Embarrassment of Riches – February check-in

At the beginning of the year, I decided to participate in the Embarrassment of Riches reading challenge hosted by Author Patricia Burroughs.   The goal of the challenge is to make a dent in that stack of books I have intended to read, but never found the time. 

Given the size of the pile, my goal is to get through 24 of them before the end of the year – a silver level accomplishment.

This month I read:

The Defector by Daniel Silva:  This novel picks up where Moscow Rules left off.  If you will remember, I did not care too much for that one, and I was a little worried.  It was all for naught.  Despite being a virtual sequel, The Defector was a spine tingling thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and breathless with anticipation.  Would Gabriel make it out of the birch forest alive?  Would he save Chiara from certain death?

My only gripe – it could have ended five chapters sooner.

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva:  This one leaves the Russian oligarchs behind in the frigid Siberian tundra and returns us to the world of Renaissance art, Swiss corruption, and the empires of the rich and powerful built upon the ashes of the 6 million Jews who perished in Nazi death camps.  To me, this is when Silva is at his best.

I am currently reading Portrait of a Spy by…you guessed it…Daniel Silva, but I’m only about halfway through it.  One more left in this series, and I will be completely caught up.  Just in time for the summer release of The English Girl.

Progress toward goal:  5/24

What’s lying around on your nightstand waiting to be read?