God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

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“If your intentions are pure I’m seeking a friend for the end of the world…”

I absolutely adored this book! It was funny, poignant, endearing, heartbreaking and relatable. It truly is an ode to J.D. Salinger in the best way possible.

The author seamlessly blends the influence of singer Jeff Buckley’s album, Grace, throughout the novel. I have listened to some of his music in the past but never knew much about him.

INTERESTING FACT: Jeff Buckley was born in California and died in Memphis, Tennessee.

Once you’ve finished reading this novel, I recommend reading about Jeff Buckley’s life and listening to Grace; it will give you an idea of where the author derived some of her influences.

Highlights of my favourite quotes from this novel:

“All my life I waited for someone who would say things like that to me. And for someone I didn’t feel alone in the presence of.”

“You can’t put life on pause and then catch up with it later when you have more energy to give. You have to play it all the way through to the end.”

I recommend this book to anyone seeking a friend for the end of the world. I won’t soon forget Trixie and Jacob.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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What a beautifully written book! I can’t remember ever reading a book that read like a poem. The result gives the feel of a smoky, vintage detective movie, filled with intrigue. As I read it, I was enraptured and I wondered what was around the corner. The novel also touches on how we can see ourselves in literature, which is what truly attracts us to great books. Moreover, the dialogue of Fermín Romero de Torres was priceless.

The only drawback to this book, without revealing any spoilers, is how the mystery is finally unveiled. Instead of a letter format, it would have been nice if the life of Julian Carax was revealed in a more creative, intricate way to better reflect the rest of the novel.

The Shadow of the Wind is a true ode to literature and I highly recommend it!