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The Paris Library
The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife. Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbors mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them. A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we arefamily, friends, and favorite authorsThe Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.
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LadyCait84
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A good pick for fans of historical fiction, dual timelines, & those who like stories about the power of reading and the bonds books can forge. It keeps many of the horrors of WWII at a distance, with only scattered mentions of battles, prisoners, the camps. Instead it focuses on the intimate wear & tear of relationships as ordinary people make choices that suddenly have enormous consequences in Nazi-occupied Paris.

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SheilaChew
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Clearly, I‘m enjoying my summer.

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Coleen
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I liked this for the most part, mostly due to the historical fiction aspect. The dual timelines sort of worked, though I was much more into the WWII timeline than the 1980‘s one, surprisingly. I felt like it was missing something, though can‘t put my finger on what exactly.

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Maallen
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Found the premise somewhat interesting the the friendship between generations endearing, but a little predictable and slow to pick up momentum.

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Eggbeater
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I would imagine any lover of libraries and books, especially classics, would fall for this book set during the Nazi occupation of Paris. The characters were rich and alive and the feeling of books bringing community together was palpable. The story will stick with me.

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Hillea2
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I like when stories trade between characters, and this one did both that and went back-and-forth between the timelines of the protagonists as well. Would definitely recommend as a historical fiction of WWII

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NovelNancy
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A well-written historical novel. I liked the back and forth of time and narrators between chapters. The plot was compelling and made me want to keep reading. The characters weren't necessarily endearing, but they grew and developed in the story.

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I was intrigued by this one. I had never heard of the American Library of Paris nor did I know that that was a thing countries did. However much I enjoyed that aspect it though, I didn‘t understand why it was necessary to add 80‘s Orile‘s story in, much less told through a different person‘s perspective. Not to mention the horrid amount of slut-shaming that took place throughout the book. “Oh she‘s wearing furs when people are starving? What a ⬇️

Zoe-h ⬆️ slut.”It just made no sense it the contexts it was frequently used in. I think the majority of the characters could have handled their problems better, or at the very least not take their anger out on others. 3⭐️ 4mo
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Hardly worth the read. The characters, Odile and Lily are almost too naive to stomach- only the book about books aspect of this kept me going and then only just barely. The author herself sums this book up best for me when one of her characters states “the lines: too true, too sentimental”. And again later another character says “though I practiced, the sentence sounded stilted.”- read at your own peril.

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Jjaxn95
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Amazing book, thought provoking and intriguing from beginning to end.

BookDadGirlDad I just finished this book a couple days ago. So powerful. 5mo
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Karkar
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Well I was not really wanting to read this, but the book club picked it so I started it. And then I was pulled in.

Lynnsoprano I thought this looked really interesting. Must move up the TBR 5mo
SilversReviews I enjoyed it!! 5mo
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BookDadGirlDad
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I am truly beginning to love books such as this one. I really want to visit the real ALP now. This is a story courage, friendships, love, and the library that centered it all. Based on real people and events, this is a fantastic, cozy read.

SilversReviews Enjoyed this book!! 5mo
BookBabe great review! I could go for a nice cozy read. Stacking! ☺️ 4mo
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BookDadGirlDad
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Knocking off that #tbr! Based on the true story of the librarians at the American Library in Paris during WW2. This should be excellent.

DarkMina Loved it! 5mo
KellyK Read this for book club last year - it is really good. 5mo
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mirnass
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Odile's dream comes true when she becomes a librarian at the American library in Paris. But her life, as well as those of her family members, friends and collegues, soon becomes extremely difficult, after the occupion of France. Decades later, her teenage neighbour Lily would like to know why Odile moved to Montana after the WWII.

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Eggs
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#doublespin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
The Paris Library was sumptuous WW2 HF!

Day 1 of #marvellousmarchreadathon @Andrew65
Finished 3 today: 1 audio, 1 physical bk, 1 ebook

DarkMina I loved The Paris Library. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!!! 5mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Looks a must read. 5mo
Eggs @Andrew65 ❤️❤️ 5mo
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Ncostell
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I enjoyed this book and learning of the role of librarians from the American Library in Paris during WWII. It has a dual timeline structure and as usual I found the older timeline more compelling. However I appreciated how the themes and experiences of the first timeline complemented those of the later timeline. I have read a lot of WWII historical fiction but was not familiar with this piece of that history which the author brought to life.

SilversReviews A good read!! 2mo
Ncostell @SilversReviews I agree! I always appreciate seeing a different perspective from this time period that I have already read so much about. 2mo
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Curvybookgirl
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story based on a real library and real people. Their stories are told within the pages and it‘s a great thought provoking read

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rachelk
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This historical fiction novel moves between the story of Odile at The American Library in Paris during WWll and a lonely teenaged girl in Montana during the 1980s. While I loved reading about real life book saving heroes and in some ways identified with the main characters, I did feel the story was a bit rushed. In terms of WW2 novels set in France, I preferred ‘The Nightingale‘.

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thecaffinatedreader
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February Book Haul. All but one are thrift store finds! I‘m halfway through “Th Paris Library” and loving it!!

Which one should I read next?

rachelk I love a good thrift store book haul! I‘m currently reading & enjoying ‘The Paris Library‘ too. Your whole stack looks great but I also recommend (edited) 6mo
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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 🤩 6mo
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thecaffinatedreader
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I lost my Dad the day before I turned 11 years old. This quote resonated with me deeply. It truly is a “go at your own pace” life experience. Those who have known grief understand.

Some days are just harder than others.

#theparislibrary #grief

Elizabeth2 I feel this. I lost my Mom 10 years ago, and my Dad 2 and a half years ago. Losing him changed me and the grieving was/is so different. Not sure if it‘s because of losing my second parent or because he was my hero. ❤️ I‘m sorry you lost your dad at such a young age. That must have been so very difficult. 💕 6mo
thecaffinatedreader @Elizabeth2 I am so sorry. Losing both parents is very difficult. Sending you a virtual hug and always here if you need someone to talk to. 6mo
Elizabeth2 @thecaffinatedreader ❤️ We were lucky to have him for as long as we did. I‘m truly sorry you missed out on having your Dad with you as you grew up. Sending you virtual hugs back, and with them a reminder that on those hard days to give yourself grace. 💕 6mo
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BookDadGirlDad
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This is my Friday #bookhaul from.the popup $1 bookstore. I destroyed their Baldacci stock. The thinner paperbacks are mainly Newberry authors. I do believe we are returning tomorrow.

SRWCF 🤑🤑🤑💯💯💯 6mo
megnews Awesome!!! 6mo
Aims42 Good score!! 🙌👍 6mo
tokorowilliamwallace There have been massive collection drop-offs at my local resale charity shop of Jack Higgins, Ed McBain, Joseph Wambaugh, and Mickey Spillane. I've picked up a handful in the past. 6mo
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thecaffinatedreader
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A quote we should all live by every day. The world would be a kinder place for sure.

DrexEdit Beautiful quote! 💜 Welcome to Litsy! I hope you like it here. 👋 7mo
tokorowilliamwallace Yep, can't go wrong with giving people space to show themselves more slowly than we're used to, or by seeing them with a little more understanding, knowing they are more than our social impressions of them. We should live by it when we gather and meet people.I hope you find community here, that you can come and talk, and find some reading challenges which suit you! Let me know where else you are and we can connect. 7mo
Itchyfeetreader Interesting quote - welcome to Litsy 7mo
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thecaffinatedreader
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Graywacke Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
BookDadGirlDad Welcome to Litsy!!! There are A LOT of great people on here to follow!!! @thearomaofbooks runs a challenge every month with the possibility of winning a book at the end of the year. It's the #bookspin / #bookspinbingo. Check it out!!! There are TONS of reading challenges and recommendations. Enjoy!!! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the tag @BookDadGirlDad !!! And welcome to Litsy @thecaffinatedreader !! Some other great people to follow - @Clwojick @Cinfhen @Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn @LibrarianRyan @Soubhiville @TheSpineView @Andrew65 and so many more!!! Also check out @LitsyEvents for fun upcoming readalongs, challenges, & other fun stuff!!! 6mo
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LibrarianRyan Ello and Welcome! 😁 6mo
TheSpineView Welcome to Litsy! 🤗 Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for the tag! 😊 6mo
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Cinfhen Welcome to the wonderful world of Litsy!!! Thanks for the shoutout @TheAromaofBooks and definitely follow @LitsyEvents !!! That‘s the 411 you #NeedToKnow 😉 6mo
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Thanks fir the tag @TheAromaofBooks 😍, welcome to Litsy @thecaffinatedreader 🤗 6mo
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tpixie
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Such a lovely book! Loved the inclusion of the Dewey Decimal System.
Libraries, librarians, & books are so vital to our cultures!
🇫🇷📚 📚 📚 🇫🇷

EvieBee Didn‘t know that this book was based on history. I‘ll have to check it out! Lovely photo! 7mo
tpixie @EvieBee yes, the Countess, Boris, Peter & Helen are real. I think there‘s probably more story in real life than what was done in the book but I did enjoy the book. 7mo
tpixie @EvieBee oh! That‘s my map of Paris I‘ve had for several years fantasizing about traveling there! It has a nice sturdy plastic coating so it doesn‘t tear. 💚 (edited) 7mo
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mabell Love your photo! 7mo
tpixie @mabell thanks! 💚💛🧡 7mo
peacegypsy A map of Paris with a BOOK about Paris - what a wonderful picture! ❤️ 7mo
tpixie @peacegypsy it was fun using the map as a reference! 7mo
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BethHagey
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Kshakal
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I loved this book and it was probably the best historical fiction book I have read in a while! Set in a library in Paris during world war 2 it is a great depiction of how books can get you through even the hardest of times!

DarkMina I loved it too! (edited) 9mo
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shannasbookshelf
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My #libbyapp loan of the #audiobook of #janetskesliencharles‘s #theparislibrary is sadly ending in a day or two, and I‘m unable to renew it this time around for whatever reason. I placed another hold on it of about 6 weeks, so I‘m not sure if I‘ll be able to finish this book in November, but we‘ll see!

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emmaturi
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I loved this book. Set mostly in Paris, it tells the story of how the American library in Paris managed to stay open and send out books to soldiers, POWs and people who is were essentially banned from visiting the library. It's also true and nice to learn this bit of WWII history. The characters are all so interesting, it makes me want to visit Paris again!

squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 10mo
emmaturi Yes it's a great story! @squirrelbrain 10mo
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emmaturi
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Numbers floated round my head like stars.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Jody3
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This is an unforgettable story of how the power of literature brings us together. How friendship, family, forgiveness, the bond of books, and betrayal are all blended together in this really stellar novel. The author was asked what she wished a reader would take away from this novel and she said “books are bridges and they bring us together” and I couldn‘t agree more.

Suet624 Lovely review. 10mo
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LeslieO
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After carefully creating my #bookspinbingo list from all the books I want to read this month I immediately read two not on the list! Filling up those free spaces! Now I have to quickly read my #bookspin and #doublespin and then get to the mystery thriller titles for spooky season.

TheAromaofBooks LOL I know that feeling!!! 😂 10mo
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SailorJohn
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I enjoyed it greatly. WWII provides lots of venues for great stories

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Seeking_Serenity
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Again I did not like it and wasn't able to finish it because of the 3rd pov, but it wasn't awful. I actually managed to get to 63 percent of this book so that's new

Ps: this was my April #bookspin and i have noticed that the list i had wasn't going well for me that's why I changed it completely this month lol also I changed my username. I was @seeking_serenity and now I'm @MehoLovesReading
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for updating me on your username & great progress!!! 11mo
Seeking_Serenity @TheAromaofBooks and thank you for hosting #bookspin 11mo
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limada
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For an entirely spur of the moment purchase, this book was well worth the cost. I would have had no idea what I was missing, but it definitely would have been missed.

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BookNAround
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Ozzie is my reading buddy tonight. #catsoflitsy

Tamra 😍 12mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 12mo
LauraBrook Please give his beautiful head a smooch!! 11mo
tracey38 Aww, cutie! 11mo
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ErraticElle
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A mid-ranking WWII historical fiction read with somewhat slow pacing. The dual timeline & multiple POV format were likely missteps, as the WWII protagonist writing & perspective is far superior & more enjoyable to read. The topic was interesting, with great historical information & exploration of human nature with a lot of emotional moments. The writing does a good job at drawing an emotional response in these passages. A unique premise & OK read.

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melissajayne
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4⭐️ I was surprised at how much I liked the book and I think that it was based on actual facts and the mention of books on most pages. When I was reading the book, it was definitely a page turner for me. What brought it down a point was the more modern storyline and the twist that was revealed (figured it out just before it was revealed) #2021 #bookreview #bookstagram #fiction #historicalfiction #basedonatruestory #wwii

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Habeeba
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When books understand your feeling more than people, and this goes straight to my heart. 💯

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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 205.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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CaitZ
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I started this on audio and had a hard time following the story. When I switched to print it became much easier to understand. I hadn't known of the American Library in Paris and this is an interesting introduction to it and its place in WWII history.
#TitleincludesLibrary for #Booked2021; #DoubleSpin for #BookSpinBingo in July; and book 2 of 3 for #20in4. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Cinfhen Wonderful choice ♥️ 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Cool! I also find that different versions connect with me in different ways. I often switch! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks This one is on my list for this month... not sure if I'm going to get to it before August, though!!! 13mo
Andrew65 Sounds good. Well done 👏👏👏 13mo
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Kempfme
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This is a historical fiction story that takes place in Paris and Montana and in 1930s and 1980s respectively. In Paris Odile is a librarian of the American library, where she joins the resistance during WWII through books and finds herself betrayed. In Montana, Lily is a teenager befriending her elderly neighbor who shares her love of language. They both find themselves learning a secret that binds them together.

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DarkMina
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Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 on my mt tbr❣️❣️ 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked!!! 13mo
DarkMina @Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you ladies enjoy it as much as I did! 13mo
acitygirlsthoughts Ooh, I read this earlier this year and immensely enjoyed it! 13mo
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MsMelissa
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#Unpopularopinion This book gets lots of love on Litsy, but I had too many issues with it for the novel to work well for me. I‘ve read much better books about the power/importance of books, and about civilian struggles during wartimes. This is a dual time narrative, and the secondary narrative offers little value to the main story. Finally, I never warmed up to the main character. Yup, I‘m a #partypooper ⭐️⭐️💫

#14books14weeks2021 Book 4 ✅

janeycanuck Have you read The Book of Lost Names? I enjoyed The Paris Library (though it was a bit slow for the first half) but loved The Book of Lost Names, I thought it was better executed but similar in feeling. 13mo
MsMelissa @janeycanuck I have not, but I do own it so I‘m glad to learn you liked it better than The Paris Library. 13mo
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MsMelissa
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Friday evening plans 📖

I‘m about halfway through this book and I don‘t love it. The themes are just too similar to those in other WWII fiction I‘ve read recently. I‘m also just tired in general. Work has been crazy since April, and I‘m putting in a lot of extra hours. My reading has suffered. I should get a break in August, but I also thought I‘d get one in July and that‘s not happening. I hate when life interferes with my reading plans🤷🏻‍♀️

CoverToCoverGirl The second half is much better. I thought is was a slow starter too. 🙂 13mo
Suet624 I hope you get time to slow down and read. 13mo
MsMelissa @CoverToCoverGirl it never got better for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ You win some, you lose some, right? 13mo
MsMelissa @Suet624 Thank you. My plan is to do nothing but read tomorrow, but I‘ll have to put in some hours on Sunday - at least I‘m still working from home so I don‘t have to actually go anywhere to work! I‘ll get a break eventually, it‘s just hard to see the end when you‘re stuck in the middle. 13mo
LeahBergen Oh, yuck. Poor you! 13mo
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JacqMac
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The American Library was founded during WWl, so the English speaking soldiers had entertainment and news from home. It still exists today. This book is based on real people and events. It‘s set during WWll and the 1980s. In Paris and Montana. And it‘s really good. I loved it.

MsMelissa I‘m reading this one now 😊 13mo
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Rissreads
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Yeah, nah……
Between a so-so and a pan.

CarolynM I'm starting to think all books with this sort of cover and Paris in the title should be reviewed like that😆 13mo
MsMelissa Oh thank god I thought I was the only one who wasn‘t impressed with this book (I just finished). 13mo
Rissreads @MsMelissa you are not alone! ☺️ 13mo
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amsu311
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I thought this is going to be a boring one...But, the story turns out good... Based in certain real-life characters.

#GoodReads2021Challenge

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BookBosomed1
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This book centers on dual storylines: Odile, a librarian in WWII Paris and Lily, a teen in Reagan-era Montana. Both of their stories will intertwine through healing friendship. The real-life characters are the❤️of the story, risking their lives to offer hope through literature. While the ending was a bit of a disappointment, I recommend it. CW: Holocaust