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text 2018-05-26 14:59
Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 453 pages.
The Dead House (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series) - Harry Bingham

Fiona off to question some monks who make beer.

 

yes, it’s part of the case. (but if she’s like me, she’ll pick up a few bottles before leaving...)

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text 2018-05-26 14:45
Reading progress update: I've read 49 out of 453 pages.
The Dead House (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series) - Harry Bingham

a-ha! see, I knew somehow this book would have some kind of “summer” angle, and was perfect for my Summer Jamboree (silly, Titus) Reading List. sure it takes place in Wales at the end of October, but the woman found dead and laid out in a churchyard bier house (“dead house”) is wearing a cotton sundress—a summer dress, what the text refers to as a “July-only” dress. no coat, not even a cardigan. a clue? dunno—but Fiona won’t let it go, and what better way for me to launch my Summer Reading choices than with, um, The Mystery of the Summer Dress When It’s Not Summer! it’s like I knew, before I knew.

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text 2018-05-26 01:16
Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 453 pages.
The Dead House (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series) - Harry Bingham

even if a rational, level-headed bookworm would have left a book called The Dead House, which takes place in Wales in October, for Halloween reading...I don’t care. this book starts my “Summer Reading Jamboree”, and phooey on anyone who calls this loony. if I had left this book alone for another five months...I would not be in love with it now. which I am. specifically, DS Fiona Griffiths is the best female crime-solver I’ve encountered since Malin Fors, which is saying something! her thing for corpses is freaking me out a little, but I’ve barely got to know her, and I’m sure I won’t be at all bothered by it, in a few more chapters. yeah right.

 

perfect, so far. an unlikely Summer Reading Jamboree launch choice...but perfect.

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text 2018-05-25 21:23
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 453 pages.
The Dead House (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series) - Harry Bingham

so here’s how things are going to go:

 

yesterday, on a whim—well, cuz everyone else was doin’ it and I felt left out—I made a Summer Reading List. it was originally 20 books, but I topped it up to 30 choices, so there would be more Spy books (which is another trend around here these days). and, as of now, I’m going to commence reading from that List (so sorry to any books I own that didn’t get included with the 30–I guess you just aren’t “summer-y” enough).

 

first up...a trip to the Welsh countryside, via a very well-reviewed Mystery novel by an author I’m thrilled to finally get to. Happy Summer-List Reading—and any reading—friends!

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review 2018-05-25 16:24
Joys of Re-Reading: "A Certain Justice" by P. D. James
A Certain Justice - P.D. James

I too read Asterix comic books that I've read before. The memories of reading them as a child, the familiarity of the characters and the incidents, the dialogue even. Of course, there are lots of reasons why we might want to return to a book. Reading a book again is not just reading it for a second time, it involves a reflexivity: reading your earlier reading of the book (assuming you remember reading it before or if you’ve got a review of that previous reading).

 

It’s by re-reading certain authors with greater clarity than I have apparently mustered, the very self-conscious act that lies behind the public use of the verb 'to re-read'. Is it related to the fact that to describe someone as well read is a bigger compliment than remarking on how someone has been to a lot of opera or surfed a lot of the internet? Do we measure intellectual merit by number of books read? Is that a good thing? (I imagine for the readers of a books blog, the answer is “Yes”).

 

 

If you're into Crime Fiction, read on.

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