Book Beginnings- Cry of the Sea

Book Beginnings-

Time for Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader.

Want to join? Just giveus the first sentence of the book you are reading. Then let us know what you think about it.

 

Cry of the Sea (Juniper Sawfeather, #1)“You ready to see how the next big change in your life is going to look like?”

Cry of the Sea, D.G. Driver

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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

 

 

Top 5 Books I Want to Reread

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

Top 5 Books to Reread

I don’t generally reread books. But there are a few that I would like to reread.

To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee- One of my personal favorites. I’ve read it twice and each time I find new things to ponder.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – Now that I have teenage daughters I think rereading this will have a much greater effect on me.

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie- I love mysteries and this one has to be the best ever written. It’s a complicated web of characters and red herrings.

And Then There Were None

A Band of Angles by Julian F. Thompson- I remeberreading this in high school. I loved it and loned it to a friend. She never returned it.  It made enough of an impression that I’ve remembered it for over 25 years.

A Band of Angels
Where are the children? by Mark Higgins Clark – This was her first published mystery. I read it ages ago, in high school, I want to refresh my memory. All of hers are great.
Where Are the Children?
What book would you reread?
-CK

WWW Wednesday 7-11-18

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?

I tossed a few books aside, not able to get into them. But I did find two to read. So here it goes…

What am I reading?

In print I am reading, The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan, a book I won from a Goodreads giveaway. I’m around 100 pages into the novel. The body just turned up.

On my Kindle I am reading, Shark’s Tooth by Michael Guillebeau, a collection of short stories set in the Florida panhandle. I love to read about local places. Since it’s shorts I can just pick it up when I want. Works well.

The Marmalade Murders   SHARK'S TOOTH: EMERALD COAST MURDER

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick, book 4 in the Esther Diamond series. Book 4 was much better than book 3, funny as usual.

Everything you know about vampires is wrong, as struggling actress Esther Diamond discovers after taking a job as a victim in The Vampyre, an off-Broadway cult hit in Manhattan. Not only is she besieged by fang-wearing vampire groupies, fanatical anti-vampire activists, and the bloodsucking paparazzi, but she also has to put up with broody lead actor Daemon Ravel, who claims to be a real vampire. But when one of Daemon’s fan girls turns up dead—and drained of all her blood—Esther is determined to help. She turns to her friend Max, a 350-year-old magician. Meanwhile, Detective Connor Lopez, Esther’s ex-almost-boyfriend, is convinced that Esther herself is the blood-sucking killer’s next target.

 

What’s Next?

I’ve started Dracula but it could take awhile. So, I think I will read My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson. This has been on my TBR shelf for a year or more. Time to read it. Also, an adorable cover.

My Diary from the Edge of the World  What are you reading?

-CK

WWW Wednesday 6-26-18

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 am I currently reading?

I’ve got two books I’m working on, one in print and the other on my kindle. In print, I’m reading Ready Player One by Earnest Cline. I Love this book. It’s so worth the hype. Maybe it’s because I was a kid in the 80s, so I get all the references. It dosesn’t matter. I love this book! It’s a quick easy read.

On my kindle, I’m reading Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey. The cover is great. I’ve only read the first chapter but the profanity is a bit heavier than I like to read. I’ve recently bought 3 of his books used, so I hope I like this first book.

Ready Player One      Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms, #1)

What did I recently finish reading?

I just finished Change of Fortune by Jana Deleon, book 11 in the Miss Fortune series. Loved it.

Change of Fortune (Miss Fortune Mystery, #11)Sinful, Louisiana, is always a hotbed of activity, and despite the steamy heat, August is no exception.

Godzilla is terrorizing the town, looking for a home-cooked meal, and Gertie is worried someone will take the gator out before she can get him under control. Francine has a situation of her own at the café, where food is missing from inventory. And Celia is always up to no good.

But summer is almost over, which could mean huge changes for Fortune Redding. Her undercover time in Sinful has always been limited to three months, and that time is almost up. With Ahmad still on the loose, Fortune is forced to remain in hiding, but soon she’ll have to move to another town and start all over with a new identity. And that’s the last thing she wants to do.

Determined to get her life back, Fortune decides to draw Ahmad out and end this once and for all. Can Fortune take down one of the most dangerous men in the world? And if she can, does she have a future in Sinful?

 

What’s next?

Dracula [Kindle in Motion]It’s time for Dracula by Bram Stocker. This could take a while and I want it read by August. Again, I bought this just because it moves.

I still have plans to read this next.

 

 

 

What are you reading?

-CK