Hey, hey! It's January 1, 2013! How the time has flown. I've spent the past few posts summarising the books and some other things, music, TV shows, actresses that I enjoyed in 2012. It's time to start looking forward. I will start with some of the Reading Group Challenges that I took on for 2013, starting with The Book Addicts Reading Group Challenge, otherwise known as the 12 + 2. In that we pick 12 books, plus 2 alternates that we would like to read in the upcoming year.
This is my third year doing this challenge and I've enjoyed it very much. I think I've picked a nice mix of books this year. So here goes. I hope you find my choices interesting.
At a meeting of the central committee of Spain's Communist Party, in a room both locked and guarded, general secretary Fernando Garrido is stabbed to death. But the Party refuses to believe it was an inside job. They turn to former member Pepe Carvalho. But he’s soon out of his depth in unfamiliar Madrid, where he spends nearly as much time investigating the chorizo, lamb-kidneys, and tripe, and the uninspiring selection of wine on offer, as he does murder. With time out for his signature book burning (Engels’s The Housing Question), cooking (shellfish risotto), and an ill-advised bajativo (cognac, crème de menthe) inspired romp with Gladys, Pepe Carvalho leads a wry and cynical tour through the labyrinth of post-Fascist Spanish politics amid violent jostling for power."
So there you have it, my 12 + 2 challenge. I hope the books interest you. I'll try to comment throughout the year as I read them. Tomorrow I'll talk about some of the other challenges I'm going to work on.
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THE BEST IN 2013!