What, am I nuts? I must be. Went to the library AGAIN on Friday and added more must-read titles to my Library Loot pile. This pile, of course, is separate from the must-read titles that I already own. But new books come out every month and every now and then I must pay attention or I risk getting too far behind with my favorite authors! (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)
So now I'm doing some shuffling around because I am, first and foremost, a 'mood' reader. No matter what the rest of the world is up to or celebrating or recommending - I read only according to my mood. It's always been this way. It will continue to be this way. I am currently not in a non-fiction mood, so those books will have to wait their turn.
I am loving my vintage books but I am also trying to squeeze in newer titles, especially since at some point the books I borrowed from the library will, after all, have to be returned.
So, while the laundry gets done, I'm trying to organize what's what, reading-wise. I finished another Mary Roberts Rinehart last night which I am not going to review. It was damn good, though. Title? THE WALL. (1938) Why no review? I can't review everything I read. It's as simple as that. I am, however, going to review another of her titles which I finished a day earlier. Stay tuned for that one.
THE WALL takes place at the usual M.R.R. summer house and I love the matter-of-fact way she describes the arrival of the summer people and their entourages, while the search is on for a woman who's disappeared: Day after day trucks laden with trunks rumbled along the highway, station wagons passed loaded with servants, and there was the usual procession of cars with liveried chauffeurs.
Murder with manners. Murder in a rarified atmosphere, that's for sure. I do like all these summery mysteries set among the 'moneyed' set, either pre or apres-war. I am re-reading Mary Roberts Rinehart and having a fun time doing it.
A couple of the books I brought home on my last Library Loot adventure have already been returned - mostly because I couldn't finish them. (I do make an attempt to read what has been recommended, but, well, sometimes either the writing and I can't get along or I've fallen out of a mood.) But I still have the main bunch of books I brought home. I've just added more:
A RED HERRING WITHOUT MUSTARD by Alan Bradley. Well, I had no choice, I was on a waiting queue for this one and who knows when I'd have the chance again. The list is long.
Flavia de Luce is very popular. This is a great series and you have to strike while the iron is hot.
ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING by Jasper Fforde. Another one on which my queue turn came up. Another great series. Thursday Next, literary detective's adventures continue. Wait until you see the wonderful map J.F. has devised.
BODY LINE by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Well, this is the absolute latest in an English police procedural series that I love. It features the introspective Inspector Bill Slider and his crew. (I have a sneaking suspicion I missed the last one, so I'm probably going to be reading out of order here till I can make up the difference.)
TO LOVE AND BE WISE by Josephine Tey. After Les at CLASSIC MYSTERIES told me I must read this, well, I had no choice - did I? The truth is I'd never heard of this one. AND it's an Allan Grant mystery! Gasp! And since the library conveniently had a copy...
MISS PYM DISPOSES by Josephine Tey. Okay, another Tey. Can't remember having read this, though I think I probably did. Carol from her blog CAROL K. CARR, recommended this.
When all this will get read, your guess is as good as mine. But, eventually it will all sort itself out.
I don't like reading under pressure and occasionally I've been known to stop completely if I'm feeling too overwhelmed. A reading-break. But I don't feel one coming up anytime soon. HA!