Standalone Sunday: The Book of Lost Things

Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own—populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

Once again for this week’s Standalone Sunday I’m featuring a book that I haven’t read yet, but that I’m very excited to get around to and that I’ve heard some great things about so far. A little while ago I posted a discussion on fairytale retellings, one of my favourite fantasy subgenres, and one of the books someone mentioned in the comments was The Book of Lost Things.

I was curious enough to check it out on Goodreads – partly because of the way it was described to me and partly because it’s a fairytale retelling and I always want more of them to read – and I fell in love. The Book of Lost Things immediately went on my to-read list and I can’t wait to get started on it now.

“Stories wanted to be read, David’s mother would whisper. They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them life.”

What did you think of The Book of Lost Things? Have you read it yet or is it still on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Standalone Sunday as well.

18 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday: The Book of Lost Things

  1. I read The Book of Lost Things some years ago. I remember enjoying it, but I didn’t end up loving it. I remember that the world was very unique and it had many dark elements that I liked. Though there were times that I found the book boring. I hope you end up enjoying it, whenever you get around to it! 😀

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    1. Oh that’s a shame, but I’ve heard a few comments from people who read this book and enjoyed it but didn’t love it. I still have high hopes for this book, I feel like I’ve wanted to read it for a while that nothing could really make me not-excited for it you know? But thanks Anna, I hope so too. 😀

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  2. Hello Beth!
    This sounds like such an amazing story. I like the idea of the boy who finds escape in books and then becomes engulfed in an adventure. It sounds like it can get dark at times. Hope you like this book and I am looking forward to your review 🙂

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    1. It really does, and in a way this book already reminds me of other stories with a similar concept (the only one I can think of off the top of my head is the Neverending Story). After all in a way it’s something we all dream about, getting transported into our favourite stories.
      Thanks so much Sophie, I have high hopes for this one so I can’t wait to get started. 🙂

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  3. OH it’s so funny you should mention this book – I read it a little while ago and, if I enjoyed the originality and the world, I wasn’t blown away by it all. I’m eager to hear your thoughts about that one,whenever you get around to reading i 🙂

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  4. I read this book awhile and enjoyed it but didn’t love it. I thought it was a little boring in parts but maybe wasn’t in the mood to read it at the time. However it was super magical! 🙂 i hope you love it!

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    1. Oh that’s a shame, but I guess at least you enjoyed it overall even if it wasn’t what you hoped it would be. Maybe this is one I should wait until I’m in the mood to read then. It sounds good so I hope so too. Thanks Amber. 🙂


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