Bookish: The Book of Lost Things by John Conolly


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Finishing, this book left me with mixed emotions. I was amazed by its content and imaginary world and on the other side I wish I could revive the emotions of reading it for the first time. 'Cause it was perfect.

Books like this feed your mind, plant little baby creatures and thoughts, which root deep in the imagination and transform you in a way you never imagined. They grow and nourish while interacting with other stories of your subconscious, making a labyrinths of fears and desires, making you who you are. Books like this talk to your heart and draw up thoughts that you knew that there were there, but they never came out of the darkness to reveal themselves.

And I really loved how Conolly described David's relationship with its books. I tend to feel the same most of the times, that the books have a special way of communicating with me. I adore their way of whispering and trembling beside your bed waiting for you to take them and disclose their stories. 'Cause stories come alive in the reading. They are like a powerful spells trapped in a tiny glass bottles, waiting to be free to unleash their powers. So, once someone starts to read them, they begin  unfolding and stretching, to create a haze of their world around you to live in. This is the reason they slipped from their world into ours. They want us to give them life.

Such a dark and unexpected story couldn't have a less ideal end. One of these conclusions that leaves you with a bittersweet smile and a feeling of nostalgia for the world that you left behind. Maybe some tears too. This book earned its

5 stars for sure. ❤


Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

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Thank you so much for reading!