This Weekend’s Reading

Typically I have more time to read over the weekend than I do during the week but this weekend we are having company for much of the weekend so I won’t fit in as much I would like but I will just have to make the best of it!

Until recently I read just one book at a time – not any more! Now I am pretty much always in the midst of three books at once – one audio book, one kindle book and one traditional paper book. I was worried when I started this practice that I would have trouble keeping the story lines straight but I have only had a problem once when I was reading (actually listening to) Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. Historic fiction is a genre I enjoy and both of these were quite good but I did find myself getting the details of the two books confused at times. However, it was not a serious enough of a problem to stop the practice of concurrent reading. But I digress – today I was talking about my weekend reading plans.

I finished listening to the last in the Spellman series by Lisa Lutz this morning. There are six books in this series and they were all very enjoyable. I recommend this series if you are looking for something light with a detective slant. I read the first four in the traditional paper format but listened to the last two and the audio was really well done! This last book goes by two different names: The Last Word and The Next Generation. It continues the tales of Isabel Spellman and her family and their PI firm. Isabel or Izzy as she is typical called is certainly an imperfect but endearing character. I am a bit sad that there will be no new books in this series but I think Ms. Lutz made the right decision to end this while before they became monotonous and I am excited to see what books she writes in the future. I enjoyed How to Start a Fire and I am looking forward to her new book that coming out in March!

I finished The Last Word just before it was time to walk my dog Scout and I needed to pick another book quickly. I heard an interview with Elizabeth Strout earlier this week on Fresh Air and I decided to try her new book My Name is Lucy Barton. I am about an hour into this four hour book and so far it is great. I am not surprised as I have enjoyed all her books. I was surprised to hear that she was in her 40s when she published her first novel. My mom gave me Amy and Isabelle when it came out in paperback and I have read everything she has written since.

The kindle book I am reading now is Kitchens of the Great Midwest. This one combines some of my favorites – reading and food! A book with good food prominently featured along with some very accessible characters can’t go wrong. I expect to finish this one up by the end of the week.

The ‘paper’ book I am reading is for my book group – Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. I am only about half way in. I am definitely not loving it but I will finish. At this point I am comparing it to looking at the sketches that a great artist used to help put together a Masterpiece. Perhaps it will get better….

This Weekend’s Reading

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