Evil twin

I am behind on my goodreads goal so I am seeking out shorter books. I’m hoping this will balance out my choices to read David Copperfield and all five existing Game of Thrones books back in the beginning of the year. (But, shhh, also word puzzles…)

i’m feeling a bit OCD about this and thinking I should just kick this bit of OCD over to the corner of the room but I can’t quiiiiite make myself do that. Also books (novels) that are toooo short kinda bother me.

I read Stone Maidens today. It’s 300 pages or so on my iPhone Kindle app. I dunno what that really means. I heard about this book listening to NPR on a return trip from Meijer or wherever a while ago. It’s a detective/thriller/murder mystery kind of book which isn’t one of my usual genres but I liked the author’s personal story. He wrote the book and it didn’t get published until… Quite a few years later his daughter posted about it on TikTok and it went viral and then it became a best seller.

I finally got around to giving it a try. It was a page turner. Was it great literature? Probably not although he isn’t a bad writer. Probably much better than yer fav-o-rite blahgger would be if she ever attempted a novel, which she most definitely won’t.

The protagonist is a forensic anthropologist. A young relative of mine is a forensic anthropologist. As I was reading this I was thinking about what she might think of it. Eye rolls? Nose holding? Cackles of laughter maybe? Like, the FBI would never do that! Nevertheless, there is a sequel and I might read it.

We spent the late afternoon in the back yard. The little church over on Maple was hosting an event of some sort. I guess to entice people to join. I enjoyed the music but have no interest in joining any church. I try to live by the golden rule. I don’t think you need to kowtow to a deity to treat others like you want them to treat you. That’s just basic kindness.

This used to be a Black church but recently on next door neighbor, I saw a post from (probably) an in-law of a family around the corner. I won’t go in to detail but *their* next-door neighbor once referred (kindly) to the dad as a truck-stop preacher. So I dunno if that family has taken over the Black church or if they are sharing the building but I did enjoy the music. It was much more pleasant than the constant dog barking and persistent car alarm I heard when walking through the schoolyard at 0-skunk-30 this morning.

After our loverly faaar, we ate leftovers in front of episode 4 of Lessons in Chemistry, which the GG seems to actually like against all odds 🐽

2 Responses to “Evil twin”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I need to watch LIC since I did love the book. I’ve enjoyed mysteries I’ve read that revolve around forensics or forensic anthropology. Or archeology.

  2. Pam J. Says:

    So funny. Yesterday I said to hubby, “looks like I’ll have to hit the shelves for some slim novels because I’m 8 or 9 books behind on my goodreads 2023 challenge.” To catch up, I’m listening to collections of essays in the car (side benefit: keeps me from listening to news or right-wing radio — a guilty pleasure). When you live essentially in DC, and have a daughter who works at Rockefeller Center, you live with the constant fear that terrorists will be in your neighborhood one day. With the middle east like it is, that fear is with me a lot.
    I also heard about the daughter who got her dad’s book published by promoting it on TikTok. I’ll get the book today and try it out. Love that story. Thanks for reminding me! One more book comment — I recently discovered the novels of Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine). 20 years ago a friend recommended her and, finally, decades later I got around to checking her out. So satisfying! Not literature but not junk either. Not really mysteries but sorta kinda. Good characters, although so many I need to make a chart of them for each book. And one more: for years I’ve been working my way through Patricia Highsmith novels and each one is fascinating and compelling. She was one strange lady — so odd that there are at least 3 biographies about her. So there’s my book report for early Sunday morning.