Camp Nanowrimo July 2017

I’m so happy to announce that I’m participating in next month’s
Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017!

It’s been nearly two years since the last time I was involved in Camp NaNoWriMo (because life occurrences just LOVED getting in the way of my writing plans :/ ), and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m currently in the middle of writing a rough outline of what I hope to write about this July. Since I consider myself both a pantser and a plotter, I usually like to leave room for creativity, but still incorporate some structure in my outlines. Having a loose idea of a writing plan prevents me from getting lost halfway through NaNoWriMo, giving me a sense of direction to stay on track.

Whether you’re participating in Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 or not, I’d love to hear what writing projects you’re working on, so comment down below and let me know! 😉

K.K.

Wayward Visions

A veil of sheer repose
glimmers deep
within your
starry-eyed
soul.

Gazing yet chasing,
lunar illusions,
the sound of
distant thunder
allures a moon
away.

Lying here,
partly grounded,
a pair of fingers
pinpoint
Polaris,
connecting the corners
of all creation.

Allowing the
light to
draw us closer
than before,
you lose strength
in our magnetic field,
we think of nothing but mindless matter.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George [Book Review]

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Rating: 4
Genre: Adult/Romance/Contemporary/Literary Fiction

The Little Paris Bookshop is a novel concerning the main character Monsieur Perdu who calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives. (Goodreads summary)

Characters: I enjoyed learning new things about the characters. Jean Perdu, the primary focus of the story, explored across the boundaries of self-forgiveness and grief within himself. Every high and low moment of his journey was acknowledged to exhibit the fact that a lamentation process could feel almost unbearable to break away from. Another crucial character was Max Jordan a young, heartthrob author on the rise who wanted to escape the bustling noise of Paris and find a new source of muse because he felt stuck in a state of writer’s block. I liked how Max and Perdu became the best of friends and relied on each other to cope with the pain of their flawed past days. Max’s twenty-two year old perspective served as a contrast against Perdu’s (who was forty-eight years old), which I thought was intriguing too, because I was able to pinpoint the differences between the behaviors of a boy and a man. (There are a lot of characters in The Little Paris Bookshop, but mentioning any additional characters would cause my review to contain spoilers, so I won’t include them here.)

Plot: I will admit that the beginning of this story felt a bit predictable to me. However, as soon as the Perdu and Max set off upon their journey, I was hooked. I read eight chapters at a time and could never figure out what would happen next. The chemistry between the cast of characters is compelling and the detailed descriptions of their boat-ride from Northern to Southern France through the author’s eyes made me really experience a setting I never gave much previous attention to.

My favorite parts weren’t solely about the main character Monsieur Perdu actually, but rather the side character Max Jordan because he has such a flirtatious, quirky personality—in a good way—and watching his character transform alongside with his relationship with the Perdu was something I found quite heartwarming.

Cover Analysis: The cover is appropriate for this book, but in my opinion could’ve been a lot better. Prior to reading The Little Paris Bookshop in its entirety, I proclaimed the cover as ‘satisfactory’ because it displayed the aesthetic quality of the Parisian landscape where the novel’s back cover clearly stated the plot took place. Yet after finishing the novel, I realized Monsieur Perdu’s bookstore barge and literature itself was a integral influence on the protagonist that I have switched my mindset now and believe that the cover should have the background of a Parisian style bookshop rather than the Eiffel tower (behind the postcard) in order to capture the true essence of the story-line and prevent the book from fading among all the other French Adult Contemporary novels within the same genre with a similar cover appearance. France has so much more to offer than just the Eiffel tower and The Little Paris Bookshop delves deep into justifying that argument.

Key Notes: There are some suggestive themes and mature content. These were to be expected though since it’s categorized in the adult genre. I wouldn’t recommend this to an amateur reader either (more of an avid one) because of the strong literary language usage and intense emotion expressed, which perhaps might not be very appealing for the faint of heart.

Overall: I think The Little Paris Bookshop is a great book that many readers can relate to and relish in. I’m glad it exists because its the type of novel that gave me lessons in life and love from a vantage point far beyond my years. Many books nowadays seem to shy away from fully embracing the grieving aspect of a character, but this novel did the complete opposite. It felt real, virtuous, and unmistakably human. George put her heart and soul into writing this novel and her work definitely paid off. Managing to blend the healing power of literature with philosophical ideas makes The Little Paris Bookshop an astounding narrative that deserves its rank on the bestseller list.

Recommended For: Fans of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, and Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder.

Tacenda

By the porch,
you put your arm around me
as coffee mug smoke infuses dusty rose air.
Insouciant skies polish their undisturbed edges,
keeping the day sun enclosed behind the clouds.

A group of wood thrush break into chorus.
Their little, tawny, breathing bodies welcome the wind back home.
Deer step across deciduous detritus
following moss trails and river stones.
You take a sip of your espresso.

Then we share a glimpse in each other’s eyes,
casting magic for a split minute.
No words can dilute how we feel,
but once your smile tapers like a vagary unnoticed,
a slight fervor strokes the side of my neck.
Secretly, our senses open their minds for faint meaning
when we return inside to the comforts of our cabin.

Avenue of the Hazo Fanahy

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skies of dampened shade
ascend over palpitating baobab tree trunks.
Madagascar sighs.

pious pulp feeds canopy deities;
calms the native understory species.
all eyes look out for rain.

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*Title is written in Malagasy (one of the official languages of Madagascar): “Avenue of the Tree Spirits.”

Happy Earth Day! 😊🌍

This poem was inspired by the endangered baobab trees of Madagascar (but they do grow in Africa too), which holds some of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests and animals on Earth. These trees, specifically, thrive in the dry, deciduous regions of Madagascar and serve as a symbol of strength with divine meaning.

For more info on the baobab trees:

https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/tree-life 

***Also please consider using Ecosia for your search engine instead of Google (at least for today), 80% of their proceeds from web advertisements go to planting new trees in threatened forest regions like Africa, Peru, and Madagascar.

https://www.ecosia.org/

(Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I mentioned the site above because I appreciate humanitarian organizations that do their part to help the environment and make a difference in people’s lives around the globe.)