The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
I have seen this book make the rounds online so when it came up for review, I decided to give it a shot, plus, as an obvious bibliophile, it was necessary to read a book about books!
The writing was great, better than I expected. I definitely highlighted quite a few "books" mentioned that I need to find later. I also highlighted some quotes but this one describes the book well:
"A book is both a 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."
This quote is basically the premise of the book. Monsieur Perdu is still morning the loss of the woman he loved; a woman who suddenly vanished from his life. He's tormented by it so he has his bookshop where he dispenses a sort of bibliotherapy on his customers, flat out refusing to give certain books to certain ailments, and encouraging others on people to their, eventual, delight.
"Women tell you more about the world. Men only tell you about themselves."
"He had never had to travel; his conversations with books had been sufficient...until finally he prized them more highly than people. They were less threatening."
I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5. There were some parts that just seemed a bit farfetched but those were thankfully few and far between. The writing was great and I loved the overall story, and ending!
I requested this book from Blogging for Books, and they sent me a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.