104-105: detour to Three Pines

Started Louise Penny’s Three Pines series and loving it. Read Still Life and A Fatal Grace in one gulp, kindle on dark mode until four AM. Love reading like that– makes me feel like I’m 12 with a flashlight under the covers.

Penny shows such a deftness of community and emotion. Not without edges, I’m not sure I really trust everyone who is important to her main characters, but also it isn’t looking for the flaws in people. Pleasantly surprised. I have a fairly low opinion of cozy mysteries (I read them, but I don’t expect them to be great); these are philosophical in a way that is more commonly found in literature that takes itself more seriously.

Going to try to refocus on the bag of books for the remainder of vacation, and spread these out over the fall. We’ll see how successful I am.

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