Saturday, 21 January 2012
Book Love: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
After two posts of declaring books that I don't like, I thought I needed one that was about a book I love to find a balance between positivity and negativity. I chose The Graveyard Book since it was the most recent book I read and fell in love with.
I actually remember when I bought this book. My train was delayed by about 30 minutes so I decided to take a walk through WH Smith (who sell stuff like stationary, books, magazines, food, drinks) and decided to pick a book. I was about to pick up a shitty YA paranormal romance until I saw the title and remembered Mr Gaiman mentioning it during a speech thing at this book festival in America. I loved the extract he had read out and so decided to buy it.
I started reading it on the train at around 1:45 and finished it just after 7:00 (I had taken an hour and a half out to do other stuff). I cried. And then I re-read it.
I loved seeing Bod grow from being a young child to a boy and felt like I knew him by the time I'd finished the book. I felt like the ghosts had also been my family. This was one of those books that stayed with me for a long time after I'd finished.
This book is about family, love, adventure, growing up and venturing into the big, wide world. And I could relate to all of that. It was short enough to enjoy as long books can sometimes be a bit of a trek. The book in my opinion could have been longer but I think it was great that Gaiman left it to the reader to think about Bod's life after he leaves the Graveyard.
I also loved the illustrations which brought some life to the story and helped me visualise what was happening. I think YA books should have illustrations. No, all books should have illustrations. All text can sometimes be dull. And I like knowing how others visualise the scenes. This is a book I will definitely be reading to my children and it even inspired a story of my own.
Plus, the cover looks awesome!
So there's my Book Love post. I think I'll do more of these. They're quite enjoyable. I'm gonna go ahead with my BIHTEL post on I Am Number 4 though since that book deserves it. I wasted my money on a book that bored me to death.