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The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jun 13, 10

bookshelves: audio
Read in June, 2010

The audio reader was too slow for my taste and I haven't read the first 3 books in this series, so I almost gave up on this book after the first couple disks. I'm glad I stuck with it, because in the end, I found myself liking the characters and enjoying the setting.

I don't think I've ever read a novel set in modern day Scotland (Edinburgh), and being a bit of an anglophile, that made the whole story more appealing to me. I also liked that the characters were generally good people living ordinary lives. In that sense, it reminded me of Jan Karon's writing. Easy, sweet, amusing, not gripping. It was a comfortable world to visit each day without feeling the need to stay there for long. I may pick up the next in the series if I need a book I can read in short bites.
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