Jorie’s Ten Books About Friendship

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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Ten Books About Friendship

(Thank you,  LibraryThing for the images)

1.  Ann Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann…

2. Meg Waite Clayton’s The Four Ms. Bradwells

The Four Ms. Bradwells: A Novel by Meg Waite…

3.  Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Sisters 

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

4. Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides 

Virgin suicides by Eugenides Jeffrey

5. John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines 

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

6. Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved

What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt

7. Stephanie Perkins’ Lola and the Boy Next Door 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie…

8. Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club 

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

9. Alisa Valdes’ The Dirty Girls Social Club 

The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel by…

10. Rebecca Wells’ Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by…

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 69th 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:

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

TBR (To Be Read):

The One (The Selection, #3)  King George III: America's Enemy

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon: 

        My Name Is Memory The 100 (The Hundred, #1)Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption


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

   My Name Is Memory Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  The 100 (The Hundred, #1)  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

Top Ten Books Jorie Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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Ten Books We Almost Put Down But Didn’t

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1.  Ann Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann…

2. Libba Bray’s The Sweet Far Thing 

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

3.  Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

4. Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot 

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

5. Alice Hoffman’s Blue Diary 

Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman

6. Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved

What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt

7. Stephen King’s Carrie

Carrie by Stephen King

8. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg…

9. Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

10. Scott Westerfeld’s Extras

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Moms Rock – New Additions to Jorie’s Store

I am celebrating Mother’s Day by sharing books featuring some of my favorite mothers. Who are your favorite moms in literature?
Again, 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! 🙂
In the Name of Salome  The Confessions of Saint Augustine  The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, Book 2)
The Wednesday Daughters: A Novel  Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Mysteries)  Number the Stars
Sarah, Plain and Tall The Godfather  Between Shades of Gray by Sepetys, Ruta 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(2011)]

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Stefan Andres’ The Bible Story

The Bible Story

Somehow, my family came to own the English translation of this book. With its easy prose and smattering of illustrations, I became knowledgeable about the biblical narrative. A few of the images that remained with me were Jacob’s ladder and Jesus’ crucifixion.

As I’m looking forward to seeing Noah this weekend, something such as The Bible Story is a great help. I like being able to read it and The Bible almost at the same time.

(PS – My copy is green!)


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Starlight Reviews – Philip Brooks’ Hannibal… & Enid A. Goldberg and Norman Itzkowitz’s Tomás de Torquemada…

Starlight Reviews | Jorie's Reads by Starry Night Elf

In this edition of Starlight Reviews, I offer up two books from Scholastic’s A Wicked History Series. The first one tells of the life of Hannibal Barca, the ancient Carthaginian general who fought the Romans in The Second Punic War. The other book focuses on Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada, who committed genocide against Spanish Jews. 

Hannibal: Romes Worst Nightmare (Wicked History)
Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare (A Wicked History) 
by Philip Brooks
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: Mar 09, 2009
Genre: Biography
ISBN: 978-0531221747
Source: Houston Public Library



Philip Brooks relates the life of Hannibal Barca,  (247 – 183/182/181 BC). A Punic Carthaginian (modern-day  Tunisia) military commander, Hannibal learned much from his father, Hamilcar Barca. Hamilcar led the  Carthaginian troops in the First Punic War. As a child, Hannibal promised his father he would hate Rome and  forever fight its empire.

After his father died in Spain, Hannibal headed there as a general. Considered a tactical genius, Hannibal led  35,ooo soldiers and elephants (elephants!) across the Alps into Italy in 221 BC. This made Hannibal Rome’s nightmare come true.


I  like this series for its concise survey of the various subjects. I especially like how the authors offer an  evaluation of whether this person was wicked. I encourage folks to read this book and judge for themselves.  Nevertheless, Hannibal kept his promise to his father. Conversely, his treatment of elephants was not at all humane!

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

Tomas de Torquemada: Architect of Torture During the Spanish Inquisition (Wicked History) 
Tomás de Torquemada: Architect of Torture During the Spanish Inquisition (A Wicked History Series)

by Enid A. Goldberg & Norman Itzkowitz
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: Sep 28, 2007
Genre: Biography
ISBN: 9780531125984
Source: Montgomery County Memorial Library System 



In Fifteenth Century Spain, judges of the Spanish Inquisition looked under every rock they could for those breaking the laws of the Church. The Inquisition led to friends and family turning in loved ones. Those turned in endured torture. Many times, these suspects confessed to crimes just to make the torture stop. Tomás de Torquemada oversaw all of this.

Goldberg and Itzkowitz delve into the character of Torquemada and seek out the reasons for his genocidal mania. They offer details which shed light on possible motives. Also, readers discover how Torquemada rose to power with the help of Isabella I. His vendetta against the Jews and Moors (Islamic people of Northern African descent) changed the landscape of the Old World.


Again, I liked this short, sweet volume on the life of Torquemada. I appreciated the illustrations and the final thoughts of Goldberg and Itzkowitz addressed many issues that still exist. Even today, people refer to the Inquisition in casual conversation. My only complaint was the description of the torture techniques. Nevertheless, it goes with the territory of a book about the Spanish Inquisition.

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