QLTR July 2019

Well, here’s a turn-up for the books, so to speak: only four of them? Is that really all I’d Quite Like To Read next month? What’s going on, I hear you ask. It’s simple. I have declared July 2019 to be Writing Month. And if I’m writing more, I’ll need to be reading less.

When I’m writing a first draft, I average about 12 000 words a month. But not this month. No, in July I intend to be a Super Drafter. I’m aiming for 30,000 words, which should bring my work in progress up to around 85,000 words in total. The end will be in sight!

I’m excited and apprehensive. Can I do it? Even if I can, will I? Or will I wimp out and capitulate to the desire to read other people’s words while consuming too much chocolate? Who can say? Only time will tell. And other cliches. Can you tell I’m nervous about this? Anyway, this isn’t meant to be about me and my neuroses. On to the books. The very, very few books.

This was on my list for June, but I didn’t get to it. I’m writing fantasy, so a bit of a crime thriller should be a nice break, and it should be a quick read.

I have this one as an ARC from Netgalley and I’m keen to get into it. It’s the story of a search for a serial killer in Washington DC in 1947, with a twist: one of the detectives is Prudence Blackwood, an immortal who seeks vengeance for those murdered by history’s most notorious serial killers.  That sounds like a terrific premise and should make for a really fresh take on the thriller genre.

I’d like to read a bit more of this one, for a change from fiction. I’ll just dip into it when I feel like it. I like what I’ve read of it so far.

There are two novels set for July in Mission Marple, but given my time restraints, I think I’ll only get to this one. Another detective tale, but cosy rather than thrillery (yes, that’s a word now). I’ve read it before and it should be very quick, a bonus this month.

So that’s it. Three books and part of a fourth. I should be able to manage that. I’m also beta reading a Middle Grade novel, so I guess we could call that five books, kind of. I may be able to read more, but somehow I doubt it.

What are you looking forward to reading in July?

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