Bloganuary 18: Books to read

Today’s bloganuary topic is: What book is next on your to-read list?

I feel like I’ve read a fair few heavier non-fiction books lately so I am looking forward to picking up something lighter and fluffier, something I can enjoy for its own sake rather than feeling the need to learn something from it. And perhaps something that gives me a trip away – in my mind at least. So the books I’m looking at are: Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (Mario Giordano), the widowed Auntie Poldi helps investigate a murder in Sicily; Away with the Penguins (Hazel Prior), wealthy 85 year old Veronica McCreedy makes a decision to change her life; and Carrying Albert Home (Homer Hickam), the story of a man, his wife, and her alligator.

Two other books I’m looking at are historical fiction (so I get to travel in time) but the subject matter is not as light as the previous titles: Fireflies and Chocolate (Ailish Sinclair), a young Scottish girl is kidnapped and sold into servitude in the American colonies; and The Invisible Mountain (Carolina de Robertis), set in post-military-dictatorship Argentina.

One book I definitely want to read this year after having it on my shelf for a year is Not Saying Goodbye (Boris Akunin). This is the final book in the Erast Fandorin series. (If you’re unfamiliar with Erast Fandorin, he’s a turn-of-the-century Russian equivalent of Sherlock Holmes – very clever, very well-dressed and usually unlucky in love.) Over the previous 13 books, I’ve really become attached to Erast as he solves crimes across pre-Revolutionary Russia and Europe, so I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye just yet. But sometime this year…

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