October 2013 Reader of the Month – Emily M.


Emily M.

This is the twenty-second interview for Reader of the Month.

I’d worked at my current library a little while before I met Emily M. She had worked there prior to my employment. However, when she stopped to visit her old work buddies, I had the chance to meet her. Being a couple of book nerds, we were fast friends. It does my heart good to know she’s on her way to becoming a librarian by degree!

1.  What is the best thing you’ve read in the past year?  I really enjoyed Greg Gutfeld’s The Joy of Hate (the title is ironic, not literal).  I found his irreverent humor and quick wit refreshing.

2.  Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?  Nothing I can think of…although, I do enjoy reading cookbooks as if they were stories – so maybe that’s kind of weird?
3.   What’s on your bookshelf or in your bookbag?  Right now I’m reading The Serpent and the Rainbow, by Wade Davis.  I had seen the movie years ago (I have a thing for Bill Pullman) but the book is quite different…a very “scientific” and anthropological approach to zombies and voodoo in the Haitian culture.
4.  Who supplies your reading materials?  I enjoy reading articles online.  For books, I order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and I enjoy shopping at the 29 Palms Library Friends sale.  They always have great finds!
5.  What type of reading do you usually enjoy?  I gravitate toward history, biographies, political science, travel and classic lit.
6.  Who are some authors you read regardless of anything?  Toni Morrison, Neil Peart, Kahlil Gibran, & Mark Steyn.
7.  What’s on your TBR list?  Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl; Homer’s Odyssey: a Fearless Feline Tale, by Gwen Cooper; and the new Vivien Leigh biography that came out this week (along with a bazillion other books).
8.  Can you recall a book that changed your life?  Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison; Mao’s Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin; The Masked Rider, by Neil Peart; The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupery; and Winnie the Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne have all had a significant impact on my life.
9.  What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?   Charlotte’s Web has always been my favorite.  I must have read it a dozen times as a kid.  I also loved Shel Silverstein poems (and still do…who doesn’t?), Lois Duncan, and the Nancy Drew series.
10.  Where do you like to read?  Mostly on the couch.
11.  Other than reading, what do you like doing?  I’m fortunate to live just outside of Joshua Tree National Park and love to go hiking there with my husband.  I also enjoy yoga, gardening, and baking when I have the time.
12.  Where can we find you online?  Facebook and, if you have a reference question on a weekday between 11am and 1pm (PST), you can find me on the Greenleaf Library web chat!
13.  Would you like to give a shout out to other avid readers online?  Well, I think most of my friends are avid readers…so I’ll just give a shout out to my FM friends.  Hello to you, Milagros, Candice, Janette, & Jim and all my other FM friends!  Miss y’all!
14.  What do you challenge people to read?  I didn’t always appreciate classic lit when I was assigned it in school. As an adult, I’ve found rediscovering it quite rewarding.  I avoided Tess of the D’Urbervilles for so long and, when I finally read it, I was intrigued.  Maybe life experience has helped put things in perspective.
15.  How about sharing five random facts about you?  I’m obsessed with all types of dance, dancers, the history of dance, etc. and I feel like I’m a pretty decent tap dancer.  I would love to have been a ballet dancer, though.  I can’t sit through an entire ballet without crying.  I also think it would be awesome to be a race car driver.  I don’t know much about cars, but I love to watch F1, American Le Mans, and my favorite is World Rally Championship.  My dad is a flagger for a lot of races in Southeast Texas – so maybe I inherited that passion from him.  Also, I’m an animal person and I especially love dogs, but live with pesky cats.  I think that’s five things.  Right?  I’m terrible at math!

 

August 2013 Reader of the Month – Leo G.


Leo G.

Leo G.

This is the twentieth interview for Reader of the Month.

While taking Texas History at Baylor, I had to write a term paper. Mine was about the village of Salado, Texas. This meant I had to visit the library which held the Texas Collection. There, I saw this guy also poring over small towns. I asked him “Aren’t you in Texas History?” He nodded. Ever since them, I associate Leo G. with libraries and Mr. Carlson – whoever that is! Over the years, social media lets me keep up with Leo and what he’s reading!

1.      What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year?

 The Leftovers: Basketball, Betrayal, Baylor and Beyond by Matt Sayman.  I’m a huge Baylor sports fans.  This book, written by a former Baylor basketball play who played for the Bears during the horrendous murder scandal, is heart-breaking but also makes you want to stand up and cheer at times.

2.      Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?

Nothing unusual!

3.      What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag?

Mostly music books: Training Soprano Voices by Richard Miller; The Private Studio Handbook by Joan Boytim; Music for the Voice by Sergius Kagen; Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber by Stephen Citron; The Dictionary of Opera by Charles Osborne.

4.      Who supplies your reading material?

About half are purchased through Amazon and the other half come from the local Half Price Books

5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

Even though I still read some fiction, my taste is decidedly non-fiction these days. I love books pertaining to music, movies, sports, and politics.

6.      Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything?

C.S. Lewis, John Grisham, Richard Miller, Madeline L’Engle and Charles Dickens

7.      What’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

Friday Night Lights, the book that inspired the movie and series.  I’ve been meaning to read that for years!

8.      Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so?

Charlotte’s Web, the first” novel” that I ever read.  What an emotional book to read as an 8-year old!  I became an avid novel reader after reading it.

9.     What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?

The Chronicles of Narnia   I also loved reading books in the Bunnicula series

10.   Where do you like to read?

On my bed and away from as many distractions as possible.

11.   Other than reading, what do you like doing?

I love to sing, watch movies, attend or watch sporting events, and traveling—though I wish I could afford to do more of that.

12.   Where can we find you online?

Facebook!  My friends can attest that I am an addict 🙂

13.   Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online?

Yes, to two of my elementary teachers who instilled a great love of reading in me: Mrs. Ann Perkins and Mrs. Sandy Stouffer

14.  What do you challenge people to read?

I challenge people to read books in a genre that they usually try to avoid, be it Sci-Fi, fantasy, romance, graphic novels, etc.  I’ve read quite a few books that have surprised me in how much I actually enjoyed reading them.

15. What would you like to see on Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf?  

Jorie does a terrific job with reviews and presenting literary news!  Can’t think of anything she needs to add.

16.   How about sharing five random facts about you?
I am a HUGE sports fan, even though I am horrible at playing all sports!

Spanish was my first language, and up until I attended grade school, I spoke quite a bit more Spanish than English.

I’m an only child.

I can’t stand hot weather.  Don’t know why I still live in Texas!

To say that I’m a movie fan would be an understatement.

The Monday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 45th 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:

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

(I wasn’t feeling all that great yesterday. I’m better now!)

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

  • Post my 45th edition of The Monday Post :/
  • Participate in the Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday –  Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels (they were complete stories but you just could have read more and more about these characters or set in that world) — thanks Courtney for this suggestion!
  • Review a Book
  • Share a TBR
  • Finish reading:  Zondervan’s The Bible in 90 Days: Cover to Cover in 12 Pages a Day (The Bible in 90 Days)(Week Thirteen) 

 

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

  The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for JesusWar Ready: In My Father's ShadowThe LowlandEmmaHoly Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and CultureThe Bible in 90 Days: Week 13: 1 Thessalonians 1:1 - Revelation 22:21

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 44th 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:

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

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

  • Post my 44th edition of The Sunday Post 🙂
  • Participate in the Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday –  Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books (talk about books that started or ended just perfectly or with a bang OR you could do specific opening lines or last lines — however you want to do it!) — thanks Danika for the initial idea. I just adapted it.)
  • Review a Book
  • Share a TBR
  • Finish reading:  Charlaine Harris’ A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2) and II Corinthians

Around the Blogosphere:

 

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

Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and CultureThe Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for JesusWar Ready: In My Father's ShadowThe LowlandEmmaThe Bible in 90 Days: Week 12: Acts 7:1 - Colossians 4:18

July 2013 Reader of the Month – Willa H.


Willa H.

This is the nineteenth interview for Reader of the Month.

My mom (Laura N. – September 2012 Reader of the Month) volunteered at my schools when I was a child and teen. When I was in elementary school, Mom became friends with a frequent school library volunteer, Willa H. While Willa’s kids and I have since become adults, she and Mom have remained good friends, often trading book recommendations.

1.      What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and recently I’m reading a series written by a good friend of my daughter. The Selection by Kiera Cass, is a teen series but an enjoyable quick read leaving you begging for the next in the series.  The first & second books have been released.

2.      Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?

Quirks?? Not really. I like to curl up ; pillow & blanket. Comfort is key!

3.      What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag?

Mystery books

4.      Who supplies your reading material?

I usually buy from Walmart

5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

Historical fiction, spy intrigue, or British mystery

6.      Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything?

John Grisham, James Patterson, Maeve Binchy, Janet Evanovich, to name a few

7.      What’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

The RacketeerA Week in WinterTakedown Twenty

8.      Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so?

No

9.     What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?

Nancy Drew & Agatha Christie

10.   Where do you like to read?

Mostly in bed

11.   Other than reading, what do you like doing?

Genealogy, sports, and exploring the great outdoors

12.   Where can we find you online?

Facebook  &  Linkedin

13.   Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online?

Three of my kids read when they find the time.

14.  What do you challenge people to read?

Just read! Use those brain cells…

15. What would you like to see on Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf? 

16.   How about sharing five random facts about you?

– I’m adopted
– I have 4 sisters, 1 half-brother and 1 half-sister
– My kids call me Sherlock
– I’ve helped a few friends to find missing loved-ones

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 43rd 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:

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

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

  • Post my 43rd edition of The Sunday Post 🙂
  • Review another APP on APPeal
  • Participate in the Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday –  Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book (opposite of April 30 topic!)
  • Review a Book
  • Share July 2013 Reader of the Month
  • Finish reading:  Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland and The Acts of the Apostles

Around the Blogosphere:

My Book Haul:

Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and CultureThe Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for JesusWar Ready: In My Father's ShadowThe LowlandThe PrinceA Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden, #2)The Bible in 90 Days: Week 12: Acts 7:1 - Colossians 4:18

June 2013 Reader of the Month – Michelle O.


This is the eighteenth interview for Reader of the Month.

Several years ago, a group of eighth grade girls were in the same gym class. One of those girls was Michelle O. I think both of us preferred reading to any activity assigned in Physical Education. While we didn’t have many classes together in high school, we both went to Baylor where we hung out a lot, discussing books for class, and, even better, books we read for fun.

Michelle O.

Michelle O.

1.    What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year?
I can’t remember if I read The Hunger Games trilogy this year or last year. It’s not the best reading, but it was the most entertaining.

2.    Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?I read every day. I’ll read and watch TV at the same time. 
3.      What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag?I’ve lost track of all my books. I glad they invented the Kindle so I can save on space.

4.      Who supplies your reading material?

The Kindle has made it too easy to get books now.

 5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

I usually read fiction. I like multiple genres and will read anything that catches my attention.

 6.      Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything?

Orson Scott Card is my favorite author. If I find an author that I like, I usually read almost everything they have available, and then I move on the next author.

 7.      What’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

Inferno by Dan Brown is waiting in my Kindle.

 8.      Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so?

I can’t remember the name of the book. I think it was a variation of Scabs, Bumps, and Bruises. I borrowed it from the library when I was about 8 years old. I was fascinated by it, so I asked my mom what kind of job I could get when I grew up that would incorporate the content. She told me I could be a doctor, so that’s what I did.

 9.   What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?

I read Nancy Drew, The Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley High. I hate getting rid of any books, so I still have most of them.

10.  Where do you like to read?

On my couch.

11.  Other than reading, what do you like doing?

I like running. I’m training for my second marathon.

12.  Where can we find you online?

It’s too much work to turn on my computer. I go on Facebook about 1-2 times a month.

13.  Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online?

Let me know if you find anything good to read.

 14.  What do you challenge people to read?

With society’s obsession with TV and the internet, I just challenge people to read at all.

15.   How about sharing five random facts about you?

1. I have a dog who is 16 years old. He’s a Pomeranian named Spike.

2. I swam in the Amazon river when I spent a month in Peru. (Someone later went into extensive detail about what lives in the Amazon river, so I might pass on that a second time.)

3. I used to hate running, but started to gain weight after I moved to Chicago, and I wanted to lose the extra weight. However, I like to eat, so I  wanted to see if I could still eat what I want and just   run marathons. It didn’t work out the way I wanted, so now I try to eat better too.

4. I want to be an oncologist.

5. I love watching movies. I collect DVDs too.