Rainy Days Are Made for Reading


Here is Southern California we don’t get many rainy days, especially this time of year. During the winter we get drizzly, gray days. But today is more of a rainy day, at least what counts for rain at the edges of a desert. It can’t compare with the rainfalls around the rest of the country, of course.

But wherever these days occur, they always feel like a good day to curl up with a warm drink and a good book. I finished Archer Mayor‘s new John Gunther mystery, Chat, last night. It is the perfect type of book for these kinds of days. It’s a cozy mystery that keeps the reader guessing on one story line and on edge with the other one. It’s comfortable, too. Although I haven’t read any of the others in the series (and I will), the atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming. The tone reminds me of Margaret Maron‘s Deborah Knott series. I recommend Chat when it comes out next month.

So this morning I will pick up one of the best science fiction books I followed up the from the science fiction list, Vernor Vinge’s Marooned in Real Time. I’ll be gone later in the day and part of tomorrow, but it’s pulling me in and seems to be easy reading. I may finish it over the weekend. Otherwise I’ll finish it early next week (hopefully before I get caught up in the new television season, especially Heroes.) I’m going to enjoy this rainy day while I can.