“You get one chance.
You get to do this and that and you don’t even know when it goes from swirling forward and around and around in circles to just a plain cold stop and nothing more. Can you believe it? All this time I’ve spent weighing this and weighing that, worrying about this and worrying about that, living back then and living forward, caring about so-and-so, too, but never living here, here, this moment here. Never even acknowledging that this moment even exists, and it hits me like a live volt through the chest.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what you should tell/ask yourself at this very moment.
This book was the last one I’ve read in 2016. I didn’t like it at first. I didn’t think that it was well-written because it was too real. Too frank. To straight forward. Too common day-to-day stints. It’s like it wasn’t a fiction at all. Later on, I’ve realized that what’s on the book happens everyday, and yes, the world is full of people who are trying to fit in. The world is full of people who want to please the society because that’s how it’s supposed to be. People try their best to fit in without realizing that it really sucks to fit in because we weren’t supposed to always fit in anyway.
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“Loving requires so much courage and so little expectation.”
From now on, I will be dedicating a blog post to selected books that made a great impact on me. I’ve chosen this book as a start since it’s been given by someone special and I’m really glad I’ve got the chance to ever read this book. This isn’t a review – I have my Goodreads for that. This is merely a reflection of how this book affected me.
First of all, it’s the first book I’ve ever read that has my first name among the characters. A character named Claudine existed here, and that made this book among my favorites for that plain reason (plus the fact that this was a gift from…).
The book didn’t excite me [in a good way]. The book didn’t want me to have it finished right away to jump to a new story. This made me savor every word, every page, and every chapter. For me, it’s so beautifully written that if I could prolong my time in reading it, I would.
The Little Paris Bookshop taught me about second chances. You have to let yourself heal. You have to forgive yourself and remind your heart that it can be happily in love once again after being devastated from something that it thought would last forever. The love that would come after forgiving yourself and after forgiving the circumstance would make you feel that you can be anything you want to be. For whatever reason, it’s going to be more amazing than ever. It’s going to bring out the best in you, and it’s going to be the most wonderful thing that has ever come into your life.
I don’t know what it is, but I feel a deep connection with this book… Maybe because it’s a gift from a man who made me believe in letting someone in again, or maybe because it’s something about Paris. This book got my heart, and I’m so glad this book found me.
My Goodreads Book Review:
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s a good book; however, it’s a good book for its ‘chosen readers’. The author’s style won’t work for every reader. It may be full of cliches, but for me, the way the author used books as metaphor for ‘medicine’ is brilliant in its pure sense. It’s heartbreaking, but the recovery in the end is a good way to make anyone who’s ever been broken that it’s always wonderful to experience love again. It teaches a lot about life and death and what love has to do with everything in between.
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