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A few more books finished and all were very different reads. Last week I finished Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue, a composite novel about a painting of a young girl.  The  short stories are tied together by a painting that appears in each of the stories throughout the centuries, starting in the present day going chronologically backwards to the day when the painting came into being.  Some of the stories are obviously linked, but others are more subtle in the linkage (other than the painting itself).  A friend of mine, who incidentally let me borrow it, said that when she finished it, she re-read it from the back to the front.  While I didn't do it myself, I did leaf back through the book the same way.  It certainly illuminated the connections a bit more, and gave me somethings to think about.  Whether the painting is truly a Vermeer or not, well, read it and make the connection for yourself.

In between, I should have been reading, or should I say re-reading, Straight Man by Richard Russo. It is my library group's book of the month.  Having read it over ten years ago, I needed a refresher before being able to discuss it intelligently.  I have found it's just as relevant today as it was then.  There is still petty stuff to deal with no matter what kind of business...in this novel, it is the smallness of academia, but the same could be said about other situations as well.  I think that is the continuing appeal of Russo's novel.   I haven't quite finished it, but I will.

In the meantime, I have been reading (and just finished) David Baldacci's newest, True Blue. Per usual, Baldacci has created some memorable kick-ass characters like Mace Perry, her sister, Beth, and  Roy Kingman.  They were the good guys countering some bad guys who continue to masquerade as good guys.  Baldacci leaves the reader satisfied, and yet still open to the possibility that there may be more coming for Mace, Beth, and Roy in the future.  Just speculation on my part,  and I won't know until his next novel comes out (or the one after that).  Yes, I think I have read all of his and everytime I feel a greater fear of the powers-that-be, and yet...

Next on the book-reading agenda, I guess I'll finish Straight Man and then start the Tres Navarre series by Rick Riordan.  I was given the series to read by the same friend who let me borrow her book, Girl in Hyacinth Blue.  She and her husband borrowed my "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series (the YA series) and enjoyed them so much they decided to check out this series.  With turnabout, now it's my turn to read the adult series.  They think I'll like them as well.     

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I truly loved the elegance

I truly loved the elegance of Girl In Hyacinth Blue, evocative of Vermeer’s work. I look forward to reading it again, and although I seldom recommend movies, there is an amazing movie The Red Violin in a similar format.

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Thanks Mara....

I'll have to check the movie out. Interesting concept the book was, and my friend's re-reading backwards was an interesting take. I would have done it too if I hadn't so many other books in my TBR (to-be-read) pile.