I think my last update post was before Memorial Day. I spent that weekend and several days afterward sick with a weird viral thing that my husband brought home. It was beyond tiresome - like flu with no respiratory or digestive issues. However, the fever was present and the body aches and lack of appetite and a huge amount of fluid retention. Horrible. I hurt all over and it reminded me vividly of what my body used to feel like most of the time when I weighed about 100 pounds more. Note to self - not going back there...ever!
We had a vacation planned to New Mexico for the first week in June and so we went anyway, even though I wasn't quite 100%. I got better as time went on and though I wasn't as active as I would have liked, it was a good trip. We got back last Sunday and my husband managed to get our yard done before our area had some huge storms. That's what very hot, humid air does when it collides with a cold front blowing in. There were a couple of small tornadoes around, but we just got lots of lightning, thunder, and rain. Happily.
My reading has been slow-ish. I went through a period of not feeling like reading when I was sick, but I finally managed to finish a book or two on our trip.
We listened to Michael Connelly's latest Renee' Ballard/Harry Bosch book, Dark Sacred Night, as we drove across Texas. We both liked it and it was interesting that it was co-narrated by Christine Lakin and Titus Welliver (the actor who plays Bosch in the TV adaptation). That worked well for us. We enjoyed the book and look forward to listening to the next, The Night Fire, which will be published in late October.
I also listened to a recent non-fiction book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb. It was narrated by Brittany Pressley and she did a good job with it. This is a memoir by a therapist about her work and also about her own therapist. I liked it a lot - funny parts, poignant parts, all the parts. It just suited me right now, though I don't read a lot of non-fiction.
The last book I'll talk about is one I've read before a number of years ago. I did read it in print and it's the first book in Betty Webb's Lena Jones mystery series - Desert Noir. Betty recently had the 10th book in the series published and it will be the last one. She felt that the whole story of Lena was complete. I'm sad that there will be no more Lena books, but I've decided to read my way through the whole series in upcoming months. This is an excellent series, set in Arizona, and written by a talented former reporter. I've met Betty at mystery conferences and our mystery group spoke with her a number of years ago when we read the 2nd book in the series, Desert Wives. I recommend these books for sure.
That's about it for my reading lately. I shared what I'm reading right now on Tuesday. And I'll likely be around sharing more about my books read in upcoming days. And maybe even get those Colorado trip posts written. Ha!