Today in between helping my wife getting ready for friends coming over for dinner later this afternoon and fantasy football, I plan on reading The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. At 234 pages, it’s just my size as almost all of the books I read anymore are under 300 pages, usually even under 250. I found it on our bedroom dresser this morning as I was considering what I would read, even though I have a bookcase in my office and a box of “nerd porn” that a friend sent me last month.
So far this month, I’ve read six books, starting with The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and ending yesterday afternoon with The Chinese Parrot, the second Charlie Chan mystery, by Earl Derr Biggers. The other four books were Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell; The Patriotic Murders (aka One, Two, Buckle My Shoe) by Agatha Christie; The House Without A Key, the first Charlie Chan mystery, also by Biggers, and Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie. I plan on reading Children of God, the sequel to The Sparrow in the near future, and plan on continuing the other Charlie Chan mysteries: Behind That Curtain, The Black Camel and Charlie Chan Carries On later this month.
With today’s post, I will finish the week with four semi-book related posts. The other three are “Dolla dolla bill y’all” (where I see people as overdue fines), “Mr. It’s-Just-This-War-And-That-Lying-Son-Of-A-Bitch-Rendell” (another installment in my Patron of the Week series), and the most uninspiring title of the month, “Narrowing the gap between the number of books read and movies watched this year“.
Leaving you with the book/movie connection, here’s a trailer, set appropriately in a library, for the 1946 version of The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall: