Reading Nirvana

I read mysteries, and I won the library lottery last week when I was notified that books by four great authors were ready for pickup within a few days of each other. πŸ“š

What sequence did I read them?

Jesse Stone, Police Chief in Paradise, Massachusetts, and his cast of characters were up first. Jesse Stone was created by Robert B. Parker and picked up by Reed Farrel Coleman upon his death. Thank you Mr. Coleman for keeping Jesse going because this was a great read.

Michael Connelly had Detectives Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard fighting crime and cold cases on the west coast. Anyone who is a Harry Bosch fan knows he can get into hot water investigating a cold case, and this was no exception. It was another really good one.

Lee Child’s, Jack Reacher, former military police, walks and hitchhikes across the country with his toothbrush in his pocket. This book found Jack roaming around New Hampshire trying to solve a family mystery while another very gritty mystery was evolving and closing in on him. Reading Jack Reacher is always an adventure that you can barely put down.

I’m closing out this amazing reading opportunity with John Sanford’s, Virgil Flowers. I kept one of the best for last. Virgil is a good old boy, who forgets his gun half the time, pulls a fishing boat to a crime scenes, and includes some great lines that make you laugh out loud. If you like John Sanford and Virgil, this is a really good read.

If mysteries aren’t your thing, and you’d like to support some fellow bloggers, here are a few books for you to consider.

Laurie Graves from Hinterlands is writing The Great Library Series.

She currently has two issues available, “Maya and the Book of Everything” and “Library Lost.” They are geared toward pre teens and early teens.

Love your library and librarians? Enjoy a little fantasy and a challenge between time and chaos? These might be perfect.

If you have a child, grandchild, or niece or nephew who you’d like to encourage to enjoy nature, this could be a great choice – “Encourage A Child To Watch Birds” by Denzil Walton, Discovering Belgium.

The book is intended for 7-12 year olds that may be spending more time scrolling screens than outside in nature. It contains ten well written chapters that also include suggestions for enriching conversations between you and your budding bird watcher.

Denzil’s website and blog, Encourage a Child, are focused on “motivating a child’s interest in nature.”

Cynthia Reyes has two books for adults, “an Honest House” and “a Good Home.” They tell the story of her life including “the pain, the joy, and the totally unexpected.”

She also has a marvelous book for young children, “Myrtle the Purple Turtle.” Who could resist a purple turtle named Myrtle who wants to encourage children to embrace and learn from differences?

I can’t imagine my life without my local library and their wealth of books because I derive pure pleasure from reading. Are you a reader? What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

β€œBooks are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

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50 Responses to Reading Nirvana

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Reading is a magical experience. I tend to read history, how-to and behind the scenes stuff, but settling in with a book of any sort is always a good way to spend some time.

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  2. You and I like the same kind of books! I love the Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher and Virgil Flowers! I’ve never read anything by Robert B. Parker so I am adding him to my list. Perfect timing on this post. I need something new to read and you have given me some great suggestions! Thanks.

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  3. Many, many thanks for featuring my book, “Library Lost,” and my Great Library Series. Without libraries, where would we be?

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  4. Almost Iowa says:

    John Sanford’s, Virgil Flowers works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a place where I spent eighteen years before retiring four years ago. Unlike Virgil, I wasn’t a cop, just a lowly IT guy.

    Side note: John Sanford (John Camp) won a Pulitzer prize for his coverage of the 1980’s Farm Crisis. Yeah, the guy is that good of a writer.

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    • Do read his books or it is just a little too much after working there? Lowly IT guy?? IT runs the world. πŸ™‚ I’ve read every book he has written and wait with anticipation for the next one. I like Lucas Davenport too, but Virgil just makes me laugh out loud which I always appreciate. Thank you for that info, I’ll look that coverage up – pretty impressive. πŸ™‚

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      • Almost Iowa says:

        I am a huge fan of the Virgil Flowers series. Lucan Davenport, not as much. Lucas is a millionaire who is married to a surgeon – not the typical cop. I didn’t know anyone like that at either the MPD or BCA. Virgil though, he is everywhere at both agencies. John Sanford (Camp) has small town Minnesota down cold. I especially enjoy that after having moved out of the metro to a very small town.

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      • I agree. I’d rather read about Virgil’s collection of obnoxious t-shirts than Lucas’ thousand dollar suits. I love Virgil. πŸ™‚


  5. Sue Harvey says:

    In the middle of John Grisham’s latest The Reckoning. Slow start building character and 1940’s post war Mississippi but now I can’t wait to get back to it. Bye!

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  6. OMG! You have two of my all-time favorite writers there! Robert B. Parker, and Lee Child. I am a huge fan of series books. Martha Grimes’ Detective Inspector Jury, and Tony Hillerman’s Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee are other longtime favorite series’ that I’ve read over and over again.

    I started reading Parker’s Spencer novels when I was a late teen and have read them all now several times over. I didn’t get hooked on the Jesse series though. I think I’m looking for Spencer and this series didn’t fill that hole for me. Jack Reacher mostly does.

    Do you read Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series? Another series I really like. I’m a mystery, and murder mystery fan. It all started with Agatha Christie when I was a teenager. πŸ˜ƒ

    I’ll have to check out the other two writers and books you have there.

    I also like Sci-fi and have been reading the latest book in a series by Joshua Dazele.

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    • Thanks you for the suggestions. I’ll put them on my list and check them out. You can never have too many potential books to read. I’ve read every Spenser book. I think Spenser is why I like Virgil Flowers – there is a lot of wit, sarcasm, and good old boy comments woven into the script. πŸ™‚


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    A good time of year to settle down with a good book (or two or more)!

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  8. Joyce says:

    I’m sure you enjoyed the one with the character roaming about New Hampshire! My mother was a great reader of mysteries, but I prefer historical fiction. Haven’t read much lately because I prefer to spend my quiet time quilting. However, right you are about the library! What a treasure trove of adventure for every interest and age. “Put down those screens and go!” is what I’d love to shout to my grandkids – and their parents as well!

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    • I use to regularly ask my grandkids what books they were reading, and they’d tell me all about it. I stopped asking. πŸ™‚ I’m pretty sure I won’t live to see it, but I bet down the road someone will produce an official sounding report telling us we should read more and stare at a screen less. Who knew? πŸ™‚


  9. You must be a fast reader Judy, to get through all these books. Mr ET likes Jack Reacher. I’ve read and reviewed Denzil’s great book on Amazon Australia. It’s an excellent resource for adults and children.

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    I LOVE reading. My taste is all over the place – mostly fiction with a little non-fiction occasionally mixed in.
    Unfortunately, reading is a major problem right now as I have eye problems again. The effort to read even simple text is taking the joy out of the experience πŸ˜•
    In the meantime, I celebrate your book bonanza with you!

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    • I do hope your eye problems are fixable and the solution is quick. But, thank heavens for audio books. πŸ™‚ I could write a book on eye problems, but I’d put everyone to sleep except those who experience the same thing. πŸ™‚


      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I was told it’s an easy fix but I’m still waiting for a date. This will be my 3rd surgery on this eye. I’m hoping 3 times is the charm. It sounds like you and I both have stories to tell about eye challenges πŸ˜•

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  11. As President of Friends of the Knox County Library (Knoxville, TN), thanks for this interesting post. We have many patrons who love mysteries, and your reviews and mentions are exactly what readers love. Thanks for sharing what you’re reading. And best wishes for a great Christmas and new year.

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    • Holiday greetings to you and yours. πŸŽ„Now, I’ve been impressed with all your travels and your Pawley Island vacations, but ‘President of the Friends of the Knox County Library’? Now, that’s impressive. I do love a good book, and I love my library and all the services it provides. πŸ™‚

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      • There are days when I question my own sanity, and my blogging times have definitely been reduced. But working with people who love to read and see the value of books in our community is a nice retirement gig! Best wishes for getting some quality reading done in the winter months to come.

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  12. We read the same books. I thought that was a really good Connelly too.

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  13. Murphy's Law says:

    We’re on the same wavelength! My recent favorite is Holy Ghost. LOVE Virgil. Really liked Dark Sacred Night. Harry Bosch is a trip and a half. I was very disappointed in Past Tense though. First Jack Reacher novel I couldn’t get into.

    Not familiar with Robert B Parker, but I’ll be checking out some of his books on next trip to library. Always on the lookout for a new author so thanks for the tip.

    Can’t imagine life without books to read, a local library to browse through and, of course, chocolate!! Lol.
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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    • The Jack Reacher book seemed to have two plots, and one of them was very dark. I set it down several times, grabbed a piece of chocolate and then went back. πŸ™‚ Robert Parker wrote over 50 books so I know you’ll find some you like especially the Spenser ones. Reed Farrell Coleman has written several continuing Parker’s characters. Glad to contribute to your potential reading material. πŸ™‚


  14. Rose says:

    I used to listen to every John Sandford book I could find at the library…always been going to actually rea some. Have you read any by C.J. Box, or Tami Hoag…some of hers are really good, and some are just not up to her others standards. I think the first I read was A Think Dark Line.

    But I read a wide range of stuff…I have certain books that have read several times and will read yet again. I just finished The Corfu Trilogy and loved it. I wanted to see if the Durrells of Corfu on PBS even resembled the books and it does. But the books were better.

    I will hush…I could talk about books all day long…

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    • I have read some by C. J. Box and Tami Hoag, and you are right, some are great and some not quite as good. I keep a list because I can’t remember all the books I’ve read. It helps when I’m ‘shopping’ on the library website so I don’t pick up books I’ve already read. But, that is a bonus when utilizing the services of your local library, you can always return them – no harm, no foul. πŸ™‚ And, I could talk about books all day as well. πŸ™‚


  15. germac4 says:

    Paul is the reader of crime & thrillers in our house & I love biographies & memoirs. When I was working I loved getting home & taking the dog for a walk while I listened to an audiobook. I felt as if I was leaving the hectic world of teaching & replacing it with interesting of my own.
    Absolutely love libraries & bookshops.

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  16. Oddment says:

    I am ever embarrassed when people talk about books. I haven’t read nearly as much as others have, and what I’ve read I’ve forgotten, so I can’t add much to the conversation. I lean to nonfiction, even though I spent many an hour of my youth trapped in a Nancy Drew mystery. This is the time of year when I turn to “Pickwick Papers” because of the Christmas party at Dingley Dell. It always, always makes me forget the madding crowds and looming deadlines. I totally agree with your feelings about libraries, and, yes, I can see someone sometime in the future coming up with the brilliant insight that a real-for-sure book might be preferable to a screen. For anyone who wants a great book that makes that point, I recommend “It’s a Book” by Lane Smith. It looks as though it’s for very young children, but I think it’s for everybody. It’s hilarious.

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  17. KerryCan says:

    Our tastes overlap quite a bit, but not entirely. I totally love mysteries and I think the Robert Parker books are a hoot. I love Spenser and Hawk the best. Jack Reacher has TOOOOOO much testosterone for my taste (Spenser has lots, too, but has the lovely Susan to temper him). I’d forgotten all about the Harry Bosch books and should go back and revisit them. I love Dick Francis and re-read those books regularly and I love Louise Penny and Deborah Crombie and Margaret Maron. Whew!

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  18. I give you credit for borrowing FOUR books! I’m a slow reader because I always have too many other distractions going on simultaneously. So when I do borrow from the library, I have to make sure it’s a book that’s been out for a while and can be renewed a couple of times. Otherwise, I’ll somehow buy what interests me inexpensively if I can. My tastes tend to run more towards non-fiction, but I always make sure to toss in a fiction one for some variety. I’m currently re-reading Bonfires of the Vanities in honor of Tom Wolfe, who passed away earlier this year. – Marty

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    • I am lucky because I live about 3 miles from the library, and I have a lot of practice renewing on line. πŸ™‚ I had requested these books several months ago and by sheer luck they all came in the same week. I am a fast reader so that helped. I’ve never read Bonfires of the Vanities so maybe I need to put that on my future reading list. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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      • I probably should have chosen something else (“A Man in Full” perhaps), but I thought the greed of the 1980’s might have some resonance to our current times. It’s a story in which literally no character has any redeeming qualities. I’m not sure I made the best choice! πŸ™‚

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  19. Libraries are so important and we must all encourage children to use them.

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  20. joey says:

    I LOVE to read, but have missed my regular Sundays with a book for three weeks now. Bits and pieces here and there are not my favorite. Sigh. These next few days, I anticipate reading quite a bit. I read a lil of everything I spose, though not much in the way of romance or horror. I rarely read mysteries for the same reason I rarely read series — I can’t put it down and it affects me poorly, ie, I have little self-control and become engrossed and irritable.
    I’m glad you’ve got a great lineup! Enjoy!

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