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Down Among the Sticks and Bones


Down Among the Sticks and Bones is a follow-up to Every Heart a Doorway, the first in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. Every Heart a Doorway takes place at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, a school for kids who have returned after visiting another world and it is as hauntingly beautiful as you could imagine. We learn in this book that there are two such homes in North America: one for kids who want to forget and one for kids who don't want to forget and most likely want to go back.

This book follows Jack and Jill - two sisters we met in the first book. They travel to a world that has many monsters but they wind up in an area under the rule of a vampire. One stays with him to one day become his daughter and the other goes to be an apprentice to a doctor. This story is about one girl who goes from a tomboy to a princess and another little girl who goes from wearing pretty dresses and never getting dirty to working with dead bodies. It's about growing and changing and finding your way home.

I can't recommend this series enough and I can't wait for more books to come out. The next one is Beneath the Sugar Sky and it due out January 2018, just in time for my birthday.

5/5 Stars

Wednesday Whimsy #6


Happy Summer! Today in Paris there will be a solstice music festival. Hey! I was there three years ago today! And seven! Can I go back yet? Sorry to be a broken record, but I'm sitting here freezing in a hoodie and staring longingly at my pool while they have some pretty nice weather this week.


Here's the latest new French presale that I know of. Cècile Delarue of French and Parfait has a new cookbook coming out next month. It looks great and I really want it... but I already have so many cookbooks! You should buy this one then let me borrow it. Who am I kidding? I'll most likely end up getting it.


I wonder if throwing a dinner party like a Parisian would work here in the U.S.?

If you're lucky enough to be visiting la belle France soon, here's a list of what do this summer.

As long as I had warm clothing and food/water, I think getting lost in the Catacombs would be a pretty awesome way to spend a few days.

Here's the perfect day in Paris according to Pret à Voyager.

Have you heard about Netflix's new French show?


I've followed Yolene on Instagram for quite a while and I'm just now catching on to her blog. She caught my eye the other day by posting about how to Put a bit of French in your life and I really loved the post. I'll definitely be going back to read previous posts. She is a French photographer living in Ireland and she even has a print shop here. I hope you enjoy her content as much as I do!

Happy Summer! Though in Seattle summer never really starts until the 4th of July weekend. It can't come soon enough.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George


The Little French Bistro follows Marianne, a 60-year-old German woman who tries to commit suicide while on holiday in Paris with her husband. She has lived in an oppressive household with him the entire time they've been married -40 years- and she has never stood up to him. He refused to allow her to have a job, drive a car, or play the accordion. After surviving jumping off a bridge, she finds herself on the coast of Brittany after being lured there by a beautiful painted tile of the coastal town of Kerdruc. This is a story of discovering your true self and shedding the person you've only pretended to be so far.

This seems to be a very rough draft that lacked the magic that The Little Paris Bookshop had. Enough  good stuff peeked through that the book is bordering on magical realism, but it just doesn't sparkle like I feel it should and know it can. I hope in the final draft the story that it is a bit more smoothed out and the switches in points-of-view are more seamless. It felt like when a scene or POV was changed it was very abrupt. Also, there was a particular sex scene that I though was pretty weird, probably due to the character's ages.

3/5 Stars

I was given a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What We Saw in Paris


We got to see so many more things on this trip than we were able to on previous trips to Paris. It was my third trip, Joe's second, and our first time on our own without a tour group. We took a bike tour, my third and his second again, and this one was "Off the Beaten Path." New sights included the Church of Saint-Sulpice, the church that was started in 1646 and never quite finished; beautiful Parisian doors; all kinds of street artwork; Ar ènes de Lutèce, a 1st century Roman amphitheater in the Latin Quarter; and a legit Medieval building that possibly dates from the fourteenth century. Paris is the best place in the whole world.

I also finally got to set my sights on Moulin Rouge and Les Cafe des 2 Moulins from Amelie, which was closed. We also came across a hat that was supposedly worn by Napoleon! I wish I could say that I had a return trip booked already but I'll just have to survive on the thousands of pictures I took while we were there. It also doesn't help that currently it is 60's and raining in Seattle while warm and sunny in Paris. C'est la vie.

What We Ate in Paris

Instead of the usual Wednesday Whimsy post, I'm going to go ahead and get the worst photos of the Paris trip over with. Not all of them are awful, but you just can't do much for indoor winter dinner photos, even in Paris. Well, I suppose someone could figure it out, but I'd rather eat.

From the food tour of Montmartre that we did with Clotilde:

Lunch at Le Petit Cler:

Ladurée adventures:

Lunch at Les Philosophes:

Various Breakfast in America breakfasts:

Lunch at Chez Plumeau in Montmartre:

Cider we tried at Mont Saint-Michel:

Dinner at Pizza Sant'Antonio:

Why do we not have cookies and cream cake at Starbucks in the U.S.?!

Birthday breakfast at Le Pain Quotodien:

Really good crepes from Creperie-Oroyona:

My birthday eclair from Boulangerie Heuriter:

Our final dinner at Tamarind:

The highlights of the trip for me were definitely Le Petit Cler and Ladurée. I can't believe I didn't get to Ladurée until my third trip to Paris. All of those lost macarons! We are planning to take a trip to the New England/NYC area this fall and you better believe I'm making the most of the one there. Le Petit Cler was such a fun surprise. We had been walking so much already that day and we took the Metro as close as you can to the Eiffel Tower. It was lunch time when we got into that area and we ended up walking a good amount past the Iron Lady to get to Le Petit Cler. It was worth it. It was so affordable and there were regular Parisians there taking their lunch break from work. It was great. Can we go back yet??

Croissants from Gontran Cherrier
22 Rue Caulaincourt

Eclairs from L’éclair de Génie (Christopher Adam)
31 Rue Lepic

Baguette from Le Grenier à Pain
38 Rue des Abbesses

Le Petit Cler
Boeuf Bourguignon
Croque Madame
Berthillon ice cream
29 Rue Cler

Macarons from Laudrée

Les Philosophes
Butternut squash soup
Boeuf Bourguignon
Butternut Squash Risotto
28 Rue Vieille du Temple

Breakfast in America
2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 bacon
Cici’s Big Mess
French Toast
4 Rue Malher

Chez Plumeau
Onion Soup
Carrot Cumin Soup
4 place du Calvaire

Pizza Sant’Antonio
Pizza Newyorkaise
Penne à la Bolognaise
1 Rue de la Verrerie

Boulangerie Heuriter
Vanilla Eclair
2 Rue de la Verrerie

Pang And Beef
Tofu Pad Thai
33 Rue François Miron