It’s the end of week 3 and I have finished one more book this week. It was There Goes the Bride by M.C. Beaton. It’s an English cozy mystery, and is the latest in the Agatha Raisin series. Truthfully, this book doesn’t have a tremendous amount to recommend it. I started reading the Agatha Raisin books a year or two ago. Agatha is an obnoxious character, but since the reader is allowed to see her insecurities, they end up feeling somewhat sorry for her. I liked the first books, but now they are too formulaic. I’m honestly not sure why I read this one except that I have a compulsion to read all the books in a series.
Since I do have this compulsion, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of mystery series that should go ahead and end instead of continuing on. The reason that I keep reading is that I feel some connection with the characters, but at the same time find the characters becoming less interesting and more predicable as the series gets longer. That’s one of the reasons that I quit reading the Sue Grafton books. Although with my compulsion, I might cave in sometime. (It’s really hard to quit an alphabet series when you’ve read through R!)
I’ve spent most of my time this week reading The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. Also on the nightstand waiting in line are Tea with Hezbollah, Plain Pursuit, and Instructing a Child’s Heart. To see what others are reading, visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks.