Last week I intended to start my plan to read (mostly) my own books in August as suggested by Michelle at That’s What She Read (to join us, here’s the link). I also intended to dive into a pile of Hard Case Crime books headfirst this week, starting with Honey In His Mouth by Lester Dent, who was the creator of the Doc Savage series that I read as a teen. He wrote most of the 181 novels under the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.
So how did I do? Well…thanks to another busy week at the library and a couple of meetings to cover for the newspaper, I just finished the Dent book and will be starting only my second Hard Case Crime today. Again, as last week, I have to give thanks to JoLynnF on Twitter. Last week it was for putting the Hard Case Crime books back into the front of my mind during a disucssion at the previous night’s #hitchfest. This week it is for her suggesting I read Say It With Bullets by Richard Powell, because it is “lighter and with some comedy unlike most of the series.”
As for the Dent book, it was a good diversion as have been most of the Hard Case Crime books that I’ve read thus far. However, it wasn’t as good as some others I’ve read. On the flip side, it wasn’t as bad as one other I’ve read, but then again probably not one essential to read if you’re looking to read Hard Case Crime books.
As I mentioned Wednesday, I’m not worried if I don’t make it through the 11 other Hard Case Crime books this month because I learned Tuesday night that Pam of Bookalicio.us along with three other bloggers is hosting September is…Read Your Own Books Month. Plus I have a whole host of other books still waiting for me on the bookshelf in my office. As I said Wednesday, I might just devote the rest of the year to reading my own books.
On a non-reading note, I am writing this today from my father-in-law’s in Germantown, Maryland. My wife and I along with other family members went to see him in the play “Doubt” at Blackrock Center for the Arts here in Germantown. I had seen the movie a couple of years ago, but luckily — almost a blessing — I didn’t remember everything about the movie, and I forgot how intense the play was…and is. My father-in-law has performed in local (Maryland) stage productions of Gypsy, Our Town and Brigadoon and was in this past January’s The Dining Room, staged by the same group that presented this play. However, in those plays, he wasn’t the main character as he was in this one– and I have to say he more than held his own (in fact, he excelled), especially in such a heavy play, both in terms of subject matter and dialogue. All of the other performers were very good as well, especially Joyce Wright as Mrs. Muller, the mother of the son with whom the priest is accused of having an improper relationship.
Well, we’re having specially-made Craley McMuffins here shortly so I need to run, folks. Since I’m thinking of breakfast, I’ll leave you with this song from The Newsboys:
So what are you reading today? What did you have for breakfast? Do you read with breakfast? Newspapers, books or just the back of the cereal box? Myself, I sometimes read Sunday Salon posts with my breakfast and probably what I’ll be reading after breakfast this morning.