I read Paris for One, by Jojo Moyes, in two sessions. It is a very cheap and easy book. It must have taken me about three hours to read and, even though I do not regret reading it, it left me feeling it did not add much to my life.
I did not know much about Jojo Moyes besides having watched the movie adaptation for Me Before You. It was the first book I have read by her and I am not as excited to read her other books as I was before reading this one.
This is the story of Nell-from-England’s weekend in Paris after she gets dumped by her boyfriend (who sounds like the kind of guy I would have dumped a long ago). She then meets Fabien-from-Paris, curiously enough recovering from his own failed relationship.
Nell is an insecure woman who can’t seem to do much without a man backing her up. Even though I believe the point of the author was that she overcome being dumped in Paris by her boyfriend, it looked to me that she was only able to do so because she had Fabien to focus on.
All my issues with this book would add spoilers to this review and that is why I am leaving it as it is.
As a final note, I do not recommend Paris for One unless you are looking for a cliché love story in the French capital city.
What do you do when you’re about to leave to a possibly boring event, such as a company dinner or a conference you really don’t care about, and you’re anything but excited? You bring a book with you!
Taking a book with me ever since I remember to every possibly boring event I took part of over the years has definitely helped me getting over those moments when all I wanted to do was leaving or taking a nap.
Today my choice will be the spanish version of Memories of My Melancholy Whores, by the one and only Gabriel García Márquez. This promises to be an entertaining book and I’m sure I’ll be able to escape reality if I need to open it!
I’ve read Illuminae in about four days (less than that). That goes to show it was a pleasant read.
This is a science fiction book where a planet is attacked by a corporation called BeiTech, in the year of 2575. Kady and Ezra end up fighting for their lives on an evacuating fleet. There’s much more to it but I’ll leave it for you to read the rest!
I especially liked that this book grabbed me so much from the beginning. It’s one of those books where we do not want to stop reading because we want to know what’s going to happen next. However, this also implies that what is happening at that moment is not extremely captivating.
It is interesting that the story is presented to us through documents rather than a personal narration. Sometimes the documents appear to be too subjective in my opinion, especially when it comes to the transcription of images or the nucleus of the AI. This has an explanation, but even so, it removed some of the charm of this type of presentation.
I may read the other books in the series, even though it is not a priority. Anyway, I give this book 4 stars because I think it is recommendable to those who like these genres (science fiction and young adult), although they are genres in which my knowledge is very limited.
I’ve finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman this past wednesday and it was a rollercoaster of emotions!
The main character of this story is Ove, a 59 year-old man who’s just recently lose his loved wife and who wants to die as soon as possible in order to meet her. Fortunate or unfortunately, his neighbours – including a cat – keep abstaining him from dying.
This is about a man that many people may not understand. I think I did. He’s a simple man that lived his life according to what he believed in. Even though that may be true, he made some changes along the way due to different scenarios he ended up in. I don’t relate with everything he did but I could relate with a lot and I could understand everything that happened.
I’ve read this book through its translation to portuguese and I couldn’t find a flaw in the whole book. The plot, the characters, the writing style. Everything was perfect while I was reading this story.
I advise you all to read this book, no matter how old you are. It’s also about relationships but it’s mainly about someone getting old and realizing everything’s different from what he was used to but he’s still the same. Coping with that may be terrifying for a man called Ove.
This was the second book I read by Fredrik Backman – the first one was the great, amazing, dearest My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – and I’ll definitely be reading everything by him sooner or later (sooner than later probably!).