Pick of the month
The good thing about having completed only a paltry 4 books for the month is that it made picking a favourite pretty easy, though I think Jørn Lier Horst’s THE HUNTING DOGS would have made the grade even if it encountered more competition. The Norwegian police procedural offers the twist of putting an ethical policeman on the suspect’s side of the ledger for much of the novel and Horst uses this angle to explore the nature of policing in a thoughtful and intelligent way.
The full list (titles preceded by the ++ symbol are all recommended)
- THE FEW by Nadia Dalbuono
- ++ THE SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
- ++ WINGS ABOVE THE DIAMANTINA by Arthur Upfield
Progress Towards 2015’s Book-ish Goals
|Australian Women Writers Challenge||Read and review 25 eligible books||10/25|
|Reading US Fiction Challenge||Read 6 books by new to me authors set in different states of the US||1/6|
|Personal – Outside my comfort zone||Read at least 6 books that aren’t crime/mystery/thriller novels||2/6|
|Personal – Read Globally||Read at least 10 books set in countries that aren’t Australia, America or England||16/10|
|Personal – Reduce TBR||Read at least 20 books I owned as at 31 December 2014||10/20|
|Personal – Buy Australian||Buy no physical or eBooks from non-Australian stores||0/0|
|Personal – Read older books too||Participate in at least 6 of the monthly ‘pick a year’ reading challenges hosted at Past Offences||4/6|
I didn’t really make a lot of progress during April. Aside from participating in the Past Offences reading challenge and not buying any books from overseas it was more of a status quo kind of month. I blame a visit by overseas relatives, binge-watching season three of House of Cards and general busy-ness for attending so poorly to my reading in general and my goals in particular. My May mantra will be “must try harder”.
A final reason for April’s scant list of books completed was that I spent the last half of the month on one book which I still haven’t finished. I’m about three quarters of the way through Leif G. W. Persson’s FREE FALLING, AS IF IN A DREAM – all 600 pages of it. But I am determined to finish it and the remaining shortlist for this year’s Petrona Award before the winner is announced mid-month. Even if it kills me (seriously, that’s a possibility…the Persson book in the hardback my library loaned me is heavy enough to be a dangerous bloody weapon and I’ve twice fallen asleep and bashed myself in the head with it).
I’m planning to participate in the Past Offences classics challenge to read a 1949 book with Dame Agatha Christie’s CROOKED HOUSE. I don’t recall ever reading it and as lots of people count it among her best I’m looking forward to it.
What about you? Had any particularly good reads during April? How are your reading goals progressing? Got something good lined up for May?