#8: Monthly Reading - The Shadow of the Wind
Reading is a challenge for a lady like me. Although I love getting lost in other worlds and other lives, I tend to get terribly distracted when I sit down and crack a cover. My own life pulls me away. Or I fall asleep after a page or two. Oops.
My little-kid self used to adore reading, though, and would scurry off to a quiet place to immerse myself into all sorts of stories. I missed that feeling of being lost in the words. So, when setting my "40 by 40" goals, I decided to make an effort to rediscover my love for reading. Happily, I'm off to a fabulous start with the novel The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón!
Set in Barcelona, it was a natural choice to bring along on my own adventure to the Catalonian city. I read on a plane, on a train, in the hotel, and on a rooftop. I chased the young hero, Daniel, through the twisty-turny streets of 1940's Barcelona and gasped countless times as he slowly unraveled the mystery of the elusive Julián Carax.
"The Shadow of the Wind" is a book about books. Young reader Daniel is invited by his bookseller father to accompany him to a secret underground library known as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Encouraged to choose a book for himself, Daniel carefully selects the novel that will change his destiny. That evening, he devours the story, cover to cover, and wonders if the author, Julián Carax, produced anything else. Such a simple question! But finding the answer will require dangerous adventures, shady characters, frightening chases, spooky ghost stories, and the unraveling of a mystery that involves and impacts generations.
Dun dun dunnnnnn!!!
And thus concludes my uber-concise book report. Mr. Reynolds, my 9th grade English teacher, would probably raise an eyebrow and ask for more details but thankfully, we're not grading on a curve! I'm simply proud to have finished my first of 12 books this year.
Next up: "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi.