Book of the month
May was an odd month for me, starting strong and containing several outstanding reads but by the end of the month I’d hit a slump and have barely read a word for more than a week which for me is a long, long time without reading. I’ve been through this before though and I’m sure my disinterest in books is only temporary (or at least I hope so).
My book of the month (by the smallest of margins) is Box 21, a dark Swedish tale of human trafficking and its impact on its victims. I still think it’s utterly brilliant even though I’m struggling a lot with another book by the same authors at present.
Books read this month
Just Because (i.e. not for a challenge)
- Nevada Barr – Flashback (3 stars) (audio)
- Leighton Gage – Buried Strangers (4 stars)
- Carl Hiaasen – Native Tongue (audio)
- Colleen McCullough – Naked Cruelty (2 stars) (audio)
- David Owen – How the Dead See (4 stars)
- Michael Robotham – The Wreckage (4 stars)
- Geraldine Brooks – Caleb’s Crossing (pub 2011, 4.5 stars) This one would have qualified for the Aussie Authors challenge too but I’m trying to only count a book once for challenges.
- Ken Bruen – Priest (4.5 stars)
- Camilla Läckberg – The Preacher (pub 2003, 3.5 stars)
- Anders Roslund & Borge Hellstrom – Box 21 (pub 2008, 5 stars)
Toppling that TBR
Hmmmm. I ended last month with 180 books on my TBR and I now have 183 on that same pile. Clearly I’m crap at this particular challenge and it’s unlikely I’ll manage to read 103 books from this pile by the end of the year to reach my goal. Certainly not at my current rate.
Books acquired this month
This month I mainly acquired books for the various awards categories that have sparked my interest, though there were a couple of long-forgotten pre-orders on the doorstep too.
At this point anything would be good though it is my intention to keep reading books eligible for the Davitt Awards (which I am eligible to vote for), the Ned Kelly Awards or the CWA International Dagger Award
Chart of the Month
I couldn’t think of anything special to chart this month so thought I would show how my reading has fluctuated over the year. Hopefully for my TBR the graph will go up again in June