The Night Bookmobile

The Night Bookmobile

Audrey Niffenegger

I saw this graphic novel won a few awards last year, so I decided to check out Audrey Niffenegger’s work.  I loved her novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, so I was pretty excited to read her graphic novel.  For those who have never heard of it, this graphic novel is about a woman who discovers a night bookmobile filled with only books she’s read.  After that night, her entire existence is centered around this “Library.”

The first thing I’ll say about this book is that it’s short.  It took me about ten minutes to read the whole thing.  The concept is really interesting, and according to the afterword, this is only part of something larger.  I wonder if Niffenegger has some kind of secret love for librarians since Henry of her other novel was also a librarian.  Well, I suppose if she does has a love for them, it’s hardly secret.  In any case, while I was a bit disappointed by the length of this novel, I look forward to seeing more from this line of thinking.

I find a certain comfort in thinking that somewhere, there is a librarian in charge of running a bookmobile filled with only the wonderful things I read.  I mean, they could just look at my goodreads account, but this idea is much cooler.  Also, I enjoyed the ending.  Now that I am going to library school, I’ve imagined Heaven to be something like that.  I give this short surprise a 3.5/5

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