27 Of The Most Exciting New Books Of 2015 | BuzzFeed


BuzzFeed – January 8, 2015

I always love to receive book news and articles! A great amount of appreciation goes to reader friend Ryan for sending me this link (27 Of The Most Exciting New Books Of 2015 | BuzzFeed). Is there an article you’d like to see posted on Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf (JRbSNE)? Feel free to forward such via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or in the comments section of the blog.

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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!

 

September 2013 Reader of the Month – Kimba C.


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Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer | Click Here to Check Out Her Awesome Blog!

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

 

It’s my pleasure to present Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer as my September Reader of the Month. Little over the year ago, by serendipity, I landed on The Sunday Post meme, hosted by Kimba. When I began participating, it pleased me greatly when Kimba actually replied to my posts on the blog. She also introduced me to other book bloggers. This past year is a blast and I have Kimba to thank. So, I’ll let Kimba take it away from here – Jorie

Hello my name is Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviewer but peeps around the sphere know me as Kimba.

1.      What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year? In the past year I’ve read over 250 books from numerous genres, so I will give you a few. Sabrina Jeffries -What the Duke Desires,  Sarah J. Maas- Crown of Midnight, Chris Bohjalian- The Light in the Ruins, and Katja Millay- Sea of Tranquility. Justin Cronin -The Passage and of course I could go on to name favorites in all the different genres

2.      Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading? When I first start a book, I need absolute quiet, but once I am into the tale the zombie apocalypse could occur and I wouldn’t hear a think.

3.      What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag? pfft *grins* A lot of books! My nightstand is overflowing with books I need to read in the next 30 days, I carry my ereader and smartphone with me everywhere. Just at a glance I see a Bella Andre book, a Lori Foster book, Linda Grimes and David Levithan.

4.      Who supplies your reading material? Besides my own personal addiction, I have been privileged enough to receive ARC’s from Tor, Random House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Bloomsbury, Hyperion, Sourcebooks, Kensington and a few other wonderful publishers.

5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy? I am not a bid fan of non-fiction or erotica ..so everything in between. I will read YA, NA and adult and I never read from the same genre back to back. So Monday it could be a contemporary romance, Tuesday a dystopian, Wednesday a historical romance, Thursday Chick-lit and Friday romantic suspense, rounding out the week with a good horror book on Saturday.

6.      Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything? Patricia Briggs, Amanda Stevens, Sarah MacLean, Heather Graham, Robyn Carr, Nora Roberts, Dan Wells, David Levithan, Bella Andre, Kat Richardson, Jayne Anne Krentz…should I stop? I did mention I am a book addict right?

7.      What’s on your TBR (to be read) list? :snorts: My list is huge, so how about we just name a few. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, Banquet of Lies by Michelle Diener, If You Were Mine by Bella Andre

8.      Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so? Amanda Quick introduced me to paranormal woo-woo with Second Sight. Prior to that my reading was limited to Oprah books of the month, horror, suspense, mystery and historical romance.

9.     What was something you enjoyed reading as a child? Alice in Wonderland, Grimm Fairy tales and all of the classics

10.   Where do you like to read? My favorite spot is with a blanket on my bed

11.   Other than reading, what do you like doing? drink coffee, spend time with my hubby and adult children, blog!

12.   Where can we find you online? I am all over the social media sites, if you visited my blog caffeinatedbookreviewer.com, there are links to my facebook, twitter, pinterest, and goodreads profiles.

13.   Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online? Oh, I have so many peeps I adore, so to be safe I am going to send hugs and coffee to all the peeps who link up and participate in the Sunday Post each week! *waves*

14.  What do you challenge people to read? I think people need to be open to all genres, keep trying new books, authors. When people tell me they are in a reading rut and I look and see all they are reading is from one genre, I am not surprised. Try, and try again. Just because you read one historical fiction and hated it, doesn’t mean you will hate all books from this genre.

15. What would you like to see on Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf? Some conversation posts, discussion posts.

16.   How about sharing five random facts about you? 

a. Without coffee I would die. Seriously, it is like air to me.

b. I will forgo sleep for a good book

c. I love to chat about books and the more I like a book, the faster I talk..I become almost animated!

d. I love salty mixed with sweet. Godiva’s chocolate salted almond bar..HEAVEN!

e. If I could I would never leave my home. Seriously, I would totally by everything on line. I love company but prefer my own little patch in this great big universe.

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.

TBRs – Kiera Cass’ The Selection (Selection – Trilogy (Quality))


The Selection (Selection – Trilogy (Quality)) by Kiera Cass | Jorie’s Store by Amazon

In July’s Reader of the Month interview, Willa H. mentioned this book. I’ve since requested it in the eBook format. I’m number 50 or something like that. I look forward to reading it, though!

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

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.