2014 in review


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What Are You Reading? – December 2014 Edition


What Are You Reading?
A huge thanks to Ryan for sending me the Fortune Magazine article! Many books were considered the best of 2014. When possible, I’ve tried to find the first book in series.
If you’re interested in participating in future “What Are You Reading?” posts, please comment on this post.  To visit what readers have been reading in previous months, please visit “What Are You Reading?” You can visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon by clicking on the following book covers. Shopping at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways!
Fiction:
Do Unto Others (Jordan Poteet Mystery)  The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius  Paradise Lost (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel) Gray Mountain: A Novel Leaving Time: A Novel
Lila: A Novel Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth Mysteries, No. 1) Olive Kitteridge
Great Expectations (Dover Thrift Editions) The Queen of Hearts The House on Mango Street
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel The Zone of Interest: A novel Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)
Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six) Friendswood: A Novel The Man in the Iron Mask
Nonfiction: 
Dressed to Kill: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare and Armor  The Glass Cage: Automation and Us  The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Pete Rose: An American Dilemma A Short Guide to a Long Life World Order
The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines Julian of Norwich: Showings (Classics of Western Spirituality) Through My Eyes
Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything Pitt Cue Co. The Cookbook 41: A Portrait of My Father
The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles Songs BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
 

Fortune’s 20 favorite books of 2014


Books on display at the annual Paris Book Fair, March 14, 2008. Photograph by Charles Platiau — Reuters

A huge amount of appreciation goes to Ryan for tweeting this article from Fortune Editors. Personally, I think I’ve added 19 TBRs to my list. (One of their picks already made my TBR shelf!) Click on the link Fortune’s 20 favorite books of 2014 to view and read. How well did Fortune do? I look forward to your comments!

Top Ten Books Jorie Read In 2014


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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Top Ten Books We Read In 2014

(Some of these books have been around for a while. However, it’ll be 2015 before I get to them.)

(Thank you, LibraryThing, for the images)

1. Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park 

  Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

2. Ann Brashares’ My Name is Memory 

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

3. Michael Connelly’s The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller #6) 

The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer) by…

4. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

5. Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken…

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival,…

6. Katherine Howe’s Conversion 

  Conversion by Katherine Howe

7. J.A. Jance’s Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Series #1) 

 Desert Heat (Joanna Brady Mysteries) by J.…

8. Deborah Johnson’s The Secret of Magic 

The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

9. David Platt’s Follow Me…

  Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by…

10. Veronica Roth’s Divergent (Divergent Series #1) 

 Divergent by Veronica Roth

Baylor University Armstrong Browning Library | C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs)


Pied Piper Window | Armstrong Browning Library

A special thanks to friend and featured reader Ryan for sharing this video about my old coal mine – Armstrong Browning Library. This video was produced in November 2014 by C-SPAN.  Click here to see and hear from Director Rita Patteson speak of married poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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

Goodreads

 

 

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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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)