…Because I read.” —-George R.R. Martin
I know that I am not alone when I say that this pandemic has completely destroyed my sleep cycles. I am wide awake and writing at 4:43 AM. This in itself is unusual, because it has also done a number on my ability to put pen to paper. There is a new normal that we will all have to adjust to, and I think it will be harder than we believe.
My one saving grace in this pandemic (actually one of two…Arthur by my side is the biggie) has been my love of reading. At least my mind can travel while my body sits firmly planted in my “safe” house. I have read more books in the past two years than I have read in the previous five combined, and those that know me realize that is a bundle of reading. Unfortunately, since the writing part of my brain took an extended vacation, I will have to spend the next few months playing catch up.
One of the reasons I have been absent the last year or so, has been my inability to remain somewhat impartial about events that surround me. I have taken pride in my life in being able to see both sides of every issue, even if I believed strongly in one side, but suddenly the world became black and white to me. Us and them. Good and bad. I had no desire to see the other side of any issue. I avoided people who didn’t see things my way. I became the very person that I often railed against. How did this happen?
I don’t know how it happened, but I am slowly coming out the other side. Although I was the first in line for all three doses of vaccine, I do understand the fear that some people have of putting the “unknown” into their bodies. Although I have not entered a building or been in a crowded outdoor space without a mask in two years, I sympathize with those who feel claustrophobic when their mouths and noses are covered. I have always been one who recognized the importance of community, and I do believe we have to move beyond our fears to help protect those around us, but I will try to not shut out those who don’t feel as I do.
So, I am back, and I will continue to contribute my thoughts on current happenings (as long as I can remain somewhat impartial) along with my recommendations of the amazing books, old and new, that I have been lucky enough to read. It may take me a few months to get into full swing, and I might miss a week here and there, but I will take my “new normal” and share it with you as we all tread softly through 2022.
In May of 2014, I wrote about Rick Mofina in the Featured Authors section of Madderlyreview.com., and while I mentioned his several series, I did not stress exactly how good his stand-alone thrillers are. If you never read a book by Rick Mofina before, Their Last Secret is a good introduction, and if you are a fan, this book won’t disappoint.
As always, a complete review of this book follows my blog.