Paris

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge | Day 3

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Last Day! Today’s quote comes from another book I read this summer, which brought back fond memories of my time in Paris last summer. Thanks again to 1booklife for tagging me!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Today’s Quote:

LPB Quote

Tag You’re It:

I’m terrible at tagging people for stuff like this, so my apologies if you’ve already done it (if you have let me know and I’ll check your quotes out!):

CJ’s Bookshelf: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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Little Paris BookshopEvery once in a while a book comes along that feels like it was written just for you. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nine George is that book, which is an appropriate coincidence given the profession of the bookseller in this book.

The Little Paris Bookshop is the story of Jean Perdu, a bookseller whose shop is titled Literary Apothecary. Perdu believes certain ailments (heartbreak, etc.) can be cured by reading the right books. Twenty years ago the love of Perdu’s life left him, and now all he has is his bookstore. Then one day a new revelation sends him off on a journey to find closure and along the way he makes several friends and rediscovers love.

Accompanying Perdu on this journey is young author Max Jordan, who gained success and notoriety when his first novel became a bestseller but is having trouble following up on that success. He has come to Paris in an attempt to avoid his editors and along the way develops a close bond with Perdu.

While I wouldn’t describe this book as “chick lit” it is definitely geared towards a female audience and it’s written for booklovers. There are many references to classic and popular books that made me smile throughout this novel. There are also many passages that I found myself underlining as I read through the book. One of my favorite quotes near the beginning is when Perdu tells a customer, “With all due respect, what you read is more important in the long term than the man you marry.”

I was immediately drawn into the story and George’s writing style. I loved the characters and her way with words – like I said, there are several passages I marked because I loved them so much. There was a fluidity to her writing that made me want to keep reading. The story seemed to drag a little for me near the middle, but picked up again fairly quickly.

This book is perfect for hopeless romantics and booklovers. Perdu himself would probably recommend this book for someone overcoming heartbreak; the ultimate theme of the book is uplifting and hopeful. It’s a fairly quick and easy read, perfect for beach reading or when you just want something that’s not a dark, gritty drama.

Thirty Isn’t So Bad

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I was doing so well sticking to my resolution to post a blog at least once a week, then these last two weeks I’ve completely failed. I’m going to blame it on being back in school (even though classes just started last week).

I should be spending my morning working on my lit review for my thesis, however I’m completely stuck. I have no idea where to even begin writing. I’ve spent most of my summer working on creative writing and blogging that I’m finding it hard to get into the mindset of academic writing. Then I’ve spent the last two weeks doing mainly reading and research for this lit review and very little writing. So I’m hoping this blog post will shake something loose and help me get back in the writing frame of mind (and for that reason I apologize if this post isn’t the extremely fascinating posts you’ve come to expect from my blogs; this is mostly an warm up exercise to get the juices flowing).

Last week I turned 30. On the day I turned 30 I wasn’t actually celebrating my birthday, not because I had anything against entering my thirties (because strangely I don’t) but because I was celebrating another occasion. A friend of mine since I was 6 or 7 years old got married on my birthday. Celebrating her wedding with her and her family was much more fun than celebrating my birthday (plus, there was free food, cake, music, dancing and an open bar – WAY better than any party I could have planned for myself). It was a great way to start a year that so many people dread. I am completely fine with being 30 – especially because so far my 30th year is looking pretty awesome.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances I should have this thesis completed and finish all classes required for my Master’s degree by December, which means I will be able to graduate in May. Since I’ll technically be completed in December I am hoping that means I’ll be able to find an adjunct position (or several) somewhere for next semester. I’ll finally be able to find a job that’s within my chosen field (don’t get me wrong, I love my current job and plan to stay there as long as I can make it work while still teaching part-time).

Last night I received a text from a good friend of mine announcing that she and her boyfriend (whom I also consider a good friend) are now engaged. I am so excited for them. I have no idea whether or not that wedding will happen during my 30th year, but it’s still something to look forward to, and I look forward to hearing all about her wedding planning, etc. in the coming months.

Also coming up during my 30th year is an 18-day trip to Europe and I can’t even describe how excited I am for this trip. We’ll be spending time in Ireland (oh how I’ve missed you!), England, Scotland, Wales and I just learned last night we’ll also be spending two days in Paris. I’ve never had a strong desire to visit Paris, with the exception of the Louvre and Notre Dame, both of which are planned stops for the tour so I’m extremely excited. Traveling is by far one of my favorite things to do (honestly, I wish I could afford to just travel the world without having to work, that would be perfect) and I’m extremely thankful for being given the opportunity to go on this adventure in June.

So, 30 isn’t looking so bad. I have a lot of things to look forward to (and I’m sure there’ll be many more as time goes on) and I’ve decided to embrace this new era of my life. Thirty is going to be a good year, I can feel it.

And now that I’ve rambled on about that, I should probably try writing some of this lit review. Does anyone have a good opening sentence about genre theory and using multi-genre projects in a Freshman Composition classroom?