#fridayreads take me away

13th May 2011

#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, and  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

  • I’m reading The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky. It’s so funny!

    I would recommend another Charlaine Harris book. I’m still trying to decide if I’ll make it to Murder by the Book tonight for her signing or not. We’ll see how the afternoon goes…

    Looking forward to lunch!

  • I think you should read another Charlene Harris book since you liked the first one. But Pigeon English also sounds interesting. Let me know how that one is, if you read it. πŸ™‚

    • pickygirl

      I will definitely let you know about Pigeon English, once I get to it. And more Lily Bard, it is!

  • Go will more Lily! I love that series. I also love the Harper series and Aurora series from Harris as well :o)

    • pickygirl

      Ohh, there are more? I’ll be looking them up.

  • Hi pickygirl, thanks for the plug! πŸ™‚

    I’m so glad you enjoyed SHAKESPEARE’S LANDLORD. There are four more books in the series and I’m still hoping that at some point there will be more. Though it’s doubtful. I have a feeling that Harris is concentrating on her Sookie books for now. I’m kind of glad she struck it rich, finally. She’s been writing for years. But I still wish for more Lily Bard. (Bard -Shakespeare – get it?)

    Can’t help you with your reading choice, though. I’m not familiar with any of the titles you listed. (Shame on me.)

    I say: Read another Lilly book. πŸ™‚

    • pickygirl

      I did really enjoy it. I have the same feeling about Harris, and unfortunately, Sookie doesn’t interest me.

      Yep – I got the Bard reference when you first introduced her. I like it.

  • RedHeadedBookChild

    Nice blog! I found you through the BBC attendee list. I too will be going. Hope to meet you!


    • pickygirl

      Thanks! Hope you have a great time.

  • Oh, I have been so curious about the Lily Bard series. This sounds really intriguing. Thanks for the review πŸ™‚

    • pickygirl

      It was really great. A fun read. I’m anxious to get the others.