Pick of the month
For what are probably obvious reasons I didn’t read a lot during August. I did re-listen to a swag of Dick Francis novels narrated by Tony Britton but they probably don’t count as I wasn’t giving them my full attention.
I did finish a couple of new to me books though and the standout was definitely Peter Corris’ first crime novel THE DYING TRADE. I picked this to read as part of the Past Offences Classics Challenge and was really glad to have been motivated to go back to where it all began for Australia’s best-known fictional private investigator. It’s a ripper yarn and very, very Australian so kudos to Corris’ publishers for giving it a go as the cultural cringe was still very much alive and kicking in the 80’s.
Progress Towards 2015’s Book-ish Goals
|Australian Women Writers Challenge||Read and review 25 eligible books||10*/25|
|Reading US Fiction Challenge||Read 6 books by new to me authors set in different states of the US||3/6|
|Personal – Outside my comfort zone||Read at least 6 books that aren’t crime/mystery/thriller novels||2/6|
|Personal – Read Globally||Read at least 10 books set in countries that aren’t Australia, America or England||23/10|
|Personal – Reduce TBR||Read at least 20 books I owned as at 31 December 2014||13/20|
|Personal – Buy Australian||Buy no physical or eBooks from non-Australian stores||1/0|
|Personal – Read older books too||Participate in at least 6 of the monthly ‘pick a year’ reading challenges hosted at Past Offences||6/6|
*have read 13 books but only reviewed 10 of them
I made no progress on any challenges except for completing my personal target of participating in 6 of the classics challenges hosted by Past Offences. I’m happy to be finished but will continue participating where possible. I haven’t enjoyed all my selections as much as I did this month’s but I have enjoyed being motivated to read older novels. On that front if you’ve any suggestions for a 1976 crime novel I might like feel free to let me know. I’ve got nothing in my own TBR and though I have put my name down for a couple via my library there’s no guarantee they will arrive (older books tend to be lurking in storage locations rather than active shelving and it has been my experience that though they might be in the catalogue it’s not until someone goes looking for them that the librarians realise the book has disappeared).
I’ve started reading ‘properly’ again the past few days so am hoping to get a good amount done in September. I picked up Lauren Beukes’ BROKEN MONSTERS from the library which I will be able to count towards my Reading US Fiction Challenge (it’s set in Michigan) and am going to try to get to some titles from my TBR (but then I always try that and it rarely works).
What about you? Had any particularly good reads during August? Got something good lined up for September?