2 May 2010

Sunday Salon: My April reading list, and my tops so far for 2010

I did quite a bit of travel in April, and long flights between Australia and the rest of the world are very conducive to lots of reading.

I also found that my Kindle was more than worth its weight. Not everything that I read was on the Kindle as I still have many made-from-trees books on my shelves (at least 200 that I haven't read) but I was able to cut my books-in-the-bag load down to just 2 or 3.

As you can see from the ratings on the list below, I had a pretty good month too.
  1. 4.3, HIDE & SEEK, Ian Rankin (30 April)- audio
  2. 4.3, WINTER OF SECRETS, Vicki Delany (29 April)
  3. 4.7, CONTAINMENT, Vanda Symon (27 April)
  4. 4.2, DARK WINTER, William Dietrich (24 April)- Kindle
  5. 4.8, THE PANIC ZONE, Rick Mofina (17 April) - Kindle
  6. 4.5, TIED UP IN TINSEL, Ngaio Marsh (17 April)
  7. 4.6, FREEZE FRAME, Peter May (13 April)- Kindle
  8. 5.0, BLEED FOR ME, Michael Robotham (12 April)
  9. 4.0, TAROKO GORGE, Jacob Ritari (11 April)- Kindle
  10. 4.5, DEEP WATER, Peter Corris (9 April)
  11. 5.0, THE MAN FROM BEIJING, Henning Mankell (6 April)- Kindle
  12. 4.4, RUMPOLE and the PENGE BUNGALOW MURDERS, John Mortimer (3 April)
  13. 4.3, FORBIDDEN FRUIT, Kerry Greenwood (1 April) - Kindle
The result was that I've done pretty well with a number of my reading challenges, and actually taken on another. See the right hand column for summaries and links.

I've read some pretty good crime fiction so far this year. Here are my top 20 or so.
If you are looking for Australian writers in particular I've marked them **
5.0, BLEED FOR ME, Michael Robotham **
5.0, SKELETON HILL, Peter Lovesey
5.0, TRUTH, Peter Temple**
5.0, DEVIL'S PEAK, Deon Meyer
5.0, A CARRION DEATH, Michael Stanley
5.0, THE MAN FROM BEIJING, Henning Mankell 
5.0, THE BRASS VERDICT, Michael Connelly
5.0, THE DARKEST ROOM, Johan Theorin
4.9, THE BLOOD OF THE WICKED, Leighton Gage
4.9, THE CONCRETE BLONDE, Michael Connelly
4.8, THE PANIC ZONE, Rick Mofina 
4.7, THE WATER'S EDGE, Karin Fossum
4.7, THE SURGEON, Tess Gerritsen 
4.7, DANCING FOR THE HANGMAN, Martin Edwards
4.7, CONTAINMENT, Vanda Symon  (New Zealand)
4.6, BLOOD BORN, Kathryn Fox **
4.6, THE KILLING HANDS, PD Martin **
4.6, TAKE OUT, Felicity Young **
4.6, FREEZE FRAME, Peter May 
4.6, THE SUFFOCATING SEA, Pauline Rowson
4.6, CROSSFIRE, Miyuke Miyabe
4.6, THE RUNNER, Peter May

So what about you? Do you have a post with your best reads so far this year?
What books can you recommend for me? - crime fiction of course

Check out the remainder of my reads this year


Anonymous said...

Kerrie - Thanks very much for this list of your top reads. I find it very, very helpful to have people's "best" lists as I figure out what to add to the TBR list.

Bernadette said...

You are making good use of that Kindle...I am curious about whether it has made you acquire even more books. I found when I started seriously getting into audio books I soon started building up a new load of TBR (or TBL) books on my computer in addition to the physical ones and now have more than ever. I am scared that if I get an e-reader of some kind I'll just have more books that I can't possibly read.

Kerrie said...

I've got 70 books on the Kindle Bernadette so I think the answer is yes. And I don't "mormally" read with the Kindole so much - I try to whittle down the physical tBR

Kerrie said...

Margot, I like perusing other people's lists too, and collect quite a few titles from there. Trouble is there are just too many books being published


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