Bears, Bones, Battlestar Galactica? What I’m reading this week…

Just kidding…there’s absolutely no Battlestar Galactica in any of the books I’m reading, at least as far as I know. But here’s what I’m reading at the moment.

“Bag of Bones” is a reread – one of my favorite Stephen King’s. I’m a huge King fan, from my very first encounter with him (The Dead Zone) in junior high, and his books are high on my reread list. This particular story of Mike Noonan and his summer at Sara Laughs, his vacation home on Dark Score Lake, is one of my favorites. I read it every couple years, usually alternated with “The Stand” and “It.” And of course anything new that comes along. There aren’t a lot of Stephen King’s that I haven’t read. So far the only one I didn’t like was “Gerald’s Game.” Not a bad track record.

“Beartown” is a new read – borrowed from my brother Joel, along with the second in the series, “Us Against You.” I have read another Frederik Backman – our book club read “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” which I liked but not everyone did. It’s because I’m “literary”, right, Erin? Anyway, Beartown is about hockey in a small town in Sweden, and starts off with a shotgun being fired into someone’s forehead. I don’t think that counts as a spoiler, since it happens on page 1. I’m only a chapter or two into it, as I got distracted by an actual hockey game last night, though reading would have been preferable to watching the Bruins lose. One side note, being a Boston fan, I keep reading Beartown as Beantown. Go B’s!

Finally, “Sisters” by Kellie Coates Gilbert, is a Kindle freebie. It’s book one in a series about sisters living in Sun Valley, Idaho. I’m a sucker for a small town series – my favorite being Robyn Carr’s “Virgin River” – and a lot of the free books on Kindle are book one of a series. I don’t always continue on to the next book, but many times I do. Anyway, this particular book is devoted to middle sister Karyn, who is finding her way after the death of her husband. I generally read the Kindle books in bed, because if I fall asleep it automatically saves my place. Thus, I’m not very far into this one either, because I do keep falling asleep. Not because it isn’t good, but because the only way to shut my brain up long enough to fall asleep is to read until I can’t possibly keep my eyes open. But I’ll share at a later date if this one turns out to be good.

So that’s where I am this week – in the middle of three books. My goal is to read 155 books in 2019. According to Goodreads, I’ve read 28 so far, and am one book behind in order to hit my goal. For the record, I don’t usually count rereads, although I will if I get desperate. Like if it’s December 28 and I’m five books short, I might throw “Bag of Bones” on there. But I’m trying not to.

I don’t have an “As Great Nana would say” for this post, so instead I’ll leave you with this…as Stephen King would say, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Happy reading!

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