It seems as if I blinked after New Year’s Day and opened my eyes to find the first quarter of the year over. Whaaat? So I thought I’d look back and see what I’ve achieved so far, reading-wise.
I’ve read 27 books, which means I’m averaging 9 a month, or 2.25 a week. At this rate, I’m on track to reach my goal of 100 this year, but I’d still like to pick up the pace a bit in case I have crazy weeks during which I don’t get any reading done at all.
Here’s what I’ve completed, in the order I read them (links are to my reviews):
- Taken by Robert Crais
- The Retribution by Val McDermid
- The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
- Defending Jacob by William Landay
- Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
- Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
- Devil’s Oven by Laura Benedict
- Clawback by Mike Cooper
- Ali in Wonderland by Ali Wentworth
- Night Rounds by Helene Tursten
- Play Nice by Gemma Halliday
- Blue Monday by Nicci French
- I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (review coming soon)
- The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks
- The Next One to Fall by Hilary Davidson
- Concierge Confessions by Valerie Wilcox
- Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham
- Shatter by Michael Robotham
- Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
- Kings of Midnight by Wallace Stroby
- Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig (review coming later this month on Shelf Awareness)
- The Man in the Empty Boat by Mark Salzman (review/discussion coming soon here)
- The Guttenberg Bible by Steve Guttenberg (review coming later this month on SA)
- The Destroyed by Brett Battles
- The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen
- Driven by James Sallis
- Getaway by Lisa Brackmann (review coming soon)
This isn’t just a time for me to look back, though. April is my birth month, so I’m also looking ahead to see if I want to make any changes as I start a new year. And that includes what I do here at the blog.
I’ve been wanting to start a Q&A column for a long time. I hesitate to call it an advice column because I want it to also be entertaining. As a kid, I used to read Ann Landers or the questions inside the front cover of Parade magazine and laugh at some of the ridiculous Qs. You know, something like, “There’s a steak dinner riding on this. My wife thinks Gary Cooper had a secret love child with his housekeeper, but I say he was a homosexual. Who has to pay for dinner?” I’d be tempted to answer: “Both, because his housekeeper was a beautiful Latino man. You now have to buy me dinner.”
But I’d also like to be helpful if I can. I’ve somehow managed to work in several fields—journalism, the movie business (on and behind the camera), book editing—and would be happy to share any useful info I’ve accumulated over the years.
So, would you be interested in an “Ask PCN” column? I’d need your help in submitting questions. They can be about anything I’ve covered here—movies, books, crime fiction, TV, authors, writing, acting, snacks, how to be a game-show contestant. They can be serious or goofy, and I’d answer in kind. I might not be able to reply to everyone, but I’d have fun trying. Use the contact form, or hit me on Facebook and Twitter. You don’t have to use your real name.
What else would you like to see here? Existing features you’d like to see more/less of?