READ THIS! {Paris in Love}

February's READ THIS! choice was Paris in Love by Eloisa James ... 

Amazon describes this memoir as, "In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. This memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life—discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time; her two hilarious children, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools—not to mention puberty—in a foreign language; and her mother-in-law’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as she overfeeds Milo, the family dog). Paris in Love invites the reader into the life of a most enchanting family, framed by la ville de l’amour."

I was so excited to read this memoir - as it seemed to be a story about a magical moment in life that so few people ever get to truly experience. I had already taken it out of the library when I chose this book, but I hadn't looked through it and was unfortunately pretty disappointed with what I read. The entire memoir is written using her Facebook and Twitter posts from her year in Paris, with an occasional page or two of prose mixed in. She robbed her reader of any deeper insight, and left us wanting to know so much more about this incredible journey that she and her family embarked on. 

Did you read Paris in Love? And did you fall in love with James' description of Paris, or did you think that they left a little (or a lot) to be desired? Paris is such an incredible city, and I wanted her to share so much more with the reader - and I wish that she had! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this book!

This month, March's READ THIS! pick is Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects...

Last year, we read Flynn's Gone Girl in August and I absolutely loved it! I read her novel Dark Places later on the year, and now I am excited to dive into Sharp Objects

Amazon describes this novel as, "Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming. With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable."

I am excited to dive into Flynn's first novel (from 2007) and see how it compares to her other two. I hope you'll join me in reading it - and that you'll check back for updates in a week or so, and for my final review at the end of the month! 




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