The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
When a new person moves into his building, a chain of events unfurl that force Monsier Perdu to come to terms with his broken heart and embark on a journey down the river in his book barge to visit the woman who broke his heart 20 years ago.
This book was filled with quirky interesting characters (Perdu included) who are all affected by love in various ways (aren’t we all…). There are people in and out and lost in love. Also Perdu kind of learns what it is like to love someone like a son as well as the love of friends so I guess it’s not just about romantic love. Continue reading “(40)The Little Paris Bookshop // Bookish Blurb”
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
So this is actually Backman’s second book which is set right before Britt-Marie Was Here (which I didn’t realize when I started it). It follows the life of Elsa, a seven- almost eight year old girl who is different. She gets bullied in school and she’s super smart and her parents are divorced and she lives most of the time with her mom and her mom’s partner (and their soon to be born child – her half sibling- Halfie )in the same building as Britt-Marie.
Basically this book follows the events that unfold when Elsa’s eccentric grandmother dies. She was Elsa’s only real friend but when she dies she leaves Elsa with a letter which leads her on an adventure to discover the past of her grandmother’s life and also to learn more about the other people in her building. Continue reading “(39) My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry // Bookish Blurb”
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I forget where I got the recommendation for this book from but when I saw the physical book my reaction was ‘Oh no, that looks like a hardcore fantasy book, I’m not going to like that’. I almost didn’t even read it but I am very glad that I did.
Basically this book is about three kingdoms that decide to go to war. It is told from four different perspectives throughout the three kingdoms with interjections from a fifth character in a magical separate world. Continue reading “(38) Falling Kingdoms // Bookish Blurb”
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
This is a YA fantasy story set in real life. The premise of the story is that Jack thinks he is a normal boy and then learns that there is a magical community all around him that wants to use him and/or kill him.
Although I did end up enjoying this story, I found it very hard to get into it. I just didn’t care about the characters or the situation but I’m glad I persisted. Continue reading “(37) The Warrior Heir // Bookish Blurb”
Today will be different by Maria Semple
This book is by the same author who wrote Where’d You Go Bernadette? which is why I picked up this book. Spoiler, I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I hoped. In fact, I almost didn’t finish this book.
I found this book incredibly confusing which I guess it’s supposed to be considering it follows a woman who doesn’t really have anything put together. Basically we follow one day in her life but we also switch to other time periods and to realities that aren’t real and it’s just confusing. Basically we follow Liz on a day that she wants to be a good day but ends up just kind of going haywire. Continue reading “(36) Today Will Be Different // Bookish Blurb”
Britt-Marie was here by Fredrik Backman
I picked up this book because it is by the same author as A Man Called Ove which I quite enjoyed. This book is all about Britt-Marie who essentially has to rebuild her life after she leaves her cheating husband. The only problem is that she’s not exactly young and she doesn’t have a lot of experience doing anything except cooking and cleaning. Somehow she finds a job as the caretaker of a recreation center in the tiniest town and (well organized) chaos ensues. Continue reading “(35) Britt-Marie Was Here // Bookish Blurb”
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
This is a middle grade fantasy adventure book about siblings Kendra and Seth who spend two weeks at their grandparents house which they learn is a sanctuary for mythical creatures. Continue reading “(34) Fablehaven // Bookish Blurb”
Eat pray love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
After reading Big Magic I realized that this was by the same author and I wanted to read it. I used to not want to read this book because it got so much hype. But guess what, things usually get talked about for a reason. And this one is good.
Basically this book follows the author’s life after her divorce and a heartbreaking relationship when she decides to travel to Italy, India and Indonesia to rebuild herself. I realize that doesn’t sound super fascinating but oh this book was good. Continue reading “(33) Eat Pray Love // Bookish Blurb”
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Like many books, I read this book on my mom’s recommendation. She was reading it for book club and thought I might like it. Basically this book is about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (something I basically knew nothing about) through the eyes of a seven year old girl. She starts off as the daughter of a prince and then a revolution occurs, one that wants to eliminate all remnants of the former leaders and generally create chaos. Continue reading “(32) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb”
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
If you didn’t read this book as a child you need to go ahead and read it. I picked it up the other day because I didn’t have anything else to read and I wanted to be comforted. This book did exactly that.
Basically this book is about a mouse, a rat, a princess, a girl who wants to be a princess, and soup. Mustn’t forget about the soup. I don’t want to say much more in case I spoil it but really this book is just so charming. Despereaux is the mouse and is for the most part our main character and protagonist. He is an odd mouse and he does rather unmouselike things which make him the perfect hero. The story takes place in a world of kings and peasants, in a world where mice can talk to humans and the unwanted are given positions working in the castle. Continue reading “(31) The Tale of Despereaux // Bookish Blurb”