Fully Booked: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

I have goals for 2020 and reading again is one of them. No this is not going to immediately make me a beanie-wearing scholar sipping matcha lattes in the cafe powering through novels but it should re-polish my dusty brain that has been largely exercised by only screens the last four years.

There was a time when I went through novels at the same pace as one through a Kleenex box. One every 10 days or so and it was just the right fit for me. It kept me off my devices at night before bed, good or bad, made my dreams wacky and vivid and kept my appreciation for proper language high. I think my favourite part of reading semi-regularly was the book shopping. It’s a calming way to spend a weekend afternoon and I always thought I was going to meet the love of my life wandering through the fiction aisle at the local shop like I was fucking Tom Hanks in a 90s romantic comedy.

I am going to briefly share what I generally like to read and follow up with make my very first book recommendation on this little website of mine. I dig science-fiction and poetic-like mysteries. My sci-fi thirst is pretty straightforward to explain. I like the imaginative, out-of-this-world dramatics that don’t remind me of the day-to-day hardships and stresses of real life. The stories allow me to break free of my own mind and actually relax for once. Now if you’re wondering what “poetic like mystery” is, let me now introduce you to my favourite author Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I am not qualified to properly characterize this man as an author so I am just going to say he writes in a style that is playful and eloquent. The dialogue is charming and his main characters are the polar opposite of a mouth-breather. Insightful, sharp and witty people that actually inspire me to speak with more life myself. The first book I read of his was “The Shadow of the Wind” and it immediately set me on a mission to read all in his collection and that I have done except his very latest which is now sitting upon my bedside table with a bookmark on page 85. The Labrynth of the Spirits is another edition to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books collection amongst The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven.

“Do you know the best thing about broken hearts? They can only really break once the rest is just scratches.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game

It has been close to 10 years since I have read The Shadow of the Wind and over the years I have suggested it to friends and gifted a dozen times at Christmas. At about $20 for a paperback, I say give it a shot. If you love it like I did, you’ll have a handful of others in the series to take in. Would be cool to hear from any of you who have read it or now plan to. Report back and share your thoughts. Also open to some recos from you.

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