July has been great for reading and I’ve not done badly writing reviews either. I’d not been reading many of my TBR books up to July but I changed all that this month by reading 6 of them. And I added to my non-fiction reading with 2 more books. In total I read 11 books, one of which is a re-read and I loved even more than the first time I read it – The Shipping News.
They are – in the order I read them and with links to my posts:
- The Day of the Lie by William Brodrick (TBR)
- The Man with The Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam (TBR)
- Last Friends by Jane Gardam (TBR)
- The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (NF)
- The Outcast by Sadie Jones (TBR)
- Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work by Kitty Ferguson (NF, LB)
- Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L Sayers (LB)
- The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (a re-read)
- Zen There Was Murder by H R F Keating (TBR)
- The Remorseful Day by Colin Dexter (TBR)
- The Outcast by Elly Griffiths (LB)
I’m planning to write reviews for The Shipping News and The Remorseful Day.
As for The Outcast by Elly Griffiths. I did enjoy it but it’s written in the present tense, (as are all of her Ruth Galloway books) which kept intruding making me more conscious of the writing style rather than being totally absorbed in the story. I liked the mix of past and present, although in this book I felt the balance is tilted more in favour of the present and the archaeological element is played down. I liked the introduction to Ruth’s brother Simon and a new character, Frank is also a plus.
It’s so hard to decide which is my Book of the Month and choosing between fiction and non fiction makes it even harder, but it has to be Martin Edwards’ The Golden Age of Murder, which as I said in my post is a tour de force, comprehensive and crammed full of fascinating information about the period and the authors.
Martin Edwards’ love of Golden Age fiction shines throughout the book, (skilfully writing about books without giving away any spoilers) and his book has spurred me on to read more books from this period.
But I also want to highlight The Day of the Lie by William Brodrick, because although it is hard reading in parts, it’s a meaty, layered book, delving into the past, uncovering secrets and revealing crimes. and it’s so well researched, bringing the past to life.