So above is some, if not most or all, of what I’ll be reading for this month. For what I read last month, see my previous Sunday Salon post earlier today.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes and the Sheehan book are ongoing projects, and the Dave Barry book, I’ll Mature When I’m Dead and The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Failure, Reform and the Future of the Church by George Weigel are ones I’ll read somewhere amongst, or while I’m reading, the others.
The others are, with the plan to read from top to bottom:
- Brasyl by Ian McDonald
- Morality for Beautiful Girls, the third No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith
- River of Gods by Ian McDonald
- The Kalahari Typing School for Men, the fourth No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
- Easy to Kill, a.k.a. Murder is Easy, by Agatha Christie
Joe, a friend, who now lives in South Korea, gave me both of the books by McDonald, and, John, another friend, gave me the first four No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books by McCall Smith. My wife already has read all of the series and loved them all.
I have begun the first McDonald book and I have to say it’s odd, but in a compelling kind of way…well, after the first 50 pages. I think, though, I’m a bit out of my element as McDonald is writing about quantum physics, a subject I think my friend Joe probably understands better than I do. I guess it’s okay to stretch a little sometimes.
I also most likely will continue reading the John Dortmunder series by Donald E. Westlake in June, which I’m reading in chronological order. The series only has 14 novels and two shorter works, so I should be done by the end of the summer. The Dortmunder will be interspersed amongst the others.
I should add that I am giving myself a possible out on the Wroblewski book. If I hate it, I’ll find a replacement, still to be determined.
So what are your reading plans for this month?