Worth owning for the drool-inducing cover alone?
Given my love of reading in real life, I’m often drawn to books that feature protagonists that also show some serious lit love. One glance at the cover of The Secret of Lost Things
and you know it’s gonna be a book about books. When I found out it involved a young woman who winds up working in a used bookstore only to become embroiled in the hunt for a lost, unpublished manuscript by Herman Melville, I knew this was a book I had to read (despite not having read any Melville myself). You all know that I love a mystery, and a literary mystery? Even better!
It turns out TSoLT
both exceeded and fell short of my expectations. Let me explain. As soon as I bring back books from the used bookstore, the first thing I do is catalog them in my GoodReads library, because I love lists and am obsessive that way. I always get a thrill when I pick up a book on a whim only to find it’s been generally rated quite highly by the rest of the book reading community. When I entered in TSoLT
, it had a relatively meager 3.06 rating, and the bulk of the first reviews I skimmed were generally very negative (we’re talking 1 star ratings… I almost never give books such a low score!). So I had my hopes severely dashed that this would wind up being a good read and shunted it to the bottom of the pile. Fast forward several months to a few days ago when I was looking for a book that would have an engaging plot but not necessarily challenge me. I wanted something to capture my attention but not really require much effort on my part… so I figured I would give TSoLT
a shot, because why not? I picked it up and started to read and… I was completely swept away. It was by no means a perfect book and yet parts of it really resonated with me, and I wound up finding it a really fun and effortless read; it was the kind of book where you read 30 pages without realizing it. So in that sense, TSoLT
exceeded my expectations and absolutely fit the brief for what I was looking for.