Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Jorie To Read (For Various Reasons)

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books that were hard for us to read for various reasons

(I didn’t finish all of these books, either.)

(Thank you, LibraryThing, for the images)

1. Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin 

  The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret…

2. Libba Bray’s The Sweet Far Thing 

  The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, Book 3) by…

3. Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities 

 A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback Classics) by…

4. William Faulkner’s Light in August

  Light in August (The Corrected Text) by…

5. William Faulkner’s The Corrections 

 The Corrections: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen

6. Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved

   What I Loved: A Novel by Siri Hustvedt

7.  Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go 

  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

8. David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas 

   Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

9. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina 

  Anna Karenina, Level 6, Penguin Readers (2nd…

10. Richard Wright’s Black Boy

 Black Boy by Richard Wright

Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (Bloggerversary Challenge)

Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen | Jorie's Store by Amazon

Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen, Johanna Ward
ISBN: 9781441796394
Length: 16 hours, 47 minutes
Publication Date: Mar 08, 2005
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Genre: Novel of Manners
Source: Harris County Public Library

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Reasons for Reading: Alongside annual challenges I inflict upon myself, I also like reading at least one Jane Austen novel. This year, I added Austen’s Mansfield Park to the ballot. Mansfield Park received the most votes (out of all contenders) and I requested it from Harris County Public Library (HCPL). I listened to the eAudio on my Nook.

Summary (A little background): Austen sets up the story with three sisters: Lady Bertram, Mrs. Norris, and Mrs. Price. Lady Bertram married well. Mrs. Norris married a parson. Mrs. Price, however, married a naval officer. Shortly after the Prices’ marriage, Mr. Price becomes wounded and then pensioned as a Lieutenant at half pay. (Reminding me of the Three Little Pigs!) The Prices follow this by having nine children. Affecting the appearance of a caring parson’s wife, Mrs. Norris suggests to Lady Bertram that the Bertrams take on one of the Price kids to live with the Bertrams at their home, Mansfield Park. Ultimately, ten year old Fanny Price goes to live at Mansfield Park.

(Story Time): Fanny grows up with her four older cousins – Tom, Edmund, Maria (pronounced Mariah), and Julia. With the fine exception of Edmund, the Bertrams treat Fanny like a poor, stupid relation. Her Aunt Norris is probably worse on this front than the Bertrams. As years pass, Fanny’s gratitude for Edmund shifts to a deep romantic love. Things remain the same until the Crawford Siblings appear on the scene. Herein lies the discovery of Fanny’s true character.

One Thing I Learned from this book: Mansfield Park stands out among Austen’s bibliography. Austen’s works bridge the Age of Reason and Romanticism but this particular novel leans more towards pragmatism.

What I Liked: I prefer Fanny to Emma any day! While she and Edmund may seem like a set of wet blankets, I find her sweet, clever, and authentic.

What I Disliked: Well, some of these characters were absolute jerks! They think one act of altruism covers them for life.

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 Rainbow Rating: Green – Parental Guidance 

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Jorie’s 84th Edition of The Sunday Post

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)

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Payment in Kind (J.P. Beaumont, #9) Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) 

TBF (To Be Finished):

The Fault in Our Stars I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)

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

Gone Girl  Without Due Process (J.P. Beaumont, #10)  Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman  1001 Arabian Nights  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture

What Are You Reading? – September 2014 Edition

What Are You Reading?
 Jorie’s Reads shares books from library book clubs this September. A special thanks to the Clear Lake Science Fiction Fantasy book club for submitting many of the titles listed! Also, I’ve listed the first of a series/trilogy/quartet when possible.
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!
Smoke  The Drowning City (Necromancer Chronicles, Bk 1)  Telex from Cuba: A Novel
Lord Valentine's Castle: Book One of the Majipoor Cycle  Stealing Shadows: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel  Dinosaur Summer
Hope Renewed (The General)  The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)  16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove)
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1)  The Fire Rose  Indexing
Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising)  Rescue Mode  Divine by Mistake (Partholon)
Spirited (A Tidewater Novel)  Of Grave Concern (Ophelia Wylde Occult Mystery)  The House of the Four Winds: Book One of One Dozen Daughters
Heaven and Hell: a Novel: A Journey of Chris and Serena Davis (Tears of Heaven)  The Singing Quilt (The Quilt Series)  Death Comes for the Archbishop (Vintage Classics)
Submerged (Alaskan Courage) (Volume 1)  Dark Witch (Cousins O'Dwyer) Remember Ben Clayton
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats  Mrs. Dalloway  Rising Sun  (Magnus) (Volume 1)
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution  Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending  Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel
Diary of a Mad Diva  What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions  International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World *Including More than 250 Recipes*
unPHILtered: The Way I See It Assisted Loving: The Journey Through Sexuality and Aging One Summer: America, 1927

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


 As the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, I recalled Ray Bradbury’s  Fahrenheit 451 , a dystopian novel inscribed for the temperature at which paper burns. Books are  illegal and “firemen” such as Guy Montag incinerate any books found.

 Like Knowles’ A Separate Peace, I don’t list Fahrenheit 451 among my favorites. Still and all, I  appreciate  Bradbury’s message. This is what could result if we continue to ban books in our libraries.

 To learn more about Banned Books Week, check out Banned Books Week | Celebrating the Freedom to  Read: Sept. 21-27, 2014 .



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Top Authors Jorie Has Only Read 1 Novel From But Must Read More

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ten authors we’ve only read one book from & need to read more!

(Thank you, LibraryThing, for the images)

(I’ve provided the image of the author next to the one book I’ve read)

1. Charlotte Brontë/ Jane Eyre

Author photo. Source: "Portrait Gallery of Eminent Men and Women<br> in Europe and America,"  by Evert A. Duyckinick <br>(New York, 1873) <br>(colored by Jan Arkesteijn)  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

2. Willa Cather/ My Ántonia

Author photo.   My Antonia by Willa Cather

3. Junot Díaz/ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 

Author photo. Photo by Robert Birnbaum (courtesy of the photographer) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by…

4. Ken Follett/ The Third Twin 

Author photo. Photograph by Barbara Follet,  The Third Twin by Ken Follett

5. John Fowles/ The French Lieutenant’s Woman 

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6. Joseph Heller/ God Knows

Author photo. Photograph by Jerry Bauer   God Knows by Joseph Heller

7. Alan Paton/ Cry, the Beloved Country 

Alan Paton  Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

8. Betty Smith/ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

 Author photo. Courtesy of the <a href="">NYPL Digital Gallery</a> (image use requires permission from the New York Public Library)  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

9. Mark Twain/ Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author photo. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-112728  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

10. Lauren Weisberger/ The Devil Wears Prada 

Author photo.  The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger