January Reading

This month I got quite a bit of reading done.  I am pretty happy about that!


  • Freedom Summer by Bruce W. Watson was an excellent book.  I am too young to have participated — or even really to understand that is was happening — but I have always wished I could have been there.  Reading this book was extremely educational.  I now have a much better understanding of what happened, and I can honestly say that I am not sure I could have done what those people did.  I was especially interested learning about what some of those people did later, how they affected the later ’60s.


  • Uncommon Grounds by Sandra Blazon was a quick read — a mystery with some romance thrown in.  It was fun, and I will probably read more by this author.
  • Romance & Revenge by Laina Turner is the ninth book in the series, so there was some history that I didn’t have.  That didn’t make it any less fun to read, though.
  • A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl was excellent.  The plot was very well developed and really interesting.  The book had a depth that some of these others don’t.  I enjoyed reading it.
  • St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre by Elisabeth Crabtree was another fun read.  I have to admit it was a little difficult to believe a successful Miami investigative reporter would return home and take a job as a food critic. Once I got past that, though, I enjoyed the story.
  • He Needed Killing Too by Bill Fitts was quite good.  I liked the main character, a former computer science professor turned private eye.  He stumbles along and ends up providing the police with a lot of information leading them to an arrest.  The book was a good one.

Short Fiction

  • “The Variable Man” by Philip K. Dick was wonderful.  It made me appreciate the creativeness of individuals.  I read “Beyond the Door” last year and understood that it maybe wasn’t the best of Dick’s work to start with.  This was much easier to read and I really enjoyed it.
  • “A Scandal in Bohemia” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Holmes story I had never read.  It made me realize how simple these stories are — kind of the way Watson is amazed at how easy Holmes makes his deductions appear.  As a fan of Elementary with Johnny Miller and Lucy Liu, I decided to read some of Doyle’s short stories.  This one included Irene Adler and a good description of Holmes’ feelings for her.
  • “The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was fun.  I know I had read this one years ago, but I honestly couldn’t remember the ending until I was almost there this time.  I am going to be reading more of these stories as the year progresses.

February is going to be a busy month, but I hope to get a similar amount of reading done.  We’ll have to wait and see how that goes.


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