So I asked my husband if we could do a book exchange this month — he reads a book I love and I read a book he loves. I picked out A Severe Mercy (which I love so much I referenced it in my story about Age of Empires) for him to read. It’s probably about 300 pages. He picked out Shelby Foote’s 3-volume history of the Civil War for me to read. I was about 30 pages in when he told me he was just kidding.