WWW Wednesday: August 23

This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to answer the three questions below. For more information check out the Taking on a World of Words blog.

  • What are you reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

I haven’t read many books this month. I’ve had other things to do plus my eyes are bothering me. Allergies, I think. 😦

I’m reading a physical copy of this book from the library and don’t always have the book with me so it’s taking awhile to finish the book. I have a Kindle book I’m also reading that I take with me when I’m away from the house!

I’m in the middle of this book and I’m enjoying it. I like how this alternate history parallels our history, but puts its own spin on the history. For example, Napoleon is imprisoned on the Moon and that’s where he escapes from!

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine

Adventures of Arabella Ashby #2

Science Fiction, steampunk, alt-history

The thrilling adventures of Arabella Ashby continue in the second book in Hugo-winning author David D. Levine’s swashbuckling sci-fi, alt-history series!

This is a debut book and one I’m enjoying a lot. This is also a library book, but I got it as an ebook from the library. So I’m reading it on my Kindle and hope to finish it before long.

Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund

Rachel Carver #1

Mystery, Police Procedural

Former North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agent Rachel Carver blames herself for the collateral death of an innocent woman in her last case. Unable to accept her superior’s attempts to cover up the incident, she turned in her badge. But when a former partner asks her to consult on a new murder case, she reluctantly agrees, traveling to a small, remote mountain community, where she’s tasked with leading a group of inexperienced detectives on a hunt for the killer. 

I’m enjoying reading about a police officer in Iceland. I haven’t really connected with Erlendur, but I hope I can find more books and that he comes alive in future books.

Reykjavik Nights: Murder in Reykjavik by Arnaldur Indridason

Translator: Victoria Cobb

Narrator: George Guidall

Inspector Erlendur #0

Mystery, Police Procedural, Audiobook

Erlendur has recently joined the police force as a young officer and immediately sinks into the darkness of Reykjavik’s underworld. Working nights, he discovers the city is full of car crashes, robberies, drinkers and fighters. And sometimes an unexplained death.

A homeless man Erlendur knows is found drowned. But few people care. Or when a young woman on her way home from a club vanishes. Both cases go cold.

Two lost people from two different worlds. Erlendur is not an investigator, but his instincts tell him their fates are worth pursuing. How could they be linked?

 

Recently finished

Science fiction, space opera and a mystery! It’s also a military science fiction, but rather light on the military aspects. I liked it nonetheless. And I already have the second book and hope to read it before too long.

The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Central Corps #1

Science Fiction, Space Opera, Mystery

When her crewmate Danny is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps engineer Commander Elena Shaw is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent—he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man?

 

I liked this book, too, and look forward to reading the second book in the series. There were quite a few characters so it was a little hard to keep track of all the characters during the narration. That wasn’t helped by the fact that it took me about three weeks to listen to the whole book!

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

Narrator: Damian Lynch

Keiko #1

Science Fiction, space opera

The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers, travelling Earth’s colony planets searching for the next job. And nobody talks about their past.

 

Reading next

I hope to start Mrs. Fletcher when I finish Among the Dead. It should be a good change of pace. I’ve read lots of good things about this book so I hope I’ll enjoy it.

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Series: None

Contemporary Fiction, humor

Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, “U R my MILF!” Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. While leading her all-too-placid life—serving as Executive Director of the local senior center by day and taking a community college course on Gender and Society at night—Eve can’t curtail her own interest in a porn website called MILFateria.com, which features the erotic exploits of ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

Meanwhile, miles away at the state college, Eve’s son Brendan—a jock and aspiring frat boy—discovers that his new campus isn’t nearly as welcoming to his hard-partying lifestyle as he had imagined. Only a few weeks into his freshman year, Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night.

Sharp, witty, and provocative, Mrs. Fletcher is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they’re no longer sure of who they are or where they belong.

This is one of my favorite series so I’m happy to have this book to read. I want to read it soon!

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

Heartstriker #4

Urban Fantasy

To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn’t win a Nice Dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he’s starting to make progress, a new threat arrives.

Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn’t begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who’s always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading? What have you read? And what are you reading now?

WWW Wednesday: June 14

This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to answer the three questions below. For more information check out the Taking on a World of Words blog.

  •  What are you reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

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I’m enjoying this book a lot. I’m about half way through–mostly listening to it on my way to and from physical therapy. That gives me about an hour of listening time twice a week.

They’ve crossed the Atlantic and gone across the U.S. by train. They’re in Hollywood now and hearing about Hollywood in the 30’s is lots of fun. Charlie Chaplin makes an appearance as well as other Hollywood types–the leading man heart-throb, the aging, fading silent film actress trying to make it in “talkies” and the all-powerful movie mogul.

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

Her Royal Spyness #8

Historical Mystery–1930’s Great Britain and the United States

 

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I ‘m close to half way through this book, too, and it’s good. 

Did someone help Joan Riley die? Was it at her request or not? 

But for the Grace by Peter Grainger (Police Procedural)

DC Smith #2

 

Dead Simple by Peter James

I started Dead Simple by Peter James, but had to stop reading it. It was too depressing. I read about 20% of the book and just couldn’t take it anymore.

The detective is depressed and the events which lead to a bachelor party going wrong are just awful. Practical jokes, greed, accidents and depression just don’t make for a happy mix. At least for me.

I’ve decided this isn’t the book, series or author for me.

 Recently finished

Lots of twists and turns in this one! Such a good series and I’ve already bought book 4. I’ll give myself some time to enjoy thoughts about this book…but I can’t wait too long!

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #3

Science Fiction, Time Travel

 

 

Reading next (maybe–I’m a mood reader!)

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A historical mystery (set in 1888 Massachusetts) and about a Quaker midwife! The second book in the series came out this spring.

Delivering the Truth

by Edith Maxwell

Historical Mystery

Quaker Midwife #1

 

 

 

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A story about hippopotamuses in the marshlands of Louisiana is just too fantastic! But the U.S. government was actually going to import hippopotamuses….

River of Teeth

by Sarah Gailey

River of Teeth #1

Science Fiction/Alternate History

 

 

What books are you reading, want to read or have read?

Waiting on Wednesday: April 12

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shiver-hitch-by-linda=greenlawShiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw

Series: Jane Bunker Series #3

Publication Date: June 6

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Jane Bunker thought she d escaped the pollution, noise, and dead bodies of the big city when she left her job as a Miami homicide detective and moved back to the idyllic town of Green Haven, Maine. But through her work as a marine insurance investigator, it appears she s left behind the bustle of the city, but not the murder.

When Jane is called to the remote Acadia Island to assess the damages from a house fire, she also finds a badly burned body in the charred rubble, and it turns out that the victim is the owner of the house, a wealthy woman who just happens to be one of the most hated women in town. As Jane investigates further, she becomes embroiled in a plot as thick as New England clam chowder, which involves convicted felons, a real estate scam, and the deep conflicts between the locals and the summer folks. On top of trying to find what might be a murderer on the loose, Jane is still living with her bonkers landlords, the Vickersons, who are delighted when Jane finds out that her brother Wally (who has Down s syndrome) is going to move in with them, after losing his assisted living arrangement. It s all Jane can do to keep all the moving pieces together, much less figure out who would want to burn someone alive and why.

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Why I want this book

  • I love reading books about Maine. I have relatives who live in Maine so reading books about Maine is almost like visiting them!
  • The main character was a homicide detective in Miami, Florida and now works as a marine insurance investigator. I like reading about investigators with interesting jobs.
  • Linda Greenlaw has written best-selling nonfiction books about her life as a lobsterman and as America’s only swordfishing captain. She lives on Isle au Haut, Maine.

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Waiting on Wednesday: April 5

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cold-hearted-river-by-Keith-mccaffertyCold Hearted River

by Keith McCafferty

Series: Sean Stranahan #6

Genre: Mystery

Publication date: July 4

Synopsis: A story of lost treasure, Cold Hearted River begins with the death of a woman, stranded in a spring snowstorm, who in desperation climbs into a bear s den. When Sheriff Martha Ettinger, reunited with once-again lover Sean Stranahan, investigates, she finds a fly wallet in a pannier of the dead woman’s horse, the leather engraved with the initials EH. Only a few days before, Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club, had been approached by a man selling fishing gear that he claims once belonged to Ernest Hemingway. A coincidence? Sean doesn’t think so, and he soon finds himself on the trail of a missing steamer trunk rumored to contain not only the famous writer’s valuable fly fishing gear, but priceless samples of his unpublished work.

The investigation will take Sean through extraordinary chapters in Hemingway’s life. Inspired by a true story, Cold Hearted River is a thrilling adventure, moving from Montana to Michigan, where a woman grapples with the secrets in her heart, to a cabin in Wyoming under the Froze To Death Plateau, and finally to the ruins in Havana, where an old man struggles to complete his life’s mission one true sentence at a time.”

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I like Sean Stranahan and these mysteries.
  • The mysteries take place in Montana north of Yellowstone National Park and revolve around fly fishing. My dad was a fly fisherman and tied his own ties. He fished the rivers of Oregon, but I feel closer to him when I read these books.
  • These books are a meld of police procedural and private investigation, because while Sean works as a fly fishing guide, artist and private investigator he also often works with Sheriff Martha Ettinger.
  • I love the cover!

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Waiting on Wednesday: March 29

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 The Harbors of the Sun by Martha WellsThe Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells

Series: The Books of the Raksura #5

Publication Date: July 4

Synopsis (from Goodreads): A former friend has betrayed the Raksura and their groundling companions, and now the survivors must race across the Three Worlds to rescue their kidnapped family members. When Moon and Stone are sent ahead to scout, they quickly encounter an unexpected and potentially deadly ally, and decide to disobey the queens and continue the search alone. Following in a wind-ship, Jade and Malachite make an unlikely alliance of their own, until word reaches them that the Fell are massing for an attack on the Reaches, and that forces of the powerful Empire of Kish are turning against the Raksura and their groundling comrades.

But there may be no time to stage a rescue, as the kidnapped Raksura discover that their captors are heading toward a mysterious destination with a stolen magical artifact that will cause more devastation for the Reaches than anything the lethal Fell can imagine. To stop them, the Raksura will have to take the ultimate risk and follow them into forbidden territory.

The Harbors of the Sun, from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells, is the thrilling follow-up to The Edge of Worlds, and the conclusion of a new Three Worlds duology of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger.

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Why I want this book

  • One of my favorite series! I’m looking forward to reading about all the characters in this series again–Moon, Stone, Jade and so many others.
  • The Raksura are a shapeshifting species with two separate breeds and such interesting family and social structures.
  • Martha Wells has created a wonderful world with many different and interesting sentient species–and the Raksura are the most interesting of all. It’s all very imaginative and so fun to read about with lots of adventures.
  • A beautiful cover.

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Waiting on Wednesday: March 22

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Hunting-Hour-by-Margaret-MizushimaHunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #3

Publication Date: August 8

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Deputy Mattie Cobb is working through issues from her past and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to focus on herself, when she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student. Until they find the girl on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, dead. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing–and this time it’s Sophie Walker. Hard as they search, Cole, Mattie, and Robo can’t find her anywhere. Mattie’s primary suspect, a strange man who lives near the wilderness area, calls to report he hears deer “screaming” in the woods. Suspecting the man might have lost touch with reality and be referring to something he’s done to Sophie, Mattie takes Robo into the dense pine forest, hoping to pick up a trace of her scent. But when Robo does catch Sophie’s trail, it leads them to another clue that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Now Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down Sophie’s kidnapper before they’re too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima’s exhilarating mystery series.

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Why I want this book
  • I really like this series. Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo are great characters. I really like reading about K-9 dogs. They are truly great partners for police and military work. And Colorado is a great setting.
  • This is a police procedural–one of my favorite sub-genres.
  • Great cover!

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Waiting on Wednesday: March 15

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all-systems-red-martha-redsAll Systems Red

by Martha Wells

Series: The Murderbot Diaries #1

Genre: Science Fiction Novella

Publication date: May 2

Synopsis: In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I love Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura series.
  • This is totally different from the Raksura series, but it sounds really interesting.
  • It’s about androids–and I like so many of the Tor.com novellas that Tor is publishing.

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Waiting on Wednesday: March 8

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arabella-and-the-battle-of-venus-by-david-d-levineArabella and the Battle of Venus

by David D. Levine

Series: Adventures of Arabella Ashby #2

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Publication date: July 18

Synopsis: The thrilling adventures of Arabella Ashby continue in the second book in Hugo-winning author David D. Levine’s swashbuckling sci-fi, alt-history series!

The swashbuckling Arabella Ashby is back for brand new adventure in the ongoing story of her life among the stars.

Arabella’s wedding plans to marry Captain Singh of the Honorable Mars Trading Company are interrupted when her fiancé is captured by the French and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp on swampy Venus. Now, Arabella must find passage to an enemy-controlled planet in the middle of a war, bribe or fight her way past vicious guards, and rescue her Captain.

To do this she must enlist the help of the dashing privateer, Daniel Fox of the Touchstone and build her own clockwork navigational automaton in order to get to Venus before the dread French general, Joseph Fouché, the Executioner of Lyon.

Once on Venus, Arabella, Singh, and Fox soon discover that Napoleon has designed a secret weapon, one that could subjugate the entire galaxy if they can’t discover a way to stop Fouché, and the entire French army, from completing their emperor’s mandate.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I loved the first book in this series–Arabella of Mars. It’s a great adventure story.
  • I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens next in this series.
  • Space opera is one of my favorite kinds of science fiction.
  • The series’ covers are wonderful.

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Waiting on Wednesday: March 1

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murder-between-the-lines-by-radha-vatsalMurder Between the Lines

by Radha Vatsal

Series: Kitty Weeks Mystery #2

Genre: Historical Mystery

Publication date: May 2

Synopsis: Intrepid journalist Kitty Weeks returns to unearth a murderous conspiracy in this WWI saga

In the second book in the acclaimed Kitty Weeks Mystery series, Kitty is tasked with writing a story about Westfield Hall, a prestigious girls’ boarding school. Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctors proclaim that the girl’s sleepwalking was the cause, but Kitty isn’t so sure.

Determined to uncover the truth, Kitty must investigate a more chilling scenario—a murder that may involve Elspeth’s scientist father and a new invention by Thomas Edison.

For fans of Susan Elia MacNeal and Jacqueline Winspear, Murder Between the Lines is a rich and spirited novel with irresistible charm, combining true historical events with a thrilling mystery.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. Kitty is an interesting character. She’s a journalist trying to be an investigative reporter–hard to do for a woman in this time period.
  • Such an interesting and important time in history–during WWIl. Lots of stories can come from this era.
  • Beautiful cover!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Feb 15

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called-to-justice-by-edith-maxwellCalled to Justice

by Edith Maxwell

Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery #2

Genre: Historical Mystery

Publication date: April 8

Synopsis: Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying the 1888 Independence Day evening fireworks with her beau when a teenaged Quaker mill girl is found shot dead. After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally figuring out one criminal—only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I haven’t read the first book, but hope to before this book comes out.
  • Reading a historical mystery about a Quaker midwife sounds interesting.
  • I like the cover!

What about you–have you read the first book in the series?

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