Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Beginning: Shadow of the Wind




I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. 

-- Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I am always slow to read popular books! Who read it already? What did you think?

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. I LOVE books about books. This one was a favourite, totally gripping and beautiful.

  2. Hi Gilion,

    Like yourself, I always seem to be among the last to read a popular best-seller and this one is no exception.

    In fact, until I read your post, I had never even really checked out the premise in any great detail and had no idea how totally consuming and intriguing it sounded.

    As Bev commented, any book about books is an automatic winner for most of us, but this one is a definite 'must read' for me!

    I also love this particular version of cover art, so much nicer than the traditional version on copies of the book which have crossed my path in the charity shop.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting :)


  3. I've had this on my tbr for ages! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I really love the excerpt. Thanks for mentioning the book!

  5. I haven't read this one, but I do love books about books, too! There are just so many to read... Thanks for the reminder. :)

    Please, check out mine and why I'm so excited about it, here:

    Luv, Sassy x

  6. This sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for sharing it. I will have to look for this one. :)

  7. I love love love love love love love Shadow of the wind!! It's one of those "perfect" books. Good writing, good plot, strong characters, different genres combined.... The BEST!!! I haven't read the rest of the series though. I need to.

    Happy weekend!!

  8. A cemetery for books...:-)
    sherry @ fundinmental <a href="

  9. I LOVED this all-time favorite.

    I HAD to go to Barcelona after reading the book. We found all the places mentioned in the book.

    The other books he wrote were not as good for me.



  10. Ooo! I have always wanted to read this one, although for some reason I keep putting it off. I've had my copy for years . . . One of these days!

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this. I'm going to try to pick up a copy today and I'm going to tell my friends about it. Sounds wonderful.

  12. Love, love, love Shadow of the Wind. It is so atmospheric and almost creepy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Let me see if I reviewed it.

  13. Here is the review I wrote after I read the book three years ago.
    Shadow of the Wind

  14. Great opening from a great book. One of my absolute favourite books. I love all his books.

  15. I've wanted to read this one for so long. I should soon.


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