A Disappointing Read that Involves Neither Books or Coffee

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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand

Perfect title, right? What bookworm and coffee lover doesn’t agree with the title? So it makes me sad to report that while happy people do read and drink coffee, this book falls flat with this book lover and coffee addict. In fact, the main character, Diane, RUNS AWAY from the literary cafe she owns after a tragic event in her life. She does run away to Ireland (and all Outlander fans know the best looking men do seem to appear randomly on the British Isles) so I can’t fault that decision, but I definitely take issue with her running away from the bookshop. So what the problem with this perfectly titled book?

1) There is no book reading. 2) There is very little coffee drinking.

It isn’t just the fact that there is little time in the bookshop and little time with coffee, it’s that the whole story seems onenote. The author made tragic and trying events happen in the characters’ lives, but then didn’t shape the characters emotionally. The characters just move through their prescribed psychological steps because that’s the right thing to do. There are no real motivations behind their actions and decisions.

The one plus is that this book is a quick read. I bought it on a Friday night, got home at 7:30 and finished it by 11:30. But if you are looking for a novel that will sing the book lover and/or coffee fiend in you, as I was, it would be best to pass by this one for the next book on your shelf. There are other books about bookshops, bookworms and coffee lovers that will sing to your passion for books and coffee more than Happy People Read and Drink Coffee.

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What book did you pick up solely based on the title or cover art that left you feeling disappointed?




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A Disappointing Read that Involves Neither Books or Coffee

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

Author: Agnès Martin-Lugand
Translator: Sandra Smith
Published on: May 10, 2016
Pages: 256
Genres: adult, general fiction, romance
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My Rating: Thumbs Down


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About Agnès Martin-Lugand

Agnès Martin-Lugand (born Saint-Malo) is a French writer of novels. A psychology major, she turned towards writing and published her first novel, Les gens heureux lisent et boivent du café (Happy People Read and Drink Coffee), as a self-edition via Amazon's Kindle platform on December 2012. Rapidly noticed by literary bloggers close to the self-publishing medium, she was approached by Florian Lafani, responsible for the digital development of Michel Lafon editions, proposing her to enter the traditional publishing world. Once the novel was among Michel Lafon's catalog, the publisher assured the translations to multiple European languages, particularly to Spanish, Italian, Polish and Turkish.

Her second novel, Entre mes mains le bonheur se faufile , was published by the same company in June 2014.

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6 responses to “A Disappointing Read that Involves Neither Books or Coffee

  1. TheSeedQueen

    The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier. I loved the cover. In a YA section filled with dark colored “Twilight-inspired” covers or half-headless young women, the white cover with the gradient mist was eye-catching. Unfortunately the story inside did nothing for me and I tossed it aside after a couple chapters. The cover is still awesome though.

  2. I can’t think of an occasion when I was disappointed by a book that looked good; if something isn’t holding my attention, I tend to abandon it nowadays – but I have experienced it the other way around. I remember seeing Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Brothers in Arms” in the library when I was a kid, and avoiding it because of the cover (bloke in chair smirking as lovely young woman in uniform stands by). Ten years later, I encountered another book in the same series (with a much better cover – woman in a chair handing a sword to a subordinate as uniformed bloke stands by!) and was hooked.

    Later on, I realised that a) I really dislike pretty much all of Baen books’ covers and b) Baen publishes some really good authors. So I look for the characteristically awful Baen cover as the sign of an impending good read…!