Top 5 Tuesday- Summertime Reads

 

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

Top 5 Summertime Reads

I love summer. Mainly because the kids are home and swimming is involved. Our schedules are a little more relaxed. Still busy but relaxed 😉 Summer is the time I read more graphic novels and big, fat books. A strange combo I know.

Here are my Top 5 Summer Reads

 

 

  1. Vamparazzi (Esther Diamond, #4) The Esther Diamond Series by Laura Resnick. I’m not sure how this happened. But I read one book in the series every year since I discovered it with book 6. My local library only had one or two books from the series, so I have to buy the paperback. This summer is Vamparazzi. Cozy mystery meets fantasy.

 

 

2. The Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon. This series takes place over one summer. I just finished book 11, Change Change of Fortune (Miss Fortune Mystery, #11)of Fortune. That’s one busy summer. It’s light-hearted, fast-paced, and funny.

 

 

 

3. Mermaid    Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon. What better time to read a mermaid tale than in the summer. I’ve read several of her fairy tales and all are fun easy reads. You just think you know the story of the little mermaid.

4.   Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot Mystery #5)The Liz Talbot Mystery Series by Susan M. Boyer. Another fun, light mystery series. This one with a paranormal twist. I finished book 5, Lowcountry Book Club, last year.

5.  The Elfstones of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Shannara has dozens of books. I started with the original series. The first book was good, but the second is much better.

What do you like to read in summer,

-CK

Top 5 Tuesday- Graphic Novels

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

This week is a freebie. I chose graphic novels because summer is a perfect time to read books with pictures. Especially if you are on vacation 😉 My list includes a mix of new favorites with classic reads.

  1. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol:1 BFF by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFFI recently read this graphic novel and loved it. It was cute and quirky. The main character is this super smart girl (moon girl) who befriends a dinosaur while they try to defeat prehistoric men and solve the inhuman gene issue.  It’s awesome.

 

 

2.  Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee

Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous MemoirHow does a comic book legend like Stan Lee write his autobiography? In comic book form, of course. And it is incredible.

 

 

 

3. Gen 13 by Jim Lee

Gen 13I had to go way back in the time machine for this one. I originally read it in college as a mini-series. Loved the story and the illustrations.

 

 

 

4. Wandering Island by Kenji Tsuruta

Wandering IslandMy first Japanese graphic novel. I’ve only read the first installment.  Definitely worth the read.

 

 

 

 

5. Generation x: classic Vol 1 by Scott Lobdell

Generation X Classic, Vol. 1A true classic. Next to the traditional X-men (if there is such a thing) this group of teen heroes is my favorite. I loved the series when it came out in the 90s and it’s still great. Just ask my kids.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite graphic novel?

-CK

WWW Wednesday June 13

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?

It’s been a long week. Due to insomnia, I am still reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. I’m not even 25% into the novel yet. <sigh> This could take a while. But I have it in print and on my kindle so it will get my undivided attention.

What did I recently finish reading?

Shades of Earl Grey (A Tea Shop Mystery, #3)Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn’t have to cater—but there’s more than champagne bubbling…

Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple’s arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette—is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that trouble is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she’s been reading tea leaves—and that’s the surest way to put Theodosia’s kettle on the boil…

 

I enjoyed this cozy but it was not her best. I found it a bit slow and predictable. Except for who the villain was– I didn’t expect it to be ____. So that’s a good thing.

What’s next?

No clue. Let’s have quick look at my summer TBR.

The Marmalade MurdersAh, here we go. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan. I don’t know much about it. I won this hardcover from a GoodReads giveaway, so I feel the need to read it ASAP.

What are you reading?

-CK

Top 5 Tuesday- Covers, part 2

Top 5 Tuesday

Covers in Green, Blue, and Purple

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

It was hard picking just 5 covers. Some were hard to narrow the colors down to just one. I also only used the covers I actually own. This grouping of colors was hard. I own a ton of books in blue, green, and purple.

  1. My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson

My Diary from the Edge of the World

I love this cover. It looks like an average scene until you notice the small dragon flying about.

2. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

Just gorgeous.

3. Murder on Moon Trek 1 by Diane Vallere

Murder on Moon Trek 1: A Sylvia Stryker Mystery (Outer Space Mysteries)

Yes, I bought this based on the cover. Talk about a fun cover. And a great read.

4. Michelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian

Michelangelo's Ghost (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #4)

 

Not many books make you research places to visit but this cover (and story) did just that. I must find this in real life.

5. Hurricane Force by Jana DeLeon

Hurricane Force (Miss Fortune Mystery #7)

I love this series. All of the covers are great fun, almost like a hidden pictures game.

 

I’ve actually read 3 of these books. All three were great reads.

What’s your favorite cover?

-CK

Book Beginnings- Throne of Glass

Book Beginnings- Throne of Glass

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.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.

-Sarah J. Maas

 

 

 

-CK

WWW Wednesday June 6

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?

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)I just finished a book and picked up, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. My eldest daughter told me I had to read it. But she insisted I start with The Assasin’s Blade. Sorry, love. I’m unsure if I will read the entire series so I’m starting with the first book published. I can read the prequel later if I want.  I’m only in the first chapter.

I brief note on the cover. Why does Celena look caucasian on this cover and then look like a “white” elf on the others? Just curious. I mean true white…like paper.

 

What did I finish reading?

Death of a Gossip (Hamish Macbeth, #1)Scottish highland village cop Hamish Macbeth must find which target was provoked enough to strangle and drown nasty fat widowed tabloid reporter Jane Winters, who revealed many others’ guilty secrets.

Much is from the viewpoint of a naive secretary seduced by a blue-blood playboy. Icy blond beauty, aristocratic Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, lends a hand.

 

 

This is my first Hamish Macbeth Mystery and the first in the series. Love how that worked out. It was okay. I didn’t hate it. A tad slow. I’d give the series another try.

What am I reading next?

Shades of Earl Grey (A Tea Shop Mystery, #3)In print, I will start Shades of Earl Grey By Laura Childs, book 3 in the Tea Shop Mystery Series.  This is one of my favorite series and I’m trying to read all of them. They are easy, quick reads. Perfect for summer.

 

 

What are you reading this week?

-CK

Top 5 Tuesdays- Covers part 1

Top 5 covers with red, orange, and yellow

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

It was hard picking just 5 covers. Some were hard to narrow the colors down to just one. I also only used the covers I actually own.

Red, Orange, and Yellow are not the easiest colors to work with. But these covers manage to use the colors to the books advantage and stand out from the crowded shelves.

  1. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The movie was wonderful and I hope the book is as good or better. I found this edition at the library book sale. Gorgeous cover.

2. Nuclear Jellyfish by Tim Dorsey

Nuclear Jellyfish: A Novel (Serge Storms)

The covers to Serge Storms series of books are bright and fun. I can only hope they are as much fun to read. I bought 4 at a used book sale. Anyone who’s ever been stung by a jelly knows how bad they sting, nuclear sounds about right 🙂

3. The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark

Total eye candy.

4. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #39)

It was not my favorite book but the cover is perfect. Dark and eerie.

5. Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red by Jacqueline T. Lynch

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red

This was purchased solely based on the cover. I love the bright colors.

I’ve only read 2 of these books but the covers did convince me to bring the books home.

What is your favorite book cover?

-CK