On The Bookshelf: A Distant View Of Everything

I am currently reading A Distant View, which is the 11th book in the Sunday Philosophy series by Alexander McCall Smith.   

I started reading this series back towards the end of June and cannot believe I have finished 11 books! They are quick reads and great for reading before bed, but it’s time for me to move onto something else.  I will finish the series, only 5 more to read, but at a later time. 

A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel Dalhousie and her husband, Jamie—but Isabel’s almost four-year-old son, Charlie, is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, Charlie refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life. These are, of course, the qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel’s, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Bea is something of a matchmaker and has brought together a cosmetic surgeon and a successful banker at her most recent dinner party. But new information comes to light about the cosmetic surgeon that causes Bea to doubt the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but her inquiries take an unexpected turn, and she starts to wonder which of the two she should be investigating after all. As ever, her intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy for others will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective. - from the authors site

I do love cozy mysteries and Alexander McCall Smith never disappoints. His books are always light and easy reads, with just the perfect touch of a good murder mystery.

On Audible I am listening to the Crow Trap by Ann Cleves. I enjoy listening to books while I knit and find them to be the perfect compliment to my knitting, especially on weekends before my hubby gets up.  I love all of Ann Cleeves books, she’s another favorite author of mine.

So what to read next but not necessarily in this order…


  • Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber 
  • Changing Habits by Debbie Macomber 
  • Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
  • Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir
  • The Woman In White by Wilke Collins (Classic)
  • Wuthering Heights but Emily Bronte (Classic)
  • How to Make An American Quilt by Whitney Otto
Now to decide which one to read once I finish A Distant View of everything. 

Happy reading!

4 comments

  1. Hello! I am so glad you found my blog. I love yours!
    I am not a fan of cozies, but I loved the TV series, Shetland. One of these days I want to listen to some of Ann Cleeves' other books.
    I love Wuthering Heights, and I've read it a number of times. A Woman in White is on my list, too. It's long so I'm thinking it might be a good winter audio book.

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    1. Thank you so much and I love yours too! A Woman In white is such a good book, I hope you enjoy it too! I love cozies but only certain ones. Ann Cleeves is a favorite and I too loves the Shetland series. Thank you so much for visiting ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. I am behind in my podcasts but I try to listen to a few when I have pockets of time. I Wuthering Heights is my all time favorite book which I've read at least six times and could easily read six more times!

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    1. You sound like me … I read Wuthering Heights many times too and never have a problem re-reading it. Some books are like that, aren’t they.

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