Weekend Update

Since my last update:

I finished reading Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen. This was a fun first in a cozy mystery series that I really enjoyed. I’ll definitely be continuing with it. It’s lighthearted and the setting in 1930’s London is great,

So that means I’m finally back to reading Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I’d put that aside while I was focusing on books I wanted to read and post about for last week’s Cozy Mystery Week. I think after I finish Murder at the Vicarage I’ll start Michael Koryta’s The Ridge. It fits the last category I need for the What’s in a Name 5 Challenge and is a book that’s been languishing on my TBR list for too long anyway.

On audio I finished listening to Leader of the Pack by David Rosenfelt. It’s the latest in his Andy Carpenter series. I have to say that after finishing it I wondered if it might be the last in this series, but I see that he has another one coming out next year. I’ll be sticking with the audio format for this series because I really enjoy Grover Gardner’s narration of these characters.

My new audiobook is Death Without Company by Craig Johnson. As with the first book in the Walt Longmire series, it’s narrated by George Guidall. Walt Longmire is a great character and I also enjoy the recurring secondary characters in this series. I highly recommend the audio format if you’re considering reading this series.

I also read a graphic novel this week. I finally read the first in the Fables series by Bill Willingham. Fables: Legends in Exile is about all your favorite fairy tale characters but they’ve been exiled from their homeland and are living a rather underground existence in contemporary New York City. I can already tell that I’m going to love this series. I’m going to try to get The Hubster to read these.

This week I’m going to start the 6th in the Unwritten series for my next graphic novel.

Other than books and reading:
Holiday madness is beginning to ramp up in Portland. On the days I work downtown the feeling of festive yet frantic is definitely in the air.

We took yesterday to have a fun day downtown. We got our Christmas picture taken with The University of Oregon Duck at the university bookstore downtown. Yes it’s kind of goofy but fun.

We also spent some time at Pioneer Courthouse Square listening to Tuba Christmas. I’ve heard about this event for years but always after it was over. This year I went searching for the date so we could go. Such fun. Unfortunately the musicians were mostly under a tent so photos didn’t turn out that great but the music was wonderful. I never expected that Carol of the Bells played by tubas and euphoniums would be so beautiful.

Tuba Christmas at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square
Tuba Christmas at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square

Check out the Tuba Christmas Website to see if there’s one planned anywhere near you. It’s really lots of fun.

Browsing my other phone photos from this week . . .

Abby knows that the back of our recliners is the only place she’s really allowed to sleep on furniture and she takes full advantage of it.

sprawled on the chair
It’s a recliner right? I’m reclining.

I took this photo of the skylight at the mall downtown the other day and for some reason it makes me think of the Wonkavator from Willy Wonka. Mostly I just like this picture a lot.

Pioneer Place Skylight
Pioneer Place Skylight

Hope you’re having a great weekend!