Regular readers will know that I'm not one for reading challenges. I don't work well with the pressure of reading certain books at certain times, which is also a reason as to why you won't see too many ARC reviews on my blog either. I'm an eclectic reader and I like to be free to choose my next book on a whim, rather than based on how many challenge boxes I can tick.
When I saw the Venice in February challenge on Dolce Bellezza's blog, I thought 'that sounds nice' and I was all prepared to move on until I saw the selected titles and I was hooked! I had no idea how many wonderful sounding books are set in Venice! Please do visit Dolce Bellezza or Snow Feathers and check out the reading suggestions.
At the moment, I'm torn between the following:
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlene di Blasi
A travelogue of sorts from a woman who transformed her life by following a man she loved to Venice.
A Venetian Affair by Andrea Di Robilant
A forbidden romance in 18th century Venice, based on a cache of real life letters. I love good historical fiction.
Casanova by Ian Kelly
Historical biography. This one is very tempting.
In The Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
16th century historical fiction about Roman courtesans who flee to Venice.
Othello by William Shakespeare
This one needs no introduction. I am a big Shakespeare fan, but have never read Othello.
The Four Seasons by Laurel Corona
Another historical fiction, it's becoming clear I like this genre! This one is the story of two sisters, one of whom is taught by Vivaldi.
So help me choose - which one(s) would you read? I am hoping to read at least two of these books, but won't have time to read them all. If you were me, what would you pick and why?