I feel a bit silly having a pick-of-the-month when I reviewed only three books on the blog in July, but my favorite of the month is one of my favorite reads of the entire year.
- Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller- It’s striking that the most alive, vivid character I’ve read all year is a very old American suffering from dementia. This is the book I’ll be giving as a gift to lots of family and friends.
- The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö- This is a brisk entry in Martin Beck series that moves the action to Hungary.
- A Very Profitable War by Didier Daeninckx- A PI novel set in Paris after World War I with a surprising ending.
I hope to read more in the coming month, and I hope that the great book purge of 2013 that I completed last month will help: now that I’ve cleaned out the books I’m not interested in, the good ones are more obvious. No more double-stacked shelves!