A great month of reading to end the year and after failing on all of my other reading challenges, I managed to read 18 books, novellas and short stories etc to hit my year end target of 120 reads.
Do I care if I manipulated the length of the pieces read to get to the line.......no not really.
I got a bit jaded during the middle of the month and took myself away from blogging for a fortnight, so for half of these books I haven't yet jotted down any thoughts. The OCD monster inside dictates that I address this, so I think I'll still be blogging on December reads when February come around.
Two 5 star reads among the 18 - Antonin Varenne's Loser's Corner and Lawrence Block's Borderline. I can't choose between them, so they both get one hand on the December pick of the month trophy.
Loser's Corner - Varenne's dark account of France's messy and brutal entanglement in Algeria in the late 50's, something that still haunts to this day.
Borderline - a 50 year-old Lawrence Block pulp-cum-soft porn tale from the master.
All the others were enjoyed and time well spent.
Honourable mentions for Brian Garfield - entertains me every time, Paul D Brazill - shocks and laughs in the same sentence, Christina James - Sausage Hall - one of my titles of the year, but much more than that - an enjoyable and thought provoking mystery, Danny King and John Nelson - for barrels of laughs and some light relief.
Of the 18, 9 authors were new to me, and shockingly but probably not too much of a surprise for me only 1.5 were penned by women authors. I'll see what my stat is for the year at some point, but I don't think I have addressed the gender imbalance in my reading really this year.
Tom Kakonis (aka Adam Barrow) - Flawless (4)
Paul D. Brazill - 13 Shots of Noir (4)
Lawrence Block - One Thousand Dollars a Word (4)
Max Austin - Duke City Split (4)
Christina James - Sausage Hall (4)
Charles Allen Gramlich - Killing Trail (4)
J.W.Nelson - LA Limo Tales (4)
Danny King - A 4-King Cracker (4)
Lee Thompson - When We Join Jesus in Hell (4)
Lawrence Block - Like a Bone in the Throat (4)
Janet Evanovich/Lee Goldberg - The Heist (4)
Lawrence Block - Borderline (5)
Earl Javorsky - Down Solo (4)
Brian Garfield - What of Terry Conniston? (4)
Nigel Bird - Smoke (4)
Antonin Varenne - Loser's Corner (5)
Mark Sennen - The Boat House (4)
Scott McKenzie - A Gitmo Nation Christmas Carol (3)
Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise hosts a meme, collating together other crime fiction bloggers monthly book choices. Well worth heading over there to add recommendations to your TBR pile!