Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Fall musings...travels to Kerrville and what my reading might look like in upcoming weeks...
Hey book friends! Well, my husband and I spent a few days last week in Kerrville, TX. I've talked about that Hill Country location before. Hubby plays in two different 3-day golf tournaments there each year - one in the hot summer and one in the fall. And fall arrived with a 50-degree temperature drop between late Thursday and mid-day Friday - literally 50-degrees. It was 94 on our way driving there and the outside temp was 48 by noon Friday (with wind chills in the high 30's). Just a little cool, especially for the guys playing a 5-hour golf round. When I picked him up Friday afternoon, he said he couldn't feel his fingertips. It got better on Saturday and Sunday was very nice. However, once those cold fronts start arriving, fall has truly begun. Of course, it's in the 80's today again.
As he played golf, I had some fun times going to a couple of favorite book shops, attending the 'Kerrville Friends of the Library' monthly book sale, and also going to a very, very interesting festival, the Kerrville Chalk Festival. I'll have a post about the Chalk Festival later in the week with lots of pictures, but I put the one above just for interest. I really enjoyed looking at all the chalk art and talking with some of the artists. I also enjoyed meeting a couple of the 'Friends of the Library' volunteers and talking with them about how their bookstore works, whether they could use volunteers at a later time, and again considering whether this Hill Country town might work for us in retirement. Oh, and I bought books - you're surprised, right?
I have a question for all of you. Do you feel like that sometimes your reading has 'seasons'? What I mean is that you read mainly one type or genre of book for a while or most of the time, but occasionally you find yourself turning to other types of reading. As you all know, I mostly read crime novels, thrillers, and mysteries - usually tipped to the 'New Book' end of the scale. Lately, I've mentioned that I have become a bit weary of the themes and plot devices used in a lot of newer books. So many seem the same. I feel myself wanting to turn to some older books, some rereads, even some non-fiction perhaps. And those were the type of books that I was interested in when I was book shopping this weekend.
I don't know if those (especially the rereads) will be ones that others will be interested in hearing about here on my blog, but I am going to copy some of my blogging friends who have expressed opinions regarding their reading and blogging lately. Cath mentioned recently that she thought it was time for 'blogging to adjust to her rather than the other way around' - I agree! Sam told us that her way of dealing with 'wanting to read all the books' or getting a bit frantic about not finishing anything was to 'slow down and concentrate on one book' and ENJOY IT! Whatever 'it' is. I fully support that. And Gayle (my dear friend Gayle who shares mystery book group with me) related that she took a bit of a break from mysteries but validated that they are her favorite place to read, with a little historical fiction thrown in. Again, I completely understand and think that we all need to gravitate to the 'right book for us at the right time'.
My R.I.P. reading is coming to an end and I'll be sharing my wrap-up post for that event next week - a little early (it ends October 31st). I don't know what all I'll be reading for fall, but I'll be around now and then to talk about it. We've got a trip coming up, so I'll be in and out, but will always be reading your thoughts here and on your blogs.