I tend to shy away from challenges in the blogosphere, as I have a bad habit of getting distracted by a bright new shiny book, but I saw this over at Cleopatra Loves Books – it originates at the 746 Books blog – and figured that it’s a bit of a no-brainer. The challenge is to read twenty books over the summer (technically the 1st of June to 5th September). Given that in the same period last year, I read forty eight (!) books, I think I should be able to manage it. But why (other than a reason to show off!)?
Well, some there are some authors that I’ve read a while ago and then, effectively, forgotten about. There are other authors who I’ve read a lot of, but haven’t got round to their latest books. And there are other authors that I’ve been meaning to try for a while. And by making a hit-list, this should help me focus my reading. So these are the twenty that I’m committing to reading before the summer is over, most of which are sitting in my massive TBR pile.
The Polo Ground Murder by Robin Forsythe – the lovely folks at Dean St Press always send me more things to review than I ever have time to read, so I’ll try and rectify it a bit over the summer.
The Telephone Call by John Rhode – Rhode demonstrating his stunning inability to create a gripping title. No idea what’s beyond the front cover but let’s face it, that’s a dreadful title. Note, there’s going to a load of Rhode, as regular readers will be aware, but I thought I’d better stick to one book per author for this challenge.
The Verdict Of You All by Henry Wade – because I found a cheap copy of it on eBay. What better reason?
The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club – I bought this at last year’s Bodies From The Library so it’s about time I read it.
The Sinking Admiral by the Detection Club – I bought this at this year’s Bodies From The Library so it’s about time I read it.
The Vault by Peter Lovesey – it’s been too long since I met up with Peter Diamond again, especially since the previous book, Upon A Dark Night, was an outstanding read.
White Nights by Ann Cleeves – finally getting round to the second book of the Shetland not-a-trilogy.
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths – because I’ve heard so many good things about this series and it’s been sitting on my Kindle for a couple of years now…
The Malice Of Unnatural Death by Michael Jecks – goodness only knows what I’m going to do when I run out of books in this series of books set in early fourteenth century Devon. Teeming with both character and plot, each one is a treat.
Capacity For Murder by Bernadette Pajer – it’s been far too long since I’ve looked at this series of mysteries set in the early twentieth century, focussing on that new-fangled electricity thing.
Holmes On The Range by Steve Hockensmith – I’ve reviewed a couple of this series on the blog, so it’s time to go back to the beginning.
So rather a mixed bag there – sometimes I think my blog should have more of a focus of certain types of crime book, but that’s twenty books, all of which I’m looking forward to immensely and all have their own different charms. I’ll pop back and update the links as the summer goes on (if I remember). Now, which one will I start on..?