Katherine Howe’s Conversion


Title: Conversion
Author: Katherine Howe
ISBN: 978-0399167775
Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Source: Harris County Public Library




Reasons for Reading: I often recommend Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane to readers seeking a good book to read. Of course, when Howe’s Conversion arrived in the order department at Harris County Public Library, I placed a request on it.

Summary : Howe offers us two points of view. The first belongs to Colleen Rowley is a stressed out high senior attending the prestigious St. Joan’s Academy in the year 2012. Various classmates of Colleen’s succumb to odd behavior – tics, panic, hysteria, etc. On top of that, a popular teacher mysteriously departs. All of this just happens to take place in Danvers, Massachusetts. The other point of view comes from a recalcitrant, grown up Ann Putnam. In 1706, Ann builds up the courage to publicly confess to her part in the witch hunt known as the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

One Thing I Learned from this book: I rediscovered that Danvers used to be Salem Village.

What I Liked: I liked the Easter eggs referring to one of my favorite books – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. Also, I felt Colleen and her friends were genuine, well-conceived characters.

What I Disliked: I wanted a few of the loose ends to be tied. Maybe there will be a sequel?

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

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What Are You Reading? – November 2014 Edition

What Are You Reading?
Many submissions for November’s “What Are You Reading?” were the latest in various series. When possible, I’ve tried to find the first book. Also, as many are gearing up for the Christmas season, I’ve included some cookbooks.
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!
Z for Zachariah  Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara  The Storyteller's Daughter: A Retelling of "The Arabian Nights" (Once upon a Time)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) A Thousand Splendid Suns Outlander
The Black Prism (Lightbringer) The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) The Husband's Secret
 Together for Christmas: 5-B Poppy Lane\When We Touch\Welcome to Icicle Falls\Starstruck (A Cedar Cove Novel) Promposal The Circle
David Copperfield (Penguin Classics) A Map of Betrayal: A Novel The Jungle (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Rosie Project: A Novel A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement We Were Liars
Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook: Favorite Recipes and Holiday Traditions from My Home to Yours  Creative Cookie Swap Cookbook:  Recipes and Holiday Inspiration (Taste of Christmas)  Scandinavian Christmas
Coconut Every Day: Cooking with Nature’s Miracle Superfood  Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook: Taking Your Favorite Foods and Stuffing Them to Make New, Different and Delicious Meals Giada's Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth  Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You  I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend
50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith  Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood  Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story
One Nation Under Taught: Solving America's Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Crisis  As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride  The Science of Interstellar
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend  Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste  Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

Top Ten Books On Jorie’s Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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Top Ten Books On Daisy’s Winter TBR

(Yes, this looks a lot like last week’s list. C’est la vie!… Thank you, LibraryThing, for the images)

1. Sarah Addison Allen’s First Frost 

  First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

2.  Terri Blackstock’s  Night Light (Restoration) 

Night Light by Terri Blackstock

3. Cary Elwes’ You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the…

4. Sue Grafton’s I is for Innocent (The Alphabet Mysteries) 

I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton

5. Kay Hooper’s Haunted (Bishop/ Special Crimes Unit)

Haunted by Kay Hooper

6. J.A. Jance’s Partner in Crime (J.P. Beaumont Series/ Joanna Brady Series) 

  Partner in Crime by J. A. Jance

7. John Milton’s Paradise Lost

 Paradise Lost by John Milton

8. Barbara Kingsolver’s Pigs in Heaven (Turtle Series)  

Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

9. Lois Lowry’s The Messenger (The Giver Quartet)

  Messenger by Lois Lowry

10. Alexander McCall Smith’s Tears of the Giraffe (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency)

 Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall…

Lisa Simpson’s 25 Books Every Woman Should Read

The 25 Books Every Woman Should Read | Stylist Magazine

As the American Library Association put it, “Lisa Simpson doing reader’s advisory… yeah, we always knew she was a librarian.”  Ladies, check out this list from the UK’s Stylist Magazine and judge for yourselves.

The 25 Books Every Woman Should Read | Stylist Magazine

TBTB – Sweet Valley Saga

Sweet Valley Saga | Snark Valley

One of my girlhood guiltiest pleasures was Sweet Valley High, created by Francine Pascal. Pascal’s Sweet Valley Confidential holds the dubious distinction of receiving the lowest book rating ever. Nonetheless, my favorites in the series were the sagas – genealogies of the fictional stars. The first book traces the maternal line of the Wakefield twins, Elizabeth and Jessica. While I found some of it contrived (yes, even in girlhood, I thought it was contrived), I liked the idea of family story, their genealogy. I believe I went on to read the second book, which followed the story of Ned Wakefield’s , the twins’ father, side of the family tree. For a more detailed description, visit Snark Valley’s review of this book by clicking here.

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