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.*
Read any good books lately?