I've been reading a ton lately. Last week I read two books, and I've been reading for my book clubs and at the gym and at night and all that. Right now I'm down a reasonable three books.
In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, by Ruchama King Feuerman, is a novel set in present-day Israel about Isaaac, a religious Jewish man who works for a rebbe and his Muslim acquaintance Mustafa, and the troubles that ensue when Mustafa finds an ancient relic at a construction site, which he passes on to Isaac.
My bedside book is The Lady in Gold, by Anne Marie O'Connor, about the people behind Gustav Klimt's famous painting and their fates as well as how the painting ended up in its current home, the Neue Gallerie on the upper east side of Manhattan. The writing is kind of so-so but the story is harrowing and page-turning.
Finally I'm really enjoying Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart, by Claire Harman. I'm actually going to the gym more so I can spend more time reading this engaging biography.