One of my top favorite painters is William Bouguereau. Here is one of his version of a young girl reading. Other than the utter beauty and charm of the setting and the girl, my favorite part is her fingers, on the verge of turning a page. As she patiently looks at us, her eyes seem to indicate she is giving us this moment, but in another moment she will go back to reading her book. What a delightful moment Bouguereau has depicted!
The Reader