A Pastel Review: Paris For One by Jojo Moyes

Hi all,

After reading Me Before You and After You, I was hooked onto Jojo Moyes and wanted to start reading all of her books. I got this one for Christmas and finally got around to reading it last month.

Paris For One and Other Stories is exactly what the name suggests; it’s a collection of short stories. Paris For One is the longer one, taking about half the book, and there are 8 other ones. They explore love, marriages, relationships, and infidelity.

I had never read a collection of short stories before and I must say that I really did enjoy it. I tend to read mostly at night, and I always find it difficult to find a convenient place to stop reading. With this book, it wasn’t an issue. I read one or two short stories per night, never having to worry about where to stop for the night.

Moyes writes so well, and even though each story is only a few pages (with the exception of Paris For One), I got attached to the characters right from the start. The themes she explores in each story are relatable and you feel like she could be talking about you or someone you know. With the common, every day issues she brings up, I feel like I learned a couple of lessons/new things by reading these.

My favourite story was Paris For One. This particular one is about a young adult girl who finds herself in Paris alone for a weekend and learns to embrace the unexpected and just go with it. Without spoiling too much, she ends up meeting someone who makes her feel like she can do anything. It was a page turner and I was definitely hooked from the get go.

The only thing I would have to critique about this book is that I wish each story wasn’t a short one; I want to know what happens after!

I really recommend this book, especially if you want a light and non-committal read.


Have you ever read it? If so, what did you think of it?

Have a great week!

Marilyn

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Summer Reading List

Hi all,

I know we’re already halfway into summer break, but I wanted to share my reading list for the rest of the break. I actually read a few of these while on vacation and will be reading the rest in the next couple of months. As you’ll see, I love to read a mix of teen and adult fiction. I love “beach” reads; books that don’t really require much concentration and that you can breeze through in one sitting. Here we go.

  1. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han
  3. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
  4. Paris For One by Jojo Moyes
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (I always like to read the book before I see the movie)
  7. Confessions Of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella- I’ve seen the movie multiple times and have the book, but have yet to read it, I think it’s time that I do!

What are some of the books on your summer reading list? I’d love some more suggestions!

Have a wonderful week!

Marilyn

Review of Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body by Kate Hudson

Hi all,

I just wanted to share my thoughts/a quick review of the book Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I just want to get to my healthiest self possible and focus on my body and mind. I heard some great things about this book so I decided to give it a read.

Writing Style

I found that the book is written in a very informal way, as if she was perhaps writing to one of her friends. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, you feel like you can establish a “real” connection with her, but on the other, it just feels like it lacks professionalism. Also, you can very easily tell which parts she did not write. There’s some “scientific” jargon spread throughout, but I don’t think that it was very well integrated with the rest of her words. I felt like there was a clear cut, or break, in the paragraph when they had to explain something scientific. I have to admit though, this did get better as the book went on. I felt like there was a different between the beginning and end of the book in terms of the writing.

Helpful?

Although I’m not a huge fan of the writing aspect of the book, I did find she brought up some interesting points. I love what she says about Alkaline foods and I’m definitely going to try that out. I love that she (repeatedly) speaks about tuning into your body to find out what works best for you and makes you the happiest. I have to admit that since reading it, I’ve really tried to be more attentive to how my body responds to certain activities or foods.

I was apprehensive about the meditation part of the book, especially because prior to delving into it, she hinted at some spiritual terms. I was sure it was going to be all about spirituality but I was wrong. Although interesting, meditation is the one thing from the book that I have the most trouble applying to my life. One thing I did start doing, however, is taking a few minutes each night to reflect on my day and how certain things made me feel. I’m thinking that can be my kind of meditation?

The Drawing Board

She speaks about this numerous times, but I have to admit, I just don’t get it… She refers to it as a blue print of your body, so you can learn to adapt to its ever-changing needs. She says that she writes everything down in a journal. While I get the concept, I just think it seems kind of complicated. So every time you have a good or bad reaction to something, you write it down so that you’re able to look back on it and remind yourself to not do it again? Am I crazy, why am I not getting this?!

Bottom Line

All in all, I do think that it’s an interesting book that’s worth a read. I think it’s always great to constantly beΒ seeing things from various points of view so as to open our mind and broaden our horizons. I did learn quite a few new things in regards to foods and nutrition and I was able to learn how to tune into my body.

Also, the hardcover would make for a great coffee table book; it’s really nice! Although, if you don’t care about aesthetics, I would recommend that you get it in paperback; it’s much less expensive (and a lot lighter).


I hope you enjoyed reading this review! Have any of you read this book? If so what were your thoughts on it? I’d love to read your comments below!

Marilyn