This was my first book club book. I actually finished it before the meeting! :-) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon takes place during World War II in Barcelona. The main character, Daniel is ten when the book starts and it follows him until he's 17. He and his father have a bookstore and much of the book centers around books, and loving books. At the heart of the story is the mystery surrounding the author of Daniel's most beloved book. Daniel searches for years to find out any and all information about the author and his other books which all seemed to disappear from existence.
I enjoyed the book overall. The first third or so was a little slow because I kept waiting to get to the mystery of it. It pulled me into the story and by the second half of the book, I was reading as fast as I could to find out what happened to all the characters. I was mostly annoyed by the character of Fermin who plays one of Daniel's best friends and coworkers. His language is very wordy, flowy, and over the top. That was part of his character, but it annoyed me.
I would say if you have the time, like to read books about books, and enjoy mysteries, this might be interesting to you!
Not sure what I'll read next. I received some books for Christmas that I'm looking forward to getting to:
The Adventures of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (author of Devil in the White City)
Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich
Booked to Die by John Dunning
And I just picked up Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich today. I'm thinking I might go for the Bill Bryson book next.