Despite being on a jigsaw kick at the moment I still managed to read five books in January. This, I feel sure, is down to not being able to do jigsaws in the winter evenings as I prefer natural light. Plus, decent TV programmes being as rare as hen's teeth, I'm reading through most evenings and the monster in the corner remains off. (I do watch a few odd things admittedly: Vera, Walks With My Dog, The Hairy Bikers doing a cookery tour of The Med. or anything cookery related, Michael Portillo in the US and Canada.)
So, anyway, five books and these are they:
1. Summer in the Islands by Matthew Fort.
2. Maigret on the Riviera by Georges Simenon. Maigret is sent to the French Riviera to investigate the strange death of an Australian living with two women. He disappeared for a week each month... where did he go? Enjoyable, with a lot of twists and turns, one where you can't work out what's going on until right near the end. This one would be very good dramatized with Rowan Atkinson.
3. A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas, translated by Sian Reynolds.
4. Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell.
5. The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude. To be reviewed but was very good.
So, five books and a nice variety which is what I like. Three fiction, two non-fiction... an excellent month as all of the books were good, some very good in fact.
I've started well on the two challenges I'm doing. Two books read for the European Reading Challenge and one for the What's In A Name? challenge. So, three out of the eleven already read, although I do plan to read more than five for the European one this year.
So, a favourite out my January reads? Sometimes I can't choose an outright favourite, but this month I will. It's this:
I loved the mix of complicated murders, French history and Icelandic mythology in this, super writing, very strong sense of place. Can't wait to read more by this author.