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The Little Paris Bookshop
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel | Nina George
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own? 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; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the countrys rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives.From the Hardcover edition.
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Honeybeebooks
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Mehso-so

Monsieur Perdu owns a floating literary apothecary where he dispenses books to mend souls. It is a lovely premise and the novel is filled with beautiful language and themes but it is achingly slow especially at the beginning. When Perdu finally realizes that he has lost 20 years of his life due to a misunderstanding, he begins a journey to rediscover himself. The friends and family he finds on that trip make it a worthwhile read in the end.

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BayouGirl85
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Mehso-so

I loved that idea of a floating book barge with an owner who prescribes books for emotional ailments. My only hangup was it was very slow paced. I enjoyed the character Max was his naive view of life.

October 14/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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Lissy1
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Mehso-so

This book kind of frustrated me because the first 100 pages lead me to believe this book was going to be an amazing, a definite 5 star review. But after those pages it kind of started to dull out a bit. They ended up just going on what felt like pointless adventures with no meaning just to drag the book length out, which is annoying because this could‘ve been really good
I gave this book 3 stars ✨

#book #books #bookreview #review #read #reading

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Lissy1
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I finished this book the other day and only just realised I never posted it on here
Review in the post to follow
Also I would be delighted if you follow my book related tiktok account called LissysLittleLibrary where I post more often than I do on here now. My growth on there has been amazing! Hopefully I‘ll see you there?

#book #books #bookly #read #reading #stats #statistics #bookstats #booklystata #readingstats #bookshelf

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Lissy1
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This quote has really hit deep in the feels 🥺❤️

#book #books #bookshelf #read #reading #quote #bookquote #ninageorge #paris #france

wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ that‘s such an accurate description of grief. 1y
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Lissy1
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ReadingOver50
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Pickpick

Mr. Perdu finally reads a 20 year old letter from the love of his life. Reading it prompts him to leave his house and travel down river in his floating bookshop, looking for closure. The book is at it's best when Perdu is in his bookshop, dispensing books and wisdom. I enjoyed his travels down the river with his friend Max. The basic story is lovely, but there are slow parts you need to slog through to get to the good.

ShelleyBooksie I love your glass macarons! 1y
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JenlovesJT47
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I read this for a library book club. I got it from a generous Litten awhile back. I was wary going into it because the Goodreads rating is only 3.51⭐️. I read 6 chapters yesterday and was underwhelmed. I decided to make myself read 3 chapters today and by that time, I was hooked! I had to finish it today. I love anything to do with France and the idea of a floating bookshop is so fun! I especially loved it once they took off on their little ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Boat voyage. There were a couple of places that made me burst into loud laughter, and a few more that made me tear up. My only complaint is that it‘s a bit too long. 50-60 pages could have been shaved off and it would have been much better. The ending is satisfying. Overall, 4⭐️ Recommended! #France #Paris #Francophile #bibliophile 1y
jdiehr I read this once and didn't like it. I re-read it later for book club and loved it. What is it that makes this book such a rough start?? 1y
DivineDiana I love all the supplemental book remedies at the end! 💗 1y
JenlovesJT47 @jdiehr I think part of the problem is that it‘s translated from French so the sentences don‘t always flow normally, at least imo as an American. But it really picked up once he hung out with the neighbor and read the letter. I loved the middle third of this book. The conclusion was a little too long but I was prepared to hate this and was very pleasantly surprised! 1y
JenlovesJT47 @DivineDiana yes! I plan on taking screenshots of all of it (I was also reading a copy from the digital library) before my loan expires. Might try a few of the recipes, too. 🤗 1y
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Sangeetarelan
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A novel is like a garden where the reader must spend time in order to bloom

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy 💛🎉🎊📚 1y
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sdbruening
Bailedbailed

I didn‘t actually finish this; I was listening to the audiobook and had that thought, “Would I be disappointed if I didn‘t find out what happened in this story? Would I miss the characters?” Nope. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Librarybelle
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A light pick for me...I was not completely entranced with the narrative, but the emotions conveyed in this novel really propelled me through Perdu‘s adventures and stages of grief. The food descriptions also sounded yummy! I thought of Rachel Joyce‘s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry while reading this, with perhaps a dash of Gabrielle Zevin‘s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Have tissues ready!

April read for #IllSeeYouInParis

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Librarybelle
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“‘All the love, all the dead, all the people we‘ve known. They are the rivers that feed our sea of souls. If we refuse to remember them, that sea will dry up too.‘”

What has captivated me so far about this book are the emotions that drive the narrative. Lonely people, heartbroken people seeking closure...you can feel the pain. I‘m working my way through the April selection for #IllSeeYouInParis , and it‘s a reflective journey on the Seine.

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TheHeartlandBookFairy
Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George
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#IllseeyouinParis 2021 challenge...
At times I found the writing captivating. Beautiful in a nearly poetic sort of way. Other times it nearly failed to keep my attention. For me this was a book of fits and starts. Of near boredom or rapt attention. With honest and endearing snippets (Jeans love letter to Catherine) and honest and disturbing snippets (the deer dying in the canal.)

Jean Perdu is a literary apothecary. I love (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy this concept! I've been reading another series of books over the last couple of years that works off much the same premise 😊

On a beautifully restored barge turned bookshop, making it's way on the Seine, Jean trades books for services and goods as he grapples with his own personal history and potential future. Abandoned by the love of his life, he has struggled with the fallout for 20 years. He finally succumbs to reading a letter (cont)
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TheHeartlandBookFairy to reading a letter from his former lover and the past comes crashing down just as it meets his future. Catherine has her own past demons to deal with including a failed marriage and low self-esteem. Jean prescribes books to help Catherine And in the end, he helps them both.

I'm a sucker for books about books or bookshops or libraries etc so I knew I had to read this and of course it needed to be included in our 2021 Paris challenge...(cont)
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TheHeartlandBookFairy challenge. At the end, I decided I really like this book. There were parts along the way where I would not have said that. I'm glad I pushed through and finished this book; the story is one that really did touch my heart ❤️

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Librarybelle I have not started yet, but plan to do so very soon! 2y
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amber_ldsmom
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Bailedbailed

Great idea, just poorly executed. I found myself disconnected and dreading picking it up again. This was my March #bookspin.

TheAromaofBooks It's always sad when I realize that the reason I'm not reading is because I don't actually want to read the book I'm in the middle of reading 😬 Sometimes you just gotta let it go!!! 2y
MsMelissa I also bailed on this one. 2y
amber_ldsmom @TheAromaofBooks Exactly. I have trouble with the idea of not finishing something. I rarely bail on books, but with the amount of TBR this month, I just couldn‘t waste any more time. I shouldn‘t dread doing something I love. 2y
amber_ldsmom @MsMelissa Glad I‘m not the only one! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yes!! I love reading, so if I'm avoiding it, that's when I know it's time to think about letting the book go. I really don't like bailing on books either, but I also don't like it when reading turns into a chore instead of something I enjoy! 2y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George
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#IllseeyouinParis 2021 challenge, April book... Are you joining us on our Paris travel challenge? This is our April book. And who doesn't love a book about a bookshop. A book about a book shop in Paris! I can't wait to start this one 💕📚📖🇫🇷

Librarybelle Looking forward to it! 2y
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BookBosomed1
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Pickpick

Humans have the power to heal & books can help them do so. The protagonist owns a floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine. Perdu intuitively determines what ails a person & prescribe a book for healing, doing so while grappling w/ his own grief. This book is a warm cup of tea on a cold winter‘s day or a crisp, dry white wine on a hot summer afternoon. At the very least, it‘ll transport you to the calm of a river while you are safe at home.

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Georgiana31
Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George
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❤❤❤Love and life

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JenDR
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I am moving in about a week so have started packing. Trying the Marie Kondo method this time around. Started with books. This is the give away pile. Stay tuned for the keep pile.

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rather_be_reading
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This little addendum in the back is adorable and u will only understand after youve read the book.

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rather_be_reading
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Pickpick

This is one of those books I had to finish before going to bed no matter how tired I am! This book came to at the right time and broke my Dnfs and not very good book slump! Loveable characters with plenty of life lessons and George's wonderful writing made this book go so fast!

Wordsling What's dnfs ? 2y
rather_be_reading @Wordsling Did Not Finish 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Trying to finish this one but this Laker game is too good.

Lollymya Is this book good??! 2y
RayHallucinogen I always read with tv on, which says a lot about tv. 2y
rather_be_reading @RayHallucinogen i dont like to but it dusnt bother me either 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Had a wonderful lunch outside reading.

Wordsling Lucky you ! We're still in lockdown in India, restaurants have been shut for the past 6 months now. 2y
Arkrayder I think it‘s great that India is striving to slow COVID-19. 🇮🇳. 👊🏻👍🏻Some other countries seem to think it‘s a joke, or a conspiracy. Others that it‘s beneath them to worry about. 2y
rather_be_reading @Wordsling the restaurants are only outdoors here 2y
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rather_be_reading

Love's follies are the sweetest. But you pay most dearly for them...

Wordsling Oh God, so true 2y
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rather_be_reading

...a novel is like a garden where the reader must spend time in order to bloom.

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rather_be_reading

Women tell you more about the world. Men only tell you about themselves.

[hmmm]

runswithscissors007 I loved this book because it was men being vulnerable. It was a nice change! 2y
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rather_be_reading

...I am a firm believer that you have to taste a country's soul to understand it and to grasp its people.

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rather_be_reading

Time. It rubs the rough edges that hurt us smooth.

Wordsling Deep ! 2y
Wordsling Btw @rather_be_reading I liked these quotes so much , I ordered the book. It's getting delivered next month (very few copies in India) 2y
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rather_be_reading

I learned...the best type of relationship was “clear as mountain water.“ I was taught that difficult thoughts lost their poison when spoken aloud.

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rather_be_reading

Whenever [he] looked at a book, he did not see it purely in terms of a story, minimum retail price and an essential balm for the soul; he saw freedom on wings of paper.

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rather_be_reading

Reading--an endless journey; a long, indeed never ending journey that made one more temperate as well as more loving and kind.

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rather_be_reading

He explained that he wants to make it into an apothecary, a pharmacie litteraire, to treat all the motions for which no other remedy exists.

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rather_be_reading

I think I learned all my feelings from books. In them I loved and laughed and found out more than in my whole nonreading life.

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rather_be_reading

That was the only tragic thing about books: they changed people. All except the truly evil...

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rather_be_reading

He wanted her to sense the boundless possibilities offered by books. They would always be enough. They would never stop loving their readers. They were a fixed point in an otherwise unpredictable world. In life. In love. After death.

Wordsling These are such lovely quotes. Can't stop liking all of them 2y
rather_be_reading @Wordsling ikr!! i said to myself, ppl are going to be mad that im posting all these quotes but there we so many good ones!! 2y
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rather_be_reading

Novels for willpower, nonfiction for rethinking one's life, poems for dignity.

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rather_be_reading

Often it's not we who shape words, but the words we use that shape us.

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rather_be_reading

Anyone who's good at something is hated--or not loved in any case.

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rather_be_reading

Reading... was a homeopathic dose of happiness. It was the only balm that could ease [his] pain--a gentle, cold stream over the scorched earth of his soul.

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rather_be_reading

Books are more than doctors, of course. Some novels are loving, lifelong copmanions...

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rather_be_reading

...a splendid example of Potter-under-the-stairs syndrome.

😂[not sure exactly what this means lol]

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rather_be_reading

...that chocolate-warm voice...

[this sounds delightful!]

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rather_be_reading

...it was a common misconception that booksellers looked after books. They look after people.

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rather_be_reading

... he had bought the boat, had converted it with his own hands and filled with books, the only remedy for countless, undefined afflictions of the soul.

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rather_be_reading

A stupid man is every woman's downfall.

😂

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rather_be_reading

Love, the dictator whom men find so terrifying.

😂

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rather_be_reading

Books keep stupidity at bay. And vain hopes. And vain men. They undress you with love, strength and knowledge. It's love from within. Make your choice: book or...

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rather_be_reading

Age isn't a disease. We all grow old, even books. But are you, is anyone, worth less, or less important, because they've been around for longer?

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rather_be_reading

Books aren't eggs, you know. Simply because a book has aged a bit doesn't mean it's gone bad.

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rather_be_reading

Of the many novels on his book barge-- the vessel moored on the Seine that he had named Literary Apothecary...

[SUCH AN AWESOME NAME!]