#WWWWednesday No.5: A New Year, A New Beginning: retrospectively encouraged by a renewal of bookish joy!

Posted Wednesday, 17 February, 2016 by jorielov 0 Comments

WWWWednesday a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I ♥ the premise of this meme {WWW Wednesdays} due to the dexterity it gives the reader! Smiles. Clearly subject to change on a weekly rotation, which may or may not lead to your ‘next’ read providing a bit of a paradoxical mystery to your readers!! Smiles. ♥ the brilliance of it’s concept!

This weekly meme was originally hosted by Should Be Reading who became A Daily Rhythm. Lovingly restored and continued by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Each week you participate, your keen to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading!?
  • What did you recently finish reading!?
  • What do you think you’ll read next!?

After which, your meant to click over to THIS WEEK’s WWWWednesday to share your post’s link so that the rest of the bloggers who are participating can check out your lovely answers! Score! Perhaps even, find other bloggers who dig the same books as you do! I thought it would serve as a great self-check to know where I am and the progress I am hoping to have over the next week!

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To help introduce you to the books I’m reading, the Synopses link to Riffle.

If you’d like an alternative to GoodReads, I highly suggest trying Riffle*.

I’m still boggled by the fact my Riffle Lists have been viewed *20, 276* times! I’ve only just started to curate the lists and embed them into my blog where I expand on why I created them, too! I have 18 Lists published out of 32 lists I’ve drafted! I am looking forward to revealling more of them this year!

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What are you currently reading!? (Wednesday to Wednesday)

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Synopsis)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Synopsis)

In addition to books I am reading for review:

  • The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley by Susan Örnbratt (Synopsis)
  • All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray (Synopsis)
  • Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray (Synopsis)
  • The Land of Look Behind by Aaron Blaylock (Synopsis)
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (Synopsis)
  • #ChocLitSaturdays The Silver Locket by Margaret James (Synopsis)
  • Letters from a Patchwork Quilt by Clare Flynn (Synopsis)
  • Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette by L. Munro Davis (Synopsis)
  • Shivers and Signposts: The Journey Continues by Len Richman (Synopsis)

Originally I was meant to review The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley in late Autumn of [2015] or early Winter, as I had begun reading this novel so many months ago. On my review, I am outlining the small history I have had with the story and how despite life’s disruptions taking me out of it’s scope, I was able to find this particular novel to be a mainstay in my reading queue. It’s interesting because I do not often read stories in this manner of reading only a few chapters a day, as I generally can read books in one or two sittings. Circumstances shaped how I read #GillianPugsley and if anyone on Twitter noticed my spontaneous tag for mentioning my reading reactions, I am sure I caused a stirring curiosity to seek out who this #GillianPugsley is and if so, I am overjoyed! She’s a uniquely conceived character and the entire style of the novel is set apart from most of it’s peers.

Jane Eyre has been in queue since Septemb-Eyre 2013, which in of itself is a bit of a depressing thought as I thought I’d return to it’s core of heart long before now. It wasn’t until I crossed paths with an Eyre sequel author in late [2015] I felt encouraged to re-examine where I left off inside Eyre, borrow an after canon sequel Wide Sargasso Sea and read both in tandem of each other before setting my mind inside All Hallows at Eyre Hall & Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall. If I hadn’t taken ill in December (a thirty day virus is not easy to get rid of!) and if I hadn’t had my heart broken in January, I know I would have read all four of these novels one after the other. I had first felt after the tragic loss last month I could re-soak inside Eyre due to the emotional-driven narrative, but as I tried to wrap my mind around the story, those heavy emotions which seemed so benign and unaffecting at first put me into quite a sombering state! I truly had to repair my own emotional state before I could re-enter into the world of Eyre and due justice to what was left behind for me to find in one Classical canon, one alternative sequel and two after canons which continue the story out of all of it.

The Land of Look Behind was pitched to me directly by the author, of whom caught my attention because his story is an adventure narrative and I had previously loved reading Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return published by the same publisher. It felt like a wicked concept and I like taking chances on reading adventure fiction as it’s not a genre I seek out too much on my own nowadays. It’s one I loved reading in the past when I was younger, but I’ve become so smitten with Historical Fiction, I tend to forsake a few genres I used to devour! lol I decided to tie-in a unique reader-to-author event with this novel, as on the 26th of February I am hosting a LIVE Author Q&A where readers can pitch their questions to Mr Blaylock directly on my blog underneath an interview I will be hosting earlier in the day. I’ve done this a few times in the past with Ms Krupa and Ms Gray – it’s something I love doing and hope to do more of in the future!

Unfortunately, I completely *forgot!* I had a copy of The Little Paris Bookshop to review via #BloggingForBooks from last year! In the aftermath of taking ill from mid-November til New Year’s Day 2016 it wasn’t exactly the first thing on my mind! I felt horrid I had overlooked a review, as I thought for sure I was current – then I lost my dearly beloved cat, and wells, who wants to focus on an overdue review at that point? I fully intend to read this within the coming week as I already started to read it and find it quite an enthralling read. From the criticism other readers have been sharing I was not expecting to get as involved with it as I am.

I have had my eye on the series of war dramas by Margaret James (a ChocLitUK author on my ChocLit Next Reads List) ever since I first became a reviewer for ChocLit. It was simply a question of when I would request them, as this series (Charton Minster) began as a trilogy before it expanded further. I felt it was high time for me to read a war drama by ChocLit as this tends to be one of my favourite historicals to consume!

Letters from a Patchwork Quilt sounded like a historical set to an exciting pace of drama and intrigue, as not everything inside the synopsis is what you’d first expect to find as a story takes root. It’s a classic drama of moments and how you find yourself defining your hours, and this is why I wanted to read it. I wanted to see how the author took us on the journey her characters suddenly find themselves inside.

Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette continues my quest to read Feminist Historical Fiction which is a new interest of mine since I read The Renegade Queen. I am finding myself drawn into new sub-genres within the context of Historical Fiction, as I continue to expand on my interests therein. The conversation I had with the author recently truly was a wonderful experience and a nice convo to share with a readership interested in the same topic of discussion.

Shivers and Signposts: The Journey Continues is the follow-up to Raindrops Glimpses Moments wherein the tone of the memoir takes on the vein of Creative Non-Fiction as you are seeing the story of the author presented through an emotional core of vignettes and the legacy of a man’s memory as experience paints the portrait of what can be learnt by a well-lived and observed life.

As I start to settle into the next week’s reading queue, I am hungering for a story I will find ‘unputdownable’ as the last such find was Worlds of Ink and Shadow. I am never sure which story will elicit this moment of spellbinding joy nor which story will challenge me as much as The Renegade Queen did as it prompted me to leave behind an open note of gratitude to Emma Watson! (yes, *that!* Emma Watson!) I have such a literary curious mind – I love the dancing through of genres, timescapes and the central threading of stories from multiple points of view, singular character journeys and the equality of everything in-between.

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What did you recently finish reading!?

(recap from October 2015 through February 2016)

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October through December 2015 Reads:

  • A Woman of Note by Carol M. Cram (review)
  • Yellow-Billed Magpie by Nancy Schoellkopf (review)
  • Turning to Stone by Gabriel Valjan (review)
  • #ChocLitSaturdays Fool’s Gold by Zana Bell (review)
  • Reading the Sweet Oak by Jan Stites (review)
  • Decorum by Kaaren Christopherson (review)
  • #ChocLitSaturdays The Untied Kingdom by Kate Johnson (review)
  • The Tulip Resistance by Lynne Leatham Allen (review)
  • The Haunting of Springett Hall by E.B. Wheeler (review)
  • Summer Campaign by Carla Kelly (review)
  • Reap the Wild Wind (Stratification, No. 1) by Julie E. Czerneda (review)
  • Riders of the Storm (Stratification, No. 2) by Julie E. Czerneda (review)
  • Rift in the Sky (Stratification, No. 3) by Julie E. Czerneda (review)
  • A Thousand Words for Stranger (Trade Pact Universe, No. 1) by Julie E. Czerneda (review)
  • To Catch A Cat Thief by Sean Cummings (review)
  • #ReadingIsBeautiful Blonde Eskimo by Kristen Hunt (review)
  • Reef Libre: An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism by Robert Wintner (review)
  • Corvidae (edited by) Rhonda Parrish (review)
  • Race to Tibet by Sophie Schiller (review)
  • Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway (review)
  • Spotlight w/ Notes of: The Six Suites for Cello Solo: Vol.4 from Tragedy to Transcendence by Steven Hancoff (notes)
  • The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse: Canada and Queensland by Gwyneth Jane Page (review)
  • Soda Springs by Carolyn Steele (review)
  • Antiphony and Entrevoir by Chris Katsaropoulos (review)

Non-Fiction Reads:

  • Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War by Ruth Crocker (review)
  • Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen (review)

January & February Reads:

  • Becoming George Washington by Stephen Yoch (review) *biographical historical fiction
  • The Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest by Peter Y. Yong and Pendred E. Noyce (review) *MG SciFi
  • In a Village by the Sea and The Little Tree by Muon Van (review) *picture books
  • Paradise Drive: Poems by Rebecca Foust (review) *poetry
  • Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley (review) *origin story of the Brontës
  • The Matchup by Laura L. Walker (review) *INSPY Romance
  • The Renegade Queen by Eva Flynn (review) *Feminist Historical Fiction

Non-Fiction Reads:

  • Magnificent Minds and Remarkable Minds by Pendred E. Noyce (review) *Science Biographies
  • More than the Tattooed Mormon by Al Carraway (review) *INSPY Non-Fiction
  • Raindrops Glimpses Moments by Len Richman (review*Memoir

I’d like to highlight several of the stories from this particular batch of lovelies, as the ones that disappointed me are not as important now as the ones which stirred my imagination and heart. There were others which I appreciated in the moment of reading them but there were a select few I felt stood out even a bit more and these are the ones I wanted to re-highlight in case your seeking something quite wicked sweet as a potential ‘next read’.

The most ‘unputdownable’ reads of this section were the novels of Julie E. Czerneda, if you take time to read each of my reviews you will see a girl consumed by the breadth of her vision and rooted so deeply inside her worlds she forsaked sleep and spent over 36 hours reading them straight-through! This is the world I long to return inside and realised it will have to wait til March as I simply want to wait til I can block out a sequence of days where I can read nothing *except!* Czerneda’s world. It’s that addictive and that important to read in wicked succession because you cannot put down The Clan Chronicles until you understand everything – even the bits where your heart feels torn and crushed. Czerneda is a master story-teller and her world is so fully realised it’s as if you could travel there right now. It’s at the top of my Top Ten Sci Fi Stories from Sci Fi November 2015, where I contributed my first guest post of #RRSciFiMonth.

I whole-heartedly am in love with the historical voice of Zana Bell of whom has written two ChocLit novels I could not read fast enough because I loved them dearly! Getting the proper chance to become introduced to her sophomore release Fool’s Gold was a special treat as I was a bonefide reader of hers since I consumed Close to the Wind. When you find an author who has a style and tone of story you appreciate, being able to continue reading their next releases is pure blissitude and this is precisely how I felt as I curled inside this novel!

The ChocLit novelist who took me so completely unawares was Kate Johnson whose The Untied Kingdom I selected to read on a bit of a lark and a highly recommended suggestion of my ChocLitSaturdayers (the lovelies who attend my weekly Rom chat on Saturdays!) who said I would simply fall head over heels for the hero! I wasn’t quite sure if I would have the same intense reaction they would because it’s set inside a genre of literature I am not especially naturally known to be attracted to reading. (Dystopia and/or Alternative History) And, yet. Right in the middle of this curious story unfolding before me – I noticed something – I *love!* this novel! It’s quirky, it’s maddening gutting and it’s so beautifully written! Who knew!? I will always stress you need to read outside your comfort zones because sometimes you find a book like The Untied Kingdom that makes you go “hmm, now that was wicked brilliant!”

Blonde Eskimo is one of the few reading challenge books I was able to review ‘on time’ for BookSparks as this was my last #ReadingIsBeautiful (the YA version of #SRC2015; read Bookish Not Bookish No.1 to understand how I became involved and Bookish Not Bookish, No. 6 to see how the hourglass expired too quickly) selection. What I found inside was vivid imagery, a wicked stellar imaginative writer and a cunning back-story of a legacy sparked out of ancestral data and inspiration from the author’s grandmother! It’s one of those stories your not quite sure what your expecting but the story you greet is so much more than what you hoped it could have been! The sequel is currently being penned and I must say I’m itching to know what is coming ‘next’ as it’s a world you want to retreat back inside quickly!

Reef Libre forever changed how I will view sharks and how I will understand their position in the oceans as the guardians of the coral reefs. You’ll have to read my review to understand what I’m referencing here but let’s just say, Cuba did something quite remarkable and saved numerous species which Hawaii is continuously allowing to perish.

For a newly minted term to speak on behalf of the type of ‘Horror’ inside the scope of Psychological Suspense I created during Horror October 2014, it should not have surprised me the Cosy Horror attributes of CORVIDAE would take my breath away! I seriously was so entrenched inside the stories of this anthology I simply did not want them to end! I had intended to read, no, DEVOUR the next installment SCARECROW shortly thereafter, but as foresaid numerous times over it was not in the cards until now. Ms Parrish continues to stir my heart for out-of-the-box stories set within Science Fiction, Fantasy and Cosy Horror.

Hannah Both Ways was on par with Etched On Me for realistic fiction writ by an author who understood her character’s motivations and how to realistically leave the impression of their story on a reader. The only other author I could mention in this breath of interest is the author of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids.

I was ecstatically wicked happy hearing about the sophomore release of Carolyn Steele because her cheeky and slightly quirky Willow Springs drew my eye for a writer who knew how to handle historical fiction in a beautiful new way. When I first picked up Soda Springs I knew I wanted to take my time with it, as I could tell it was written with the full expanse of a historical so wholly true to it’s era of time to generate a longing to hold it still in your heart until all of it’s chapters could be fully explored and savoured. It was quite literally the book I was wicked happy I could spend the Christmas Season reading as for me it was my Christmas gift of bookish joy!

Comparatively I was quite unprepared for Antiphony which brought out the geek in me and encouraged me to share a bit about what I find so riveting about Quantum Physics and Quantum Mechanics.

I started [2016] off by re-entering our First President’s life on the eve of a new Presidential election year wherein I found how harsh and hard Washington’s life truly was as he did not have the backing of his family to pursue a career much less to have a life outside the demands of his mother. She truly took advantage of him in many ways, and it was the strength and fortitude of insight on behalf of his brother that truly gave way to Washington’s independence. His journey is a good one to read to better understand what America was like at the initial ringing in of our country’s birth and how much sacrifice it was on behalf of our First President to devout his life to sorting out how to be a statesman and a leader.

The artistry in combination with the living histories of Muon Van gave a personable touch to the picture books of which I could not help but smile as I blogged about as her heart was shared with all of us. I loved the life lessons and the charming grace of taking historical artifacts of a lived past and turn it into the inspiration for creating a seedling of an idea for artistically guided picture books. She was blessed with illustrators who understood her vision and her stories, as each book is beautifully captured inside the illustrations.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow was not only unputdownable it was a novel wherein I first had my introduction to a new sub-genre or thematic (as I’m unsure which it would qualify as being) ‘the origin story’ which I unearthed when I was quickly researching how to categorise what I was reading! It was how authentic the ‘voice’ of the characters came across to me, as similar to my feelings of an authentic voicing of Zelda Fitzgerald inside Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald so too did I feel Coakley pulled together the Brontë siblings. It was a layered kaleidoscope of their real writings and the worlds in which they collaborated together to not only create but to help encourage their own creative instincts. It was above and beyond imaginatively real!

I met my match in The Renegade Queen as Eva Flynn gave me a reason to question why I was going to put this down as an unread and unfinished story where instead I found a captivatingly gutting true story of a woman who re-defined herself out of an abusive past. It also gave me a reason to be drawn into Feminist Fiction wherein I was on the fringes of learning about through Lianne @ Eclectic Tales and Katie @ Doing Dewey. I suppose you could say I am now following their footsteps for finding pointedly direct narratives which carry within them the tides of our progress for Equality and civil freedom.

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There was a bit of a break in my reading, blogging and tweeting life

as reflected in my post:

Two years, Two cats badge created by Jorie in Canva.

(Read the full story)

Due to this I am a bit behind where I would like to be but realistically I had to accept there are moments in our lives that take us away from what we love due to how intensely consuming they are to live through. I resolved I will get to each of the stories I’m meant to be reading next in queue at a pace and time frame that works for me, rather than to continue to stress about the guilt of not getting to them a bit sooner than I am able too. I’m also working on a backlog of reviews whilst moving forward at the same time with New Year Reads which are a pure delight to become acquainted.

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+ featured Author Guest Posts & Interviews

(will be adding this section weekly! updated: last week’s WWWWeds!)

+ since 14th of October, 2015 +

(the longest gap I hope to have w/ WWWeds!)

  • Talking about Silk Postcards & WWI with Susan Hughes (interview)
  • Interview with Nancy Schoellkopf (featured underneath my review)
  • Interview with Carol M. Cram (interview) | author of ‘A Woman of Note’ (review)
  • #Bloggerthon Book Blogger Interview with Priya (interview) *the two of us collaborate regularly
  • Author Guest Post: “Godiva: Saint or Goddess” by Eliza Redgold (guest post) | author of ‘Naked’
  • #ChocLitSaturdays Exclusive Q&A & Focus on ‘DarkChocLit’ (author & publicist Q&A)
  • Author Q&A with Muon Van (Q&A) | author of ‘In a Village by the Sea’ and ‘The Little Tree’ by Muon Van (review)
  • Author Q&A with Georgia Hill (Q&A) | author of ‘While I Was Waiting’
  • Author Guest Post: “The Men Behind the Feminists” by Eva Flynn (guest post) | author of ‘The Renegade Queen’ (review)
  • Interview with L. Munro Davis (interview) | author of ‘Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette’

Out of all the interviews during this period of hosting guest authors, the one interview I regretted I could not add more content too was my interview with Georgia Hill. I was simply not in the right frame of mind to expand upon what she had given me and it was such a hard choice to compose the anchour sections in lieu of a personal response under her replies to my questions because at the time of editing I was still very much in the throes of grief. I wasn’t even sure if anything I was saying was translating as I intended it too, but I hoped she might have seen my post about how I lost two cats in two years and would have realised what happened.

Each of these guest features was enjoyed by me as I truly had the best chance to catch the authors with intriguing questions and their responses were so enjoyed by me on the receiving end, seeing others gravitate towards them as they posted was true bliss! I hope you’ll take a chance on several of them and if you feel inspired to share your thoughts, kindly know all commentary on my blog is open.

The event which brought Priya and I together was an unexpected serendipitous moment for both of us as we’re become friends and collaborators who will continue to bring conjoined content to our blogs. Her blog went down late last year and I recently found out all is well now as she’s restored what was nearly lost (I felt for her as anyone who blogs knows what goes on behind the scenes!) whilst looking forward to our new contributions and ideas. My essay about being a writer and winning Nanowrimo is not lost thankfully and will make a re-appearance this Nanowrimo (November) 2015. I’m compiling my contributions under My Bookish Life (top menu) on the page Jorie | Guest Posts, Interviews & Podcasts. This week I finally remembered to update the original announcement page and hope those who landed on it will return once my essay goes live again.

Getting to announce two new IMPRINTS at ChocLitUK was a quintessential moment for me because I was on absolute pins awaiting the day where that post would go LIVE! I was itching to share the joy and I was so anxious to see which books would be released under each imprint be as it were! I finally learnt which story is launching #DeathByChocLit as it’s happily one by Clare Chase who was my top pick for the author who’d have the honour! Her second installment of her London & Cambridge Mysteries A Stranger’s House! To learn who has the honour of distinction to launch the imprint I was featuring #DarkChocLit you’ll have to visit this Exclusive Q&A to find out!

Shh! If you loved my review of The Renegade Queen and the topic Ms Flynn picked for her Guest Post, wait until you see what she gave me on behalf of my original topic of enquiry! I will be sharing it this coming week as an extra bonus to my participation on her blog tour! What a wicked surprise, eh!?

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And, for the first time I was the one being interviewed:

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What do you think you’ll read next!?

  • The Bridges of Constantine by Ahlem Mosteghanemi (Synopsis)
  • All In Her Head by Sunny Mera (Synopsis)
  • Scarecrow (edited by) Rhonda Parrish (Synopsis)
  • The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe (Synopsis)
  • A Captain for Laura Rose by Stephanie Grace Whitson (Synopsis)
  • Suddenly Mrs. Darcy by Jenetta James (Synopsis)
  • Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren (Synopsis)
  • The Falling of the Moon by A.E. Decker (Synopsis)
  • NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold (Synopsis)
  • Shadows of Angels by L.G. Rollins (Synopsis)
  • A Place Called Hope by Philip Gulley (Synopsis)
  • Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix by Erin Seidemann (Synopsis)
  • Almost a Millennium by Jeanbill (Synopsis)

For non-fiction:

  • Kepler and the Universe by David K. Love (Synopsis)

This entire list of #nextreads is an attempt on my part to make amends for the two months I lost whilst I was ill and grieving. I had to make hard choices about which books I could read before February concludes and which ones I would have to carry into March. I wanted to get current with as many reviews as I have outstanding whilst being mindful of how many I could potentially read within the hours I have left to consume them. I may have given myself more credit than I deserve but these are all selected now and will be read in the order in which they appear listed.

I wanted to be fair to each of the books as I never play favourites – but how to choose what to read is difficult because I quite literally have so many lovelies in queue it’s a test of wills! I do know I have a lot of wicked awesome hours ahead of me as each of these stories are uniquely original and own their literary voice. They are not only across genre but across markets (both Mainstream and INSPY) and a combination of Major Trade and Indie.

I have the pleasure of finally disclosing the selections I made by new publishers I am working with as a reviewer such as Prometheus Books: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc and Kepler and the Universe will begin the reviews I am writing on behalf of their publishing house and imprints. They have such a hearty selection across fiction and non-fiction, I had a pleasurable joy in finding Science focused non-fiction and a spirited array of genre selections that are not the typical of the norm for Historical Fiction and Crime Fiction. In fact, one of the sleuths is a quirky librarian of sorts and the other is Anna Blanc of whom I think I will find delish to read about! Definitely more to come in March from this Indie Pub!

I contacted Alma Books (in November) which led to an enquiry from Bloomsbury of whom introduced me to a new Historical Fiction author Ahlem Mosteghanemi. I’m starting with The Bridges of Constantine as this is the first book in a trilogy – a beautiful sounding arc of narrative set to the backdrop of war. As you know, I’m partial to war dramas (you’ll notice they have their own section under Historical Fiction in my Story Vault by Genre!) and this one held me at hallo. The layers and the girth of time encapsulated inside the arc of it’s core is what captured me most. I am quite certain the sequel Chaos of the Senses will be read shortly after I finish The Bridges of Constantine before proceeding inside the next titles I was sent.

It was by serendipity that I came across Curiosity Quills Press and their release Inconceivable! as it’s a story about Adoption and the choices of parenthood. I never even knew much about this Indie publisher until I contacted them about this release and now it’s my pleasure to finally read the story whose premise touched my heart as Adoption has a special place in my future.

I was so lost as to how to resume where I left off with #SRC2015, #ReadingIsBeautiful and #FRC2015 I finally contacted BookSparks who helped me by giving me such an easy resolution: reverse the order! Who knew something you struggled to sort out yourself could have such a simple solution? Therefore, I am reading two of my #FRC2015 selections as they are still being spoken about this Winter in earnest: All In Her Head and Postcards from the Sky. I cannot wait to pick up where I left off as I have this half shelf of books I have been so curious about reading but life was not quite as kind to allow me the grace of hours to read them.

Scarecrow has a sequel of a short within it I had met inside Corvidae and you better bet I’m re-reading the first short in order to fully appreciate the sequel! I cannot wait to get back inside a World Weaver Press anthology because they literally charm me with their writers creative sparks of wonder. I am never disappointed by the shorts they publish and it’s how their authors tell their stories that grant me such readerly enjoyment each time I dissolve inside a collection. Hugged close to this reading is my *first-ever!* novel length World Weaver Press release: The Falling of the Moon which is a paranormal romance for #YALit! It has such a quirky premise and story-line I felt it would be a clever fit for me!

NAKED became lost in the shuffle sadly along with The Little Paris Bookshop as they became the two stories I accidentally forgot to read. Shadows of Angels was delayed reaching me in time for the blog tour in December, however, even if it had arrived on time – the illness I was suffering through made it nearly impossible to enjoy reading; I was pushing myself to try to work through the worst days if only to have a reprieve from dealing with a virus that just would not ‘let go of me’. Nasty virus! I pray no one else gets it as it’s not a picnic! Only Doctor Who took away some of the misery of it as there were days I could barely function!

I have been attempting to understand the publishing catalogues on Edelweiss better as a way to self-educate myself on new releases and the books I might one day want to purchase and/or borrow through my local library. Part of my wanderings within those catalogues led me to Hachette where I found a lovely website dedicated to their Publicity department and holds within it Resources (i.e. Press Kit Materials) for Book Bloggers. Through my correspondences with them, I was led to FaithWords and CenterStreet their Inspirational imprints for faith-based stories of fiction and non-fiction releases. I am starting to post my reviews on behalf of what my Hachette bundle of joy included with A Captain for Laura Rose by Stephanie Grace Whitson and A Place Called Hope by Philip Gulley. In March I will be reading a very interesting novel that involves a relationship fused together through a passion for crossword puzzles!

Suddenly Mrs Darcy went lost in the Post originally which has now prompted a conversation with my Post Master of which I’ll refer back to at a later date. The author graciously re-sent me a copy of the book and this will mark my second after canon on behalf of Jane Austen penned by an author published by Meryton Press. I must confess, if there is a sequel involving Jane Austen herself (such as the Jane Austen Mysteries) or Pride and Prejudice, odds are in good favour I’d be keen to read them! Even though I broke my rule to read the original canons first when I read the after canon for Sense & Sensibility (review) I am trying to remain true to that intent now.

Almost a Millennium is one of those story-lines where it’s written itself into it’s own genre as it bends around Science and Historical Fiction with an essence of Biographical Historical Fiction.

Hopefully after reading this journallng of my current reads and the must reads which tipped my hat of fond remembrance, you’ll know my absences were out of my control and my passion for continuing to make discoveries of wicked sweet authors & the stories which capture my heart are about to resume! I have felt like I was stuck in a vacuum of time for the past several months; as if it were still Sci Fi November and I never had the proper chance to finish where I left off with where I was with the stories who inspired me to continue to seek next reads which take me further outside my comfort zones.

Assembling this post retrospectively encouraged me to reclaim my bookish joy

of which started to return to me earlier this month.

Hallo 2016!

I am so thankful you’ve arrived!

Such a happy new chapter!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on my selections!

Did anything tempt you to pick up yourself?

OR have you read one of these already?

What are you currently reading?!

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About jorielov

I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

"I write my heart out and own my writing after it has spilt out of the pen." - self quote (Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story)

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Posted Wednesday, 17 February, 2016 by jorielov in Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Bookish Discussions, Books for Review Arrived by Post, WWW Wednesdays

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