Sunday, 31 March 2013

MARCH 2013 - READING LIST


Gerald Seymour - The Outsiders

Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire

Robert Crais - Lullaby Town

Gene Kerrigan - The Rage

Linwood Barclay - Clouded Vision

Max Allan Collins - Bait Money

Randy Wayne White - Sanibel Flats

Marek Krajewski - The End Of The World In Breslau

Bill Pronzini - The Snatch

Lawrence Block - In The Midst Of Death

Jack London - The Call Of The Wild

Dorothy B Hughes - In A Lonely Place

John D. MacDonald - Nightmare In Pink

Henry Baum - The Golden Calf

Pinckney Benedict - Dogs Of God

H. J. Hampson - The Vanity Game

A little bit of variety in my reading this month. I've been to 1920's Germany, late 19th century Canada, 60's New York and a crime infested present day Dublin, to mention a few. I've not got my non-fiction mojo back - sticking to fiction again for the second consecutive month. I have managed to read two books by female authors, which is two more than last month.

I've stayed on top of my reading challenges; Award winner - tick, Scandinavia - tick, overall numbers - double tick.

I've kept going with the two series I had started, plus I've begun a further three. If I maintain my series bent, my reading in coming months may become a little bit predictable, so I'll have to keep an eye on that. It doesn't pay to be too restrictive in my choices as my reading might turn into a chore rather than remain a pleasure. 

One stinker in the month which I struggled with - Krajewski and Breslau. Pretty much everything else I enjoyed, some a lot more than others.........Kerrigan, Block, Seymour, London......were a lot closer to the top of the pile than the rest.

Book of the month though - the first in Bill Pronzini's long running Nameless detective series - The Snatch.

8 comments:

  1. Col - You certainly did have a variety this month and it's good to hear you enjoyed most of what you read. I don't blame you for putting the Kerrigan near the top of your list; The Rage is, in my opinion, an excellent read.

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  2. Margot, I probably would have that as my 2nd favourite of the month with Seymour 3rd.

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  3. quite an eclectic list Colman. Fingers crossed for April.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, I think at some point this year I'll get slowed down by a couple of books and I'll lose my reading mojo....hopefully not just yet!

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  4. Wow, you have read a lot. Pronzini's book is a great pick. I have to get back to that series. I got stuck around the 20th book, need to catch up.

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    1. Hi Tracy, I'm hoping the second Nameless is as good as the first. Any particular reason why you stopped at 20?

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    2. That is a good question and I am not sure. I actually got through book 24 in the series. In 2003, I read that book and the preceding four books. Not sure why I stopped, although in Illusions, Nameless is dealing with some emotional issues. I will say that my husband is a big fan of the series, and has bought every book in the series, in hardback, and read them all.

      I am sure you will enjoy the next Nameless book. All of them (that I have read) are good, some better than others, of course.

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    3. Tracy, 24 is good going though, give ne the best part of 2 years and I will have caught up. I think part of the attraction for me with Nameless was precisely the type of thing you mentioned...emotional issues. A few people who rate the series have spoken about the way Nameless's life has unfolded throughout the books....health scares, girlfriends etc - I want to read about that and get to know him myself.

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