The Cephalopod CoffeeHouse April

Wow, my first month back and I am a day late posting, not a good start.  I would love to say I have a great excuse for it but the truth is I just got so caught up in my spring cleaning yesterday that I forgot.  Anyhow, my post today is a double post because the best book I read in April was also my book swap book from February.

As you may have heard if you have been around here for a bit I belong to a lovely group called The International Geek Girls Pen Pals Club.  Along with acquiring myself an awesome pen pal or two, I have joined some pretty awesome swaps.  Which of course feed my favorite addictions, stickers, postcards, and books.  Yay books!

February was the first round and there was no theme.  My partner was the wonderful Doctor Cumber Moose and she sent me Muriel Barbery's 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog' which I had not read.  It's really not the sort of book I would pick up on my own as I tend to stick to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genres these days.

I don't know where to begin with this book, it was absolutely brilliant and beautiful and heartbreaking.  I am not usually a fan of books written in a diary type format as I usually find them to be a bit dull.  This hooked me however and wouldn't let me go.  The two narrators, Renee and Paloma, alternate in relatively short chapters and you get to watch their growth throughout the book.

There are so many references to things in this book, art, movies, music, books etc.  It's a treasure trove of references that if you get you're like oh cool and if you don't you're like hey, I should check that out.  Or maybe that's just me.

The development of the minor characters in the book is extremely strong given the style of writing, they really come to life.  Which is a part of what makes the book so good.  I highly recommend reading it to anyone who hasn't.

Also, check out the other participants this month:

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  1. I've heard a lot of great things about this book! You've definitely piqued my interest in it.


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