Once again, the bulk of my reading focus was on crime fiction, trying to finish up the books that were on the CWA International Dagger shortlist. This year's winner, by the way, was the team of Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, for their Three Seconds, which was not so much a mystery novel, but rather a suspense/thriller sort of thing; it's still worth reading just for the knots it produced in my stomach. My plan to get some more of my literature tbr pile out of the way just sort of fell by the wayside in July since I was so busy absorbing the best of international crime fiction.
Here's the shakedown:
not counting the crime fiction (which is separately listed), I read absolutely zero translated fiction this month. A first.
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy (read, not reviewed for lack of time)
Voss, by Patrick White (counting toward the 2011 Aussie Author challenge)
Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge, by John Gimlette
***french crime fiction
Seeking Whom He May Devour, by Fred Vargas
Have Mercy on us All, by Fred Vargas
Wash This Blood Clean From My Hands, by Fred Vargas
This Night's Foul Work, by Fred Vargas
An Uncertain Place, by Fred Vargas
Total Chaos, by Jean-Claude Izzo (for the Europa Editions challenge)
scandinavian crime fiction
The Hypnotist, by Lars Kepler
Three Seconds, by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom
The Quarry, by Johan Theorin
spanish crime fiction
Death on a Galician Shore, by Domingo Villar
turkish crime fiction
The Hotel Bosphorus, by Esmahan Aykol
.....totaling 15 books for July. Easy to do...I had a lot of long lazy vacation days with books at my side.
other book-related stuff:
1) my book group is on hiatus until the end of September; however, I did participate in the Bookbrowse.com discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
2) Added to the Amazon wishlist this month:
Solace, by Belinda McKeon
To Each His Own, by Leonard
4) several ARCs through the door, with more on the way (eek!) and
5) I found another freecycler who is putting together a library for the condo development she lives in, and she is gladly taking several boxes of books from my garage. My husband is eternally grateful.
so that's it for July. If anyone's interested, over at the other blog, The Crime Segments, I'm currently finishing Misterioso, a Swedish crime fiction novel by Arne Dahl, and starting a month of books mentioned in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano novels.