This has been a fantastic February for reading. I finished eleven books, all of them from my to-be-read books (TBRs). The links are to my posts on the books:
- The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves
- Playing With Fire by Peter Robinson
- Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
- The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
- Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody
- Crucible by S G MacLean
- The Steel Bonnets: the story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers by George MacDonald Fraser (Non fiction)
- The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
- Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
- The Breaker by Minette Walters
- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I enjoyed every one of them, but there are a couple of outstanding books, one of which is Crucible by S G MacLean and that is my Crime Fiction Pick of the Month. I was transported back to 17th century Scotland where Alexander Seaton investigates the murder of his friend, Robert Sim, the College librarian at the Marischal College in Aberdeen.
It’s absolutely compelling reading, including a quest for €˜a secret, unifying knowledge, known to the ancients‘ since lost to us. There are many twists and turns and another man is killed before he finally arrives at the truth.
For more Crime Fiction Picks of the Month see Kerrie’s blog, Mysteries in Paradise.
The other outstanding book is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which I have yet to write about. I found this book quite hard to read when it was about the abuse happening to some of characters. In some ways it is a dark book and yet in other ways it is uplifting. Another book that I didn’t want to end and at the same time I wanted to rush through it to see how it would end.
I’ve had this book for nearly six years and am so glad I eventually got round to reading it.
Also worth a mention are The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (no review post as yet). I read both on my Kindle, both are short books, but beautifully composed, taut and precise. Of the two I think Ethan Frome has the edge, mainly because of Wharton’s descriptive writing evoking such an intense atmosphere.
I’m doing well at the moment sticking to reading my TBRs (books I’ve had since before 1 January 2014) – I’ve plenty to choose from – although I am wavering and have started to read a library book. I keep finding books I haven’t included in my LibraryThing and Goodreads catalogues, so although the numbers of unread books on the shelves are going down, the numbers on LT and GR aren’t. And I have bought a few books this year to add to the unread totals!