SOME SORT OF REVIEW: THE GOLDFINCH

The one and only spoiler to this review: I have never written a review before in my life and this probably doesn’t even go under the term “review”, but well, here we are. (May be a spoiler about Theo’s personality).

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I bought The Goldfinch some time in 2014, if I remember correctly. At the time I read a fair amount of books, but I somehow never picked this one up after I brought it home with me. Maybe because it looked too daunting with its 864 pages, I don’t know, but anyway, it stayed on the shelf. Now I can finally say I’ve finished it, and what a whirlwind of a read this has been.

I was hooked from the first page. I could sense that Theo was troubled, and I wanted to know what he’d been through, how he got there, to that hotel room, both mentally and physically.

I have not read her previous books, but I quickly fell in love with Donna Tartt’s way of writing. Her carefully chosen words and elaborate depictions, phrases that encapsulated me, but were somewhat simple at the same time. There’s nothing to say on the prose in this book – it’s simply mesmerising. And despite using, what must be, her whole vocabulary and more, I found the book easy to read. Her choice of words is mindful and they flow easily.

Tartt’s use of words and eye for detail, (in places where it’s not needed too), almost becomes her bane in this book, though. There’s a lot of repetition and when I was around half-way through, I could feel the story dragging, it never really got anywhere. But I felt for Theo, his self-destructiveness, and how he longed for love and care, despite having sort of given up already, so I felt obligated to read on, and in the end I’m glad I did.

I had to put it away a few times, which is why I spent such a long time reading it. Both because it got old a few times, but also because I was angry at Theo for not really growing up. I wanted him to be better: alert and mindful, caring and attentive, responsible and to find a sense of purpose. Maybe on behalf of myself?

As I said, I’m glad I continued to read on. Though a bit predictable at times, it’s a good story which has it’s moments and, for me, eye-openers. I’ve gotten the memo that there’s a conflict to what people think about the ending, but it was an ideal ending for me. When being pre-occupied in my mind while depressed, I need others to think for me sometimes, and the ending was just what I needed.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Have you read The Goldfinch? What are your thoughts?

x Almond

ON MY TBR (TO-BE-READ) LIST RIGHT NOW

For some time now I’ve been kind of half-hearted into the reading game and I’ve read mostly mediocre books. You know, the easy, boring and badly done crime/thrillers? I haven’t had the mind capacity, or the zeal, to read anything else, due to depression.

There are four books that I can recall having enjoyed reading in the past two years, and that’s quite a sad statistic. This year my head is clearer, *does happy dance*, and I already have a few books on my TBR list that I thought I’d share with you. (If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments!)

📖 Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. This book has been standing on my shelf forever, (next to The Goldfinch that I’ve just started reading!!), and it’s about time it gets read. I’ve seen reviews saying it’s overhyped, but I want to see for myself.

📖 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Actually the whole The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, (which just came in the mail the other day). I’ve read such good reviews of these and I can’t wait.

📖 Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I am very much intrigued by the synopsis of this. I love historical fiction and I know this will be a good one.

📖 The Rabbit Hunter by Lars Kepler. I’m on the fence about this one. I might read it or I might start and not finish it. I’ve read the previous books, so I feel like I should finish the series, but they’ve become a bit predictable and I’m tired of them describing every female character with having “perky, well-shaped breasts”… You feel me?

📖 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Also historical fiction! I saw this was the Goodreads Choice Winner of 2014 and supposedly it has beautiful prose.

📖 The Killer Across the Table by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. Yes, I am interested in the psychology of serial killers.

📖 The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read too much of Sylvia Plath’s work, but I’m very intrigued to get to read her journals. (Sorry for the intrusion, Sylvia).

I also thought I would try something new and maybe do some short reviews of these books when read, if that would be interesting?

Do you have any more suggestions for my TBR list? I’m short on 7 books after these to reach my goal for this year (20 books), so I’d love to know!

x Almond