So I was wandering through Costco one day and I accidentally walked down the book aisle. Well. Accidental is relative. I picked up a paperback called The Little Paris Bookshop and decided to give it a new home, because this was on the back cover: “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…” It was a weak moment, OK? I am also a sucker for cheesecake samples.
I haven’t read the book yet, but I love the idea of prescribing just the right book for just the right person in just the right season. I do it all the time, sending books for gifts, thinking long and hard about what book will speak to whom. Now all I need is a floating bookstore in Paris, and my life will be complete.
So now I find myself in a bit of a reading funk. I am too busy to read during the day, so all of my reading time is chunked into two big compartments: devotional reading as I kick off my morning, and light reading as I fall asleep. The trouble is, I keep falling asleep mid-page. (Les Mis isn’t keeping me awake what with all of the Napoleonic history.)
So for my own amusement, here is my want-to-read page from Goodreads. Somewhere on this list is my next favorite book (I hope!) Here’s the big fat favor I’m asking — help me pick a new book!
I’m taking a poll. A poll, people. That means you have to vote. If you have read any of the books on my list, give me a two-sentence book review in the comment section below and help me choose my next guilty purchase.
If you have a better idea, add a title (and a two-sentence review) below. And if you should happen to have a free cheesecake sample, you can be my new best friend.
On a related note, I am realizing how awfully hard it is to get reviews for one’s book on Amazon, so if you go to all the trouble to write out a couple sentences here, you may as well copy and paste it on the book’s actual Amazon or Goodreads page, and make that author’s day. We can be the Make-An-Author’s-Day team, and save despairing authors everywhere from eating their weight in Costco’s free samples department.
I have “look me in the eye” and it fascinated me. I hesitate to recommend it b/c it goes a tad off color…but it was very eye opening to me about the Autism Spectrum… you are welcome to borrow mine…enjoy!
It does look fascinating! I would love to get a peek inside his mind. But the best part of borrowing a book from you is getting to hang out! 🙂
Update: I have read about 1/3 of The Little Paris Bookshop, and it is falling flat a bit. My mother, whom I gave a copy, said it gets better. But I am impatient, and moved on to Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, whose words are still and clear and slow. Keep you posted…
I found I didn’t like Housekeeping as well as Robinson’s Home. I’m two-thirds done with All the Light We Cannot See, and it is fantastic. I also checked out These is My Words from the library, and it looks great, but I’m going to have to return it before I get to it. Sigh.