30 Before 30 || The Goldfinch

Welcome to the 30 Books Before 30 Challenge! I have concucted a list of 30 books to read before I turn 30 in my last year of my 20s. There’s some classics, some fiction literature, some fantasy titles I must read and more. It’ll be a fun time and I’m curious to see how I like each title. I’ll be posting my reviews for all of them under the 30 Before 30 page so you can follow along. If you’ve read any of them I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments 🙂

Check out all my thoughts on The Goldfinch by Donna Tart!

Title: The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tart
Page Count: 194 pages
Genre: Fiction
Rating: ★ 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Buy It: Chapters Indigo


Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family’. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.


Welp. Another Donna Tart book I couldn’t fully enjoy. I originally read The Secret History with the biggest expectations. I usually shy away from books that are hyped because I fear I’ll dislike them. They’re a big hit or miss for me. With Secret History I thought “what have I got to lose, there’s mysetery, dark academia, dense writing, I’ll like this for sure”. I was wrong. I did not enjoy it at all. And yet I picked up The Goldfinch.I appreciate Tart’s writing. I appreciate her vision and her ability to bring pain and sorrow to the forefront. What I have a hard time connecting with is her writing specifically her descriptions. I really don’t see why we need a thick sentence of overly described mundane items, ie: furniture. I also can’t lose myself in the writing because her sentences are so long they almost drone on. It was so rough I had to listen to portions of it on audiobook to keep me going and I still DNF’d.

When I read adult fiction I need to connect with the air of the book. I’m not sure if you as a reader understand what I mean but I need to connect with the soul of the book. Unfortunately I do not find myself connecting with the souls of Donna Tart’s books. Nothing really grips me. I just think “okay so this is happening….and?”

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