Last night I planned on putting a dent in my latest read, The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø, but then earlier in the night I heard the news that Whitney Houston died…and I was off with my own (brief) memories of “The Queen of Pop” and “The Voice”:
- The first time I heard Whitney was when my aunt had a cassette of her eponymous debut album and even though it had its share of sappy moments (believe me I know, because I listened to the entire album last night on Mog), duets with both Teddy Pendergrass AND Jermaine Jackson, it had stand-out tracks like “How Will I Know,” “Saving All My Love For You” and “Greatest Love of All.”
- Years ago, before Bobby Brown, friends of mine put up carpeting or flooring in one of Whitney’s houses in New Jersey and said she wasn’t very nice. Whatever. It didn’t make me like her music any less…not that I was a huge Whitney fan. Confession time: I probably was, and am still (shhhh, don’t tell anyone) a larger fan of Celine Dion’s eponymous album than Whitney Houston’s eponymous album.
Plus later last night I participated in another Hitchfest or what now has become #fauxhitchfest on Twitter as we watched the movie All About Eve, one of my and my wife’s favorites. So today, one might assume that I would return to reading The Devil’s Star. One would be wrong. I think I’m going to take a short break today from Nesbø and a longer break after I finish this one.
It’s not that I’m not enjoying this book, in particular, or the series overall. It’s just that I need a little break from all the heaviness in these crime thrillers I’ve been reading for today and also that I don’t want to “gobble up” all of his books one right after the other. They are very good and I’d rather savor them a bit before devouring them. So what will I be reading today?
Actually I’ll be listening to Fey narrate it as I purchased it on Audible as an audio book after testing out the sample and being hooked immediately.
I’ll leave you with, of course, a video from Whitney, but also a series of questions (that must be answered in essay form and submitted via PDF to… just kidding) as usual: Are you easily distracted from reading? If so, what distracts you? Do you have any memories of Whitney and her music?