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.
- “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.