Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is the best book I've read in 2012.
I never thought I could love a Brian Selznick book more than I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret but I was mistaken.
I think you should read it if you like journeys, memories, books, collecting things that mean the most to you, museums, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the stars in the sky, and New York City.
"Ben thought about ... what it meant to curate your own life ... What would it be like to pick and choose the objects and stories that would go into your own cabinet? How would Ben curate his own life? And then, thinking about his museum box, and his house, and his books, and the secret room, he realized he'd already begun doing it. Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders."
My love for this book is big and real. I can't even speak coherently about it.
It is magic.