Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Little Paris Bookshop by: Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop

Synopsis from PenguinRandomHouse.com

Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
 
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.

My Review:

I love the idea of this book.  A bookshop on a barge in which the book seller recommends books based on your personality, your mood and what you want out of the book.  The glorious simplicity of the moving bookshop juxtaposed with the minute details that the books seller must know about each book is wonderful.  I really wanted to like this novel much more than I did.  I felt it dragged on a bit in some areas.  When the plot lined developed in parts, it moved quickly and efficiently, but in others, I was bored.

I loved the characters, and their uniqueness really left an imprint on the story.  I am not too sure what it was that turned me off exactly.  The love story was both sad and frustrating.  A woman who is already involved with another man, soon to be his wife, enters into a romantic relationship with another man and then one day leaves him.  Another man is so quirky and silly that it is almost absurd until you get more of his background towards the end of the story.

I just wish the story itself was more concise with the backstories told closer to the beginning.  It was ok but not what I expected.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

I gave this 3.5 crowns.

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Brood X by: Michael Phillip Cash

Brood X

Book #24 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.  I have recently read a novella by Michael Phillip Cash and enjoyed it.  He was kind enough to mail me a surprise package with some more of his books and some bookish goodies to go with them.  I love the promotional material that Michael sends along with his books.

Here we are, awaiting the return of the cicadas.  If you never had to experience the cicadas when they make their way up from their homes underground, count yourself lucky.  They are some of the most disgusting things that make their way to the surface.  They shed their casing and make the most annoying noise.

This horror/suspense/thriller is a novel that gave me the shivers.  It has been 17 years since the last invasion of the cicadas and Brood X is ready to emerge.  However, this is no ordinary emergence, Brood X has multiplied beyond anyone’s expectations and they can and will invade and destroy the East coast.  Some members in community are preparing for an Armageddon type situation and others are doubtful.  Seth is sure nothing is going to happen and believes that his pregnant wife is overreacting due to hormones.

What happens next will blow your mind!

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from A Little Golden Book by: Diane Muldrow

Everthing I need to know in life...

Book #23 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.  I didn’t go out looking for this book this was something that I happened to find on BookOutlet.com and had to get.  I loved Little Golden Books as a child.  The pictures were adorable and stuck with me my entire life.  I can remember some of the littlest details of some of my favorite Golden Books even now.  I even started collecting some of the older Golden Books from Flea Markets and antique sales.

When I saw this, I was excited to relive some of that magic.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed.  Yes, the images from the older Golden Books were there, but none of the ones that I really remembered as these were taken from the books published in the late 40’s and 50’s.  I thought that this would take some of those iconic lessons and relate them to life as an adult and although it did try to do that, it wasn’t successful for me.  The few words per page would have been so much better if the entire book followed the format of the introduction.

I gave this 1 crown.

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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by: Ruth Reichl

Garlic and Sapphires

Book #22 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks!  After reading Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, her first fictional book, I knew I would read everything else she has ever written.  When reading her work, I feel as if she is having a conversation with me.  There is no fluff or BS, it is just real.

This nonfiction story is about Ruth’s time at the New York Times as their restaurant critic.  You can’t just go into a restaurant as yourself when you are THE restaurant critic.  Everyone in the field is on the lookout for you and then if and when you are spotted, your meal is the best that they have ever serves.  The attention to detail is bar none.  That is not the way in which to give an honest review.  Ruth has had many personas during her time at the New York Times.  She cannot just go walking in a disguise but rather she must dig deep and bring to life a character that she portrays.  At times, this comes to her rather quickly and at others, she struggles to bring them to life without being consumed by their personalities.

I started to listen to this book on Audio and absolutely loved it.  I finished it up by physically reading it and it was just as good.  She provides her recipes for some of her favorite dishes and makes you want to eat the meals in which she raves about.  I am a foodie and my mouth was watering the whole way through this book.

I gave this 5 crowns!

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Little Bee by: Chris Cleave

Little Bee

Book #21 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks has been on my bookshelf for years.  I found the audiobook on Overdrive and decided to listen to this instead of physically reading it.  I had a feeling that this would be the best way for me to get to this book.

The audiobook version has one reader but she does distinguish the character’s voice from each other by using different accents.  This is the story of a young Nigerian refugee, Little Bee, who seeks out the couple that she met on a beach in her home country a few years before.  Their meeting was brief but impactful.  It affected everyone’s life for years to come.

Sarah lives in London with her husband and young son and has tried many times to move on from that encounter in Nigeria.  Needless to say, that is almost impossible to do alone.  This is the story of the struggle to forgive and forget as well as the impact that a single decision can make.

Wonderfully written and beautifully read on audio, I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Tempting Fate by: Jane Green

tempting fate

Book #20 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks!  I have read Jane Green novels before and I was able to pick this copy up on BookOutlet.com for a great price!  This has some controversial reviews on Goodreads due to the nature of this book.

In Tempting Fate, we are introduced to a couple that has been “happily married” for 18 years.  They are each others best friends but it seems as if their relationship has become routine.  As Gabby has a girl’s night out, she tempts fate and chats it up with a younger handsome man at the bar.  She finds herself fantasizing about him and desperately awaiting each email he sends.

Elliot, her husband, is none the wiser and is shocked when he finds out all of the horrendous details of Gabby’s infidelity.  Jane Green takes a look at not only the couple’s relationship, but the impact on all of those around them.

It is an interesting twist on a well known tale of betrayal and love.

I gave this 4 crowns.

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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) By: Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage

Book #19 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.  I had seen many Booktube videos that featured this book series as well as the adult series by the same author.  One day on BookOutlet.com, I noticed that they had this book and the second in the series and figured I would give it a try.  I never really read a steampunk-y fantasy book before and this one sounded interesting.

The names in this series aren’t always easy to pronounce and our main character Sophronia Temminnick is not an exception.  Her name doesn’t really flow off my tongue so I found myself going back to reread her name a few times.  Other than that, I LOVED IT!  This was such a fun story.  Young Sophronia is sent to finishing school because her mother thinks she needs to learn some proper behaviors.  Unbeknownst to her, she is “recruited” to this particular finishing school for a specific reason.

Sophronia is not happy to be going but once she is there, she realizes that this is no ordinary finishing school, this is much, much more.  Yes, she has to learn how to curtsy properly, and yes, she has to be a lady in dress and manners but she is also taught how to gather intelligence and defend herself if necessary.  There are vampires and werewolves but they are not your typical Twilight types.  They are involved in the delicate training of these young intelligencers.

I can not wait to read the rest in this series as well as the Parasole Protectorate series.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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