And Then I Read... By Merry at Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

Merry's pulled her nose out her book long enough to pop up to say "hello" and report on the latest bookish things she's been doing while it's too darned cold outside.

Cold enough for ya? Oh, that's not the new greeting replacing, "Hello, how are you?" I thought it was - it's all I've been hearing the past few days... And, just in case  you haven't guessed my answer yet, it's "It's 'way too cold for me, thanks - and you?"

Honestly, in the summer I always think, "I hate this hot weather! At least in winter, you can put on a sweater if you're cold... " but this is more than put-on-another-sweater cold. Brrrr.

The only good thing about it is that I have plenty of excuses for cuddling up with a good book, a blanket, and a cuppa. Currently still savoring the fourth book (658 pages) in the Imager Portfolio series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. - "Scholar" - sort of a sword-and-sorcery epic fantasy, if you allow the sorcery to be called "imaging" and let the hero carry a half-staff rather than a sword. And I'm reading the series totally out of order, too; I thought the first three books were a finished trilogy, then someone kindly sent me an Advance Reading copy of another book in the series - #6! So I read it; and then found book 5 and read that, and finally located a copy of book 4. But it's actually an interesting way to do a series. I got to see the hero in his full powers, and then find out how he got there.  If I think of "Scholar" as a prequel to the prequel, if sort of makes sense. Doesn't it?

I would have submitted a new post much sooner (honest!), but I picked up a sort-of part-time, probably one-time, job. I can now say that I have actually acted as a proofreader for an author! You know of people who are math whizzes, or those who have a "directional bump" and never get lost - well, I have the (mis)fortune to be a spelling person. For some weird reason, a misspelled word just leaps off the printed page at me - and drives me slightly nuts. A friend of my sister's is writing a mystery, and asked me to act as not only beta reader, but as proofreader. It was such fun! I must say, it's the first time I have ever read a book (red pen in hand), then flipped back to the beginning and read it all again. In ten days. It was a most interesting experience, and I hope when the book is published we can invite the author to the store for a signing. His book was very good, with a nice, twisty plot; and he remembered to tie up each and every loose end. It also shows that one can't go through a traumatic experience like solving a murder without collecting some character changes in the detective. I've always wondered about mysteries where the hero/ine solves the mystery and everything in his/her life just settles right back to normal. There ought to be a change in outlook, at the very least, don't you think?

Have you ever read a book that was so good that it "spoiled" you for the next one? A read so delicious, exciting, thrilling, or moving that it took you several tries to find another book to read next? What was it? Do you ever re-read? Do you have a book or two that you re-read, say, once a year or so? How about "comfort reads" - the one you reach for when you're feeling in need of an old friend? Next post, I'll tell you about a couple of my favorites - the ones I turn to when nothing else appeals. The books that I own in multiple copies, because I keep wearing them out and need to have a spare, just in case.

Keep reading, and visit us on Facebook (Annie's Book Stop of Sharon) or on our own website, nearly ready for business... anniesbooksofsharon.com.






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