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#WWWednesday No. XVI | And, it’s audiobooks for the win! Find out why audio reads are luring Jorie back into reading whilst #SelfPubFanMonth kicks off this September!

Posted Wednesday, 31 August, 2022 by jorielov 0 Comments

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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!

Join the Convo via: #WWWWednesday

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And, it’s audiobooks for the WIN!

Find out why audio reads are luring Jorie back into reading!

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Who knew the best way to JUMP START your readerly life which has been on an unexpected sabbatical for the Summer was to queue up some audiobooks!? You did? I did not. Until I started hearing narrators in my ears who were luring me back into reading in such a fantastic way! I might have had a few misses this week, as you’ll notice throughout this post but boy! Was I charmed and grateful for the narrators all the same! Just because I wasn’t able to fully anchour myself into each of their narrated stories – what did pull me through the week was the JOY of discovering their style of narration and the dexterity they had for giving us such a promising selection of voices, accents and characters to tuck close to as their voices reached my ears and imagination.

I’ve also been kinder to myself about the time I have to read and/or listen to audiobooks – rather than block out HOURS to devout to one story or audiobook, I’ve been selectively choosing which hour, half hour or afternoon/evening where I am off work and able to give attention to stories again. By breaking it down into smaller helpings of reading and listening to audiobooks, I’m finding my way forward and out of the drought that Summer gave me where I was unable to focus on reading and thus, found myself quite miserable because the lost hours between May and August almost felt like too deep of a chasm to climb out of and return back to my regular patterns of reading.

Even those short moments are improving my state of mind when it comes to resuming my visitations with stories and also, unlike months and years in the past before I worked two full-time jobs as I have been doing this year (er, wells, technically since mid-October, 2021 as I went back to work originally in February, 2021) — where I could devout more substantial time to reading, blogging and engaging – I am happy to announce I am finding my new rhythm and it is wonderful. It is hard when you have to take a pause on something you love and just get through the daily grind until something improves lateron. For me, I missed the discovery of characters, the immersion of story and the joy of seeing a writer’s vision come through their narrative and world. I ached to re-experience those moments again and finally, at long last I can say with confidence, I am back reading regularly — albeit with a bit of a different methodology of execution but all the same, I’m reading and listening to audiobooks and it FEELS GREAT!

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What Jorie is currently reading:

The Living Waters by Dan FitzgeraldDead as a Dodo (Wonderland Detective Agency) by Jeannie Wycherley

A Peculiar Combination by Ashley WeaverThe Secret at Sunset Hill by K.T. McGivens

A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver (*audiobook) via NetGalley

The Secret at Sunset Hill by K.T. McGivens (*re-read & continuation)
: guest of @SatBookChat from July, 2021

→ My first #WyrdAndWonder Wednesday selection:
The Living Waters by Dan Fitzgerald (*re-read & continuation) : (see also Post)

→ My first #SelfPubFanMonth selection:
Dead as a Dodo (Wonderland Detective Agency) by Jeannie Wycherley (*audiobook)
*the writer behind my beloved Wonky Inn series : (see also Reviews)

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Back in May, I found out about the Wonderland Detective Agency novels which were released into audiobook by the author behind my beloved Wonky Inn series which is narrated by Kim Bretton. She has brought Alf to life so dearly brilliantly – her narration goes through til Book Five. I’ll be purchasing the following books ahead of #SpooktasticReads (in October, 2022): The Witch Who Killed Christmas (in paperback as it’s a special release), Fearful Fortunes & Terrible Tarot (Book Four) and The Mystery of the Marsh Malaise (Book Five) — which is why I’m shifting forward during #SelfPubFanMonth to start listening to another of her series – brought to life by Joanna  Lee!

She fast became an autobuy/autolisten author of mine – due to the fact I dearly LOVE to DEVOUR her stories and I love her wickedly entertaining sense of wit and humour, too! I can’t wait to see what awaits me in the Wonderland Detective Agency and I am thoroughly blessed for the chance to listen to Dead as a Dodo during my first year participating in Self Pub Fantasy Month! Read More

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Posted Wednesday, 31 August, 2022 by jorielov in #SelfPubFanMonth, Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Bookish Memes, JLAS Update Post, Jorie Loves A Story, WWW Wednesdays

#WWWednesday No. XV | Jorie Returns, after a long hard Summer and only a faint echo of Wyrd And Wonder now that it’s August.

Posted Wednesday, 24 August, 2022 by jorielov 0 Comments

#WWWednesdays graphic created by Jorie in Canva.

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!

Join the Convo via: #WWWWednesday

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August is nearly consumed,

Summer’s fiery wrath is unrelentingly brutal

but Jorie is returning to reading after an unplanned sabbatical!

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I hadn’t intended to be GONE for such a long time — in regards to updating Jorie Loves A Story, engaging on Twitter and being an active reader. Nearly 90 days since Wyrd And Wonder and I’ve had one heck of a Summer this year. In fact, it is a bit ironic that this year rather than 2020 or 2021 was the year where I felt the months fell forward and into each other without a lot of downtime to read, blog or engage with the bookish community.

To be honest, I’ve been working more hours and picking up more shifts whenever I could and dealing with a lot of personal and professional stress throughout June, July and now, August. Just to login to my blog has felt wonderful despite the fact everything goes back to Wyrd And Wonder with only a few posts between then and now to sustain my followers (and myself!). Not exactly as I had envisioned my Summer to go but at the same time, considering everything that has happened, I’m just thankful to recapture the joy of reading and blogging again.

I am sure I’m not the first book blogger whose found herself in this kind of a pickle – where IRL priorities supersede the joys of reading and the hours needed to blog and/or engage. However, it has been personally frustrating because I haven’t had any time to just do something outside of WORK. And, for good reasons – as by early June, my car’s air conditioner died and I spent a month and a half commuting in HIGH HUMIDITY and extremely high temperatures – as Summer’s fiery wrath was in full swing. It’s at least 90 but over 100+ with the heat index and humidity. I swear I live on the volcanic edge of sanity. The fact I could qualify for a new to me used car was an unexpected and much needed blessing which turnt the tides a bit by mid to late July.

However, as much as May was a bit marred by unexpected woes and stress at the start of Wyrd And Wonder and which nearly upset my plans a bit — this Summer has been a brutal one personally. I usually have to deal with lightning storms and intense thunderstorms – as Summer brings heavier rains and can knock connectivity into oblivion. That’s been a bit diminished compared to years past, especially considering it used to be so bad I could barely log onto my blog or even compose my notes for a review! Nowadays, we’re dealing with less storms in early Summer and more of them are collectively accumulating towards the end rather than having them as a steady presence throughout the season. Compared to other places, we’ve been blessed but evenso, there are some storms you just know are going to have deadly lightning within their clouds.

As I shift back into reading, I’ve decided to shift back into writing posts betwixt and between the reviews and/or author showcases, if I can schedule them as I’m a bit out of the loop all round and felt it best to just start reading again and then, hopefully other kinds of posts and engagements will follow suit thereafter. I’m also trying to chase down an Indie Fantasy event I remember happening September ahead of October’s #SpooktasticReads and Novembers duo: #Norsevember and #SciFiMonth. It would focus on Indie Fantasy authors and publishers but for the life of me at the moment, I am forgetting the name of the event and who hosts it! (oyyy vie)

Alas, right as I was writing this — I was able to connect to some of my bookish friends via Twitter and learnt it’s called: Self Pub Fantasy Month hosted this year by Tyra @SelfPubFanMonth!! I am wicked happy to announce now that I am participating this year and I’ll be joining the rotation of reviewers who will be featured during #SelfPubFantasyMonth as well! Eek. I can’t wait to sort out a plan of action on Jorie Loves A Story, too! As comparatively whether SpecFic is independently or self-published – those authors and their stories tend to be my wheelhouse of choice to read! As I tend to read a more limited number of traditionally published SpecFic! I’ve been wanting to join this event for ages now – so very thankful how connective we all are and how even after a lapse of connection you can reach out to people you know in this bookish community and find an event you accidently forgot the name of!

This begins my return, and I am thankful if you’ve been hovering in the background awaiting me to resume my blog and my life in the twitterverse. I appreciate everyone who visits with me and converses either on my blog or on Twitter, too. Let me know how your Summer has fared and if it went off the rails like mine did, too! Also, curious what your drawn to be reading right now – as you’ll note, my return involves an audiobook and it’s not the only one, too.

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What Jorie is currently reading:

Search for the Holy Grail MJL Evans and GM O' ConnorbyDeath on the Boardwalk by Caleb Wygal

Search for the Holy Grail by MJL Evans & GM O’ Connor (*audiobook)

Death on the Boardwalk by Caleb Wygal

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I decided to dip my toes back into reading this week – I had heard a sampler of an audiobook whose narrator truly caught my ears and I was thankful to find I was on the audio blog tour for this story called: Search for the Holy Grail. I’ve started listening to the story, as I didn’t get the notification I was on the tour until today, as I was knocked offline this past week due to all the fierce lightning storms – per usual for this time of year, but just as maddening all the same! I am enjoying the new format for listening to audio reads via Authors’ Direct as previously I wasn’t finding that particular app to be my favourite in regards to audiobook apps as it was harder to use when I first installed it. Now, it apparently has been updated and the format is a lot easier to navigate – at least for me. The only key issue I’m finding is that despite my love of the narrator’s voice and her wicked delight at narrating with accents for the characters is that the story itself is a bit hard to follow and/or a bit of a miss for me as a listener. Read More

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Posted Wednesday, 24 August, 2022 by jorielov in Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Bookish Memes, JLAS Update Post, Jorie Loves A Story, WWW Wednesdays

#FantasticFives during #WyrdAndWonder | Jorie’s Top Five Stories from @WyrdAndWonder

Posted Sunday, 1 May, 2022 by jorielov 4 Comments

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About: *Wyrd & Wonder*

Wyrd and Wonder is an annual celebration of the fantasy genre. Sign up to join the party as we explore worlds of myth and magic, re-imagine traditional tales, cheer on heroes (prefer villains? Sure, we won’t judge you) and discover the secret doors that lead from familiar streets to adjacent realms where a discourtesy or a misstep may land you in hot water. We’ll be reading books, watching movies, playing games and sharing our thoughts online through blog posts and social media with as many like-minded adventurers as care to join us – there’s always room by the fire for a newcomer with a tale to share. (official 2022 blurb)

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!!

What an EPIC Sunday this has been for me and my team behind Wyrd And Wonder! We’ve cheerfully have been announcing our lovely event whilst watching as all routes of the socially bookish took to their preferred platforms and started sharing their content as well! This also included #booktok (ie. TikTok) for the first time, too! Imagine!? And, we thought launching ourselves onto #bookstagram this year was an incredible feat for our 5th Year.

Every Sunday, your fantastical co-hosts: Imyril, Lisa, Annemieke, Ariana and I are going to be tackling one of the #FantasticFives topics – sharing our responses on our respective blogs and endearing you to join us on yours! We’d love to get feedback on our individual posts as well as this is a new feature for our 5th Year. Remember – if you do choose to tackle these alongside us you’ll have to either comment on our blog(s) or add your link to the Master Schedule which is linked below this post.

As you might realise condensing my responses to ‘five’ might prove difficult as that is one reason I have oft opted out of participating in #TopTenTuesday due to the frustrations of trying to limit my responses to a mere ‘ten’ but this time round I think I might luck out as my readings into Fantasy have increased since I’ve been co-hosting Wyrd And Wonder – to the level, I might in some instances only have *five!* responses to give to a topic! Isn’t that brilliant?

Now let’s get into today’s chosen topic of interest.

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Posted Sunday, 1 May, 2022 by jorielov in #WyrdAndWonder, Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Jorie Loves A Story, Twitterland & Twitterverse Event

#TopFiveSaturday | It is a #WyrdAndWonder weekend! Get ready for our 5th Year of @WyrdAndWonder!

Posted Saturday, 30 April, 2022 by jorielov 7 Comments

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About: *Wyrd & Wonder*

Wyrd and Wonder is an annual celebration of the fantasy genre. Sign up to join the party as we explore worlds of myth and magic, re-imagine traditional tales, cheer on heroes (prefer villains? Sure, we won’t judge you) and discover the secret doors that lead from familiar streets to adjacent realms where a discourtesy or a misstep may land you in hot water. We’ll be reading books, watching movies, playing games and sharing our thoughts online through blog posts and social media with as many like-minded adventurers as care to join us – there’s always room by the fire for a newcomer with a tale to share. (official 2022 blurb)

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!!

I cannot imagine how it has become MAY already!? Do you!? I cannot fathom it! I still remember being in the planning stages with Imyril & Lisa whilst we also brought onboard Annemieke and Ariana this year to round our team to the Power of Five – in full celebration of our 5th Wyrd And Wonder!! What a wild ride it has been these past several months – the organising behind the scenes and the prep work we’ve all put into the event in regards to what we’re individually focusing on whilst the event goes LIVE.

It is quite incredible and I am blessed to be in such esteemed company as my co-hosts!

Each of them gravitate towards different corridors of Fantasy as much as I do myself – I believe this is the beauty of the event and echoes the founding reasons why Imyril, Lisa and I wanted to create Wyrd And Wonder. We wanted a lovely community to be built round our mutual love & passion for the genre but to have it open to interpretation and individualised focus and interest. Everyone finds their niche of Fantasy along the passageways they take to endeavour to entreat inside the genre and that makes it such an interpersonal journey! I love finding out which routes of Fantasy everyone undertakes every year – even if I tend to continue to trod down the Indie side of the ledger as that’s where my wings tend to fly the most. Although I am open to reading Major Trade – it just happens I read less of those stories than I do the Self-Published & Indie published varieties.

As this post is a final nod to the #TopFiveSaturday pre-Wyrd And Wonder posts – it is also a segue of kicking off the celebrations here on Jorie Loves A Story! (*big smiles*) I have loads planned for the event – from a dearly ambitious reading queue, to weekly reviews of our RAL of “The Summer Tree” to responding to the Fantastic Fives on Sundays to hosting the chats on Saturdays!

I need to put my thinking cap on to decide which topics I’ll be sharing every Saturday throughout Wyrd And Wonder this year for #TopFiveSaturday! However, I might take a few nudges from our prompt challenge and/or the Bingo Card; or somewhere else within the realms of topics & subjects interconnective to Fantasy. It is a work-in-progress at this point and you’ll have to wait until next Saturday to see what I unearth! I will try to get those posts released early in the mornings stateside in order for those of you participating overseas to have a chance to see what I selected and decide if you want to give it a go yourself and join me that weekend with a response on your own blog!

IF you want to suggest a topic to explore – leave your ideas in the comments on this post!

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Are you ready?

It is a Wyrd And Wonder’ful Weekend!

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Posted Saturday, 30 April, 2022 by jorielov in #WyrdAndWonder, Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Jorie Loves A Story, Top Five Saturday, Twitterland & Twitterverse Event