Cathy at 746 Books is doing this challenge for the 5th time. She says she doesn’t have the best record with it. But she doesn’t have the worst, either! That honor might go to me, but I’m not sure. The point though is to have fun and inspire yourself to read more. If I read 20 books this summer, I will more than double my reading this year. Likely? No. But unlike past years, I figure I may as well fail at the hard thing as try to make it doable and still fail by going for 15, or 10, or 5… I am also terrible at sticking to lists. So bad, I usually don’t even make a list, because what’s the point? But I made a list. Don’t know if I’ll read a single thing on it. June 1 is days away! If we could start today, I’d be practically guaranteed to at least start one on my list. But no, I’ll stick to the rules, at least for now. Below is my list as of today, but we all know what a creature of whimsy I can be. Plus four of them I would have to buy and I might not. Maybe I’ll resist. More likely, I’ll buy them and some others and read still others. Anyhoo, here goes nothin’.
Fog of Doubt – Christianna Brand – JJ’s doing this one chapter-by-chapter in July, which sounded like fun
Less – Andrew Sean Greer – A comic novel won the Pulitzer Prize. I think this doesn’t happen often
The Golden Child – Penelope Fitzgerald – Bought for the 1977 club, but not read. Her first novel written for her ill husband, part mystery, part comedy of manners, part satire of the Tutankhamun Exhibit
The Key to Rebecca – Ken Follett – I like spy books, provided they’re not too grim and this title has long appealed to me.
Fire in the Thatch – E.C.R. Lorac – I really need to write down which blog(s) I read about what on, because I know I’ve read about her on at least one. Always searching for new Golden Age or Golden Age style mysteries.
Lonelyheart 4112 – Colin Watson – The 4th Flaxborough novel. Someday I hope to find the second which I bought some time ago and put… somewhere
Welcome to Night Vale – Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor – recommended as a podcast I never listened to, I thought perhaps I’d enjoy it as a book. Compared to both Stephen King and Twin Peaks, I’m hoping it’s more Peaks than King.
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy – Nova Jacobs – Just the description of this as hugely entertaining, a literary mystery about a bookseller whose grandfather leaves her a dangerous equation to track down and protect got me to purchase it.
Forgotten Fatherland – Ben Macintyre – the subtitle : The True Story of Nietzsche’s Sister and Her Lost Aryan Colony, the sale price and the author who wrote the Kim Philby book I read, all combined forces to sell me on this
The Yellow Room – Mary Roberts Rinehart – I enjoyed The Man in Lower Ten so I thought I’d try another of hers
Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry – a book enjoyed by my father and which bemused a colleague. I thought I had read this once, but I’m not positive. I don’t remember anything so let’s see if I’m more like my father or my friend.
The Shadow Land – Elizabeth Kostova – By the author of The Historian, which I really enjoyed, a young American woman goes to Sofia, Bulgaria and somehow winds up with an urnful of someone’s ashes. I never got through The Swan Thieves, so I hope I like this.
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. – Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland – You would never know it from this blog, but I love Neal Stephenson. And I haven’t read him in too long.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin – Another bookstore mystery, a stolen collection of Poe poems, and a mysterious package. It sounded up my alley.
Book Scavenger – Jennifer Chambliss Bertman- A kids’ book about a young girl who moves to San Francisco only to find out her literary idol Garrison Griswold has been attacked. A mysterious book may be a clue to his new game. I still enjoy books written for children now and then.
I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak – Another kids’ book. An underage cabdriver without much of a life stops a bank robbery and then becomes a messenger, um, somehow. “Helping and hurting?” I must have read a better description before buying it.
The Unpurchased Four
The Red Widow Murders – Carter Dickson – https://ahsweetmysteryblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/g-a-d-zooks-a-special-announcement/?wref=pil
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders – This book has just followed me around everywhere. Lincoln’s son Willie dies and finds himself in a weird afterlife in which ghosts struggle over Willie’s soul? It got a lot of good reviews.
The love-charm of Bombs – Lara Feigel – Been meaning to read this for years. Literary life during the Blitz – five writers Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, Rose Macaulay, Hilde Spiel, and Henry Green. “Feigel brilliantly and beautifully interweaves the letters, diaries, journalism and fiction of her writers with official records to chart the history of a burning world, experienced through the eyes of extraordinary individuals.”
The Mitford Murders – I’ve been waiting for this for some time. Golden Age style mystery based on a real crime and the real Mitford sisters and their (I presume fictional) nursemaid and chaperone, Louisa. Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of the famous nurse, is killed on a train and Louisa and 16 year old Nancy solve it. Could be lots of fun. Or tremendously annoying. But no! That’s not the right attitude. It will be fun!
So, join in! Read 20 Books or 10 or 7 1/2! Click on the pic at the top to visit Cathy’s site and sign up! Hmm, only 6 mysteries, 2 of which I don’t own. That could be a problem. Oh, well, never stuck to a list in my life, why start now?