I’ve found my reading topic for the summer!
And it’s inspired this 10 on the 10th post.
Due to budget cuts (thank you transmission & dental crown) my summer reading has to be free or under $2 a book. Between my library and all the kindle books under $2 this is easy to meet but somewhat limited in variety. You pretty much have to like Contemporary Mystery or Paranormal Romance with Thrillers making up a distant third to have a decent choice of reading material. These are not genres I would normally choose but I wanted something different this year.
Over the past month it has become obvious that I am going to be reading Contemporary Mysteries this summer.
Contemporary Mystery is not my favorite topic due to the unbelieveability of the sleuths.
Oh, they are usually fine for a single book. After all, anyone can stumble over a dead body.
Heck, even DH did it when he was a teenager.
But he didn’t KEEP finding dead bodies.
To continually come across dead bodies… I’m sorry but if people connected with your tea shop keep dropping dead I want a damn good reason why you are not the the primary suspect each and every time.
And I never get a damn good reason, or any reason come to that, just a sort of official ‘oh you again’ exasperation and I simply cannot believe it after 3 books of you finding bodies.
So I am adapting to this personal idiosyncrasy of mine by only reading one book per series, if a series exists. If it turns out to really grab my attention then at the end of summer I will pursue it. The goal of this summer is not to read as many different contemporary mysteries as possible but as many different sleuths as possible.
In honor of that, my topic for this 10 on the 10th list is the employment types of modern sleuths:
1. Baker/Owner of a bakery – pie shop, bread shop, cupcake shop, cake shop, wedding cake specialist
2. Other Food related jobs – food writer, food blogger, chef, chef’s girlfriend, restaurant reviewer, health inspector, waitress, party coordinator
4. Supernatural – witches (professional & amateur) , psychics, ghosts, ghost hunters, fortune tellers
5. Home related – real estate agents, home decorators, cleaning women, land lady
6. Shop Owners (non-baking) – bed & breakfast, used books (often mystery books only), quilting, yarn, sewing, tea shop, coffee shop, clothing, vintage clothing, antiques
7. Anachronistic – blacksmith, boarding house keeper
8. Jobs – antique experts, medical examiners, restorers, retail worker, personal shopper
9. Hobbyists – button collector, knitter, crochet, scrapbook, quilting, gardening, crossword puzzles, sudoku
10. Other things – cats, pet psychics, PTA members, Historic Estate managers, authors (often mystery writers)
I don’t know that I will get to all of these. I have finished about 6 of them and have 4 more sitting on my nightstand. The rest are either on my kindle or on a list to pick up at the library. I don’t have the time but I really want to read two or three of every series to see how they explain finding the next body and give props to whomever has the most creative excuse for say a food blogger to once again find a dead body at some blogger meet up or restaurant opening without the police saying “Wait, haven’t you found a couple of bodies before? Maybe you should come with us.”
That’s all I want really, just for authority to actually ask the question “What is with you and all the dead bodies anyway? We never had a single murder in this small quaint New England/Southern town before you found that one body and you keep on finding them. We’re up to 9 the past year alone! All found by you or your friends. What is up with that?” at some point.