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?


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

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.


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?


Audio Books

I am a reader. Meaning, I like the feel of a book in my hands. A few years ago I started reading ebooks. I enjoy ebooks but I still prefer physical books.

Most of my book nerd friends also listen to audio books.

Sigh…I do not. BUT I’m trying. My library has electronic lending but my kindle will not work with the app. Of course. Using my Ipod I can access audio books. There are books I think I would do better with listening to rather than reading.

For instance, my first audio book is Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. I’ve tried before to read it and never made it past the first chapter. I’m now almost 50% through with it in audio form.

But the question I have is this-

Does listening to an audio book count as reading it? Should they be scratched off my reading/challenge lists if I only listened to them?

At some point while I listen, my mind starts to wander. Or I multi-task and listen to it while cleaning house or something like that. But I also have a beautiful edition of Peter Pan that I can follow along with the audio version.  That should count for something.

I probably will count this on my challenge lists and reading log because in reality I’m not going to read it.

What’s your opinion? Does listening to an audio book count as reading?