Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm back, and it's Monday ...what am I reading?

It's Monday, I'm back from my little vacation getaway, and I'm tired so this will be brief.  First, my thanks to Sheila at bookjourney who hosts this very fun meme every week. Please go give her blog a nice visit.  
Last week was a reading extravaganza for me, with absolutely zero interruptions to reading time. Out on the balcony, sun beaming down, I maximized my quiet time and got a LOT of reading done.  First there was Elizabeth George's lovely Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Barbara Havers in A Great Deliverance. I also finished Spies, by Michael Frayn (nothing is reviewed past A Great Deliverance, but will be shortly). Fortuitously, the day we left for the cruise I got two books in the mail that I read out while sailing: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, by David Grann (a delightful book), and my favorite Scandinavian crime fiction author's (Jo Nesbø) new book The Devil's Star.  This book has been floating around in paper for a while, but I read his other two in hardcover (the Harper editions of Redbreast and Nemesis) so I've been waiting for Devil's Star in the same format. Then it was on to Jesse Kellerman's new book, The Executor, which I received from the publisher.Last but by no means least was Woman With Birthmark (now in trade paper), by Hakan Nesser, another excellent writer of Scandinavian crime fiction.

This coming week: I'm off to Philadelphia Thursday for a family function until next week, so I don't know what I'll get done, but I plan to read Fox Evil by Minette Walters (since I forgot to pack it in my suitcase), and I have to read The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, by Kelly O'Conner McNees, which I received from the publisher. If you would like the ARC of this book after I've finished it, just email. First come, first served. I also hope to get to Arctic Chill, by Arnaldur Indridason, another one of my favorite Scandinavian crime fiction writers. Beyond that, I'm not sure.

I'm currently reading Forest Gate, by Peter Akinti, which I must review quickly for Amazon Vine. I meant to do that over this last week, but well, the best laid plans and all of that.

so that's it. I'm so tired!


  1. I've been wanting to try some Scandinavian crime fiction for a while now. I'll have to check out the titles you mention. Sounds like you've got a great list this week.
    Here's mine.

  2. Isnt it amazing how vacations knock the energy out of us? That happens to me every time! Yay about the books though - that sounds wonderful to just relax and read! You had some great reads.

    Rest up! :)

  3. Vacations can sure be exhausting! You did manage to get a lot of reading done though. Regarding my read, Out Stealing Horses, you hit the nail on the head-it is a quiet book but it packs a punch!
    Happy Reading--

  4. Sometimes I feel like a need a post-vacation vacation. And then there's all the laundry...sigh.


  5. Oh my gosh, the laundry. Do we wear more clothes when we're on vacation or something? Or does it multiply in the darkness of our suitcases? I'm glad you had a good time! Enjoy your books!

  6. I am glad that you had a good time. I always feel like I need another vacation after a vacation!

  7. re vacation after vacation AND laundry:

    isn't it the truth????????


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