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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to read a book each week for the rest of the year. Writing about it will hopefully keep me motivated to read more! Feel free to recommend a book you love!


I actually borrowed this book randomly at the library. It caught my attention because the title reminded me of the movie Night at the Museum. If I remember correctly it was about toys running around creating havoc every night in a museum. I think that’s the one. Anyway, in other words, not very memorable. By then I was extremely turned off and ready to put the book back to its shelf. Thank god I scanned the accolades before putting it back or I would have missed out on “one of the funniest books to come out of Britain in years.”

The book is narrated by Ruby Lennox from the moment of her conception. She begins her story from an adorable exclamation “I exist!”  and takes us through her daily life in York. As she grows up she realizes there are missing pieces and family secrets which she has been excluded from. In come the chapters (or Footnotes as she calls them) which stories of previous generations are weaved through. By doing so, Ruby builds a clearer knowledge of her family’s history. While there are several laugh-out-loud moments, Ruby’s story is not at all light. There are tragic moments and dark secrets which make the book even more compelling.

Atkinson developed an extremely charming characteristic in Ruby which made her very likable. From the beautiful use of imagery to the perfect amount of humor, I thought this book was a surprising breath of fresh air. I absolutely loved reading this and am glad to have stumbled upon it – even by accident. For those who are looking for something different and original, this is definitely the book for you.

What have you been reading? 🙂


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