the…

13 Gifts by Wendy Mass

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Specials (The Uglies) by Scott Westerfeld

Claudius the God by Robert Graves

Yo! by Julia Alvarez

The Monday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 51st 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:

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: 

  • The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday
  • A Book Review
  • An APPeal
  • An Author Profile
  • September 2013 Reader of the Month – Kimba C.!
  • Finish reading: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Sherman Alexie’s

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

  Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle SolutionThe Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave War Ready: In My Father's ShadowThe PrinceHoly Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and CultureThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianAlice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

National Hispanic Heritage Month – Sandra Cisneros


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This post is part of a feature at Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf called “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Sandra Cisneros holds the distinction of being the author of the first book I reviewed on this blog. To check out this review, click on “Wrapped up in Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros.”

Goodreads says:

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry, My Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; and a children’s book, Hairs/Pelitos. She is the founder of the Macondo Foundation, an association of writers united to serve underserved communities (www.macondofoundation.org), and is Writer in Residence at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

While Caramelo is the only Cisneros work I’ve read, it’s a stellar one. She wrote a family saga with characters so distinctive that one can’t confuse them. Also, I found myself reminiscing about family road trips my own very different family. I liked the vignettes from the famous people as well.

I’d be remiss leaving to not mention hearing the legendary “Woman Hollering Creek.” I think of it each time I take a road trip from my native Houston to San Antonio. Shiver!

Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More


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Title and Author(s):  Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More
Release Date: June 04, 2013

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ISBN: 0670785601

Source: Harris County Public Library

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Reasons for Reading: It’s Sarah Dessen’s latest book – need I saw more? It’s even set in the beach town of Colby.

Summary: In the last summer before college, Colby native Emaline has her future set for her. She has Luke, the perfect high school sweetheart, a full-ride at a state school, a loving if not dysfunctional family, and a ticket out of Colby. Emaline thinks she’ll be able to kick back and relax before driving off to college. Soon, those plans change when her mostly absentee biological father and half-brother come in for the summer. Also, a cultured, sophisticated college guy named Theo muddles things on the Luke front. Now, Emaline faces the pulls of familiar Colby and the draw of something new. She wants it all but she must decide what she wants most.

One Thing I Learned from reading this book: I think I want to try a shrimp burger!

What I Liked: Emaline’s best friends, Morris and Daisy, were very interesting. Their appearance in the story was a very pleasant surprise. As always, characters from other Dessen books resurface – Clyde, Auden, Heidi, Maggie, and Colie Sparks!

What I Disliked: There was too much going on in this book. I think Morris and Daisy could’ve had their own book (hint, hint Ms. Dessen!)

RR - Yellow  Rainbow Rating: Yellow – Parental Guidance for Kids Under 13

Song: Cruel Summer – Bananarama (Official Promo Video) High Quality

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The Monday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 50th 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:

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: 

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

  EmmaChoose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle SolutionFlightThe Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave War Ready: In My Father's ShadowThe PrinceHoly Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month


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In May 2013, Candice P. of warmcuppatea and I featured Asian-Pacific American authors in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. While I didn’t post as many authors as I’d originally hoped, I did want to acknowledge National Hispanic Heritage Month by posting author profiles throughout the month.

As the U.S. Government sees it,

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, México and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Each week, Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf will join the festivities by recognizing writers of Hispanic descent. Who will they be? Stay tuned!

Who are your favorites?

TBRs – Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking


Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking | Goodreads

Yes, yes, yes – I want to read this! I think I’m going to finish this book feeling vindicated for not being someone who talks a whole lot – especially in the morning!

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