Jorie’s Top Ten Books For Fans of The Help

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Top Ten Books To Read If You Like These TV shows, movies, plays etc.

(Thank you,  LibraryThing for the images)

1.  Deborah Johnson’s The Secret of Magic 

The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

2.  Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. Robert Sharenow’s My Mother the Cheerleader 

My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow

4.  Mildred Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry 

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D.…

5. John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me 

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

6.  James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

7. Melba Patillo Beals’ Warriors Don’t Cry

Warriors Don't Cry (Archway Paperback) by…

8. Michele Andrea Bowen’s Church Folk 

Church Folk by Michele Andrea Bowen

9. Ruby Bridges’ Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

10. Mildred Taylor’s The Gold Cadillac 

The Gold Cadillac by Mildred D. Taylor

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 68th 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

(It’s been a crazy few weeks. On top of that, my wireless acts up today! Ugh!)

(ICYMI) In Case You Missed It:

The Epistle of James (New International Commentary on the New Testament) Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics) The Secret of Magic Tomas de Torquemada: Architect of Torture During the Spanish Inquisition

TBR (To Be Read):

The 100 (The Hundred, #1)  Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail  Who Was Louis Armstrong?

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon: 

        Divergent (Divergent, #1) Dead To Rights (Joanna Brady, #4)


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

   Divergent (Divergent, #1) Dead To Rights (Joanna Brady, #4)  Esther  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

What Are You Reading? – April 2014 Edition

What Are You Reading?
This month, Jorie’s Reads heard more from the Freeman Library Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club. Selections for the Freeman Mystery Book Club, Hofstetter Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club, and Great Books Discussion Group are included in April’s list. Lastly, Freeman Library had the honor of a visit from Jennifer Pharr Davis – hiker, author, speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
If you’re interested in participating in future “What Are You Reading?” posts, please comment on this post.  To visit what readers have been reading in previous months, please visit “What Are You Reading?” You can visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon by clicking on the following book covers. Shopping at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways!

Divergent  The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset  Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel   The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth

Raising Steam (Discworld)  The Complete Compleat Enchanter  Unshapely Things (Connor Grey, Book 1)  Unquiet Dreams

Unfallen Dead (Connor Grey, Book 3)  Unperfect Souls (Connor Grey, Book 4)  Hope Reborn (The General)  Hope Rearmed (The General)

Nightshifted (Edie Spence)  The Lascar's Dagger: The Forsaken Lands  A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent  Fiddlehead (The Clockwork Century)

The Dispossessed  God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1  Letter From Home

Edge of Apocalypse (The End Series)  Blossom Street Brides: A Blossom Street Novel

On Life And Essays On Religion  Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail  The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius
The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace  Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars


 Lois Lowry’s historical fiction account of ten-year-old Christian Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Jewish Ellen Rosen in World War II-era  Denmark made quite an impression on me in elementary school. Many things appealed to me about this book – the genre, the setting (my  surname, by the way, is Danish), the Johansen family’s act of selflessness, and Denmark’s peaceful resistance. I joyfully read Number the Stars   again at various points in my academic career. A few weeks ago, I led a tour at the library. When I showed the group the Newbery Medalists, I  mentioned this classic. Why hasn’t Hollywood made this into a movie?





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Jorie’s Top Ten Most Intriguing Literary People

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Top Ten Characters Who X (you fill in the blank — examples: piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc. etc.)

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(We have characters and real people in this week’s list. Love them, hate them, these folks made me think.)

1. Kat/ Ally Carter’s Heist Society 

Heist Society by Ally Carter

2. Sarah/ Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key 

Sarah's Key (Movie Tie-in) by Tatiana…

3. Ashima Ganguli/ Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake 

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

4. Cleopatra/ Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life 

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

5. Nitta Sayuri/ Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha 

6. Cinna/ Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy 


7. Geoffrey Chaucer/ Anya Seton’s Katherine 

Author photo. Illustration from Cassell's History of England - Century Edition - published circa 1902.<br>
Via <a href="">Wikipedia</a>.

8. Atticus Finch/ Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird 

To Kill a Mockingbird [film] by Robert…

9. Miah (Jeremiah)/ Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly 

10. Augustine of Hippo/ The Confessions of St. Augustine 

Author photo. Saint Augustine by Philippe de Champaigne

Literary Easter Eggs – 2014 Edition

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In 2013, I celebrated Holy Week with An Easter Egg Hunt. Here, I referenced Wikipedia’s definition of an Easter Egg – a hidden message in a work which refers to something else. This can be an inside joke or a friend’s name. Also in 2013, Candice of warmcuppatea posted twice on this topic – Literary Easter Eggs – Stephen King Edition and Literary LOST Easter Eggs – Part II. By the way, when I Googled “Literary Easter Eggs,” her Stephen King Edition post came up on the first page of results. Props to you, Candice! 😉
This Easter, I’m sharing some books that have Easter Eggs. These might be references to other works or might have namesake characters. As was true with the books I shared on Valentine’s Day,  you can click on the covers, visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂

 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  The Peach Keeper (Center Point Platinum Romance (Large Print))  The Da Vinci Code Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics) Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel) The Truth About Forever

 The Virgin Suicides: A Novel  The French Lieutenant's Woman  Trial by Fury (J. P. Beaumont Novel)  Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed (Left Behind)  11/22/63: A Novel  1022 Evergreen Place (Cedar Cove) 

 Pegasus in Flight (Talent, Bk. 2)  Atonement: A Novel  Nineteen Minutes  Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems  Atlas Shrugged  Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri…



My fascination with Greek mythological melodrama probably stems from this gloriously illustrated tome. Whenever library patrons seek mythology, I always hope D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is on the shelf. Just last year, I purchased my very own copy from Barnes & Noble.






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Ruta Sepetys’ Out of the Easy

Out of The Easy

Jorie’s Store – Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Title and Author(s):  Ruta Sepetys’ Out of the Easy

Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition

ISBN: 978-0399256929
Pages: 352
Source: Harris County Public Library 

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Reasons for Reading: After reading Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray (not to be confused with the infamous E.L. James trilogy), I wanted to read Sepetys’ sophomore effort. Additionally, the setting of New Orleans appealed to me. I placed a request on it and excitedly received the book in 2014.

Summary: In 1950, seventeen year old Josie Moraine barely makes ends meet working in the French Quarter. Her erratic, somewhat estranged mother works as a prostitute. Josie longs to make her way out of New Orleans and to the Ivy Leagues. Around New Year’s Day, a wealthy man from Tennessee turns up dead. When the crime seems to lead to Josie’s mother and her shady boyfriend, Josie finds herself embroiled.

One Thing I Learned from this book: I hadn’t realized Tulane had a sister college – Newcomb.

What I Liked: The fantastic setting of New Orleans appealed to me again. Sepetys’ also diverged greatly from that of Between Shades of Gray. Nonetheless, the characters and situations described still made me want to know what would happen to them as they did in Sepetys’ first novel.

What I Disliked: I wasn’t happy with Josie’s mother being a sociopath sort of whore. Also, I thought there were too many evildoers in this book.

RR - Orange

Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

Shirley and Lee – Let the Good Times Roll

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Top Ten Bookish Things Jorie Would Like to Own

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own (new bookshelves, bookends, cool bookmark, a bookish shirt, etc. You can add things you DO own if you want).

1.  Time to read whatever I please

2.  An iPad

3. A book prop

4.  Autographed books 

5. A Universal Library Card

6.  Access anywhere, anytime

7. Durable bookmarks

8. Extended check outs of long books

9. Comfortable furniture conducive to reading

10. Book Clubs!