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The Big Read

I am a prolific reader. When I find a book I like, if it is in a series, I will read the entire series. For example, I once read a Spenser book written by Robert B. Parker. I have since read every single one of the Spenser series, in the correct order. I have also read all of the Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone books, also by Robert B. Parker. (Let me be honest, the Jesse Stone series is also a fav due to Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone in the movies.)
A few years ago I came across Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It is a historical novel taking place in the 12th century about the building of a cathedral. It was fascinating, so I also read the sequel, World Without End. Superb reading; I could not put them down.

Now I am ready to begin Follett’s Century trilogy.
The third book comes out tomorrow so it’s time to start the big read. I hate having a series interrupted, so I have been patiently waiting for number 3 to be released.

– Book 1 is Fall of Giants. 832 pages.
– Book 2 is Winter of the World. 865 pages.
– Book 3 is Edge of Eternity. 1102 pages.

How long will it take to read all three? Place your bets.

Let the big read commence!


S is for the Spenser Series

I am participating in the A-to-Z Challenge again this year. My theme is My Favorite Books. Most of the books I will be posting about, I have read more than once. After all, they are my favorites.

S is for the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker.

There are 40 books in the Spenser series by the late great Robert B. Parker. The first one, The Godwulf Manuscript, was published in 1973. The last one by RBP, Sixkill, was published in 2011, after the author’s death in 2010. Three other Spenser books by other authors have also been published since RBP’s death.

Spenser is a private investigator in Boston. The series details a specific case for each book, but also provides insight into Spenser’s personal life. As the books continue, you feel as if you are a friend of Spenser and involved in his life.

I started reading these books a few years ago when a friend was going through chemo for breast cancer. We read all of the books in order. This provided not only great reading, but common ground for discussion for anything besides cancer.

I cried when I heard of RBP’s death. How I miss his incredible books. He also wrote the Jesse Stone series. These have been made into TV movies starring Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone.

I so so so recommend the Spenser series if you are into the detective genre.

Magnum Kismet

I normally don’t watch a lot of television. But it is the Winter Olympics, so my TV viewing time is greatly extended right now.

All week I have been glued to the boob tube and cheering on the Olympians. During some segments that I was not interested in, I would do a bit of channel surfing. Magnum P. I. filled the screen and brought back so many memories. Tom Selleck was the 1980’s heart throb. (heavy breathing, quicking heart beat…)
This morning, I had just finished watching ice dancing, and skipped to another channel. OMG – it was Tom Selleck again. There is a Jesse Stone marathon on. Jesse Stone–as played by Tom Selleck–of Robert B. Parker’s book series. I am in heaven.

In 2005, I saw the first Jesse Stone made-for-TV movie, Stone Cold. Not only was I excited to see Tom (yes, we’re on a first name basis, at least in my dreams) again, but I enjoyed the story line. Having discovered that RBP was the author, I immediately read the book. And then another book of that series, and another, etc.

I also enjoy the music in the Jesse Stone movies. The original music is by Jeff Beal. Listen to the following, especially starting at about 1:20 in. The music is kind of haunting, but relaxing at the same time. (By the way, Jeff Beal is also the composer for the House of Cards series.)

So having accidentally come across Tom in Magnum P.I. reruns, and again in the Jesse Stone marathon, I know there is Magnum kismet going on here. My dreams are gonna be sweet tonight!

R is for Reading

This post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge.

Every night I read before going to bed. And on weekends, I often just sit around and also read, especially if there is a good book at hand.

Murder mysteries and biographies are my favorite genres. I used to read nothing but murder and true crime books. After jumping at any little sound, I decided I was getting too involved in true crime. Now I temper my fanaticism with little doses of comedy and non-crime books, especially biographies.

Robert B Parker is the author of the Spencer series, the Jesse Stone series, and the less known Sunny Randall series.


A few years ago, I and a friend went on a Spenser readfest where we read every Spenser book- 38 of them – in order! And then went into the Jesse Stone series.


Be still my heart – Tom Selleck plays Jesse in the made-for-TV movies. And the latest one will premier on May 20th!

As for biographies, David McCullough is a favorite for his Truman and John Adams biographies. I also quite enjoyed Mornings on Horseback (about Theodore Roosevelt’s early years).

Recently I read Broken by Lauren Hilldebrand. An incredible book; read it if you can. Currently I am reading The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson. True story of a boy with autism and his family’s quest to connect with him.

For lighter laugh-a-minute reading, I highly recommend Janet Evanovich, Diane Mott Davidson, or David Sedaris.

Peter Hessler has written several books about his experiences in China; they are priceless.

I could go on and on, but will stop so you can provide your recommendations.