Backlogue of Reviews

Erasing my

Backlogue of Reviews:

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A New Year is a second-chance to redeem the hours lost,

to reclaim the stories of #SRC2015 + #ReadingIsBeautiful + #FRC2015;

as well as a few Summer Blog Tours from BookSparks.

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Read #BookishNotBookish No.6

To see why January did not pan out well for reading, read Two Years, Two Cats.

I also saw a return of my chronic migraines (March & April), which did not help my quest to read the stories. I read one story after the other, whilst sharing my thoughts on each one in turn.

Read my End of the Year Survey, 2015 to find out more.

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Add in more migraines.

Plus an Unexpected Thanksgiving and 2016 went like the wind away from me!

Refer to : #20BooksOfSummer List + #JorieReads Children’s Lit (via Riffle)

Expanded Notes for #20BooksOfSummer | Expanded Notes for #JorieReads Children’s Lit

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The books I’m reading:

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This was originally posted on my Riffle List, however, I’m been migrating my journalled notes & lists from Riffle to LibraryThing during December, 2018. It is easier to maintain for me and after having Riffle’s site down for three days, moving to LT just makes sense.

The following selections were books I was intending to read for review between 2015 and 2016; wherein I fell behind one book at a time, and with a year such as 2016 where I stumbled a bit in my reading life to find buoyancy and balance – you could say, a simple backlogue turnt into quite the epic #TBRMountainofBooks!

I had earnestly intended to pick up one book off the backlogue list – read it, review it and celebrate it’s discovery throughout 2016. I wanted to work towards making amends with the authors as much as finally laying thought and mind on the stories which have winked at me from my bookshelves and curiously awaited my eyes to dig into their souls. Their spirits have wavered along with my focus – wherein I would consider 2016 the year I fought to re-love reading and blogging moreso than I could say each month was blissfully bookish.

My personal medical issues (my chronic migraines returned) to personal loss (my cat died tragically from Cancer; unexpectedly) to culminating with a family medical emergency Thanksgiving weekend (my Dad had a stroke) – I can honestly say, I would go for long periods of time trying to find the joy I once had devouring stories. I came through everything but sadly, if I tried to read a war drama, I was not ready for it emotionally. If I tried to read a story about Cancer – it was like my whole heart melted into a puddle of angst and indifference. If I tried to simply just dig into a smaller novel or a convicting non-fiction, my mind wandered.

I know I’m not the only book blogger whose struggled to make up lost hours and resume where they left off with the stories – however, this is my story ‘behind’ the backlogue. I hope I can encourage other bookish souls not to give up and to know one day, you’ll find your bookish heart has healed and the stories are breathing back a light of joy to consume. This is what I am finding and I do hope it’s the same for you if your finding yourself treading water whilst trying to fight to keep your love of blogging your reading life from disappearing. Life is complicated but I have found blogging to be a saving grace and a true uplift of spirit – finding a way to focus on stories, characters and the journey of authors is a blessing in my life. I might muddle myself into a pickle, but I pick myself up – and find a way back to where stories bridge that beautiful gap between imagination and memory.

It should be known – prior to my migraines & my Dad’s stroke, I was working towards reading *all!* the Science Fiction titles on this list during #RRSciFiMonth (aka: Sci Fi November). I have instead moved forward with my readings by cross-promoting them with the Sci-Fi Experience – the second annual Science Fiction Bookish Event I love participating during December/January.

Visit me on my blog (#JLASblog) linked at the bottom or tweet me (@joriestory) if one of these lovelies was a wicked good read of your own OR if this List inspired you to try a #newtomeauthor! :) Thank you for reading and sharing this part of my journey!

*List is set in stone – no titles will be added (after 31 DEC 2016).
**Likewise, once this backlogue is erased, a new one will not be generated.

// Updates:

By Summer 2017 I’ve reviewed the following:
all in her head; vote for remi; natural color; haunted; along the way; the little paris bookshop; a very blessed christmas (colouring book); christmas quiet (colouring book/journal); holy shakespeare; winning plays; the smoke hunter; complexity; gifts of the magi; the semper sonnet; you’re the cream in my coffee; more to follow! (16 JUN 17)

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15 books read & reviewed by June, 2017 out of 147* (150) | 135 leftover

16 + 1/2 of another read & reviewed by 31 August, 2017 out of 150 | 134 leftover

26 book read and reviewed by 27 August, 2018 out of 150 | 124 leftover

[ 124 – 60 (see below) = 64 leftover ] += Autumn/Winter 2018/19

[ 4 earmarked for #PERILXiii ]

[ 21 earmarked for #RRSciFiMonth 2018 ]

[ 124 – ?? (#WyrdAndWonder Year 2) = ?? leftover ] += Summer 2019

*147 calculated by my Riffle List; in theory there are 150 on this #backlogue list!

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Jorie gets organised this Summer & Autumn 2019:

wherein I aspire to read *5!* books per month
21st June-23rd September, 2019

  1. Summer by Summer by Heather Burch
  2. Choice 2

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and wherein I aspire to read *5!* books per month
23rd September-21st December, 2019

  1. Choice 1

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wherein I aspire to read *5!* books per month
21st June-23rd September, 2019

#20BooksOfNonFiction banner made by Jorie in Canva.

  1. The Impossible by Joyce Smith
  2. My Father’s Business by Cal Turner
  3. Travelling the Two Lane by Marilyn Berman
  4. Choice Four

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If I can maintain these three goals,

I will have erased *60!* books off my #backlogue!

Help cheer me forward on my blog

(click on any review linked on this page & add a note!)


tweet me some #randomJOY via @joriestory!

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The ones I owe BookSparks:

I am grateful to a publicist I reached out to in January who helped me sort out the best way to read and review all the lovely books I selected to host on my blog. She gave me the ‘key’ which was quite simple once I saw the advice: reverse the order whilst reading Fall then Summer! #sohappy!

If you read this (review) of VOTE FOR REMI you will find a lovely update!

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  1. all in her head by Sunny Mera #FRC2015 (review) 1 March, 2016
  2. Postcards from the Sky by Erin Siedemann #FRC2015
  3. Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain #FRC2015 (review) Summer 2019
  4. The Black Velvet Coat by Jill G. Hall #FRC2015
  5. Just the Facts by Ellen Sherman #FRC2015
  6. Rooville by Julie Lang #FRC2015 | Summer
  7. Sleeping with the Enemy by Tracy Solheim #FRC2015 | Summer
  8. The Legacy of Us by Kristin Contino #FRC2015 | Summer

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  1. Satisfaction by Andee Reilly #SRC2015
  2. The Red Sun by Alane Adams #YASRC2015
  3. Surface by Stacy Robinson *extra*
  4. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica #SRC2015
  5. Beautiful Girl by Fleur Phillips #YASRC2015
  6. Vote for Remi by Leanna Lehman *extra* (review) 10 November, 2016
  7. The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmeieri #SRC2015
  8. Summer by Summer by Heather Burch #YASRC2015
  9. The Last Letter & The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop #SRC2015
  10. Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde #SRC2015
  11. Fire Season by Hollye Dexter *extra*
  12. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave #SRC2015

+ a few extras borrowed through my library of whom purchased them for me

or purchased books being featured outside of my own requests

Be sure to visit my Bookish Events 2015 to see which ones I read at the start of Summer 2015

before continuing towards the end of the year.

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The following titles are outside of the ones I owe BookSparks:

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Women’s Fiction | Contemporary Romance:

both mainstream & INSPY selections

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  • Lila’s Choice by Laura Brown
  • Like There’s No Tomorrow by Camille Eide
  • Saving Mossy Point by Donna Winters
  • French Twist & French Toast by Glynis Astie
  • Asher’s Mark by Amy Durham
  • Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander
  • Promises Under the Peach Tree (review) 7 January, 2018
  • & Nights under the Tennessee Stars by Joanne Rock (review) 8 April, 2018
  • A Woman of Fortune & Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert
  • Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby (review) 9 May, 2018
  • Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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Mystery | Thriller | Suspense:

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  • Rose in the Wheel, Blood for Blood, & Die I Will Not by S.K. Rizzolo
    (see also Spotlight) 11 Dec, 2014
  • The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull
  • Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock
  • A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd

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MGLit or YALit:

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  • Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading
  • Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading
  • Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the R.M.S. Titanic by Iain Reading
  • I, James by Mike Hartner
  • The Kingdom Within by Samantha Gillespie
  • Pig Park and The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
  • Flower from the Castile by Lilian Gafni

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Literary and/or Historical Fiction:

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  • Crown of Dust by Mary Volmer
  • The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman (review) 6 August, 2017
  • The Queens Rivals by Brandy Purdy
  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
  • The Grip of God by Rebecca Hazell
  • The Fragrant Concubine by Melissa Addey
  • Return to Me by Caroline Menke
  • A  Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • Trade Winds | Monsoon Mists | Highland Storms by Christina Courtenay

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Science Fiction | Fantasy:

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  • Prophecy & White Thaw by Paul Mark Tag
  • Impossible by C.A. Gray 
  • Unclaimed Legacy & Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal
  • The Lemorian Crest by Hannah L. Clark
  • Trinity Stones & Hope’s Prelude by L.G. O’ Connor
  • Almost a Millennium by Jeanbill
  • Portals, Passages and Pathways by B.R. Maul
  • Anni Moon: The Elemental Artifact by Melanie Abed
  • New England Rocks by Pia Fenton/Christina Courtenay

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  • Natural Color by Sasha Duerr (review) 27 April 2017
  • Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler
  • Travelling the Two Lane by Marilyn Berman
  • The Joy of Missing Out by Christina Crook
  • Paranormal Texas (review) & Unexpected Texas by Tui Snider Oct/Nov 2017
  • Now Everyone Will Know by Maggie Kneip
  • The Race Underground by Doug Most

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Posted in 2016:

  • Haunted by Lynn Carthage (review) Halloween 2016
  • Along the Way by Jacqueline Kolosov (review) 3 June, 2016
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (review) 20 May, 2016

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The books I wasn’t able to read in 2016 | 2017 | 2018:

Alma Books + Bloomsbury:

  • The Bridges of Constantine by Ahlam Mosteghanemi
  • Chaos of the Senses by Ahlam Mosteghanemi
  • The Repercussions by Catherine Hall
  • Sketcher by Roland Watson-Grant

Simon & Schulster:

  • The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe
  • My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
  • What We Become by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

World Weaver Press:

  • Far Orbit: Apogee (edited by) Bascomb James
  • Frozen Fairy Tales (edited by) Kate Wolford (review) 30 May, 2018
  • Heir to the Lamp by Michelle Lowery Combs (review) 9 May, 2019
  • Solomon’s Bell by Michelle Lowery Combs


  • Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure (review) 12 Oct 2017
  • 31 Men of the Bible by BH (review) 15 Oct 2017

Hachette Books:

  • A Very Blessed Christmas by Robin Mead + Christmas Quiet by Maisie Sparks
    (review) 17 January 2017
  • Holy Shakespeare by Maisie Sparks (review) 27 January 2017
  • Winning Plays by Matt Mayberry (review) 2 May 2017
  • The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson (not quite a review) 5 May 2017
  • Kissing Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn (review) 19 December 2017
  • 101 Things to Do Before Going to Heaven by David Bordon
  • The Prayer of Protection by Joseph Prince
  • River of Time by Naomi Judd
  • True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
  • Messenger by Moonlight by Stephanie Grace Whitson
  • A Lesson in Hope & A Gathering in Hope by Philip Gulley
  • A Perfect Score by Craig & Kathy Hall
  • Created for Connection by Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Successful Leaders of the Bible by Katara Washington Patton
  • The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

update: June 2019, when I learnt about the beliefs of the author I decided to remove one of the books I was meant to read in consideration for review from this backlogue. I can no longer support him knowing his true feelings regarding LGBTQ+ and I find it shameful he doesn’t believe in non-discrimination at school or in life. I fully support the civil rights and liberties of everyone and regularly support LGBTQ+ rights via my blog and/or on my Twitter feeds.

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Prometheus Books:

  • Complexity by William S. Burger (review) 28 April 2017
  • Wisdom of the Middle Ages by  Michael K. Kellogg
  • Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 (edited by) Mercedes Lackey (review) 5 May, 2019
  • The Circle by Alfred S. Posamentier
  • The New Science of Consciousness by Paul L. Nunez

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and the following:

  • You’re the Cream in my Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo (review) 5 January 2017
  • Gifts of the Magi: A Speculative Holiday Collection (review) 14 January 2017
  • The Semper Sonnet by Seth Margolis (review) 27 January 2017
  • A Christmas Surprise by Emily Murdoch (review) 26 December 2017
  • Indy Writes Books (edited by) Indy Reads Books
  • A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda
  • A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda
  • Trans-Continental: Girl in the Gears by E. Chris Garrison
  • Trans-Continental: Mississippi Queen by E. Chris Garrison
  • Hero’s Best Friend (edited by) Scott M. Sandridge (review) 20 May, 2018
  • Who is to Blame? by Jane Marlow (rescheduled) (review) 6 June 2017
  • All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray
  • Twelfth Night by Luccia Gray
  • The Butterfly Groove by Jessica Barraco
  • Inconceivable by Tegan Wren
  • American Ballerina by Nancy Lorenz
  • A Saint in Graceland by Deborah Hining
  • Suddenly Mrs Darcy by Jenetta James
  • As Death Draws Near (Lady Darby No. 5) by Anna Lee Huber
  • Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec (review) 15 May, 2019
  • Liminal Lights (review) 26 May, 2018
    & Shadow Shifts (review) by J.M. Bogart
  • The Beauty Thief by Rachel Ritchey
  • Captive Hope by Rachel Ritchey
  • Avelynn: Edge of Faith by Marissa Campbell
  • Marketing with Teeth by Michael Knost

+ Roma Amour by Sherry Christie due to needing to research Ancient Rome ahead of reading this novel. I have been blessed to have the author reach out to me to help aide my journey and research ahead of re-attempting to read her novel set during a period of history I unfortunately did not know enough about to appreciate it the first time I attempted to read it. I’ll be reading those earmarked titles in early 2017.

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Date Backlogue was ERASED:

PROJECTED: December 2018 OR March 2019 // December 2019

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