I thought being ultra busy in March and so not doing as much reading as normal would at least make my choice for book of the month an easy one. Alas, I am torn between two novels but as both are by terrific Australian writers and as I set my own rules for this monthly wrap-up I shall highlight them both.
Amanda Curtin’s ELEMENTAL made me cry in public but I’ve forgiven the author that embarrassment. It’s a beautiful work of historical fiction about a woman born into the hardship of a remote Scottish fishing village who makes her way to Australia.
Wendy James’ THE LOST GIRLS is the latest release from the author who is my favourite discovery from three years of participation in the Australian Women Writers challenge. It is the story of a teenager’s murder in 1978 which has an impact that lasts for decades.
The Rest (in reading order)
- Louise Phillips THE DOLL’S HOUSE part police procedural, part psychological thriller with a dash of something approaching horror as well by a new to me Irish author I’ll be looking to read more from
- Arne Dahl BAD BLOOD was featured in my book vs adaptation post this month
- Yrsa Sigurdadottir SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME a strong contender for this year’s Petrona Award
- Dick Francis EVEN MONEY
- Elly Griffiths THE OUTCAST DEAD one for fans of the series only I think
Progress towards book-ish goals
As far as official challenges go I read 2 more books for the Australian Women Writers challenge, bringing my total to 6 out of the 24 I’m aiming to read this year. But I failed to read a single book from my TBR pile that existed prior to the start of the year and didn’t read any more books for the reading USA fiction challenge either. Oh well!
My unofficial, personal challenges are travelling OK though
- I still haven’t bought any physical or eBooks from overseas stores
- I read another title by a female Irish crime writer
- I read a non-crime novel (and I started another one but really wasn’t enjoying it so
What about you? Did you read anything memorable during March? Are you reading goals for the year on track or have the wheels started to fall off? Do you care either way?