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Weekend Update January 23, 2011

>> Sunday, January 23, 2011

This week:
The nice thing about having a week with a fairly empty calendar other than work means I actually got some reading done. I finished up both Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear and The Cypress House by Michael Koryta. I started reading Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofumik. That one has been on my TBR list for over a year because Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog just couldn’t stop raving about it. I just haven’t gotten around to reading it but a bunch of book bloggers were talking on Twitter a while ago and decided to read it in January and discuss it together at the end of the month.

Since I’m a huge mystery/thriller/crime fiction fan, I was happy to see the Edgar Awards Nominations this week. Not only did I look for authors I know, but I also use that list for browsing for potential additions to my TBR list. I’m very very happy to see Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter Crooked Letter nominated for Best Novel. I think he’s an amazing author and this is an amazing book.

I was also thrilled to see James Thompson’s Snow Angels nominated for Best First Novel by an American Author. His book set in Finland is just a wonderful moody noir mystery that makes you want to snuggle in a blanket because he does such a great job of making you feel the cold of the Finnish winter. I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel to this book.

Seeing a few already favorite authors on the nominations lists makes me itchy to move some of their books I havn’t read yet up near the top of my read soon list (Tana French, Harlan Coben). And Timothy Hallinan’s nomination for the 4th book in the Poke Rafferty series shows that I need to get to the first book in that series.

Other than books and reading:
Sunday we took a drive up to Hood River for the annual family get-together for Dad’s Birthday. Good food, good beer, good company at the Sixth Street Bistro. Even when the weather is icky, the drive through the Columbia Gorge is pretty.

I’m trying to make time for lots of knitting and crocheting.

My second knitting class was Thursday and I’m making progress, and having fun learning. I’m already looking for a pattern for my next project which will likely be another baby afghan.

The Baby afghan I’m currently crocheting is growing, but I’m feeling the pressure. I have less than two weeks until the baby shower when it needs to be finished.

Added to my TBR List (To Be Read) this week:

Dear Mr. Holmes
A short story by Steve Hockensmith made available in PDF format or read directly on his blog. As you may or may not remember I read his short story collection Naughty: 9 Tales of Christmas Crima a few weeks ago and loved it. I want to read his Holmes on the Range series and this story is the debut of the characters from the Holmes on the Range series. It was originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in 2003.

Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
This one is an upcoming release by Mulholland Books. They introduced me to Mark Billingham and are an imprint I follow. This one sounds promising and I’m frankly curious to see how Marcia Clark’s experience as a prosecutor translates to legal thriller author.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
I’ve been hearing great comments about this book from a multitude of book bloggers, but I’ve been a bit burned out on Young Adult fiction so I’ve brushed it off. Then I saw that it was nominated for an Edgar Award in the Best Young Adult category so I gave in and put it on the list.

Purchased this week:
I didn’t buy any books this week. My stack of books checked out from the library is beginning to intimidate me so I need to focus on that for a while.


Literary Feline 1/23/2011 9:00 AM  

Weeks like that are so nice! Coming home from work, curling up with a book . . . The perfect end to a day. :-)

I've noticed a lot of people are reading Waiting for Columbus right now. I wish I'd known ahead of time, as I have a copy and would love to have joined in.

I enjoy seeing the Edgar Awards Nominations too. :-) I am not a big award person, but of all the awards, that's probably one of the few I care about.

I hope you have a great week!

abeachcottage 1/23/2011 9:22 AM  

I like the Blood Brother. Nice book.

Kailana 1/25/2011 8:46 PM  

I just read and ARC of the newest Jacqueline Winspear and it was still good. She has a good series going. :)I have you have a great week!

SuziQoregon 2/01/2011 3:17 PM  

Literary Feline: I'm not a big book awards person either, but the Edgars always get my attention because it's my favorite genre.

ABeachCottage: That one was good!

Kailana: I have an e-galley of the newest Maisie Dobbs book, that's why I'm trying to catch up on the series before I read it.

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