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Just One Book


I was reading Floss’s blog about reading and I thought…  I will have to recommend some books to her. Then I get to the part where she says that when she tells people she likes to read this happens… they rattled off a list. So I think… Uh oh I’d better not, and then see it’s a prompt for Food 4 Thought and think… Oh good, I can rattle there, I’ll go give them my list of what they need to read.

When I get to Prompt #126 One Book May More tells me Just One Book!  Wow, there goes my rattling off a list. And even though she is my BFF I probably should do what she says and not suggest that The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day or anything by Carl Hiaasen is a must read, and I don’t want to risk pissing off Floss, her cohort at F4TF. Now that I think about it though, Floss listed 10. I’ll have to see what May did.

So I will rattle off The Shadow of the Wind by Calos Ruiz Zafón. My favorite book. It is a Gothic tale set in 1945 Barcelona. Daniel, is a bookseller’s son, and his father introduces him to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. He makes his selection of one book from the labyrinth to take home and care for. In doing so, he finds himself involved in a real-life mystery. The book he selected was written by a man named Julian Carax, and very well may be the last book in existence by Carax. Someone has been finding the Carax works and destroying them. I hope you will read it, let me know if you do. 

“ Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.”
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

I could not say it any better, so I won’t.


I know I don’t need to add the second badge, but the chance to have the Marvelous May and Fabulous Floss appear on my blog is too good to pass up.

22 comments on “Just One Book

  1. J. Lynn
    December 6, 2019

    I love books and I’ve never heard of this one.. so off to my Kindle I go! 🤣

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  2. Floss
    December 6, 2019

    Oooh this one actually sounds right up my street! I’m for sure going to give this one a try, good shout Elliott. I May set a hard task asking for one book, too hard for me, so I did totally rebel and do my own thing. I am impressed by those of you who could narrow it down to one, May should give you all gold stars for being so good, lol :p x

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  3. May
    December 7, 2019

    GOLD STAR for you Elliot – and for reading the prompt – I have just seen Pons title and I think he may be including movies too! what a rebel.
    You nook sound s very interesting – when was it written?
    Glad to see you on F4Thought again x

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    • Life of Elliott...
      December 7, 2019

      Well, I will certainly be giving Pons a dressing down if he is breaking the rules. Thank you for the gold star. I think it was written around 20 years ago. It took a while to be translated into English and I saw it in a bookstore, and the words ‘cemetery of forgotten books’ captured my imagination. There are two other books in the series related to this book, but nothing like this one.

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  4. Molly
    December 7, 2019

    Been on my to read list for a while.


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  6. Posy Churchgate
    December 9, 2019

    Ohhh Elliott – I commend you! Firstly for sticking to the 1 book prompt (I was unable and I’m still thinking of books I wish I could’ve included). Secondly anyone who loves this book, recommends this book is my kinda person! I adored it. It was suggested to me by a friend (who is now a very good friend for giving such great advice!)The book is everything that Michael Dirda says – and more! Anyone who takes your tip and reads it will be thanking you xx

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    • Life of Elliott...
      December 9, 2019

      Wonderful that you read it, Posy! It really is magical.

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      • Posy Churchgate
        December 9, 2019

        I agree, I read one of his others too, it was equally mysterious with a hint of menace and poignantly sad too.

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    • Life of Elliott...
      December 9, 2019

      I have those too, he also wrote some children’s books which I gave to one of my granddaughters. She read one of them to me, and that was fun.

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      • Posy Churchgate
        December 10, 2019

        I think the one I read was meant to be a childrens’ book but it was pretty dark.


  7. steeledsnakecharmer
    December 9, 2019

    I was so excited when I saw this book in your post–I loved the series and thought I was the only one who had read it!

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    • Life of Elliott...
      December 9, 2019

      I know exactly what you mean. Have you seen his children’s books? Not for little ones.


      • steeledsnakecharmer
        December 9, 2019

        No I haven’t. I will check them out!


      • Life of Elliott...
        December 9, 2019

        That’s who The Very Hungary Caterpillar is for. I think I will scream if I have to ever read that again, but I loved every minute of it.


  8. books1799
    December 9, 2019

    Now that sounds like a fascinating book. Just from the brief description I’m hooked. I’ve made a note of the title in my notebook and will keep an eye out for it in the library. I mustn’t buy any more books – no room in the house. Yes, May is right, I did include a film in my post. I couldn’t stop myself. But it was an arty French film.

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  9. Life of Elliott...
    December 9, 2019

    I think you will like it, Pons. And, just because it was a French artsy film doesn’t mean you can get away with it. I’m putting you on the Naughty List with Floss and May.

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