Inkheart is said to be a book for book lovers. Inkheart is filled with action, mystery and great quotes from classic books. Inkheart has at least two well-constructed protagonists. Sadly, Inkheart was not the book for me. I know that there is a reason why it makes an appearance on the Top 100 Children’s Books list, but it would not have been one of my top picks. Unfortunately, I think part of this has to do with the circumstances surrounding my reading time. When I began the book, I was in the last days of my job and in the midst of planning a trip to Chicago for my husband and parents. Reading was put on hold for said trip and I never like my reading to be interrupted for a long period of time. Before starting Inkheart, I had just finished reading a bunch of shorter reads from my Top 100 list, so the 534 pages that it contains was a bit daunting from the beginning. Moral of the story? Do not let your circumstances affect your judgment of a book.
Have I heard positive feedback about this novel? Most definitely. Would I encourage you, my readers, to give it a try? Most definitely. Will I read it again sometime? Most definitely.
by Cornelia Funke
(Translated from the German by Anthea Bell)
Originally published in 2003