As usual, I’m joining in a little early for the Book Journey meme, “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
I haven’t had much to report here recently, because I spent two weeks reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I turned the last page Friday evening–loved it, won’t even begin trying to unpack it here. Stay tuned for a review (maybe more than one…it’s long, you know?) In between volumes of Les Mis, I had some fun with graphic novels, and The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.
Looking ahead…yesterday at the library I picked up Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Book Two in her series of sci fi fairy tale retellings. I waited literally months on the library hold list for Book One, Cinder, so for this one I was smart and got on the list much earlier. Scarlet just came out in February, and I’m excited to jump in–apparently it brings in Little Red Riding Hood!
I also have Imagined Lives: Portraits of unknown people, a collection of short stories inspired by, well, portraits of unknown people. I’m fascinated by paintings, especially portraits, and this collection is put together by my favorite museum (ever!), the National Portrait Gallery in London. Plus I saw a TED talk by one of the authors referencing the book, and have been intrigued ever since–and without even realizing that Terry Pratchett contributed a story!
After those two, I’m hoping to read Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer–if Amazon and the Post Office cooperate with my plans and get it to me! I’ve read it before and it’s a pretty good historical fiction story about the model for Degas’ statue, The Fourteen Year Old Dancer. I must confess, though, I’m mostly interested in a reread for the sake of what it can tell me about life in the Paris Opera House, circa the 1880s. There’s not so much as a hint of a reference to Monsieur Phantom, but he was inhabiting the same time period…and I recently have been failing utterly to find an actual history book that will tell me about the Opera in that time. So I’ll see what fiction can offer!
That sums up my immediate plans…what are you reading?