Good morning book friends! Hope you are all well and safe and wearing your masks. I didn't really have a new picture to show this morning that included nature or cute creatures, so I decided to show my new walking shoes. What do you think? Ha! I had walked until my previous pair was not as supportive as it could be and so I ordered new ones. You may ask 'do they glow in the dark?' - it's possible! I haven't tested that as yet, but they are certainly bright. What I'm happy about is that they are comfortable and support my 'old' feet as I walk and walk and walk. It's been quite warm, but I seem to be adjusting to early morning temps and humidity. I sweat, yes, but I've decided that isn't a bad thing.
My reading has been going along well. I've been listening to books that I've read before mostly, but that's been working in case I get distracted or have to take a picture of a fun creature. Right now, I'm listening to Peter May's The Blackhouse, which I have loved in the past and am completely enjoying again.
I finished reading David Baldacci's second Atlee Pine book, A Minute To Midnight, and enjoyed it a lot. Atlee and her assistant, Carol, go to her hometown to do further research on what exactly happened to Mercy, Atlee's twin sister. When both girls were six, Mercy was taken, and no one knows the end of that story as yet. While in Georgia, Atlee and Carol end up assisting the FBI and local law enforcement with identification and apprehension of a potential serial killer in the area. The third book in the series, Daylight, is scheduled to be published in November. I'll be watching for it.
My next book was Michael Connelly's most recent Ballard/Bosch pairing, The Night Fire. My husband and I had listened to about half of that book on our recent trip and will finish it on audio when we travel next. However, who knows when that will be? I couldn't wait, so I read the rest of it in print form. I've only been reading Connelly's books since he created Renee Ballard (this is #3 of those), but I've watched all the Bosch seasons on TV, so I feel like I'm OK with knowing at least something about him. The Night Fire begins with Bosch attending a funeral of one of his mentors at the LAPD, John Jack Thompson. He finds that Thompson had taken a murder book home with him when he retired and the widow says that Thompson wanted Harry to have it. Bosch asks Ballard to help him figure out some things and the two work together to solve not only this cold case, but a couple of other cases that might relate.
The last book I finished this week was Katherine Center's new one, What You Wish For. I read another book by this author last year, How To Walk Away. I liked it quite a bit and decided to try this new one. Center's books are full of 'heart' I think I would say. They are funny and poignant and deal with some tough situations, but will make you laugh out loud at times too. They have romance, but they also have sorrow and show a lot about how one might deal with adversity. In this book, the theme is to 'choose joy, even in difficult times'. I love that. And it doesn't hurt that it's set on Galveston Island of Texas, includes a bit of history about Galveston, and features a school librarian as the main protagonist. I thought this book was very good. And I want to go back and read this author's backlist.
I'm glad that my reading has moved in a more positive direction. Not necessarily with the themes being 'happy all the time', but just immersive and keeping my interest. This morning I started Kate White's new book, Have You Seen Me?. I'll talk about that one next week, hopefully. Take care and I'll see you soon!