>> Sunday, March 30, 2014
Schools were out for Spring Break this week so naturally we had record rain. I remember when I was in schoolkid in Oregon I could count on two things – rain on the first day of school and rain during Spring Break. No vacation for me this week but I had some pretty damp walks between the train and my office.
As for reading, I finished my re-read of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s still one of my favorite books despite it’s many flaws. As I said in my review my thoughts on re-reads are totally influenced by the nostalgia of how much I loved it the first time I read it. I’m looking forward to the TV show this summer.
I started reading A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante and it’s good so far. When a prominent doctor is found dead in a hotel his obituary mentions his devoted wife of many years and his grown children. This all comes as quite the surprise to the other two women who thought they were married to him. Now his death may be suspicious and the detective on the case is interviewing the wives. This book is my reading plan for this afternoon.
I finished listening to the final Amelia Peabody book, The Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters. I’m a little sad to have finished the series but it’s been a lot of fun over the past few years and is definitely an audio series I highly recommend. Thanks to this review by Beth Fish Reads I’m looking forward to getting Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: A Compendium from the library for one last visit with the fictional characters and real events and places from the series. While I plan to get it from the library I suspect a trip to Powell’s to buy a copy will happen soon.
In graphic novels, I finished Jack of Fables Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape by Bill Willingham. This spinoff series from the main Fables series is a bit different but still fun and has the familiar mix of adventure and humor. It’s nice to see a few storybook characters that haven’t been a part of the Fables series yet.
My new graphic novel is the second volume of Marvel Now’s Hawkeye series. I don’t read much superhero stuff but I enjoy Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) as the wisecracking hero of this series.
Now that I have finished my re-read of Outlander I need to figure out what Chunkster I’m going to tackle next. I have learned that interspersing sections of a huge book in between average and shorter length books is a great way for me to get through them. Last year I tried and abandoned a re-read of Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd because I wasn’t diligent about returning to it. It’s one of my all time favorites so I think I’m going to dive in again for an attempt at a re-read.
Oh and look who thought she was getting biscuits for breakfast . . .
Hope you’re having a great weekend!!