To say I’m a reader could be an understatement. I am a READER!!!! I read every day. However, I have not been good about keeping track of what I’ve read. In fact, when you look at Goodreads, it looks like I read 22 books last year. That is WAY OFF – in the month of January alone I finished 8 books. I’ve decided to keep better records and share what I’ve read on a monthly basis from now on. In fact, if something else has caught my attention – like a television show, a movie, a documentary – I’ll note that too. So – drum roll – here are my January books with a brief comment about each of them.
The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King: The book focuses on the Paris Salons from 1863 – 1874 and primarily follows Eduard Messonier, who was the most successful painter at the time and is now virtually overlooked and Manet, who is considered the father of impressionism. Very interesting, but reads like a textbook at times.
Eccentric Glamour, Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You by Simon Doonan. I was excited to find this book – I have kept his previous book Wacky Chicks, Life Lessons from Fearlessly Inappropriate and Fabulously Eccentric Women for years. This book was entertaining and a very quick read.
The King’s Deception by Steve Berry. This is part of the Cotton Mather Series. I love the way there is an international security issue against a historic person or event. In this case, it was against the history ofHenry VIII and Elizabeth. I didn’t know there was a theory that Elizabeth I was a man! I enjoy these series and when I saw the most recent book in Kroger, of all places, I immediately purchased it and went home at began reading it!
Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenburg by Calvin Tomkins. As biographies go, this one is comparatively smaller than average. However, the writer knew Rauschenburg, which makes it more appealing. I learned things I never knew – like his given name was actually Milton! This books covers the period of 1950’s through the 60’s. He explores his collaborations with Merce Cunningham and John Cage, Rauschenberg is not considered an abstract expressionist, and certainly not a pop artist. But he was there, along with Pollock, De Kooning, Frank Stella and of course Jasper Johns. I found it witty and informative. It did get bogged down a little in talking about “The Happenings”, but not enough to make me put it down. In fact, I googled a lot of the pieces and events he was talking about to get a first hand look at them!
Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham. I read this as part of an online group I’m part of. It was an interesting book, and I found I am basically a “creator”!
Famous Artists and Their Models by Thomas Craven. I thought it sounded so interesting, and it said it had many full pages reproductions of art work. What I missed in reading about the book, it is a pocket sized Penguin Book written in 1942. I’m not even sure it is totally accurate!
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Sattefield. It is kind of a creepy (in a good way) book. Very gothic in tone, you think you figure it out, and then – bam – you are thrown a curve! A good and fun read – even if the language is a little flowery, but it is very descriptive.
As Summer Dies by Winston Groom. If you don’t know, Winston Groom also wrote Forrest Gump. This book was published in 1980 and I believe it took place in the late 1950’s. I couldn’t put it down!
Other interesting facts:
Right now my favorite TV show is the BBC show Sherlock, I’m just sad there are only three seasons with only 3 episodes in each one. But, it is impossible to catch everything that happens, so it isn’t hard to rewatch them.
I think the best documentary I’ve seen in A LONG time is Searching for Sugarman, the unbelievable story of one of the greatest musicians from the early 1970’s that you have never heard of that became a sensation in South Africa – and the guys from South Africa that spent three years searching for him. HERE is a trailer of the movie. I highly recommend it!
What have you been reading and watching? Any recommendations. By the way, I have all the books if you want to borrow one!