The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik
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October 24, 2010

Sunday reading: It's a Mystery me, how I could have let myself start reading three mysteries at once. But it's OK, each one is in its own technological slot...

I'm listening to one of them (Donna Leon's latest Guido Brunetti mystery) on CD, in the car and before I fall asleep;  the second one (a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery from Louise Penny) is on my Ipod, for when I walk, a lucky find from the library's digital catalog; and the third one is the first Josephine Tey mystery from Nicola Upson. {Started that one because I just got the second book in the series from the library, and I like to read these books in order when I can.}  It's actually great, because one of them is the latest in a series that I adore, and the other two are from series that are new to me (that's a treat in itself), and that I'll definitely continue reading.   I just hope I don't lose the thread of any of these stories, or triumphantly figure out that the murder from Book A, the one that was being investigated by the detective in Book B, was actually committed by the criminal in Book C. We shall see.

I didn't have much time for reading today, but I did start Part III of Madame Bovary. I finished the first three chapters, stopped in my tracks, and put the book aside so I could start Part III again.  I think the scenes where Emma and Leon complain to each other, then go for a long (ahem) drive,  are my favorite bits yet.

Our group read of Madame Bovary (what a great experience it has been!) ends this week, then there will still be a little time for the RIP challenge.  I picked out one more book (a short one) -- a classic ghost story, one I'm surprised I haven't read before -- which I'll probably find myself reading on Halloween. Perfect!

If you're spending time reading today, I hope you're having a wonderful time doing so.

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