Welcome to Bookish Nostalgia for July 2018. I've kept records of books I read for over 25 years and I enjoy looking back through my reading journals to see what I was reading 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago. Let's see what I remember about what I was reading in those years:
July 1998 - Miss Zukas and the Library Murders by Jo Dereske - A lot of my mystery reading was impacted by discovering other mystery readers on the internet. In 1998, I was finding a lot of authors that I had not heard of or seen on my library shelves. However, I'd read about them on the DorothyL list or on a YahooGroup (remember them?) and happily see if I could find the various books. Jo Dereske's mystery series featuring Librarian Helma Zukas is one of those. This is the first book in that series and I remember it was so much fun and Helma is an original for sure. Now that these have appeared in e-book format, I ought to read them again.
July 2003 - Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews - Another funny mystery and first book in a great series is Murder With Peacocks. Donna Andrews is still writing this series and book #23 will be out in August. Meg Langslow is scrambling in this one to be the maid of honor for three weddings in her home town - her mother's, her soon to be sister-in-law, and her best friend. Each is different and each bride is relying on Meg for lots and lots of help. Oh, and each bride keeps changing her mind about wedding details. So many funny moments in this book.
July 2008 - Tilt A Whirl by Chris Grabenstein - Obviously, July is my month for starting fabulous, funny mystery series. Here's another - Chris Grabenstein's first book in his Jersey Shore mysteries. John Ceepak is a great cop - a little stiff, but perfect. Danny Boyle is learning to be a cop, but in this first book, he's only part-time. Ceepak and Boyle are one of the best cop duos around and this series comes highly, highly recommended by me. So much fun and some serious issues as well. If you haven't read it, I'll share a secret - the first three books in the series are available for only $.99 each on Kindle. Just saying...
July 2013 - The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel - I've always been a bit fascinated by the wives of the astronauts. I think that began when I saw the movie The Right Stuff. And, of course, I'm from Texas and Houston has been a big part of NASA. Anyway, I was excited to read a book about the Mercury 7 astronaut's wives. I know this became a TV series, but I didn't watch it for some reason. As we are now within a year of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing (July 20, 1969), I'm interested in this book again. Honestly, I don't remember much detail about it, even though it's only been 5 years since I read it. Did you read this book or see the TV adaptation?
And so we end this month's Bookish Nostalgia. Hope you'll join me again next month to see what August books I remember from my journals.