That Was Then
November was another good reading month for me as I finished 14 books. My favourite was the second installment of the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths: The Janus Stone. Happily the third book by Griffiths is due in January and I have pre-ordered my copy.
Honourable mentions for the month go to My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir whose heroine, Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, shares some very enjoyable similarities with Ruth Galloway and to one of my favourite books from this year’s Global Reading Challenge, Luis Alfredo Garcia-Roza’s Southwesterly Wind.
My acquisition of printed books has slowed a little but I have only replaced it with eBook purchasing. One day I’ll learn self control. Or not. Anyway, among this month’s new friends are two books set in Sweden, one in Los Angeles, one in Canada and one that seems to take place all over the globe.
I finished the extreme level of the 2010 Global Challenge in November and enjoyed it so much I have already signed up for the 2011 version of the challenge which I hope to complete from my existing TBR collection.
I only read one book for the Canadian Book Challenge this month, Gail Bowen’s A Colder Kind of Death, bringing my total for the challenge to 8. I still have 7 months to read 3 more books (all of which are on my TBR shelves) so I am confident of success.
My newest challenge is the Good Reads Aussie Readers Summer Reading Challenge which should see me read at least 9 books from my TBR over what will undoubtedly be a long, hot summer.
Reading Now and Next
On the go at the moment I have Lindy Cameron’s Redback which has sat on my TBR for too long (it’s an Aussie thriller with a good dose of humour which is due for re-release shortly I believe) and am dipping in and out of Discount Noir, the flash fiction anthology about terrible things happening in giant supermarkets (thank heavens for online shopping is all I can say). Keeping my company while I walk at the moment is Our Lady of Pain by Elena Forbes.
Towards the end of the year I always seem to need to wind down with some lighter fare so I think some more thrillers and a cosy whodunnit or two are on the cards. I recently bought a couple of old Dick Francis novels for $5 a pop in Audible’s audio book sale so I’ll have some entertaining (if predictable) listening in the next few weeks.
Chart of the Month
As I may have mentioned I feel my TBR is a little out of control at the moment, standing at 197 books if I count orders that will trickle in over coming months. As that’s about 18 months worth of reading it feels like the right time (or possibly ever so slightly past the right time) to try to address the issue by doing things like signing up for challenges I can complete from my existing stockpile. I know myself well enough to realise I won’t completely reign in my acquisitiveness but I am hopeful that my new strategy will help me to slow down a little at least. Currently my TBR pie looks like this