[541]: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Crown | Hardcover, 400 pp. | June 23rd, 2015 | Adult Fiction | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


The Quick and Dirty

Bookshop owner Jean Perdu has hidden himself from the world ever since his lover left him many years ago. All that was left of her was an unopened letter to remind him that she existed. His bookshop is a barge moored on the Seine. He calls it, The Literary Apothecary. He prescribes books to people with mental and emotional ailments. Ailments that can’t be named, and for which no medical doctrine can cure.

When he finally found the courage to read the letter, it will set off the proverbial ire to get him to find himself. Because in as much as Perdu is an expert at helping cure people, he can’t seem to find the cure for himself. Along with a successful French author suffering from a debilitating writer’s block, they unmoored the barge to find themselves.

Diagnosis

When I started reading this book, I must admit that I immediately drew comparisons to another character with the same occupation as Perdu. I was already recommending it to those who loved AJ Fikry. Unfortunately, I spoke too soon because that’s where their similarities ended.

The Little Paris Bookshop is an ode to the healing quality of books. Perdu has the odd ability of seeing through people, mostly his customers. For him, books are written for specific people at any given situations of their lives. So if one is feeling a little battered with the seemingly endless failed relationships they’ve been having, he won’t necessarily give them a book about how to get over a heartache. He’ll give them a book about how to truly understand themselves.

This book is also about chasing the ghost of his one true love. The one who left him a letter explaining why she left. In truth, readers will be hit hard as soon as they realize the severity of his non-action. Even more heartbreaking that the reason of why she left, to be honest.

Very few books can truly explain why reading a book can be the best panacea for a bad day, or a heartbreak. I’m not talking about non-fiction self-help books. I’m talking about reading another person’s story that we connect with on a different level. I’m having a bit of a hard time explaining myself. But I believe this book is one of those that  you have to read to understand.

 

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On the Night Table [19]: From the Orient to France

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Hello.

I bet some of you missed me, huh? Well, I missed ALL of you. Sometimes, all we need to feel better is to step back and take stock of what’s important, what we have, and how lucky we are. That’s what I did last week. I spent time doing a lot of thinking, and in a series of one-person debate against myself. Needless to say, I’m over all the drama of the past couple of weeks. I’m going to move forward.

So yeah. I’m back. I bet these books look oddly familiar, huh? It’s because along with my dark mood is the inability to focus on anything on my shelves. Hence the reason why these books kept popping up on my reading list. Trust me, these two have been predictably fantastic so far, I just haven’t been able to give them the attention they deserve. But I’m determined to finish these two this week.

Gratitudes.

I would just like to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and love. Also to those who have sent me a personal message. It means a lot to me. It forever cemented the fact that this community is wonderful, kind and supportive.  Thank you. Thank you so, so much. <3

READ

I’ve read a few books the past two weeks. I finished the Billionaire Boys Club by Jessica Clare; read The Deal by Elle Kennedy; and a highly recommended LGBT book by Maja of The Nocturnal Library, Shattered GlassThe rest are as follow:

  • Romancing the Billionaire [Billionaire Boys Club, #5]
  • One Night with a Billionaire [Billionaire Boys Club, #6]
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  • Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
  • The Taker by Alma Katsu
  • The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart
  • Knight of Ocean Avenue [Love in Laguna, #1] by Tara Lain
  • One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy
  • Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

I’m sad that Shattered Glass’ instalment has been stalled for a couple of years now. I’ve been stalking the author’s website, but he hasn’t posted anything for a while now. Seriously guys, this book is awesome. So different from anything I’ve ever read in a while. And it’s hilarious. 🙂

So that’s what I’ve been up to for the last two weeks.

How are you guys? Tell me what’s been up with you in the comments. Have a fantastic week, everyone!

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