Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Published by Scholastic US in 2005


One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART-- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever. This is INKHEART--a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.
A book about books, what better literature to ask for! When you read a book, you get to know the characters and you get to interact with them, and some people go as far as having characters that they want to meet. Well, in this book, that is a distinct possibility! I wish I had not waited so long to read this book, because it was really good and I cannot wait to read the sequel (and see the movie).

When I first started this book, I was worried because it was not working well for me and I was scared that I was so excited and the book was going to disappoint me. Once I got going in it, though, I got engaged and was soon quite enjoying the experience. When books are your thing, it is fun to read books where books are a central theme. You read quotes and try and figure out what book they are from, you visit with other favourite characters from other books, it is even more fun than reading normally is.

Meggie is a cute and brave kid. Her mother left when she was very small, and it has been just her and her father ever since. She has learned how to raise herself, and you watch her and her father interact and you cannot help wondering which one the parent is. She takes care of her father quite well. Then, one night her father's past returns to haunt him, and suddenly the relatively simple life that Meggie has enjoyed with her father and their books is turned upside down.

This was a very enjoyable read, but hard to talk about without giving too much away. I liked figuring things out as I went along, so I do not want to destroy that for others. I will just say that for those that love books, this is the book for you!


I read this a few years ago and am currently reading InkSpell which is gripping.

I think Cornelia Funke is a great writer and enjoy her books immensely. I would love to read them in the original German as I am sure they lose something in translation, every book does.

I think they would be better in the original. I could tell this was translated because of a feel to it...

Loved this one, too. Still haven't got around to reading Inkspell, though. I need more time to read!

I can't wait to read this one. I've heard so much great stuff about it!

I wouldn't hurry with Inkspell. The third book has a title, but she seems to take a long time to get books out because she doesn't just work on one series to completion.

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Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with books. Early photos show me with a book in hand, even if it was not exactly my reading level... My first word was a made-up word meaning 'book', actually. I suppose I had my priorities at an early age... Over the years my interest in books has become one of the defining features of who I am as a person. You can probably call me a bookworm. While I have other interests, reading will always be the one I talk about the most, even if I am not focusing on it as much as I used to.