Friday, May 20, 2011

Weekly wrap-up: number twenty-five

The weekly wrap-up is my way of keeping my loyal readers informed of my bookish activities and holding myself to my bookish obligations. The questions may change slightly depending on the week.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry

Q: Why are you reading it? Business? Pleasure? For review?
A: The Cotton Malone series is one of my favorites so this is definitely a pleasurable read. However, I did receive a review copy so it's also for review.

Q: What have you read since the last weekly wrap-up?
A: The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell, Whip Hand by Dick Francis, The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark, A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse, A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block, The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork, Peregrine by William Bayer, Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcolm

Q: What do you plan to read next?
A: A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes

Q: Why do you want to read it?
A: I received a copy for review.

Q: What books did you acquire?
A: I've accumulated so much since the last weekly update that I'll just give you a sample here.
Purchased: a bunch of souvenir travel books from vacation, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Amber Room by Steve Berry, Red Wolf by Liza Marklund, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, 5 of the 6 Reykjavik Murder Mystery series by Arnaldur Indridason.
From Publisher: The Ridge by Michael Koryta, The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Won: So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman

Q: What bookish places did you go to?
A: While in Paris, I made a pilgrimage to Shakespeare and Company.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Reading challenge : Edgar Awards : Update four

image courtesy of Jeff Babbitt
Two reviews were submitted in March. Both are from Veggiemomof2 at Insanity, Table for Four. She reviewed Reality Check by Peter Abrahams (2010 Best Young Adult) and Columbine by Dave Cullen (2010 Best Fact Crime). Veggiemomof2 is definitely in the lead with 5 reviews submitted. She's already reached her chosen commitment level, Sergeant!

I missed the April update since I was on vacation, but I've still managed to read one Edgar Winner a month. In April, I read Whip Hand by Dick Francis. I wasn't too excited about this one because of the horse angle, but I actually enjoyed it. My May read was Peregrine by William Bayer. I'm still working chronologically so next up is the 1983 winner, Billingsgate Shoal by Rick Boyer. This one continues the streak of reads with authors that are completely new to me. In July, I'll finally get to an author I've read before - Elmore Leonard.

Just a reminder to use the #edgarsrc hashtag if you talk about the challenge on Twitter.

If you've posted any Edgar Awards Reading Challenge posts or reviews in April or May, link them below. Please be sure to give the direct link to your post rather than the link to your blog. For those of you without blogs, feel free to post your update/review in the comments.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2011 Edgar Award Winners

I know I'm a bit late in reporting on this, but I feel like I have to post the Edgar Award winners as the creator of the Edgar Awards Reading Challenge. So in case you missed it, here are the winners!

Best Novel
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

Best First Novel
Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva

Best Paperback Original
Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard

Best Fact Crime

Best Cricital Biography

Best Short Story
"The Scent of Lilacs" by Doug Allyn (appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Best Juvenile

Best Young Adult

Best Play
The Psychic by Sam Bobrick

TV Episode
"Episode 1" - Luther, teleplay by Neil Cross

Have you read any of these award winners? What did you think?

Friday, May 13, 2011

I'm baaaack!

And boy, am I behind! My two-week vacation turned into four weeks away from the blog, and now I have ten reviews to write, challenges to update, emails to respond to, and a "weekly" wrap-up to write that's going to cover a whole month's worth of acquisitions and activities.

On the bright side, I had a fabulous vacation! Paris, London, Bath, Shrewsbury, and Liverpool, oh my. The weather was absolutely amazing...warm and not a drop of rain. I loved Paris, and Liverpool was a very pleasant surprise. I may sprinkle a few other travel tidbits into my upcoming posts so stay tuned.

One thing I'll share right now is that I was overly ambitious even by taking only four books with me (plus the one I was reading when I left). I took appropriately themed titles:

Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings

See, I can't even remember the fourth book. I was so exhausted at the end of each day that I came back reading the same book as when I left, A Novel Bookstore, appropriately set in Paris. At least I don't have to add any of the books I took to the list of ten reviews I already have to write!

I hope you all had a lovely time while I was gone. I'm looking forward to reconnecting.