It’s been cold and crisp and that’s usually good reading weather, but there’ve been things to do. The last few days I’ve been out early, breaking the ice on the birdbath, then moving on to other chores. Things keep interfering, like football, the holiday, or other things. I was making good progress toward my annual reading goal before I got bogged down. It’s like I’m in a traffic jam, except it’s reading, or more accurately, not reading.
I’ve managed to read a short story, sometimes two, per day, which is how I finished The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part 1 1881-1889. It contains 23 stories and a poem. I liked all but two or three of the stories, which is a very good percentage. These are traditional Holmes and Watson stories, in the original Victorian setting, almost all of them could easily have been written by Doyle, which is high praise. One I didn’t care for so much was told from Moriarity’s point of view, but that may not bother most readers.
There are two more volumes in the set, and I’ll get to them, but think I may take a break from Holmes for a bit, since I read a lot during both September and October plus this volume and some others. I don’t know what I’ll turn to next, but I have every confidence something will turn up.
Barbara’s reading has slowed as well, and she’s about halfway through A Fear of Dark Water by Craig Russell. She’s been busy quilt making, working in the garden and with other things, so reading has taken second place to other activities.
How about you?
Have you read these books or authors?
What are you reading?