What I’m reading June 2019. Wingate. Kleon. Owens, and a multi-author oldie


Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens had been recommended by my hairdresser.

It’s loosely set in NC and had a boat on the cover, like another book I read last month, this cover didn’t really seem to be what the book was primary about either. My mind went to designing all sorts of covers that I think would’ve been a better fit. I would’ve picked a hand-drawn illustration like in the book, a feather or shell, the marsh up close with the dark headed main character Kya barely visible in the tall grasses, or even the shack instead of the open looking water but that’s just me. Just inside the book was an alternate cover that I actually preferred that has grasses, reeds and looks drawn. I took it down to our cattails to photograph but they were not up yet so I moved to the daylily. This is one that HAD to remake. I combined a marsh photo and a heron photo I had shot in the past then made it partially sketched. Sometimes I just can’t help myself from stopping everything I should be doing, and redesigning a cover!

I say loosely about NC because Barkley Cove is a fictional place. Owens mentions Asheville and Greenville along with this fictional marsh that makes me think of the Outer Banks which is a full day drive away. I didn’t care for the poems mixed in, but that is just me I guess. It didn’t pull me out of the story but I don’t think it added to the novel either. Much like the last “boat on the cover” book, When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin that had a lot of heart technical info this one has some bird, animal, shell info added but then again Owens IS a wildlife scientist.  Crawdads and Crickets… Shouldn’t have read these two back to back because I keep messing up the names when I go to recommend them. This story includes a cat, Sunday Justice that made me wonder if Owens is a cat lover, (she is) and it had the courtroom scenes too, when discussing the possible murder that I liked. I won’t give too much away. My favorite sentence in the book was “Did we exclude Miss Clark because she was different, or was she different because we excluded her?”  and this one resonated with me also “I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.”  I did enjoy this book but that’s all I”m going to say to keep from spoiling the ending. Interested in where the title came from? Click here.

Jacket design by Na Kim. Jacket Images (person in canoe) Based on original photograph by Andrew Geiger; (background” John & Lisa Merrill / Getty Images

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.
Oh, I liked this author. I’ll be reading more of her books. This novel was based on the true story regarding a Children’s home in Memphis Tennessee and Georgia Tann. It was before my time but so appalling that this story could be based on real-life events. Wingate gives some of her characters accents so the dialect varies with a few characters more than others. Set in the south but seemed to cover several states.  This is one that I had not heard about. Seeing as how we don’t have human children it is not something I would normally pick up but the cover and title just pulled me— and I’m glad it did.

Jacket design Lynn Andreozzi Art Director at Penguin Random House. Jacket illustration by Alan Ayers based on images Krasimira Petrova Shishkova/Trevillion (girl on left, suitcase) cristinairanzo/Getty Images (girl on right).

This short little book is one I would not have picked up by the cover or title, but a fellow camera club member recommended it. Steal Like an Artist 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon an author and artist. One, I hate to think about stealing art but just a few pages in and he looks at it from a different view. Guess it pays to be open minded. In a nutshell, we are made up of parts of our lives and what we’ve viewed and experienced in the past changes how we create and see now. Basically, nothing is new, but our interpretation of it is. Also, one chapter title is “Write the book you want to read” and that is exactly what I did with The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat. So many of the books were geared toward children, and the one older book that actually showed all the different color and patterns of Ragdoll cats was out of print, I wrote what I couldn’t find to read. Illustrations and cover by are by Kleon. Design by Lidija Tomas.



 The New Photography Manual by Steve Bavister, Lee Frost, Rod Lawton, Andrew Fleetwood, Patrick Hook and Marek C _____ was a book my hubby bought me new. I loaned it to a friend before I even cracked the cover. I saw the title on my list of purchased books recently and decided to just get it from the library so I could read it. Well, I absolutely couldn’t sleep last night, as in so wide awake I started wondering if lemonade had caffeine in it. So glad that doesn’t happen often. When I gave up around midnight and got back up I opened it hoping reading would make me sleepy because it does just that during the daytime. I knew instantly that this was an older book by the camera descriptions. Not that I still couldn’t learn something but I didn’t think it was that long ago. Turns out our receipts show it was December 2007 when hubby gifted me the new book, that now was really out of date. I finished scanning/reading it in about an hours, took some melatonin and went back to bed. I did learn a new term… “Contre-jour” what I always just called backlighting. The French word means “into the light”. Funny because at the camera club I learned that whether a curve goes one way or the other, it has a set name too. I forgot it, but I know it has names now.

It amazes me the advances in technology that we’ve seen in our lives.

If you are interested in having a cover designed or image for your book, visit Design.KimberlyMaxwell.com for more information.

I tend to like thrillers, law, mysteries or Christian based novels.  I do not want to read books where they take the Lord’s name in vain, have a lot of graphic violence, about sports and I’m really not into non-fiction history.

Are you an Amazon Prime member?  Every month you get to choose a free book!

Here is my pinboard on NC Authors, and my post about what I think authors want you to know. I will be compiling a pinboard of books added to my “want to read” list.

There is Paperback Swap for those of us who still want to hold a real book in our hands. Here are the books I have to swap or sell. I also have  50+ credits available for purchase at $3. each.

For my other “What I’m reading” post – click that under tags or click this link.
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If we like the same kind of books, I’d love to hear your recommendations ~

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