By now, I hope you have heard of Friday Reads/#fridayreads (the number sign is for a hashtag on Twitter). If not, here’s a little explanation: readers around the world join together in community to support one another and celebrate the simple joys of reading. It has grown to be a huge event, and readers can win prizes for participating. Bethanne Patrick (@thebookmaven) started it, and now over 5,000 readers post at any of the listed sites what they are reading or plan to read.
What I have noticed over the last year of book blogging is that different readers have real issues with what they read. I see bloggers apologize for a certain book or phase of reading. I say, read. Period. Whether it’s a magazine you’ve saved up for Friday afternoon or evening or a mystery, romance novel, sci-fi, or New York Times bestseller, Friday is about doing what we love most: reading.
In that spirit, I invite you not only to share your #fridayreads on Twitter or Facebook (just like the page and comment) or the Friday Reads blog (my intention isn’t to take away from that), but also to come here and talk about just what the heck you feel like reading on this hallowed day that starts the weekend.
How it works –
Readers: Leave me a comment. Tell me what you’re reading. Ask for recommendations if you’re stuck.
Bloggers: I know last week the linky deal didn’t work, but it should be fixed, so leave your link so others can check out what you’re reading on Fridays to take you away from your hectic week.
What I will do –
First, I’ll make a recommendation based on my week’s reading. If I’ve reviewed it, I’ll link to the review. If not, I’ll give you a synopsis and why I think it would make a great kick-your-shoes-off Friday read.
Second, I’ll tell you what I want to read on a Friday afternoon. It always varies. It depends on the weather and how clean my house is or how much that week has drained me.
Ready? I’m recommending you read… (drumroll please)
I actually read this book last year and never reviewed it, so I am only going to give a brief synopsis, though I definitely enjoyed it.
The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall is as colorful as its cover. Vish Pruri, owner of Delhi’s Most Private Investigators, Ltd (and proud of it), spurns that cheap fictional hack Sherlock Holmes whose investigative methods, Pruri says, originated in India. Pruri mostly checks into marriage alliances, but in this book he is hired to locate a missing servant girl for attorney Kasliwal. When the girl turns up dead, Pruri must use every ounce of his incredible powers of deduction to determine who is responsible.
Tarquin Hall’s characters and telling of The Case of the Missing Servant charmed me, and I loved the dialogue and the funny sayings. Perfect #fridayreads, don’t you think?
As for me….
After a really, really taxing week, I plan on prosecco, bubble bath(s) and a couple good books. I’ll finish up The Lock Artist. It’s so good, but I have had too much grading this week to finish it after starting it on Sunday. Once I finish that, I’ve got these lined up:
Galore by Michael Crummey thanks to a giveaway from Jen at Devourer of Books
This one courtesy of my dad (whom I gave this to a week ago) 😉
jenn aka the picky girl