Monday, 10 March 2014

the year in books - march. ice lake


I will admit I chose this book out of need for some mindless literature to read in the bath. 
It was one of those weeks. 
From a huge box of my parents books destined for the charity shop I chose one that looked like it didn't require concentration, engagement or deep thinking.
In fact there were quite a few long sections of description, detailing Montreal's history, culture and some science which I scoffed at. 
Mostly I skipped these sections and read about chasing criminals in the snow, driving on ice, and gruesome deaths. There were plenty of those.
I shall now leave crime fiction alone for another 10 years or so, which is probably how long it was since I read anything from this genre.  But it served it's purpose. 
Sometimes escapist literature is what we all need. 
Even if we don't read all of it......



17 comments:

  1. You're so funny! I rarely read crime fiction either (probably because the hubby OD's on crime fiction on tv) but it does sound like a wonderful escape!

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  2. Sounds like a welcome diversion. I will remember that next time I'm in need of one. We have a few of this genre sitting on the bookshelves gathering dust because like Thimbelanna I'm also married to a man who will watch anything on tv with murder in it. Give me The Walton's any day. J x

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  3. Snow, ice and gruesome deaths, just right for the end of winter I think. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  4. I don't read crime fiction much either... used to read Miss Marple in my teens, but lately the only crime fiction I read regularly are the Simon Serrailler novels by Susan Hill. Not gruesome, not too taxing, but different to my normal reading matter. And like you, I sometimes skip over the 'boring bits' in a book, to get to the real action of a story.

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  5. Can totally relate to this. As I read quite a bit of crime thrillers- my easy read go to's are usually totally mindless, but equally entertaining chic lit:)

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  6. On a totally different note- I love your header-Must have had my eyes shut previously:) I want to change mine at some point, so you might have inspired me:)

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    1. thank you, I do love making new headers.

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  7. Oooh, glad to hear that other people 'skip bits'!! Crime Thrillers aren't my thing either, but I have read a few in my time and all I seem to want from them is action, plot, entertainment .... not long descriptive passages! Love your patchwork mosaic below - a great way to present things! xCathy

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  8. I love the occasional crime fiction (but am reluctant to admit it). The lure of gruesome...

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  9. I don't know why but I have never really taken to crime fiction - I know that it is all some people read - each to their own I suppose. Give me a good old suspense thriller any time.

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  10. It was obviously an ice/snow/cold fix more than anything else as we have had such a mild winter... What next? Ax

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  11. Too funny. I was expecting something serious and Scandinavian from your title. Escapist is much better for the soul sometimes. And yes, I am guilty of skipping bits too.

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  12. For similar reasons I recently picked up a Georgette Heyer Regency mystery ... now I'm wishing I'd gone for snow and ice ;)

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  13. Oh, yes... Sometimes we just need a "lighter" read. :o) Crime/thriller is not my genre either. I think I've read all of two such books... LOL! There is enough gruesome happening in the real world and we see it on TV, news, etc. I don't to actually read about such things, if that makes sense. I find myself reading more "lighter" books than I used to for that reason...ha... Happy Days, Tess ((HUGS))

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  14. can't beat a gruesome Patricia Cornwall book.... not all the time... but yes. A time and a place... I'm trying to read more in Italian... I'm forgetting my own language!

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  15. Mindless reading in the bath is awesome!

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