Tuesday, 3 September 2013
AUGUST, 2013 - READING LIST
August typically is a productive reading month for me, at least in terms of numbers. I say typically, but not so this year. Usually I take 2 weeks holiday in the month and crack through a few books. This year my vacation time is a week later than normal, so I have veered into September for some down-time.
That doesn't explain why I haven't reached double figures for the month though. My older 2 children were at Reading festival for about 5 days, which also coincided with my youngest disappearing to Devon for a break with one of her friends and her family. What's a man to do? Bury his head in a book, or pay some attention to his wife?
Mrs K. won hands down. So August turned more into film month than book month. I watched in no particular order.........Sexy Beast (excellent, I love Ray Winstone), A Clockwork Orange (weird), Chinatown (fantastic), Domino (dire, didn't reach the end), Sharknado (bizarre, but fun in a so bad it's good sort of way), You're Next (better than I thought it was going to be, newly released horror/slasher movie), The Way Way Back (new release from the makers of Little Miss Sunshine - which is one of my favourite films ever. Superb family film about a lonely teenager growing up over a summer holiday. Sam Rockwell is fantastic, as is the young lad who I didn't know). One more film - Patten - a bio-pic, about the US general and his feats during WW2; verdict - really good.
Back to the books though, a couple of average books read, a few excellent, one disappointment and one stand-out.
Book of the month Duane Swierczynski - The Wheelman
David Mark - Dark Winter (4)
Wayne Epperson - Chasing Bad Guys (3)
Leif G.W. Persson - Linda, As In The Linda Murder (4)
Charlie Williams - Graven Image (3)
Duane Swierczynski - The Wheelman (5)
Bill Pronzini/Collin Wilcox - Twospot (4)
Eoin Colfer - Screwed (2)
Thomas Perry - The Boyfriend (4)
Kerrie , over at Mysteries in Paradise collates other bloggers August selections here.