September 2013 A Quick Roundup

Books Read

In September I read 6 books:

Pick of the Month

Two books stand out in my view, but certainly my favourite has been: The Chessmen. 

Norwegian by NightThe Chessmen

Currently Reading

I’m just finishing The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund. Next I’ll tackle: Memento Mori, de César Pérez Gellida (in Spanish) and Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell

Books Bought Last Month

The Point by Gerard Brennan

Exit Music: An Inspector Rebus Novel by Ian Rankin

The Chessmen (Lewis Trilogy 3) by Peter May

The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund

Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI by Paul D. Brazill

The Deep Dark Sleep: A Lennox Thriller (Lennox 3) by Craig Russell

Black Tide (Jack Irish Thriller 2) by Peter Temple

White Dog (Jack Irish Thriller 4) by Peter Temple

Bed of Nails by Antonin Varenne

On The Doorstep, Waiting To Be Read*

*Title borrowed from Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise

In no particular order:

The City of Shadows, by Michael Russell

The End Of The Wasp Season, by Denise Mina

Total Khéops, de Jean-Claude Izzo (in Spanish)

Prótesis, de Andreu Martin (in Spanish)

Dust Devil’s, by Roger Smith

The Big Bad City, (A novel of the 87th Precinct) by Ed McBain

Detective Inspector Huss, by Helene Tursten

The Coroner’s Lunch, by Colin Cotterill

Calling Out For You, aka The Indian Bride, by Karin Fossum

The Deep Dark Sleep: A Lennox Thriller (Lennox 3) by Craig Russell

Bed of Nails by Antonin Varenne

Wish List

In no particular order:

Rubbernecker, by Belinda Bauer

The Dance Of The Seagull (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries), by Andrea Camilleri

The Weeping Girl (Van Veeteren Series), by Hakan Nesser

Ostland, by David Thomas

The Papers of Tony Veitch (Laidlaw 2) (Laidlaw Trilogy), by William McIlvanney

Strange Shores (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 9), by Arnaldur Indridason

I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes

Graveland, by Alan Glynn

The Frozen Shroud (Lake District Mysteries), by Martin Edwards

Paisaje de otoño, English title: Havana Black, de Leonardo Padura (in Spanish)

Ajuste de cuentas, de Benjamín Prado (in Spanish)

El detective moribundo English title: The Dying Detective, de Leif GW Persson (in Spanish)

Herejes, de Leonardo Padura (in Spanish)

The Stranglers Honeymoon (Van Veeteren Series), by Hakan Nesser

Police: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 8), by Jo Nesbo

Blackwattle Creek, by Geoffrey McGeachin 

How a Gunman Says Goodbye, by Malcolm Mackay

The Treasure Hunt (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries), by Andrea Camilleri

La cola de la serpiente (Kindle edition), de Leonardo Padura (in Spanish)

Hasta la cima de la montaña (English title:To the Top of the Mountain), de Arne Dahl (in Spanish)

Then We Take Berlin, by John Lawton

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing (Number 6 in series), by Shamini Flint

Books To Look Forward

Saints of the Shadow Bible (Rebus), by Ian Rankin

The Double (Spero Lucas), by George Pelecanos

Closed for Winter, by Jorn Lier Horst

9 Reasons to Keep A Reading Journal (or A Blog)

While browsing the Internet I came across this post that I’d like to share with you. Hope you’ll find it useful:

9 Reasons to Keep A Reading Journal

  1. To keep a log of what you’ve read

  2. To keep a log of how much you’ve read

  3. To record your impressions

  4. For research

  5. To write an essay, article, thesis

  6. To gain an awareness of your reading taste, and the changes in them

  7. To strengthen your understanding of the reading material

  8. To better remember what you’ve read

  9. It makes you a better writer


There is also a second part

How To Keep A Reading Journal

  1. Selecting A Journal

  2. The Basics: Always date your entries. Always write the title and author of the book.

  3. Page Numbers on Quotes

  4. Write as you read.

  5. Write your impressions at the end

  6. Technical aspects

  7. The book’s impact on you

  8. Write whenever you want

Ajuste de cuentas (Setting of Scores) de Benjamin Prado

En un momento de crisis económica, literaria y personal, cuando se ve sin trabajo, al borde de la ruina e incapaz de escribir, el profesor Juan Urbano recibe una oferta envenenada: hacer un libro sobre el oscuro empresario y banquero Martín Duque, que acaba de salir de la cárcel con ganas de hacer justicia… o tal vez lleno de deseos de venganza. La investigación que lleva a cabo mientras se debate entre sus principios y sus necesidades pone ante nuestros ojos un turbia imagen de la célebre España del pelotazo, un país en el que que había dos atajos hacia el éxito: el dinero fácil y la corrupción. Una nueva y trepidante aventura del profesor Juan Urbano, protagonista también de las novelas Mala gente que camina y Operación Gladio.

Alfaguara, 2013. 280 Páginas. Disponible en e-book. e-ISBN: 9788420415635.

At a time of economic, literary and personal crisis, when without work, at the brink of ruin and unable to write, Professor John Urbano receives a poisoned offer: write a book about the shady businessman and banker Martin Duque, who has just come out of prison eager to seek justice … or maybe full of revenge. The investigation he carries out while struggling between his principles and his needs shows us a murky picture of the famous Spain of the easy money, a country in which there were two shortcuts to success: easy-money and corruption. A new and exciting adventure of Juan Urbano, the leading character of the novels Mala gente que camina and Operation Gladio.

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