25 BOOK Poppies in October (2016)

January 22, 2024

Laura Riñón (Spain, 1975)

🍁October couldn’t end without me reading “Poppies in October.” This book lingered in my thoughts for a while, but I saved a special spot for it this month (that’s me; I’m a bit obsessed, hehe).

Some time ago, a librarian told us about a bookstore in Madrid that was worth visiting, where the owner was also a writer. I don’t know why, but the name of that bookstore got stuck in my head: “Poppies in October.” So, we went to check it out the first time we were in Madrid. It not only captured my heart, but the attention we received was top-notch. There, I met Laura, the owner and author of “Poppies in October.” And to break the ice, the topic of Hay-on-Wye came up, and it surprised me a lot because it’s one of my favourite places, and she mentioned that this place appeared in her book.

📚Reading this book is delving into many other books, but above all, it’s accompanying Carolina (the protagonist) on her life journey. It’s a back-and-forth of memories, smiles, and scars; it’s delving into her dreams and secrets. The book subtly leads you to discover those profound pains. I must confess that halfway through the book, I was about to shed a tear over a revealed secret that gives meaning to many fears and actions of the different characters.

This is a book about love for life, love for books, the complexity of the mind, brotherhood, and friendship, but above all, it’s a book that leaves you with a little smile of peace in the end.

To fully enjoy it, you should be somewhat familiar with some literary works and classic authors so you realise the importance of certain events. But beware, the story is so beautiful that you can dive into it without knowing much.

❤️Words I’ll keep:

  • “Books choose us, works wait their turn until we are ready to make them ours.”
  • “It’s amazing how our perception of people changes depending on where we look from…”
  • “Destiny chooses the people who cross our path,
  • and the imprint they leave on us will never be erased.
  • Even if they disappear.”

Thanks for reading.

Have a lovely day! 🤗

P.S. Here’s an interesting article from some time ago about Laura and her bookstore adventure: https://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/otros-planes/2022/05/03/626fcab3e4d4d8026c8b4584.html

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