#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. Want to know more? Read the original post where I explain why you should join in with what you read on the weekend. Want to write your own post? *Steal* my button. Have your own #fridayreads take me away post? Link up below! Happy reading.
Hello, dear reader. It’s Friday once again, and happily, on this beautiful day, I do not have to work (but more about that in a minute). I got this week’s #fridayreads recommendation from one of my favorite bloggers, Yvette from in so many words….
Yvette reviewed a book, Shakespeare’s Landlord, and I immediately sought it out on my nook. The book is by Charlaine Harris, pre-Sookie Stackhouse, and there are four more of them. Last night, since I no longer had any grading, I raced through the second half of it.
On one of her late-night walks, melting into the shadows to avoid detection, Lily Bard spots a suspicious figure with her garbage can cart, carrying something she quickly discovers is the body of the landlord who owns the apartment complex next to her house. Not wanting to bring attention to herself and her past, Lily anonymously phones Claude Friedrick, police chief, to tell him what she has found. Quickly, Lily’s ordered existence begins to change in ways that frighten and excite her.
Lily is an enigma in the town of Shakespeare, Arkansas. She doesn’t talk a lot, she practices karate, andÂ she cleans houses. She enjoys her work, “bringing order to chaos,” she likes to say, but she also knows a lot about the town’s residents because of her work. For instance, Lily knows the Winthrop’s teenage son is doing the horizontal tango. She knows, by the state of the apartment, that something is wrong with the Yorks, and she knows that Pardon Albee, the unpleasant landlord, was ripe for the killing. The question is, who killed him?
I really enjoyed this book, from the strong female protagonist, to her no-nonsense “Lisbeth Salander” attitude (Yvette’s comparison really intrigued me) to the interesting, small-town characters living in Shakespeare. I hope you’ll pick it up and come back to tell me what you think.
And what will I be doing this Friday? Well, my Friday reading will have to wait a bit because I’m heading to Houston to meet Cassandra of IndieReader Houston. We have both finished the semester, entering final grades this week, and decided we should meet up so we’d have a friendly face at BEA in TWO WEEKS.
So, I’ll leave my reading choice up to you:
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson
…. or another Lily Bard?
And just what are you reading?
jenn aka the picky girl