I finished a book! #SOL18

March 26, 2018

I was going to say that maybe I had broken my March reading slump, but then I checked how many books I finished last March (five) and realized that I’ll probably finish five books this month. So I was just being dramatic as usual.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot MysteryThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ah, yes, this was very good. As this was an audiobook, I should point out that I really enjoyed the narration.

I figured out who the murderer was but had no idea of the how and, of course, how Poirot knew, so of course that’s what made the novel delightful.

Also, Caroline is the real MVP. I would read a whole book about her.

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I am allllmost finished How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras. I am not sure if I’m going to review it on the blog or not because we are real life friends, and she is weird about knowing I’m reading her book. Authors are weird.

I can’t believe The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón was actually available as an audiobook when I was looking for my next read. The narrator is Jonathan Davis and he is fantastic so far.

More importantly, though, the book starts with the main character Daniel being told he can adopt a book to make sure it is never forgotten, and that got me thinking about which book I would adopt, and then my head started to hurt because that is too much pressure. I would have to petition to make a top ten list or something, I think.

I had a writing group meeting today, and at the end, one of the members was telling me about her experiences with online dating. So she was saying that she would love to do a historical tour of Los Angeles that focuses on architecture as a dream date. And we had moved on in the conversation, and I started laughing and said, “A historical tour of LA architecture sounds awesome.” In conclusion, we are both huge nerds.

I posted some things this past week, so here’s the ICYMI list:

Three things:

1. After that long nap on Monday, I started thinking that maybe something wasn’t right because while I am a hardcore napper, I usually don’t nap for hours every day. I went to the doctor Thursday, and it turns out my vitamin D levels are (were) low. One of the symptoms? Fatigue. I started taking supplements and haven’t napped since Thursday. I anticipate I will nap again but–unless I am severely sleep-deprived–not for hours at a time like that.

2. This the last week of the Slice of Life Challenge! It went fast.

3. Ironically, though, March seems like it has been going on forever. I feel like it should be April by now. Of course, I could just be ready for spring break, so there’s also that.

Slice of Life Challenge

Slice of Life is a writing challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.

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  1. franmccrackin

    This could easily be separated and re-written as many pieces-
    what book would you adopt?
    Dream architecture tour date
    finding a nerd friend
    vitamin D deficiency
    How you feel about writing everyday in March!

  2. livinglife816287820

    I do so love book reviews. Thank you so much! And then all the other bits and pieces, so fun to read! As the above comment says, these could be the subject of many different slices!

  3. theapplesinmyorchard

    I really like that you were tangential in this piece….sometimes, that is how life is, right? I like the book review…always on the look out for new ones. I need to find a new one soon, having just finished “We Were Liars” – It was okay, but I hope I like the next book better. I also need to look into a couple of the other things you mentioned – like the Vitamin D deficiency – because I can relate to worrying about napping! Thanks!

    • Akilah

      Before when I was fatigued, I was slightly anemic. I much prefer taking Vitamin D to taking iron supplements.

      • theapplesinmyorchard

        I can understand why. I did look into this and the person for whom I was concerned is most likely getting enough due to a diet rich in Vitamin D. Anemia has not been a problem. Thanks for your comments!


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