Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.


This week’s book:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune 

Blurb from Goodreads

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.


Why I Want To Read It

I have never heard of TJ Klune before nor have I encountered any of his works. I think I first came across The House in the Cerulean Sea through a fellow book blogger who gave the book a glowing review. However, it wasn’t enough to convince me to give the book my time of the day.

But then I came across the book again, now through a different book blogger. She featured it in her own Goodreads Monday post. That was when I gave the book a second look. The cover looks quirky and the title reeks of eccentricity (or idiosyncrasy). I then preordered a copy of the book. Unfortunately, it hasn’t arrived yet.

Reading the blurb from Goodreads made me realize that I made the right choice of including the book in my (ever growing) list of books to read. The plot does sound as quirky as the cover and the title. The book also integrates fantasy and magic, two elements that you can rarely go wrong with. At least I am hoping it to be that way. For now, I am hoping that the book gets delivered soon so that I can delve into the magical world of Klune’s prose.

Thus ends my Goodreads Monday post. How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!