When I last left you, I had signed up for the 24in48 Readathon, which started yesterday and ends today. I had high hopes. I even had one book that had been on hold for months that I believed would be available by this weekend: Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones.
It became available that next week. However, I read about a hundred pages and decided that I had gotten the gist so I returned it. I then was left with a vacuum that I only filled this week with the following books on my Kindle:
- The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
- The Dark Water by Parker Bilal
- The Deep Blue Good-by by John D. McDonald
- Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
- The League of Frightened Men by Nero Wolfe
- The Rubber Band by Nero Wolfe
I also got two more, in print from the library:
- Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
- The Infidel Stain by M.J Carter
And one other ebook that only was available in a pub format, Ratking by Michael Dibdin, that I downloaded to my phone.
So with all those choices, how have I been doing?
I got sidetracked by an Icelandic murder mystery, Trapped, now available on Amazon Prime, and originally on BBC 4. But hey, it does have subtitles so I have been reading and still will be if when I watch more later today.
Unfortunately, much of my morning has been taken up by writing this blog post (thanks to a laptop with outdated software – Vista – which is extremely slow and missing letters on the keyboard) and not unfortunately, but fortunately this afternoon, my wife is in a couple of radio plays with a local theater troupe that I will be going to see (and hear).
The actors stand in front of microphones and recite the lines, just as they would in “Radio Days.” Altogether, there are 33 episodes, from old shows like The Shadow to a few locally directed and written originals, and run this weekend and next weekend. I went to the first night, Friday, too and enjoyed the episodes then, especially The Shadow and Doc Savage, the latter of which I read some in novel form as a teenager.
So all that to say, it is unlikely that I’ll be moving that rubber tree plant (the readathon) today. At least, though, I have plenty of choices for my next read, which hopefully I’ll start later this week, maybe even as early as tomorrow.
How about you? Are you participating in this weekend’s readathon? If so, how are you doing? Best book? If not, reading anything good? Listening to anything good? Watching anything good? Let me (and the rest of my readers) know in the comments.