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22 January 2018


I gasped aloud when I heard the news about Julius Lester. I'm so sad! One of my plans this year was to read some of his backlist -- I read Day of Tears a while back and thought it was great but didn't follow up by reading more of his work. Aw man, what sad news.

I have definitely had the "not in the mood for anything" reading slump in my time. I hope you're able to get out of it soon! Maybe read some shorter books and see how that grabs you? A nice Tor-dot-com novella perhaps?

So sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Can you believe I don't think I've ever read a Julius Lester? This is entirely typical--I never read many kids' books or picture books when I was a kid, and never really got to know children's literature. I'll start with "Day of Tears"--that should help with the slump. Thank you!

Oh Midsomer Murders! It is a wonder anyone lives there since the chances of being brutally murdered are incredibly high (just like the residents of Cabot Cove until Jessica Fletcher had to branch out and visit some nieces and nephews in other parts of the world.)

Midsomer Murder is also based on a series of books, so it is practically like you are reading anyway.

I notice that most British mystery series seem to be based on books--Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost, Grantchester, Prime Suspect...are there American mystery series based on books? Seems like in this country it goes the other way, with Murder She Wrote becoming books, Castle becoming books, CSI, NCIS, etc....

In Midsomer Murders' defense, at least the murders all take place in different villages in Midsomer--still a very dangerous area in which to live, though! :)

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