Hello everyone! Hope you've had a good week and your life and reading are going well enough. I've just gotten back in from my morning walk and it was quite comfortable if not a little cool. Without a jacket anyway. Our first fall cold front came a couple of days ago and our morning temps were in the high 40's yesterday and it was maybe 50 or 51 this morning. This too shall pass, but I think I can wave the humid mid-70's goodbye for this year - early morning anyway.
I'm continuing to get connected in my new community and have begun my book-shelving volunteer work at the library. I enjoy that job and it's peaceful and quiet in this new library. I worked at the 'Friends of the Library' bookstore on Wednesday and that venture has become such a fun time. I went to the 'Talking Texas' Book Group yesterday and I'll share a bit about that time. I'm also planning on going to an author event on Saturday afternoon that I'll talk about next week.
For the 'Talking Texas' Book Group, we discussed water. Ha! The book we read was A Thirsty Land: The Fight For Water In Texas by Seamus McGraw. I found the book more interesting than I imagined when I first started it and the discussion was brisk. Lots of talk about conservation among the members and people sharing their favorite parts. I'm not the biggest fan of non-fiction, but I think that doing some reading with book groups here will be informative. Next month this group will switch to a fiction book (a mystery, yay!), Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. I've had this one on my TBR for a long time and look forward to reading it.The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond. In this book, widowed FBI Agent Lina Connerly is in Silicon Valley with her teenage son, Rory, to clear out her late father's house. She's on leave from her FBI position for several reasons and her son is going to a new school while they are in California. Yes, a new school with some very odd rules, tests, classmates and parents. Kids have gone missing and then returned very different. Lina ends up getting involved and with help from various contacts and also Rory, she discovers secrets galore. I found this book held my interest for sure, but it was a curious blend of themes. I don't think I've read anything else by this author, but I'd try more of her work.The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda. This book is the October selection for the Mystery Book Group that I had to leave behind when I moved. Left behind my 'in-person' attendance anyway. I'll likely try to keep up with what they are reading and send my thoughts to Gayle, the new leader, by email. We had several former members that did that after they relocated. Anyway, I had read a couple of books by this author in the past and liked them. I also enjoyed The Girl From Widow Hills, though I think I would have liked it more if I had not recently read the 'missing girl' storyline from the Ellery Hathaway series. This book is a standalone and the situation is quite different. Arden Mayor was a little girl of 6 when she went missing while sleepwalking during a storm. She was discovered days later and she became 'The Girl From Widow Hills'. With all the hoopla and publicity of the 10-year-anniversary of her rescue, Arden changes her name when she goes to college and becomes Olivia. Now the 20-year marker is coming and again, Olivia/Arden fears the press and what they might bring up. No one in her current life knows that she's 'The Girl...'. Things begin to happen, someone might be watching her, her sleepwalking is back, and then someone dies. As I said, I did like this book but the protagonist's repetitive thinking about people and events annoyed me a bit. I do think the mystery group will have a good time discussing this one and I'll be reading more by this author in the future.
That's about all I have to share. I'm in the middle of Liane Moriarty's new book, Apples Never Fall, right now. More to say about that one next week.