Top 5 Character Driven Books

Top 5 Tuesday

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

Before I could choose my top 5 character-driven books, I had to find out what that was 😉

Character driven books have characters are the focus through deeds and emotions more than the plot.

To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee- One of my personal favorites. I’ve read it several times. The characters are rich as is the setting. A true classic.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – This pulls the reader into the lives of a group of Chinese Americans, allowing us to see a glimpse of their lives and relationships with their daughters.

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd- Another book centering on the lives of a group of women. This one set in rural South Carolina.

The Secret Life of Bees

The Martian by Andy Weir- the only book on my list centering on a male protagonist. Also, the only one focused on a single character for much of the book. It’s incredible.

The Martian

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg- Can I just say I love this book and fried green tomatoes.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Read one, read them all. You won’t be disappointed.

-CK

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20 Books of Summer Check-In

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.

  1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

2. Shades of Earl Gray by Laura Childs

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

4. Change of Fortune by Jana Deleon

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

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

7. Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

10. A Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

11. Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey

12. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan

13. Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick

14. Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick

15.  Cry of the Sea by D. G. Driver

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

17. Shark’s Tooth by Michael Guillebeau

18. Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath

19. Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

20. Hook by K.R. Thompson

WWW Wednesday 6-20-18

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 finally got in a little reading time 🙂

What are you currently reading?

Blade RunnerIn print, I am reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. I’m not a huge fan of reading Sci-fi but I’m trying. “Blade Runner” is one of the most famous movies from my childhood, but I’ve never watched /read it. I’m 30 pages in <sigh> Let’s just say it’s not an easy read.

 

 

 

 

Change of Fortune (Miss Fortune Mystery, #11)On my kindle, I am reading Change of Fortune by Jana DeLeon, book 11 in the Miss Fortune Series. If you haven’t read one of these, pick it up. They are hysterical. I’m making plans now to be Gertie when I’m retired.

 

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

I finally finished Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Yes, it was worth all the hype. Much better than A Court of Thorns and Roses. Just my opinion.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I know I didn’t get to the book I had planned last week. But I feel the need to mix it up.

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 🙂

 

 

What are you reading this week?

-CK

Autumn TBR Final

Titles with a red slash through it means I didn’t get to it before Halloween. After that I changed titles to include those with a Christmas flare:)

While I failed at NaNoWriMo due do kitchen revitalization and then Christmas chaos, I did succeed in reading a ton of books. So that’s soemthing. I may have to change this to a reading blog. Just kidding. I will get around to writing…eventually.

Autumn TBR

  1. Search for the Dead by Sheila Connolly
  2. Pumpkin Killer by Stacey Alabaster
  3. O’ Happy Dagger by Monica Knightly
  4. Off the Leash by D.D. Van Dyke
  5. Kissing the Werewolf by Kendra Ashe
    Better than expected. More sex and language than a traditional cozy
  6. Yesterday’s Thief by Al Macy
  7. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahme-Smith I enjoyed this more than expeced. Goes well with the movie.
  8. Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley
  9. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  10. Candy Corn Murders by Laslie Meier
    I enjoyed this read but found it a little heavy handed at times
  11. The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  12. Fairy Eyeglasses by Emily Martha Sorensen
  13. Familiar Trouble by Carolyn Haines
  14. Ghostly Interests by Lily Harper Hart
  15. In for a Penny by ?
  16. Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
  17. Darkness Echoes by L.A. Starkey
  18. False Identity by Jennifer Youngblood
  19. Spelled by Betsy Schow
    Funny read. Wonderful YA fairytale retelling of the Wizard of Oz. First in the trilogy.
  20. Nightmares by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller I enjoyed it but I think I’m a little old for it.

Other books read:

  • ‘Tis the Witching Time by Monica Knightley
  • Haunted Mobile by Elizabeth Parker
  • Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey
  • Hook, Line, & Blinker by Jana Deleon
  • Murder at the Book Fair by Steve Demaree
  • Bones on the Bayou by Carolyn Haines
  • Ino’s Love by Marianne Sciucco
  • Zero Trouble by John Lange
  • You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato, She Says Murder by Duncan Whitehead- I really enjoyed this. So much so that I need to find other books he has written.
  • The Faerie Key by Denise D. Young
  • A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg- I love Fannie and have been looking for a copy of this book. Finally found one at the library. Sweet story.
  • A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd- Yes, that movie but the story. Or rather a series of short stories the movie is based on.
  • Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Gingerbread at Moonglow by Deborah Garner
  • The Christmas Chronicles by Tim Slover
  • All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark (not my favorite)
  • A (Gingerbread) diorama of Death by Gin Jones- Surprisingly good and will read more.

I told you I read a lot! Since Sept. 22 I read 31 books! If I counted properly which can’t be trusted at the moment. I’ve had a lot of caffeine.

NaNoWriMo Prep 4

We are finally having cooler days. That means it only reaches 80* instead of over 90*! Looking forward to our first frost…soon I hope.

Last week was very productive. I did have a brief moment of panic yesterday when I thought my computer had lost all of my pre-writing work for NaNo. Luckily I found it. Then I backed it up on a thumb drive. Always have a back up!

Goals from last week:

  • Make a list of “locations” and describe– DONE
  • Begin assembling a list of minor characters just the few that I know I need. Most will be added as I write.
  • Plot, Plot, Plot- I have my first draft of plots. It’s a flowchart. I need to go through and scratch out ideas I don’t like.- working on it.
  • If possible visit local history library for research there’s a few things I need to research for my story
  • create a list of synonyms for walk started on it. I’ll add to it I’m sure.

Okay. On here it doesn’t look like much. But I did finish round 1 edits on Origins. That’s a big accomplishment because I won’t have that hanging over me during NaNo.

Week 4 Goals for Preptober:

  • If possible visit local history library for research there’s a few things I need to research for my story. This is actually on my list for today 🙂
  • Finalize my plot as much as I can
  • Begin assembling a list of minor characters. Now that most of the plot is in my chart, I can work on this.
  • Assemble writing materials
  • Plan word counts needed for the month: by day and week. I don’t write on Sundays, too busy. I won’t write most of Thanksgiving week. That means I need to write more early on. So plan that out.
  • Plan a series of easy meals. I’ve started to stock the freezer with pre-made meals. NaNoWriMo is a great time to use the crock-pot and make large quantity meals that render left overs. Like chili. I’m also not above making sliders!
  • Make a list of rewards. I’ve never tried this. Could be fun.
  • Stock up on easy to east snacks for writing. Yes, I plan on eating Halloween candy! Popcorn too.

That should keep me busy. Here’s the cover for the 2017 NaNoWriMo project.

-What are you working on this week?

-CK

 

 

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participant Flair

One of the fun badges you can earn with NaNo is creating a playlist for your project. I’ve discovered I love playlists. Making one for writing projects also helps he prepare to write. Listening to the music helps my brain realize it’s time to write. My current playlist has 105 songs! Don’t worry I’m only hitting the highlights here.

What’s on your playlist?

-CK

 

Weeki Wachee Springs

I promise I did not make-up that name! Click here for proof.

You go to Weeki Wachee for two reasons:

  1. the beautiful clear spring (20 feet deep in areas)
  2. live mermaids!

 

That’s right– live mermaids. Weeki Wachee has had an unwater theater featuring a live mermaid show since the 40s. It is now a state park. Which means it’s very affordable and fills up quick. Get there before the doors open.

Weeki Wachee Springs has been at the top 10 of my bucket list for ages. I was more excited than my girls! Yes, I had my picture taken with a mermaid 🙂

But it’s more than that. Inside the very vintage park, there is a swimming area with slides, a lazy river, and an animal education area. Let’s not forget about the free range peacocks! A useless tip: when you swim underwater in the swimming area if there is a mermaid show going on you can hear the music 😉 That was cool. In winter, manatee’s swim at Weeki Wachee and have been known to make an appearance during the shows. We saw a turtle trying to push a mermaid out of the way!

If you swim, you know how hard it is to stay submerged. Your body is buoyant. These mermaids never popped up. They were able to stay perpendicular to the floor of the spring. How do they do that?

We had a great day. Spent the entire day in the sun and playing in the chilly 73* water.It was awesome. I leave you with a peacock. -CK