What I’m Reading…
It’s been a very busy month so I haven’t posted as often as I would have liked to. Also, I haven’t read as many books as I wanted to! But here’s my list for this week. It includes Star Wars, Boy Bands, Paris Bookshops and Percy Jackson.
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WHAT I’M READING
WHAT I FINISHED READING
WHAT WILL I READ NEXT
What I’m Reading…
I went to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of the music of John Williams last week which included music from the Star Wars movies. This prompted me to pick this up. I’ve read tons of the Star Wars novels but not any in the last few years. I got this in the hopes it gives some clues to who Rey’s family is! I’ll let you know if I figure it out!
What I Read…
Blurb – Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.
We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.
We were not planning on what happened next.
From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.”
There is a lot of love for this book…and a lot of dislike, just like boy bands. I enjoyed it, even though I couldn’t relate as well as fangirls of boy bands might. I’ve had my loves and obsessions but never, ever have I dreamed of going as far as these girls did! This book had the potential to go over the top, but the author reined things in nicely.Each situation was more implausible than the last one, but seemed totally possible. The characters were interesting and diverse, with the layers unfolding with perfect timing. And I loved the 80s movies references!
Blurb – “There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”
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 country’s 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.
This was a perfectly enjoyable book that made me want to travel the rivers of France! The characters were lovely, settings were incredible and the book references were fun and interesting. The only problem I have was that it took Perdu over 20 years to get over a lost love. It’s too bad he wasted all that time but he was a much more interesting character once he began to find himself. It’s a sweet book.
Blurb – How do you punish an immortal? By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
I loved reading the Percy Jackson series with my kids. But I need to read the Heroes of Olympus series to better understand who’s who in this book. Lots of new characters! Mortal Apollo starts off as irritating but soon begins to grow on me.
What I’ll Read Next…