What Are You Reading? – January 2014 Edition


What Are You Reading?
This is the premiere of monthly feature and it’s formal name is Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf asks “What Are You Reading?” In January 2014, Jorie’s Reads asked this of eight different readers. If you’re interested in participating in a future “What Are You Reading?” post, please comment on this post.
You can visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon by clicking on the following book covers. Shopping at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways!
           Fiction:

Red Rising  River Road  The Hour I First Believed  The Lucky One

A Wilder RoseMurder as a Second Language: A Claire Malloy Mystery (Claire Malloy Mysteries)Finnegans Wake (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)Too Busy Marco

Nonfiction:

 Steve Jobs  Eminent Hipsters  Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  Texas Got It Right!

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Bloggerversary Giveaway Extended Through February!


Bloggerversary Giveaway

That’s right! The Bloggerversary Giveaway has been extended through Friday, February 7. Now, you have more time to use the Google Form to vote for the 1001 Books (2012 edition) that should be reviewed on Jorie’s Reads. After voting, click on the “Rafflecopter Giveaway” link  to enter the giveaway. The winner of the giveaway receives a $10 Amazon gift card.

Results will be posted later this year!

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Top Ten Places Where Jorie Would Never Want to Live


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In OR (since some of you might not read stuff with different worlds) Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

(Thank you,  LibraryThing for the images)

1.  Panem – Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Series

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins   Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger…   Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger…

2. The Community – Lois Lowry’s The Giver 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

3.  Siberian Work Camps – Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray 

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

4. Seville, 1480 – Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book 

People of the book by Geraldine Brooks

5. Bon Temps – Charlaine Harris & Alan Ball’s True Blood Graphic Novel Series 

True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now by… True Blood, Vol. 2: Tainted Love by Marc…

6. Iran – Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis 

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

7. Seattle – Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Series 

Uglies (The Uglies) by Scott Westerfeld    Pretties (The Uglies) by Scott Westerfeld   Specials (The Uglies) by Scott Westerfeld  Extras (Uglies) by Scott Westerfeld

8. Illéa – Kiera Cass’ The Selection Series 

The Selection by Kiera Cass     The Selection Stories: The Prince and the…    The Elite by Kiera Cass   The One by Kiera Cass

9. Dystopic England – Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go 

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

10. The Realms – Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Series 

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray   Rebel Angels by Libba Bray  The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, Book 3) by…

Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead (Revisited Challenge)


The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

Title and Author(s):  Ayn Rand and Christopher Hurt’s The Fountainhead 
Release Date:
ISBN: 9781455100019
Hours: 32 hours, 4 minutes
Source: Harris County Public Library eBranch

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Reasons for Reading: My first attempt at reading Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead happened in my teens. However, I hit the wall and threw in the towel. Nine years later, I picked up an unabridged audio version and listened to the entire thing. As one of the winners in the Revisited Challenge, I selected the audio version route yet again.

Summary: Expelled from his architectural school in 1922 for refusing to follow traditions, genius Howard Roark travels to New York and works for disgraced architect Henry Cameron. Roark’s former classmate and antithesis, Peter Keating also moves to New York. However, Keating’s sycophantic ways land him a position with the prestigious architectural firm of Francon & Heyer. Keating succeeds and makes partner after causing Heyer’s fatal stroke. Meanwhile, Cameron retires and Roark opens his own office. When he refuses to give in to the will of others, Roark receives little business. Roark closes up shop and takes up work in Francon’s granite quarry in Connecticut – leading him to his first encounter with Francon’s exquisite but most contrary daughter, Dominique.

One Thing I Learned from this book: Ayn Rand didn’t have much sympathy for people. I’d say she’s a rather black & white sort of person.

What I Liked: I liked that Roark was true to himself. I felt I could see these characters and understand what Rand attempted to express. 

What I Disliked: I couldn’t quite handle Roark’s relationship with Dominique. While the author may have seen it as appropriate, I thought it was violent. Also, I thought this book would’ve been easier to take in serial form.

RR - Orange  Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

Song: Frank Sinatra – My Way (1969)

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The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 57th 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

(Don’t forget to vote in Bloggerversary event and enter raffle to win a gift certificate.)

(ICYMI) In Case You Missed It:

Hostage (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #14) Trial By Fury (J.P. Beaumont, #3) The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave  Joseph Stalin The Prince Confessions of Saint Augustine Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories  The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5) Out of the Easy Desert Heat (Joanna Brady, #1) Black History In An Hour

Coming Soon: 

Improbable Cause by J.A. Jance Safe Haven

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

Improbable Cause by J.A. Jance Safe Haven Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution War Ready: In My Father's Shadow The Dog Stars Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)

Seeing the Story – The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)


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Reasons for Watching: The latest Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer Series book – Michael Connelly’s The Gods of Guilt features many characters from the first book in the series, also called The Lincoln Lawyer. As I kicked off 2014 by finishing Connelly’s most recent novel in this series, I continuously referred to previous summations of The Lincoln Lawyer. Then, I thought I should check out the DVD of the 2011 movie to refresh my memory. I requested the movie from Harris County Public Library.

Summary of Movie: Defense attorney Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey)  practices law in the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car. His chauffeur, Earl (Laurence Mason), drives Haller all over LA as he provides legal services to various clients. A couple noteworthy clients are a biker gang (led by Trace Adkins) and a prostitute named Gloria (Katherine Moennig). Ex-wife Maggie McPherson (Marisa Tomei) is a prosecutor for the DA. While she doesn’t approve of who Haller defends, she seems to still be attracted to him. They share a young daughter, Hayley.

Haller seems to hit the jackpot when golden boy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) clamors for Haller’s services. Roulet, son of real estate mogul Mary Windsor (Frances Fisher), stands accused of beating would be actress/prostitute Regina Campo  (Margarita Levieva). With investigator Frank Levin (William H. Macy), Haller looks into the evidence. Haller notices startling similarities between the Roulet case and that of Jesus Martinez (Michael Peña). Martinez received life in prison for a crime Martinez claimed he didn’t commit. Now, Haller finds himself between a rock and a hard place – defend Roulet to the best of his abilities or turn in the guy who’s guilty.

Book to Movie Adaptation: While they changed things from book to movie, I think the essence of Connelly’s work remained. Some names were changed, a few characters didn’t seem to make the cut, and Haller’s relationship with secretary/caseworker Lorna Taylor (Pell James) is different. Most notable is the change of Macy’s character’s name from Raul to Frank Levin. Also, it wasn’t clear if all this action is set in 2005 when the book was published or in 2010-11 when the movie hit theaters.

Review: I thought the movie captured the essence of the book. Yes, I may have preferred a little more about Haller and Lorna. While McConaughey and Phillippe were ideal for their respective roles, I did think that Phillippe needed to seem bigger and more intimidating. That’s how Roulet came across in the book. Lastly, I wish they’d played more of the music Haller mentioned in the book but now, I’m being picky! 😉 So, when are they making the next movie?


Top Ten Things Jorie Wants More of In Books


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Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.) 

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1.  More Females in A Wicked History Series (Catherine de Medici, Lucrezia Borgia, etc)

Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia…   Cixi: Evil Empress of China? (Wicked…   Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary?…

2. More of alternate history such as Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher…

3.  Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray – Johanna’s view 

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

4. Fictional accounts of early New Orleans jazz

Jazz by Gary Giddins

5. Depression-era Texas

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

6. Twists on traditional viewpoints

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by…

7. Friendship & Support

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton    The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel by…

8. Oddball heroes/heroines

Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros     Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)…    The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende   The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by…

9. World War I fiction

House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe

10. Local Color!

Garden Spells (Random House Large Print) by…   Where There's Smoke by Sandra Brown