BOOK #43- WORDS IN DEEP BLUE
This is a love story.
It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she's back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.
This book increased my love for the words and the books. How can it happen when I am already obsessed with it? I never thought I would love the book this much. I was literally clinging to every word it was saying and I fell in love with the words once again.
Let's talk about the book cover and the author. Oh man! The cover is fucking beautiful and it makes my heart ache. Because I don't have a physical copy. I NEED to buy it after devouring this art. And I think the author is a witch(not in a bad way, of course). She put a spell on me when I read it. And I'm 100% sure I will read her other books.
I was afraid by how the book starts. Rachael's brother Cal, a great swimmer, drowned and she was grieving it. One thing is I HATE POOL/OCEAN/RIVER/LAKE. Because I don't swim and I will never learn. I'm damn sure about that because of my near dying experience. But it was a fun story actually. That I don't want to talk about. I'm feared of the Ocean as how Rachael because that thing is the one which took him away from her. But the fear slowly subsided as the chapters focus on the second-hand bookshop. MY HEAVEN. Can I say it even if I never went to a bookshop?
'Howling's books', the bookshop, there is something unique about it. There is a section called "Letter Library" where people write things on the books. Like highlighting their favorite lines, putting their thoughts or placing a letter on it. I found it somewhat shocked. How could one write on a precious book? But what I realized is, you can write your thoughts on it. The thing is how you connect to the words. And it's not a sin writing things on your own book. But don't do it on a library book!!
The things I love about the book:
- Henry, a book lover. Do I need anything else than a boy who loves books with a passion? He is an absolute gem. It's not always easy to find a boy who loves books. Man! How I adored him! He is such an optimist. We would be a perfect pair because I was so much positive that I'm more of a pessimist. He was obsessed with Amy whom I don't like. I love how he could make you smile even when in an embarrassed state. He was quite late in realizing his love for Rachael. And I was like,"FINALLY! You dumb head!"
"In my perfect world, I wouldn't worry about money. In my perfect world, books would be with us forever, and everyone would love the second-hand ones as much as Dad and George and I do."
See, he is perfect for me. We're sailing in the same boat.
- I love the fact that Henry's family was filled with bookworms. Not much of a big family, though. They are having book discussions during dinner. Could it be more perfect? You may think," Duh., they are having a book shop then how could they not read?". It doesn't happen often. It's basically a book about books and a little bit of the owner's life. And I'm gonna read more books like these.
- I like the idea of using your favorite books to send letters to strangers or your beloved one. And do you know? Maggie Stiefvater was giving a book to strangers with a note? She was really great! To be honest, I'm jealous of them. I believe what we couldn't say can be said in the letters. The characters in the book sending letters were so good I kind of fell in love with the idea.
- BOOK REFERENCES. I loved it when they mention other books. It makes me check out those books too. A tinge of sadness is that MOST of them are classics. It's not like I hate classics. "classic -- something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read- Mark Twain."
The things I'm not okay with this book:
- It made me think what would happen if there were no books. I was SCARED of the thought itself. I'm not exaggerating. Just you think about it what will happen if there are no books. NOW, you know it.
"A dry, bookless world. It’s too bleak even to imagine."
- It literally questioned me.
"Do you think I'm music obsessed?" Lola asks.
"I mean, obsessed to the point where I care about music than people?".
Now strike the word music and write books instead. HA! It's the truth and I'm not ashamed, though. I can see you're the same as me. #proudmoment
And that's all folks. So if you love books and anything related to it, you will love it. And if you want a new boyfriend to add to your list, then check this out.