Today I thought I’d give not only a midweek review, but also a midyear review and a look ahead to what’s on my “wish list” and what’s on my Nook in terms of samples. As of earlier this morning, I now have read 23 books this year, as I finished The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie. It was a good way to get back into the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge, and I have a few more Christie books already borrowed from the library to read in the next few weeks.
What else is on my radar in the near and not-so-near future?
First, I’ll start with authors I’ve found on the shelves of the library where I work, but whose books our library doesn’t have all of a particular series, especially in several cases the first one. At the top of this list is:
- The Guards by Ken Bruen, the first of the Jack Taylor series, and which I already have sampled on my Nook. I am looking forward to purchasing this one sometime in the near future.
Next up is a series by Bill Pronzini called the Nameless Detective series. Our library has a handful of the series, but doesn’t have the first one, The Snatch, by him. I’ve always wanted to try this series, but haven’t had the opportunity yet, thanks to our library’s lack of keeping up with series.
Last on this short list from the library (or at least that I’ll mention today for space considerations) is the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin. Our library does have the first one, Knots and Crosses, but then is missing several of the others in the series. I did read that first one and liked it, although not loved it, as I could tell it probably was a series that would grow on me. However, again, the library didn’t afford me the opportunity to find out if I’d continue to like the series or not.
Second, I’ll continue with authors I’ve found on the shelves of the library where I work, and whose books our library does have all of the series. I also have marked these in my eWish list on my Nook. At the top of this list is:
- A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin, the series that begins with A Game of Thrones.
Next in that list is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, the first in the Percy Jackson series.
The final entry on that list is yet another series, the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. I already have the first one, Magyk, as a free ebook on my Nook. I think after finishing the Harry Potter series earlier this year, though, that I’ve subconsciously taken a break from young adult/children’s fantasy books — and maybe all fantasy books. I’m sure, though, I will return to them by the end of the year.
Third, I’ll begin wrapping up the list of books on my radar with a few as suggested either by my reading on the Nook or from my wish list there. At the top of this list is:
- A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami, which I want to read as part of the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge. I’ve already read Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World earlier this year, but want to continue with A Wild Sheep Chase, which I already have read, but which I want to buy, and then its sequel Dance, Dance, Dance.
Next is The Mourner by Richard Stark, an alias of Donald E. Westlake, the fourth in his Parker series. And last, but not least, is Persona non Grata, the third in the Gaius Petreius Ruso series, by Ruth Downie, with the fourth one, Caveat Emptor, just being released not too long ago.
The last book I’ll mention that is on my radar, and of which our library does have a copy, is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick as suggested by Tasha of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books. I saw her mention it on Twitter and thought it would be a good one to try at some point.
Of course, I’m still continuing the Bones/Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs too…as I’m now reading Fatal Voyage, which is part of that series and most likely will get back to reading later today.
So what is on your reading radar for the rest of this year, either on your wish list to buy or on your wish list to borrow from the library?