Tag: Susan Vreeland

+Reading Challenge+ 2014 TBR Pile Challenge!

Posted Sunday, 5 January, 2014 by jorielov , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

TBR Pile Challenge Hosted by Roof Beam ReaderI seriously followed this reading challenge for most of 2013 whilst I was stitching together Jorie Loves A Story! I loved the idea at the jump-start because I think any reader goes through a transitional period where the art of the gathering of books far outweighs the measuring of time towards reading the books we’ve gathered! Life can derail our plans quite spontaneously as much as we can fall out of love with a genre OR theme. Sometimes, we find books which will truly captivate our hearts, our minds, and our spirits — but perhaps the timing of their placement in our lives was wrong!? What if we needed extra! bits of time to sort through whatever we were going through in order to emerge into the very right moment! to grab said book off our shelf, dig into it, and settle into this brilliantly written story which has left us ruminatively pensive after we close the sleeves!? This is precisely why I was attracted to this particular challenge, because its such a self-revolutionary idea! To challenge ourselves to dust off the cover of a book we were always keenly mad to read, yet time distracted us. Time intervened. Now its our time to reset the boundaries of the reading spectrum and conquer reading the books we find winking at us as we walk past them!

My 2014 Shelf Selections:

  1. Larkrise to Candleford by Flora Thompson*
  2. Bluebird or the Invention of Happiness by Sheila Kohler*
  3. The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti by Annie Vanderbilt*
  4. The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland*
  5. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber*
  6. Lara by Bertice Small
  7. The Beach Street Knitting Society & Yarn Club by Gil McNeil
  8. Needles and Pearls by Gil McNeil
  9. Casting Off by Nicole Dickson
  10. Deep in the Heart of Trouble by Deeanne Gist
  11. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
  12. Einstein by Walter Isaacson


  1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  2. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

{*} attempted originally in Bout of Books, 8.0

You’ll notice that I am including books I originally attempted during my first Bout of Books readathon, but I didn’t actually finish the books, nor did I blog about them! Therefore, I felt they were free to be included in my 2014 selections! I most dearly want to read the stories, as my heart was intrigued during the Bout, but oh! The hours slipped through my fingers quicker than the sand in an hourglass, and *poof!* I haven’t even broached the spines once more! Imagine!? I now have a lovely year to dig into these lovely books, sort out my thoughts and impressions of them as I transition through my list, giving myself a second chance to re-affirm that you can never be too late to meet the book which has calmly sat on your shelf awaiting your proper attention!
IF your joining this challenge for the first time like I am, did you have similar motivations? Which books did you settle on? Ones that you’ve had for absolute ages and eons? Or, ones that were within the time frame of the challenge and decided to jump in on them before ‘years’ stacked distance from giving you the chance to read them?

In summary:

To read the books you’ve been bypassing on your bookshelf

& give them the attention they deserve!

Join other readers as they endeavour to do the same!

Hosted by the same blogger who brings us Austen in August!

{SOURCE: 2014 TBR Challenge badge created by Jorie in Canva.}

Copyright © Jorie Loves A Story, 2014.


Posted Sunday, 5 January, 2014 by jorielov in Reading Challenge Addict, Reading Challenges, TBR Pile Challenge

WWW….Wednesday #2: One Book at a Time, One Day at a Time!

Posted Thursday, 26 September, 2013 by jorielov , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

WWW Wednesday badge by Jorie in Canva

I loved the premise of this meme {WWW Wednesdays} due to the dexterity that it gives the reader! :) Clearly subject to change on a weekly rotation, which may or may not lead to your ‘next’ read which would provide a bit of a paradoxical mystery to your readers!! :) Love the concept! Therefore, this weekly meme is hosted by Should Be Reading. 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!?

Afterwhich, your meant to click over to Should Be Reading to share your post’s link so that the rest of the bloggers who are participating can check out your lovely answers! :) 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!

What are you currently reading!? A better question would be to ask “What is Jorie not reading!?” (smiles a bit mischievously!) You see, I fell behind on my Septemb-Eyre + Classics Re-Told Reading schedules, but I stubbornly refuse to abandon ship on either project! Afterall, I am stitching together posts this week for 4 adaptations in motion picture for “Pride and Prejudice”, as well as making headway towards having book reviews ready as well! Therefore, I am knee deep inside Chapters XII-XXI of Jane Eyre, expecting to post my ruminations by Sunday, which coincides with my review of The Boxcar Baby, which I am starting on the morrow! The Pride books I am reading are as follows: Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson, The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater, and The Independance of Miss Mary Bennett by Colleen McCullough.

Meanwhile, I have seven! lovely books in progress at different stages of absorption:

  1. Larkrise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
  2. Bluebird or the Invention of Happiness by Sheila Kohler
  3. The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti by Annie Vanderbilt
  4. The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
  5. Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs
  6. Murder on Monday by Ann Purser
  7. & Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert

To the keenly observant, this list was included on my #1 WWW! I still fully intend to read each of them!

What did you recently finish reading!? The Secret Keeper K.B. Laugheed! This story bewitched my mind, as it was such an engrossing multi-dimensional stroke of narrative!! I was quite gobsmacked when I read the other reviewers’ opinions, as I would never consider this to be a book for a pre-teen! Unless they were emotionally mature, but even then, its not a story of innocence nor of a life lived wrapped around the warmth of hearth and home! Its a gutting testament of the power of overcoming your past and carrying forward into your future! I seriously wonder at times, am I reading a different book altogether!? When I was between the ages of 9-12 I wouldn’t be caught dead reading a book with such heavy story-lines as these, because I was wrapped up in: Anne of Green Gables, Mandie, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Thoroughbred, The Black Stallion, Agatha Christie, and other childhood favourites I’ve outlined under “Children’s Lit: The Undiscovered Frontier“.  By 13, I was exploring more mature texts, as I was in a Michael Crichton, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy phase by then, but evenso, the books I chose to read by them were not on this same theme. I was also entering my cowboy and frontier fiction days, yet those authors were more tempered than Laugheed in their descriptions of frontier Americana. As I would consider this book akin to “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” the tv series, which I watched in my twenties! The story is still haunting my thoughts, because I very much want this book to transform itself into ‘a first of a series’ OR at the very least ‘one of two’ stories stitched together. Its very much one half of a whole! I truly love this book, for adults! I’ll step off my soapbox now, my ire was irked that’s all!

What do you think you’ll read next!? I will be diving into the world of Ave, [The Fires of Eden series] by way of a short story collection that knits together previously spoken about characters or events, inside The Chronicles of Ave: Volume I by Stephen Zimmer! My review of this lovely collection will be live on my blog: 5th of October! Continuing forward with Eyre, Chapters XXII-XXIX will be consumed next, as well as Two Shall Become One: Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Pride and Prejudice Continues by Sharon Lathan, Pemberley by the Sea {alternative title: The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice} and Mr. Darcy’s Obsession by Abigail Reynolds; Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan; Dancing with Mr. Darcy: stories inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House {anthology} by Sarah Waters and Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. I am still awaiting materials through ILL &/or books to boomerang back to me, to complete my Classics Re-Told Project, therefore, this is an abbreviated list!

BONUS: What did you forego reading at the moment to read again lateron? Sadly, I had to let go of Lucid Stars by Andrea Barrett, which was an ILL book, and therefore, will be a bit trickier to get back again! I simply ran out of hours to read all the lovely books I was attempting to read having been ill for a week [third week of September!]. There are times when you simply cannot do anymore than your able too. The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe, and Jane and the Unpleasantness of Scargrave Manor slid into this category as well! I was able to reach the audio clip that I shared with you during my Top Ten List for Autumn Reads, yet that was about as far as I made it before it was called back! With Scargrave, I felt like it would be possible to conclude the story, but in the end, the hours rain out of the hourglass! I am back on hold for both of these lovelies, and eagerly await their return! I have also decided that for whichever reason, my ‘time’ to read Mistress of my Fate has not yet arrived!


I wonder what everyone else is up, too!?

{SOURCE: The WWW Wednesday badge created by Jorie in Canva as a way to
promote the weekly meme for those who want to take part in it.}

Copyright © Jorie Loves A Story, 2013.


Posted Thursday, 26 September, 2013 by jorielov in 19th Century, After the Canon, Biographical Fiction & Non-Fiction, Books of Eyre, British Literature, Classics Re-Told: 19th Century & Gothic Classics, Cosy Mystery, Debut Novel, Fantasy Fiction, Folklore and Mythology, Historical Fiction, Library Find, Literary Fiction, Reading Challenge Addict, Science Fiction, Septemb-Eyre, Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, the Victorian era, WWW Wednesdays

Day Four: Bout of Books, 8.0: Marching forward with a grin on my face!

Posted Thursday, 22 August, 2013 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

Bout of Books Readathon
Day Four: Bout of Books, 8.0.

The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti by Annie Vanderbilt and The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

Acquired Books By: Vanderbilt’s book was purchased by me, whilst scouring through all the rows and stacks of discounted books at BAM! [Books-A-Million] approx. Autumn 2010! :) It was a blissful afternoon, where you just wander around a bookstore, not really in search of anything in particular, but your eye and heart are drawn into the stories that your reading, as you pick up one book at a time and realise that with the price marked down as low as it is, you could afford a nice stack of ‘new!’ paperbacks that are all but discarded and disinterested by others! Authors you’ve never heard of and a few that you have! This was one of those books that I felt had to come home with me that day! Whereas the Forest Lover was gifted to me by Mum! :)

Why these two books have intrigued me to read them!?

Thursday — Sinking into literary fiction, one of my favourite places to be!

Number of Pages Devoured | Out of: Haunted:  43 | 43 ; Bluebird or the Invention of Happiness:  46 | ? ; The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti:  0 | 0 ; Lark Rise to Candleford:  0 | 0

Tally of Pages Read Thus Far: 490!!

Books in Progress | continuing onward | happily consumed:  3 | 3 | 1!!

A six word summary of today’s reading: at long last the mystery eclipses!

Best Chapter: coming soon!

Favourite Character: Toss up between: Darcy, Mrs. O’ Hara, & Penny!

Challenge Participation? Book Road Trip & I Spy my Bookshelves! Simply overjoyed I could take part in these challenges because they were an absolute delight! :) What I loved about the Book Road Trip is that it proved where I have the tendency to travel in the books that I gravitate towards reading AND with the I Spy my Bookshelves, it shows that even if you have a small collection of books, you will surprise yourself by what is included on the cover art!! :) :) I put in quite a work-out darting from one shelf to another! Laughs. The Book Road Trip took approx. 4 hours in total, as it took a long time to not only sort out which books qualified for which category but which categories I wanted to focus on! :) :) Such a lovely day for challenges! I look forward to visting the others’ who took part as well! :)

Book Road Trip : All Books Pulled from my TBR Jar! :)

Hallo, Hallo! :) :) This was a heap of fun! I loved yesterday’s book spine poetry challenge AND today’s is even sweeter as I organised books in my TBR Jar by ‘locale!’ :) Wicked sweet! Mind you, with my list you need to travel by car, ferry, and ship/or/plane!! Bless Book Browse & my local library for helping me sort this all out!! :) Rock on, Bout’ers!! I added on the fact I needed to find at least 5 books I want to read under each section! :)

  1. ENGLAND: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
    • Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William M. Kuhn
    • The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
    • The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
    • The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
    • The American Heirest by Daisy Goodwin
  2. CANADA:  Galore by MichaelCrummey
    • Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
    • *clearly i need to sort out more Canadian lit!*
    • *I refrained from listing *every!* Montgomery title I want to read!*
  3. AUSTRALIA|NEW ZEALAND: The Light Between the Oceans by Margot L. Stedman
    • Cocaine Blues {Phryne Fisher mysteries} by Kerry Greenwood
    • The Fine Colour of Rust by P.A. O’Reilly
    • Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love
    • The Colour of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe
  4. INDIA: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    • Miss New India by Bharti Mukherjee
    • Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
    • The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran
    • Garment in Shadows {a Mary Russell mystery} by Laurie R. King
    • Sideways on a Scooter {Life & Love in India} by Miranda Kennedy
    • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  5. KENTUCKY|TEXAS|OHIO: Calling Me Home by JulieKibler
    • Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
    • Courting Marrow Little by Laura Frantz
    • Roses by Leila Meacham
    • Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist
    • Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
    • The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
    • The Kingdom of Ohio by ?
    • *honestly, this could be a overfilled section if I were truthful!*
  6. PACIFIC NORTHWEST: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford
    • Bread Alone by Judith Ryan Hendricks
    • The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
    • The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
    • *i love this region, i need to explore it further!*
  7. CALIFORNIA: The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
    • The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
    • The Bughouse Affair {Carpenter & Quincannon mystery} by Marcia Muller
    • The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo
    • The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli
    • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Piffenbaugh
    • The Perfect Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
    • The Wives of Henry Oades by Jonathan Moran
    • Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allend
    • *clearly i am ‘california dreaming’!!*
  8. BOSTON|&/or|MASSACHUSETTS: The Art Forger by Barbara A.Shaprio
    • The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
    • Next To Love by Ellen Feldman
    • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
    • Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara
    • The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker
  9. NEW YORK: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
    • The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
    • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
    • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
    • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran
  10. EUROPE:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by NeilGaiman
    • The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
    • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
    • The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill
    • The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
    • Madame Tussand by Michelle Moran
    • A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
    • The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner

I Spy My Bookshelves,… and here’s what I am finding: [all books are physical books – either hardback or softcover!]

I cannot wait to dig into my shelves and see what I can find! :) Ironically, I wish I had all my books unpacked, as I might have had a better chance at finding, say ‘combat boots OR hand-cuffs’!! Laughs. I’ll do the best I can! At least, I get to re-appreciate my book covers!! Hmm,… I wonder how everyone else is progressing with this challenge!?

  • snowflakes | does ‘fresh fallen snow’ count? on the front cover of “The Parson’s Christmas Gift” by Kerri Mountain
  • flames | 3 lit flickering flamed candles one each on the following: front cover, back cover, & spine of “An Unexpected Pleasure” by Candace Camp; 3 lit flaming candles in canning jars on the front cover of “Fly Away” by Kristin Hannah
  • a city skyline | “London, England, UK” on the front cover of “Ticket to Danger” {a Cassandra mystery} by Jennifer Austin; “Miami, Florida, USA” on the front cover of “Blood Ties” by Sharon Sala
  • the moon | on the front cover of “Deadly Gift” {Flynn Brothers trilogy} by Heather Graham; on the front cover of “Dragon Rider” by Cornelia Funke
  • a sword | more than one! on the front cover of “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini; one sword on the front cover of “At the Captain’s Command” by Louise M. Gouge; on the front cover of “Love’s Pardon” by Darlene Mindrup
  • a wedding dress | on the front cover of “A Bride in the Bargain” by Deeanne Gist; on the front cover of “Deep in the Heart of Trouble” by Deeanne Gist; on the front cover of “The Convenient Groom” by Denise Hunter; on the front cover of “Spring Creek Bride” by Janice Thompson; on the front cover of “The Wedding Dress” {Annie’s Attic mysteries} by Mary O’ Donnell
  • high heels | on the front cover of “Murder in Volume” by D.R. Meredith; on the front cover of “Little Town, Great Big Life” by Curtiss Ann Matlock; 3 pairs of them on the cover of “The Good Kind of Crazy” by Tanya Michaels
  • fog | on the front cover of “Essays and Poems” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • a Christmas tree | a pink Christmas tree w/ ornaments planted in the waves at a shoreline! on the cover of “Holidays are Murder” by Charlotte Douglas
  • sunglasses | of course I found plenty of beach hats & umbrellas — no sunglasses!
  • lightning | on the front cover of “Stormbreaker” {Alex Rider novel} by Anthony Horowitz
  • a tattoo | the skull & vine pattern reminds me of a fancy tattoo design! on the cover of “Thyme of Death” {a China Bayles mystery} by Susan Wittig Albert
  • combat boots | of course I found all sorts of ‘boots’, just not for combat!
  • hand-cuffs | the very one I knew I wouldn’t find!
  • a road | on the back cover of “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe; on the front cover of “Just Shy of Harmony” by Philip Gulley

Bout of Books blogs I visited: [by 2:30p] 11!!! [Devouring Texts], [The Paige Turner], [Divergent Gryffinder], [Library of Mallory], [Read. Run. Study.], [Listful Booking], [The Polished Page Turner], [Miss Reader’s Reading Adventures: had to email my comment instead!], [Life: Merging I, II & III], [Bookeater/Booklover: I & II], [Bookworm in Barrie], and I had meant to continue going backwards to the start of my Master List of Blogs to Visit, except that the fierceness of the storms blocked my attempts!

*Thanks to Bree, of [Coffee Bean Bookshelf] to help me re-organise this part of my daily journals of the Bout!

Tick Tock, there goes the clock:

Coffee badge provided by Squeesome Designs and used with permission.11:00a-2:30p: Making my rounds to all the lovely Bout’er blogs! I am starting at the bottom of my list and shifting upward! Morrow I’ll reverse course and start at the beginning! :) I had planned to do this each day since the Bout began, but let’s not digress!! I am also not acknowledging my inability to wake prior to 11a! Let’s face it, how many NIGHT OWLs can actually get up EARLY if you turn in by 2 or 3am!? Hmm, mmm, I bet there was a show of hands and nodding going on!!!

There is seriously nothing better to start one’s day than a large espresso raspberry mocha latte!! And, if you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, you’ll notice that this is my cuppa of choice!! Mind you, I would have preferred to be snuggled into the ending chapters of Haunted! whilst I sipped this divine concotion, but the next best thing!? Blog hoppin’ through the Bout’ers!! :) :)

Cuppa love: lunch in a mug! :) :) Yum, yum leftover quinoa casserole all warm & toasty in a blue mug! Yumm!

2:30p: Digging into the books!! Now, who in their right minds would steal a heap of bones, unless to discredit the identification!? Haunted is surely getting interesting in the ending chapters!! :)

5p-6p: Wickedly smashing homemade ice cream w/ specks of real vanilla bean, crumbled cookie, and caramel! Smothered over a fresh-pressed waffle cone! Yum, Yum!

[ as seems the favour, the afternoon was littered with firece lightning and thunder!! the rain at least dropped the muggy atmosphere quite a bit! ]

6:30p: [round, round the Bout’ers!] + [sorting out y Bookish Road Trip!]

8:00p: [dinner break!]

10:00p: Finished Haunted! Went on a mad-dash search for the “I Spy my Bookshelves” challenge and came up with some surprisingly plentiful answers! I thought I wouldn’t have nearly as much as I have! Goodness! :)

All the posts interlinked to *Bout of Books, 8.0* are a work-in-progress post! Therefore, what you read on one visit, might alter/change or be added to by the time you swing back!!

{SOURCES: Bout of Books Badge created by Jorie in Canva to give readers & visitors who come to her blog a way to know of its existence and therefore increasing the mystery & lore surrounding it!! Seriously wicked bookish, coffee and library badges {entirely FREE!} provided by Squeesome Designs!}

Copyright © Jorie Loves A Story, 2013.


Posted Thursday, 22 August, 2013 by jorielov in Book Browse, Bout of Books, Library Find, Library Love