It was probably the worst month for reading that I have had since I started keeping track. I only read four
I blame the lack of reading on my selection from the 100 best novels list: Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathan Swift. It took me the first half of the month to finish. I knew the basic story, at least of the Lilliputians, from a cartoon I remember watching as a child. And I may even have read that part before. But I had never read the whole book. It was a difficult book to read — mostly because there was no action, no gripping story to keep me up at night reading. It was good, though, and now I can say that I have read it, but I don’t think it is suddenly going to become a best seller.
After that, I read three mysteries:
- Murder on Magazine by Julie Smith is the tenth book in her Skip Langdon series. I really enjoyed this book and, although I haven’t read all the earlier books, it put me at no disadvantage. Smith is a good writer and Langdon is a great cop. I really recommend these books!
- A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters was my introduction to this series of books. I have seen them forever and, with my liking for the time period and my odd connection to Benedictines, I had always wanted to read them When I ran across this one on sale, I bought it. It is actually the 21st book in the series, but it explains how Cadfael came to the monastery and introduces him to the reader in a way that I really enjoyed. I plan to read more of these.
- Wasted Justice by Diane Capri is the fourth book in her Judge Willa Carson series. I have only read one of the earlier books, I think, and I had obviously missed some big life events in between that one and this one, but I still enjoyed the book a lot. The characters are engaging, and the mystery is a good one. I recommend it highly!
So that was it for August. I have already read one book this month, so I hope that this month will be better. Don’t expect to see any 100 Best… books when I report next month, though!