Monday, February 02, 2009
NaJuReMoNoMo report

I only read three books in January, which is kind of low by my standards -- they weren't even particularly long or challenging books -- but I've been busy. Hoping to do better in February.

Bill Pronzini, The Other Side of Silence, which I've already mentioned. Thank goodness there's always a Pronzini book I haven't read floating around somewhere on my shelves.

Mark Coggins, The Immortal Game: I thought this might be about chess, and I was a little worried (I'm not a chess buff), but wanted to read it since I tend to love San Francisco P.I. novels. Luckily for non-chess fans, the game only plays a minor role; the story actually concerns a computer chess simulation that's been stolen. Recommended to those who enjoy hardboiled private eye fiction. There are three other books in the series, with a fifth due this fall.

Colin Dexter, Last Bus to Woodstock: The first Inspector Morse novel; I read it for my book group, which discussed the final Inspector Morse a few months back. I wasn't particularly riveted by either, so I am not going out of my way to read the rest. Interestingly, the tail began to wag the dog with this series -- when the actor who played Morse in the TV adaptation passed away, Dexter decided to stop writing the books.
posted by 125records @ 2:23 PM  
  • At 2:40 PM, Blogger yellojkt said…

    I only read three books too. I'm hoping to post all the winners on Wednesday and I'll make sure you get included.

  • At 5:25 PM, Anonymous neal said…

    Uncharacteristically, I actually read three books in January too.

    "The Night Journal" by Elizabeth Crook

    "Something Rotten" by Jasper Fforde

    "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown (I'm always one to jump quickly on a trend!)

  • At 7:48 AM, Blogger Jeff said…

    Three seems to be the magic number. I also read three books.

    Clare Morrall's Astonishing Splashes of Color (recommended for people who liked Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother),

    Irene M. Pappenberg's Alex and Me, a very readable tale about animal intelligence--particularly one special African Gray parrot, and

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - by Junot Diaz.

  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger Janet ID said…

    Hey! I actually read three novels too. (I was getting ready to post a comment bemoaning my apparent inability to read so much as a book a month, and me a librarian, when I thought to add up the reality). The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, and Northanger Abbey and Emma, both by what's-her-name.

  • At 9:37 PM, Anonymous neal said…

    Jeff and I got to see a reading and discussion with Junot Diaz last month too. He was hilarious! I still haven't read the book though.

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