Monday, October 7, 2013

Bedtime Reading

I have to be honest, I don't read much. Let me rephrase that. I read ALL the time (cases, articles, law books, newspapers), just not fiction or non-legal nonfiction. So when I finally get home at night, the last thing I want to do is read more. But I am an aspirant. As in, I aspire to create a better version of myself, to do the things I realistically won't do but am unwilling to admit that to myself. Learn to play guitar? Sure! (My brand new guitar has been sitting in the corner of my room for over a year.) Practice yoga every morning? Sure! (Maybe once I start waking up half an hour early.)
So when I visited Woodstock, VT this summer and stopped at a cute little bookstore, I couldn't resist buying 5 new books (all on sale!). The five books--fiction and autobiographies-- looked so interesting, and I wanted to read every single one. I'll have time to finish all before school starts. OK, maybe just one. Well, maybe next summer.
Then I read an article about spending 15-20 minutes reading  daily, and before you know it, you've gone through a dozen books. So one night, I got in my pjs and opened up In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, a mystery/detective novel by Alexander Smith set in Botswana. 

I must say, of the 5 books I got I wasn't the most excited about this one, but it seemed a nice, easy, relaxing read before bed. And I do like mystery novels. It turned out to be a really great choice! It's warm, I learn a bit about a place so unfamiliar, and I look forward to reading it every night. I like entering the world of Botswana and bush tea and lady detectives. There's something comforting about it.
I'm almost done (it's fairly short), and I'm probably going to order the whole series. If you're in search of a pleasant mystery novel, do give this one a try. 

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