Stuck again and spinning my wheels

11720856After last week’s post in which I celebrated reading a book (“Yay! I read a book!”), I’m stuck again and spinning my wheels. I dabbled in Tim Dorsey’s The Stingray Shuffle after thinking continuing my trip to Florida that I started with Carl Hiaasen’s Double Whammy might be a good idea. A few chapters into Dorsey’s book, I decided I couldn’t take the multiple stories that I wasn’t really following and didn’t have the time to wait for them to connect, so I abandoned  it. Now I’ve picked up the second Inspector Rebus, Hide & Seek, by Ian Rankin (on ebook) from the hold shelf at the Free Library of Philadelphia and am enjoying its focus on one story.

I think I’m learning that I’m very single-minded when it comes to my reading in terms of plot. I can’t juggle multiple stories in my mind – something that makes me think I’m going to be returning Jo Nesbø’s latest Harry Hole novel The Thirst to the library tomorrow unread. I read a synopsis of the story or stories and am thinking I’m not going to be able to keep track of the multiple threads. Plus I know someone else is waiting for the book and I’d rather they be able to enjoy it. I was going to wait until Memorial Day Weekend to give it more attention then, but I might as well just let it go now so that the next patron can enjoy. It will be there when, and if, I want to return to it.

Just like last week, 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; the second Wednesday, Kim shared her favorite shows on Netflix; and this past Wednesday, we shared our top 5 favorite Netflix shows.  Then  on the last two Wednesdays, I’ll share my favorite Amazon shows and Kim will share hers.

This week, I also tested out two new shows, now on Netflix, Wynonna Earp and Riverdale, the latter of which I’ve convinced Kim to watch. Both were good, but with Riverdale being the more intriguing of the two as it is a reboot of the Archie comics. I’ll be honest that I just wanted to see what they’d do with the comics and I have to say only a few episodes in to Season 1, I’m fairly impressed. Wynonna Earp, meanwhile, is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer mashup with a western and I’ve only seen the first episode, but it’s intriguing enough for me to try more soon.

This afternoon, though, speaking of spinning wheels, Kim, I, and two neighbors are going to watch this cinematic classic on the big screen (yee haw!):


What are you up to the last day of this weekend? Reading, watching, or listening to anything good? As for what I’m listening to, lately sadly it’s been Chris Cornell songs, 10 of which I highlighted in a blog post on Friday.

My Library Checkout – April 2017

librarycheckout2 Have you been using your library over the past month? What did you read? What didn’t you read? What are you waiting on? The linky goes up the last Monday of every month, and will stay open through the 15th, so click the button at left to go to Charleen’s post for this month to add your Library Checkout post to the Linky there.


  1. Fer-de-lance, the first Nero Wolfe, by Rex Stout
  2. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams
  3. Knots and Crosses, the first Inspector Rebus, by Ian Rankin
  4. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner

The best of the quartet was The Book of Joy, which was highlighted in my new feature Book of the Month yesterday. I also have started two other new features: Album of the Month and Movie of the Month, with the first Movie of the Month being Lion, and the first Album of the Month still to be decided and written about.

Currently Out/On Hold

I only have one book out: The League of Frightened Men, the second Nero Wolfe, by Rex Stout, and only two on hold: Hide and Seek, the second Inspector Rebus, by Ian Rankin, and Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. I am rereading the Nero Wolfe mysteries, most of which I have read previously, and always wanted to red the Inspector Rebus series, but for one reason or another, I never got around to them. Now I am.

What did you check out from the library this past month, put on hold? Click on the button above to go to Charleen’s post to add your own post, or comment there — and here, if you’d like.

Starting this Wednesday, May 3, and running every Wednesday in May, my wife Kim and I will be doing a series on our favorite Netflix and Amazon Prime TV shows Wednesday, alternating among mine, hers, and ours. Tune in this Wednesday.