Feb 21, 2021

Sunday Salon: No More Thrillers for a Month

 Maybe my last thriller for a month or so....I've decided to concentrate on nonfiction books and more literary novels, moving away from psych thrillers and mysteries for a time. It's Lent and I have to give us something I really, really like! But maybe I'll be surprised and enjoy other genres for a change. 

In the Name of Truth is the 8th in a series of 9 crime novels, so far, by Viveca Sten, set in the Swedish archipelago and the island of Sandhamn. I have one more to read, the 4th,  before the next book comes out later this year. She has signed a contract for three more Sandhamn books, till 2023! 

Books I intend to read during the next month:

Savage Feast, February 26th 2019, Harper

Genre: family memoir

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally, October 9, 2014, Viking
How the history of the human race shapes us as individuals
Genre: nonfiction, history


Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver,  October 16, 2018, Harper
Genre: literary fiction

Bread and Salt: Stories by Valerie Miner, September 5, 2020, Whitepoint Press

Climb: Leaving Safe and Finding Strength on 100 Summits in Japan by 


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I'm drawn to psych thrillers and mysteries as well but, am trying to branch out with a few translated works, historical fiction and NF.

Hope you enjoy Unsheltered - very good.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

That’s an interesting way to honour Lent!
The good news is that with your nonfiction choices you would easily fulfil the Nibbler requirement for my Nonfiction Reader Challenge ;)

Wishing you a great reading week

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Now that is a commitment to Lent! Good for you. I hope you are able to enjoy the new genres you are attempting to explore while you set aside your much-loved mysteries and thrillers.

I see lots of books on your shelves that I'd like to read. Invisible History looks particularly fascinating, and Climb fits right into my Japanese Lit Challenge. I've always wanted to know more about von Humboldt.

I hope you have a lovely week.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

A good reason to give up a genre for a month. I love to mix things up, and go through phases with my genre preferences. Hope this week is a good one!

Tea said...

I hope you really have fun reading the new genres. All of the titles look good.

Elza Reads said...

Crime Thrillers also tend to be my go-to drug, but I haven't read that many this year. I'm very intrigued with the first series that you've shared in your post, I am going to take a closer look now.

Think it's a lovely idea to honor lent. Good for you!

Hope you will have a good week and take care of yourself.

Elza Reads

THT Steph said...

I read a variety of genres, but will often times gravitate towards the same old thing. I hope that you discover some really great reads while trying new things!

Greg said...

Genre changes can be nice! I find new books I love that way sometimes, blogging has helped me try new genres too. I agree about thrillers though, I've grown to really like them.

Take care this week!

CLM said...

My sister and I are always looking for new suspense so maybe we will try Viveca Sten.

I always give up (or try to give up) sarcasm for Lent. I figure that benefits my coworkers although giving up sweets would certainly benefit me! I have gone from size 2 to 4 since the pandemic began, not that I am getting much sympathy.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your books look so good! I do love a crime series. Thanks for sharing, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

JoAnn said...

Savage Feast looks good... I'm always up for a memoir with recipes. And I enjoyed Unsheltered last year as a read/listen combination. Happy reading!

IzaBzh said...

I love thrillers but I haven't read any for a long time now... Those books you chose look good but I'm particularly interested by the Barbara Kingsolver : I read "Prodigal summer" by her and it left me a lasting memory. Enjoy ;)

Laurie C said...

I gave up psychological suspense last month for a while, for stress relief, not for Lent! I don't even think I like them that much, but kept getting drawn to them and borrowing them from the library. I think at first the books let me externalize my generalized anxiety (my self-diagnosis!) to give it some definition and distract me from pandemic stress, but then I was getting stressed out by the books themselves! We read Unsheltered for my library book club and had a great discussion about it. I like the look of Savage Feast -- adding it to my TBR now!

Kathy Martin said...

Good luck switching up genres for Lent. The book about Humboldt looks good. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

RAnn said...

I get into ruts sometimes were it seems that all the books I read are the same. I like the idea of purposefully choosing to read outside the norm.

carol said...

I hope you enjoy reading some things outside of your usual zone.

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