“Grief pounded over me in waves”: Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch”



I’m taking a break from the Divergent series to read Donna Tartt’s critically-acclaimed novel The Goldfinch. I have been wanting to read it for a while, but I can’t get myself to pay $28 for a book. (I buy 95% of my books from used book stores and thrift stores.) I was positively ecstatic when I learned it was $7.99 in the Google Play store for a limited time. 

This book is crushing. It reminds me of the good parts of Salinger, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Saul Bellow. It takes place in New York and follows a thirteen-year-old boy, Theo, and his mother during a terrorist attack at the Frick and the days and months following.

Tartt captures death so perfectly for those affected by it. She is incredibly insightful, sensitive, and honest. I can only handle this book in small doses because it is so heavy, but it has been a therapeutic read for me so far. I really needed to read it right now. I’m only about one-quarter of the way through, so I will be back with a review soon.


What we’re reading over here

Since starting school, much of my reading is comprised of library-related topics. Nevertheless, I have still found time to fall utterly and completely in love with a new series.

Nicholas Sparks could write a novel about my relationship with Divergent by Veronica Roth. It is all I can think about. I vacillate between wanting to devour it and wanting to stretch it out as long as possible. I finished Divergent, the first in the series, last week, and I am about three-quarters of the way through Insurgent. I think Roth is incredible at capturing tension in climactic events. Tris is a strong female character, but she’s also incredibly believable.

I love a good dystopian novel, and Divergent does not disappoint. It has received a lot of comparisons to Hunger Games for good reason, but I find the writing to be much stronger.

Jack the Cat stayed up all night reading. He gives it two paws up!

Jack the Cat stayed up all night reading. He gives it two paws up!