Top Ten Books Jorie Wants To Revisit


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Top Ten Books I Want To Reread (or if you don’t reread…would reread in an ideal world)

(I refer to rereads as revisited books. Check out my 2013 blog challenge – Revisited.)

1. Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells

2. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice 

3. Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay

4.  Stephen King’s The Green Mile 

5. Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible 

6. Lois Lowry’s The Giver

6. L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

7. Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss

8. Veronica Roth’s Insurgent 

9. Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

10.  Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


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 My first experience with Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day must have been auditory. I can recall the words so much better than the images. Yet, I have often alluded to this picture book when I’m having a lousy time of it.

With the film out in theaters, I remembered the elementary school librarian reading this book to us.  Also, I recalled a substitute teacher playing the audiotape for us. How old school is that?

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Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (Bloggerversary Challenge)


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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.

RR - Green

 

 Rainbow Rating: Green – Parental Guidance 

Song: J.S. BACH, Harpsichord Concertos BWV1052, BWV1053, BWV1056, BWV1054, I Barocchisti

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


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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 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 Ten Books Jorie Can Hardly Wait to Read


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top ten books Julia wants to read but doesn’t own yet

(This looks a lot like last week’s list… Thank you,  LibraryThing for the images)

1.  Sandra Brown’s Mean Streak 

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

2. Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

3.  Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

4. J.A. Jance’s Partner In Crime (J.P. Beaumont/Joanna Brady Crossover) 

Partner in Crime by J. A. Jance

5.  George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

6. Stephanie Perkins’  Isla and the Happily Ever After 

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie…

7. David Platt’s Radical… 

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the…

8. Rainbow Rowell’s Landline  

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

9. Jared C. Wilson’s Otherworld

Otherworld: A Novel by Jared C. Wilson

10. Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle…

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Jorie That She MUST Read


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top ten books people have been telling daisy that she must read

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1.  Sandra Brown’s Mean Streak 

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

2. Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

3.  Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

4. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

5.  George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

6. John Piper”s  Think…

Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of…

7. David Platt’s Radical… 

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the…

8. Liesel Schwarz’s A Conspiracy of Alchemists 

A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

9. Jared C. Wilson’s Otherworld

Otherworld: A Novel by Jared C. Wilson

10. Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle…

Top Ten Books Jorie Would Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Mysteries


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Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X (examples: New Adult novels, historical fiction, a certain author, books about a certain topic, etc)

(I’ve selected the first book in series whenever there’s more than one book.)

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1.  Sandra Brown’s Deadline

Deadline by Sandra Brown

2. Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer Series)

The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel by Michael…

3.  Janet Evanovich’s One For the Money (Stephanie Plum Series) 

One for the Money

4. Sue Grafton’s A is for Alibi (The Alphabet Mysteries Series)

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

5.  John Grisham’s The Firm 

The Firm: A Novel by John Grisham

6. Kay Hooper’s  Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series ( Stealing Shadows Trilogy ))

Stealing Shadows (Shadows Trilogy) by Kay…

7. JA Jance’s Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Series) 

Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.…

8. JA Jance’s Until Proven Guilty (JP Beaumont Series) 

Until Proven Guilty by J. A. Jance

9. Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No.…

10. JD Robb’s Naked in Death (… in Death) 

Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1) by J. D.…