So at New Year's I made the resolution to read all the books in my house that I've bought and just haven't got around to reading yet. I thought the number was 31, but then I went around my house and gathered them all up. The final count was 55!
By January 18 I was down to 47. Mostly I was catching up on souvenir books I had bought on recent trips, but also finishing the multiple books I was trying to read at once. Then I started hitting some mysteries.
Is there anything better than a good mystery? My love of mysteries started with the late, great Rex Stout, author of the beloved Nero Wolfe mysteries. Then my mother-in-law got me hooked on Janet Evanovich. I love her Stephanie Plum books the best. Then there were the Bed & Breakfast Mysteries of Mary Deheim. Then a friend got me hooked on the Heather Wells mysteries by Meg Cabot. Most recently my mother-in-law introduced me to the Callie Parrish mysteries by Fran Rizer. I'm not sure what I would do without a retired librarian as a mother-in-law.
I was a little "bad" at the end of January when I actually bought a few books on my trip to Jekyll Island. I couldn't help it, they told the history of the island and had fabulous historic photos. To my credit I read them on the plane on the way back.
It's now toward the end of February. I'm down to 43 books. I've decided to take a break from the mysteries and in honor of St. Patrick's day I'm concentrating on the books about the Celtics and Ireland. The first is Celtic Inspirations and the second is Cultural Traditions in Northern Ireland. I have no doubt that reading these will put me right in the mood to show my green on March 17.