Let’s read books!
Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with. Well, curling up with these, a big grey cat, and a hot mug of Earl Grey tea.
It’s been a hot time on the couch the last month or so as I’ve been reading up a storm.
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold. The latest in the lengthy and beloved Vorkosigan series, reading this was like catching up with an old friend. It was terrific to see where Miles, Cordelia, and friends three years after Aral’s death. No clue what I’m talking about? Let me Google that for you.
The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg. Set sometime in the future after a planet-wide disaster, and dystopian without being drab, this is the first in the Justor Journal series. Smart and sexy characters who love and quote books struggle in a world that’s not quite right. Fahrenheit 451, a secret corporate government, and an impending revolution make for an action-packed book about books.Thank goodness there are two more books in the series.
After a rough start with the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, I was expertly guided to read Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad. Both are about the Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg – three witches who fly around on broomsticks and have monthly meetings around black cauldrons. Just my kind of thing. And just enjoyable enough to make me give Discworld another try or two or three.
The Secret Life of Violent Grant by Beatriz Williams. I do enjoy historical fiction. And while this isn’t exactly historical fiction, it is an intriguing story line that kept me captivated over a day or two. Williams masterfully entwines the lives of 1960s Vivian and 1914s Violet with dashing suitors, passionate pursuit of physics, and a mysterious suitcase. Worth reading.
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Ablom. I always enjoy Ablom’s books; never love, never hate, enjoy. This falls right in line, although the premise of an early rock music pioneer’s magical life make it even more right up my alley, as it were. Or on my jukebox. A lovely story, and if you haven’t read anything by Ablom, shame on you.
The Why Did I Bother
The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell. Trying to learn basic permaculture is like trying to unravel a multi-colored, multi-textured ball of yarn; there’s often so much theory that there’s little practical application. While there are a few practical suggestions in The Permaculture Garden, I got bogged down by the technical details and explanations. And, unfortunately, the “do it in one weekend’ projects would be summer-long projects for me.
My Backyard Jungle by James Barilla. I purchased this for $1 at a local deep discount store and, for that dollar, I’m happy I read it. Had I paid more? Eh, not so much. The title is titillating, but the author traveled around the world too much for me. I was hoping to hear more about his personal experience (not just about the squirrels in his yard.) On the other hand, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast concerned about suburbia encroaching on wildlife, this may be a great book for you to locate.
In the guilty pleasure arena, the Hannah Swenson mystery series by Joanne Fluke is on top of my list. I love cookies! I love mysteries! If you do, too, this is for you. Especially if you want easy to read and easy to follow books. I gobbled the latest –Wedding Cake Mystery– in less than 24 hours. And then, with the resolution of the mystery and the wedding, I wondered why I bothered. I don’t care, and am mystified as to why she married the guy she did – which means I’ll read the next one, and the next one, and the next one.
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