Top 5 Tuesday – My Best Friend—Literary Style

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm. Click here for the September topics.

Top 5 Characters That I Want As A Best friend

This is like choosing favorites among my children.

  1.  Gertie– The Miss Fortune Series by Jana Deleon. Gertie is a little old lady with a gun problem. She also doesn’t realize she is no longer young.  Being her friend would put my life in danger but boy– the fun we would have. She is NOT an Aunt Bea!Change of Fortune (Miss Fortune Mystery, #11) I’m also making plans for my old age by taking notes 🙂

 

2. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFFLuna (Lunella Lafayette)The Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur comic series by Amy Reeder. She’s a child super genius with a dinosaur for a best friend. A real dinosaur. Who wouldn’t want to be her friend?

 

 

 

 

3. Fred & George Wesley- The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling. You can keep Harry and the gang. I want to hang with the twins of chaos.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

 

Sweet Tea Revenge (A Tea Shop Mystery, #14)4. Theodosia Browning The Tea Shop Series by Laura Childs. Really, I just want to sit in the tea shop to read, eat scones, and drink tea.

 

 

 

 

 

5. HobbesThe Calvin and Hobbes Comic Series by Bill Watterson. Calvin is just chaos but Hobbes. Hobbes is always a true friend. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

Who is your literary best friend?

-CK

Top 5 Books- Made Me Laugh

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm. Click here for the September topics.

Top 5 books that made me laugh

I love funny books. It doesn’t matter the genre. Humor makes everything better. This took some searching. None of these will be a surprise 🙂 I love laughter & hijinx. (Lucille Ball rules.)

  1. Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon, book 1 in the Miss Fortune Series

Louisiana Longshot

 

There are now 11 books in this series and all of them are funny. Crazy antics. Lots of guns, fast cars, and old ladies.

 

 

 

2. Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick, book 1 in the Esther Diamond series.

Disappearing Nightly

 

 

This series has very funny parts but it’s not a comedy like others on this list. There are moments where I burst out laughing.

 

 

3.  Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer, book 1 in the Davis Way Crime Caper Series.

Double Whammy

 

 

Comedy of errors!

 

 

4. Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer, book 1 in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series.

Lowcountry Boil

 

There’s this one scene in a car packed with Liz, a ghost, and her sister. If I remember, a hairbrush is involved.

 

 

 

5. Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews

Hissy Fit

 

If you’ve ever thrown a hizzy fit– you know.

 

 

What’s your favorite read that sent you in waves of laughter?

-CK

WWW Wednesday 8-29-18

Today is a WWW Wednesday. A weekly meme originally started by Miz B but now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  

Feel free to join in the fun and let the world know what you are reading.

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The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

Death at the Voyager HotelIn print, I am reading, Death at the Voyager Hotel by Kwei Jones-Quartey. I found this tiny book in the library as I was walking the stacks. Bonus points: it’s set in Ghana. I’ve never read a book set in Ghana before. I’m on page 88/156, so far so good.

 

 

Cry of the Sea (Juniper Sawfeather, #1)

I am also reading, Cry of the Sea by D.G. Driver. A YA fantasy novel. I was reading this last week as well. It’s really good. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had much time to read it.

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Dangerous to Know (Lady Emily, #5)Set in the lush countryside of Normandy, France, this new novel of suspense featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves is filled with intrigue, romance, mysterious deaths, and madness.

Returning from her honeymoon with Colin Hargreaves and a near brush with death in Constantinople, Lady Emily convalesces at her mother-in-law’s beautiful estate in Normandy. But the calm she so desperately seeks is shattered when, out riding a horse, she comes upon the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. The girl’s wounds are identical to those inflicted on the victims of Jack the Ripper, who has wreaked havoc across the channel in London. Emily feels a connection to the young woman and is determined to bring the killer to justice.

Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander, book 5.

I love this series. It’s one of the few historicals I enjoy.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Good question. I have several reading challenges I’m doing but only 1 ends in December. The others are long term. I need a time travel book. I think I will read either:

TimelineTimeline by Michael Crichton: In an Arizona desert, a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world, archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened up to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival — six hundred years ago.

 

or

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde- Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that’s just a prelude . . .

 

Which should I read?

-CK

WWW Wednesday 8-22-18

Today is a WWW Wednesday. A weekly meme originally started by Miz B but now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  

Feel free to join in the fun and let the world know what you are reading.

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The Three Ws are:

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

Lately, the books I’m reading seem to take much longer than I expected. I like the books but they seem to be a bit slow. I don’t know if it’s me or the style of writing– heck it could be my crazy life.

What are you currently reading?

Dangerous to Know (Lady Emily, #5)As usual, I’m reading two books. In print I am reading, Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander, but 5 in theLady Emily series. I could not remember if I’ve read this book, when picked it up at the library. After starting it, I remember I have but I love her writing so I’m going to reread it. My goal is to read them all 🙂

 

 

Cry of the Sea (Juniper Sawfeather, #1)On my Kindle, I am reading Cry of the Sea by D.G. Driver, book 1 in the Juniper Sawfeather series. I’ve only just started this book but i”m really enjoying it. The plot holds a special place in my heart. The story starts with an oil spill on the Washington (i think) coastline. Our beautiful Gulf Coast suffered a terrible oil spill in 2010, so reading a similar story brings back lots of terrible images.

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

One of my reading goals this year was to read a wider variety of mystery novels. Not just the light, fun cozies I love. Also not just Southern mysteries. With that in mind, I just finished reading Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara. I loved Mas and the other characters but I had to make sure I gave the book my total attention or I would get lost.

Snakeskin Shamisen (Mas Arai, #3)Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 win–from a novelty slot machine!–he’s torn between admiration and derision. But the stakes are quickly raised when the winner, a friend of Mas’s pal G. I. Hasuike, is found stabbed to death just days later. The last thing Mas wants to do is stick his nose in someone else’s business, but at G.I.’s prodding he reluctantly agrees to follow the trail of a battered snakeskin shamisen (a traditional Okinawan musical instrument) left at the scene of the crime…and suddenly finds himself caught up in a dark mystery that reaches from the islands of Okinawa to the streets of L.A.–a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder.

What do you think you’ll read next?

MaliceAnother book out of my comfort zone, Malice by Keigo Higashino, book 4 in the Kyoichiro Kaga series. I don’t know much about it but it has a pretty cover 🙂

What are you reading?

-CK

WWW Wednesday 8-15-18

Today is a WWW Wednesday. A weekly meme originally started by Miz B but now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  

Feel free to join in the fun and let the world know what you are reading.

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The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

The Hundred-Foot JourneyThe Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. Another book was chosen based on a movie I’ve previously watched. This isn’t a large tome, only 242 pages, but I’ve been reading it for a week and haven’t finished it. I like it. It’s beautifully written…just slow.

 

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Louisiana Hotshot by Julie Smith, Talba Wallis book 1. I like it. There was more cursing in it than I expected. Not really a cozy more of a traditional mystery…maybe. Set in New Orleans.  <sigh> I love New Orleans. I don’t know if I liked enough to read the next book but I will give the author another try. The story was very well written.

Louisiana Hotshot (Talba Wallis, #1)WANTED: HOTSHOT P.I. WITH NEAR SUPER-HUMAN SKILLS.

Confirmed grump Eddie Valentino placed the ad. Hotshot twenty-something Talba Wallis knew exactly how to answer it.

And thus was born the dynamic duo of New Orleans private detectives, one cynical, sixty-five-year-old Luddite white dude with street smarts, and one young, bright-eyed, Twenty-First century African-American female poet, performance artist, mistress of disguise, and computer jock extraordinaire. Think Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito.

In Louisiana Hotshot, their job is to hunt down a sociopath and pedophile who’s molested the fourteen-year-old daughter of their client, hangs out on the ragged edges of the rap and recording industries, and has more powerful allies than a Cabinet member.


But both detectives have unfinished business from the past—in Eddie’s case, something he deeply regrets; in Talba’s, a personal mystery, one so frightening no one will help her investigate. But she knows she won’t sleep till she solves it—and the truth will change her forever.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve got several library books I need to read. I’ve already kept them longer than I’m supposed to.

Snakeskin Shamisen (Mas Arai, #3)Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara looks interesting. This is book 3 in the Mas Arai series. I haven’t read the first two in the series. I hope that’s ok.

What are you reading?

-CK

WWW Wednesday 8-8-18

Today is a WWW Wednesday. A weekly meme originally started by Miz B but now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  

Feel free to join in the fun and let the world know what you are reading.

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The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

As usual, I have two books going at the same time.

Louisiana Hotshot (Talba Wallis, #1)On my kindle I am reading, Louisiana Hotshot by Julie Smith. This is a new author for me. I’m 30% in and I’m enjoying it so far.The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)

In print I’m reading, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. This has been on my wishlist since I saw the movie years ago. I’m only around page 100. The idea of a self-contained “hidden” city is fascinating.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

<sigh> Hamlet by William Shakespeare. I’m not a huge fan of Ol’ Will to begin with but this is most definitely my least favorite play of his I have read.  Full disclosure, I had to switch to the modern English version.

What’s next?

The Hundred-Foot JourneyThe Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. Another book was chosen based on a movie I’ve previously watched. I picked up a paperback at the library book sale this past Spring.  Look at the cover…it’s gorgeous.

 

What are you reading?

-CK