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What I Read: December 2013

For my last month to reach my 24 book reading goal in 2013 (spoiler alert, I didn’t reach it) I only read one book. Fittingly enough, it was the best freakin’ book of the year, well played universe, you are awesome. You can see all the other books I read by clicking here.

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

So, this is the first novel from Tartt in 11 years. The Goldfinch made the NY Times Best Books of 2013 list too. I’ve never read one of Tartt’s novels before (I will pick up her other two shortly). The book was suppose to be released in 2008 and was pushed back, for reason I’m not sure of, and was released this past Fall. Brief synopsis: The book focuses around a boy, Theo Decker, and how his life unravels after it is forever changed as he and his mother fall victim to an NYC terrorist attack. To say this is a coming of age story would be too superficial. It is that yes, but it is also a beautiful story about art, love and the battle each of us faces between good and evil. Frankly, we’ve all done things we aren’t proud of and this book forces the reader to get a little introspective and think about those things, to think about our secrets. I LOVED this book. All (nearly) 800 pages of it. It’s hard to read at some points, you’ll find yourself on a roller coaster of emotions with each character loving then hating and (hopefully like me) loving them again. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the book: What if our badness and mistakes are the very thing that set our fate and bring us round to good? What if, for some of us, we can’t get there any other way?”

Buy the freaking book, and please, tell me what you think. Xoxo

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