I read the following books for Ms. Wordopolis Reads in January:
- Lorraine Connection by Dominique Manotti
- The Fire Dance by Helene Tursten
- Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith
- Unseen by Mari Jungstedt
My long-range goals are to read books from or set in lots of different countries, and I managed four different countries this month. I also plan on reading more pre-1990 crime novels, for a little variety, and this month I dug into some Patricia Highsmith with mixed feelings. Finally, I’m planning on reading more books by women this year because last year slightly less than half the books I reviewed were by women. So far my ratio is 100% women, which is a great start.
But statistics and personal reading goals aside, I consider January a good reading month because I discovered the great Dominque Manotti, whose Lorraine Connection was a surprising, well-told, and brutal story that started with an industrial accident at a television factory in France and became much more ominous. While I think the other books I read in January were decent, I was very impressed by Manotti.