I‘m trying to get into this but the narrator is just such a pretentious bore. 😕
It took way too long to get to the resolution of this book. I got bored about half way through. I appreciated the Paris setting though and the idea of Leah and her daughters making it on their own in a foreign city. Other than that this is a so-so borderline pan.
This is a quick read, a nice little escape book. I loved all of the odd bits of trivia the author managed to intertwine into the story, & the fact that it tried, in a distinctly American way, to emulate the style and pacing of a French film. I also appreciated that he didn‘t try to tie everything up with bow: Life is messy & painful sometimes, it doesn‘t always makes sense, or meet one‘s expectations, but can be good - even in the midst of it all.
For whatever reason is book feed into anxiety that I was feeling today. I finally put it aside; have no idea why this was my response. 🤔😲Finished The Johnstown Flood instead. much better!
I bought this yesterday on impulse at the Costco yesterday. How could I not, it has the words Paris and Book in the title. So far (just a few pages in) I am really liking it. It is a different style of narration than I am used to, which is sharp, almost to the point of being cutting. But mostly the book looks to be a love letter to Paris. Hope this turns out to be the case as the book continues on. :)
Was reading The Johnstown Flood, & suddenly felt I needed a change. Not sure this tagged book is it. Just grabbed it off a shelf. Indecisive mood. Nothing much is calling out to me.
Torn between a pan and a so-so, only because I wanted to see it through to the end. Should have been 100 pages shorter; I really got tired of the back and forth of is he alive or not. Much of the inner dialogue Leah had, while it felt wrenchingly real, felt way too intimate to read. And not even enough Paris to feel like an atmospheric read. Meh.
Well, my horrific passport picture aside, I‘m excited to be planning a trip to Paris with my partner this fall! 🇫🇷 Plane tickets are bought, hotel booked, but Littens, I need suggestions: what Paris and France-themed books should I be reading to get myself hyped for the trip??
Bailed. Really wanted to jump into this....a bookstore...in Paris....a romantic mystery...what‘s not to like? However, the sentence structure is very chopped up and doesn‘t flow. After several pages of having to re-read sentence after sentence because they were pointlessly convoluted.....I bailed. 😞
Yesterday was crazy, and I was having trouble keepin' it together. Enter a mystery package.... Thanks, @BookNAround—you *really* made my day! 📚💙 [P.S. My orchid doesn't usually look so forlorn. It's just getting back at me for being away for 3 weeks in March/April, when I usually feed it every 2. It'll have to get over itself.]
"every book, is a way to say, look, there‘s a new way, a different way. Every book in a bookstore is a fresh beginning. Every book is the next iteration of a very old story. Every bookstore, therefore, is like a safe‑deposit box for civilization"
I‘m a bibliophile + Francophile. I read the description of this book and thought cool! Paris, mystery, books what‘s not to like? The premise is great and the writing leaves little to be desired. However, I found myself feeling like something really was lacking for me in this book beside the ‘missing person‘ that is intrinsic to the plot.
3⭐️ Paris by the Book is the story of a woman whose life has been usurped by her husband‘s disappearance. Leah‘s character is well developed and you can easily understand her struggle of not knowing if he is dead or alive. The mystery of Robert‘s disappearance most definitively propels the narrative. Parts of the story are brilliant and fun, while a few parts https://lharvey250.tumblr.com/post/172239867674/paris-by-the-book-liam-callanan-...
At the Salon du Livre de Paris today, tagging along with my husband who is in heaven since he can read books in French. I‘m looking for a graphic novel in French for my first book to read in French. Such beautiful editions at this booth!