As far as I can tell this meme (the name of which I have mangled completely) (I never was very good at nursery rhymes) started at Stuck in a Book, travelled here and here, was adapted here and then went here and…well you get the idea. Here’s my take…
The book I’m currently reading: BORN TO RUN by John M Green. The author is an Aussie but the book is a political thriller set in the US during the run up to a post-Obama election. I’m enjoying the conspiracies, shady characters and the reaffirmation of my belief that politics is just about the dirtiest business on earth. Seriously, international arms trading has more integrity.
The last book I finished: Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s ASHES TO DUST involving a case of three (and a bit) bodies found in a house abandoned during a 1973 volcanic eruption. Officially no one died from the eruption itself as locals don’t count the man who was gassed in his basement from the toxic output of the eruption because he was an alcoholic (and presumably deserved all he got?) so the bodies must have been the result of deliberate murder. I liked the book very much because it was about volcanoes (a little bit anyway) and was funny.
The next book I want to read: I still have a couple of challenges to finish off for the year so I’m going to read Shamini Flint’s A DEADLY CAMBODIAN CRIME SPREE then Canadian author Maureen Jennings’ EXCEPT THE DYING to take care of the Global reading challenge.
The last book I bought: On Friday I ordered Derek Hansen’s A MAN YOU CAN BANK ON. It’s an Aussie comic noir tale and I took advantage of a local online seller’s free shipping offer for the day as it has been given lots of stars by two of my Good Reads friends. I don’t buy many physical books any more and while I do love eBooks I miss arriving home to find little packages of joy on the doorstep so I shall savour the arrival of this one.
The last book I was given: PRIVATE DICKS AND FEISTY CHICKS: AN INTERROGATION OF CRIME FICTION by Australian crime writer Cathy Cole. The book started life as her doctoral dissertation and I’m looking forward to chapters on the moral zone of the genre, crime and politics and am having fun imagining what the chapter called “Hellholes, havens and heterotopias” is all about.
Which was the last book you borrowed from the library? Yesterday I brought home the hardcover of Andrea Camilleri’s THE TRACK OF SAND which is the 12th Inspector Montalbano mystery. I very much enjoyed its predecessor and am keen to get stuck into this one in which the intrepid inspector arises one morning to find the carcass of a horse on the beach.
What is the most recent e-book you read? Outrage by Arnaldur Indriðason which I read on my iPad (Kindle app). I was one of my recent insomnia-inspired binge of mostly translated fiction and Ithought it very good. It was one of those books that makes you put yourself in the circumstances of the players and ponder what you might do. It also makes you hungry for Indian food.
What was the first book you read this year (I skipped the translated books question as lots of my recent reads have been translated as can be seen from earlier answers) Australian author Kathryn Fox’s DEATH MASK which I thought an outstanding start to the year. It concerns crimes committed in/around the world of elite sports and is a fascinating insight into all aspects of that worrying culture.
Which book is at the top of your Christmas list? I’ve been getting into books about crime fiction lately (like the one mentioned above and I also bought a copy of PD James’ TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION). I would like to get some more but it’s hard to know which are good. I’m not really interesting in books that focus on one author (like the plethora of companions to Christie or Doyle) but if anyone has any recommendations for good books about crime fiction (that I can read while waiting for Margot to publish hers) do let me know as I have a birthday and Christmas coming up 🙂
Which so-far unpublished book are you most looking forward to reading? I don’t buy that many brand new releases (though it’s getting more economical to do so with eBooks) but I am looking forward to Sue Grafton’s latest alphabet mystery – V IS FOR VENGEANCE – due out on the 14th of November. This is one of only two series of which I have read each instalment as they were released. The quality has waxed and waned a little over that period but the last one was terrific and I do have a special place in my heart for Kinsey, Henry and the 1980’s. Only 4 more installments after this one!