That Was Then
September was a pretty good reading month for me with my 8th 5-star rating for the year among the 13 books I finished. Being noir, Ken Bruen’s The Dramatist is not my usual reading fare but it’s an outstanding novel with a kick-ass ending.
An honourable mention must also go to Henning Mankell’s The Man From Beijing which is an odd but engaging tale that I admire for taking some risks with the genre and developing some interesting female characters.
The shameful news is that I acquired 25 books during the month but more than half of these were either for my new eReader or my iPod (audio downloads) so at least my bookcases aren’t groaning too heavily. The five that I am most excited about at this point are these and I have already started listening to the Ann Cleeves book.
Global Reading Challenge: I read books 16 and 17 (0f 21) this month, Blood Rose is set in Namibia and Beat Not the Bones in New Guinea. In the next little while my virtual travels will be taking me to Japan, Brazil and Ghana before I finish up by travelling back in time.
Scandinavian Reading Challenge: My 5th of 6 books was James Thompson’s Snow Angels set in Finland. The author made some interesting comments on the review which have me reflecting upon how I go about relating to the different cultures I see depicted in my virtual travels. Most intriguing. And for those who’ve been wondering yes I am following your collective instruction, I’m about a third of the way through Jo Nesbo’s The Redbreast set in Norway so will finish this challenge in a few days.
Canadian Book Challenge: I read 2 books for a whopping total of 3 out of the 13 I need to read. The Tenderness of Wolves is a very atmospheric historical fiction while The Devil’s in the Details is a fun, contemporary tale about an unlikely inheritance.
As mentioned I am reading The Redbreast in print and listening to Red Bones (and no I didn’t intentionally choose to read coloured books) while on my eReader I’m tackling another book for the Canadian Challenge: Robin Spano’s The Dead Politician Society (I couldn’t pass up that title). After that it’s likely to be some mixture of these
What about you? What was your favourite book for September? Or your most exciting acquisition? Or is there something coming up for you in October that you can’t wait to get to?
Sorry, no chart this month. I have spent days preparing them for work and even I, lover of charts, can’t face another one. They’ll return next month though, promise