Mom’s Picks | Mother’s Day 2015


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I am celebrating Mother’s Day by sharing some of my mom’s favorite books.
By clicking on the covers, you can visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
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NIV Holy Bible  To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary Edition  Stranger in a Strange Land
The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern)  Last Light (A Restoration Novel)  Katherine
The Green Mile  The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity  One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity
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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month


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The U.S. celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May. In honor of this celebration, I collected books with APAHM-related themes as well as authors of Asian-Pacific heritage. Check out my 2014 shelfie. What books deserve a spot on the shelf?
You can click on the covers, visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
Samir and Yonatan  The Name Jar  Bindi Babes
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet  How My Parents Learned to Eat (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin books)  Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Never Let Me Go  Thousand Cranes  Girl in Translation
Interpreter of Maladies  The Piano Teacher: A Novel  The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (Penguin Classics)
The Complete Persepolis  The Joy Luck Club  The Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition)
Doveglion: Collected Poems (Penguin Classics)  Monkey: Folk Novel of China  Millicent Min, Girl Genius
         

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TBTB – Ann Rinaldi’s A Break With Charity


A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials | Goodreads

While I probably read historical fiction in the past, my earliest memory of enjoying this subgenre was Ann Rinaldi’s A Break with Charity… I found myself walking in Salem Village right along with Susanna English. After reading this book, I tried to find as many books by Rinaldi as possible. Of course, I discovered other wonderful historical fiction authors but Rinaldi remains the one who introduced me novels about the past.

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TBTB – Clifford the Big Red Dog


The original, 1963 cover of Clifford the Big Red Dog. “[I] was shocked when it was accepted for publication, because I’d never written anything before,” says Norman Bridwell. Scholastic

One of my all-time favorite reads was of this friendly, red dog. Later on, Clifford made his way onto small-screen edutainment station PBS. I hope late author Norman Bridwell’s legacy touches the lives of future generations.

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Katherine Howe’s Conversion


Conversion

Title: Conversion
Author: Katherine Howe
ISBN: 978-0399167775
Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Source: Harris County Public Library

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Reasons for Reading: I often recommend Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane to readers seeking a good book to read. Of course, when Howe’s Conversion arrived in the order department at Harris County Public Library, I placed a request on it.

Summary : Howe offers us two points of view. The first belongs to Colleen Rowley is a stressed out high senior attending the prestigious St. Joan’s Academy in the year 2012. Various classmates of Colleen’s succumb to odd behavior – tics, panic, hysteria, etc. On top of that, a popular teacher mysteriously departs. All of this just happens to take place in Danvers, Massachusetts. The other point of view comes from a recalcitrant, grown up Ann Putnam. In 1706, Ann builds up the courage to publicly confess to her part in the witch hunt known as the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

One Thing I Learned from this book: I rediscovered that Danvers used to be Salem Village.

What I Liked: I liked the Easter eggs referring to one of my favorite books – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. Also, I felt Colleen and her friends were genuine, well-conceived characters.

What I Disliked: I wanted a few of the loose ends to be tied. Maybe there will be a sequel?

RR - Yellow  Rainbow Rating: Yellow – Parental Guidance for Kids Under 13

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TBTB – Sweet Valley Saga


Sweet Valley Saga | Snark Valley

One of my girlhood guiltiest pleasures was Sweet Valley High, created by Francine Pascal. Pascal’s Sweet Valley Confidential holds the dubious distinction of receiving the lowest book rating ever. Nonetheless, my favorites in the series were the sagas – genealogies of the fictional stars. The first book traces the maternal line of the Wakefield twins, Elizabeth and Jessica. While I found some of it contrived (yes, even in girlhood, I thought it was contrived), I liked the idea of family story, their genealogy. I believe I went on to read the second book, which followed the story of Ned Wakefield’s , the twins’ father, side of the family tree. For a more detailed description, visit Snark Valley’s review of this book by clicking here.

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Native American Heritage Month Reads – 2014 Edition


Sequoyah with a tablet depicting his writing system for the Cherokee language. 19th-century print of a painting. | Wikipedia

I must confess: I’ve not read much Native American literature. I read a couple of books by the talented Sherman Alexie in 2013 but I’ve resolved to broaden my horizons. I happily discovered Open Education Database (OEDb)’s list – 20 Native American Authors You Need to Read. By this time next year, I hope to say I’ve read a few more pieces of Native American literature.
So, now I present a few books in honor of  Native American Heritage Month. To visit the store, please click on any of these book covers. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
Flight: A Novel  Love Medicine: Newly Revised Edition (P.S.) Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter  The Woman Who Owned the Shadows  Spirit and Reason: The Vine Deloria Jr. Reader
House Made of Dawn  Harper's Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry  Native Liberty: Natural Reason and Cultural Survivance
Fools Crow (Penguin Classics)  Crazy Brave: A Memoir  Woven Stone (Sun Tracks)
Love at Gunpoint  From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian  Sundown
Pushing the Bear (Harvest Book)  The Winona LaDuke Reader: A Collection of Essential Writings  A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children (Contemporary Native American Communities)