Reading ambitions

Hi everyone, CstM here.
I hope you’re all doing well and haven’t melted away in the heat. We had almost two weeks of really great weather. Of course summer arrived before and after Leggy’s mother had gone back home. That’s how life works I guess. We did have a really lovely time with the Welsh mothership. It was sad to see her go home, but it was also nice to have the house for ourselves again.

Now I almost had to come back here and admit that I once again didn’t actually read the book of the month. I spent way too much time munching ice cream, playing Zelda breath of the wild and dazing in the sun. It was far too hot for cross stitching, so there hasn’t been any progress on that front. But after procrastinating, I finally read the book on the last day of the month. Now I had read it before, years ago, but I’d forgotten how great a book it is.
The characters are well written and I was finding myself getting invested in their development. The characters have their flaws and Carl Mørck, the main character, is battling with PTSD following a job that crippled one of his coworkers and killed another, plus going through a divorce. But it is all really well written. He feels like a real person and you can’t help but root for the cranky sod.
Although hands down my favourite character is his side-kick Assad. Where you know the back story for Carl Mørck, not much has been revealed yet about Assad. He has a wife and daughters, has strange not so legal contacts, can drive a tank and much else isn’t known about him. For me it makes it me much more invested in reading the other books in the series, because I want to know more.
Now this is the first book in so far an 8 book series, so I was thinking of being ambitious in my reading plans and keeping reading one of the Department Q books parallel with the Gloom Dog Book Club book. So there’ll technically be two books a month for the next 7 months. Hopefully you’ll keep following me deeper into the Department Q universe.

Now that brings us to the new book of the month. This month we’ll circle back to political satire/comedy and read “Look who’s back” by Timur Vermes.
I haven’t read this one before and I must admit I don’t know too much about it. It’s about Hitler coming back to life in the present time and how he reacts to life in modern society. It claims to be funny, so we’ll have to see if it can keep that promise.
We’ll also be reading book two in the Department Q series, so Disgrace (UK title) or The Absent One (US title) by Jussi Adler-Olsen. The Danish title is Fasandræberne (The pheasant killers). Side note, am I the only idiot who keeps getting pheasant and peasant mixed up? I’m still surprised NSA or MI5 didn’t show up asking questions, after I accidentally Googled “Can you keep peasants as pets”. Not my greatest moment.

I almost forgot, it is a bit of a special month. Gloom Dog is turning 13 on the 12th, so she’s looking forward to her celebrations. We’re still figuring out what to get her. She got a new bed for Christmas, so we may get her something nice to eat. A cheap cut of steak or some chicken maybe. If the weather holds up she may insist on us taking her to one of the castle parks nearby.

I hope you’ll join me on the reading adventure this month and have an amazing day.

16 thoughts on “Reading ambitions

  1. CstM,
    Well worth continuing with Department Q. Each book adds a little more to Assad’s background.
    Over the last 18 months or so, I’ve found that Scandi/Icelandic writers are a gold mine of good writing (for crime/mystery/thriller). The 2nd-hand book sellers have made a good profit from me as I began working chronologically through various series with boks that were too long out of print for availability in my local public library.

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  2. Hello again CstM, nice to see you back. And the garden is looking really good too. I am pleased for you both and that The Mothership visit went well.

    I’m trying to think of other books that you and your emerging book club might like to read. I have in mind first, interestingly funny books by P G Wodehouse. He didn’t just write “Jeeves and Wooster” short comedies, although these are acutely funny and the phraseology can cause coronary heart attacks sometimes in vulnerable readers (you should add a helth warning).

    There are other books too, like “Summer Moonshine” – I will have to dig it out of the Lower Library Annexe and re-read it so as to tell you all what it is about, but it is, from memory, funny, also sad and tragic in parts so it is cathartic, and has a good and happy ending. I was fourteen when I last read it so it is a long time ago. But i think people would like it.

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      • I will put him on the list. He’s not really an author I know much about, so could be fun to learn more.
        The garden is looking quite well, even after the frost in late spring. Did you see the apple trees? They’re growing apples as if they were being paid to. I’ll have to dust off the apple recipes.
        I didn’t notice the typo until the second read through, so you could have gotten away with it.

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