Tonight, I’m hosting my very first book club!
So, I know that I did a mini-review on this book back in August, but I wanted to expand on it a bit! For this first meeting of our club, I’ve asked all of the attendees to come armed with their gorgeous faces and a few thoughts on the favorite book that they read in 2013!
My favorite book of 2013?
I had a hard time choosing. After all, I loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and The Night Circus (oh my god, did I love The Night Circus). But when I finally forced myself to make a decision (this is dramatic, but it really felt like Sophie’s Choice), I chose The Book of Lost Things because of how thoroughly charmed I was by it. (I’m realizing right now that I don’t have reviews for any of these books that I loved so much. I think part of my hesitance to write about them is due to the fact that I just don’t think that I can do them justice. Every single one of them was perfect, to me.) (I’m also realizing that I use too many parenthetical statements when I write.)
Anyway, the book. The story follows the story of David, a little boy who has lost is mother and copes by getting lost in his books. The story takes your favorite fairy tales and turns them on theirs heads as it follows the violent collision of David’s fantasies and his reality and forces him to confront his fears and ultimately uncover his strengths.
It’s so good. I cannot stress this enough. It’s funny, it’s tragic, I definitely cried, and definitely laughed. I’ve bought this book for a few people since reading it and lent out my precious copy, that goes to show how strongly I feel about everyone reading this book.
Usually, when I love a book, I’m sad that it’s over. I try to slow down my reading to make it last a bit longer. With The Book of Lost Things, I just felt so happy that I head read it. I raced to the finish, knowing that it didn’t matter when I finished because I’ll definitely be reading it again. It just felt good, like I had just gotten to be a part of something amazing. Something fantastic.
I can’t wait to share this book with the girls tonight, and if I didn’t feel that it was cheating a bit, I’d assign it as our next books!
I hope you pick it up, and let me know what you think if you do!
I’d also like to extend this book club prompt to my little blog world – what was your favorite book of 2013? Let me know in the comments!