Wednesday, December 28, 2011


There is nothing nicer than long lazy days 
when you can start a new series of books 
and hopefully reach the end before your holidays finish.

Most people read a little at night when they are tired and sleepy but holidays are a different matter. You can start the day slowly with a good book, read over lunch, laze away the afternoon in a hammock with a book and a box of chocs and then because there is nothing worth watching on tv most nights you can finish the day with a good read.

The Elm Creek series by Jennifer Chiaverini are a heartwarming, friendly 13 book series set around a quilting school and the friends who run it. Lots of historical quilting information is sewn into tales of close female friendships.

Another of the same warm, friendly type is the Ladybug farm series by Donna Ball. Four retired women friends buy and renovate a lovely old house then launch a catering business.

A good time to start the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series. 7 books (so far) of a long family historical saga that starts in Scotland and moves to America.

I really enjoy a good murder mystery and the best way to get to know the main characters is to read the books in sequence. The development or degeneration of the detective is clearly seen in this way. Henning Mankel with his Wallander set, Kate Ellis with Wesley Petersen and the archaeology series, Simon Beckett’s great forensic anthropologist quartet, all show the development of the police main character.

Happy summer reading.

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