So what stories are keeping my attention these days? I’ve got some good stuff on my nightstand and thought I’d tell you about it.
I’m still reading The Letters of Vincent van Gogh. Now that I finally have gotten to the letters in the book it is really fascinating. Vincent corresponded with his brother Theo quite a lot and in these letters you see a man who is sensitive, loves his family and has quite a deep faith. It really makes you think of why it is that we only know about his suicide and the “mad” genius part. It seems that whenever the name Vincent van Gogh comes up all anyone thinks of is that he cut off his ear. Yikes. There was so much more to him than that.
A funny sidenote, I finished When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris (review to come) and just now realized that the cover art is an illustration by van Gogh. What synchronicity!
I finally started one of my challenge reads for the Once Upon a Time III Challenge and am enjoying the other world created in Starfinder by John Marco. The story began with Moth, a young boy, who dreams of being a Skyknight but it’s something that can never be. Hmm, I wonder why? I can’t wait to see if he’ll achieve his dream and how.
Last night I started Somebody Else’s Daughter by Elizabeth Brundage. This story is set in the idyllic Berkshires, at the prestigious Pioneer School. Willa Golding, a student, has been brought up by her adoptive parents in elegant prosperity, but they have fled a mysterious and shameful past. Lots of secrets, shameful pasts and drama awaits in this novel. So far so good.
Another book I’m making headway into is Emma by Kaoru Mori. This is my first manga! I’ve really gotten into graphic novels in the past few years so I had been looking forward to manga but I have to admit the different direction in reading is sort of throwing me off. The story is set in Victorian England and focuses on a young girl named Emma who is a British maid and the secret love between her and the son of a wealthy family. This really has all the elements of a story I’d love and I’ve heard so many great reviews from some of my bookish friends but not sure if I’ll adjust to manga yet. I’ll keep you posted.
Hmm, you know what’s missing? A mystery! I think I may have to add one tonight. Also, I plan to catch up with the latest Estella’s Revenge, and Susan has passed the baton to me and I get to come up with some selections for our next Slaves of Golconda reading. So, I think I need to get back to my books now.