>> Sunday, February 19, 2012
Since my last update:
I finished Accidents of Providence by Stacia M. Brown this week. It was a mix of historical fiction and crime fiction. I liked it but didn’t love it. I think I was more intrigued by the secondary stories than I was by the primary story.
From there I moved into straight historical fiction and started The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great. I’ve been fascinated with Russian imperial history ever since I read Robert Massie’s Nicholas and Alexandra many many years ago. I have Massie’s biography of Catherine on my shelf but wanted to read the historical fiction one first. So far, I’m liking it a lot.
I had a road trip to Olympia, Washington last Sunday so I had several hours of quality audiobook time to spend with New Tricks by David Rosenfelt which was read by Grover Gardner. I finished it on Friday. It’s always tricky to switch to audio partway through a series. You take the chance that the narrator is totally wrong compared to how the characters sounded in your head when you were reading the paper editions. I have to say that Grover Gardner is great for this series and audio may become my preferred format for this one.
My new audiobook is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, read by Rebecca Lowman. I’m nearly done with the first cd and so far I’m loving it.
Other than books and reading:
As I mentioned I spent Sunday on the road to meet some friends for lunch and several hours of chatting with a couple of dear friends. We meet in Olympia because it’s halfway between my house and the friend who lives farthest north. Doesn’t everyone routinely drive 2 and a half hours for a lunch date? I really like the way the old downtown part of Olympia looks.
Also, our backyard has been hosting some sort of small bird convention this week.
Hope you're having a great weekend!!