If you’re tired of the trendy “must-read” books that are 200 pages with similar story lines and are all compared to Gone Girl (not bashing Gone Girl… I loved it), then pick up this book!
The other day I posted about my top 5 reads of 2015 (so far) and my blogger friend, Jamie, recommended The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón since it was her favorite book of all time (that’s a pretty big award to give a book if you ask me). I’d never even heard of it before, so I did some research!
Even though my “must-read” list was already way too long, I added it anyways because it sounded so good. Then, when I found out it got a 4.2 on Goodreads and a 4.5 on Barnes & Noble, I bumped it up to the top of the list so I could start reading it right that second!
I ended up listening to this book on Audible (I love Audible if you didn’t know this already) since it was almost 500 pages and I knew I wouldn’t get through it for months if it just sat beside my bed. Within the first 5 minutes I was hooked! The narrator can make or break a book you listen to… and this narrator KILLED IT!
There was mystery, romance, history, and fiction all wrapped up into one amazing book.
One word of warning, the names get VERY confusing in the book. I didn’t take Spanish in school (I was a French girl) so the names were very hard for me to remember. Fermín Romero de Torres, Jacinta Coronado, Julián Carax, Don Gustav Barcelo… really not easy. Making a little cheat sheet of the characters helped me immensely!
Rating: 4.9 out of 5
I would give it a 5 but then I feel like people wouldn’t think I’m a tough book reviewer, but believe me I am!
What books would you give a 4.9 out of 5, or even a 5 out of 5? I take your recommendations seriously (clearly) and I’ll bump any book that sounds amazing right up to the top of my list! I play favorites :)