20 Books of Summer 2016! (The final outcome)


The challenge was to read 20 actual books –7 a month — starting from 1 June and running until 4 September, as suggested at 746 Books. My initial plans can be found here. Here below is my result. I’ve read in this time frame:

Red Harvest (1929) by Dashiell Hammett (A+)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, 1926 (Poirot #3) by Agatha Christie (A+)

Bird in a Cage (1961) by Frédéric Dard (Trans: David Bellos) (A)

Alone in Berlin (1947 ) by Hans Fallada, tr by Michael Hofmann (A+)

Maigret at the Coroner’s (Maigret #32) by Georges Simenon, trans: Linda Coverdale(A)

Rain Dogs (2015) by Adrian McKinty (A+)

A Foreign Country (2012) by Charles Cumming (C)

Signed, Picpus, 1944 (Maigret #23) by Georges Simenon. Trans: David Coward (A+)

The Big Four, 1927 (Poirot #4) by Agatha Christie (D)

The Mystery of the Blue Train, 1928 (Poirot #5) by Agatha Christie (C)

Peril at End House, 1932 (Poirot #6) by Agatha Christie (A)

Lord Edgware Dies, 1933 (Poirot #7) by Agatha Christie (A)

Towards Cero (1944) by Agatha Christie (A)

The Arsenic Labyrinth (2007) by Martin Edwards (A+)

Murder on the Orient Express, 1934 (Poirot #8) by Agatha Christie (A+)

Nightblind  (2016) by Ragnar Jónasson, tr. Quentin Bates (A+)

Where Roses Never Die, 2012 by Gunnar Staalesen (tra. Don Bartlett) (A+)

Vertigo (1954) by Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac (Trans. by Geoffrey Sainsbury) (A)

Maigret and the Old Lady, 1950 (Maigret #33) by Georges Simenon. Trans: Ros Schwartz (A)

The Cornish Coast Murder (1935) by John Bude (B)

Three Act Tragedy, 1935 (Poirot #9) by Agatha Christie (B)

The Wicked Go To Hell by Frédéric Dard, 1956 (trans. David Coward) (A)

The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) by Ellery Queen (B)

She Who Was No More (1952) by Boileau- Narcejac (Trans: Geoffrey Sainsbury) (A)

Pietr the Latvian, 1930 (Maigret #1) by Georges Simenon (Trans: David Bellos) (A)

Some have been re-readings, and perhaps some of the books have been too short. Now it’s up to you  to decide whether I have managed to meeting the challenge.

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