Oh, how I long for the days when I could have strutted into Barnes & Nobles and spent umpteen hours carousing the bookshelves. Hundreds of titles at my disposal, comfy chairs and a Starbucks to boot.
It’s not that they don’t have book stores in France. The ‘Fnac’ is huge. But what they don’t have a lot of are books in ENGLISH! Maybe I’m just a language snob.
It’s not just books either. If I can’t go and see an American movie in VO (Original Version) I almost don’t want to see it at all. It’s not that the French don’t know how to translate. I’ve read a lot of books in French that have processed as though I was reading in English. But they never capture subtle undertones, the humor, or the intricacy of the English language. What can I say? I love my mother tongue!
That’s why it is SO important to me to not only order original books off the internet, but to order GOOD books off the internet. Sometimes I could stare at amazon.com until I go cross-eyed trying to find great reviews. And even then, after an experience where the book was raved about and I found it incredibly lacking- I now know that you can only really trust half of what is said. And, after scraping my way through to find a book deemed ‘worthy’, I then have to transfer to amazon.fr and make sure they even HAVE IT!
So I am hereby sending out a huge THANK YOU to all of you wonderful bloggers out there that share reviews! Without you, my bookshelf would have remained empty the last few months.
Stina Lindenblatt turned me onto Perfect Chemistry and The Vampire Academy series and I couldn’t be more grateful. All really great reads!
I recently ordered ‘Wasted’ by Nicola Morgan- a women with a wonderful blog who also does great reviews.
And ‘Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me’- a brand new novel by debut author Kristen Chandler. I ordered this book not only in support of debut authors but also so that I myself could give back and post a review.
Books on my waiting list:
- ‘If I Stay’ by Gail Forman-
- ‘Shade’ by Jeri Smith Ready-
- ‘Demon Princess: reighn or shine’
- ‘Twenty Boy Summer’
- ‘Deception’- Lee Nicholas Review by
So once again, THANK YOU to all you reviewers out there. They really matter more than you know!