My Own Personal Sabbath #34

Almost every Sunday since mid-May 2020 with a few exceptions, I have been taking my own personal Sabbath, where I tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone. Throughout the day and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to or watching during my Sabbath.

This past Thursday, I finished August Heat, the tenth in the Inspector Montalbano series, by Andrea Camilleri and today I am starting the eleventh, The Wings of the Sphinx. I started the year with the sixth in the series, The Smell of the Night, and then continued with the seventh, eighth, and ninth, Rounding the Mark, The Patience of the Spider, and The Paper Moon before finishing August Heat.

Seeing a few episodes last year of the Italian TV series based on the books rekindled my interest in the books. Then when the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) added most of the book series to its OverDrive collection at the end of last year, right before Christmas, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to dive back in.

I have not been disappointed yet as other books have taken a back seat to the Italian commissario. I have flirted with the idea of reading and continuing other series, but for now I only have eyes for the late Camilleri’s creation. I am completely and utterly captivated by Montalbano for now. I already have the 12th, The Track of Sand, checked out and waiting in the wings. And I have the 13th and 14th, The Potter’s Field and The Age of Doubt on hold. That is how much I love this series…

…but I probably will take a break after that since FLP has only 24 of the 27 books in the series to borrow (so far). That way, I have something to look forward to to later in the year or even next year.

What have you been reading lately that you have loved or are loving?

5 thoughts on “My Own Personal Sabbath #34

  1. I am reading Andrew McCarthy’s memoir which comes out in May. It’s about the 80s so it can’t go wrong in my eyes. and it’s making me want to rewatch all those iconic movies like Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, Mannequin.

    After that I have to read my book club book. I am not in the mood for it but it’s supposed to be good, The Beauty of What Remains. It’s about grief, apparently.

    I forgot to mention a show the other day that I might start watching. Stanley Tucci’s Italy show about cooking. I’ve watched a few minutes of an episode so far and I can see how watching it could lead to a lot of cooking and weight gain. LOL. It sounds delightful. Maybe not the weight gain part.


  2. I am impressed that you are sticking with a series of books in a row! 10 is a lot to read by the same author, but it also speaks volumes about the series.


  3. After the governor’s announcement this week that he’s allowing people to drop all of the virus precautions, I’ve been a wreck and I haven’t been able to focus on reading. The only books that have been able to keep my attention are All Creatures Great and Small, children’s books, and, now, the Discworld series.

    There is something really comforting to me about knowing what I am going to read next.


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