Reading Notes: The Big Kitty (Sunny and Shadow #1)

Book Cover - The Big Kitty by Claire DonallyMy office recently moved, so I went to check out the nearest public library. (The one near my house is closed for some indefinite period of time.) I picked this book up randomly while browsing the mystery section, figuring if it wasn’t good, I didn’t have to finish it. It turned out to be a good find, and I’ll be picking up the sequel.

The Big Kitty follows Sunny, a reporter who’s moved back to Maine from New York City to take care of her father, and Shadow, a tomcat who finds he’s ready to settle down with a nice girl. Punny names aside, the story is quite engaging. It starts out in typical cozy mystery fashion, with a seemingly-accidental death that proves to be anything but. As the story continues, however, Sunny gets placed in a good deal more physical danger than most cozy detectives. I’m okay with this, however, as it added a sense of urgency.

There are a few scenes written from the perspective of Shadow (the cat) which seem consistently cat-like. Most of the book is from Sunny’s perspective, but I particularly enjoyed seeing Shadow’s perspective, and it added to my sense of investment in Sunny and Shadow’s relationship.

Reading Notes: 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets

1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets by Jamie Novak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am a notoriously cluttered person, so it’ll be interesting to see how many of these tips actually get put into practice.

This book was very easy to skim, and overall it had a fair number of good tips. It is, however, a bit dated: it makes no mention of e-books and talks about ways to store rolls of film and negatives.

A note on formatting: Reading the kindle edition of this book was good in that I could just highlight the tips I wanted to remember later.

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Reading Notes: Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles

Moab Is My WashpotThe Fry Chronicles

Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I recently read volumes 1 and 2 of Stephen Fry’s autobiograpphies. I enjoyed them, but I was already a fan of Stephen Fry. I suspect that being a fan probably will make a big difference in whether you enjoy these books or not. The writing style is wordy, much like Fry’s speaking style, and if you’ve watched interviews of or lectures by him, you may have heard these anecdotes in much the same words. That said, there were a few points, especially inĀ Moab is My Washpot, where I did actually laugh out loud.

Book Sources:
For Moab is My Washpot: Kindle editiion, The Free Library of Philadelphia
For The Fry Chronicles: Kindle editiion, purchased from