I occasionally enjoy a walk around my local thrift store. Whether I’m hunting doing it myself-stuff or I’m just there for a random stroll, it’s one of the ways I like to have some me time! More times than not I leave with empty hands (hey, conscious consumption is my motto) but once in a while I leave with a new treasure. A book I’ve wanted to read for ages, for example.
The Lovely Bones is a 2002 classic by first-time author Alice Sebold. The novel was an instant success and stood on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year. A few years later Peter Jackson, one of my favorite directors (known for Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and King Kong), made a film adaptation I’ve yet to see. First, I need to finish the book before I can watch its movie.
It’s just like the rules of book nerdism.
So what’s the book about? The Lovely Bones is narrated by Susie Salmon, a teen who has been brutally raped and murdered at the age of 14. Through Susie’s eyes we see how life changes in a family when a murder takes place. It’s a book about mortality and loss, love and family. To me, it sounds brilliant. And all that, thrifted for €1,20!
I wish you all a long and happy life. (The Lovely Bones’ last sentence, page 328).