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review 2017-12-26 20:42
We can learn from books...even forgotten ones!
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Occasionally it can fun to take a punt on an ‘unknown’ book, from a public library, charity shop or friend’s shelf, but when such a lottery yields an unexpected pearl it can be all the more rewarding. ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ was one such absorbing read, by an author (Carlos Ruiz Zafόn) unfamiliar to me, but this story is made all the more intriguing by its draw on several genres. Set in post-civil war Barcelona, there are elements of historical drama, echoes of gothic mystery and romance, thriller and even comedic moments. It’s a heady cocktail, yet the layering of the narrative is so expertly written that the reader is skilfully drawn into the complex lives of the interconnected characters. Central among them is Daniel, who, aged ten, is introduced to the strange ‘Cemetery of Forgotten Books’, where he is fated to choose ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ written by Julian Carax.

“…few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart…”and so it proves for Daniel, as his ownership of the rare book triggers his curiosity about the mysterious author and burgeons into an ardent adult need to solve the puzzle that is Carax.

Along the way, Daniel’s relationships with his father, friends, neighbours and those close to Carax offer vivid insight into the dark days of Franco’s Spain. None more so than a vagrant, the ebullient Fermin Romero de Torres, who befriends Daniel and though exposing him to the unwanted attention of his former police torturer (Inspector Fumero), also protects Daniel and infuses him with a romantic verve for life. By contrast, a rather sinister character disfigured by fire is also lurking, bent on relieving Daniel of his book. Peril it seems is never far away.

Still, notwithstanding the well-defined Spanish social strata and the distribution of power across wealth, family and state lines, Daniel navigates a courageous path, which challenges the status quo and unashamedly asserts the capacity of love to breach such man-made boundaries.

The various strands of the plot are woven together seamlessly to create a highly satisfying whole and Zafόn’s attention to the detail of his creation ensures there are no ‘loose ends’, which I rather liked. All in all a very entertaining read, though as Mr Carax suggests, “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” I hope not.

As an aside, this novel was translated into English by Lucia Graves, daughter of Robert Graves, whose books about Emperor Claudius are among my earlier reviews. However, we should acknowledge that the quality of Ms Graves work has ensured that this novel seems to lose little in translation.

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review 2017-04-24 18:46
Recommended read gone wrong
The Shadow of the Wind - Lucia Graves,Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Couldn't finish it. I don't think I even made it 1/4 of the way through. was turned off by the explicit sexual scenes especially considering the first involved an 11 year old. They felt gratuitous and unnecessary.

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text 2017-01-01 12:36
My top 10 of 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
Phobos (Phobos, #1) - Victor Dixen
L'ombre Du Vent by Ruiz Zafon, Carlos (2013) Mass Market Paperback - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
STARS ABOVE: A Lunar Chronicles Collection (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer

2016 was a great year for me. The year of many changes: I did my first internship and had to move to a different city all alone (it may seems ridiculous because it was only 150km from home and I got back every weekend. I was still in Belgium, but hey, it was a lot of responsibilities and my country is so small that it meant I was living at the other side of it), I graduated from University, I got a job (even before graduating) and I moved in with my boyfriend. I have my own house, I have a job so I get my own money (but I don’t have my own car yet, it’s ok, the bus is great for reading time). Anyway, all these changes also meant I did not get that many books read. And I had not that much time to post reviews, read posts and comment your publications… which is really sad cause I really enjoy Booklikes and this awesome community! My challenge was to read 90 books and I barely managed it.


2016 Reading challenge

In 2015; I read 95 books. But I decided to lower this challenge for 2016 because I knew I would probably have less time to read (which was the case). Still, I did not want to focus that much on the quantity, but rather on the enjoyment of it. I really wanted to read just because I wanted to and I did not want to force myself to read (which is really stupid because you don’t enjoy it then…). I read (and re-read) many great books in 2016. I discovered new authors, new gendra and I tried to just read what I felt like reading. I decided to make a top 16 of the books I read in 2016. But then I chose to include only 10. It was difficult, but here they are (I only included books I had never read before, obviously).


10. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K Rowling: just because it was so great to read a new HP story. I liked the new characters but I felt like the old ones were too much changed and it bugged me a bit.


9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I absolutely adored this first book and I’m really excited about reading the next one, which I’ll do in 2017!


8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: It was brilliant, beautiful and unexpected.


7. Phobos by Victor Dixen: I discovered this series, written by a French author. I don’t usually read YA in French, but this one was really great and I’m glad I gave it a chance!


6. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer: I was so happy to be back in the Lunar Chronicles world. I absolutely adored the series and this book was a great addition to it.


5. L’ombre du Vent (Shadow of the Wind) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: A wonderful author. I wish I could read this in its original version. Unfortunately, I do not speak Spanish well enough. I adored the story and the writing was beautiful.


4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: wonderful world, amazing characters, great plot, excellent writing


3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas: No wonders Sarah J Maas is in my top 3. It’s funny to think I did not enjoy the first book first time I read it and almost gave up on the series. I don’t know how to explain what’s so special about this series. I just love it.


2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: Yes, I only read this story this year. I don’t know why I never tried it before… Never read it as a kid and I remembered being in Mons for my internship and not having any physical books left I wanted to read, so I looked into my Kindle and found this. This author is absolutely fantastic! I read some other books from the Oz series, I still have a few to go and I’m not going to stop any time soon. I loved it so much.


1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: and Sarah J Maas again! This book was even better than ACOTAR. I’m so in love with the characters and with her writing that it feels right that this book got the 1st place in my top 10. Can’t wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin.


Here was my top 10 of 2016. The order is not that important, those are just the books that I remembered best from this year.


Did you read any good books in 2016? Discover new authors, started new series? Just tell me if there is one book in particular that made your year


Also, I just can’t realize that 2016 is over… It went so fast! I hope you all had a great year and that 2017 will be a good reading year for you! If 2016 was shitty for you; then I hope 2017 will be better!


Happy 2017 everyone!!

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quote 2016-09-17 21:22
I was raised among books , making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on hands to this day.
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text 2016-06-30 08:28
June Wrap-Up
And I Darken - Kiersten White
The Last Star (The 5th Wave) - Rick Yancey
Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
L'Ombre du vent - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined - Stephenie Meyer
UnEnchanted - Chanda Hahn

I think I'll read a bit more today but I'm leaving tomorrow for ten days and I won't have any internet so I'm doing my wrap-up today (as on 30 June, 9 a.m.)


What I read:


- And I Darken by Kiersten White 3/5 (Review)

- The Last Star by Rick Yancey 5/5 (Review)

- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foe 5/5 (Review)

- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (re-read) 35/ (Review)

- L'ombre du vent by Carlos Ruis Zafón 4/5 (Review)

- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 4/5 (Review)

- Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer 3.5/5 (Review)

- UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn 3/5 (Review)


Hopefully I'll finish Ozma of Oz that I just started this morning. It's a quick read but I have to go to work, to pack to go to camp and then we are hosting a party with people from my class (as you may know it was my last year at university and I'll be in the real world as in September... Scary).


I won't do a TBR for July. Because of camp, I won't be able to read that much and I'm not sure which books I woud like to read.. I'll try to follow my Summer reading list as much as I can!


If you are going on holiday or to camp or just spending time with your loved ones, I hope you'll have a good time :)


Thanks for reading, 







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