1. What are you currently reading? Till the End of Tom by Gillian Roberts. Amanda Pepper is an English teacher at Philly Prep who skips out of a particularly dull all-school morning meeting because she's dying of boredom. Moving down the school's majestic marble staircase, enjoying freedom from assembly and thinking about her upcoming lesson plan, she literally stumbles upon a dead man. And the mystery begins. Who is he? Did he trip and fall on his own or did he have help? I began this book years ago and put it aside, bored after a few pages. Clearly I've changed because printed pages between two hard covers can't, but now I'm enjoying it. I used to devour the books in the series -- the Philadelphia setting is unique and carefully drawn, Amanda is multidimensional, and I can relate to her relationships with her boyfriend CK and her best friend Sasha. The murder mystery is unfolding slowly over pages/days, but that feels appropriate to the circumstances of the case.
3. What will you read next? Hercule Poirot's Christmas. I picked it up at the library's used book sale back last summer, but now it's time has come.