Time for my city‘s annual wildfire. This one is hitting the area south of us much harder than here. 25 homes lost so far. :(
I want to get back into Litsy but figuring out when to jump in is making me hesitate, so I‘m just gonna do it. I decided I hated Dickens as a teen (based on Hard Times and half of David Copperfield) but now I figured I should get my big-girl masters-in-English-Lit-graduate britches on and deal with it. Halfway through now, and whaddya know, it‘s pretty good.
That thing where you‘re reading a book set in the Middle Ages and you geek out because Chrétien de Troyes shows up and sings an epic ballad but then you get depressed because it can‘t be the same Chrétien because the book is set in 1242 and he died in the late 1100s.
I‘m being fairly random with my Agatha Christie reading. This is the 14th Poirot novel and she‘s very confident at this point. So much so that the murder doesn‘t happen for ten chapters and Poirot doesn‘t turn up for several chapters after that. The setting the stage here is quite well done, the mystery is good, and the narrator is a lot of fun. Book 5 of 2019.
I had a fun time with this one. It was more of an action-oriented thriller than I initially expected, and I would‘ve loved a more thoughtful inquiry into these somewhat parallel worlds of different levels of magic, but once I realized it wasn‘t going to be that I quite enjoyed what it is. I will read the sequels.
Loved having this be my daily reading for advent. Different types of prose (and some poetry), different focuses, but always though-provoking, encouraging, and convicting. Will be returning to this yearly.
"Meges gave him some close attention too"
One of my book clubs went heavy this month. It's good, though, and necessary.
The parallels between a family of Huguenots escaping France and the slaves on the ship they accidentally stow away on sometimes threaten to go a bit far, but always pull back to highlight the essential distinction. Hard to read sometimes, but good slice of historical fiction.