If you were to ask me if I was an avid reader I would most likely say no but I have come to realize since I read between two to three books a month I likely qualify as one. In fact, since starting this blog I have finished over 100 books! I read all sorts of literature from romantic novels to the Wall Street Journal but at any given moment you will likely catch my reading the latest fictional thriller /suspense novel from one of my favorite authors like James Patterson, David Baldacci, Daniel Silva, or Jeffrey Archer.
However, I recently finished a book that I am still thinking about and it does not fit into that category. As my mom say, I like “happy books”, ones where no one dies tragically and where you do not finish the last page feeling blue. The Perfume Collector by Katheleen Tessaro is definitely the definition of a happy book. I love fictional stories where I feel like I learn something and this was, you guessed it, about perfume. The setting toggled Paris in the 1950’s and New York in the 1920’s both cities and time periods I am fascinated with. I read it in a two day span while home for Easter and it left me wanting more.
I love the idea that perfume can evoke memories and when the two main characters meet again for the first time in years, they bond over the smell of rain. The smell of rain, especially in New York City, is not something I often think of but I remember going out to play as a child right after the rain stopped, dew getting my toes wet, and I can vividly recall the scent.
And I love feel good writing – words that once you read them instantly draw you in, in a relatable way and make you smile and nod your head as you finish the passage and move on to the next one. And guess what? I found the paperback copy of The Perfume Collector book for less than $10 on Amazon Prime!
Oh, and while I still love audio books and ebooks if you could not tell from the photos this was actually a physical book. If you are looking for a new read, I highly suggest The Perfume Collector! And in case anyone is curious after I finish Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card the next book on my list is Career of Evil, the third book in the Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith, which is being released on April 16th!