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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


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

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


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

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.”