Reading Highlights for May 2012

I managed to get through another eight books this month.  Five were crime or mystery novels, though a couple of them – A Beautiful Place to Die and Tea Time for the Traditionally Built – are only loosely crime novels.   In both cases the crime is but the focal point for a more general tale full of insights about the lives of the main characters.  Four of the books were in audio form, and half the books were written by authors new to me – A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn, The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay.  Only one book this month was a translation – The Zahir by Paulo Coelho.

Once again I have made good progress with my various reading challenges.  Another vintage mystery, this time A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, which I found rather disappointing.  I have now read three novels by Australian Women Writers.  A Beautiful Place to Die, though set in South Africa and written by an author – Nalla Nunn – who was born in Swaziland, counts as Australian, as the author has lived there for many years.   The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina counts towards the What’s in a Name challenge.  This one is for a book with a creep crawly in the title.  And a wasp does count!  Disappointingly I didn’t manage to keep up my monthly book in Spanish.

I enjoyed all the books with the exception of A Study in Scarlet, which though short was still long drawn out and not at all gripping or exciting.  I have already reviewed three of the books – A Beautiful Place to DieRed Dust Road and The Help.  So there is nothing more to add except to wish you all good luck with your reading.

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