I started reading The Goldfinch a few days ago and now I can't put it down. It's written by one of my favorite authors, Donna Tartt, and I find her quite inspirational. Back in high school, my mom told me I should read one of her favorite books, The Little Friend. I loved the book, but I also remember staring at her author photo in back of the book, transfixed by her. I've since read TheSecret History and have now started her newest book. Reviews of The Goldfinch have been popping up and every time I see a picture of her I have to stop. That blunt haircut, her somewhat masculine clothes, and her confident gaze- the word "badass" just comes to mind. I just love her and her style.