Book 22 of 80
Well, this is my last book for Europe. We’re ending with Spain. (I was going to read The Stone Raft by Jose Saramago for Portugal…but I’m going to skip it. *sad face* I think it’s time to leave Europe…I’m ready, I think my humble blog readers are ready…so…sorry Portugal.)
I have looked forward to reading this book since my friend Jessica suggested it back in January. I’ve been itching, eager — sneaking little bits here and there. And then…my friend Toni randomly suggested making the book (without any prior knowledge of my choosing this book for Spain for the challenge) our April book club selection. Upon hearing the title, I yelled, “YES!!! DO IT!!! THAT’S MY SPAIN BOOK!!! SPAIN BOOK!!!” And the Book Club members who were unaware of this adventure just stared at me…blinking…until one said, “Ummm…Spain book?”
Right. Spain book. So, for Spain and for our April book club, I am reading Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
I cannot even convey to you how giddy I feel about reading this book. No seriously. The plot sounds intriguing, the language beautiful. It’s a mystery, a love story, a fairy tale — my expectations are high, but I’m optimistic! (Although, one of my favorite students in the entire world, Ryan — who is a READER — just told me it’s a 7/10. And he reads voraciously. Like, Anna Karenina for fun, kind of reader. Isn’t that just amazing? If Elliott ever says, “Mom? What Tolstoy would you recommend?” I’d die of happiness. Matt would have the same reaction if Elliott ever says, “Dad. I’m dedicating my life toward becoming a punter in the NFL. Can we practice for three hours a day on this?”)
If my current pace is any indication, I’ll probably finish Spain soon. And then AFRICA!! Good bye communism, hello colonialism!