Review: Once There Were Wolves

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Where to begin with this book? I loved everything about it. I was fully immersed, yet it was a short read. I was gripped by the thriller-like aspect of the plot, yet moved to tears by McConaghy’s poetic writing style.

I had a rare experience with this one – As soon as I closed it book, I wanted to immediately crack it back open and start from the beginning. For me, Once There Were Wolves is one of those books I would like to forget I read to just have the pleasure of reading it for the first time again.

I read Once There Were Wolves before I read her first book, Migrations (which I also adored), and originally the cover and title caught my eye. It was the premise (and promise) of the plot and the aspect of nature that surrounds it that drew me in. I bought my copy secondhand, as I do most of my books. Unlike most of my other books, though, this one I’m holding onto. I keep a bookshelf of my absolute all-time favorites in my bedroom, and while this one hasn’t quite migrated to that shelf, it’s sticking on my general fiction shelf with its partner, Migrations.

I absolutely positively recommend Once There Were Wolves.

After rereading that, I guess I’m weird with how I keep my books. I’m sure eventually I’ll make a post about how my books are arranged, but for now, I’m interested in how you arrange yours. I’d love to see your bookshelves or hear about how you keep your books in order (or if you do at all! No judgment here if they’re all over the place. I’ve been there, and frankly there’s something meditative about books in haphazard piles).

Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts on Wolves or bookshelves or life in general.

Til next time,

-Emjay

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