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 Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Blurb from Goodreads
It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed, fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner.
Why I Want To Read It
I casually passed by the mall. It only means one thing, I had to go to the bookstore. I have to say the bookstore is my safe haven. I browsed through the piles of books. There were a lot that I was unfamiliar with. Although I didn’t plan on buying any, the temptation was too much. So I picked one book here. One more book there.
Then a thick blue book caught my attention. It was an unfamiliar title written by an author who I haven’t heard of or encountered before. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Oh, it won the Man Booker Prize! Interesting. Then I flipped it and read the synopsis. It’s a historical novel to boot! I have been into historical fiction these past few days. I guess it was a no brainer. A Man Booker Prize winner and a historical fiction is too much to resist.
At 800 plus pages, The Luminaries seems an intimidating read but I am always up for lengthy and daunting books. I know thick books can both be a curse and blessing but in this case, I am hoping that the 800-plus pages would be riveting. 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!