Of the 8, Penance blew me away - ticking every box with McFetridge's Black Rock a close second. Interesting that they were both set in a similar period....Montreal, 1970 and Chicago, 1971.
Most of the rest were really good, with one book a so-so read and another which I might have been better flushing down the toilet for all the enjoyment I derived from it!
A few more stats...............
USA - 7, Canada - 1, (I do love America),
Males - 7, Females - 1 (no change there),
USA State Reading Challenge - 2, other challenges - NIL,
New to me authors - 5
Net Galley books - 6, Own books - 2,
I think the last statistic sums up my mini-slump. I went a bit cray cray on Net Galley biting off more than I can chew. My reading seems pressured to meet deadlines and gives me less choice in what I want to pick-up next. Oh well, only about another 10 to go, then the vice-like grip will slacken.
Book of the month - Dan O'Shea - Penance!
The full January bunch below,
Collin Wilcox - Bernhardt's Edge (4)
David Putnam - The Disposables (4)
Stephen Graham Jones - Flushboy (2)
Dan O'Shea - Penance (5)
John McFetridge - Black Rock (4)
Adam Sternbergh - Shovel Ready (3)
Annette Dashofy - Circle of Influence (4)
Jake Hinkson - Saint Homicide (4)