Monday, September 04, 2006

reading my way through the long weekend

Reading... what a lovely way to spend the weekend.

So far I've finished Morality for Beautiful Girls, the 3rd No.1 Ladies Detective Agency book.
More of the same from Alexander McCall Smith, but in this case, it's a good thing.
However, the situation with Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni in this book is an enigma so I'm interested to see how McCall Smith continues to deal it in the subsequent books.

I read Shopgirl by Steve Martin.
When the book first came out, I kind of poo-pooed it because I figured Steve Martin just got published because he's a celebrity. Of course, I feel horribly guilty about that and, obviously, I decided to give the book a try (incidentally I also have Martin's lastest book, The Pleasure of my Company, on Mt. TBR).
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I though Mirabelle was a sympathetic character (probably even more so because she's alot like me). I also appreciated the ending - realistic, but not depressing (I guess that's my biggest complaint about "serious" fiction is that many times the endings leave me feeling hopeless).

I spent some time listening to the audio version of The Egyptian by Mika Waltari with hubby.
Right now we are on CD 12 of 20.
The book is long, but it is fascinating. An epic tale that follows the life of an Egyptian doctor, it seems to be an at-least-somewhat realistic look into life in the ancient world.

I also read Thirty-three Swoons by Martha Cooley and am currently working on a review of it for Curled Up.
Expect a review later this week.

Additionally, I stuck my nose in a few other books that are at the top of Mt. TBR: The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones, and The Whole World Over by Julia Glass.


  1. I love reading your blog Morse! I love the artwork you found.. in fact that's why I'm visiting today.. to steal it for my desktop background :X

    I really like reading what you thought of books, and I think we have similar tastes!

  2. Glad you like the blog. It's lovely to see you here! :D