The Book Pharmacy

Books can break our hearts, put them back together, and totally change the way we view the world. Every reader knows this. It’s part of the magic of books, how they can make us feel so strongly like nothing else in reality can.

Recently, I picked up a book I’d been dying to read, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. It’s about a book apothecary, which sounded PERFECT.

The book wasn’t amazing in that I was overwhelmed with feelings, like YA does to me. No, this book was amazing in that it was something you grow with. Something inside of me, as a reader, a writer, and book lover really connected with Perdu, the owner of a book barge. Nina George perfectly expressed that special kind of book love and the magic books work upon us.

In The Little Paris Bookshop, Perdu picks out books for a customer based on what he sees that they need, not what they want. Here are some book prescriptions for the comfort books:


This is What Happy Looks Like: a mostly light-hearted summer tale that involves icecream 🙂

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch: When Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman write a book together, you KNOW there’s going to be excellent comedy in an even-more-excellent story. I DARE you not to laugh out loud.

Hyperbole and a Half: a book that is literally comedy in the style of tumblr and memes. Incredibly relatable, too.


Persuasion: while not as popular as Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion tells the story of a love that was delayed and resumed after 8 years

A Court of Thorns & Roses: explores the lengths people go to for love of all kinds

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: a love that withstands it all ❤ ALSO SUPER CUTE. OTP MATERIAL.

Childhood classic:

Anne of Green Gables: to regain a sense of childhood adventure and curiosity

Matilda: a book-lover’s favorite, Matilda is perfect for remembering the satisfaction of finding a place for yourself

James and the Giant Peach: perfect for regaining the sense of childhood whimsy and how great peaches are

Need to stay awake

Intensity: the name says it all. A Dean Koontz classic that will have you up allll night

American Gods: the sheer brilliance will keep you up all night on another journey from Neil Gaiman’s imagination

Paper Valentine: Brenna Yovanoff can summon chills like no other in a story that will hold you captive for hours upon end

*pair any of these with coffee for full effect

“I Need To Stop Buying Books: A Novel”

Sorry guys, out of luck. Go buy some and forget about making your rent this month.


P.S. Sorry my posts have been so sporadic! The next three weeks are essentially exams and frantic studying, so this may be the only one for a while.


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