Monday, 1 July 2013
JUNE 2013 READING LIST
I struggled a bit with my reading in June to be honest, but that said by the end of the month, I reckon I had snapped out of my doldrums, thanks in particular to Terry Shames and her superb debut novel - A Killing At Cotton Hill.
I managed to read 10 books in total of varying lengths and kept to my targets, number-wise and also in my own personal Scandinavian and Award reading challenges.
7 of my 10 reads were new-to-me authors and 3 of my reads were written by women. (See, I am making an effort!) One author - Jac Wright is gender unconfirmed as far as I can see, but I'm not about to make any false claims.
Monthly highlights were Shames and Garfield, with other enjoyable reads from Kitchin, Corbett, Larsson, Grafton and the ever dependable Lawrence Block x 2. No turkeys in the month, but a couple fell a wee bit short of the others on the enjoyment measuring scale.
My mid-month blues, did force me to abandon my ongoing series reads or at least set them aside for the month until I rediscovered my mojo.
My full list is as follows, with my rating in brackets after the book.
Lawrence Block - Eight Million Ways To Die (1982) (4)
Rob Kitchin - Stiffed (2013) (4)
Sue Grafton - A Is For Alibi (1982) (4)
David Corbett - Do They Know I'm Running (2010) (4)
Asa Larsson - The Savage Altar (2006) (4)
Terry Shames - A Killing At Cotton Hill (2013) (5)
Lawrence Block - Grifter's Game (1961) (4)
Jack Rylance - Copacabana (2012) (3)
Jac Wright - The Closet (2013) (3)
Brian Garfield - Hopscotch (1975) (5)
Two contenders for my book of the month, but by a short-head I'm plumping for A Killing At Cotton Hill, well worth checking out in my opinion.