Here was the original list and how I’ve done, with the ones in bold I’ve read:
- A Year With Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journal, Selected and Edited by Jonathan Montaldo GIVEN UP ON
- Yes Please (the audiobook version) by Amy Poehler OPTED NOT TO WAIT FOR (since already read the book)
- The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin GAVE UP ON
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The Removers: A Memoir by Andrew Meredith Decided not to get
- Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan STILL WAITING ON AUDIOBOOK
- Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudder
- So, Anyway… by John Cleese Decided not to read after reading a fellow blogger’s review of it was less than stellar.
- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
- Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms The Way We Think, Feel, and Buy by Joel Beckerman GAVE UP
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore STILL OWN BOOK AND ON MY SHELVES
So read four of the 12…still have two on the list. Gave up, or decided not to read, the other six. So half and half, not bad. All four were good, by the way, with The Martian probably being the best of the lot and High Fidelity, just okay.
And here’s what I have read so far, in addition to the four, the last 10 this month:
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, attempted its sequel, Ancillary Sword, but couldn’t get into it like the first one.
- The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Cop Killer by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
- The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
- A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen
- Still Midnight by Denise Mina
- Eva’s Eye by Karin Fossum
- Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski
- Hell & Gone by Duane Swierczynski
- Point & Shoot by Duane Swierczynski
- Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum
- The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid
Yes, 12 of out of the 13 were crime fiction, which like I said here, I have decided to embrace. Numbers 5 through 8, I read during #flashreadathon co-sponsored by Andi, Heather, and Monika, which was the weekend of March 7-8 and could appear again at any moment. Two of the three photos in the collage above were from the #flashreadathon.
The best? Hands down, To Kill A Mockingbird. The worst? Easily, Still Midnight, which ended up being more of a romance than a thriller than I wanted. Most fun? Duane Swierczynski series. Genre I’m about to give up on? Science fiction, but not really a surprise since crime fiction is my niche. Series I’m most looking forward to continuing? Inspector Sejer by Karin Fossum. Series I’d highly recommend? The Martin Beck series by Sjöwall and Wahlöö, which is a must for crime fiction aficionados.
So how was your reading for the first three months of this year or even for this past month? What was your favorite read this first quarter? Your least favorite read?