I expect that I’m not alone in having more than one book in the ‘next’ position on a reading list. There are always books I’m keen to read, and to enjoy over a couple of different formats.

Non-fiction books are usually paperbacks or hardcovers for ease of reference, and to be able to dip in and out of easily. Next on my list is Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces by Laura Tunbridge. I’ve been enjoying a lot of Beethoven’s work recently, and this book offers insights into his life and his music. Coming a close second is Charlotte Wood’s The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life.

These days I tend to read fiction via ebooks, and often find my next read via the local library. I’m currently reading The Valley of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland. I was intrigued by one of the locations in the book: the town of Newnes in the Capertee Valley of NSW. It is mainly an industrial ruin these days, but it had been an oil shale mining town for a brief period. The library is also an excellent source of audiobooks, and I’ve just started listening to The Silent Inheritance by Joy Dettman.

The final book in the stack shown above is also a work of fiction. This is Tank Water by Michael Burge. I’ve followed Michael’s blog for a few years now, and was keen to read his novel, which was released last year. Described as ‘a coming-of-age story and crime thriller with a large and gentle heart’, it’s definitely on the to be read list.

What book/s are next on your reading list?

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Photo: books on the list