This past month, I read 10 books and closed the gap between books read this year and movies watched this year, both now at 65, mostly with a little help from Thankfully Reading Weekend 2010 this past weekend. Out of the dozen choices mentioned last Wednesday, I read three books:
- the third of the Charlie Chan series, Behind That Curtain.
- two of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith that I’m reading, Morality for Beautiful Girls and The Kalahari Typing School For Men.
The other seven books were:
- The House Without A Key, the first of the Charlie Chan series.
- The Chinese Parrot, the second of the Charlie Chan series.
- Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie.
- The Patriotic Murders (aka One, Two, Buckle My Shoe) by Agatha Christie.
- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.
- Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell.
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.
Out of the eight, the one I probably enjoyed the most was The Sparrow. I already have the sequel, Children of God, out from the library. As for what else is “on tap” this month, I have five others from the library:
- The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan, the first in a series of Good Thief books, which I am in the midst of reading.
- Die Trying by Lee Child, the second in the Jack Reacher series.
- A Grave In Gaza by Matt Beynon Rees, the second Omar Yussef mystery.
- Maisie Dobbs by Jaqueline Winspear, the first of a series about the title character.
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide To The Human Race.
I have five other books that I own to which I also hope to get before the end of the month:
- the last three Charlie Chan mysteries, The Black Camel, Charlie Chan Carries On, and Keeper of the Keys, all by Earl Derr Biggers.
- the next one of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, The Full Cupboard of Life.
- Sacco & Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind by Bruce Watson.
This month, I also will be participating in the Book Blogger Holiday Swap and will try to get to a few reviews of those Christie books for the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Carnival after a hiatus of several months of participating. I already picked up the books for my secret “Santee” from our local bookstore, From My Shelf Books, but I can’t tell you what they are because that blogger might be reading this post. The only hint I’ll give is young adult.
Last but not least, this week I participated in The Bloggerhood of the Traveling Book Blog Tour, which started here on this blog and then went to Quirkyloon and today is at How To Become A Cat Lady…Without The Cats. Tomorrow, it will continue at nonamedufus and then is supposed to end Friday at the blog When I Reach, although it might continue at Confessions of a Reforming Geek on Saturday. Reffie also is reading the book, The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson, which is the book we are discussing, and if she gets finished in time, maybe she’ll join us. Only time will tell…
…which is the song I’ll leave you all with:
The title of this post was inspired by this song, fyi.