Recap of June’s Reading

Heh, there wasn’t much reading done in June. Too much time on other things that couldn’t be ignored offline. This is what I get for announcing reading plans in public. I seldom ever make my goals. I won’t announce my plans for July as I haven’t any (changed my mind about that) Will see what develops. My tiny list after the break.

In case you missed it, I read Jussi Adler-Olsen’s third book in the Department Q series, A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH. I thought it was a good solid read but felt that his first book in the series, THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES had a better story and was more suspenseful. His second book, THE ABSENT ONE was a DNF. So, the third book was an improvement. Look forward to the next book but I won’t be so quick to buy next time around.

Under-appreciated writer Stan Jones book, SHAMAN PASS was a quick read.  It’s the second book in the series after WHITE SKY, BLACK ICE. It’s set in the Arctic tundra and follows Alaskan State Trooper, Nathan Active. This police procedural series is so far rich in atmosphere along with sporadic use of the Inupiat language to provide authenticity. There’s also cultural beliefs and customs of the Inupiat people that was interesting. The series isn’t overly violent and a quick read.  I plan to read more.

Last book I read for June was Karin Slaughter’s latest release, UNSEEN in the Will Trent series that started with TRIPTYCH.  I admit I rushed to finish this book so I can count it for June. ::shrug:: It was a good story, very suspenseful. The story moved fast enough and had  enough interesting characters in it to distract me from any problems I had with it.

That’s it. I am organizing my ebook library so that I can read more of the books I bought sometime ago. My plans for reading next month will be books I’ve always wanted to read. Early Ken Bruen Brant series, Andrew Vachss Burke series and more.

As always, thanks for reading.

10 thoughts on “Recap of June’s Reading”

  1. Keishon – I know all about life getting in the way of reading *sigh.* Some months just are that way. I am glad you enjoyed the Stan Jones. I agree that he’s got a lot of talent; perhaps ‘underappreciated’ really is a good word to describe his work. I like his Nathan Active series quite a lot.

    1. I think Stan Jones is great and deserves a larger audience. Just like Colin Cotterill. They write such great stories. It’s a shame really that not many readers are familiar with their work.

  2. Keishon, you’ll soon catch up. Adler-Olsen is on my TBR pile. I think I passed on the Jones and haven’t tried Slaughter.
    I’m sure you’ll have fun with the Bruen/Brant and I’ll be interested to see how you go with Vachss. I read maybe the first 7 or 8 Burke’s but stopped for some reason. Some people are put off ahead of the game because of the subject matter of his fiction.

    1. The abuse of children? Yeah, learned that after the fact but I plan to see how I like him. I bought the first three books awhile back because of recommendations from other readers. My motto has always been if it’s good, I’ll read it.

  3. I finally decided to return all the library books on the shelf so that I could deal with the hundreds of books on my digital shelves. The results have been highly satisfactory so far and I admit to feeling rather liberated. I’m catching up with Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant, have already squealed to you about Harry Bingham’s Fiona Griffiths series and am turning my attention back towards Adrian McKinty, Stuart MacBride and others. Ken Bruen’s Brant series is excellent and dark and makes me wonder how anyone on the police force hangs on at all.

    1. Adrian McKinty…..need to read the sequel to The Cold, Cold Ground. Didn’t know you liked Stuart McBride. Of course I realized after the fact that I spelled Brandt wrong in my post. But I am enjoying the first book, A White Arrest a lot!

  4. I am definitely interested the Stan Jones books. I can’t remember if I already have one in my stacks or if it is just on a list to look for. I am losing track of my books.

    I am looking forward to hearing what you think of Andrew Vachss. I have heard his books are very good.

    1. I think I have pretty high expectations for Andrew Vachss. I’ve heard about his books for several years. The moment of truth is near…

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