Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Book of the month!
All 9 books were authors new to me, (18 from 26 so far in 2014 - I've decided to count Agatha Christie as a new author last month),
4 of the books were debut novels and I would happily read more from all debut authors - Kirschman, Veste, Harvkey and McCrary.
2 were by females (making 5 from 26 for the year - 19% go me! Double last year's % but could still do better)
5 were Net Galley books (God, I really went overboard on there didn't I?), 2 were received from the author, 1 from the publisher and 1 book was actually bought, though it subsequently transpired it wasn't even a whole book, just a portion of it.
7 were US authors - no surprise there, 1 from Australia, 1 from the UK.
In the course of the month my reading took me to Sydney, Liverpool, Cincinatti, Texas, New York, Missouri and Indiana, with some flying visits to Arizona and Mexico as well as a couple of unknown locations!
Progress on my challenges - no Vintage Reads, no Scottish reads, no Espionage reads, no TBR Mountain reads, 1 for my Down Under challenge and a few states filled on my USA challenge (6 from 51, so I'm making some progress there).
Most of my reads were very good, just a bit short of great. Tough to pick a book of the month, but as I read it cover to cover in about 3 hours flat it has to be Ellen Kirschman's Burying Ben. The good news is, she's writing a second Dot Meyerhoff book!
A close second would be Les Edgerton and The Bitch.
The full list of March reads is as follows:
Harry Hunsicker - The Contractors (3)
Les Edgerton - The Bitch (4)
Mike Resnick - Dog in the Manger (4)
Ellen Kirschman - Burying Ben (4)
Mike McCrary - Getting Ugly (4)
B. Selkie (aka Peter Robb) - Final Cut (aka No Sweat) (aka 1/3rd of Pig's Blood and Other Fluids) (3)
Mike Harvkey - In the Course of Human Events (4)
Luca Veste - Dead Gone (4)
Dorothy Uhnak - Codes of Betrayal (4)
April aims - hit 10 for the month, keep up the female count, chip away at some of my challenges, clear the Net Galley burden from my shoulders - free is not always a good thing!