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Books Read June 2014 (Books 114-131)

Here is a summary of my June reading with links to longer reviews in my journal.

Book 114: The New Countess (Love and Inheritance #3) by Fay Weldon, 2013. 320 pages. The conclusion of this Edwardian family comedy/drama. Review here.
Book 115: Doughnut by Tom Holt, 2013. 370 pages. Comic SF that didn't impress me. Review here.
Book 116: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, 2013. 340 pages. Powerful story of two brothers in India and USA. Review here.
Book 117: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, 2013. 771 pages. One of my favourites of 2014. Review here.
Book 118: A Conspiracy of Violence (Thomas Chaloner #1) by Susanna Gregory, 2006. 502 pages. Thriller set in Restoration London. Review here.
Book 119: Hard Spell (Occult Crimes Unit Investigations #1) by Justin Gustainis, 2011. 347 pages. Occult detective fiction. Review here.
Book 120: Austenland by Shannon Hale, 2007. 208 pages. Adorable chick-lit for Austen fans. Review here.
Book 121: Split Second (King and Maxwell #1) by David Baldacci, 2003. 599 pages. Former secret service agents caught up in uncovering conspiracy. Review here.
Book 122: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2013. 477 pages. Complex and rewarding fiction. Another favourite. Review here.
Book 123: The Black Angel (Charlie Parker #5) by John Connolly, 2005. 599 pages. Another in this excellent series of supernatural-themed crime fiction. Strong stuff. Review here.
Book 124: The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich, 2005. 277 pages. Story of a tribal drum and its influence on a group of people. Review here.
Book 125: Dog Will Have His Day (Three Evangelists #2) by Fred Vargas, 1996. Translated from the French by Sian Reynolds, 2014. 244 pages. Quirky French crime fiction. Review here.
Book 126: Emperors Once More (Alex Soong #1) by Duncan Jepson, 2014. 408 pages. Thriller set in near future Hong Kong. Review here.
Book 127: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, 1818. Introduction by Val McDermid, 2014. 289 pages.
Book 128: Northanger Abbey (The Austen Project #2) by Val McDermid, 2014. 343 pages. The original and re-imagined update. Reviews of Books 127 and 128.
Book 129: The Uninvited by Liz Jensen, 2012. 307 pages. Psychological Horror/Thriller about breakdown of civilisation. Review here.
Book 130: The Mirror by Richard Skinner, 2014. 320 pages. Two novellas; one set in 16th Century Venice and the other in between life and death. Review here.
Book 131: Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss, 2014. 240 pages/Unabridged Audio (5 hours, 13 mins) Read by Mike Grady. Superb dark comic horror for cat lovers and haters alike. Review here.

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archinatrix
Jul. 4th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you thank you thank you for your succinct format. I think I sprained my thumb scrolling through others, which were such great blocks of text I couldn't even be buggered to find/stop at the titles. I suppose I've only myself to blame for reading this on a phone, but still...
muse_books
Jul. 4th, 2014 07:06 am (UTC)
Thank you - I figure that if folk are interested by a title or my very brief summary they'll click the link for the longer review.
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