Truly reading, truly life this past week

Thanks to Sarah Sammis of the blog Puss Reboots, I have read another book this month: Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick (Sarah’s review). Sarah recommended the series, the Pumpkin Falls mysteries, of which this is the first one, in the comments of my blog post from last Sunday. I then picked the first one up Thursday, and I read it Friday. It was just what I needed after some recent books that jumped around with different point-of-views and switched from first to third person narration. This one just gave the story straight, from the point of view of 12-year-old Truly Lovejoy as she and her friends try to unravel a mystery, and it was a pretty good story to boot.

Sarah also recommended another series, the Booktown Mysteries by Lorna Barrett, of which Murder is Binding (Sarah’s review) is the first. I also picked this one up Thursday, but have yet to read it, and another one, The Rubber Band, the third Nero Wolfe mystery, by Rex Stout came in from being on hold on Friday. I’ll probably be reading one of them this afternoon.

As for life other than reading, this past week:

  • My wife was on vacation and her mother has been visiting. They went to a brass ensemble concert Wednesday night and visited my parents Thursday during the day while I was at work. Kim’s mom leaves tomorrow, but tonight we are going to the neighbors for a “backyard movie night” with our neighbor Mike using a projector to put movies on a screen on the back of his garage. Tonight’s movie is Crocodile Dundee.
  • My wife and I weren’t going to be able to go to a wine trip in mid-September, sponsored by the library where I work, because of having to buy new brakes earlier this week. Then we were able to go, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous patron, who left the money in an envelope in the library’s book drop. We think we know who it is and will attempt to repay him.
  • Kim and I have been watching some Netflix comedy specials to counteract all the negativity in the news,which I shared in a blog post on Wednesday.

Als to counteract the negativity, I’ll leave you with this, which I heard first on The True Jazzchild on Mixcloud:

Whatchya reading, listening to, watching, doing that’s good this week? Share in the comments.

9 thoughts on “Truly reading, truly life this past week

  1. Thank you for the link to my reviews. I’m happy you enjoyed Absolutely Truly. I’m currently on the road and have barely gotten anything read.


    1. I’m looking forward to the secondary one. Unfortunately our library doesn’t have…yet, but we will. It’s not easy to keep up with reading when you are on the road. Hopefully you are having fun wherever you are.


  2. You have wonderful neighbors and library patrons. I wish we could have that where we live. I guess that’s why we are planning to move away once we retire in 4 years, and I miss Pennsylvania quite a bit too.

    Thanks for the suggestion on the books via Sarah’s blog. I will have to go visit her site. I just finished Th Alice Network and enjoyed it very much. Next up for me is The Mountain Between Us.


      1. Not sure yet, it’s certainly on the short list we are focusing on. I grew up near Philadelphia in a suburb but I don’t want that much traffic and big city issues. We like northern Pa. and Spruce Pine N.C. I’m ready for a small town!

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