Top 5 Tuesday- Summertime Reads

 

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Top 5 Summertime Reads

I love summer. Mainly because the kids are home and swimming is involved. Our schedules are a little more relaxed. Still busy but relaxed 😉 Summer is the time I read more graphic novels and big, fat books. A strange combo I know.

Here are my Top 5 Summer Reads

 

 

  1. Vamparazzi (Esther Diamond, #4) The Esther Diamond Series by Laura Resnick. I’m not sure how this happened. But I read one book in the series every year since I discovered it with book 6. My local library only had one or two books from the series, so I have to buy the paperback. This summer is Vamparazzi. Cozy mystery meets fantasy.

 

 

2. The Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon. This series takes place over one summer. I just finished book 11, Change Change of Fortune (Miss Fortune Mystery, #11)of Fortune. That’s one busy summer. It’s light-hearted, fast-paced, and funny.

 

 

 

3. Mermaid    Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon. What better time to read a mermaid tale than in the summer. I’ve read several of her fairy tales and all are fun easy reads. You just think you know the story of the little mermaid.

4.   Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot Mystery #5)The Liz Talbot Mystery Series by Susan M. Boyer. Another fun, light mystery series. This one with a paranormal twist. I finished book 5, Lowcountry Book Club, last year.

5.  The Elfstones of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Shannara has dozens of books. I started with the original series. The first book was good, but the second is much better.

What do you like to read in summer,

-CK

Top 5 Tuesday- Graphic Novels

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This week is a freebie. I chose graphic novels because summer is a perfect time to read books with pictures. Especially if you are on vacation 😉 My list includes a mix of new favorites with classic reads.

  1. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol:1 BFF by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFFI recently read this graphic novel and loved it. It was cute and quirky. The main character is this super smart girl (moon girl) who befriends a dinosaur while they try to defeat prehistoric men and solve the inhuman gene issue.  It’s awesome.

 

 

2.  Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee

Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous MemoirHow does a comic book legend like Stan Lee write his autobiography? In comic book form, of course. And it is incredible.

 

 

 

3. Gen 13 by Jim Lee

Gen 13I had to go way back in the time machine for this one. I originally read it in college as a mini-series. Loved the story and the illustrations.

 

 

 

4. Wandering Island by Kenji Tsuruta

Wandering IslandMy first Japanese graphic novel. I’ve only read the first installment.  Definitely worth the read.

 

 

 

 

5. Generation x: classic Vol 1 by Scott Lobdell

Generation X Classic, Vol. 1A true classic. Next to the traditional X-men (if there is such a thing) this group of teen heroes is my favorite. I loved the series when it came out in the 90s and it’s still great. Just ask my kids.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite graphic novel?

-CK

Top 5 Tuesday- Covers, part 2

Top 5 Tuesday

Covers in Green, Blue, and Purple

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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

Top 5 Tuesdays- Covers part 1

Top 5 covers with red, orange, and yellow

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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