Currently Reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m in the middle of some wonderful reads and it’s hard to put one down to go to another. I know, why not finish one right? Well, it’s just so fun to juggle books. So here are the books that are vying for my attention:

The Dinner by Herman Koch. Two couples meet for dinner to discuss their children. How can a story take place just in one evening? This one does and boy does it grab your attention. As the courses keep coming to the table there are more revelations about each person and what has brought them together. It is unnerving and I almost don’t want to continue reading because I can’t imagine what else is going to happen but I’m hooked.

The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen. This is my audiobook so unfortunately it is the one I don’t pick up as often because I save this for my outdoor walks and haven’t been on any in more than a week. It is entertaining and I just need to get out and walk a bit more.

An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley. I’ve enjoyed French Milk and Relish by Knisley a lot so I had no doubt that this one would appeal to me as well. At one point in this graphic memoir she’ll talk about her stay in Berlin. That’s the part I’m most excited about as I’ve been to Berlin several times and I want to see what her experience there will be like.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. I needed to pick up something for the Once Upon a Time challenge and why not something by one of the authors credited with inventing science fiction.

The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner. This the second mystery featuring Detective Billy Able. I’ve not read the first and you know how I feel about reading books out of order but it’s a read for my mystery book group meeting. Despite starting with the second book I don’t feel lost and this is turning out to be a good mystery.

So have you read some of these books? Any favorites?

Plants & Poetry

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI took a three day weekend to catch up on some home stuff but we also made the most of it and went to the Wildflower Center’s annual plant sale. Love the Wildflower center and love the plant sale.

Our backyard is pretty shaded so we had to look for shade plants but we also want native plants, low water plants and plants that are heat tolerant. Kind of need that in Texas! We left the plant sale with a bunch of new plants for the backyard and we even added two more to our succulent garden. A Nolina Texana (which you can’t really see here) and a Cane Cactus.

My husband spent most of the weekend planting in the garden and we just have a couple of more to go. I can’t wait to see our plants growing and thriving.

The other exciting thing we did over the weekend was attend the Austin Poetry Slam finals. Ten poets were competing to get on the team which is going to represent Austin in the national competition later this year. They really had some great talent. I’m always so impressed by people putting themselves out there. I can’t believe I haven’t gone to a slam in such a long time.

So how about you, what were you up to this weekend?

The Last Policeman

thelastpoliceman“I’m staring at the insurance man and he’s staring at me, two cold gray eyes behind old-fashioned tortoiseshell frames, and I’m having this awful and inspiring feeling, like holy moly this is real, and I don’t know if I’m ready, I really don’t.”

The Last Policeman
By Ben H. Winters

Detective Hank Palace is on the scene at a McDonald’s after the body of Peter Zell, an insurance adjuster,  was found in the restroom. The initial investigation suggests suicide but Detective Palace thinks there is more to it. Except how does he conduct an investigation when most people are concerned about the big event happening in six months.

You see, Asteroid 2011GV1 is headed towards earth and no one cares about solving murders anymore. Everyone is either out to fulfill their own personal bucket-list or is too stunned to care. Society is slowly spiraling out of control with shortages of fuel and government services. Some people have turned to religions others to drug or many are simply not waiting for the asteroid and commit suicide instead.

Detective Palace simply won’t let this “suicide” go because he is sure there is more to it. His investigation puts him and those around him in danger and on top of this he is also trying to help his sister find her husband. It is almost too much but Detective Palace is a good person, an honorable person and he owes it to those he loves and his profession to find justice.

This was such a unique premise and I can understand why this book was the winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. The world is coming to an end and what do you do? Do you care about doing what’s right? Do you want to just live in the moment? I’m very much looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.

Source: Library copy