Shadow of the wind, a novel written by a Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is one of the best books I've ever read. It is a masterpiece, in my humble opinion. And I swear, you'll fall in love with post-war Barcelona, with books, with secrets, with life.. with love itself.
It is a story within a story, actually. In the centre of the story is a young Daniel, who's father takes him to the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a huge library of old, forgotten titles lovingly preserved by a select few initiates. According to tradition, everyone initiated to this secret place is allowed to take one book from it and must protect it for life. Daniel selects a book called The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax. That night he takes the book home and reads it, completely engrossed. Daniel then attempts to look for other books by this unknown author but can find none.
And this is where are story begins. Here you are, a wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadow_of_the_Wind, and one of the best quotes.
“Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.”