Recuperating from a blood clot in my lung, which involved a six-day hospital stay, has left me with a lot of time on my hands, which I am filling up with reading. This past weekend, I finished the two books listed below:

I first saw John Cena, former wrestling champion now turned life coach, influencer, and author on the Today Show (NBC). I decided to read the book he was touting in an interview.

The illustrations by Valeria Petrone were one of the biggest “draws” of this book. Using only black, white, gray, and a splash of yellow, Petrone emphasized each message and quote Cena offered. Just turning the pages was a pleasant experience.

In an attempt to read more non-fiction and get back to inspirational books during 2021, I chose this book, expecting a quick read. Actually, each page required a closing of the book and a thinking about what was written on it, so it took longer to read than expected. On the frontispiece, Cena writes, “Each day try to become a little less perfect and a little more brave.” Just one of many things to ponder in this tiny volume.

There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned murder mystery, right? I often skip this genre, thinking it has little “literary quality” (Ok, as a Lit major I am a snob!), but I tried this one as a way to while away my time.

Detective Megan Thomas is everything a fan would want as a protagonist in a murder mystery.

This was not the first book featuring Megan Thomas, there were allusions to a prior adventure/case, but the author gave just enough detail to explain certain phobias and Megan’s anxiety attacks, but not enough to push the reader off the track of the unfolding story. This was handled exceptionally well. At the end of the book, the author states, “I have loved writing Megan Thomas and I’ve tried to create a character to fit the mood of the times.” She then goes on to offer readers a COVID story writen around Megan as a bonus to the book.

Including human smuggling, unfaithful husbands who get their just desserts, a dying cop who is misanthropic and careless that puts all the detectives and uniforms in danger with his arrogant, pushy techniques, this mystery has it all.

I wrote a Tuesday Teaser and a Friday Firstliner post from this book as I read it, so I will not quote from it now. However, let it be said that an earlier reader had underlined some pretty profound thoughts about anger, violence, and divorce that spoke to her/him that also spoke to me.

This was a darned good read!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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  1. Glad you are following doctor’s orders and relaxing, Rae. I used to watch wrestling all the time and loved Jon Cena. This books sounds really good, thanks for sharing it.

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