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