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 got around to picking up.
Given the size of the pile I have amassed, I aim to get through 24 of them before the end of the year – a silver level accomplishment.
So what have I read this month?
A Study in Scarlet – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: I have mixed feeling about this one. While I did find the characterizations of Watson and Holmes engaging and enjoyed the visual of these two in the context of their time period, the mystery itself was less than gripping. I was bored – plain and simple. Bummer.
Mark of the Assassin – Daniel Silva: Ugh. This is Silva’s second novel and first attempt at serial work. I started this one last month. At the time of my June check-in, I was a few chapters in and not really feeling it. I had hoped that once I was able to cleanse my brain of Dan Brown’s Inferno and the crushing disappointment of the Unlikely Spy, something would click. Wrong. I read about half of it and walked away. I didn’t like it. I tried. I really, really did, but I couldn’t connect with the characters, there was no depth or development, the writing was scattered and at times, repetitive. Maybe in a month or two I will try again and things will be different.
Progress toward goal: 12 1/2 of 24.
So what’s up next:
Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy. This has been on my TBR list for years. I love the movie – it’s one of my favorite – but I’ve never gotten around to picking up the book. I hear Clancy can be a little on the dry side…we shall see.
Currently, I am very close to finishing Silva’s thirteenth Allon installment, The English Girl. No, I wasn’t suppose to read it right away, but I couldn’t help myself. It’s good, too. Really, really good.
Of course, it a new publication and doesn’t count toward my end goal in this challenger.
What’s on your nightstand collecting dust, begging to be read?