A Confession Regarding A Certain Bloggerversary Challenge


Bloggerversary GiveawayPart of my self-imposed “Bloggerversary Challenge – 2014,” I committed myself to reading and reviewing four books selected by readers within the calendar year. Of the winners, I actually reviewed Mansfield Park and What I Loved. (You can even check out my reviews by clicking on the linked titles.

While I finished Out of Africa, I failed to even finish 1001 Nights. In honor of my upcoming Bloggerversary, I anticipate doing something to remedy this fact. Please stay tuned to this Bat Channel – ETA Monday, January 12, 2015.

 

 

Challenges for 2015


 Wow, it’s 2015! I’ve been posting a lot about resolutions. Of course, I must include some challenges! For my annual book quantity on Goodreads, I’ve challenged myself to read 52 books in 2015. This means I must read one book per week this year. I’ve not set any parameters beyond a number of books but I normally read books that are around 200 pages long. Time will tell how I’ll do with this goal.

Around the World in 80 BooksOver the years, I’ve casually participated in various reading groups on Goodreads. A recent favorite group is Around the World in 80 Books. I’ve slowly taken literary treks across the Earth. I hope to “visit” many places throughout the year.

Lastly, I’ve accepted Herding Cats & Burning Soup’s challenge “New To You 2015 Reading Challenge!” Find out more by clicking on this handy, dandy button!

Jorie’s Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2015


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our bookish goals for 2015

Jorie Resolves to:

  1. Post at least 5 times a week
  2. Share more reviews
  3. Respond to comments
  4. Participate in blog hops
  5. Establish and build a bookish meme
  6. Read & review something from a newish genre
  7. Build up Jorie’s Store @ Amazon
  8. Seek collaborative blogging efforts
  9. Whittle down the TBR shelf
  10. Blog ahead (viva the Blog Ahead Challenge!)

What Are You Reading? – December 2014 Edition


What Are You Reading?
A huge thanks to Ryan for sending me the Fortune Magazine article! Many books were considered the best of 2014. When possible, I’ve tried to find the first book in series.
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!
Fiction:
Do Unto Others (Jordan Poteet Mystery)  The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius  Paradise Lost (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel) Gray Mountain: A Novel Leaving Time: A Novel
Lila: A Novel Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth Mysteries, No. 1) Olive Kitteridge
Great Expectations (Dover Thrift Editions) The Queen of Hearts The House on Mango Street
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel The Zone of Interest: A novel Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)
Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six) Friendswood: A Novel The Man in the Iron Mask
Nonfiction: 
Dressed to Kill: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare and Armor  The Glass Cage: Automation and Us  The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Pete Rose: An American Dilemma A Short Guide to a Long Life World Order
The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines Julian of Norwich: Showings (Classics of Western Spirituality) Through My Eyes
Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything Pitt Cue Co. The Cookbook 41: A Portrait of My Father
The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles Songs BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
 

Fortune’s 20 favorite books of 2014


Books on display at the annual Paris Book Fair, March 14, 2008. Photograph by Charles Platiau — Reuters

A huge amount of appreciation goes to Ryan for tweeting this article from Fortune Editors. Personally, I think I’ve added 19 TBRs to my list. (One of their picks already made my TBR shelf!) Click on the link Fortune’s 20 favorite books of 2014 to view and read. How well did Fortune do? I look forward to your comments!

Top Ten Books Jorie Read In 2014


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Top Ten Books We Read In 2014

(Some of these books have been around for a while. However, it’ll be 2015 before I get to them.)

(Thank you, LibraryThing, for the images)

1. Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park 

  Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

2. Ann Brashares’ My Name is Memory 

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

3. Michael Connelly’s The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller #6) 

The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer) by…

4. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

5. Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken…

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival,…

6. Katherine Howe’s Conversion 

  Conversion by Katherine Howe

7. J.A. Jance’s Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Series #1) 

 Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.…

8. Deborah Johnson’s The Secret of Magic 

The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

9. David Platt’s Follow Me…

  Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by…

10. Veronica Roth’s Divergent (Divergent Series #1) 

 Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ten New to Jorie Authors Jorie read in 2014


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top ten new-to-us authors we read in 2014

(Thank you, Goodreads, for the images)

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

1. Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock

2. Ally Carter

  Ally Carter

3. Isak Dinesen

Karen Blixen

4. Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn

5. Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand

6. Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt

7. Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson

8. William Landay

William Landay

9. Ron Rash

Ron Rash

10. Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth

Jorie’s 90th 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)

Link back to this post or this blog

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~ Don’t forget to check out Jorie’s Online Reading Club! ETA for Meet Up – January 2015! ~

Highlights:

Name Withheld (J.P. Beaumont, #13)  Mean Streak Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass Breach of Duty (J.P. Beaumont, #14)  Defending Jacob

To Be Finished

1001 Arabian Nights

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon

               Birds of Prey (J.P. Beaumont, #15) 

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

  Birds of Prey (J.P. Beaumont, #15)  The Most Dangerous Animal of All  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture