A Call For Steampunk


Original illustration of Jules Verne’s Nautilus engine room | Wikipedia

Earlier this year, I signed up for Herding Cats & Burning Soup’s New To You 2015 Challenge. Down the road, I realized Steampunk has been on my bucket list ever came across the term. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. Thus, I request recommendations for good Steampunk that I can finish before 1 January 2016. Please add titles in the comments. I can’t wait!

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month


Asian Characters | morgueFile Free photos

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
         

Blog Ahead (mini)

BLOG AHEAD (mini) May 1-14


BLOG AHEAD (mini) May 1-14 |Herding Cats & Burning Soups

I’ve returned to the Blogosphere. So has Blog Ahead! What better way for me to re-acclimate than with Blog Ahead?  In Anna’s words:

This time for a mini 2 week version to help get everyone ready for Summer vacation! Getting ahead with blog posts is something I think is so important. It can really lighten the stress of blogging and is great for allowing down days if you just can’t get by the blog but still want things to go live.

To create a 2 week blogging buffer by increasing your total number of scheduled blog posts by 14.

In my case, I have 2 posts in the queue. That means I must have 16 posts awaiting by Thursday, May 14.

Any posts that are completely finished and ready to go live.
This can be weekly memes like Waiting on Wednesday, Cat Thursday, book/product reviews, author guest posts, discussion topics, etc.
They don’t have to be book related.
Anyone! Really. New to blogging or seasoned bloggers.
It’s fine if books aren’t your main theme.
It’s even okay if you don’t think you can hit 14 extra scheduled posts in 2 weeks.
Even if you only get 1-2 extra posts scheduled that’s still a great thing, right?
Just add your blog to the linky list below!
It’s not a requirement but if you’re able to create a sign up post on your blog or announce on social media you’ve joined in with a link to this post it’s greatly appreciated!
There’s also a FB group for support during the challenge if you’d like to join 🙂
So, who’s with me!

Indefinite Hiatus


First of all, congratulations to Laura J., the winner of the 2015 Bloggerversary Giveaway. Laura won an Amazon gift card!

Secondly, this is my first time posting since January. I’m thankful that I’m fine. Yet, I’ve been preoccupied enough that I can’t currently do this blog justice.  Thus, Jorie’s Reads is officially on an indefinite hiatus. I will continue reading, sharing things on social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, etc), and checking out what’s going on in the Blogosphere. Please continue sharing with me.

Love,

Jorie

TBTB – Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds


The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough | Goodreads

Learning of author Colleen McCullough’s death today made me recall her book The Thorn Birds. The miniseries based on her novel of the lovely Meggie Cleary’s doomed love of parish priest, Ralph de Bricassart, inspired me to read the book.

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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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