Comment Catch Up – Week of July 20, 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

Here’s a new feature which offers me the chance to respond to some of my Stellar Visitors’ remarks.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 77th Edition of The Sunday Post

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “I really need to read Unbroken. I’ll have to go check out your review. I’ve yet to read The Fault in Our Stars but I’ve held on so long I almost can’t pick it up now! Have a great week! Hopefully things will settle down a bit for you!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: 1) I appreciated Unbroken on so many levels. Although I borrowed the book many times, I felt it was worthy of finishing. Also, I can’t wait for the movie to hit theaters in December! 2) As I have a huge pile of books checked out to me, I’m blessed that a friend lent me The Fault in Our Stars. Otherwise, I’d be playing the waiting game with this bestseller. 3) Thank you, things settled down a bit this week and I posted more!

Fiza said “I still haven’t read The Fault In Our Stars, really should though >.<My Sunday

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: 1) You’re not alone when it comes to The Fault in Our Stars. The few pages that I’ve read are intriguing. Time will tell if I like it as much as John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines. 2) I visited, followed, and liked your blog today. I’m happy you’re on WordPress, too!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – Top Ten Characters Jorie Would Want on a Deserted Island with Her

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “Great picks! It’s been so long since I’ve read the Joanna Brady series I had forgotten about Butch but he’d be a great guy to be stuck on an island with!

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: I definitely wanted to make sure I had some cooks/chefs in my version of the deserted island scenario. Butch cooks as well as tells great stories – I’d say he’s a two for one! 😉

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts said “I guess this deserted island scenario is more of a weekend getaway for you if you can just get Superman to fly you back out when the fun has died down! – Cheers,  joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: Hey, Joey! Yeah, I think my girlhood Christopher Reeve crush resurfaced in this week’s theme. However, I did make sure our food and shelter needs were met. I checked out your post and am amazed by your various contingencies. Also, I like how you’ve provided readers with a  Top Ten Tuesday Index!

Anna @ herding cats & burning soup said “I don’t know all of them but the ones I do know I’m gonna have to agree with ya. Great picks!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “Thank you! Which characters do you know?”


Jorie’s 77th Edition ~ The Sunday Post

Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post – Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

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Some family stuff kept me from posting as much as I originally hoped. However, things are better and I look forward to publishing more posts. Also, a new feature is in the works.

On the bright side, I revisited Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Jude Deveraux’s The Mulberry Tree. I may post these books in the 2013 Revisited feature. Stay tuned!

I finally posted a review of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. It differs from other reviews so check it out by clicking on the cover image.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Please feel free to share what you’re reading now for the July edition of “What Are You Reading?”

~ Don’t forget to check out Jorie’s Online Reading Club! ~


The Lovely Bones Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady, #7)  The Mulberry Tree

TBF (To Be Finished):

  Last Light (Restoration, #1)  The Dog Stars  Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution War Ready: In My Father's Shadow 

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon

         Devil's Claw (Joanna Brady, #8)  Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.  The Fault in Our Stars 

   My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)

 Devil's Claw (Joanna Brady, #8)  Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.  The Fault in Our Stars  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture  King George III: America's Enemy

Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand | Jorie's Store @ Amazon

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon


Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Author: Laua Hillenbrand, Narrated by Edward Herrmann
ISBN: 9781415962763
Length: 13 hours, 56 minutes
Publication Date: November 16, 2010
Publisher: Random House Audio
Genre: Biography, History, Word War II History, Military History
Source: Harris County Public Library Digital Media Catalog


Reasons for Reading: I wanted to read Unbroken ever since I watched a “CBS Sunday Morning” segment about Louis Zamperini and Laura Hillenbrand. Soon after, I won a Nook Tablet and, thus, began my journey of requesting and re-requesting Unbroken until I finished it in 2014. I’ve checked out both eBook and eAudio of Unbroken from HCPL’s Overdrive.

Summary: Wild and crazy Louis Silvie Zamperini seemed unstoppable. His hi-jinx earned him a reputation in his hometown of Torrance, California while his amazing speed gave him a ticket to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He went on to become an Army Air Forces bombardier. He fought in the Pacific Theater. His bomber crashed in the Pacific Ocean in May, 1943. Many believed Zamperini and others on board died in the crash.

Unbeaten, Zamperini rose to the surface of the ocean and pulled himself onto a life raft. He and two other crew members survived the crash. The three floated, awaiting help. Ultimately, Japanese fighters discovered the castaways. The journey continues, testing an unbreakable spirit.

One Thing I Learned from this book: One real threat to humanity was the pseudoscience of eugenics, “the belief and practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population” (Wikipedia, 2014).  To discover more, click on the following linked phrase – Eugenics – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

What I Liked: I liked Zamperini and his rough and tumble family. I easily slipped into his world as Hillenbrand set the scene well. I’ll admit this fits under the heading of  “stranger than fiction.”

What I Disliked: I wanted a little more between the last chapter and the penultimate chapter and the epilogue. As this may spoil the ending, I will not say anything more about the ending.

RR - Orange

Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17

A Few Notes: I finished reading Unbroken a short while before our hero’s passing in July. To see previous posts about the subject of Unbroken, check out the following links:

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