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WWW Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which we ask three simple questions:

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

So, what have I been up to this last week, I hear you ask? Well, let’s see …

What I’m currently reading:

I started In Plain Sight by Marion Todd and would (should) have finished it by now, but I got interrupted by the other half and was wrangled into building a set of Ikea book shelves, two days later … and In Plain Sight is only half finished. But still, this is an intriguing police procedural with an MC that’s shaping up to be someone of interest. This is the second in a series featuring DI Clare MacKay, and wonderfully set in Fife, Scotland.

What I recently finished:

If you follow this blog regularly then you’ll know I recently finished The Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny, which was an outstanding read! One of her best, and certainly, one of the best crime fiction reads for the year, at least, for me it was.

What am I reading next:

Last week I was waiting on book mail that finally came that included my next read—the mystery thriller DEAD STOP by Barbara Nickless. This is the second book in her new series featuring Special Agent Sydney Parnell, a character I really enjoyed in book one, Blood on the Tracks. Not only can Nickless spin a thoroughly absorbing plot, but Sydney is a genuinely unique character both in depth and background.

And you, what are you currently reading, or planning on reading next?

Top Ten Tuesday

So today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday, from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is what book titles might make good song titles and … whoa, what … come again?

As someone who reads a lot of diverse genre, specifically, crime and science fiction, this one actually had me laughing out loud. No, seriously. I nearly snorted my coffee across the keyboard thinking about the different tiles I just read recently, and how they might appears as a song title.

I mean, who is going to want to sing a lullaby that’s titled THE ABOMINATION (book by Jonathan Holt) or FORCE OF NATURE (book by Jane Harper) though, it is true Force of Nature could, at a squeeze be a song title. Then let’s think of a few SF titles, how about VELOCITY WEAPON (book by Megan O’Keefe), yeah, sure … not unless we’re talking some weird ass heavy metal grunge group going all Mongolian, or something.

Or, how about, CAPTAIN MOXLEY AND THE EMBERS OF THE EMPIRE (book by Dan Hanks), now there’s a catchy title if ever I heard one. Could you image the lyrics to this K-Pop song, sung in French or Korean? No? Nor can I.

But then, who ever thought a song entitled WATERLOO would ever reach the top of the charts across the planet, and go on to make one group of 4 Swedes an international phenomenon!

So where does that leave me?

Probably paddling up a waterfall, in mid-winter, without a chance of ever reaching the top.

But fear not, I’m sat here wracking my last brain cell fuelled on an 11-strength Nespresso capsule and thinking I just might have ten titles that could work. Behold, a miracle:

  1. TATIANA by Martin Cruz Smith — a modern Russian folk ballad
  2. STAR OF THE NORTH by D. B. John — a North Korean Christmas lullaby
  3. SAVING FAITH by David Baldacci — a country & western ballad
  4. THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny — a 60s Quebecois folk song
  5. HARD TIMES by Sara Paretsky — a 50s cowboy love song
  6. FOUR BLIND MICE by James Patterson — a children’s nursery rhyme
  7. FOOLPROOF by Barbara D’Amato — a Motown dance number
  8. THE CUBAN AFFAIR by Nelson deMille — a 50s latino salsa hit
  9. THE BOTTOMS by Joe R. Lansdale — a 1920s flapper hit
  10. THE BEGGAR’S OPERA by Peggy Blair — the latest from Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice

So, how did I do? Did my choices give you a giggle at least? I hope so. And you, what books have you chosen? I’m sure you have all come up with some better titles than I have. Leave a comment, and your links, and let’s all enjoy!

Waiting on Wednesday

Today, for a change, I thought I would do a Waiting on Wednesday post for you, about a book I’m really anticipating. This is a weekly prompt to highlight and bring attention to upcoming releases that we’re anticipating and amped up for. This prompt is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Of the many books on my Wish List, and yes, there are a few, the one that I’m really eager to get my hands on, at the moment, having just recently read Kingdom of the Blind, is ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE by Louise Penny. This will be her 16th book in the The Three Pines series featuring Armand Gamache. But, as the summary below tells us, Gamache is no longer in his beloved Québec, but has travelled further afield, and everything is not as it should be. But then again, when is it ever, in a Louise Penny book?

I am so excited about reading this one because Penny has taken Gamache outside of his familiar territory and comfort zone, and dumped him in what will be, I hope, one of Penny’s best books to date.

Book Summary

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.

When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.

It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.

A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized.

Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit.  In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past.  His own family.

For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.

by Louise Penny
Murder Mystery
Hardback | 448 pages
Sept 1 2020 by Minotaur Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Hobbies

Well, it’s that time of the week again and this week’s topic, from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is what are our Non-Bookish Hobbies. Which basically allows us to waffle on about anything and everything we love to do, outside of reading that is. So what are some of my favourite hobbies?

Well, here we go, here are my top favourite 5:

PHOTOGRAPHY: I’ve been taking pictures, like a lot of other people who are obsessed with photography, since an early age. And, up until the corona virus putting us all back in lockdown, you could have found me outside, clicking one of my many cameras—I have four. And yes, several different types of lens as well. And while I’ll take photos of mostly anything, it’s mostly photos of nature that I’m drawn to.

NATURE: Which brings me to another of my hobbies. All things to do with nature. Combining my love of photography with nature walks through the many parks here, in Québec City, I get the best of both worlds. I can get outside, I can go for a lovely walk, and I can snap pictures to my hearts content. And what both do, is make me more observant.

FLOWERS: While I love nature as a whole, one of my passions is flowers. Sketching them, looking at them, growing them, and yes, taking floral portraits. What, I hear you ask, is a floral portrait? Ha, just me taking lots of close ups of flowers. I currently have about 10,000 floral portraits in my portfolio. I always wanted to do my own book on flowers, as seen through the seasons. Maybe one day, I will.

SKETCHING: Tie in the nature walks, with the photography, and the flower obsession, and you have me sketching and doing bad water colours. And while I will never be even mediocre as an artists, I nonetheless love scribbling and dabbling, and spending a couple of hours absorbed in creating art.

JOURNALLING: Another one of my more recent passions, which I started back in 2016 for certain health reasons. And when you tie this in with the previous four hobbies, you see a pattern emerging here. Whether it’s becoming more aware of my surroundings and my life, to observing more and paying attention to details, to trying to capture those moments and images. Everything ties in together with these hobbies, at least, for me it does.

I also love:

  • Scribbling stories
  • Creating havoc in the kitchen
  • Staring into space
  • Gardening (on the balcony)
  • Science fiction: movies, TV, books, and games

And you, Dear Reader, what are you favourite hobbies outside of reading?