|May's book of the month.|
May was a peculiar reading month for me insofar as I kind of thought I was going along nicely regarding numbers and I thought I'd hit 10 for the month easily, but then things kind of drifted and meandered away from me.
Quality-wise there were no issues as I had 4 - 5 star reads in the month and the other books all merited 4 stars in my opinion.
All 7 authors were new to me, only 1 was female - I'm assuming that mystery author A.E. Greystone is male, but I could be wrong. 3 were British, 3 were from the US and 1 was French. 4 were debut books and 4 could be classed as self-published.
Only 2 were physical - hold in the hand, turn the pages, dog-ear the corners - books. And maybe therein lies the problem. I spend a large portion of my working day on a PC, so when I want to relax and blog surf and google-stuff, I'm on a laptop and then I try and indulge my favourite pastime on another gadget-gizmo. Maybe if I concentrate on actual books, my mojo will return? I'll try for more paperback reads in June then.
I didn't read anything towards any of my personal challenges, apart from a contribution against the numbers game. To be honest, whilst half tempted to abandon them I think I'll leave them be and let them serve as a reminder not to get carried away with things. I'll finish them when I finish them.
Next year's challenge, apart from targeting 120 books again, will be a challenge for me to not sign up for any challenges. Whilst I genuinely want to read books concerning espionage and from Scotland and Australia, they seem to be a bit restrictive and inhibiting. I'm going to be more of a free spirit and soar like a mighty eagle; an eagle that is a compulsive reader that reads what it wants when it wants.
Spoiled for choice regarding a nominated book of the month, I'll plump for the self-published, non-reviewed, mystery author - A.E. Greystone and the not totally faultless, but still disturbing A Prospect of Death.
The full list of May reads with links is as follows:
Pascal Garnier - The Front Seat Passenger (5)
Alexander Baron - The Human Kind (5)
Daniel Tremblay - The Harbour Master (4)
Claire Duffy - Identity Part 1 (4)
A.E.Greystone - A Prospect of Death (5)
R.C. O'Leary - Hallways in the Night (5)
Terry Irving - Courier (4)
|Second World War|
|French slice of noir.|