Pick of the month
I know February is a short month but I can’t blame that entirely for my reading drop off. After a strong start to the year I only read 4 books during February (though it is only other avid readers who will feel my pain, when I lamented this figure in my office and 20-something colleague replied that he hadn’t read that many books since leaving high school). I can’t go past Hans Olav Lahlum’s CHAMELEON PEOPLE as my favourite read of the month because it really did pull me out of a reading funk. I really enjoy this series set in Norway’s recent past and this instalment is my favourite yet with its combination of family drama, fascinating history with eerie connections to modern politics and unexpected turns in the lives of series regulars. Oh and of course there’s the ripper murder mystery as well. There is nothing quite so satisfying as a much anticipated book being all that you hoped for and then some.
The rest, in reading order
- Patricia Wentworth’s THE CHINESE SHAWL (my contribution to Crimes of the Century for 1943 can be summed up with the word meh)
- Mindy Mejia’s THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN (thoroughly enjoyed this nearly not crime novel about how we choose our identities and whether we can fight nature to be someone else)
- Wendy James’ THE GOLDEN CHILD (sadly for me this was one of those occasions where a much-anticipated book did not live up to expectations, but I am a lone voice as this book is getting raves from most readers)
Progress on bookish goals
2 down, 22 to go. Really need to pick up speed
2 down, 6 to go. On track
None of the 4 books I read were owned prior to the start of this year and I bought some more new books so my TBR is now at 134 which is more than I started the year off with 😳. I’m hopeless.
Buy no physical or eBooks from stores outside Australia (Audio books are my exception)
Did not add to my tally (Mindy Mejia is a new (to me) American author but I have already visited Minnesota on my virtual tour).
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What about you? How did your reading go on Feburary? Any books you need to recommend? Got any sure-fire strategies to prevent me acquiring more books?