I’m currently doing a lot of exciting things! I had an interview this morning for an instructional aide position at a local elementary, I have been substitute teaching, I have some cool projects in the works (including a novel, whaaa?!), and, of course, I’m always dreaming of what’s ahead.
I am also currently reading some neat books. While I frequently enjoy reading some solid non-fiction books, I am currently reading two fiction books (and keep reading for a list of other fiction recommendations!)
Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables
This classic work is a massive French historical novel set in 1815 Paris during the Revolution. Hugo apparently explained the novel as follows:
So far I am only in the first of five volumes, and the eleventh of 365 total chapters, but I am enjoying it so far! Of course, it is understandably different from its screen adaptation, which I also very much enjoyed. (Musicals, anyone? Yes, please.)
Since I have seen the movie and know the premise of the story, it’s really interesting to see the bits of foreshadowing near the beginning of the novel and to anticipate the entrances of different characters.
Hugo is certainly wordy, and this is admittedly my second attempt at reading it. I am enjoying it more now than I did when I first picked it up as a sophomore in high school.
This year, (our first Christmas as a married couple!) my husband and I adopted the Icelandic tradition of giving each other a book on Christmas Eve. This is the one he gave me, and I think he chose well.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The other book I’m currently reading is a historical fiction novel set in Amsterdam in the 1680s. It is centered around a girl named Petronella who has recently married a wealthy merchant. When she moves in, Nella finds things are secretive and unwelcoming and feels unwanted by her husband’s sister who also lives there. Nella’s husband buys her an elaborate dollhouse fashioned after their own home as a wedding gift of sorts, and when she commissions a miniaturist to furnish it, things take an eerie twist.
I am still near the beginning of this novel as well, but I’m hooked! I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and this novel has a bit of a low-key thriller bent.
Some other fiction works I would recommend:
What are you currently reading? Have you given any of these a try? (No spoilers!)
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