P is for Monsieur Perdu

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My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.

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As far as I’m concerned, Harry Potter is always therapy. Take two and call me in the morning! (Or don’t; I’m not a morning person.)

Monsieur Perdu is the main character of The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George.

Full disclosure, the book itself was merely okay, in my opinion.

What I loved was Msr Perdu. He’s a self-proclaimed book apothecary, dispensing books as prescriptions for various things that ail people. He has a little bookshop on a boat in France. Instead of giving people what they want to read, he tells them what they need to read.

I love this idea! In fact, I would have preferred that were the focus of the book. Of course, Msr Perdu is struggling with heartache himself, and dropped out of life because of it. There’s no one to give him the right book to cure him.

Though I think Msr Perdu is one of the best characters in fiction, he wasn’t strong enough to carry a whole book. And in fact, the book focused on his heartache rather than the part I found interesting: his ability to know what book each person needed.

After I read this book I found out that there are actual book therapists out there. I’m tempted to book a session, just because I love the idea so much.

Though this book wasn’t life changing for me, it made me reflect on how much books have been life changing for me, and how much I do use them as therapy. What I read depends on my mood as much as anything else.

Would you like to meet a book apothecary? Do you have a go-to book you read (or genre) when you’re feeling blue?

What I Read in November

Apparently, I was in an eclectic mood again this month.

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  1. Another Man’s Moccasins & The Dark Horse, by Craig Johnson (Longmire 4 & 5) It’s the continuing chronicles of Walt Longmire.
  2. The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black This was a reread for me. It’s an excellent YA book about a town where fae folk live, and one day one of them breaks out of the glass coffin where he’s been imprisoned. Hazel has to solve the mystery before the monster from the forest kills all the townspeople.
  3. This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab This may be one of my favorite books I read this year. It’s about a town overrun by monsters, and how the daughter and son of the opposing factions meet and, after a failed kidnapping attempt, go on the run together. My only complaint about this book is that there’s a sequel, but it doesn’t come out until summer 2017. This can be read as a standalone book, but that’s not much consolation when you get to the last page.
  4. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware This book got rave reviews, and lots of people loved it. But it just didn’t do it for me. I liked it, but I didn’t get caught up until about halfway through the book. It’s good, worth reading once, but I found the main character somewhat annoying.
  5. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George This was a surprising hit with me. The main character runs a bookshop and is the book apothecary, dispensing books like medicine for what ails people. But the main character has a secret, that he’s been pining for a lost love for 20 years. And when he finally starts to process it, he ends up going on a journey and finding out he’s not the only one with secrets. An interesting, life affirming read. (Plus, I loved the idea of a book apothecary.)
  6. Infomocracy, by Malka Older A friend and I both started reading this book together, and we both hated it. To be fair, we both abandoned it about 10% in, so maybe it gets better. I’m not entirely sure what it was supposed to be about, but something about politics set in a future where everyone is wired in to information.
  7. I,Robot, by Isaac Asimov There’s a reason he’s considered one of the best science fiction writers of all time. Plus, he came up with the three laws. While the movie of the same name is quite a bit different from this book, there’s enough similarities that I can see how the book inspired the movie. I love all the robot psychology in the book. I can’t believe I’ve never read this before.

What’s the best book you read this month?