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The Girl Who Reads on the Mtro
The Girl Who Reads on the Mtro: A Novel | Christine Fret-Fleury
In the vein of Amlie and The Little Paris Bookshop, a modern fairytale about a French woman whose life is turned upside down when she meets a reclusive bookseller and his young daughter. Juliette leads a perfectly ordinary life in Paris, working a slow office job, dating a string of not-quite-right men, and fighting off melancholy. The only bright spots in her day are her mtro rides across the city and the stories she dreams up about the strangers reading books across from her: the old lady, the math student, the amateur ornithologist, the woman in love, the girl who always tears up at page 247. One morning, avoiding the office for as long as she can, Juliette finds herself on a new block, in front of a rusty gate wedged open with a book. Unable to resist, Juliette walks through, into the bizarre and enchanting lives of Soliman and his young daughter, Zaide. Before she realizes entirely what is happening, Juliette agrees to become a passeur, Solimans name for the booksellers he hires to take stacks of used books out of his store and into the world, using their imagination and intuition to match books with readers. Suddenly, Juliettes daydreaming becomes her reality, and when Soliman asks her to move in to their store to take care of Zaide while he goes away, she has to decide if she is ready to throw herself headfirst into this new life. Big-hearted, funny, and gloriously zany, The Girl Who Reads on the Mtro is a delayed coming-of-age story about a young woman who dares to change her life, and a celebration of the power of books to unite us all.
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Read-y_Picker
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Mehso-so

Not the best. Seen this one making the rounds a bit lately and the premise sounded cute so I figured why not? The best part about it was that I actually co pelted a book in French! I found it just too jr. and how can it be that under 200 pages it still felt like there was a lot of filler… 3.25 ⭐️

#readysetread garnet(ish) book cover
@Clwojick

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CaitZ
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Pickpick

A charming, quiet book about the connection between books and their readers. My first book finished this year. #JumpStart2023 @Lizpixie @Clwojick

Clwojick Way to go! ❤️ 3w
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mcctrish
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December #12booksof2022 this was a complete impulse buy when I was shopping Book Outlet Canada to get free shipping ❤️❤️❤️ it‘s the sweetest story about the connections we make with books. How perfect is that for a Litsy challenge/prompt?! Thank you so much @Andrew65 for this fun trip down memory lane

Andrew65 These are always the best type of reads, the ones that totally surprise you. Thanks for playing along, it has been a great way to review a year of reading. 3w
Read-y_Picker Reading this one now. I didn‘t see it on my Book Outlet adventure but it seems it‘s been popping up a lot. Managed to find the French version at the library. It‘s really sweet so far. And I‘m FINALLY probably maybe going to finish a French read lol. 3w
mcctrish @Read-y_Picker 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 my brother in law got it in French to read too, I‘m hoping we can compare a few passages and see how the translation looks 3w
CaitZ I also just read it and loved it. 3w
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mcctrish
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Pickpick

My youngest in the métro a few years ago. I LOVED this tiny book ( translated from French) about books and their power to transform our lives. It is a joy to read, beautifully written and a wonderful story about love

Avanders Love this pic! 😍 1mo
mcctrish @Avanders he was a very happy boy that day 1mo
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mcctrish
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Paradise comes from a Persian word ‘pairidaeza‘ which means walled garden ❤️❤️❤️

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mcctrish
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I am loving this tiny book that is transporting me to Paris with each Metro stop

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paisleyjess
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Yes, I'm reading The Girl Who Reads on the Metro while on the metro

Nute lol 11mo
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HannaPolkadots
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Breakfast reading ❤

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HannaPolkadots
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Impulse buy, completely because of the title😅❤

tpixie Great title! 1y
Tamra Intriguing! 1y
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Curvybookgirl
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Mehso-so

This is our May book club pick. It‘s a feel good read but didn‘t really do all that much for me I‘m sorry to say.

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jb72
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Pickpick

#bookspin #bookspinbingo

This was a short cute fluffy book. I think part of it might have been lost in translation but overall I enjoyed it enough. And really a book with lots of books in it is always worth the read.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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KarenUK
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
Thanks for the tag @erzascarletbookgasm 😘💕

1. Deborah Levy, Naoise Dolan & Sue Miller
2. The tagged book (or pretty much anywhere, let‘s be honest....😏)
3. For me, books are like a physical definition of empathy - being able to understand and share the feelings of others

Fancy playing @Tex2Flo @cdcnmac ? 🍁🍂💕

Eggs Lovely descriptions # 3 👏🏻🤗📚❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, Deborah Levy for me too! I‘ve read this tagged book and now I want to read Hot Milk and Swimming Home. 2y
KarenUK @erzascarletbookgasm Hot milk was amazing on audio.... 💕🎧 2y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Gina Ohmygosh. That stopped me in my tracks♡ 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Gina 😀, something you remember perhaps? That would have been torturous for me when I was a kid. Luckily we were all night owls 😉 3y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Made me laugh, but I have definitely felt this before....

"And she would sit wondering whether her existence in this world was any more precious than that of the spider she'd drowned that morning in her shower"

mirnass Action is set in Paris? 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Hi @mirnass ! Well so far, yes 😊 3y
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yourfavouritemixtape
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Mehso-so

I couldn‘t get a recommendation in person for this month‘s #ReadWithMrBook prompt (#BoksellerRec) as bookstores are closed, but one of the stores I follow on Instagram suggested this book. (What a very 2020 sentence to say...)

I should have read this in French, though. I don‘t really know why, but somehow the language felt very bulky and I have the feeling that it would‘ve been more magical in the language it was written in.

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Shadowfat
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Pickpick

4/63
This was a cute short book about a girl finding a different path in life. Not a lot happened and it was a bit slow at times, but it was also calming in a way.

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Jen2
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Pickpick

Lovely story!

Shadowfat I just started this and I'm already hooked! 3y
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lowellette
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Pickpick

A sweet tale about how reading can change people. Mine for quotes!

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Autumnscribe
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Mehso-so

I actually liked this book, but I think I could have loved it if it were just a little more... More what, I really cannot say, just more will have to suffice. It was cute and quick and light hearted....but.... it really had the potential to be so much....more.

nichollinlove I'm almost more disappointed in books that have hooked me but don't satisfy me than I am in books that I didn't like at all. I know this feeling all too well. 3y
Autumnscribe @nichollinlove I am so glad I am not alone on this one. 😉 It‘s like getting vanilla pudding when you ordered cheesecake; no matter how good the pudding is the only thing you will be thinking about is that it isn‘t cheesecake. (edited) 3y
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Autumnscribe
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So far, it reads like a B level French film. It is cute, but not altogether satisfying.

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janerzy
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Mehso-so

It got better towards the end. But I had hoped for more whimsical...Meh.

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BittersweetBooks
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If she had learned one thing, it was this: with books, there were always surprises 💛💛💛

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BookishMe
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rockpools Welcome back! 🌻 3y
BookishMe @RachelO ❣️thank you 😊 3y
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Skeeterisme
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Mehso-so

Meh.

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sarahs.thoughts.on.books
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Mehso-so

Lost in translation? I thought the book was okay, but wondering if some of the content was lost in translation. As someone that previously took our local metro daily for a few years, I didn't notice the same people getting on my train car. I might have noticed them in the station, but not my car. So I thought the part where she observed fellow passengers daily habits was intriguing

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Twocougs
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Pickpick

I needed gentleness, a bit of quiet, calm, and kindness. This provided just what I needed. I truly believe books find you sometimes when you need them and this beauty snuck in.

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RealLifeReading
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Mehso-so

We begin on the metro where Juliette spends her commute watching people who are reading. One day she gets off at a different stop and meets Soliman and begins as a book passeur, finding the right book for the right person. I was expecting to be enchanted by this book but wasn‘t quite so. She doesn‘t really seem to do much as a passeur and she‘s not a great character to begin with. Or maybe I was expecting something more whimsical. A so-so read.

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Branwen
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“She slipped into each story as if into a shiny new skin. Her ears rang with the boom of gongs, the shrill notes of ancient flutes, hands clapping the rhythm of a dance or applauding a speech, the hissing of waves, rolling smooth pebbles in their blue-green belly. Her eyes stung by the wind, teared up, the heavy face paint of courtesans. Her lips swollen by a thousand kisses. Her fingers covered in invisible gold dust.“

Deifio Wow 😍😍😍 3y
Branwen @Deifio Right?! 😍📚💕 3y
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Branwen
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"He talked about books as if they were living creatures-old friends. Some books were frisky horses that whisked you off on a mad gallop, breathless, clinging to their manes. Others, boats drifting peacefully on a lake under a full moon."

???

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Branwen
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"She had always loved the smell of books, especially when she bought them second-hand. New books had different smells, depending on the paper and glue used, but they said nothing of the hands that had held them, the houses that had been their home; they had no story of their own yet, separate from the one they told - a parallel story, hazy, secret." ??

Just started this tonight and I'm already in love! ?

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imabusybee
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Pickpick

Its all about books with a bit of romance. Super fast read under 200 pages.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh, another for my tbr! You‘ve reminded me that I need to check if the library has this one! 3y
imabusybee @thegirlwiththelibrarybag its super cute I hope you enjoy 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘ve reserved it! Sounds great ☺️ 3y
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imabusybee
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Happy New Year!! Here's to a year of great books with a great community!! Love this Litsy family.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
mrp27 Happy New Year! 3y
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CaliforniaCay
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Pickpick

Sweet, quick little read. Nice, little glimpse into the life of a Parisian woman who not only loves to read, but whose life is shaped by books. Thanks again to @Kayla.Adriena for gifting me this. I'm excited to be working my way though all the books you gave me, I'm hoping it will inspire me to finally get around to reading all the books that have been gifted to me by littens over the years - I didn't realize I had so many!

Nute The title alone brings joy! 3y
youneverarrived This sounds right up my street. Stacked 💕 3y
Kayla.Adriena The cutest tiny book ever! Couldn't resist 3y
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S.Web
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Panpan

I love books as much as the next person (maybe more than most people), but this was just too much for me. The story itself wasn‘t great. If this wasn‘t such a short book, I don‘t think I would have finished it.

marleed That cover though! 3y
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SiriuslyWeasley
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This cover, très charmant! 💙

marleed I mean st own this cover! 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

#wintergames #thefilthyanimals This has been sitting on my TBR for a while, so it seemed like a great pick for sitting in front of a roaring fire on a grey afternoon. I really enjoyed this tale of a woman who is intrigued by the people she sees on her daily metro commute. She is enlisted by a mysterious character to give books to people she sees on the train. Her process of choosing the correct fit‘ is great. Nice, light read!

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Sara_Planz
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Trying to get as close as possible to my reading goal so short books it shall be!!!

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Come-read-with-me
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I just finished the tagged book and would joyfully sit on the metro in Paris with a woman who choses books that best suit the people around her. Not a question in my mind that I would never look for a way to escape! #wintergames #thefilthyanimals

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Angeles
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Pickpick

I am getting a bit tired of the cliche of books as magical mistical objects that will change your life. I think there is a bit of truth to it, but it is a bit overdone on this book. The writing is very good and of course you get a picture of life in modern Paris and a whole lot of literary
references of classic books to buy😀. Because of those factors it still worth reading

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I love this quote about books! This is such a great book!

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AlexGeorge
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It‘s a book about books, set in Paris. I was hardly going to pass this was by, was I? So far it‘s quite charming.

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Angeles
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Book haul from my favorite bookstore!!