I am an avid audiobook listener, especially since I have a long work commute. My favorite books are mysteries with murder and mayhem. I’ve been keeping track of my reads in a spreadsheet religiously now for almost 6 years. As I think of a title that I read in the past, I’ll place it in there too. I have read way too many books in my 20’s-40’s so that there is no way that I can remember them all. Before I started my spreadsheet, I’d go to the library and check out an audiobook CD only to get on the road and realize I had already read it (or listened to it). That’s why I started the spreadsheet, and yes, I can get to it from my Blackberry. With all this preamble, what I’m getting to is that I started the Sue Grafton series (A is for …, B is for...etc) with the idea that they would be mindless mysteries with not much to them. Why I had that thought, I have no idea. I was judging a book before I knew anything about it, maybe it was the simplistic titles. I really don’t know why I pre-judged them. Anyway, I can say that I found them delightful, just delightful. They were very well written. Plenty of suspense. She has great characters and develops her characters to the point where you almost know them. I found myself getting tickled many times because the main character (a female PI) is funny. She’s curious, forthright, doesn’t deal well with authority and has the nerve to say things that sometimes I wish I could say. I would truly recommend them. I just finished V is for Vengeance and believe I am now caught up with the author. Although each story has its own tale and doesn’t really require you to read them in order, I strongly recommend it.
I am now drinking the kool-aid and started The Hunger Games last night on the way home. It's a little slow to start for me but my friends tell me to hang in there and that it gets better. So tonight was a little better, although I'm almost 1/3 of the way through book 1 and not too much exciting happening yet. Time will tell I suppose.
Avery was born on Monday as scheduled and the pictures forwarded to me reflect a beautiful baby girl. Mom and baby are both healthy, and grandma is ecstatic.