Photo taken in the Esther D. Nixon Library - Mystery Section
In an earlier post, I wrote about unearthing an old pocket calendar/journal in which I had noted the books I read in 1999. It was fun to look at my notes and to try to remember not only something about the story line, but why I chose to read some of them.
Many of the hundreds of books I read during the slightly over three year period of August, 1996 to October, 1999, were brought to my attention through a volunteer job I had with AOL. I was one of many 'hosts' for a book-readers' chat room named Bookaccino. I usually hosted the chat room two or three evenings a week, for two hours per shift. Although it was sometimes work, it was interesting and a great lot of fun, and I had the opportunity to meet, if only online, not only readers of all genres but, frequently, well-known authors, as well. Hosting the chat room was an unusual experience that broadened my reading interests, and one I will not soon forget.
I resigned from my hosting duties within a few weeks after I developed a passionate interest in rubber stamping. When I left Bookaccino, I also left my long-established habit of reading several books a week. I found that it's impossible to hold a book when you've got your hands full of papers and stamps. I suppose I could have turned to audio-books, but listening to someone else read is a slow and discomforting process for me since I can read faster than any one can speak, at least intelligibly,
From my calendar/journal: Books I read in February, 1999.
Mortal Fear - Greg Iles
The Body in the Belfry - Katherine Hall Page
Medusa's Child - John J. Nance
The Body in the Bouillon - Katherine Hall Page
Rites of War - Cyn Mobley
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth - Tamar Myers
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime - Tamar Myers
It seems to have been a month for 'cozy' mysteries, as over half of the books listed fall into that category. It must have been a cold February, just like this month.
Right now, my plan is to create one post each month (for the remainder of this year) in which I list the books I read for the corresponding month in 1999. Forewarned is forearmed!
Tomorrow is also a day.