Five first-timers came to Lit Chicks Book Blub today and helped make the discussion of The Little Paris Bookshop a lively one.
One of the main themes in this book is that reading can be therapeutic. The main character owns a floating bookstore called the Literary Apothecary and he is talented at prescribing just the right books for people. Our group talked about reading books that were helpful to us when we needed them.
Conversely, one woman shared that a book that had been recommended to her by a friend turned out to be a poor choice for her to read at that particular time in her life.
All the author and book references sprinkled throughout the novel only added to glee of this group of bibliophiles. If you are a Francophile or enjoy reading books set in France, this book will not disappoint you. Our book club all wanted to fly to France and travel the canals and rivers like the characters in the book. The descriptions of Paris, the rivers, and all the little towns were vivid and caused many of us to believe that this would make a beautiful movie. A romantic comedy set on the rivers of France seems like a winning idea.
Three patrons in the group listened to the audiobook, but only one finished it all the way through in that format. The audiobook was described as “sleep inducing” due to the beautifully calm tone and French accent of the narrator, so if you are a commuter audiobook listener, this selection might not work for you.
We are all looking forward to getting together next month to talk about Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel. Reserve your copy at catalog.forsythpl.org and join us at the Post Road Library on Wednesday, August 9 at 10:15 a.m.