The Best of June’s Reading

A 032late post to round up my reading in June. The month started with the excellent Crimefest and I came away with lots of new authors that I want to read and not enough time to try them. A new teaching job is taking up a lot of precious reading time but at least a decentish train journey is helping me keep on top  of things. I read one book for the Petrona Awards, a slightly disappointing The Devil’s Sanctuary by Marie Hermanson.  There were some nice new discoveries though, and worth a mention is Gordon Ferris’s series set in post-war Glasgow which I will certainly be reading more of.

My book of the month, though, was the outstanding I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. I really do hope this book gets the attention it deserves. Anyone who loves a good spy story will love this one.

The seven books that I read for crimepieces were:

1. Pilgrim Soul by Gordon Ferris

2. The Good Suicides by Antonio Hill

3. The Devil’s Sanctuary by Marie Hermanson

4.  Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand

5. World Noir: A Tribute to International Crime Fiction

6.  A Taste for Malice by Michael J Malone

7.  I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

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12 thoughts on “The Best of June’s Reading

  1. Sarah, some nice reading here. I have earmarked Ferris and Malone – what is it about Scotland! Hayes, I’m now wavering, after some of the other comments and your assertion that it’s a short-700 pages!
    Down-loaded the Europa Noir thingy as well,
    Good luck with the new job/assignment – hope it doesn’t impact too much on your reading, but hey we all need to pay the bills!

  2. Congratulations on your new teaching job! And who is in that lovely photo?
    So glad you have a train ride in which to exercise your favorite interest. I kind of envy that riding time for reading.
    A good list here. And I’ll echo the sentiment about Scotland — except that I’ll ask “What is it about Glasgow?” There is something so interesting about that city. I know I’ve found that in Denise Mina’s books.
    If I ever come out from under the TBR pile (sigh), I’ll try some of these books. Books keep arriving here and they’re all over so I’m on overload.

    • Yes, tartan noir is definitely enjoying a bumper time. I’m considering going to the ‘Bloody Scotland’ festival in September to meet a few authors.

  3. Sarah – I’m so happy for you that you have a new teaching job. I hope you’ll love it. And you’ve got a nice lot of books here that you’ve read and enjoyed. I know what you mean about books not getting the attention they deserve; I’ve got a list like that too. I will have to look up I am Pilgrim..

  4. Congratulations on your new job, and enjoy the reading while commuting 🙂 I’ll add I Am Pilgrim to my books-to-watch-for-in-2014 list. Thank goodness for online wishlists to make the list so easy to maintain.

  5. Sarah, I have not read any of the authors on this list. I am sure I will be reading most of them when time, money, and book shelf space allows. I am happy to hear about the new teaching job. I have never experienced a train commute but it sounds like a great way to get some reading done.

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