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Restaurant of love regained by Ito Ogawa

9 June 2017
couverture du roman Le restaurant de l amour retrouve

I’m not quite sure how I stumbled upon Restaurant of love regained… The novel’s title made me think of those feel-good books that have overtaken book stores of late, where a young woman goes through a breakup with her boyfriend who she comes to realise was never « the one », moves to a new city or country or changes jobs, opens up a sweet shop or a restaurant or a bakery and then finds new love. These clichés I had in mind prevented me from reading Restaurant of love regained earlier, as I don’t really enjoy that kind of literature that doesn’t challenge me intellectually at all.

However, if I had followed my instincts and avoided the book entirely, I would have missed out on a refreshing and poetic piece of writing! The saying says that you mustn’t judge a book by its cover, but I think it would be useful to remember that you shouldn’t make a snap judgement based on a title either.

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Le journal intime d’un arbre by Didier Van Cauwelaert

18 April 2017
Le journal intime d'un arbre

I don’t often review French novels, as 90% of the books I read are English or American. But I am half French after all, so it’s time I gave French literature a little love too! I am happy to present Le journal intime d’un arbre (or Secret Diary of a Tree), a 200 page novel I first heard about on the French blog Friendly Beauty. If you speak a little French, I hope you’ll give this novel a try!

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

10 August 2016
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

My list of books to read on Goodreads currently has 57 books on it. The selection is eclectic, including classics I feel I “should” read like Frankenstein or Gone with the Wind, a few thrillers I am trying to work up the courage to read and finally, a massive amount of contemporary novels that I delve into with abandon.

Some books have been waiting for my attention for years, while others are more recent finds. And very occasionally, I hear about a book that I am so sure I will love that I add it to the list and start reading straight away. Code Name Verity, a young adult historical novel, was one of those books.

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

14 July 2016
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Hello again! I had not intended to abandon the blog for a full six weeks, but between moving and extra projects at work, I barely had time to get enough sleep this past month, never mind blog! I began today’s article quite some time ago, but never got around to finishing it up until now. Today’s book review is about A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, the very last book of the massive pile of presents I unwrapped on Christmas day last year.

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The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

14 May 2016
The First Lady's Detective Agency

You’ve probably heard of  Alexander McCall Smith’s The N° 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency before: I myself saw it on Goodreads, classified by friends as “read” or “to read”. The book cover seemed very familiar and I eventually realised that I had seen the book – and others from the series – on a bookshelf in our house in Mauritius or maybe at my aunt Wendy’s in the UK. I wrote to my mom and aunt for more information and I received the first book of the series in my post box just a few days later! Wendy, thanks again for making this article possible ;)

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First Bite by Bee Wilson

25 April 2016
First Bite by Bee Wilson

On a recent trip to Paris, my brother Marc lent me First Bite by Bee Wilson, a book he had just finished reading and thought I would enjoy. Although I am a big reader of food blogs, I am not used to reading actual books about food, so this read was a leap of faith! I was quite right to give it a go, as since I have finished the book I have been recommending it to everyone I know!

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