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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

Finn Family Moomintroll

Finn Family Moomintroll - Tove Jansson, Elizabeth Portch I thought this was rather fun. It's sort of cute little creatures going on with adventures of one kind and another. Sometimes there is danger, but they find ways to get out of it. Sometimes weird things happen, like the loss of Moominmamma's purse. But, when it's found again—actually someone nabbed it because the inside pockets made a nice snug place to sleep—the joy is so great that they have a giant party for the whole of Moomin Valley.

I dunno, I rather like the idea of taking joy in life and in gathering up strange waifs to add to one's family (obviously, the Moomins wouldn't have a problem taking in refugees, unlike some folks we could mention). My spouse found the first book in this series that I checked out to be just too bland for her liking, so she wouldn't read this, the second one I checked out. She did, however, return both Moomin books to the library for me, bless her heart.

I have a feeling, whatever my spouse might think, that I'm not done with the Moomins. But first, my spouse insists I re-visit Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. And so I shall: I've found kindle versions of both. [Nope, I didn't. I went to the library to snag more Moomins]