Yes, I become obsessed with different things so often that I’m making this a monthly thing on this blog. (Sometimes I can’t really relate my obsessions with books, but this time I finally can! *squeeeee*)
Oh. The posts will be about monthly bookish obsessions. (Don’t worry. I didn’t forget that this is a book blog 😅 .)
Last month I was obsessed with the Percy Jackson series…
The month before I was in a bit of a contemporary kick…
The month before that I binge-read the Vampire Academy series…
And so on.
As you can see, I’ve got a “thing” every month. Can you guess what this month’s “thing” is? *hint, hint* *see featured image above* ↑
It’s France! More specifically, Paris. I have been desperately trying to find YA books (or any contemporary books) set in Paris, so if anyone has any recommendations, throw ’em at me!
As a result of my current obsession (actually, let’s not call it an “obsession,” shall we? Let’s call it… an interest) (oh, who am I kidding, let’s just stick with obsession—it’s got more of a ring to it anyway), I have been searching through the depths of my brain trying to remember books I’d read that were set in France, and came up with a whopping two books:
- Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I remember thoroughly enjoying reading Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, so I didn’t even hesitate to pick it up again. I finished it in one day, eyes glued to the text, flipping through the pages, not being able to wait to find out what happened next.
This was the most fun I’d had reading a book in a while (though I suppose that doesn’t mean as much considering I’ve been under an enormous reading slump for quite a few weeks).
On the even brighter side, because of this book, I have finally gotten over my reading slump! Thank you, France! 🤗 *hugs france even though i know it is not physically possible*
But now, I am in a bit of a pickle.
You see, you’ll notice that the only other book on the *incredibly vast list* I have come up with is Anna and the French Kiss. And I am very reluctant to pick it up again.
Issues I Had With Anna and the French Kiss:
- The writing for some reason did not sit well with me.
- The romance. (I know. This is a bit of a problem since the book is technically a romance book.)
- Étienne is a walking cliché. (Sometimes that’s okay. Except not this time because of this one flaw that the author chose to give him despite having billions of other flaws to choose from.)
- The One Flaw: Mr. Perfect has a girlfriend and spends the entire book chasing after another girl.
- [SPOILER WARNING] Étienne did not have the sense to just break up with the girl from the beginning. (Okay, I know that’s harsh and much harder than it sounds, but come on, man. You could have at least had the decency to break up with her before you started making out with Anna!)
- A Tinier Issue: Some of Anna’s actions bothered me. A lot. As in [SPOILER WARNING] she just haaaad to obsess over a boy who had a girlfriend, and then not do anything at all to at least attempt to make sure nobody got hurt (or at least not as hurt as they all ended up being *insert eye-roll here*)
DESPITE ALL THIS, I am still considering picking the book up again because, yeah, I am just that desperate to read a book set in Paris again.
So. Please. Recommendations??
*ahem* *regains composure*
While we are on the topic of France, because of my newfound interest in it, I am attempting (though not really succeeding at this point) to learn more about France and also learn the beautiful language.
So if anyone is knowledgable (or at least knows something) about France, speaks the language, or both, I am open to learning about anything, so let me know in the comments below!
(If only I were less busy… *oh, the woes of life*)
That’s it for this month’s bookish-ish obsession! (Yes, we are allowed to invent words here.)
Thanks for reading! 👋