The Little Paris Bookshop

Hi Guys,

I was in a wait list lull for my next audio book, so I trolled through a friends Read list on Goodreads and came up with this one. A book about a man who runs a “Literary Apothecary,” sign me up!

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is about losing love and being lost in stagnation. Twenty-one years ago, John Perdu woke up alone and from that moment on he shied away from feelings. Monsieur Perdu never drank, never indulged in good meals, he didn’t dance, didn’t socialize–he walled himself off from emotions. Instead of enjoying life, Monsieur Perdu lived in his spartan apartment and followed a strict routine that largely revolved around running his book barge, the Literary Apothecary, on the Seine.

Monsieur Perdu’s routine is upended when he reads a long forgotten letter from his lost love and he learns that didn’t abandon him like he thought, she left to die. Perdu feels like he is drowning and he knows he has to do something… anything. Without thinking Perdu jumps on his book barge and casts off, taking an unlikely companion with him. Now Perdu and a famous young author in-hiding are on an adventure of a lifetime.

Will Monsieur Perdu forgive himself and his dead love? Will he be able to regain the life he lost? And will he be able to put the past behind him, move forward and feel?

This book had some great quotes! My favorite being, “Books keep stupidity at bay.” There were so many snippets in this book that you can feel are true even if you’ve never heard them put into words before. That being said, I think I would have preferred to read this book over listening to it. I was itching to get out my pencil and scribble in the margins (gasp!).

One thing that struck me as odd about this book was the setting. The book is meant to be set in modern times and yet it felt so old fashion. Yes, there was the occasional mention of cell phones and computers but the character interactions, the actions of Perdu and his internal dialogue felt old fashioned. I realize that he is around 50 but he felt like a character out of time. Maybe this is meant to help show how stagnant his life had become; how frozen in time. Thoughts anyone?

This book makes me want to pick up and go. It makes me want to ditch the great cities and roam the French countryside. I want to tango and eat and read.

Ultimately, this wasn’t the most exciting book but it wasn’t meant to be. This is a book to pick up when you feel lost so that you can find your way together. This one gets 3.5 stars from me and probably would have gotten more if I read the print version instead of the audio book. Thought provoking and spurs introspection.

That’s all for now!

-M-

3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 3

Hi Guys,

Thanks again to PoojaG for the nomination for the 3 Day Quote Challenge! Final day here I come:

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

My quotes for today are… all bookish quotes from some of my favorite/recent reads:

1.  JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit

“Bilbo rushed along the passage, very angry, and altogether bewildered and bewuthered–this was the most awkwatd Wednesday he ever remembered.”

2. Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells

“Summer was a lady who didn’t give up her spotlight easily.”

3. Kiersten White, And I Darken

“On our wedding night,” she said, “I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.”

 My nominees for today are:

simple Ula

Young Adult Lit Reviews

bookowly

Hope you enjoy!

That’s all for now!

-M-

3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 2

Hi Guys,

Thanks again to PoojaG for the nomination for the 3 Day Quote Challenge! Here goes day 2:

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

My quotes for today are… super random:

1. Gotta love me some Hemingway:

I drink to make other people more interesting.” – Ernest Hemingway

2. Haha a fun one for your all:

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

3. And a quote all librarians love:

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr.Seuss

My nominees for today are:

TheCanaryReview

between folded pages

jenacidebybibliophile

Hope you enjoy! Look out for Day 3.

That’s all for now!

-M-

3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 1

Hi Guys,

Thanks to PoojaG for the nomination for the 3 Day Quote Challenge! Here goes:

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

My quotes for today are:

1. One of my all-time favorites and one I even have a tattoo of:

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – EE Cummings

2. I came across this one the other day in the dedication page of a book I was reading:

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

3. Another favorite of mine. Just a lovely little poem about inner strength and so much more:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley

My nominees for today are:

doddyaboutbooks

BookSlayerReads

ahouseofbooks

Hope you enjoy! Look out for Day 2 & 3.

That’s all for now!

-M-