Wednesday, 4 July 2018

JUNE 2018 - READING LIST AND PICK OF THE MONTH

Last month was a much better reading month than the previous two. I was hoping for double digit reading figures but nine's not so bad.



The stand-out read and pick of the month was Preston Lang's Sunk Costs - Lang's one of my favourite authors.

The full list is.......

Graham Smith - When the Waters Recede (2018) (4)

Dale Brendan Hyde - The Ink Run (2018) (3)

Andrew Barrett - The Lift (2015) (4)

John Mead - The Hanging Women (2018) (4)

Ann Girdharry - Chilling Tales of the Unexpected (2018) (4)

Cornell Woolrich - Four Novellas of Fear (2010) (4.5)

Preston Lang - Sunk Costs (2018) (5)

Andrew Barrett - The Note (2017) (4)

J.A. Marley - Godsend (2018) (4)


More trivia for my own amusement ....

1 - 4.5 STAR read - Cornell Woolrich with some entertaining 30s written tales.

7 of the 9 were 4 STAR reads and very enjoyable

1 - 3 STAR read - Dale Brendan Hyde's The Ink Run - which had its moments.

9 reads from 8 different authors,

6 of the 8 were new-to-me authors, Andrew Barrett, Dale Brendan Hyde, John Mead, Ann Girdharry, J.A. Marley and Cornell Woolrich - I have more on the pile from Woolrich, Girdharry, Marley and Barrett which I look forward to.

Graham Smith and Preston Lang have been enjoyed before with more to come in the future.

Gender analysis -  7 male authors, 1 female - shocking but no big surprise. I keep deferring my all female reading month.

8 authors read, 4 are English, 2 hail from the US, 1 from Scotland and 1 from Northern Ireland - I think.

All 9 of the reads were fiction - 5 novels - 2 collections of novellas or long short stories and a couple of long stories on their own.

All of the books were published in this decade ....6 from 2018, 1 from 2017, 1 from 2015 - 1 from 2010, though the 2010 collection had previously all been published as separate pieces in the late 30s and 1940.


Two of the reads were pre-owned. Of the other seven - one came from the author and six from publicists/publishers, five of them for participation in blog tours, though I only made the deadline for four of them.


Favourite cover? Cornell Woolrich's Four Novellas of Fear







Second favourite – Graham Smith - When the Waters Recede





My reads were this long 260 - 416 - 51 - 248 - 98 - 192 - 206 - 51 - 294

Total page count = 1816 (533 in May)....... a near 1300 page increase

5 were Kindle reads, and 4 were paperbacks


0 < 50,
3 between 51 < 100,
1 between 101 < 200,
4 between 201 < 300,
0 between 301 < 400,
1  > 400 pages

Dale Brendan Hyde's The Ink Run was the longest read at 416 pages

Andrew Barrett's The Lift and The Note were both equal shortest at 51 pages each







6 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had a good reading month, Col. And it looks as though most of your reads were good. You chose some excellent covers for books, too - I can see why you like them so well.

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    1. Cheers Margot. It was nice to get back on track>

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  2. I could've sworn I commented on the Woolrich, but it has disappeared into the dark web I guess! I thought it sounded like a great book, you did a good job selling it to me.

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    1. Moira, I do think you would enjoy these Woolrich tales.

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  3. Based on the titles and the covers, another month of mostly violent books. I think the Marley book appeals the most, and then there are the Woolrich stories. Nice month.

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    1. Tracy, I think you would definitely get on well with the Woolrich and possibly the Barrett's.

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