I’ve read over 40 books during the past couple of months, mostly the titles nominated for an award that I’m one of the judges for. It’s a great privilege to be part of this process but I must admit the sheer quantity was a bid daunting this year and I’m relieved the hard work is now over. So far I’ve only reviewed a handful of the books as I felt duty bound to spend my time reading rather than reviewing but I have jottings and post-it notes all over the place from which I hope to cobble together some more reviews in the next few weeks.
Although I’ve read a swag of great books my pick for this period is Adrian McKinty’s IN THE MORNING I’LL BE GONE. It’s got everything I look for in my reading: lovably imperfect characters, an enveloping sense of its time and place, emotional highs and lows and some of the best laughs you’ll find between two covers. And a locked-room mystery too. A real treat.
Other notable titles
- Greg Barron SAVAGE TIDE – a political thriller with bite
- Agatha Christie’s THE CLOCKS was my choice for the Past Offences 1963 challenge
- Kathryn Fox’s FATAL IMPACT is a seriously good forensic procedural that is truly topical
- Kerry Greenwood’s MURDER AND MENDELSSOHN is not my favourite instalment of the Phryne Fisher series but good fun all the same
- Jan Costin Wagner LIGHT IN A DARK HOUSE – barely a crime novel but truly memorable nonetheless
- Margaret Wild’s THE VANISHING MOMENT – is targeted at a young adult audience but I enjoyed it too, especially the writing and the depiction of the two central characters who both experience and deal with a trauma in their lives
- Steve Worland COMBUSTION – an action thriller
Progress towards book-ish goals
I’m doing well on my goals relating to reading books by Australian authors but haven’t really progressed much towards any of my other goals. But I’ve a full half year to finish what I’ve started.
I’m looking forward to reading purely for choice again though I must admit I haven’t actually been able to pick up a book at all in the couple of days since finishing my duties. The teetering TBR will call me soon though I’m sure.
What about you? Do you have a favourite book you read during June (or May)? I’ve hardly visited any blogs or review sites for the past two months and I’m sure I’ve missed some great titles so feel free to leave me your lists/links to the books you’ve loved. Got anything special you’re looking forward to for July?