Favorite genre

I enjoy reading novels/biographies about the lives and habits of artists. Anything relating to making art and art history really attracts me like a magnet. So why not make a list of those I’ve read…which I have read many more but can’t seem to recall them right now. And a list of those I would like to read. Let’s go….and I hope you will comment on your favorites so I can add your selections to my list.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Mason Currey

Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland (She wrote many books on the subject)

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier

The Passion of Artemesia, Susan Vreeland

Clara and Mr Tiffany, Tracy Chevalier

Luncheon of the Boating Party, Susan Vreeland

The Forest Lover, Susan Freeland

As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel, Rudy Rucker

Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet, Stephanie Cowell

An Illustrated Life, Danny Gregory

The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova

Strapless, Deborah Davis

The Painter from Shanghai, Jennifer Cody Epstein

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Norton de Trevino

The Agony and the Ecstacy, Irving Stone

Girl Reading, Katie Ward

The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham

How to be both, Ali Smith

The Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud

The Shadow Catcher, Marianne Wiggins

Impressionist: A Novel of Mary Cassatt, by Joan King

Hope you can add your thoughts and favorite books in this genre.



Its late February and the day I’ve been waiting for was here…..

The sun shone brightly and warmed up the porch enough to sit without a blanket and portable heater!   I had the urge to bask in this warmth….just like Marlo:IMG_8836

But first, background info:  I have saved a collection of children’s books, and am always looking for a new one to add to the shelf.    Patrice and I were talking about our love of beautifully illustrated children’s books during our Northville excursion.  She mentioned that she collects books with handmade quilts as the theme and graciously lent me a tote bag full to look over……..

Today was the perfect day, sitting in the warm sunshine,  I started with this pile.  Really was a memorable way to celebrate this sunny Saturday in February. 

IMG_8839In another post soon, I will list these books….I think you will like them too!  

Buying back a memory

While I am talking about books, I have a little story to share with you. 

Years ago, in the ‘90’s, our family, friends and neighbors were passing around the book  “To Dance with the White Dog”.    We all really enjoyed the story about an elderly man who had just lost his wife.  Mysteriously, a white dog befriended him and helped him through the hard times.   

Dance with White Dog Cover Maybe you have read this book, or saw the movie???? 

The book ended up on my bookshelves, and sat untouched for many years.  One day I was culling my book collection, and with “White Dog” being a paperback, I decided to donate it to the Friends of the Library.  This was a while ago, maybe a couple of years. 

Fast forward to the latest library Used Book Sale.  I am there with Steph, shopping on bag day….a bag of books for $5.   I come across the book,  and think, “Oh, I don’t think I own this book anymore….I could read this novel again, I loved it”…and in my bag it goes.   One does not have to be picky on $5 per bag o’ books day, any book that appeals goes into the bag.  When and if the bag is full, then the elimination process starts.  The book ended up coming home with me.  My MIL heard I had been to the sale, and asked if there was anything she could take home to read….I gave her the book.  She too remembered reading it, and would enjoy it again. 

She called me later, and said….”Imagine my surprise when I saw my husbands handwriting inside the cover of the book”.  Dad K. (Capt. Jack) has been gone for 11 years.   After reading, many of us signed our names and wrote a few words….Capt. Jack, included…..

 White Dog signatures

So here, I bought back the exact book I had previously donated….. Serendipity.   And the library would like to see more customers like me. 

Home again, home again….

Jiggedy, jig……!

Home to my own sofa, bed, peoples, pets, shower, food….

Glad that whole thing is behind me now, and I can start feeling better day by day.     

So what am I gonna do while I’m sitting around, and taking it easy….

Read….currently I’m engrossed in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  No folks, I never read this book, nor saw the movie.   But I love Savannah, and want to go visit for a while. 

Want to know one of my secrets…..I used to read, and read, and read.  I read myself to sleep every night, and would start the day with a good chapter or two.  Then take breaks during the day and read.   You know how it is, when you are an avid reader, the book is never far away.  

Then my mind went bye bye…..literaturely(new word?), anyways!  All I wanted to do was look at the pictures.  I’ve been devouring art books for years now.   The visual.   Not that this was without benefit.  Maybe it was just what was needed.  But reading novels and literature is not going to take a backseat anymore.  Its a passion, and a gift, and life is too short not to be passionate and accept gifts! 

The book that I just finished and LOVED was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

I highly recommend this book full of down to earth but colorful characters! 

So what are you reading that I should be reading??????