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February is almost over, and I am still doing well with my goal of reading 12 books this year. I’ve already completed twice the number of books that I need to read so far, but with baby “Spot” Turner coming next month, I have a feeling that my reading time is going to all but disappear – at least as far as books with more than 100 words are concerned.
The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
The Clue of the Leaning Chimney is book #26 in Carolyn Keen’s Nancy Drew Mysteries. This particular book follows Nancy and her friends as they search for a rare and valuable Chinese vase is stolen from a pottery shop, a leaning chimney connected with a supply of pottery clay, and 2 missing Chinese nationals. As always, the coincidences are more than a little far-fetched but work well for a relaxing evening read.
Overall this book wasn’t bad, but I am becoming more aware of the utterly 2-dimensional depiction of people of color in the Nancy Drew Mysteries. I really wish the author would have taken the time to describe her POC characters the way she does her white ones. Simply describing someone “the Chinese” is not helpful, particularly when you have multiple Chinese characters.
Books I’m Actively Reading
Hopefully, you’ll see these books in the finished books section next month.
How is your reading going? Did you pick out anything special to read for Valentine’s Day, or do you avoid reading books thematically related to what is going on in your life?
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Me, I just pick up (tap on) whatever piques my interest at the time! I’ve been trying to read more variety lately, as you know if you follow my GR reviews. I had a look at Journey to the West but it starts with a long section on sort of mathematical/philosophical calculations of Chinese “eras” which rather put me off. I suppose I can skim that to get to the story, but it was NOT what I was wanting to read at bedtime! I definitely have “daytime reads” and “bedtime reads.” I don’t want to think too hard at bedtime. I discovered that when I read Xinran’s “Good Women of China” too late, and lay awake half the night thinking about it! LOL
I understand that problem. That’s why I usually stick to things like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys for my bedtime reading.