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I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere

I judge books by their covers. I developed this nasty habit during the height of the chick lit boom in order to avoid purchasing yet another book about Lisa the aspiring writer, her mean boss, her raw food diet and her jerk ex-boyfriend. If a book cover has a martini glass, black stiletto, engagement ring or handbag, I pass. These simple rules help me steer clear of contrived plots and cookie cutter protagonists. And here is the part where Nichole gets bitch-slapped. See that book up there? Had I stuck to my rules, I wouldn't have cracked the cover. Handbag? Check. Black heels? Check. Potentially sappy content (see title)? Check. But the vintage/sexy vibe was a far cry from the typical Daily Candy-esque illustrations, so I gave it a shot. Not only was I dead wrong about the content of the book, I liked it so much it slipped into my top ten. Anna Gavalda's I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere is a collection of unrelated short stories, each of which revolves in some way around fate and free will. I'm stunned by the author's ability to write from so many different perspectives - her main characters are both male and female, and young and old. I was captivated from paragraph one, and happy to re-visit a golden rule: never judge a book by its cover. PS. I still hate chick lit


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

PetiteDov –

NO way. I was going to write about the pastel colors ad white backgrounds. You made me laugh out loud!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by PetiteDov

I guilty of the same thing. One thing I look for is pastel colors and white backgrounds. This has none of those. Also, I'm a big fan of short story format. flannery O'Connor & Jhumpa Lahiri are one of my favorite authors. There is just no room in a short story to be frivolous.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Dominique

Anna Gavalda is by far my favorite author. If you have the chance to read any of her other books (I don't know if they're all available in English), go ahead, I'm sure you'll love them too!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by The Snob

hey thanks for the heads up. i've had this book on my wishlist/to read list forever and kept skipping over it for he same reasons. now i know to give it a chance :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by bFlat

I'm going to have to check this book out. Thanks for the review!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Thao

I have the same problem, Nicole! But as a one-time book designer, my snobbery was of professional interest… just kidding. :) I'll add that book to my reading list!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kelly

i read this a few years ago and loved it. and i'm also guilty about choosing books by their cover, but i'm a graphic designer so i take it as part of the job :)


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Mikeachim

Being an occasional reader of fantasy fiction, I have a similar reaction to seeing dwarves, people wearing brightly-coloured hose, elves with pointy ears, broadswords that would instantly tear your arms out their sockets if you tried to lift them, and plate armour for women that features stylized breastplates that would mean absolutely nothing in the heat of battle, unless you suddenly wanted to, say, juice a few half-oranges.

I instantly want to buy these books, and then burn them, there at the counter.

Anna Gavalda, eh? I shall make a note. Need me a new author.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Dominique – I have two ordered. I actually bought I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere a few years ago. I re-read it all the time. LOVE it.

I leafed through it last night and decided to get a few more of her books. Can't wait!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Nata

I usually do the same thing, scrambling through my local library and finding "intriguing" covers in the young adult section. So wrong I was, when the simplest of covers, became one of my favorite books.
I love your blog, and your way of portraying your life and interests.
- Nata

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