How soon Monday rolls around! I feel like I just wrote this weekly segment and now I'm writing it again. First, my thanks to Sheila at book journey who should be an example to us all. How she gets so much done in a day is beyond me!
So, last week I finally put aside the Man Booker Prize longlist novels. I finished all but one -- The Stars in the Bright Sky, by Alan Warner, which did not arrive in time to complete. After forking out the money for this book once, I didn't want to get another. There will be a seller on Amazon getting a not-so-nice bit of feedback on this one. But that's okay. The last three I read were
In a Strange Room, by Damon Galgut, The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson, and The Betrayal, by Helen Dunmore, all reviewed here. As a side note, if anyone wants my copy of The Betrayal, the first person to leave a comment here about it can have it. And I don't care where you live.
Then I finished a book called Frozen Moment by a new (well, new to me) Scandinavian crime fiction author, Camilla Ceder. It's quite good, and I was amazed to find it was her first novel. I haven't done the review yet but it will show up over at the Crime Segments part of my blog this week. I had to laugh -- on the back cover of my book was written "Move Over, Wallander." And speaking of Wallander, he's back on Masterpiece Theater starting this coming Sunday. I've been trying to get Larry to read the Wallander novels, but he's a literary xenophobe, preferring the American crime writers because (and I quote) "they don't have accents." I made him promise to try one Henning Mankell novel if he likes what he sees on Masterpiece on Sunday.
There was a winner in the international Room giveaway last week, and I also wrote a small piece for September's ongoing Agatha Christie Blog Tour, hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise.
Currently I'm finishing Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann. My book group is discussing this tomorrow and I'm not quite done yet.
This week the month ends and we roll over into October, so I'll be switching gears once again. I'm planning to do a month of reading that focuses on independent publishers, featuring mainly books by Unbridled Books (since I seem to have amassed quite a few here recently), starting with one of their most recent books called Panopticon, by David Bajo, and moving on to A Geography of Secrets, by Frederick Reuss over the course of this week. As the month goes on, I'll add other indie press books into the mix as well.
So that's it. Have a lovely reading week!