Currently Reading

I’ve got a few good books going on right now so I’d thought I’d write about those.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m reading my first book for the Southern Reading Challenge and that’s The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell by Loraine Despres. It’s set in 1920s Louisiana at a time when prohibition was in full swing and getting your hair bobbed was all the rage. Belle is quite the character and knows that according to the Primer of Propriety, “a lady should not have inappropriate thoughts about strange men.” Too bad Belle seems to be having some of those. Good times!

Another book is Playing with the Moon by Eliza Graham which I received from the writer. Set in England, the story switches from present day to WWII and tells the story of two women who have faced some difficult times. I’m totally hooked by the character of Minna, who is working through her grief over a recent loss. The actions she takes seem so true and heartfelt.

My current mystery book for the Summer Mystery Reading Challenge is Fatal Laws by Jim Michael Hansen. I’ve had this one going on for a while and although it’s a very readable mystery, I do need a break from it at times because it’s not for the faint of heart.

Finally, I had to start A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny because it’s a library book and it’s due soon. Her first novel, Still Life, was one of my favorite mystery reads last year so I’ve been looking forward to this book. Most of the characters are back although I’m at least 50 pages in and Inspector Gamache has yet to make an appearance. I hope he comes on the scene soon because I like him.

Oh yes, how could I forget, Don Quixote is still on my nightstand. I did read a bit more this past weekend and really I’m amazed at how many beatings Don Quixote and Sancho Panza have endured! What a tale.

Anyway, I’m off to a library book sale tomorrow so wish me luck! Hopefully I’ll find lots of goodies.

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