January felt like a slow reading month, as too much of my time was caught up with news. However, now that I’m counting, I did not fare too badly. 12 books read, of which 4 translations and 5 by women. I am far, far behind on reviews, however, so for the time being you will have to make do with a single word or phrase.
For review on Crime Fiction Lover:
BA Paris: The Breakdown – predictable
Marc Elsberg: Blackout – disaster movie type
Federico Axat: Kill the Next One – surreal
David Young: Stasi Wolf – surreal in a different way
This is where I stumbled a little, as I have written zero reviews of any of these. I am also having second thoughts about using Arango and Hiekkapelto for Germany and Finland respectively, as there is little local ‘flavour’ in their work (they take place elsewhere). I have been sadly neglectful of adding any links to the #EU27Project page myself, but thank you to all the other book bloggers who have diligently read and reviewed and linked up. So much better than me! I will do better in February, I promise.
Sascha Arango: The Truth and Other Lies (Germany) – macabre fun
Kati Hiekkapelto: The Exiled (Finland) – cross-cultural misunderstandings
Lisa McInerney: The Glorious Heresies (Ireland) – inventive delight
For fun (and to reduce TBR pile, especially on Netgalley):
Ian Rankin: Rather Be the Devil – reliably entertaining
Stav Sherez: The Intrusions – slightly panic-inducing
Brian Conaghan: The Bombs that Brought Us Together – timely and fresh
Rachel Cusk: Outline – anthropological storytelling at its best
My favourite crime reads this month were The Intrusions and Rather Be the Devil, while my favourite non-crime were Outline and The Glorious Heresies.