I’m thankfully reading this weekend (and week)

The Sunday Salon.comStarting today, I have off work seven days in a row and plan to spend most of that time reading. I’m extending Thankfully Reading Weekend, being sponsored by Jenn’s Bookshelves, which is from Nov. 22 through Nov. 25, to include today and skip Nov. 24 since I work that day. Originally, I already had a list of books I was going to read, but then last weekend I decided I wouldn’t stick to that list.

I’m still not sticking to that list, but have a few possible replacements. The main book on which I want to focus is The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been part way through this one on my Nook for a while, but would like to finish it this year so I can get on to a couple of Holmes pastiches that I’d like to read but felt that I really need to read the canon first. This weekend and weekend should help me with that goal.

All of the rest are (distinct) possibilities. They include:

  • Roseanna, the first Martin Beck mystery, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.
  • Unwanted, the first Fredrika Bergman, by Kristina Ohlsson.
  • The Last Policeman, the first of a planned trilogy, by Ben H. Winters.
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
  • Whose Body?, the first Lord Peter Wimsey, by Dorothy Sayers.
  • The Hollow, the 25th Hercule Poirot, by Agatha Christie.

I picked up the second, third and fourth in print edition from the library where I work, and the first and the second to last on e-book from the Free Library of Philadelphia. I’m still waiting for the final one on e-book also from FLP (even though I already have the next one in the series, The Labours of Hercules, already on loan on e-book from FLP). I think this will be about the third time I’ve had the Sayers out on e-book. Maybe this time I’ll get to it.

Out of the possibilities, the one to which I’m looking forward the most is probably the Sjöwall and Wahlöö. I was intrigued when I first saw the first one in the FLP digital library, but didn’t know if they had the others in the series. Now that I know that they have all 10 of them, I can move on and read them (if I like this first one).  The other one to which I’m looking forward is Gone Girl, because I’ve heard a lot of good buzz around this one from book bloggers and it’s been out on hold at our library and also FLP (digital) for a long time. I’ll let you know, of course, what I think of whatever I choose to read besides the Sherlock Holmes. Talk to y’all midweek with an update.

What are you reading this weekend, this coming week, the rest of this month?

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13 thoughts on “I’m thankfully reading this weekend (and week)”

  1. I have never participated in this reading event, but I’m reading all the time anyway, so I should.

    I started a 645 page Maeve Binchy book yesterday, and while it’s not a fast read, like the mysteries and suspense I choose, I am finally connecting with the characters.

    I hope you enjoy Gone Girl…that’s one I couldn’t put down!


  2. I think I’ll be reading Bleak House until the end of time. Actually–just through the end of the year but why not be dramatic about it?

    Enjoy Gone Girl. I’ll be interested in your reaction to the book! And enjoy your seven days off. Sheesh am I jealous?! Although I guess I do have four days off in a row which isn’t bad either…

  3. The Sherlock Holmes appeals to me the most. I started reading them and made it about halfway through one book before I got distracted by other things. I’d really like to go back and finish because I did enjoy them quite a bit.

  4. I LOVED Gone Girl and though The Last Policeman had an interesting premise. I am definitely curious what you think about them if/when you get around to reading them.

    Seven days off? You lucky person! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

    1. Well, I’ve already told you about Gone Girl. Next, later in week, I’ll tell you what I thought of The Last Policeman.

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