The books pictured from left to right, top to bottom, are:
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Vol. 1 and 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Morality for Beautiful Girls, the third No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith
- The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
- Marvellous Hairy by Mark A. Rayner
- A Grave in Gaza by Matt Beynon Rees
- My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam
- Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
- The Patriotic Murders by Agatha Christie
- Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie
- Die Trying by Lee Child
- The Kalahari Typing School for Men, the fourth No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith
- River of Gods by Ian McDonald
Going through the list one by one (roughly): I won’t be finishing all of the Sherlock Holmes, but will continue to delve into them. I started the third No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book, but just haven’t gotten back to it, not because it wasn’t good, but because I had other books which I was reading at the time. Both the Larsson and Collins’ books I credit to peer pressure. The Rayner book is a review copy (a second updated copy) from a fellow blogger, who has a hilarious blog called The Skwib. I read the first Omar Yussef book (Rees) last month and enjoyed it, so thought I’d try the second in the series. The Durrell book is a leftover from last month that I checked out from the library because I thought it looked intriguing (and short, always a good thing). The Adam book I picked up this month because I was captured by the book jacket. The Agatha Christie books: do I really have to explain? Okay, I will (yet again): I’m continuing to read through her novels in order for the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge. The Lee Child book is the second in the Jack Reacher series and finally the McDonald book was a gift from a friend in South Korea.
Last month I started with a list of about 20 books, but this month, I think I’m being a little more realistic, but of course, only time will tell.
I don’t know if I’ll get to much reading today (which is also why this post might seem a little rushed and also full of a lot of parenthetical asides) as we’re going to my parents to celebrate my mother’s birthday, which is on Tuesday. But if I do take anything, it most likely will be the Larsson book.
So what’s on your reading radar for this month? What are you reading today?
Oh, just for fun, because I thought of this while writing the phrase “only time will tell,” here’s the song of the same name by Asia: