January is my favourite month for getting back into my reading after a busy silly season in December. On my bedside table at the moment I have waiting to be read:
The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society – Chris Stewart
This one I have just finished and it was every bit as good as the previous 2 books in this series, Driving over Lemons and A parrot in a Pepper Tree. Chris was a drummer for Genesis (he drummed on the first album) and is now a farmer in Andalucia in Spain and writes about his adventures. Having visited Spain recently, I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Chameleon People – Hans Olav Lahlum
I am reading this one at the moment. A murder mystery set in Norway in 1972, this is the 4th book featuring the detective Kolbjorn Kristiansen “K2” and even though I have not read the others, the story is easy to follow. I am really enjoying this and will add his previous 3 books to my must read list
The Gospel of Loki – Joanne Harris
I am a huge fan of Joanne Harris and have read all of her other books but for some reason this one had slipped under my radar. I am looking forward to this one as it is her first adult fantasy novel.
Stoker – Donald Watt
This is purported to be a true account of an Australian Soldier who survived the concentration camp Auschwitz – Birkenau, originally published in 1995. However it turned out to be a fabrication so that the author could receive compensation from the Australian Government as a holocaust victim. Should be an interesting read.
Doppelgangers – Hugh Thomas
The true story of the bodies in the Berlin Bunker – a bit of a war theme going on here but I am fascinated by WW2 history and have had this one on my shelf for a while so thought it was time I read it.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows
A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation and of a society as extraordinary as its name. Continuing on with the war theme here, this one was given to me by a lady that I used to work with a couple of years ago. I’m hoping that the book is every bit a quirky as the name implies.