May 11, 2012


I confess.  At every opportunity, every chance, I’ve been reading. 

It’s all those Dick Francis books I brought home from the store.  The only four I read in order are the four he wrote about the one handed detective, Sid Halley.  All the rest have been gobbled up at about one every couple of days.  It’s been a readathon here, and I’ve been loving it.

There are those who say his wife wrote these books until she died.  There are a few volumes that came out a years ago and are really terrible, then there are the new ones that have both his and his son’s name on the cover.  These are beginning to be really readable. 

I always appreciate every person who donates a book to the Cancer Society’s Store.  I take them all personally.  Up the coast a ways, one of our stores no longer takes books.  Perhaps everyone up there has a Kindle or Nook.  Our patrons still read.  And though we are supposed to be an upper end thrift store, I confess that sometimes I sneak books out on the floor that aren’t quite perfect.  Those choices usually sell.  High priced books don’t.  Small things like cooking pamphlets don’t sell.  Good mysteries sell. 

Dick Francis always sells.  My eyes are going to appreciate my finishing this series, but I’m going to be so lost when all those volumes are finished. 


  1. I love a good mystery! And Kindles will never replace real books. I say that now....

  2. Only a true book lover can really appreciate the value in books. (Fascinating tidbit on Dick Francis's wife; I did not know that. I've only read one or two of his books but Hubby read many.) Nooks (& Kindles) are great for loading up and taking on vacations--lightweight and only one "book" to pack--otherwise I still prefer a real book in my hands. One not-so-obvious disadvantage is that--unless you bookmark it as you're reading, it's nearly impossible to go back and find an exact quote. That's only a problem if you want to blog about it or refer someone to an actual passage you want to remember verbatim.

  3. Good for you! I always appreciate a reader like you. I used to work in a library (as a circulation assistant) and noticed that the middle aged female readers checked out mostly romances, often a dozen at a time. I guess they gobbled them up at home like you do with your mysteries.

  4. I will read any chance I have, as well. The sign of a great book is when you are so into the story that you don't want it to end, but you are so curious about how it will end that you try to hurry to finish!

  5. That's the problem with finishing something. What to do next. I think you will find something. Tired Janet Evanovich? Dianne


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