Yay! I read a book!


I don’t know what it is, but for the first part of this month, nothing has been grabbing me reading-wise. I had the second Nero Wolfe mystery, The League of Frightened Men, by Rex Stout out on ebook from Overdrive from the Free Library of Philadelphia since the end of last month, but for some reason, I just didn’t pick it up to read. I have the second Inspector Rebus, Hide & Seek, by Ian Rankin on hold, also on ebook at FLP, but it seems to be taking forever for it to come in. Finally, I decided to retry the one at left.

I’ve wanted to read Hiaasen for a while after hearing his name in connection with fellow Floridian authors and also journalists Dave Barry (The Miami Herald) and Tim Dorsey (The Tampa-Bay Tribune), both of whom I’ve read a little of and enjoyed. I stopped this one at the time, because I wasn’t in the mood for the silliness, but yesterday, I thought I’d try it again — and I’m glad I did. I read it yesterday afternoon as it became the first book I finished this month. Now based on this one, I’ve picked up the second one in the series, Native Tongue. I also checked out the fifth in Dorsey’s Serge Storms series, The Stingray Shuffle, when I checked out Double Whammy. Maybe I’m thinking of Florida because the weather here later this week is supposed to go up to the high 80s (Fahrenheit), which is unusual for us in northcentral Pennsylvania in May. I don’t know.

Other than reading, I’m continuing to work at the library and my wife Kim and I are watching various shows on Netflix, which we’re writing a series about on the Wednesdays of this month. The first Wednesday, I shared my favorite Netflix shows; this past Wednesday, Kim shared her favorite shows on Netflix; and this coming Wednesday, we share our favorite Netflix shows. Then on the last two Wednesdays, I’ll share my favorite Amazon shows and Kim will share hers. Semi-spoiler: One of our favorite Netflix shows is Master of None, and on Friday, the second season came out and we binge-watched the first eight episodes Friday night, then finished the last two episodes last night. It was/is the perfect binge-watching show (I think we did the same with the first season) and even as I’m drafting this Saturday night, I’m listening to a playlist on Google Play Music of songs from the second season.

I’ll leave you with this playlist I found on YouTube of music from the second season:

How has your reading been going so far this month? Any you’d recommend to others? Watching or listening to anything good? Share in the comments.

10 thoughts on “Yay! I read a book!

  1. My reading has slowed so much this month. With so much to do, my mind is not able to concentrate on the written word no matter how much I want it to. This weekend, I took some time off of life and just sat around watching Once Upon a Time episodes – that is the one show I seem to be able to watch these days because it is just so darn silly. I would love to continue doing that this week, but I am afraid I can’t ignore the house or my to-do list any longer!


  2. I just finished The Stingray Shuffle last week. The Hubster and I listened to Double Whammy several years ago on a road trip. Craziness – both of ’em. So fun.


  3. I feel like my reading has been very slow this month, too. I just finished my first book of the month yesterday and today I’m proposing that I read a book a day. Whew. Not sure I can do that. I think I’ll aim at reading a book a day, but not necessarily reviewing a book a day. That might be too, too much.


  4. Hooray on getting in that first book of the month!!! I’ve never read Carl Hiaasen myself, but my husband read Hiassen’s kid books (Hoot, Flush, Chomp, Scat) to our boys when they were younger. And his adult books are definitely a go-to for him when he’s in the mood for something a bit light. My son binge-watched Master of None this weekend as well–I’d never even heard of it until he mentioned that to us last night.

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