Pick of the month
October delivered more real-life shenanigans (this time on the health front), making 2017 an interesting year if nothing else. But here I prefer to focus on books rather than shenanigans, especially when I’ve read a book like ON THE JAVA RIDGE by Australian author Jock Serong. My shortest possible review would read: bloody hell! A story of asylum seekers, innocent tourists and a soul-less government it is gorgeously written, highly topical, bone-achingly tense and as anger inducing as art gets.
The rest, in reading order
- Shankari Chandran’s THE BARRIER is an unsettling dystopian novel set in the near future in which our future selves fail to deal humanely with the challenges of global disease outbreaks and other unpleasantness
- Jane Harper’s FORCE OF NATURE follows on strongly from her much awarded debut novel THE DRY and reminds as all why nature is frightening
- Qiu Xiaolong’s A CASE OF TWO CITIES takes readers to modern China and the US in a politically charged investigation
- Maddie Day’s FLIPPED FOR MURDER provided the Indiana stop on my virtual tour of America and is an enjoyable read for those who like their cosy mysteries without overt gimmicks
- Val McDermid’s INSIDIOUS INTENT is the 10th book in the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series provides a superbly constructed story but includes far too much casual law breaking on the part of people who should know better for my tastes.
I did read two additional books but haven’t posted reviews yet: Alice Feeney’s SOMETIMES I LIE and Sarah Ward’s THE PATIENT FURY.
Progress on bookish goals
14 down (not counting two DNFs), 11 to go. Probably not going to make it this time
4 down, 4 to go. Was looking good for this one but the host of this meme is taking a break and I haven’t been motivated to read the classics on my own.
Sigh. I have only read 22 books that I owned before January 1. I’ve gotten rid of a few more via culling or deciding not to finish but my total TBR stands at 128.
Buy no physical or eBooks from stores outside Australia (Audio books are my exception)
So far so good.
Have read 4 eligible books for the whole of 2017. Unlikely to read 6 more during the next two months
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What about you? How is your reading going for the year? Anything from October that you want to shout about?