Down The TBR Hole #3

Down the TBR Hole

This meme was started by Lost in a Story (not sure why the link is odd)

Here are the rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I have a serious book problem. My Goodreads TBR is out of hand because I love the giveaways. I’m also easily disractedby new books.

Product Details

Fish Nets The Second Guppy Anthology by Ramona DeFelice Long

I own this on my kindle. I’ve read one or two stories. I need to finish it. The stories are mysteries by Sisters in Crime members.

 

 

Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlise

I’ve read several in this series but never the first book. *sigh* I should do that soon. I enjoy the characters and the setting. There’s no reason for this to still be on my TBR!

 

Guilty by David Baldacci

I tried to read this and didn’t make it past the first chapter. The way the southern accent is written drove me mad!

 

 

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Seriously! Look at that cover. And the title. Hold on…*tap,tap,tap*… My library has this and I just put it on hold. This book looks like all kinds of fun!

 

In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops

This is a time-travel story with lots of great reviews! It’s also free on kindle. *tap,tap,tap* just what I needed another book on my kindle 🙂

 

 

The Take Away

I deleted 1 book from my Goodreads list.

Placed 2 books on my IGTIBID List. (I’ll get to it before I die)

I need to finish reading 1 book and Ireserved 1 from the library with hopes of reading it before Valentine’s Day!

That brings my Goodreads TBR shelf to 941 books!

-CK

Reading Habits

This is day 4 of living with my predominant hand in a cast. Please ignore typos. I’m having great difficulties using my left hand only. Why is spellcheck not working? But that is allowing me pleny of time to read.

I decided to download a list of the top 100 mystery books of all time. Read list here. I was surprised by how few I’ve read. And I call myself a mystery writer! So sad.

Since I am recuperating (I’ve already finised 3 books his week) I decided to expand my mystery education.

I bought Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express and checked out a copy of Raymond Chandlers The Long Goodbye. I’m looking forward to learning from the masters.

What’s your favorite mystery?

-ck

April 2017 TBR Final

Library Books:

  • I, Robot by Issac Asimov. I enjoyed this more than I expected. I might even read the next one in the series.
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel– Love. Love. Love. I’ve read it twice. Both times I borrowed the book. Someone, please buy me a copy! I love the movie.
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton I admit– I read it, just in time for its 50th anniversary. Wow! I even liked it.
  • As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson Loved it.

Kindle:

  • Incubation by Laura DiSilverio- Loved it. Must read the rest of series.
  • Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson I love the cover on this one.
  • Michelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian. OMG! (yes, I know that’s a bit old at this point.) I loved this book. It was so much fun. I grew up in love with Indiana Jones, and this book has that archeology element to it. I loved it. This is book 4, now I need to start over with book1.
  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey- currently reading. I hope to finish soon.

I’ve made nice progress this month. I’ve read 6 books. Not bad. I’ve started two others but I’ll have to finish them in May 😉 Most of reads were related to the Mother-Daughter reading Challenge. It has definitely pushed me into reading books I would normally walk past. That’s a good thing. I’ve discovered new authors I love. I have four weeks left before summer officially arrives for me. Kids get out May 19, I think. I’m trying not to dive into books I’ve already labeled as “summer reads”. That could get difficult.

What was your favorite read?

-CK

I, Robot

I am reading through the topics for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. My focus, at the moment, is genres I don’t normally read. Like Sci-fi. I don’t read sci-fi. I prefer to watch it rather than read it. I’m leaning toward the more famous books. Which is why I chose I,Robot by Issac Asimov. I also wanted to watch the movie after finishing the book.

I,Robot

225 pages

originally published 1950

I actually liked the book. The writing pulls you in with how smooth it is. Asimov is a great writer. Shocking declaration I know. There was a time or two where the science went over my head, but most of the time I found it an easy read. I was a tad disappointed that, at this point in time, I should have a robot. The book starts in 1996 with nanny robots and ends in 2052 with a robot not bound by the 3 laws of robotics. Yikes!

The book seems as timely now as it was then. Except I still don’t have a robot. I can honestly say I might read book 2. I’m not a totally convert but I can appreciate the genre more now.

The movie. (2004)

starring Will Smith

All I can say is thankfully the credits state: “suggested by the stories of Asimov” or something similar. It was a fun action flick, but it had nothing to do with the book. They pulled a few names for the written work but that is where the similarities ended. I remembered liking it more when I watched it when it originally came out. Not so much this time.

If you’ve read the book, what did you think?

-CK

 

 

 

Local Authors

Until recently most books I’ve read were found at the library or mainstream bookstore. Translation, the books are traditionally published. Usually.

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Read Local

Since I joined the local writers guild, I’ve had the pleasure of reading local authors. I’ve discovered I love local writers. I love books and stories set in and around Mobile. Some writers can write about a location having never visited the area or lived there. Others…can’t. They try but fail.

Cities like New Orleans have a myth and mystic all their own. A writer has to be careful not to fall into cliche or melodrama when depicting the city. But what about the smaller cities and towns? They too can play a part in a book. It’s easier to change/alter the city to fit the needs of a story but beware. Alter it too much and you run the risk of angering the locals.

There’s a certain thrill to read a story when you’ve walked the same streets or stared at the same horizon. I feel all warm inside seeing my city portrayed on the page, digital or paper.

Not all of these books, by local writers, are set in Mobile. Many are fantasy and take place in created realms while others occur in different states. But my fascination is there, knowing the writer’s local. Yet, I prefer those set in the city of Mobile.

Mobile is a quirky city rich in history, controversy, and strange festivals. There’s plenty here for a writer to dive into. Most of my stories are set within the boundaries of Mobile County .

This year I challenge you- find a book by a local author and read it. Where ever you live there’s a writer. Look up the local writers guild or indie bookstore, they can point you in the right direction.

What book will you read?

-CK

Book Nerd Problems

I am a book nerd. Please let me know if there is a 12 step program for that. I love the library and my Kindle. Thanks to author groups, I have found multiple sites that send me daily/weekly emails about book sales.

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After years and years of reading, I’ve developed a few quirks.

Book Nerd Problems:

  1. There’s just not enough time to read them all.  I go to the library once a week. I never read all of the books I check out. At the bookstore I have to limit the number I bring home. Especially, if the kids are with me. They want books too. I’ve met lots of Indie authors and I try to buy their e-books. But I  can’t read them all. My TBR list just reflects my interests at the moment. Today, my library haul included only Fantasy and YA (fantasy). Last time, it was all mystery. The time before that, cookbooks. You get the point.
  2. I can’t keep them all straight.  Before I discovered GoodReads, I kept a notebook of books I read and if I liked it. Even with GoodReads, I still can’t remember if I started to read a book and gave up. I know I’ve checkout some books multiple times, because I DNF it. I need a list of books that are DNF because I didn’t like it or just wasn’t in the mood. DNF- did not finish
  3. Boring covers. I pick books by the cover. I know I know, Don’t judge a book...  I do and always will. The cover should be interesting and reflect the story. I know when I see a half naked man on the cover holding a sword, that book is a historical romance. Translation: lots of naked people inside and a little bit of history. A sparse/simple cover is fine. Sometimes that’s more effective than a busy cover. This is particularly true of ebooks. I was distraught once, I check out a book with a mermaid on the cover but there were NO mermaids inside! Don’t tease me!
  4. Names I can’t pronounce. This is aimed mainly at Fantasy books. It gets annoying to read a book with character/place names I can’t pronounce. It takes me out of the story and I usually end up throwing the book aside without finishing it. I understand you want unusual and interesting names, but as a reader I want/need to be able to pronounce it.
  5. A Cast of thousands. I’m a huge history buff. I love to read a lengthy tome based on historical events. But when the characters need four pages in the beginning of the book, just to tell me who’s who. We have a problem. Sometimes, too many characters make it more difficult to stay in the story. Sarum held a family tree because the book covered the entire history of a small area in England (I think).
  6. Which book is this? I love to read a series. Fantasy and mysteries are my favorite. But I like to start with number one. Even if the books can be read alone, I like to start at the beginning. Please put the number somewhere on the spine or cover. Tell me which series it is. I was reminded of this when I read The Misfortune Cookie by Laura Resnick.  It was book 6 in the Esther Diamond series. I read it anyway, because I loved the cover.  But then I had to search high and low to find book 1. According to Amazon, only a few were left. I think Amazon lies to me.
  7. I’m Not in the Mood! I’m a mood reader. If I’m not in the mood for a book I won’t read it no matter how good it is. Which is why I haven’t read beyond page 10 in Game of Thrones Book1. This is problematic when I finish a book in a series and I’m all fired up to read the next book…which will not be out for another year. Hopefully, I’ll still be in the mood when it’s released.
  8. I love graphics. Like my children, I get excited when I find a book with a map or cool graphics hidden within the book. I’m not talking about fully illustrated books. I mean like Harry Potter. In some editions there were little graphics at the start of a chapter. I love those. If it’s historical or fantasy I love to flip back to the maps. Lord of the Rings had a map of Middle Earth. As I read I’d flip to the map and see exactly where Frodo was on his journey. It’s like I’m the navigator on a road trip.
  9. Easter Eggs. Sometimes when you read, the author adds little extras at the end. Cozies do this a lot. They always include something central to the theme: recipes, storage tips, etc… I love those. I think it was Divergent that included a play list. You know I looked up all of those songs.

What are your biggest book nerd problems?

-CK

 

Summer To-do List

Bob says, "Get to work."

Bob says, “Get to work.”

I’ve had a terrible time writing this summer. We’ve been too busy. I settled in my easy chair after a day of running the children from place to place and thought about what I could do. Hiring a nanny and chauffeur is out. Letting my 12 yr old do all the driving is frowned upon in the city. My transporter has yet to arrive from Amazon.  That leaves:

  • Read– yes that’s right read.  A writer must read. There’s reading for enjoyment and then there’s reading for improvement and research.  All are a necessity for writers. Reading popular books in and out of my genre is helpful in exposing me to other ways of doing something. That’s vague!  Example:One cozy mystery is similar to other cozy mysteries. Characters, setting, and theme are different. You know a cozy when you read it. Reading different authors allows me to see how they handle the cozy genre. What boundaries are they pushing? What’s different/fresh with this story over another? Reading outside my genre allows me to see what is possible beyond. I don’t write juvenile/YA literature but I enjoy reading it. It gives me perspective on what is on the minds of YA readers.  I can also catchup on my nonfiction “writing” books. Just got a new one in the mail last week and I have 3 on my Kindle to read this summer on self-publishing.  Reading is essential.
  • CraftYes, I went there. This is funny, since I just read an article on this in the current issue of Writer’s Digest. Working on a different hobby can enhance your creativity and writing. As I teach my kids to sew PJs this summer I am using a different part of my brain.  I’m flexing that creative muscle in a different area.
  • Writing Prompts– short writing sprints that have nothing to do with a current project. It’s fun just to write for the sake of writing.  It’s just to see what happens.
  • Edit- I have 4 short stories that are almost ready to be released upon the world. I want to get them trimmed up and ready.
  • Reconnect– I need to go back over to Critique Circle. When I was active it was helpful.

I think that’s enough to accomplish over summer.

What summer goals do you have?

CK