I’m not up to reviewing anything just yet – I just want to escape into a pile of crime novels.  The darker the better. It’s a perverse form of comfort reading, but hey ho!

However, I ran an Edinburgh Book Festival competition so before I forget to award the prize, here are the answers:

1) How many books would I finish reading in the festival fortnight?  3 (Reckless – Cornelia Funke, All Men are Liars – Alberto Manguel, The Sound of My Voice – Ron Butlin)

2) How many kilometers would I walk during the fortnight?  53

3) How many pages of notes would I take?  118

4) How many books would I buy? Ssssh, this is a secret between us.  21.  Here’s they are – impulse buys, all except two.  But you have to remember that I live 27 miles from the nearest bookshop.  Of course, I’m going to go off the rails when in Edinburgh for the best part of a fortnight. Anyway, the book budget is well and truly blown.  No more purchases for a couple of months at least.

From top down:

5 minute NLP (for a daily injection of positive thinking)
The Sound of My Voice – Ron Butlin (A 5-star marvel.  Review to follow soon.)
Sailing by Starlight – Alex Capus
The Clown – Heinrich Boll
In Other Room, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin
Heaven and Hell – Jon Kalman Stefansson
Inside / Outside – Regi Claire
The Beauty Room – Regi Claire
Vivaldi and the Number 3 – Ron Butlin
Edinburgh, Picturesque Notes – Robert Louis Stevenson
Fragrant Harbour – John Lanchester
Night Visits – Ron Butlin
Klaus and Other Stories- Allan Massie
Started Early, Took My Dog – Kate Atkinson
Scottish Covenanter Stories, Tales from the Killing Time – Dane Love
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (trans Pevear and Volokhonsky) –  All set now for the group read chez Dovegreyreader
Death In Bordeaux – Allan Massie
Room – Emma Donaghue
Macbeth, A True Story – Fiona Watson
C – Tom McCarthy
The Comic Legend of William McGonagall (My first ever graphic novel)

To determine the winner of the competition, I’m simply going to add the answers together and whoever is closest to the final total of 195 wins.  I make that CindyS with a total score of 118.  Congratulations!  Your prize is a goody bag comprising of  a London Review of Books Book Bag with the current issue of the London Review of Books,  a copy of the 100th issue of Granta magazine and a bookworm bookmark.   Do enjoy!

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