Fewer than usual books this month, due to work-related and other pressures on my time, but for me a very rich month’s worth of reading. The links are to my GoodReads notes on the various books.
The Panda Theory by Pascal Garnier
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Man who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
Without Mercy by Renate Dorrestein
The Treasure Hunt by Andrea Camilleri
Shadow by Karin Alvtegen
The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martínez
The Door by Magda Szabo
I’m also midway through Magda Szabo’s novel The Door, and will add in the link once I’ve completed and noted it, perhaps tomorrow.
Eleven books, then, counting the Szabo. Of these, 5.5 are by women, 5.5 are by men. All of them are, of course, in translation. My considerable thanks to MarinaSofia, whose consistently entertaining findingtimetowrite blog offers me constant reminders that I shouldn’t deprive myself by lazily confining my reading to UK/US writers.
After Translation Month I was undecided whether November should be British Isles Month or Stonkers Month (focusing on a few of those books that are so bloody ‘normous that in one case they’ve been on my shelves for the best part of two decades, never quite getting chosen because of the commitment they represent). In the event, someone sent me a book to review that’s by a UK author, so British Isles Month it’s going to be.