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.”

Top Ten Authors That Deserve More Recognition | Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. 

If you can’t come up with ten, don’t worry about it—post as many as you can!
This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Authors That Deserve More Recognition
Click here to see the future Top Ten Tuesday schedule. Next week Capillya from That Cover Girl is tackling top ten book covers you wish you could redesign (doesn’t even have to be because you don’t like it…just maybe if you have a cool idea for it!)
1. Beth Revis debuted recently with Across the Universe. Just this past weekend, I read the near 400 page book. She may be relatively unrecognized at the moment but I see that changing.
 
2.Winifred Watson wrote Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. This fairy tale set in 1930s London lifts the spirits. Yet, when the movie came out, I requested the book through inter-library loan. Once I read the book, copies for my local library system arrived.
3. Jeffrey Eugenides turns out a book roughly each decade. People see his genius. . . if only there were more!
4. Anya Seton wrote Katherine, the story of the real Katherine Swynford. Seton influenced others such as Philippa Gregory in the historical fiction genre.
5. Katherine Howe began with The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. In this book, Howe exhibited a fantastic take on the Salem Witch Trials. Her descriptions gave readers what they needed to see what was taking place. I can’t wait for more.
6. Rebecca Skloot’s star is on the rise. With The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, more solid nonfiction from this writer.
7. Stephen King receives a lot a recognition. However, I want to call attention to his more humanistic morality plays such as The Dead Zone and The Green Mile.
8. John Green wrote the highly amusing An Abundance of Katherines. When I read it, I couldn’t stop laughing. Definitely needs more attention.
9. Michele Andrea Bowen wrote Church Folk. She’s my sort of Christian Fiction writer – not sanctimonious at all. Her frank delivery and believable characters rock.
10. Julia Alvarez revived the Mirabal sisters by writing In the Time of the Butterflies. These characters have remained with me for nearly thirteen years. Yes, people hail Alvarez but not enough.

Top Ten Dynamic Duos | Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

If you can’t come up with ten, don’t worry about it—post as many as you can!
This week’s topic:
Top Ten Dynamic Duos
These are the BFFs, partners in crime, powerful couples, and general groups of awesome people that I just can’t get out of my head! Next week–Top Ten Characters I’d Want As Family Members
1) Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley of Jane Austen’s Emma
2) Eve Dallas and Delia Peabody of J.D. Robb’s In Death series
3) Halley and Scarlett of Sarah Dessen’s Someone Like You
4) Jubal Harshaw and Valentine Michael Smith of Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land
5) Howard Roark and Dominique Francon of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead
6) Tita and Pedro of Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate
7) Lenny and George of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men
8) David and Jonathan of The Bible
9) Taylor and April of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees
10) Eliza Sommers and Tao Chien of Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme made by The Broke and the Bookish presenting followers a new top ten list weekly. Everyone can participate- head on over to their blog and sign up.

For January 11, it’s the  Top 10 Bookish/Blogging Resolutions. The following are my goals pertaining to reading.

1. Make 31 posts to my blog in January, see Ultimate Blog Challenge.

2. Review all the books I read this year Jorie’s Reads.  

3. Read The Bible in 52 Weeks.

4. Read 40 books this year.

5. Continue to read books that take place in settings all over the world in Jorie’s Geo Challenge.

6. Gain 1% more on the 1001 Books Challenge.

7. Read more works of nonfiction.  

8. Post more punctually – review a book within a month of reading it.

9. Finish a book from HCPL’s Digital Media Catalog.

10. Keep up with the Top Ten Tuesday lists.

A special thanks to Lucy of The Reading Date blog for sharing this meme on WordPress.