So, do you think it is cheating if rather than reading the entire Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series, I read only those books that involve Harriet Vane? I like Harriet a lot. I read Gaudy Night years ago and have ever since wanted to read 'her' mysteries. I have tried to get through the first Lord Peter book, but for some odd reason I struggled with it. Maybe another try would work out better, or I could just go directly to the stories involving Harriet.
This comes up as I was looking for an older mystery to read and I came across Gaudy Night, and then one thought leads to another--or as is always the case with me--one book leads to another. It's inevitable. If I am looking for one particular book I will see three more I want to read that I had forgotten about.
So, I pulled Gaudy Night, to think about. And I pulled two other older mysteries and will read one for sure and the other probably. Years and years ago I read almost all but one of M.M Kaye's romantic suspense novels. The ones set in exotic locales. I loved them and stored them away for some rainy day to reread and hopefully love again. Almost all of them were reissued by Minotaur Books with lovely covers. For some reason I have the one unread story in an old, vintage edition--Death in Zanzibar (subtitle 'murder, mystery and romance on the exotic Isle of Cloves'). I could do with a little of each, but I will have to simply content myself with reading about them. And no trip to the exotic Isle of Cloves either (Zanzibar is off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa--I had to look it up, I am sorry to admit). So, now, of course I want to reread the rest of M.M. Kaye's mysteries. They will likely be as exotic as I get destination-wise this year.
The other book that came out of the bin (I keep my mysteries stored in plastic bins) is the first Vicky Bliss mystery, Borrower of the Night. It was written in the early 1970s and is perhaps a little dated. I read the first few pages, but I am not at all put off by that. Strange as it might sound there is actually a sort of appeal that it gives a flavor of the era. Or maybe I just like really sassy heroines and Vicky is certainly sassy. So I will start out in Zanzibar and perhaps move on to Vicky's adventure (in Germany) after.
I have a full reading agenda this weekend. I always hope for more than I can manage but that never stops me from trying to squeeze in every last moment I can with a book. I have several books recently finished that I need to write about, so hopefully that will happen next week. A little celebration--I have finished the February NYRB subscription book (so far so good this year--despite the wrinkle of an errant book that had to be replaced). Now I am ready to move on to Patrick Modiano's In the Café of Lost Youth, which looks really good. The most recent copy of the New York Review of Books arrived in the mail today. Do I flip pages until I get to the ad announcing the April book or try and avoid looking in order to be surprised?
Much like last weekend's Photobooth, I have another graphic novel that is due back at the library and I cannot renew it. So it is either read it this weekend or return it mostly unread (I have started it, and have been making a concerted effort at reading the library books I allow myself to check out). A little teaser about the graphic novel I will be spending time with: "Petty Theft is a comedy of errors, a laugh-out-loud account of a man on a mission, and a testament to the addictiveness of book ownership." How can I resist that?
I totally skipped writing about my Elizabeth Taylor short story, so I will hopefully write about that before the end of the weekend and plan on reading the next in the collection. I am optimistically trying to finish the book by the end of this month, but I fear it will spill over into April.
I imagine this is more than enough to keep me occupied with reading this weekend, but I have two other books I am hoping to spend some time with. I began reading William Trevor's Love and Summer on St. Patrick's Day and I immediately fell into the story and find myself wanting to reach for it again and again. I have read him before. I knew he was good, but I apparently forgot just how good. His prose is so crystal clear and he writes with an economy which is a little misleading as it is beautiful at the same time. I am already nearly halfway through and as it is not a very long book I might manage to read more of it this weekend than I think.
And one last one on this weekend's pile is the March book for Caroline's readalong, 1914 by Jean Echnoz. I am hoping to read all the books on her list, but for some reason I was thinking the discussion would not be until April, so now I will try and play catch up. It is another slender book and I have it close at hand so we'll see how far I can get in a few days.
Oops one more. We'll call it an honorable mention. For the moment it is only a book I hope to leaf through and look at. It was recommended by Meags Fitzgerald, and was a book she referred to when writing Photobooth, so I had to have it, too. I ordered a 'used' copy that looks brand spanking new and it arrived just a couple of days ago, American Photobooth by Näkki Goranin. I really do want to read the essay that takes up the first third of the book, but the rest is all actual photos taken in photobooths or illustrations about their history. I've spent a little time with it already and it is a fun book and I can't wait to peruse it in more depth.
I hope you have lots of good reading to look forward to this weekend, too!