The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger (2010)
Goodreads Summary: First serialised in the Guardian, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a young woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing mobile library that happens to stock every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and her most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. Over time, her search turns into an obsession as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and her memories.
I was on a bit of a graphic novel reading streak since no novels were grabbing my interest. This is one I’ve had on my radar for a while and I finally picked it up. I love the idea of the bookmobile and the unique twist of it being stocked with every book you’ve ever read. There are so many books I read before I started keeping track and now I don’t remember what they are. So I’d love to have it all documented there.
It was also cool how it wasn’t just books, but journals, diaries, cereal boxes, etc. It’s essentially whatever you’ve read and all the things we read have an impact on us. So I loved the concept. But I didn’t really like the execution. I feel like I was missing something and it wasn’t clear what the point of the story was.
I definitely didn’t like the ending and think the story had so much more potential and I thought it was going in a totally different direction. It’s supposed to be a series or have more coming to it, but so far nothing has been published. So for me there was definitely a feeling of something missing.
Still, if you love books, want to read a new graphic novel, or are just intrigued by the concept, it’s worth checking out. It’s only 40 pages, full of beautiful illustrations, and will be a quick, easy, and fun read.
My Rating: 3 Stars