That Was Then
August was a hectic month involving the country’s most bizarre election (which had me watching far more TV than I normally would) and an invasion from overseas (i.e. family came to visit). Both of these activities left little time for reading let alone blogging about reading. So I only managed to read a paltry 7 books for the month and of those my pick is
- Roseanna by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Although it was published more than 40 years ago the book is remarkably undated as well as being taut and intense. I would recommend it to all fans of the modern police procedural who want to know more about the origins of this sub genre.
Honourable mentions for August go to
- Bateman’s Mystery Man which made me (literally) laugh out loud
- PM Newton’s The Old School which is a great debut from an Australian author that has lots of interesting local flavour and politics.
You would think that being as busy/preoccupied as I was during the month I would also have had less time available to acquire books but alas this does not appear to have been the case as 20 books still managed to find their way onto my never-shrinking TBR pile. Sigh. In my defence (should I need one) most of them were pre-orders, mooches and library holds that became available.
Among my new friends are my first Polish crime fiction, another new Australian historical mystery, the last novel I need to read to complete the African leg of my global challenge, a Japanese novel that I have heard many good things about and an Italian legal procedural that looks very promising
What to read next?
I have not finished a book for more than a week which is a real rarity for me and is starting to make me feel extremely crotchety. I have given up entirely on election-watch (we are into our second week of having no government and funnily enough the country hasn’t fallen into turmoil) and my overseas invaders will soon depart which should allow the noise levels to return to a dull roar and my duties as entertainer of young people during heavy rain will no longer be required thereby freeing my leisure time up for reading once again.
I have several books from the library which must be returned soon and I need to do some work on my remaining challenges so coming up you will hopefully see me talking about novels from Canada, Namibia, Ireland, Norway and Scotland.
Chart of the Month
I was curious to see how author gender is reflected in my reading this year as I haven’t made any conscious decisions about whether to read male or female authors. I was amazed to see that of the 100 books I have finished so far in 2010 the gender of the author is split almost exactly down the middle.
Even more interesting to me is that of the 42 top rated books (those rated 4, 4.5 or 5) author gender is once again split almost evenly (though of the six books receiving a 5 rating only 2 are by female authors).
I don’t know that this says anything at all but I found it worthy of a pie chart 🙂
So, what was your best book for August? Did you add any interesting titles to your TBR? And if you keep track of the books you read have you read more books by men? women? or is your reading even like mine?