I have an entire bookshelf–note: not a shelf, a bookshelf unit–of books I’ve bought and will someday read. It’s my own personal library, waiting for me to run my eyes down the spines, take one or two from its neighbors, and finally choose the story that will fill the next handful of free hours. But to have the luxury of a whole day of lazy reading, knowing in advance that it’s waiting for me? That may call for a Josephine Tey marathon. Starting with Brat Ferrer, and going on to Daughter of Time, I will wend my way through a December day, walking England in the company of complex and thought-provoking companions. If I don’t run out of hours and my eyes are still happy, I will pass on to Love and Be Wise, and paddle down an English stream to a bittersweet conclusion.
-Laurie R. King
Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels (all of which are waiting for you in the Santa Cruz library system) and a number of nonficition works and anthologies. She was given her first Santa Cruz library card in 1956, and still has the pin she won for completing the Summer Reading challenge.