If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that while I cut and sew away, I listen to audiobooks. Late last spring, I listened to 61 Hours, a Jack Reacher book by Lee Child. My parents recommended it because it takes place in South Dakota (our home state.) I really enjoyed it and so I spent the summer listening/reading all the Jack Reacher books. I finished the last of what our library has a few weeks ago and am on the list for the newest one. I like to say that I spent my summer with Reacher. It seems that I have been spending the last few summers getting to know other characters. There was my summer with Lizbeth Salander, and another with Katniss Everdeen. I think it is great discovering a new series and being able to immerse oneself in that "world" instead of waiting all your life for the next installment, like with Claire and Jamie Fraser, etc., although I am VERY patient in that regard, too.
At any rate, once I finished with Reacher, I am finally able to indulge myself in the book that I have been "hoarding" a bit. To continue the "suspense," I listened to a few of the previous books, but now I'm part way through the new one. Do you know Three Pines? Have you "met" Chief Inspector Gamache?
Louise Penny has written a series of lovely mysteries set mostly in the fictional village of Three Pines in Quebec. The village is full of great characters that seem so real and fun that you wish you could visit, too. Art, good food, parties, and crime solving--what more could you want? Good writing? You've got it. I love this "quote" (remember I'm listening, not reading so I may not have it quite exact) "They set out walking together, one man tall and straight, and the other short and round, looking like a broken exclamation point." And then this quip, "I used to be as pure as the driven snow, but then I drifted."
Meanwhile, I still can't decide what major project to begin, so I'm spending the time finishing up a few things. It isn't as exciting, but it is good to get those things off the pile!
I'm always looking for new books to read, how about you?
Have a great day!
Lizbeth Salander: The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson (plus the next two books)
Katniss Everdeen: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (plus the next two books)
Claire and Jamie Fraser: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (plus the next 6--nearly 7! books)