The Lost Painting was an adventure, through and through. Though it filled my Non-fiction Book requirement, it was presented in a unique format that read much more like a mystery than a mere statement of facts.
Last night, I intended to go to bed at 11:00. I looked at a clock when I finished the book and realized that I had exceeded my bedtime by an hour and thirty minutes inadvertently. Whoops.
But that’s just how easy of a read The Lost Painting was. The history and controversy of the lost Caravaggio painting, “The Taking of Christ” was completely unknown to be prior to this. Now, however, I seem to want more information. Are all paintings histories this unique and scattered? Are all art historians actually mystery solvers of a bookish variety? Why is it so fascinating? What am I doing with my life?
Even if you have no prior interest in the subject, I would recommend this book. Like I said, an easy read that seemed more like a mystery than a statement of facts.
The next book I picked up was Bone Quill by John and Carole Barrowman for #39 – A Book with Magic. I picked this book up a year ago at a very large Half Price Books sale for $2 and the thing that initially caught my attention was (obviously) the author’s name. After reading the back, I decided I just had to have it. That was a year ago and it has been sitting on my bookshelf in anticipation ever since. So, I picked it out this morning and brought it with me to work.
Didn’t exactly get a chance to read it today at work…which is good, I guess–because I just googled it to find a picture of the cover for my blog and realized it’s actually the second book in a series.
Instead, I believe I’m going to tackle #46 – A Book Written by an Author with your Same Initials which just so happens to be called The Naming by Alison Croggon.
The Pellinor series is the retelling of the Riddle of the Treesong set in the fictional world of Edil-Amarandh. The story mainly revolves about the character of adolescent girl Maerad, who was forced into slavery along with her mother as a child, after the sacking of the Bard school of Pellinor.
Maybe, just maybe, if there’s magic in it, I can use the sequel in place of Bone Quill. I chose this book upon the recommendation of Susie (I think…). So if it’s awful, I’m placing the full blame on her. 😛