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

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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

 

20 Books of Summer 2018

Thank you 746 Books for hosting this challenge.

20 books

Surf over to Cathy at 746 Books to find out more about this reading challenge. Basically, from June 1 to September 3 I will read 20 books. That’s a hair more than my goal of four per month. It’s summer. What else do I have to do? Funny you should ask 😉 I am working part-time. I’m not sure how that will go, especially with the teenagers I live with.

With this challenge, I hope to fill in some of the missing books for the Mother-Daughter reading Challenge, as well as push the boundaries on my usual reads. As always, I reserve the right to change books as my mood changes. Books I plan to read this summer 🙂

  1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

I know I read this in high school but I wish to try again. I also have to read a play for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge, so two birds. I scored a great version of Hamlet at the library book sale. On the left hand side is the original text and on the right it is translated into modern English 😉

2. Shades of Earl Gray by Laura Childs

This is book 2 in the Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Series. I’m not sure how I’ve missed this one. My goal is to read every book in the series. because I love them. This will also cover a murder mystery needed for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

I don’t read horror. Yes, this is a classic. I figured summer would be the best time to read it. I also found this really cool version where the pictures move on my kindle. I’m a nerd. This fulfills the books I don’t normally read requirement. I’ve also seen the movie. Either one works.

4. Change of Fortune by Jana Deleon

Book 11 in the series! Obviously, I love this series. It’s also a hoot. This counts as my comedy.

5. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling

My least favorite of the series but now I have this beautiful edition with pictures 🙂

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My daughter said I had to read it. Question: Do I have to read the prequel first? I don’t want to but daughter is adamant that I do.

7. Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur

It’s not summer without a graphic novel. The cover is adorable.

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I can’t watch the movie until I read the book. It’s pretty fat too.

9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This meets the challenge of a sci-fi book turned TV show. I’ve wanted to read it, might as well this summer.

10. A Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

I’m pretty sure dragons count as reading a book about animals 🙂

11. Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey

I’ve never read a Dorsey book but seems like a good book to read in summer. It’s also book 1 in the series. It took a while to find it. I have 3 or 4 in print but they are way down the series list.

12. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan

I received this from a GoodReads giveaway and want to read it soon.

13. Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick

Working my way through this series.

14. Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick

<sigh> I’ve never watched the movie or read the book. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. I didn’t know the original title was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Mind blown.

15.  Cry of the Sea by D. G. Driver

What is summer without a mermaid book?

16. My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Andrews

This has been on my shelf for over a year. Time to read it.

17. Shark’s Tooth by Michael Guillebeau

I’m not really sure what this book is about but the title is awesome. Sounds like a summer book.

18. Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath

There are 4 from this series on my kindle but I haven’t read a single book. Time to remedy that.

19. Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

Another book I won from a GoodReads I need to read.

20. Hook by K.R. Thompson

Again I know nothing. I assume it’s about the Capt. Hook from Peter Pan. There’s a ship on the cover.