Book Obsession

Staying Home and Reading

A home without books is a body without soul. -Cicero

The request from humanity is to stay home and quarantine ourselves as much as possible.  The Coronavirus still threatens the population of earth.  It’s a good thing I’m good at staying home.  Homeschooling for 15 years and chronic illness taught me much about finding comfort in home routines.

One of my favorite ways to pass time is to read. During the Christmas of 2018, I found many books of short classic mysteries. One short story was so thrilling I vowed to read more of that author’s writings. This year, I’ve been slowly doing so. Ethel Lina White was a writer from Wales who was popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Lady Vanishes is my current read. It’s about a woman whom the protagonist Iris Carr meets on the train. Iris falls asleep and wakes up to her new friend missing. It’s hard to disappear on a train, but no one admits to remembering seeing that woman at all. I can’t wait to see what happens.

The Spiral Staircase was a thrilling classic. The perfect setting consists of a lonely old Victorian mansion and a killer on the loose. Prepare for a non-stop reading experience. I could not put this one down.

Another recent book I read holds much irony for the current affairs. Fever.

Fever was a compelling read indeed. I was absorbed start to finish. I was only familiar with the name Typhoid Mary. This book brought her story alive and answered any questions I had. Sadly, she didn’t live a life I would want to emulate. Still, there is much to learn from her story. The author did a great job of turning fact into a fictionalized story. The lover was created from fiction and I suspect it was a way of bringing to life other complications of medical care during that timeframe. Another page turner for me.

I have many books to enjoy still. It’s hard not to keep starting new ones because I get so excited at the options.

What have you been reading?

Shiloah Baker

My greatest dreams are to have a housekeeper; unlimited reading time; to travel wherever and whenever I want; to live in England, Italy and Hawaii; to go to Oxford University in the UK; to have all 11 children go on missions and to college; and to die peacefully in my sleep as an old, healthy woman. ♥



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