This book has received a lot of acclaim. I liked it, but it didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I found the characters to be "types" and they seemed pretty two-dimensional. I loved the library setting and the literary references, but it all seemed a little contrived. The being locked-in at the library plot device seemed wildly implausible. And since most public libraries are chronically short of money for luxuries, an incredibly lavish library like this just seemed absurd. So I liked it, but I didn't love it. If the book inspires readers to try some of the many books mentioned in it, however, then that would be a great thing.