For the rest of the year, we're counting down our top ten favorite books of 2013, one a day, as voted on by the Darien librarians! Coming in at number 5: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Though it's only been out for a few months, it seems like everybody in the library has read it. Jen piqued everybody's interest by posting to You Are What You Read: "This is the sort of book that as you are reading you say to yourself, I really need to speak to that character and set them straight. Because you forget that these are not real people, they are not your friends, and you could now be declared insane. Yes. It is that kind of crazy good."
And Barbara M. recently picked it up as well, adding: "It is the story of a hapless young man, Theo, whose mother dies in an attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is taken in by a friend’s family and for a while lives with them on the Upper East Side before being sent to Las Vegas to live with his father, a man who abandoned him and his mother several years earlier. Though Theo seems to have lost everything, he has one reminder of his mother and that terrible day at the museum – a small painting of a goldfinch. While the story is engrossing, what makes this book a good read is the beautiful writing and the wonderfully interesting characters."
We're now over halfway through our Top 10 of 2013! Check out #10, #9, #8, #7, and #6 and place your bets as to what will be revealed next...