Taking a mini-break from the Photography 101 course to talk about another hobby, reading.
I enjoy reading. I wish I had more time to read, but life interferes with that. So I usually just read on my daily commute…as well as an occasional audio book while I’m working. The audio book actual keeps me focused on the task at hand.
I enjoy reading children’s, young adult (YA), and adult fiction, although I’m open to reading almost any genre. The main exception is romance. I can’t read romance novels. I think I had my fill when I was a teenager. So I draw that’s where I draw the line.
This week I’ll be reading a YA novel.
Kindle Edition: 341 pages
Published: September 16, 2014 by Skyscape
Publisher’s summary: Artistically brilliant, Giulia is blessed – or cursed – with a spirit’s gift: she can hear the mysterious singing of the colors as she creates them in the convent workshop of Maestra Humilita. It’s here that Giulia, forced into the convent against her will, has found unexpected happiness and rekindled her passion to become a painter?an impossible dream for any woman in 15th century Italy.
But when a dying Humilita bequeaths Giulia her most prized possession – the secret formula for the luminously beautiful paint called Passion blue – Giulia realizes she’s in danger from those who have long coveted the famous color. Faced with the prospect of a life in the convent barred from painting as punishment for keeping Humilita’s secret, Giulia is struck by a desperate idea: What if she disguises herself as a boy? Could she make her way to Venice and find work as an artist’s apprentice?
Along with the truth of who she is, Giulia carries more dangerous secrets: the exquisite voices of her paint colors and the formula for Humilita’s Passion blue. And Venice, she discovers, with its gilded palazzos and masked balls, has secrets of its own. Trapped in her false identity in this dream-like place where reality and reflection are easily confused, and where art and ambition, love and deception hover like dense fog, can Giulia find her way?