Books of the Month – September 2010

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.

New Additions

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.

Challenge Progress

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.

Up Next?

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 🙂

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11 Responses to Books of the Month – September 2010

  1. Bernadette – Looks like you have indeed had a good month. I really want to know what you think of The Redbreast. I do hope you’ll like it.

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  2. kathy durkin says:

    Yes. I can’t wait for these reviews to be posted, of everything you are reading. I do want to read what you think of “The Redbreast,” and every other book.
    My favorite reads of September were “Involuntary Witness,” by a Petrona favorite, Gianrico Carofiglio, and “Body Work” by Sara Paretsky, whose books I covet.
    Congratulations to you on the Global and Scandinavian book challenges. I finished the Scandinavian one and am informally aiming for the Global challenge, with two to go, books from Latin America and Asia. Can’t wait to read your reviews of the coming Canadian books.

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  3. Oh I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Body Work Kathy. It’s not out here yet and I’ve put off ordering it from Book Depository because it wasn’t terribly cheap there but I will look forward to it coming out here (just before Christmas I think). I thought Paretsky was back in top form with Hardball so am looking forward to it

    Carofiglio is on my ‘must try soon’ list.

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  4. kathy durkin says:

    Yes, I loved Hardball and agree with you that she was in top form with that. She is also in top form with “Body Work, but you have to get into the beginning. It’s rather unusual, to say the least. Her points are uncovered later. Paretsky is a favorite of mine, her writing, who she is (I agree with her ideas), I respect her principles in defending civil liberties here. And I love V.I. Warshawski–her independence, brilliance, courage, etc.–and she lives in Chicago, where I grew up. I love to picture her walking her dogs by the lake.
    I will read the two more by Carogiflio which my library has in English. I like the character.

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  5. Maxine says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Villain but it is not out here quite yet. I’ve read four of your “new additions” and liked them all, so I hope you do, too. I shan’t be reading any more of “Inger Ashe Wolfe” after the ‘crazed religious serial killer gruesome murders body parts in the fridge’ type of thing in her debut. (Also found the police procedures unnconvincing). Nice to have a female protag of a “certain age” so I was doubly disappointed in it.

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  6. Oh yes Maxine I am well aware how many of my new additions you’ve read – who do you think made me get hold of most of them (I have proof – a column in my ever-expanding spreadsheet is headed Recommended By and your name features prominently).

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  7. Jose Ignacio says:

    Nice post Bernadette. Looking forward to your reviews. Planning a similar post from my side soon.

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  8. kathy durkin says:

    What did you read for your Latin America selection for the global challenge? Also, have you read Timothy Hallinan?

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  9. kathy durkin says:

    I just saw that you read “Thursday Night Windows,” which I’m trying to read now.

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  10. JoV says:

    I echo your thoughts on Mankell. You got a great reading month, hope you have a even better reading month for October!! 🙂

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  11. Dorte H says:

    I only reviewed six books in September. They were all good, but the star was Kate Atkinson´s When Will There Be Good News.

    Thank you for the link to James Thompson´s note about Finnish culture. Sometimes a foreign setting makes me enjoy a book even more, but other times I do get confused and annoyed because I don´t get it. That was what happened when I participated in that Kilat Flash Fiction Challenge in September – most of the other participants were from Indonesia, and even when they wrote in English, many of their stories struck me as weird or boring. Part of the problem was that they saw extramarital sex as extremely funny and interesting (too common in Scandinavia to be even mildly exciting).

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