20 Books of Summer

I ran across this challenge recently and had to join in the fun.

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?

I will use this challenge in place of my usual monthly TBR. What am I reading?

20 Books of Summer TBR

  • Tomorrow When the War Began- John Marsden
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– J.K. Rowling
  • Beach Town– Mary Kay Andrews
  • Weeki Wachee Springs- Maryan and Dan Pelland
  • Wandering Island– Kenji Tsuruta
  • Must Love Chainmail– Angela Quarles
  • The Elfstones of Shannara– Terry Brooks
  • A Study in Charlotte– Brittany Cavallaro
  • Wicked Mobile – Brendan Kirby
  • The Princess Diaries– Meg Cabot
  • The Shores of Spain– J. Kathleen Cheney
  • Illuminae– Kaufman & Kristoff
  • Unsympathetic Magic– Laura Resnick
  • The Napoleon of Notting Hill– G.K. Chesterton
  • This old Homicide– Kate Carlisle
  • Fixin to Die– Tonya Kappes
  • Bitter Harvest– Wendy Tyson
  • Counterfeit Conspiracies– Ritter Ames
  • Macdeath– Cindy Brown
  • Glistens– Chess Desalls

I reserve the right to trash this list at any time and start over;)

-CK

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February TBR Final 2017 Edition

February TBR- Final

I did much better than expected for February. It’s been a crazy month, it always is when Mardi Gras is involved. Funny thing– the holiday pushed me to read several local books. And I’m so glad that I did. I didn’t read everything that I’d planned to read. Actually, at some point, I totally forgot what I planned to read and just read what was at hand 🙂

  • Corroded by Carrie Dalby– Read and loved it. Wonderful YA book.
  • Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that GripsReaders from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell.  Excellent. My copy is highlighted to death.
  • Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Patrick Denis- Nope. I read a few chapters and got distracted by Mardi Gras. Auntie Mame would understand that.
  • A Monster Calls by Parick Ness- Really good. Not sure if I want to see the movie. From the previews, I know the two are way different.
  • Fantastic Creatures by A Fellowship of Fantasy Authors– Nope. I am still reading it. A story at a time.

Other books I’ve read:

  • The Mardi Gras Chase (True Girls Book 1) by Maggie M. Larche- Loved it. Great short read using Mobile’s Mardi Gras as the backdrop.
  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan a disappointment.
  • The Mystery of Wragg Swamp by Jerrye Sumrall another local read using Mobile’s Mardi Gras as a backdrop.
  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva Wow! Smart and intense.

That is 7 books for the month giving me a total of 13 for the year out of my planned 80.

Hard to pick a favorite. It’s a tie between Corroded and A Monster Calls.  They are different kinds of books. Monster had me in tears. If you haven’t read these I suggest you locate a copy and give them a read.

What was your favorite read this month?
-CK

March TBR

Spring is in the air. I can feel it, I even  pulled out my flip-flops today. The flowers are blooming and the cat is shedding. Both are signs of spring. Along with the red, itchy eyes! I’m tired of winter and beyond ready for warmer weather.

I have a huge stack of books to read this month. I don’t know if I’ll make it through all of them, but I will do my best.

Library Books

  • Catwings, a catwings tale by Ursula Le Guin. My daughter found this on Goodreads and had to read it. Then she passed it on to me and told me to read it. It’s a tiny little book, shouldn’t take an hour to read.
  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett. I just like the cover. A dragon in the tub reading a book.
  • House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter.
  • Charming by Elliot James.

Kindle Books

  • Everblue, Mer Tales Book 1 by Brenda Pandos. I’ve had mermaids on my mind so I’m finally getting around to reading this one.
  • Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton. I’m seeing a theme here.
  • The Lucky Cat, Black Cat Vol. 1 by Lisa Shea
  • How to Write Dazzling Dialogue by James Scott Bell
  • Soldiers of Fortune by Jana Deleon This is book 6 in the Miss Fortune Series. Currently there are only 7 books. If she doesn’t write another book, I will be sad.

It’s hard to decide which I should read first. I’m thinking Catwings, since it’s tiny and then maybe the dragon book.

What’s on your TBR list for March?

-CK

February TBR Final

February is a short month, but I read plenty. I actually surprised myself. My goal is 1 book a week, equally 4 books a month. I read 8 books this month. Total for the year 14/52

 

  • The Crimson Claymore by Craig A. Price Jr.  Great read. Epic quest.
  • Eats, Shoots, & Leaves by Lynne Truss.
    DNF– I fell asleep.
  • The Cat Who Came in off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt, This was a cute children’s book. Imagine a cat turning into a human and living with a reporter in an attic. It’s really funny. Very quick read.
  • Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson, DNF. The pictures were fun, they even glowed in the dark. The stories about the creatures didn’t keep m interest.
  • The Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah Bruni. I know nothing about this book, other than the title. It’s not a graphic novel it’s an actual book. If you read comics, you should get the reference.
  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I wasn’t thrilled with this book. The plot and characters were intriguing and kept me reading, but the writing felt stiff and dull at times. I didn’t like it enough to read the others in the series.

On my Kindle:

  • The Dragon’s Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 1) by H.L. Burke. I love dragons.
  • Let’s Get Visible by David Gaughran- It was OK. I’m not in a position at the moment to use most of the information, so it’s hard to say if it’s useful or not.
  • The Seer’s Choice by J. Kathleen Cheney. This novella centers on two minor characters from The Golden City  books. It’s really a quick read, just a couple of hours. Great, loved it.

Extra books I read:

  • Amazing Fantastic Incredible Stan Lee by Stan Lee and Peter David. Really do you need a reason to read it? It’s a graphic novel of Stan Lee’s life! It’s a great quick read.
  • 100+ Free Facebook Book Promo Sites by Frank Daley. Quick read, not sure how useful the info is.
  • Cora and the Nurse Dragon by H.L.Burke. Loved it. This is a great read. I really want a dragon now.
  • Uncanny Avengers #1-5 I don’t include comics in my book count. If I did I’d have to up my number significantly.

I have 97 books on my kindle and bag full of library books. Plenty to choose from for the March TBR.

What did you read this month?

-CK

January TBR

#TBR I can’t believe it’s January. We finally have the cold weather to go with it. Brrrr!  I spent most of December reading sappy Christmas novels. Now. I’m ready for something a little different. My goal is to read one book a week, for a total of 52 books this year. If you’ve read this blog for a while you know I don’t usually read everything on my list. I’m a mood reader and sometimes I burn out quick. I’ve actually started a few of these…

January To Be Read list:

(Paperbacks)

  • Cinderella Six Feet Under by Maia Chance – This is part of the A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery. I’m on ch.4. The whole idea around a fairy tale mystery is intriguing. And let’s face it, killing Cinderella sounds like fun. This also fulfills the first book in my Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge.
  • Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick- I started this book last year but got distracted. I love Esther Diamond and have to finish this one.
  • The Crimson Claymore by Craig A. Price Jr.It’s a fantasy book complete with a map. I love maps!  This is a local author. I bought the book in December. This one is a long shot to finish in January. Three paperbacks in one month is pushing it but I shall try.

(Digital)

  • Hope Chest by Joyce Scarbrough. Another local author. If you haven’t read one of hers yet, go buy one. This is a short story.
  • The Dragon’s Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 1) by H.L. Burke. This an almost local writer, she’s in Florida. This will meet another part of the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge.
  • Let’s Get Visible by David Gaughran- A how-to sell more books guide.
  • Murder in Half Moon Bay by Nancy Jill Thames

I think that’s enough. (2 out of 52)  I’ve already read 2 books:

Wipeout! Surfing Detective Mystery Series Book 2 by Chip Hughes I bought this because I have a secret dream of becoming a big wave surfer and living on the beach in Hawaii. I can’t even skim-board without being injured. It was a fun read. Dialect could be a bit difficult at times but it was a totally different type of mystery.

Double Dip, Davis Way Crime Caper #2  by Gretchen Archer. I bought the first book in the series last year because it was set in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi. These books are hysterical, Love them.

There you go. Plenty of good books to keep me busy.

What’s on your TBR list?

-CK

November TBR- Final

November TBR

It’s the end of November, hard to believe. I did fairly well with my TBR list. There were several I just could not get into and did not finish.

  1. Reply to a letter from Helga, by Birgisson Bergsveinn  The plot intrigued me. It’s Scandinavian. Basic plot is a man has a letter from an old lover who asked him to leave his wife. Years later he writes a response.
  2. Blockade Billy, Stephen King. I don’t generally read King, he scares me. I’ve read Firestarter and On Writing. I would not have checked this one out if I had noticed the horror sticker on the spine! The cover shows a baseball player. Hmmm, we’ll see how it goes.
  3. Going to Meet the Man,James Baldwin.  DNF
  4. Colonel Chabert by Honore de Balzac.DNF
  5. The Christmas Sweater, by Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck is a syndicated radio personality. I’ve never read or listened to his show but I keep seeing his books at the library, thought I’d give it a whirl. My guess is it’s a sentimental Christmas story. I expect Kleenex may be involved.
  6. Big Sur by Jack Kerouac. I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve heard a lot about Kerouac.
  7. Edible Stories: a novel in sixteen parts by Mark Kurlansky. DNF
  8. The moon and Sixpence by Somerset w.Maugham. DNF
  9. Music of the Swamp by Lewis Nordan. Library called and wanted the book back!
  10. The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson. It was a nice, light read. It was a bit saccharine and I was disappointed that I guessed the ending. It was a good read for a week full of depressing news events.
  11. Zanna’s Gift by Orson Scott Card. I liked this book. I found it in the adult section of the library, but I’m thinking it’s not. It’s a very quick, easy read. It was very sweet.
  12. The Deveraux Legacy by Carolyn G. Hart. I think this is a ghost story.
  13. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway.
    I got bored looking up all the terms I didn’t know relating to bull fighting.
  14. The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott. This was a sweet collection of short stories. It was a little preachy in places but very sentimental.
  15. All through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark. I love MHC. I would steal my mother’s copies of her books and read them. She writes wonderful Christmas stories. They are a nice mix of suspense and Christmas. I started this book already and I’ve noticed she head hops a bit. It works.
  16. The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans. This is another author I’ve never read but have seen them.
  17. Supernatural Short Stories by Charles Dickens.   DNF
  18. The End of the affair by Graham Greene. DNF

Books I read, not on my TBR:

  1. The Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keiler. It was short and humorous. It reminded me of me of why I never want to live north of Birmingham. I don’t think I could survive the lack of sunshine or enclosed shoes. He took a common enough theme and added unexpected details. His humor can be heavy handed at times, but it’s funny.
  2. Bryant & May and the Secret Santa by Christopher Fowler. If you want a happy Christmas tale, this is not it. It’s a short story featuring the grumpy, elderly detectives in the Peculiar Crimes Unit in London. It’s a very good story, every thing you expect from Fowler. It’s a true murder mystery, so don’t expect smiling Santas and waving elves. A word of warning, the crime involves a child.
  3. Ho Ho Humbug by Sue Ann Jaffarian This is a collection of two short stories featuring Odelia Grey. As usual it’s funny! They were really quick reads and I enjoyed it all. This is particularly good seeing as I just braved the mall the day after Thanksgiving and they take place at the mall. These are also Murder mysteries, but they’re funny.

Not sure what will be on my December TBR list. A few of the books I didn’t get to this month may make it over to next month. We’ll see.

What did you enjoy reading in November?

-CK

October Reading List – Final

The post Friday Finds (Oct. 30) appeared first on A Daily Rhythm. Friday Finds is a weekly meme where you post books you found this week and added to your TBR list. Anyone can join the fun. Just hop on over to A Daily Rhythm, leave a link or name the books you’ve added to your TBR list. Check out what the others are reading as well.

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Kindle:

Gator Bait by Jana Deleon.   Loved this book. Fast paced and funny.
Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey. This is book 1 in a new series for me.
Code Blue by local author Joyce Scarbrough A really good short story and slightly frightening.
Nikolas and Company Book 1 by Kevin McGill
    DNF, I’ve realized I don’t care for steampunk. I enjoyed most of this book and was a bout half way thorough when they started with the gears. Quickly lost interest after that. I think my girls would love it, so I’m passing it on to them. It’s a middle reader book.

Library:

Once Upon a Crime: A Brothers Grimm Mystery by P.J. Brackston  DNF. It started out strong. Interesting concept and funny. I tired quickly of the voice.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris I wrote an entire post on this book. I loved it. Nothing like the movie but worth the read and now I need to own a copy.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson DNF. I just wasn’t into it.
Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick This is book 1 in the Esther Diamond Series. It took a while to find too. I actually had to buy this one online. I just read my first Diamond book, I think it was book 5, and I loved it. I want to read the rest of the series in order. I have a feeling it will be a bit like an Easter egg hunt to collect them all.

 

I also finished:

The Map of Moments by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon.

That’s not bad. I didn’t finish everything, but I did discover a few gems as well. Next month will be interesting with NaNoWriMo and all.

 

What did you enjoy reading this month?

-CK