The Shadow of the Wind

Finally Fall Book Tag

As I’ve said quite recently, I love Autumn. And look what I found that puts two of my favourite things (books and autumn) together – the Finally Fall Book Tag! This tag was created by Tall Tales, it features 11 questions and I’m just going to get stuck right in.

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
The Gunslinger by Stephen King. This is the first book in The Dark Tower series and not a lot really happens in it but you definitely get a vivid description of this place that the Gunslinger roams. It’s like a desert in a dying world, and it feels incredibly lifeless and harsh.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinsborough. This is a short story about death, grief and the ties that binds a family until they don’t anymore and it’s beautiful. It’s very sad as a woman is basically with her father, in the family home, waiting for him to die as her siblings briefly visit them. It’s a great look at family connections and how they can break so easily while also being about how hard it is to see someone you love slip away.

3.Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla. I learnt so much about what it’s like being a person of colour in Britain today, and no matter how much I read up on it I’ll probably never understand it because I’m white. (more…)

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REVIEW: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The-Shadow-of-the-WindWhen he is ten years old Daniel is shown the secrets of the book cemetery by his father. There he discovers a book by Julian Carax called the Shadow of the Wind. Daniel falls in love with the book and over the years he sets about trying to find out more about the allusive Julian Carax. But as he digs deeper into the mystery more and more people want to the book and will go to great lengths to take it from him.

The Shadow of the Wind is beautifully written. The way it describes the joy of books as well as the city of Barcelona where the story is set is incredibly vivid. However the fact there’s so much description can be a double-edged sword, it’s beautiful but it can be a bit dense and I sometimes would skim read long passages. (more…)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week is Top Ten favourite Insiring quotes from books – now not all of these are inspiring per se but they might make you think or make you smile and I love them all for different reasons.

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
– The Twits by Roald Dahl

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
– Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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