Yes, I’m back – it has been a while and I miss you guys a lot. ❤ ❤ ❤
Has any of you read The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler? As it happens, I bought it out of speculation. Hah, well – that’s what I’m currently reading and it is absolutely wonderful! (Here is the Goodreads review):
A sweeping and captivating debut novel about a young librarian who is sent a mysterious old book, inscribed with his grandmother’s name. What is the book’s connection to his family?
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.
One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon’s grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand.
Every chapter of this book rotates from present-time to the 1700s, which is great because you also get to read everything Simon reads. Though I haven’t completely finished reading it, I can tell you that (though it may seem so at first,) it is unpredictable and full of twists. On the other side, it isn’t particularly exhilarating or mysterious – just a decent easy-read for when you’re really busy.
Having all that said, I hope y’all (keeping in mind my last sentence) take a look at this interesting book and give me your feedback!
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The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler’s gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.