Books of the month
I was lucky enough to read several excellent books this month but my favourite crime novel was the third of Johan Theorin’s quartet set on the Swedish island of Öland. Theorin is a master at creating atmosphere, at making you feel as if you are in the locations he is depicting and The Quarry is yet another superb example of his craft. This one intertwines the story of the island’s spring awakening with several threads involving the lives and crimes of its inhabitants and visitors.
I haven’t read much non-fiction lately but did feel compelled to read Adrian Hyland’s account of the bushfires that devastated the area he lives in called Kinglake-350. I figured that if anyone could deal with a tragedy like that with sensitivity and intelligence it would be Hyland but I was still wary about reading it. I needn’t have worried though, Hyland has done a superb job of painting a very human picture of the awful events and even provides some lessons if we’re smart enough to learn them.
Books read this month
Just Because (i.e. not for a challenge)
- Adrian Hyland – Kinglake-350 (5 stars) Aussie Author
- Alan Carter – Prime Cut (4.5 stars) Aussie Author
- Andrea Camilleri – The Wings of the Sphinx (4 stars)
- Ann Cleeves – Telling Tales (3 stars but I never got around to writing a review)
- Angela Savage – The Half-Child (4 stars) Aussie Author
- Chris Womersley – Bereft (no rating) Aussie Author
- Domingo Villar – Death on a Galician Shore (4.5 stars)
- J. D. Cregan – The Wonder of Seldom Seen (3 stars but I haven’t written a review yet) Aussie Author
- Kerry Greenwood – Dead Man’s Chest (3.5 stars) Aussie Author
- Louise Penny – Bury Your Dead (4 stars)
- Michael Connelly – The Brass Verdict (2.5 stars)
- Valerio Varesi – River of Shadows (3 stars, Italy – Europe)
- Johan Theorin – The Quarry (5 stars)
What’s in a Name (3 read, 3 to go)
- P.D. Martin – Kiss of Death (read for the book with a life stage in the title category) (it’s hardly surprising mine was gonna be a death title is it?) (3 stars) Aussie Author
Toppling that TBR
I still have 179 books to read. I suck at this.
Well I have actually stopped increasing the pile for several months and am basically reading at the same rate as I acquire books now. But I still have all those leftover books from my giant TBR.
What’s up for August?
I’ve let my challenges lapse a little so plan to get a move on in August. I’m reading Burned which is the first book by Norwegian author Thomas Enger and am listening to The Stonecutter which is the third book in Camilla Lackberg’s Swedish series. So that’s good progress on the Nordic challenge at least.
I’ve got 3 books left to read to reach the medium level of the global challenge. I’ve had Stan Jones’ White Sky, Black Ice on my TBR all year for the American leg of the challenge. It’s set in Alaska and I’m really looking forward to it. Although I read plenty of books for the Canadian book challenge I didn’t double-count any of them so need to read another one for this challenge. Then I’ve got several Asian books to choose from on my shelves to finish off the challenge.
For my book club I’ll be reading the first book in Nicci French’s new series. I haven’t anything by this writing duo for some years and am curious to see how they tackle new characters and setting. I only have one book from the library at the moment, Unity Dow’s The Screaming of the Innocent which is set in Africa.
What about you? Read anything remarkable during July? Got any recommendations to make? I’ve been hankering for some non crime-related reading of late…read any good history books? or historical fiction? or something else that might tempt me away from the crime shelves?