I just realized that the review I posted last night was a mile-stone. Three thousand posts in five and a half years. Wow. That's a lot of words. Who knew I had that much to say about books? (primarily) Okay, so looking back at my very first post (below) maybe I didn't have too much to say...and definitely not an in-depth review, but we certainly did find out my favorite reading material early.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
A Tentative Start
Starting out in the big wide world of blogging, I plan to make this primarily a reading journal. We'll see how that goes. At the moment, I'm reading a set of four books written by Phoebe Atwood Taylor under the name of Alice Tilton. Better known for her "Codfish Sherlock," Asey Mayo, these books feature Leonidas Witherall, a former instructor at Meredith Academy. Among other things, Witherall is known for his resemblance to Shakespeare and spends most of his time being referred to as "Bill."
I have to admit a certain weakness for academic mysteries--whether academic in location/setting, by detective, or by primary victim. And I tend to collect the most unlikely-looking specimens based only on the mention of a professor or university or school or academic what-have-you in the blurb on the back. This always ensures a surprise--although the amount of pleasure involved seems to vary.
I have finished the first book (pictured here) and have started the second. So far, these are very fun books, definitely fitting into the madcap mystery genre. Ms. Taylor reveals in letters quoted in notes at the back of the first book, that she felt that it would be highly suitable for the silver screen. I can certainly imagine the first book having been filmed in the tradition of the Thin Man series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. It remains to be seen whether the charm will fade if the formula is repeated in every book (central character going from one impossible situation to the next and getting out of all of them through the most incredible combination of coincidence and good luck). But for the moment I'm enjoying the ride.
I have had such a good time with this blog. And I'm glad to say that I've pretty much kept it a reading journal. We're here to talk books and book-related ideas. Thank you to all my friends and followers out here in the blogging world. Thank you to those who joined in way back in 2010 and who have stuck with me. Thank you to all who have discovered My Reader's Block since. You have made the journey more fun than it ever could have been alone.