This weekend I went on a wonderful adventure to Rosebank to attend my first ever book fair with the giddiness of a little girl in the hope of spotting some famous authors!
In all honesty the fair reminded me a bit of an engineering conference where you have a whole lot of sessions each discussing a particular subject. The only difference: you are surrounded by books, wine, books, food, books, coffee and some more books.
This year I’ve completely given over my reading freedom to the infamous TBR jar (read post here), which chooses my next read. But how do I normally go about this ever increasingly difficult choice? Well, there are primarily five things I consider when deciding, whether it is from my own bookshelf or a book store.
So I have to be honest… These last few weeks work has just been hectic and I haven’t read as much as I would have liked. Currently I’m only on page 25 of 333 of Seisoen van Sonde. Hence no review this week… I’m sorry…
Luckily it’s not all bad news, I do have some good news as well! This year The Mystery Corner has joined the SA Book Bloggers. It’s a group of book bloggers who are either South African or who review SA fiction regularly. As I fall into both categories, joining was a no brainer.
With the end of 2014 closely approaching I thought it only fitting to end off the year by looking back at everything I read. To be honest, my reading pile looks dismal. I only managed to read 9 books in total of which 7 were mystery/crime fiction and the other 2 were non-fiction books. It doesn’t even amount to a book a month – I really need to up the ante for 2015 though, especially when running a book blog. Wouldn’t you say?
Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram would have noticed that I had a book-filled weekend! Exclusive Books hosted a Pop-Up Sale in Johannesburg from 24 – 29 September 2014. Even though Jo’burg is a long drive from Pretoria, I could not miss this opportunity. So I grabbed my girlfriend, luckily also a book lover, and we headed down to Jo’burg for a book-filled morning.
So you’ve just gotten you’re delicious coffee, with wings of course… You’re heading into your favourite bookstore and it’s time to check out the latest in mystery and crime fiction. But do you know where to start? This is part of the problem for me, in our bookshops popular fiction is a huge section, covering everything from mystery to horror. So unless you know the author and the genre in which they write, it is a bit of a struggle to get that mystery book you desperately want.