What I'm Reading Now

 

Welcome to What I'm Reading Now, which I hope will become a regular feature here on reinland.ca. I've been an inveterate reader since age six, with a couple of pauses along the way for life events, and I'm a librarian (and have been for a while). I enjoy recommending books to people, primarily in the genre that I read most, which is mystery/thriller. This is not to say I don't read other kinds of books—I do, just not as regularly.

Enough introduction-- on to the books.

Someone will be with you shortly: notes from a perfectly imperfect life by Lisa Kogan (HarperCollins, 2010).

Apparently Lisa Kogan writes a column for O: the Oprah magazine. I've never read it.

I may start now.

This was hilarious. I usually don't read sections aloud to my long-suffering husband. In this case, not only could I not keep from reading lines to him, I couldn't stop laughing while I was doing so. I've always thought laughing at your own jokes to be a little gauche, but that didn't stop me. The best part was that he was laughing, too, and continued chuckling at intervals for half an hour afterward. (See chapter 11, “The Hours”, especially for the bit about Mrs. Weinstein, Julia's stuffed platypus. (Okay, I have to quote it: “... though I do spend an ungodly amount of time wondering why my daughter is not on a first-name basis with her stuffed platypus...”))

Anyway, Kogan gently makes fun of herself, rather than the people around her, which is something of a lost art. She can be funny, nostalgic, wry, wise, and she knows her way around a sentence. I found her book very hard to put down; so much so that I was holding up an LED puck light as a booklight in bed, and putting it down to turn the pages, to finish that one last essay.

Read it; I think you'll like it.

 

Love you to death and One fine day you're gonna die,both by Gail Bowen (Raven Publishers, 2010).

I finished both of these in an afternoon.

Okay, well, first of all, I read quickly. Secondly, they're both part of the publishers' new series called Rapid Reads. They're paperback books, 128 pages each. (Truth be told, I finished both of them inside an hour). They are also extremely good.

I've been reading Gail Bowen's mysteries for years now. She's a Canadian writer, and her mysteries feature Joanne Kilbourn, who lives in Regina and seems to have murder follow her around. Bowen's characters are interesting and human, and her plots are brilliantly twisty. That being said, Joanne Kilbourn doesn't show up in either of these books. Instead, they focus on Charlie D, a radio DJ who attracts some very odd listeners. Charlie D was a main character in Bowen's seventh mystery, Burying Ariel. I'd like to say that I thought then that I'd like to see more of Charlie D, but that may not be true; I am, however, quite pleased to see him again.

Each book takes place during the span of a single show, where Charlie D is dragged into trying to prevent a murder—a tall order, considering that he's an ordinary radio DJ, not a psychologist or hostage negotiator. Whether or not he can pull it off, and how, makes for excellent reading.

If you like these, try Bowen's other mysteries. She deserves to be more widely read.

 

Enjoy!

Linda

Moving house

Well it's a little late, but here are some pictures from the Old Colony church move to Gnadenthal. I was lucky enough to capture a few images as the church moved past Heartland Fresh Pak on it's way to a new foundation just off Hwy 201.

I saw the last time I drove past it's new home that construction is progressing at a good pace on the new foyer and I'm sure there will be many happy people celebrating a new church home very soon.

click on a thumbnail for a better view

       
     

 

Plautdietch Spoos

Do you have a desire to act?

Do you know some low-german?

Tryouts are tonight for the next low-german play in the Community Centre at Reinland. Come out and see if there is a part for you to play in the next amazing production. I don't have any details about what the play is or when rehersals will be, but you can find out more tonight at the community centre.

Reinland Community Breakfast

Well, fall is almost over, and it's time to get together and eat good food with good people. In just a week and a half, there is another famous Reinland breakfast. You know the menu from last time, the very best in breakfast fare will be served including omelets, eggs, ham, toast and of course lots of steaming hot coffee. I will be there bright and early to help with the biscuits and to drink my share of coffee. Poke your head in the kitchen and say hi to all the great people who make this possible.

eggs We will make sure that there is enough food for everyone. The proceeds go to support the Community Centre at Reinland. Remember the date and get there early for the freshest biscuits.

  • What: Reinland Community Breakfast
  • Where: Community Centre at Reinland
  • When: November 20th 7:30am - 10:30am

I'll make sure I save you a bit of coffee.

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