Day 9: A Book I Thought I’d Hate but Ended Up Loving!
Today is another easy choice. This was a recent read of mine: my first in 2012. I had noticed The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova on goodreads.com and various places. I was always drawn to the title since I’m such a history nerd and then when I read the summary I would be disappointed. Dracula. Vampires. Gross. Then while I was visiting my parents over Christmas I went to this used book store the size of a warehouse. I was perusing the clearance section and there it was in hardcover, jumping out at me again. I looked at the title and got excited, read the back and was disappointed. I put it back. Then I picked it up. I read the back again. No, I don’t like that stuff. I put it back again. I wandered around the store. It was a dollar. I went back and bought it- if it was awful I could sell it on ebay for more, right? Or even just give it to a used bookstore.
It was awesome! I’m so glad I bought it and read it! It is a mystery of historical proportions. The main character comes across a letter that begins: My dear and unfortunate successor… If you found that on your father/professor’s desk could you resist? People interested in researching the Dracula legend beginning with Vlad the Impaler had strange things happen to them. Ultimately, if they continue their interest, they disappear.
I liked the descriptions of traveling through Europe. It made me want to go on a trip. I liked the descriptions of research and landscape. I like that Kostova managed to combine all that with emotional characters. I enjoyed it. If you are a history nerd and you like a traveling story check it out!