I wrapped up 2017 by staying up late to finish reading Glass Houses, the latest book in the series by Louise Penny featuring Chief Inspector Gamache. In this outing, Gamache is going all in on stopping drug trafficking. Trafficking which, this being a novel, just happens to be reaching an evil climax in his little village of Three Pines. But it's all good for us, the reader, who can enjoy being wrapped up in the web of mystery and suspense being spun by Louise Penny.
Glass Houses was worth staying up late to read; and now I regret that it is over. That is just the kind of book that qualifies as highly recommended reading.
After looking over the finalists for the 2018 Minnesota Book Awards, I plan to dip into Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’Brien by Nancy O’Brien Wagner. My dad's stepfather, Carl Waack, served in France during World War I. It must have been quite a shock for him to go from rural Wisconsin to fighting in the fields of France. He was nothing like Alice O'Brien, who was the daughter of a wealthy family. I never asked Carl about his military service - my childhood memory of him is of someone who was very old and who didn't feel well - so it will be interesting to read about Ms. O'Brien.