OMG! An actual reading update

Here’s a rare thing on my blog, which shouldn’t be for a blogger who once upon a time identified himself as a “book blogger”: An actual update on what I’ve finished lately over the last couple of months and what I am reading now.


  1. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr. May 10
  2. The Last Bow, the Sherlock Holmes short story collection, which also includes the short story of the same name, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. May 29 – reading in the second volume of a collection of short stories and novels
  3. Every Living Thing, the last part of the All Creatures Great and Small series, by James Herriot. June 14

In Progress

  1. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Started May 6
  2. The Best Poems of Jane Kenyon Started June 6

To Be Read

  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – which, when finished, will mean I have read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon by Doyle and also is in the second and final volume of the collection I’ve been reading from since last year.

15 thoughts on “OMG! An actual reading update

  1. I’m glad you are reading and enjoying some books during this time. I don’t think I’ve ever read a collection of Jane Kenyon’s poetry. I’m reading Devotions, slowly, the only way I seem to be able to read poetry. I think I am most surprised about how much Oliver writes about nature. I don’t think I knew that.

  2. You’re not alone in experiencing a reading/blogging slowdown. Even though all my exercise classes and volunteering activities are suspended I just can’t seem to find enough hours in the day.

  3. Well, you are not the only one who isn’t reading all that much. I thought with the quarantine and all, I’d be a reading fool but that’s certainly not the case. Distraction looms large. The books I have read have been really good though so although it’s hard to contribute to a book blog when you aren’t reviewing a lot of books, a few good ones are just fine too. I’m reading The Dutch House and it’s reminding me a lot of The Goldfinch which I loved.

  4. Congrats on your Sherlock Holmes Project. Now, 2020 being the 100th anniversary of the creation of Hercule Poirot, you can then reread all of HP! I have started, and will do it in audiobooks, just as I did for all of Sherlock Holmes. It will take me more than a year, as I listen to other books as well, but I’m glad I started

  5. I enjoyed reading the first James Herriot book and watching the TV series ages ago. I’ve also watched Yorkshire Vet, which is the true series about his old vet practice and the vets who currently run it. They talk about him occasionally, which is fun.

  6. I have a copy of A Month in the Country on my shelves — still unread but, I do want to read it. I went through a period when I purchased about 20 NYTR books – love the spines on my shelves are all the stories seem intriguing as well.

  7. Your opening made me laugh… seems like we’re all talking about more than books these days. This is the second mention of A Month in the Country today… it must be a sign. The book has been on my kindle for ages. What did you think of it?

  8. I’ve been seeing Devotions a lot, lately and it’s high up on my radar to read. I haven’t read All Creatures Great and Small even though it features often in the must-read classics list.

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