Friday 21 April 2017
JANUARY 2017 - READING LIST AND PICK OF THE MONTH
A decent month's reading to start the year. I managed to complete 11 books in the month, a couple of which were re-reads.
Robin Sloan - Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (2012) (3)
Mark J. Newman - Violence in the Blood (2016) (4)
Barbara Vine - King Solomon's Carpet (1991) (4)
Jaime Raven - The Madam (2016) (4)
Bryan Smith - 68 Kill (2013) (4.5)
Lawrence Block - Hit Man (1998) (5)
Joe R. Lansdale - Dead Aim (2013) (4)
Catriona McPherson - The Child Garden (2015) (4)
Elmore Leonard - Maximum Bob (1991) (4.5)
Charles Bukowski - South of No North (1975) (3)
Jo Nesbo - Blood on Snow (2015) (4)
Book of the month - Lawrence Block - Hit Man - second time of reading and just as enthralling as the first!
More useless trivia......
11 different authors.
5 of the 11 were new-to-me authors........ Robin Sloan, Catriona McPherson, Jaime Raven, Bryan Smith and Barbara Vine. I'd be interested in reading more from 4 of them in the future.
I'm probably done with Robin Sloan.
I must have a couple of dozen books on the shelves and device from each of Elmore Leonard, Lawrence Block and Joe R. Lansdale - all are firm favourites!
Jo Nesbo - I'm not quite convinced on him yet - Blood on Snow was my 3rd book from him.
Charles Bukowski has been enjoyed in the past with more to come in the future, but the short story collection I read had a few flat notes.
Young gun Mark J. Newman writes the short, sharp, snappy violent gangster crime books I like to read. Two down from him, with two to go!
Gender analysis - no surprises here - 9 male, 2 females
I think 6 authors hail from the US, though Charles Bukowski was actually born in Germany
3 authors are English, 1 Scottish, 1 from Norway
All 11 were fiction, 1 was a collection of short stories.
7 were published this decade - with 1 from 1970s, 3 from the 90s.
8 of the 11 books were pre-owned! 1 came from the publisher, 2 from the authors.
Favourite cover? Elmore Leonard - Maximum Bob
South of No North is my second favourite cover.
My reads were this long 304 - 51 - 358 - 330 - 258 - 310 - 104 - 294 - 298 - 192 - 188
Total page count = 2687 (890 in December)
0 < 50,
1 between 51 < 100,
3 between 101 < 200,
3 between 201 < 300,
4 between 301 < 400,
0 > 400 pages
Barbara Vine's King Solomon's Carpet was the longest @ 358.