It’s not very often that something deeply affects you or alters every fathomable thought in your brain. That is exactly what happened during the whole time I read ‘All The Light We Cannot See’, by Anthony Doerr.

A couple of friends recommended this book to me and I bought it one day, read 50 pages when I was still with them and it got put to the side due to university commitments. I picked it up again last night and couldn’t put it back down, I had to force myself to go to sleep at 2am, knowing that it would still be there the next day. It’s now over and I want to re-read it over and over again for the first time.

This book is doubtlessly thought-provoking and extraordinarily life changing. I find myself caught on every single one of Doerr’s words, not wanting to turn another page towards the end of the story, but desperate to know what was going to happen next.

The writing and style of writing is entirely gripping and I found myself captivated by every single page. This has only happened with two other books I’ve read, but I truly believe this is the most engrossed I’ve ever been by a book.

It’s perhaps not for everyone, those who aren’t concerned with historical fiction, but I completely adored it and YOU SHOULD GO AND READ IT.

I cried on and off for the last seventy pages, as the book twisted and turned and my heart broke several times. My heart hurts for Marie-Laure and Werner, and their brief encounter is one that will stick with me.

Thank you Anthony Doerr for this wonderful book.

“We all come into existence as a single cell, smaller than a speck of dust. Much smaller. Divide. Multiply. Add and subtract. Matter changes hands, atoms flow in and out, molecules pivot, proteins stitch together, mitochondria send out their oxidative dictates; we begin as a microscopic electrical swarm. The lungs the brain the heart. Forty weeks later, six trillion cells get crushed in the vise of our mother’s birth canal and we howl. Then the world starts in on us.”

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and if you’d like to read any of the other posts in this A-Z blogging series, here’s all the links:

A: Anorexia: is French law moving in the right direction?

B: Blogging: why do we blog?

C: Clubbing: is it different in France and Britain?

D: Deep Thinking: what does being a deep thinker entail?

E: English vs. French Eating Habits

F: Friendship: friendships on a year abroad

G: Green Grass: feeling lost in your 20’s

H: How I Spend A Typical Day in France

I: Italy: what I’ve been up to in Italy!

J: July: best July ever!

K: Kissing: kissing in France

L: Leaving Aix

M: Montagne Saint-Victoire

N: Nostalgia: looking back at my first post

O: Officers in Kavos

P: Preparing for University: what I’ve been up to since leaving France

Q: Quitting: why do we quit and what are the consequences?

R: Réhabituation: mes expériences avec la déménagement

S: Skinny: being skinny isn’t everything

T: Ted Talks: reclaiming your body discussion

U: Unwind With: All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr – A Review

V: Voicing Your Opinion

W: What Should I Do With My Life?

X: Xtra Hard Workout!

Y: You’re Important

Z: The End of Another Year