It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? is a weekly event to list the books finished last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finish this week. It was created by J.Kaye’s Book Blog, but is now being hosted by Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.
So. How great was last week? Pretty awesome, right? It was so great meeting new bloggers, and old, again, and celebrating all the hard work and love we put into our little homes on the internets. BBAW was amazing and congratulations to all the winners! I can’t wait to see what the team comes up with next year!
On the reading front, I finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Holy cow guacamole you guys. What. A. Book. I hope to get my thoughts together and post on it later this week, but for now, I leave you with this oft-spoken phrase around here, but always well meant: “Best Book of the Year.” And this time, I add a “Hands Down.” To reiterate: Best Book of the Year – Hands Down. This baby is going on my top ten of all time.
As I was certain would happen, I plunged into a complete reading slump upon finishing The Night Circus. My mind is still in those delicious circus tents, inside the mystery. So I comforted myself by taking up a crochet hook and started a new scarf for myself, and watching some Doctor Who. Have I mentioned just how much I adore the new Doctor? I adore the new Doctor. And I’m starting to adore my new granny stripe scarf, even though it’s only half complete. Surprisingly, I’m not too worried about a slump. Are you surprised too? Don’t be, I picked up Daphne: A Novel by Justine Picardie last night, just to feel it up and next thing I knew, I’d read 50 pages. The book is a novelization of Daphne du Maurier’s life during the years she wrote her biography of Branwell Bronte. At only 50 pages in, I can’t begin to describe what it is about, so, from B&N:
A haunting novel that illuminates the true story of Daphne du Maurier’s fascination with the Brontës: a tale of madness, theft, romance, and literary archaeology.
Drawing on Justine Picardie’s own extensive research into Daphne du Maurier’s obsession with the Brontës and the scandal that has haunted the Brontë estate,Daphne is a marvelous story of literary fascination and possession; of stolen manuscripts and forged signatures; of love lost and love found; of the way into imaginary worlds, and the way out again.
Written in three entwined parts, the novel follows Daphne du Maurier herself, the beautiful, tomboyish, passionate author of the enormously popular Gothic novel Rebecca, at fifty and on the verge of madness; John Alexander Symington, eminent editor and curator of the Brontës’ manuscripts, who by 1957 had been dismissed from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in disgrace, and who became Daphne’s correspondent; and a nameless modern researcher on the trail of Daphne, Rebecca, Alexander Symington, and the Brontës. Haunting and gorgeously written, Daphne is a breathtaking novel that finally tells, in the most imaginative of ways, what Brontë biographer Juliet Barker has called “the last great untold Brontë story—and perhaps the most intriguing.”
Sounds great, no? I can’t wait to delve deeper into the mysteries.
On the audio front, I am almost finished with Wildwood by Colin Meloy, read by Amanda Plummer. Next, I plan to start All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin. I’ve loved Zevin since her first book Margarettown, so I can’t wait to get into this YA dystopia, read by Ilyana Kadushin.
How was your reading week? Any keepers? Do tell all.