Elizabeth: Louise Penny Made Me Read It

Okay, technically the title of this post is not exactly true, since Louise Penny has no idea who I am and we’ve never actually met.  Still, her Inspector Gamache series is definitely responsible for the variety in my recent reading selections.

The series, which I may have mentioned over the past few months that I’ve read a time or two (or more), features an inspector, with (among other things) a fondness for books.  He can periodically be found perusing the shelves at the local bookstore, selecting a slim volume of something, and settling down for a bit of a read.  Not all of the books mentioned actually exist, but some of them do.

Naturally, curiosity prompted me to check a few of them out.

As I mentioned a while back in my Poetry and Prose post, Penny is a big fan of poetry and has incorporated bits and pieces in her stories.  Margaret Atwood, Mike Freeman, and Ralph Hodgson are among the poets she’s mentioned in her author notes.  During a recent visit to the local bookstore, I picked up Atwood’s, Morning in the Burned House, which is a source for some of the poetry for one of Penny’s characters, the drunk demented old poet Ruth.  I spent an enjoyable afternoon reading through it, especially delighted when I found the bits and pieces that Penny had incorporated in her stories. Continue reading

Elizabeth: What Have You Been Reading?

CarpeLibrumToday’s post almost remained unwritten.  I blame Galavant.  The show is streaming on Netflix and, since I’d heard great things about it, I decided to watch an episode after work before settling down to write.

Next thing I knew, I’d gone through six episodes.  If you’re fond of stories where the characters periodically break into song for no reason, I definitely recommend it.  Just be careful.  The episodes may only be about 20 minutes, but they’re addictive.

I told myself I was watching to “study story” but even I didn’t buy that.  I was watching strictly for fun, which isn’t such a bad thing to do.

This week was about more than entertaining television though.  Getting back into writing mode has also meant getting back to reading.  Here then is what I’ve been reading lately: Continue reading