Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Reading While Healing

In my regular life, I don't make enough time to read unless I'm on vacation. What, how can you not read, you might ask. Oh sure, I read, in between commuting, working, exercising, cooking, and spending a little time with my dearly beloved. I read the daily Boston Globe, the weekly Ipswich Chronicle, and the New Yorker, especially when I get to the gym and prop it up on the elliptical strider.

Books? I'm lucky if I finish one novel per week.

Now that I'm home full time with a back healing from major surgery, severe warnings that I'm not to lift, bend, or twist, and energy only for slow strolls up and down my street, I finally have time to read as much as I want to. My stack of To-Be-Read books from mystery writer friends is gradually shrinking. I have books on request from the library. I even have the time and space to read a non-fiction book. I usually read non-fiction essays only in the New Yorker. And when a friend asked if I'd read the draft of her family history, I could freely say, "I'd love to," instead of worrying that I'd never find the time.

This is a gift! I'm going to share the gift with you by chronicling here what I'm reading,
and plan include a short review of each book. It's still hard to sit at the computer for very long, so I'll try to do one book per day.

Stay tuned for the following:

  • A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Barlett
  • Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
  • The Girl I left Behind by Judith Nies
  • Who Wrote the Book of Death? by Steve Liskow
  • A Single Deadly Truth by John Urban
If you've read any of these, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought.


  1. Haven't read any of these, but hope you are healing and when I was laid up last summer I read an amazing book called You or Someone Like You.
    Lately i have read all 3 of the Flavia DeLuce series**** and I am a huge fan of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series which began with Case histories and has just had #4 released Started Early, Took my Dog. Mary McD

  2. The only one I've read is A Crafty Killing. You are in for a treat. Fortunately I don't have to choose which of Lorraine's series I like best, but this one really strikes a cord with me.

  3. I haven't read any of those books, Edith. I'll be back to read the reviews.