For being such a busy week at the library where I work, amazingly it was a good week for me for reading as I finished two books. In my defense, though, I already was halfway through one of them: The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø and I still didn’t have time to listen to Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories by Ian Fleming as narrated by Simon Vance. With the latter, I had hoped to listen to it on Wednesday morning into the early afternoon before I work in the late afternoon and evening but got caught up in finishing Maisie Dobbs.
I really enjoyed it, though in a discussion with Jen at Devourer of Books on Twitter, I conceded that there was too much background in this first of the series. However, I still found the story and especially the time and setting, in between World War I and World War II in England, engaging enough to rate the book 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. I know the series will get better than this first one, but I still thought it was a very good start and that’s why I couldn’t give it only 3 stars.
As for The Devil’s Star, another of the Harry Hole series, I’ve learned that with Nesbø once you get to a certain point in the book, about 100 pages from the end usually, you literally can’t put the book down. The story just clips along at a blistering pace and as much as you try to put it aside, your adrenaline is pumping and you want to know what happens next. And then? And then? And then? In this one, Nesbø seemingly ties up a storyline from previous novels and I’m interested to see where he goes in his next one.
But for now, I’m going to take a break from Nesbø’s series and read some other books that have been on my TBR shelf for a few months. Which ones? To be honest, I don’t know. After last week’s pronouncement again of reading whatever I want, any old time, I narrowed down my TBR shelf from more than 40 books to just under 15, to limit myself to start to those waiting on my Nook and a few others. I still don’t know which one of the 15 or if I might even deviate from that list. We’ll see.
All I know is that today, I am reading Farewell, My Lovely, the second Philip Marlowe, by Raymond Chandler after downloading it as an e-book from the Free Library of Philadelphia on Friday. Next? Anything goes.
Have you read any of the Maisie Dobbs series? If so, what did you think? What about books that you literally can’t put down until you’re finished? Are there authors like Nesbø for you?
Last week’s posts:
- Motivation Monday: Gellin’ and Zinfadelin’
- Midweek Review: Revise, revise, revise
- Bonus: You say, “Blue.” I say, “Red and white.” Go America and other silliness.
- Flashback Friday: Giving up Lent for Lent