What I Read: April 2017

I've noticed a few trends in my reading habits of late: Paris and widowed old men. I'm not exactly sure what that says about me. However, yet again, I read a novel about a lonely elderly English gentleman and I have TWO MORE similar-ish books on my to-read shelf. As far as Paris, I added two non-fiction reads about French life to my April. Here are the goods:


Lunch in Paris


An essay account of Elizabeth Bard's whirlwind romance with a new man and the food of France. Recipes are scattered throughout (a big win) and her descriptions of food are incredible. Overall, this was an intriguing insight into another culture, especially seeing the views on family, marriage, and navigating adulthood.

Verdict: Library


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

I wanted to like this. I really did. It was probably a mistake to read this so soon after The Curious Charms of Arthur Patrick, which I adored. What this book did have going for it was the way it navigated the ways race impacts the sleepy Europe town and Major Pettigrew's relationship. Ultimately, I finished it begrudgingly, more so I could check it off rather than out of enjoyment. 

Verdict: Skip


As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

BRILLIANT. See March's list for my gushing thoughts on Alan Bradley and his Flavia De Luce series.

verdict: library

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED. Not pleased. Alan Bradley, you have let me down. The series was moving in an incredible direction- a secret society had become a new plot, Flavia was growing in gumption, and it seemed like it was all gearing up for an incredible, let's save England, last few books. This book seemed to ignore all of the wonderful things Bradley had recently written and instead fell back on the pattern of the first three books. I called my sister after and vented for a very extended period of time. Alan Bradley is in his 80s and is under contract for two final Flavia books. Needless to say, I'm worried.

Verdict: skip. or at least wait until book 9 comes out and we can see if Bradley corrects his course. 

Love Lives Here

Maria Goff fills the pages of her debut book with wisdom, gentleness, and stories that will make you want to live a whimsical life. While it is faith based, this book is approachable for anyone. By far, this was my favorite read of the month.

Verdict: Buy




Bringing up Bébé

My three closest friends in our town are all having babies (yay!) which for someone who is rarely around little ones feels a bit intimidating. For years, I've heard wonderful things about this book and decided to grab it from the library to see what the fuss was about. I adored it. Even without being pregnant or having kids, it was a joy to read about French parenting, the author's experience as an American expat, and the science and research behind her observations. It was funny at times, extremely enlightening, and will be on my shelves the minute we have a bébé of our own! 

Verdict: Library


Perhaps it's time for me to put down the old man fiction? NEVER. I've got A Man Called Ove on deck and can't wait to dig in. Don't worry, I'm balancing it out this month so if geriatric love stories aren't your cup of tea, I'll have other recommendations for you. Get to reading.