Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Little Paris Bookshop // A Blogging for Books Review

When I picked out this book to read, it felt like the perfect book. The main character, Monsieur Perdu, is a literary apothecary--from his boat he runs a bookstore designed to prescribe books are remedies to peoples' ailments, whether they have broken hearts or downtrodden souls. However, the one heart Monsieur Perdu can't mend is his own, so he sets out, casting off his boat from the pier in Paris, and searches for the answers to life that books can't necessarily answer.

Being a great lover of books, I felt drawn into the idea that books are the prescription for life, and that if a book helps just one person, it has served its purpose. I also loved that The Little Paris Bookshop included a list of books at its end as suggestions for certain life afflictions, allowing the reader to take these suggestions into her own life. My only complaint about this book is that the plot seemed to diverge from it's original point--it became less about books as a remedy and more about living life itself be the remedy to a broken heart. I guess it speaks more to life as it is, however, as one cannot grow just from the experiences read about in books.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

It's been a while since I made an appearance on the weekly yarn along, partially because this summer has been crazy and partially because I haven't had anything new to show-and-tell. I'm still making flowers, and (if you remember it from March) I'm still make this Texture Throw. It's just one of those times of life where time is flying by and I'm just trying to get by on grace.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On My Bookshelf: September

I did a lot of reading during August. The first week of the month, I was at the beach with my family, and I underestimated the number of books that I was going to read. I had only brought two books with me, and I ended up leaving with two more that I borrowed from my sister, Colleen. The first was The Rosie Project which I loved. It was an easy read that was perfect for the beach, and the characters were instantly likable. The second book was Me Before You which I also devoured whole but it proceeded to rip my heart out. Don't get me wrong, I loved it; it was definitely one of my favorite books that I've read so far this year, but it continues to haunt me with its rawness.

This month, I'm mostly going to be geeking out over the Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas:

The Assassin's Blade - This book is a collection of five novella length prequel stories to the Throne of Glass books. They're relatively short reads and an amazing way to learn more about Celaena (the main character) and about how she became an assassin.

Heir of Fire - This is the third book of the series, and I cannot wait to dive into it!

Queen of Shadows - This is the fourth book of the series, and it literally just came out. As in today. Thank goodness for pre-ordering on Amazon and having the book arrive on your doorstep the day it comes out.