What Are You Reading Monday?

It’s been a long, strange year. Very little writing has occurred but I’ve read a ton. So today, I thought I would revisit

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Basically for this post I tell you what I just read, what I’m reading now, and what’s up next. Easy Peasy.

Last week I read…

 

The Alcatraz Rose: A Lawrence Kingston Mystery

The Alcatraz Rose by Anthony Eglin

This is the second or third book I’ve read by Anthony Eglin in the Lawrence Kingston Mystery Series. Lawrence is a retired Botanist (I think?) who solves crimes on the side. This one surrounds a young mother who disappeared 10 years ago and the recent discovery of an extinct English rose on the grounds of Alcatraz.

It’s a short book and an enjoyable read. There were plenty of red herrings and a tangled web of gardening fanatics and criminals. Not to mention a decades old truck robbery that was never solved.  Lovely cover as well.

What I’m reading now…

I picked up this book at the used book store because I’ve never read a John LeCarre book. He’s supposed to be one of the best suspense/mystery writers around. We shall see. I’m only 60 pages in at the moment. From Goodreads:

 

A Most Wanted Man

“A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.” “Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation, Soon her client’s survival becomes more important to her than her own career – or safety. In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.” Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the “War on Terror,” the rival spies of Germany. England and America converge upon the innocents.

What’s up next…

Next, I will read a book by a local author.

Shades of BlueShades of Blue By Joyce Scarbrough

This small volume has been on my shelf for far too long. I believe it’s a YA romance. Joyce is a wonderful author and if you haven’t read one of hers, pick one up.

 

 

There you go. These are just a few of the books sitting on my TBR chair.

What are you reading?

-CK

 

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What are you reading Monday?

It’s Monday! For good or ill the new week is here. Which means it is time for…

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Last week I read…

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

I finished 3 books. The first was Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson. It was chosen by he cover. I’m a sucker for pumpkins. We tried growing them once. They about took over the yard. Much like watermelons! It was entertaining but i did’t enjoy it enough to read furthur in the series. The writing & story were fine, it just wasn’t for me.Wandering Island

I also finished Wandering Island by by Kenji Tsuruta. I needed a graphic novel for the Mother- Daughter Reading Challenge. The size is misleading because it is mostly pictured 😉 I enjoyed it. The drawings were great. It did suffer from too much skin showing, but I’m not he target audience. I was a bit miffed at the cliffhander ending– but no enough that i don’t look for book 2.

Weeki Wachee Springs (Images of America: Florida)The last book I read was one I picked up on vacation, also heavy on pictures. Weeki Wachi Springs by Maryan Pelland. A visual read through the history of the vintage mermaid park. I loved it. The photos and stories behind them were very entertaining.

 

 

What I’m reading now…

I have plenty of reading time at the moment. I’ve started 2 books. One is a librbay book and the other is a new release i bought on my kindle. I haven’t read enough of either to have an opinion so i will leave the blurb from goodreads.

SeeSee by Lee Ann Ward

Carlie Henson is pretty, popular, and an All-American girl. She has a gorgeous boyfriend and a mother who lives to keep her safe. Probably because everyone is drawn to Carlie…including the murderers she has the ability to identify when she looks in the eyes of their victims.

Keeping Carlie’s secret is pretty simple when all she has to do is avoid dead people. But when a cheerleader at her high school is murdered and the killer seems to have gotten away with it, Carlie knows what she has to do. With the help of her boyfriend, Dillon, she devises a plan to see what she must, no matter her personal safety.

But when Dillon is the one who’s injured in the showdown with the killer, Carlie vows to never help anyone again…until the next young woman attacked is her best friend, Jenna.

 

I also started, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long GoodbyeMarlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he’s divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

 

 

 

What’s up next…

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I know nothing about this book other than it is a new retelling of Sherlock Holmes. This time it’s Charlotte Holmes. I can’t wait to give this one a read.

What are you reading this week?

-ck

 

What I’m Reading This Week

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It’s Monday.

Not my favorite day of the week. But I am playing along with The Book Date with What are you reading Monday?

Last week I read…

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. This filled my required reading form another country for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. This is a dystopian YA. Think Red Dawn in Australia. I was surprised at how much I liked it.

 

 

Later Gator (Miss Fortune Mystery #9)  I also finished Later Gator by Jana Deleon. This is book 9 in the Miss Fortune Series. Let me just say, “I love this series.” It is fast and funny. The characters are crazy funny. Just read it. This is one of the few writers where I will pay full price to read their books. At the moment I’m all caught up on the series, but I’m sure there’ll be a new one out before too long.

 

 

What I’m reading now…Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

I just started Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson. I’ve been dying to read this cozy, mainly because of the cover. I love pumpkins. It looks like a vintage seed packet.I won this book from a contest from Henery Press. I’ve only read 20%. So far a man has been found dead and the small town is getting ready for it’s first Octoberfest. Who killed the victim? I don’t know. But there’s a hot Scottish vet 😉

 

What’s up next…

I have two books I hope to read. I’m not sure which is first, depends on which is easier to hold with a cast.

Wandering Island Wandering Island by by Kenji Tsuruta. I needed a graphic novel for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. That’s not something I normally read. I did a little searching online and found this book cheap. I was surprised when I opened it that the book opens backwards. My children laughed at me and said, “Of course. It’s Japanese. That’s how they read.”  Anyway… this one is about a girl who delivers packages from her airplane. Until she get’s a package she can’t deliver becasue she can’t find the island. Sounds interesting.

 

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

 

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I know nothing about this book other than it is a new retelling of Sherlock Holmes. This time it’s Charlotte Holmes. I can’t wait to give this one a read.

What are you reading this week?

-CK

 

What r u reading?

It’s Monday.

Not my favorite day of the week. But I am playing along with The Book Date with What are you reading Monday?

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Last week I read…

The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1)

I buried myself in my chair yesterday until I finished The Sword of Shannara. This is the first book in the original Shannara series and the first time I’ve read Terry Brooks. It was well worth the two weeks I spent reading it. Loved it. The main reason I read it was I bought the Elfstones of Shannara first without realizing it was part of a series. I can’t read out of order 😉 Shannara feels a lot like LOTR. If you enjoyed Tolkien you would probably enjoy this book as well.

 

What I’m reading now…

Optimists Die First

I intended to read a cozy mystery after Shannara. Something light and easy. But my library bag had other ideas. I picked this odd little book up based on the cover and title. Seriously, how could I not read a book entitled Optimists Die First? And the cover looks like a knitted sweater. I’m only on page 69. It seems like a fast read but I think it’ll be a bit more in the emotions department than I wanted after Shannara.

In a nutshell, the story follows a teen girl who is dealing with the death of her little sister. She has a lot of guilt around it and she’s also trying to be a buffer for her parents. Obviously, it’s a YA book.

What’s up next…

Later Gator (Miss Fortune Mystery #9)Probably book 9 in the Miss Fortune Series on my kindle. I’ve been itching to read this one. Another one with an awesome cover 🙂

What are you reading this week?

-CK