Do You Like TBRs?


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Initially “Discovered @ the library,” these items caught my eye on the shelving cart, in the book drop, displayed, or advertised. In recent years, I took to listing these books that caught my eye on my TBR (To Be Read) page. When I more regularly posted, I shared one TBR per month. I typically posted a TBR on the first Monday of each month.

So, should I continue this feature on Jorie’s Reads? I look forward to hearing from my readers this week. I will extend special consideration to any response received before midnight on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Since I saw many books I added to my TBR list during my hiatus, I will showcase several of these books during the week of June 06 – June 11.

This post is the first in the 2016 series on Jorie’s Reads:

0601 What Do You Like Series

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.

 

 

Comment Catch Up – 3rd Edition


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Van Gogh Starry Night Drawing | Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain Mark 1.0

I present the 3rd Edition of a new-ish feature which offers me the chance to respond to some of my Stellar Visitors’ remarks.

Sunday, August 03 – Jorie’s 79th Edition of The Sunday Post

KimbaCaffeinated @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer said “6 years..impressive. I am on WordPress.org and love it How cool you attended the lecture, I would have enjoyed that. Hope you have an amazing week!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “1) I love the way your site looks and recommend it to others often. Maybe I’ll move to WordPress.org someday. 2) The lecture was great and I hope to provide the link to a video when it’s uploaded. 3) Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 – Top Ten Books Jorie Would Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Mysteries

Anna @ herding cats & burning soup said “Oh I love Evanovic, Robb and Grafton. Such great series :)”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I always look forward to reading Stephanie Plum’s description of her dearly departed Grandpa Mazur. I love Robb’s world building and Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone.”

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “Great list! I’ve read most of these and they’re all great. I’m pretty sure I’ve read Kay Hooper but it’s been a long time. I definitely need to revisit her! I also want to give Sandra Brown a try. Somehow I’ve never read anything by her.”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “1) I think King is underrated. While I prefer his less bloody prose, I think he’s got serious talent and I’m sure he would make an intriguing guest at the dinner table. 2) I haven’t read all of Shakespeare’s works but I’ve marveled each time I’ve studied and/or watched his plays.”

Joey via thoughts and afterthoughts said “I’m not one for many mysteries/thrillers as I get enough of those from watching it on television! I’m sure Evanovich novel is much better than the film adaptation though (now I’ll pretend I never saw it to wipe the memory away…)”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I find I enjoy listening to mysteries on my way to work. As always, the books are better than the films! ;)”

Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings said “The Firm was one of the first “big books” I read. Ah the memories”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “The Firm was my first Grisham read in a decade (I read The Rainmaker when I was in college). It was scary to think that all these events were oh-so-plausible.”

Bethany DeLoof @ Books By Beth said “Love Evanovich, Grafton, and Connelly! I have a few Robb books that I haven’t picked up yet. Great list!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I love Evanovich’s dialogue, Grafton’s character studies, and Connelly’s breakdown of the law for laymen. Robb’s look into the future is amazing world building.”

Comment Catch Up – Week of July 27, 2014


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Van Gogh Starry Night Drawing | Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain Mark 1.0

I present the 2nd Edition of a new-ish feature which offers me the chance to respond to some of my Stellar Visitors’ remarks.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 78th Edition of The Sunday Post

sherry fundin @ fundinmental said “I love Jance and Devil’s Claw looks great. Happy reading”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I’ve enjoyed Jance’s J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady series. Devil’s Claw was great!”

Amber @ Young Adult Indulgences said “The Lovely Bones has been on my reading list since the (I know, I know) movie came out. 🙂 I never manage to obtain it to read it though. *sigh*

Oh my gosh, you haven’t finished The Fault In Our Stars? Have you seen the movie or are you a “I want to read the book first” people? I’m like that. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for The Hunger Games. 😦

I wish I had checked out these Sunday Post blog posts before submitting my own. I keep looking at other ones and going “Aw man, I should have added that!”. In regards to your blog, it’s the “TBF” list. I definitely need to start adding that to mine.

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: ” 1) I’m hoping to have a couple of posts about The Lovely Bones go live soon. I’ve found both the book and movie to be polarizing among readers and viewers alike. I can’t wait to read the comments! 2) Yes, I’ve been waiting my turn on the library request list for The Fault in Our Stars and am thankful a friend took pity on me. 🙂 I hope to read the book before I see the movie – even if that means watching it at home in a few months. Sadly, I read The Hunger Games a few years ago and whenever I see the movies, I’m checking the action against the wikis. 3) I’m looking forward to checking out your Sunday Post blogs; I think of them as a “State of a Blog” or “The News You Missed.”

KimbaCaffeinated @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer said “I like Blackstock and I really need to try Conversion. Have a fabulous week my friend!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “1) I picked up Blackstock from my church’s library for the Summer Reading Program (SRP). Even though I didn’t make the deadline for the SRP, I still plan to finish the book. Also, I imagine I’ll continue reading Blackstock’s Restoration series. 2) Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is one of my favorite reads in recent years and I anticipate the same with her Conversion. Happy August, my friend!

Fiza @ I’ll read till i drop said “I can’t believe it either, I have no idea where the weeks went.
Didn’t know I was a stellar….anything, thanks for the shoutout 😀

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “Of course you’re a Stellar Visitor! 😉 Thanks so much for visiting Jorie’s Reads!

Monday, July 28, 2014 – Books Before Movies! 

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “Other than Gone Girl I wasn’t aware of any of these! Of course I’m not a huge movie person so that doesn’t mean anything. Wild has been on my TBR list for awhile and I’d be interested to see that as a movie. Plus, I like Reese Witherspoon. I’m not sure I want to see Tess in movie form! The book was wonderful and awful. I don’t think I want to see it played out in front of me. If they do a bad job it will be dreadful but if they do a good job it will be excruciating to watch!

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I read The Giver and Macbeth but nothing else on this list. Maybe I can lay my hands on Gone Girl and Wild before the movies hit theaters. I read Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley and approach her other works with trepidation. I also find Hardy daunting. Time will tell, though! “

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Top Ten Most Popular Authors on Jorie’s Bookshelf

ChrissiReads @ Chrissi Reads said “What a great list! 🙂 My sister would have Stephen King on hers, she loves him!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “Thank you! I like King’s blend of horror and SciFi.”

Anna @ herding cats & burning soup said “Very nice. I’ve only got Shakespeare from the group and I think one from Brown.”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I’ve got to have Shakespeare! Also, Sandra Brown’s dialogue and local color give her a permanent spot on my bookshelf – real or virtual. “

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “Interesting list! There’s several authors that I’m not familiar with and several that are on my list of authors that it’s past time I try. Stephen King heads that list! I’d love to reread Shakespeare. It’s been since high school since I read MacBeth but I loved it then. I wonder what I would get out of it now.”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “1) I think King is underrated. While I prefer his less bloody prose, I think he’s got serious talent and I’m sure he would make an intriguing guest at the dinner table. 2) I haven’t read all of Shakespeare’s works but I’ve marveled each time I’ve studied and/or watched his plays.”

Comment Catch Up – Week of July 20, 2014


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Van Gogh Starry Night Drawing | Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain Mark 1.0

Here’s a new feature which offers me the chance to respond to some of my Stellar Visitors’ remarks.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 77th Edition of The Sunday Post

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “I really need to read Unbroken. I’ll have to go check out your review. I’ve yet to read The Fault in Our Stars but I’ve held on so long I almost can’t pick it up now! Have a great week! Hopefully things will settle down a bit for you!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: 1) I appreciated Unbroken on so many levels. Although I borrowed the book many times, I felt it was worthy of finishing. Also, I can’t wait for the movie to hit theaters in December! 2) As I have a huge pile of books checked out to me, I’m blessed that a friend lent me The Fault in Our Stars. Otherwise, I’d be playing the waiting game with this bestseller. 3) Thank you, things settled down a bit this week and I posted more!

Fiza said “I still haven’t read The Fault In Our Stars, really should though >.<My Sunday

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: 1) You’re not alone when it comes to The Fault in Our Stars. The few pages that I’ve read are intriguing. Time will tell if I like it as much as John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines. 2) I visited, followed, and liked your blog today. I’m happy you’re on WordPress, too!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – Top Ten Characters Jorie Would Want on a Deserted Island with Her

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “Great picks! It’s been so long since I’ve read the Joanna Brady series I had forgotten about Butch but he’d be a great guy to be stuck on an island with!

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: I definitely wanted to make sure I had some cooks/chefs in my version of the deserted island scenario. Butch cooks as well as tells great stories – I’d say he’s a two for one! 😉

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts said “I guess this deserted island scenario is more of a weekend getaway for you if you can just get Superman to fly you back out when the fun has died down! – Cheers,  joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: Hey, Joey! Yeah, I think my girlhood Christopher Reeve crush resurfaced in this week’s theme. However, I did make sure our food and shelter needs were met. I checked out your post and am amazed by your various contingencies. Also, I like how you’ve provided readers with a  Top Ten Tuesday Index!

Anna @ herding cats & burning soup said “I don’t know all of them but the ones I do know I’m gonna have to agree with ya. Great picks!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “Thank you! Which characters do you know?”