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The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin


First of all, this book takes place around Christmas time!!! YES!!!! When I read the synopsis, I felt like the book sort of had the same premise of The  Holiday. I just adored that movie. A lot of the characters that are in the gingerbread cafe series are in this book. You don’t have to have read those books to appreciate this one (I didn’t). This is actually the first book in Rebecca Raisin’s Paris series.

I really loved how Sarah owned a bookshop and how she describes her books as her babies. How she can hear her books speak to her. You really felt like you were in her little shop! And her descriptions of Paris made me want to visit there!!! This would be a great read for the travel lover. Sarah has a bit of a struggle adapting to the faster pace environment of Paris, and is homesick being away from her friends and little town. The book store keeps her busy but she starts to settle in and really experience the City of Love. Getting to see Paris through Sarah’s eyes was so much fun!

After reading about all the sites, shops and food around Paris…I am ready for my visit!! If you are in the mood for a light, heart warming read, this book is for you! It was so cute.

Bottom Line: This is my second Rebecca Raisin book, and I really enjoy her as an author. I highly recommend this book to people who just love books, love to travel or just want a warm and fuzzy read. Especially one that is holiday themed!

*I was provided a copy of The Little Bookshop on the Seine by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

I read and loved The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lie’s last month, so I wanted to keep binging on my love for Liane Moriarty. What Alice Forgot was such an amazing read! I think it is my new favorite from Moriarty. I liked that you learn about Alice’s life through some of her memories, but more so through Elizabeth’s letters to her psychiatrist and Frannie’s letters to her fiance. This book really made me think about what would happen if I lost 10 years of my life. I share snippets here on this blog, but it has me wondering if I should start keeping a journal as well.

This book also has me thinking about relationships. Not just my relationship with my husband…but my family and friends as well. Every relationship we have has it’s ups and downs, and as long as your good memories out weigh the bad, then shouldn’t it be considered a success? It made me think about the little things that we can get caught up on that in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t matter. It also made me think about myself as a teenager and twenty something. What would my younger self think of my current self? Would she be proud?

Bottom Line: This was a great book! I did this via audiobook like I did the other two by Liane Moriarty. I highly recommend this author!

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

I did this via audiobook, and loved that Aziz is the one to read it. He cracks me up! This book is more than just a funny comedy. There is actual research, study groups, etc that is shared to discuss how people meet and get in to relationships. It was stated that in 2010 25% of people met online. It was cool that Aziz actually mentions OKCupid. Chris and I can be a statistic that was married off from that site! Of course, this is much more common now than it even was then. It still felt like people shamed online relationships back then.

Bottom Line: This is a great read. Not only do you laugh, but you might learn a thing or two. Or at least be able to spit out some new statistics in a conversation!

Inconceivable by Cherrie Mack

Inconceivable is sort of a modern day Cinderella story. You had the poor girl, the rich step sister, a fairy godmother and an evil step mom. But with a twist! Because the fairy godmother was a good looking guy with tattoos. Allie was given a little black box after her step father passed away. When she opens it, she doesn’t realize how her life is about to be changed. The little black box is supposed to be passed on, so this sets up for a series of books based on what is inside the little black box!

The moral of the story: You might not always need what you think you you want.

Bottom Line: This was a cute twist on Cinderella that I finished in the matter of just a few hours. I enjoyed it well enough to pass the time. It wasn’t mind blowing by any means, but I enjoyed it.

*I was provided a copy of Inconceivable by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Currently Reading:

When We Fall by Marquita Valentine and listening to The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.

Read any good books lately?

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  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders December 8, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I think that I’ve already told you this but What Alice Forgot is my favorite Liane Moriarty book too! She’s simply the best and like you said it made you wonder where you might end up in a few years and how you would feel about yourself. I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Hypnotist’s Lovestory! And The Little Bookshop on the Siene sounds like such a cute story! I’m definitely adding it to my TBR list!

  • Reply joey December 8, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I love seeing what you’ve been reading! Adding a few of these to my list, but that list is so long and apparently I’ve given up on reading 🙁

  • Reply Heather H December 8, 2015 at 7:51 am

    You are totally on a Liane Moriarty kick! Lol!! I am going to read What Alice Forgot as soon as I get it from the library 🙂 I’ve heard from a few people that it was their favourite from her. Inconceivable sounds pretty cute!!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo December 8, 2015 at 8:43 am

    OK – I want to read that first book – just the cover makes me want to visit Paris 🙂

    Funny side note – I didnt realize What Alice Forgot – and – Still Alice were two different books – haha

  • Reply Cara December 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I will have to check out these books. What Alice Forgot and Inconceivable definitely intrigues me. Yay to Christmas break in a few weeks and having time to read again 🙂

  • Reply kristen December 8, 2015 at 9:25 am

    i ADORE the holiday so i will definitely be checking out the rebecca raisin book. i still haven’t read the maple syrup farm one – the one netgalley declined me, rude – but this one sounds super dooper my style.
    i didn’t read your what alice forgot review because of fear of semi spoilers hahaha even though i have been texting you, i cannot wait to finish it! i am listening to it as well, i have to stop myself from picking up the hardback book (you know i own both) and finishing it faster than i can listen to it. but i am LOVING it. i will be adding the hypnotist love story one to my audible (same narrator!) if you like that one.
    so should i pick up inconceivable? i feel like (besides alice) i have been reading some real ‘meh’ books lately and i don’t want to add more to my list lol

  • Reply Kelli December 8, 2015 at 10:03 am

    What Alice Forgot was one of my favorites this year, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the ending since I could only see one possible way it could go but I actually liked the way she wrapped up her story.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says December 8, 2015 at 10:33 am

    What Alice Forgot was definitely not my favorite Moriarty book but it was a good read. And Modern Romance was awesome!! Even for me, who has never had to date in the iPhone/Tinder era. I learned so much (and became very, very grateful)!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph December 8, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I love Aziz, I should check out his book.

  • Reply Laura December 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I’m so glad you loved Aziz!! He’s so funny, but the book also taught you stuff!! AND one of these days, I’ll hop on the Moriarty train — I know you keep telling me too!

  • Reply Jessica December 8, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I want to read the The Little Bookshop now! And I loved What Alice Forgot, such a great book!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista December 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    OOooooh I’m very intrigued by The Bookshop on the Seine! What a great read for this time of year <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth December 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I like reading your synopsis of these books! I definitely am adding a few of these to my travel book reading list!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston December 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    A little bookshop has been adding to my reading list – I just love books like that and you know what I said about Aziz!! xo, Biana

  • Reply alyssa December 8, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    What Alice Forgot is on my list, just waiting for it to come through from the library. And Modern Romance! I’ve been dying to read that forever. When I first got on the hold list for it at the library I think there were 12 people ahead of me or something crazy like that. I think there are only about 3 now so hopefully I get it soon!

  • Reply Karen December 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I loved, loved Modern Romance! It was so different than what I expected it to be. The Little Book Shop On The Seine is really up my alley. I’m a francophile and never heard of this series before! Looking forward to reading it!

  • Reply Kaitlyn December 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I started “What Alice Forgot” but I haven’t finished it. It’s so crazy to imagine yourself in her shoes and wonder what you would do if you lost 10 years of your life. When people say I’m crazy for taking pictures and videos all the time, here’s a prime example of when they could come in handy lol. I love travel, I’ll have to check out “The Little Bookshop”, sounds cute!


  • Reply Ericka December 8, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    In your review of Modern Romance, you said that you and your husband could be a statistic for getting married after meeting on a particular site. I had to chuckle at your comment about how people in 2010 were shamed when revealing that they had met online. I have been there, done that and I totally understand. My husband and I met, wait for it.. in 2002! Yes, in 2002 on! Back then, it was practically taboo to admit that you had met someone on the internet! Every time we see a commercial that shows couples and how long they’ve been married, we say that should’ve contacted us since we used the site while it was still in its infancy. LOL!

    PS I really, really enjoyed What Alice Forgot, too!

  • Reply Kerry December 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I really want to read Aziz’s book. I have When We Fall downloaded and hope to read it soon. Interested to see what you think of it.

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine December 8, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    What Alice Forgot is the only one I’ve read if these but it touched my soul. My husband and I have been struggling a bit with the loss of him mom this year but the memories, oh the memories, we are so lucky to have them, just this time last year, she was drinking Cupcake Moscato with us and playing Gin Rummy!! I never want to forget those memories. What a wonderful book!!

  • Reply Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand December 9, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I really enjoyed Big Little Lies. I need to do this binge-reading that you speak of.

  • Reply Michael December 9, 2015 at 9:46 am

    The Little Bookshop sounds so cozy! I’m going to have to look for that one. I feel like I’m dragging ass when it comes to reading books. I have so many I want to read and then I’m like… uggh. #readerproblems

  • Reply Emma @EverEmma December 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I love warm and fuzzy reads so I definitely added a Raisin book to my to-read. I also really enjoyed Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret! I need to read What Alice Forgot and everything else she has written.

  • Reply Lauren December 10, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I think I would have liked Modern Romance a lot more as an audiobook but oh well! I think I should add What Alice Forgot as it seems to deviate from her normal three main characters and a plot twist at the end formula and I think I’ll like a change!

  • Reply Teh Megan December 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I’m so glad you liked Modern Romance. I think many people are unaware it’s actual RESEARCH. Like science and shit. 🙁
    I really enjoyed What Alice Forgot, and I think I’m going to like it more than Big Little Lies, but who knows, maybe I should finish listening to it before I judge….. #worstaudiobooklisteneerever

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