Review: The Bookshop on the Seine

Title: The Bookshop on the Seine

Author: Rebecca Raisin

Published:  October 16, 2015

Publisher:  Carina

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Sarah, frustrated by her small town life and the lack of business at her beloved bookshop agrees to something of a trade with her long distance pen pal Sophie. Sophie, just over a break up thinks that the perfect solution is to leave town, so she asks Sarah to trade bookshops with her.  Sophie will try to breathe new life into Sarah’s bookstore, while Sarah experiences managing a booming shop and a whole new world . . . in Paris.  Sarah struggles with running a bookstore much busier than her own, with employees that are less than cooperative, while trying to see the sights of Paris and the lack of communication from her world-traveling boyfriend Ridge.

I absolutely adored this novel. I was sucked in right from the title.  Who wouldn’t want to read about a bookstore in France? It was light, it was fun, it was a happy book.  From start to finish, this book just made me feel happy.  There was just enough talk about books to make me want to go book shopping and Paris to make me want to visit France (or at least make me want to pick up another book set there). The narrator Sarah had the perfect voice; it was a character I was really rooting for and wanted to see succeed.  The ending didn’t go exactly how I thought it would, but it was still very satisfying.  I was ecstatic to find out that this was the start of a new series.  The next book,  The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower, will be out in April, and I can’t wait to get it!

Read this book if you want a book that you can read in a day and will give you some warm fuzzies.  Five stars.

* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s list over at the Broke and the Bookish is the Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR.  I’ve got a combination of brand new books, backlist books, and books that are coming soon:

1.  What’s Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.

2.  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

3.  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

4.  My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

5.  American Housewife by Helen Ellis

6.  The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

7.  Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

8.  Grunt by Mary Roach

9.  The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

10  Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

 

Anybody have any other books that I need to add to the list?

 

The End of the Readathon

So, I think that’s that for the Readathon. I wasn’t as successful as I wish I had been, but I still got to spend so much time reading the weekend, so that’s a win for me. Maybe next time I won’t be so easily distracted and I’ll be able to concentrate a bit more on the books. I am so happy I joined this Readathon, because I saw a lot of awesome blogs and found some books to add to my TBR list!

And here are the answers to my end of the readathon survey:

1) your favorite book of the readathon – Harry Potter. It always feels good to go there.

2) your favorite snack/meal of the readathon – tuna steak. So, so good.

3) your favorite non-book, non-snack part of the readathon – getting to stay in flannel pjs all day when it was way too cold to be outside.

I hope this weekend was successful for you all!

Hours: 12

Pages: 502

Books: 1

Hot Beverages: 6

Evening Check In

So today has been a really bad day for reading. I was all set with my stack of books, but life got in the way. And every time I’d open a book I’d get distracted. I couldn’t concentrate on anything! At least I got all my grocery shopping and laundry done…

And now onto the check in question, which you can find over on the Readathon website:

My three locations would be a combination of Hogsmeade from Harry Potter, with some small town River Heights from Nancy Drew, and some city lights of Paris from so many books set in Paris (I’ve been reading a ton set there lately).

Hours: 5
Pages: 136
Books: 1 (the last bit of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
Hot Beverages: 4

And so it begins…

Well, it’s 5 AM here, and I’m up and just about ready to start this readathon!  I’m drinking my coffee now, trying to decide what book to start with…

Let’s start things off with the Hour Six Survey that was just posted at the Readathons official website.

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? I’ll be reading from the lovey Midwest.  It’s supposed to be cold here this weekend; the perfect weather for staying inside with a good book!
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?  Never!
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon? I’ve been following blogs and booktubers for a long time now, so I’ve known about tons of readathons before, it just so happened this readathon started right after I started my own blog.
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?  I think I’m most excited to read my Persephone Book of Short Stories.  I have had a huge urge to get into short stories.
  5. Tell us something about yourself.  I like to knit socks.  They’re perfect for a cold day reading.  So cozy!
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend.  I’ll be right here at my blog!

I’m going to be updating as regularly as I can on my progress as the weekend goes by, and I’ll be checking on everyone else participating.  Good luck to everyone!

 

Hours: 0

Pages: 0

Books: 0

Hot Beverages: 1

24 in 48 TBR

So I’ve got a stack of books ready for the Readathon! I tried to pick some short books and some books that I think I can really get into and spend big chunks of time reading. Here’s my list:

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Good at Games by Jill Mansell. Jill Mansell books are guaranteed to keep me up all night because I just need to read one-more-chapter.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. Almost done, just need a little time to finish.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I’m itching to get to this one.

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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. This has been on my shelf for a while and it’s super short. I started it but got distracted so I need to finish it.

The Persephone Book of Short Stories. I figure some short stories will do for those short spans of time when I’m out but could be reading.

I’m certainly not optimistic enough to think that I can get all this read in one weekend, but a girl can dream, right?

24 in 48

I’ve decided to participate in the 24 in 48 Readathon! To participate in the Readathon is really simple. The goal is to dedicate your weekend to books by spending 24 out of 48 hours of the weekend reading. This Readathon takes place this weekend.

I’m so excited to participate in this!  I’ve always loved the idea of readathons and can’t wait to spend the weekend curled up with some good books. Now I just have to put together my TBR pile! I’ll be back with one soon. Any tips?