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On this page, I will be listing by ‘type’ of literature all of the lovely books that have been featured on Jorie Loves A Story! In this way, you will not have to go through each individual year’s Bookish Events to ascertain which books I’ve read! I am keeping those archived for myself mainly as I simply want to be able to reflect back upon my experiences in reading and the bookish blog community that I am blessed to be a part of! Here, you can simply JUMP! to which book interests you to read about the most, in a handy stream-lined archive! Be sure to drop a note on the post of which books whet your fancy to read the most! I encourage comments on my blog and look forward to the exchanges of conversation that follow suit! Happy reading, dear hearts!! Kindly note that if a book does not yet have a link it is an ‘upcoming event’!

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Updated: 27th April, 2017

Join me, whilst I discover the next story
to captivate my imagination and expand my horizons!?

I’d never advocate for banning books but I do advocate for books to be marked with explicit content for language as a method of understanding what we will find inside and therefore start to curb our disillusioned disappointment. If they can mark books for science fiction & fantasy as much as lyrics in music, I am thinking it is time to start marking books with ‘strong language included’ and ‘explicit violence’ if the case might be as well.

-quoted from my review of Lost in Thought 

I am especially growing disillusioned by the fact too much of modern literature is evoking a stance that strong language is necessary to tell a story. I did not grow up on stories with strong language, either as a young child, a growing young adult, a teenager, nor a twenty-something; no, I began to see the churning tides towards more reads turning vulgar and inclusive to strong language, excessive violence, and strong adult situations as a thirty-something. Try as I might to be particularly particular about what I read and what I blog about, there are instances whilst participating on blog tours I am taken unawares and find issues with the novels I am reading whereupon I spark a notation I refer to as a ‘fly in the ointment’. As a book blogger, as a reader, and as a future Mum the sphere of literature I am most advocating for change is inside Children’s Literature and most especially Young Adult titles. As an adult reader outside that scope I find myself craving the ‘clean reads’ I grew up with and wonder why now in order to find them I appear to need to read outside the mainstream whereas previously it was quite common all the books I was picking up to read were ‘clean’ and had nothing to do with who was publishing the work itself.

I have updated my Story Vault to reflect those titles of YA (across genres) and Adult Paranormal stories which are inclusive to strong language. The rest of the Vault are organised by genre and if you were to visit each book showcase per title and see an absence of a ‘fly in the ointment’ you are assured I did not take any issue with reading the story. I’ve decided to take a stand against strong language because it is not something I grew up with nor is it something I am going take lightly as an adult. Literature to me was always a true lift of spirits and/or a challenging experience which opened my eyes to a different life outside my own culture, religion, or environment of where my own hours are walked. I grew in empathy and understanding through reading a myriad of stories and the writers always enhanced my vocabulary by the wondrous words they elected to choose to breathe life into their characters and their worlds. I have not stopped my search for wordsmiths nor for a story that I can read without befalling a muddling sea of explicit vulgarity and violence.

These are my wanderings as I blog my way through the books which alight on my path to read and my quest to find the stories and the writers I will want to savour a second time around after I find what I am looking for as I proceed forward into new expanding worlds of fiction.

Joyfully Absorbing Literature:

{ a journal through where my genre dances take me }

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Classical Literature: 19th Century Literature

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre (Chapters I-XI) by Charlotte Brontë {RAL}
  • Jane Eyre (the Final Ruminations) by by Charlotte Brontë #Bronte200
  • Little Women (audiobook) by Louisa May Alcott, narrated by Andrea Emmes
  • The Ladies Paradise by Emilie Zola
  • Charles Dickens
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Wilkie Collins
  • HG Wells
  • George Eliot
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Classical Literature: 19th Century Stories (by era of locale)

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton

Classical Literature: After Canons

Guinevere Tale Trilogy by Nicole Evelina

| Focused on sequels of ‘Jane Austen’ & ‘ Jane Eyre’ |

*refer to Poetry for an ‘after canon’ of poems based on Jane Eyre & Bertha!

| Focused on ‘Fairy-tale Re-tellings’ |

  • Star of Deliverance by Mandy Madson Voisin+ {BT}
    Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) by Brothers Grimm
  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth {BT} Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm
  • Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher+ {BT}
    Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
  • What is Lost by Lauren Skidmore {BT} Little Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm
  • Bearskin by Jamie Robyn Wood+ {BT} Bearskin by Brothers Grimm
    and Norse fairy-tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon
  • Keep On Believing: A Cinderella Story (audiobook) by Marie Higgins {adopted audio}
    Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) by Brothers Grimm

Classical Literature:

Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror)

Literary Fiction:

Contemporary Fiction:

  • Jane Two+ by Sean Patrick Flanery {RIEHR}

French Literature (translated):

Swedish Literature (translated):

South American Literature (translated):

  • Riding by Cassia Cassitas+ {BT}

German Literature (translated):

Realistic Fiction:

*note: also find stories for this category in INSPY Fict and YA Lit

Motherhood | Parenthood | Mumhood | Adoption: (Fiction)

Inspirational Fiction:

*INSPY by definition refers to “Inspirational Fiction” the main branch of Literature for ‘faith-based literature’ and is non-inclusive to one particular religion as it is accepting of all denominations and religions as a whole; wherein the stories are rooted in a faith-centered life. Faith is an individual walk and journey, thereby the stories under this umbrella of a genre ‘Inspirational Fiction’ is as diverse as the seven seas and the populace therein on the continents. (written originally here)

Inspirational Fiction: Contemporary INSPY

an LDS Contemporary Rom duology by Laura L. Walker:

Inspirational Fiction: Historical INSPY

Realistic INSPY Fiction:

The Coming Home Series by Brenda S. Anderson:

  • Chain of Mercy by Brenda S. Anderson+ {RIEHR}{Street Team}
  • Pieces of Granite (Prequel) by Brenda S. Anderson {RIEHR}{Street Team}
  • Memory Box Secrets by Brenda S. Anderson {RIEHR}{Street Team}
  • Hungry for Home by Brenda S. Anderson {RIEHR}{Street Team}{gift}

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Children’s Literature: | Main Archive (more expansive!)

{ visit the main archive for stories under a ‘content warning’

for all stories published under ‘Young Adult, Middle Grade, etc’ }

Juvenile Fiction | Middle Grade:

Picture | Chapter Books | Early Readers:

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the Kitty Hawk series by Iain Reading:

A Book Blogger Retrospective on the Kitty Hawk series by Iain Reading *special post*

  • Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold+ by Iain Reading {RIEHR}
  • Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading {RIEHR}
  • Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading {RIEHR}
  • Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the R.M.S. Titanic by Iain Reading {RIEHR}

Realistic YA:

YA Fantasy | YA Sci-Fantasy:

And, then continuing,…

the Ian Quicksilver series by Alyson Peterson

A Book Blogger Retrospective of the Piercing the Veil series by C.A. Gray *special post*

A Book Blogger Retrospective on the History Mystery series by Deborah Heal *special post*

  • Time And Again+ by Deborah Heal {RIEHR}
  • Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal {RIEHR}
  • Every Hill & Mountain by Deborah Heal {BKAWY}

The collective works of PNR & Science Fiction by L.G. O’ Connor

  • Hope’s Prelude (Trinity Stones, Prequel) by L.G. O’ Connor
  • Trinity Stones: the YA Edition by L.G. O’ Connor

The collective works of Paranormal YA by Terry Maggert

Halfway Witchy series:

YA Historical:

New Adult:

{ New Adult / NA is a transition between YA & Adult Fiction }

Upper YA:

A Clockpunk LGBTQPlus Upper YA series by Tara Sim

Timekeeper series:

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YA Dystopian:

YA Paranormal Romance:

Moonflower by EDC Johnson+ {RIEHR}

YA Fantasy and/or Paranormal Romance:

Magical Realism YA:

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Legal Mysteries | Thrillers:

Cosy Mysteries | Suspense (Traditional):

Cosy Mysteries | Dramatic Crime Fiction:

the Marjorie Trumaine Mysteries by Larry D. Sweazy

Cosy Historical Mysteries:

the Hiro Hattori (aka Shinobi Mysteries) by Susan Spann

the Lady Darby Mysteries by Anna Lee Huber

the Edith Head and Lillian Frost novels by Renee Patrick

Hard-boiled | Traditional Historical Mysteries:

  • The Iris Fan by Laura Joh Rowland {BT} includes reflections on “Shinju”, “The Incense Game”, and “The Shogun’s Daughter” as a preview of the series before I read “The Iris Fan”
  • Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd {BT} includes reflections on “A Test of Wills” and an introductory precursor to reading ‘Hunting Shadows’ by a reader first attempt to read Todd.
  • Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell {BT} includes an expanded reflection (it’s a review!) on “Murder As A Fine Art” the first in the series from a new reader of Morrell.

Hard-boiled | Suspense | Thriller:

TechnoThriller | Espionage Fiction:

ERUPTION duology by Adrienne Quintana

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Cosy Horror | Psychological Suspense:

This section is upcoming to Jorie Loves A Story! Refer to my interview with Lynn Carthage to understand how to find cross-referenced links to route through where I blog about ‘Cosy Horror’ a sub-genre designation I created during Oh, the Books! Horror October, 2014!

anthologies of cosy horror:

novels of cosy horror:

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Military Stories and/or War Dramas of HistFic:

War Dramas by ChocLitUK author Margaret James

(Charton Minster series)

Biographical { Historical } Fiction:

Biographical { Historical } Fiction {sub-focus} Biblical History:

Biographical { Historical } Fiction

{sub-focus} Feminist HistFic:

{sub-focus} Feminist contemporary lit:

Vote for Remy+ by Leanna Lehman {BT}

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Hard Science Fiction:

The Clan Chronicles by Julie E. Czerneda:

space opera series (unnamed) by Cindy koepp:

Science Fiction based on Science Fact:

  • Category 5 by Paul Mark Tag+ {RIEHR}
  • Prophecy by Paul Mark Tag {RIEHR}
  • White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy {RIEHR}
  • Antiphony+ & Entrevoir by Chris Katsaropoulos {RIEHR}


  • The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky+ {CC} *Guest Review on Hannah’s blog
  • The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead {SFN}
  • A MidSummer Night’s Steampunk+ {RIEHR}
  • Trans-Continental: Girl in the Gears by E. Chris Garrison {RIEHR}
  • Trans-Continental: Mississippi Queen by E. Chris Garrison {RIEHR}
  • The Gin Thief: Volume 1 by S.C. Barrus {RWOOR} I was a betareader on this project

Discovering Aberration+ by S.C. Barrus (a JLAS Feature)

Science Fiction Anthologies:

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  • The Brotherhood of the Dwarves by D.A. Adams {RIEHR, SSPW}
  • Dragons of Unrest by Anthony Russo {REIER}
  • Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer {RIEHR, SSPW}

Magical Realism:

Easter Family series by Nancy Schoellkopf

Comedic Fantasy | Fairy-Tale Fantasy:

Urban Fantasy:

The Tipsy Fairy Tale series by Ms Chris (E. Chris Garrison)

dark fantasy:

  • Heartborn by Terry Maggert (audiobook: narrated by Erin Spencer) {adopted audio}

Superhero Fiction:

Fantasy Anthologies:

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Women’s Fiction | Contemporary Romance:

+ Biographical Women’s Fiction +

Romantic Suspense:

Historical Romance Fiction:

Historical Rom by ChocLitUK author Liz Harris


Historical Rom by ChocLitUK author Christina Courtenay

(Kumashiro series)

  • The Scarlet Kimono by Christina Courtenay {RIEHR, CLS}
  • The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay {RIEHR, CLS}
  • The Jade Lioness by Christina Courtenay {RIEHR, CLS}

Historical Rom by ChocLitUK author Christina Courtenay

(Kinross series)

  • Trade Winds+ by Christina Courtenay {gift}
  • Highland Storms by Christina Courtenay {gift}
  • Monsoon Mists by Christina Courtenay {gift}

Historical Rom by ChocLitUK author Linda Mitchelmore

(Emma series)

Christmas Stories | Romances:

Western Romance Fiction:

romance novellas:

romance novella anthologies:

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Alternative Historical Fiction | with Fantasy or PNR Elements:

Adult Paranormal Romance:

Due note: I am attempting to navigate the world of Adult PNR w/o vulgarity yet finding it still. However, the novels in this list are ones where the strong language did not deter me from the pages and thankfully were not peppered with such a high frequency to divert my joy.

{ includes Time Travel Romance + Time Slips }

Series by Christina Courtenay

  • The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay {RIEHR, CLS}
  • The Secret Kiss of Darkness by Christina Courtenay {gift}
  • The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight by Christina Courtenay {gift}

(Rossetti Mysteries) by author Kirsty Ferry

The collective works of PNR & Suspense by M.J. Rose

(esp Daughters of La Lune trilogy)

The ones that pushed the envelope for me a bit:

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Select Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoir:

My ruminative thoughts about Betty MacDonald:

Select Topics in Science:

Motherhood | Parenthood | Mumhood | Adoption:

Assorted Subjects & Topics:

Cookery: Savoury & Baking (with a healthy bent of focus):

Literary Journals and/or Poetry:

colouring books and/or art journals:

Fiber art | homemade crafts | old world arts:

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Special Editions | Chapter Samplers:

The following are threaded above by genre however, I am routing them here for ease of finding.

More to come!

Blog Freebies{*KEY: If I denote + next to the author’s name it is a quick reference to the fact that the book was their début and first release! “FI” infers “First Impressions” selection from Book Browse. “CC” refers to being my contribution to the Clockwork Carnival. “BT” refers to the book being connected to a blog book tour. “SFN” refers to my contributions to Sci-Fi November. “RIEHR” refers to ‘received in exchange for an honest review’. “CLS” refers to being a part of a feature on JLAS entitled “ChocLitSaturdays”. “RAL” = read-a-long! “SSPW” refers to Seventh Star Press Week. “RWOOR” refers to received w/o obligation to review. “BTR” refers to Booking the Rails JLAS feature. “Street Team” refers to being on an Author’s Street Team / early reader for review} “B4B” refers to the “Blogging for Books” book for review programme. “BKAWY” refers to a bookaway. “LS” refers to local library &/or inter-library loan (the book was borrowed).}

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