Saturday, 13 June 2015

Paris in July!

It is time for the wonderful, month long blog exchange of "Paris in July". Hosted this year by Tamara at Thyme for Tea. I joined for the first time last year, and it was such a nice experience, so I am signing up again.
Paris in July 2015
Tamara explains:
"Paris in July is about to enter into its 6th year and probably doesn't need too much of an introduction for many of you. For newcomers to this event - Welcome :)

The aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through reading, watching, listening, observing, cooking and eating all things French!  There will be no rules or targets in terms of how much you need to do or complete in order to be a part of this experience – just blog about anything French or Paris, or Paris-like, and you can join in! Some ideas might include;
reading a French themed book – fiction or non-fiction,
watching a French movie,
listening to French music,
cooking French food,
experiencing French, art, architecture and travel "

Last year I participated by reading only. Here are the books I looked into and reviewed:

Paris Was Yesterday (1925-1939) by Janet Flanner. A journalist living in Paris at the time. This book contains collected articles about things happening in France. 

Paris and Curry? I read Curry - A Global History by Colleen Taylor Sen. There was a chapter on how curry has been received globally, and I added a piece about France. 

Hemingway - The Paris Years by Michael Reynolds. A biography of Hemingway's years in Paris. I got interested in this book after reading a fictional historical novel about Hemingway's first wife, Hadley Richardson, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Wonderful book.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway. Reading this why cooking curry, just to make the connection full out!

This year I will continue reading books connected to Paris. I was just looking through my TBR shelves and found two books that will be suitable.

The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields (historical fiction about Edith Wharton and her time in Paris)
Marie Antoinette - The Journey by Antonia Fraser (a biography of the last queen of France)

Two challenges for 'Paris in July - 2015'

I would like to extend my participation this year to include a French film, listening to a French song, or two, and I will invite some friends for a French dinner!



  1. I like how you have planned your Paris in July event. You have inspired me!

    1. Thank you Deb Nance. I thought I would do something a little bit more than just reading as I did last year. Thanks for commenting, which made me discover you web-site. I follow you now on bloglovin!

  2. I'd be especially interested in Marie Antoinette's biography; I've heard that when she said, "Let them eat cake!" she was referring to the dough which was placed on the coals and ashes to protect the real item which was being baked. I look forward to your thoughts on her biography.

    1. I am also curious about this comment of hers. It is quite famous, but I think it is mostly wrongly quoted. Let's see if it is there and in what circumstance.

  3. Oohh... love the idea of a French dinner!

  4. It will take place tonight, so a post will follow in the next couple of days.

  5. I'm looking forward to hearing about your French mealm what you prepared and how it turned out. My friend has invited me tp French dinner this week - so we can compare.