Book Recommendation of the Week

Thursday, September 9, 2010

This is a weekly feature here on the blog where I will basically recommend ONE specific book that I have read, and loved. It could be something I recently just read, or a one from five years ago. Doesn't matter when; if I feel as if a lot of people might like it as much as I do, then I'll recommend it! This week.. I recommend.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Genre: General/Literary Fiction
When I Read It: 2008
Synopsis: The Thirteenth Tale is a story about two women. One is a famous author who’s ill and whose life is soon coming to an end. Another is a young bookworm and bibliophile of a girl who lives a normal, simple life in her father’s book shop. The famous author is notorious for giving false statements, made up stories, and lies to people who have interviewed her. But for some mysterious reason, she decides to write to the girl telling her that after many years of lies, she is now ready to tell the truth; the real story of her life, for the first time.

Why I think you will Like it: This book will remind you how much you love words, books, and reading. It will remind you of its meaning in your life, and of your love and appreciation for it.

Why I fell in Love with It: This is actually one of my favorite books of all-time, so the reasons why I love this novel are quite a lot and I simply can not name all of them. Basically though, I love everything about it! The entire story, the characters, the twists and turns. The poetic writing, the overall Gothic-like ambiance, the Jane Eyre appeal, the lovely quotes. It's just so beautifully written and wonderfully told, and I simply like the fact that it's a "bookish book for bookish people."

Favorite Quote 1: "There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic."

Favorite Quote 2: "I never read without making sure I am in a secure position. I have been like this ever since the age of seven when, sitting on a high wall and reading The Water Babies, I was so seduced by the descriptions of underwater life that I unconsciously relaxed my muscles. Instead of being held buoyant by the water that so vividly surrounded me in my mind, I plummeted to the ground and knocked myself out. I can still feel the scar under my fringe now. Reading can be dangerous."


  1. A lovely book and one of my favourites.
    Great recommendation.

    enjoy ur weekend!


  2. Oh a new lovely! This sounds wonderful and I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, I love the quotes! Just beautiful. I'm sold--this is going on the growing-by-the-day TBR list :oD I think books about a love of reading are a genre in their own right.

  4. Wow. Those quotes are amazing. I love them. Especially the first one. Thanks for the very cool recommendation. I've always been fascinated by this cover.

  5. Wonderful. Now I know why the CS enjoyed it so. Guess I'll have to raid her shelf and read it. Thanks, Jillian!

  6. One of my favorite books!! It was so beautifully written and I just couldn't put it down!! Great recommendation! I'll second it :)

  7. I second the recommendation. It's an excellent novel.

  8. Great rec! I loved this one as well! :)

  9. (I think I'm squared away on your new blog address.)
    I remember liking this book as well, but need to read it again. When you get to be my age, sometimes you can't remember all the specifics of all the books you read. :(