I’m a very avid reader, but lately school work has taken over all my free time and I haven’t had much time to crack open a book (to read purely for fun that is, art history textbooks are a different story!) But when I graduate in a month in a half, I already have a list of books I want to read again. One of my new favorite genres is reading about art and the art world. I just love settling in for the night and getting lost in a book about a subject I’m very familiar with. If you are looking for a new book to sink your teeth into, I highly recommend these.
One book I just received for my birthday is The Interestings written by Meg Wolitzer. Now I haven’t gotten too far into the novel yet, but I’m already addicted. The book starts off with six teenagers at an arts summer camp, Spirit-In-The-Woods. They name themselves “The Interestings” after believing they are the most interesting and infinite people in the world. As all people do, they grow up, get married, and move away, but still keep in touch. The characters are faced with the struggle that the creativity they owned as teenagers isn’t enough enough to propel them through adulthood. I’ve found this novel to be so enchanting, witty, and vividly written. I find myself caught in the middle of these characters; not a teenager, yet not completely an adult either. Soo basically, if you don’t see me in the next week, I’ll be in a coffee shop reading The Interestings with a cup of Chai Tea. Promise you won’t come find me, I’m so excited to continue reading!
One of my favorite books of all time (and that’s a big honor) is The Art Forger written by B.A Shapiro. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read this novel, okay like 4+ times. It’s that good. We meet Claire Roth, an artist forging a Degas painting for a powerful gallery owner in exchange for a solo gallery show. But get this, the Degas painting is one of the stolen pieces from the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. As we get deeper into the novel Claire discovers the Museum’s Degas painting may have been a forgery as well. One critic described The Art Forger as “If Briget Jones’s Diary and The Da Vinci Code had a love child, this would be it.” Seriously what more do you need?!
This upcoming week my school work may fall to the wayside in lieu of finishing The Interestings. But I’m already itching for another book to read. Any suggestions?
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No doubt you’ve read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, but if not, start it as soon as you can! I really enjoyed The Gardner Heist, find it here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Gardner-Heist-Largest-Unsolved/dp/0061451843
Ohmygosh I have not read either book…yet! My art museum crush is the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, I can’t wait to go one day, hopefully soon! The heist makes it all the more alluring so I will definitely be checking our The Gardner Heist. Thanks for the suggestions!
Hope you get there soon! Lucky for me, I visited pre-heist. The Goldfinch is an imagined heist for all the right reasons, of a real painting, from the Met in NYC. It’s a wild read. Happy reading and visiting!
I hope so too! Thanks for all the great book suggestions!
Another recommended read: Priceless. http://www.amazon.com/Priceless-Undercover-Rescue-Worlds-Treasures/dp/0307461483/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1SMEXVWCZ9M571W2HABG