I have done quite well this year in keeping my unread book possessions down to the level at which I can actually read them at the time I purchase or otherwise obtain them. Things are getting a bit dangerous just now, though, not least because of my project to read all of Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels, which are deeply engaging but very long. I am currently on The Prime Minister, the fifth of the six novels, which has stalled my other reading for a while.
Recently completed are two books I received via the Amazon Vine programme, which I was recently invited to join. One of these is The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (a pseudonym for a Swedish husband and wife), the other is a standalone (or at least, a non-Ben Devlin novel) by Brian McGilloway, Little Girl Lost. I have submitted reviews for both of these to Euro Crime. I also received a copy of Donna Leon‘s latest, Drawing Conclusions, from the publisher, and have submitted a review of that to Euro Crime as well.
Even more recently, my project to read the appealing (to me) titles eligible for the CWA International Dagger received a boost via the UK paperback publication of Rendezvous by Esther Verhoef. I purchased and read this book and, unsurprisingly, have sent my review of it off to Euro Crime.
What next? I’ve a bit of a cornucopia just now, which was not my intention but that is how it goes. On the International Dagger front, the long-awaited Death on a Galician Shore by Domingo Villar has finally been published in the UK so I have immediately purchased that and I am pretty sure I’ll read that next after I finish The Prime Minister. (I loved his previous novel, Water-Blue Eyes.) In addition, I have received a few extremely tempting titles from very generous publishers: 66 degrees North by Michael Ridpath (Corvus), the second in his Icelandic series. If it is anything like as good as the first, Where the Shadows Lie (see my review here), this one will be a very good read. And Macmillan has very kindly sent me two books: The Redeemed by M. R. Hall – third in his excellent series about coroner Jenny Cooper (the first two are The Coroner and The Disappeared, links go to my reviews); and The Track of Sand, the new Montalbano novel by the peerless Andrea Camilleri.
Apart from these riches, I also have a few unread books that pre-date all of the above and which I am also keen to read: three novels by C. J. Box; Splinter by Sebastian Fitzek (my only unread Kindle book, and another on the International Dagger-eligible list); a couple by Anita Shreve; and One Day by David Nicholls (which I don’t think I am going to like, but should read as I bought it). Of course, the UK publication date of the new Michael Connelly novel, The Fifth Witness, is now upon us, and I can’t miss out on that….