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Nov 12, 2020 10:26AM
Hello fellow bibliophiles! I've been off the boards for a while to focus on the pre-retirement push. It was a grueling slog due to too much work and not enough staff. In the past year, three supervisors left for greener pastures and a bunch of newbies were hired. Upper management was either overwhelmed or indifferent to the plight of the plebes so guess who was tapped to train and mentor the next generation. It's a youth culture now and I am no longer youthful. There was no real future for me there so I made plans to wrap up my projects, pass along my institutional knowledge, and ride off into the sunset. I feel good about my efforts but am delighted to be done.
So now I can sleep in, take afternoon naps, walk in the middle of the day, and read to my hearts content. Our local library closed for March & April due to the pandemic but started contactless curbside pick-up in June. One could request up to ten books at a time. In September they added in-person browsing three afternoons a week plus Saturday morning. One can check out up to 99 books at a time. I get six large-print books a week for my mom, who loves to read but whose library is still closed, and browse for myself. I see mom once a week, take her grocery shopping, and replenish her book fix.
I spent yesterday reading the 20-odd pages posted here to catch up since my last log-in. Got some great ideas, thanks all. Belated happy 10th anniversary to this thread. We still miss you, Elizabeth.
Someone asked about the Dean Koontz 'Jane Hawk' series. I read it and loved it. Great thrillers with a strong female protagonist premised on an interesting concept: nanotechnology-based mind control by evil elites. He's one of my favorite authors and this series did not disappoint.
Someone else asked about books that will make you laugh. I agree with the recs for anything by Carl Hiaasen. He is hilarious. In fact I just finished Skin Tight. From the back cover: "Somebody wants Mick Stranahan dead. Mick is sure of this, because he just had to dispatch a pistol-packing intruder with the help of a stuffed marlin head. But who would want to hurt a former Florida state investigator? The answer is plenty of people..."
Also agree with rec for Janet Evanovich's 'Stephanie Plum' series. The Grandma Mazur character is a hoot. The series is numerically ordered - One for the Money, Two for the Dough, etc. From Goodreads: "Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. She's a product of blue-collar Trenton, where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and dinner is served at six. Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. And that's only the beginning of series that will set her on the trail of fugitives. Stephanie will have to sharpen her sleuthing skills, because she's got many a mystery to solve."
If you want dishy Southern wit, try Mary Kay Andrews. With titles like Little Bitty Lies and Hissy Fit, you can see why she's called Queen of the Beach Reads.
My recent reads include Total Power, the newest installment in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series now written by Kyle Mills, 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand, The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, One By One by Ruth Ware, and The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. As you can see, I am an omnivore. :-)
Find your calm. Move forward from this place.
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