So above is a pile of books that I planned on reading for this month.
The books pictured from top to bottom were:
- My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
- Morality for Beautiful Girls, the third No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith
- The Kalahari Typing School for Men, the fourth No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- The Patriotic Murders by Agatha Christie
- Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie
- The Courage to be Catholic: Crisis, Reform and the Future of the Church by George Weigel
- River of Gods by Ian McDonald
- The Bureau and the Mole: The Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History by David A. Vise
- Die Trying by Lee Child
- Drowned Hopes by Donald E. Westlake
- Don’t Ask by Donald E. Westlake
- Mainspring by Jay Lake
- Escapement by Jay Lake *
- Pinion by Jay Lake *
- How The Scots Invented The Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It by Arthur Herman
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
- Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson *
- Between, Georgia also by Jackson *
- Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
which brought the total to 20 for the month.
Of those 20, I’ve read three thus far, the ones marked out above. I’ve also given up on four others, the ones with an asterisk, two definitely (the Lake books after reading the first one and deciding Steampunk isn’t for me) and two others indefinitely (the Joshilyn Jackson books).
What hasn’t helped this list is that last week, I also received a book from interlibrary loan: A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King, the second in the Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series. Plus yesterday, while “working” at the library, I needed to find a book to read because it was an extremely slow day (I told the lady with whom I was working: “I’d like to say it’s been fun working with you, but really it hasn’t.”) and I had forgotten to take one of the above books with me to read during lunch.
Fortunately, being in a library, I had plenty of books from which to choose. Unfortunately, I was tired from staying up too late the previous night (staying up late playing a silly cellphone game) and couldn’t think straight, so I wandered the fiction aisles aimlessly, looking for the “right book.” Finally, I found it: The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beynon Rees, the first in a mystery series featuring a Palestinian detective, Omar Yussef. I had come across the series in the process of shelf-reading.
So I’ve started both that book and the King book and probably will split my time between the two today.
So what’s on your reading radar for the rest this month? What are you reading today?
Addendum: I also read Two for the Money, two novels, by Max Allan Collins, which is part of the Hard Case Crime collection and Thor, a graphic novel, by J. Michael Straczynksi and Olivier Coipel. In short, I liked the graphic novel better than the other two. And, oh, as if that weren’t enough books, I did pick up two other books from the library this week: Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America– and Found Unexpected Peace by William Lobdell and The Gift of Peace: Personal Reflections by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. Yes, sometimes my eyes are truly bigger than my reading appetite.