The last two weeks have been simultaneously busy and relaxing. My house sale closed, I celebrated Canada Day, I planned a vacation in Spain for August, I was ill, and I drank lots of liquids
and read, read, read.
I finished all of the books so far in Brenda Chapman‘s Stonechild and Rouleau series of mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed them. Anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
Then I cast my eyes around my bookshelves and lighted on the two C.J. Sansom Shardlake books I bought at least a year ago, Lamentation and Revelation. I had kept putting them off because they are quite thick paper backs and I wasn’t sure I was ready for that. However, I picked up Lamentation and read it in a day. Went out and bought all the rest in the series and proceeded to read Revelation and Hearstone which come right before Lamentation. WOW! Thoroughly enjoyed them. I wish I could remember where I heard about them. I have this vague memory of watching a movie or episodes about Shardlake on TV but can’t come up with it when I Google so that, at least, may remain a mystery. These are books that take place during the reign of Henry VIII and are fascinating. While the overall outcomes are familiar ground, the tension of what will happen to Sergent Shardlake next is what keeps you turning the pages. Three more to go but taking a break and reading The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje which came to me in a small stack generously donated by friend Patty.
I’ve picked up some books about Habakkuk which kind of grabbed my interest out of the blue when a verse from another study took me there. This is a minor prophet in the Bible and although it follows Lamentations, I’ve learned it actually it was written earlier. One of the books is called Habakkuk: A Wrestler With God but I was intrigued that it is actually a psalm written for his chief musician.
Well, that’s what I’ve been up to. Tell what’s on your bookshelf!