Friday, 18 June 2021

Paris in July - 2021


Thyme for Tea is hosting another Paris in July challenge this year. One of my favourite challenges so I am happy to join. Here is the introduction: 

"Paris is alluring for so many reasons — the incredible culinary adventures you can have, its lens into history through its architecture and art museums, its walkability and world-class shopping. There is a lot to see and do in Paris and first-timers can have a hard time fitting it all in. "

Here, at Paris in July blogging central, we are connecting you with other lovers of Paris through the month long blogging event. Over the past 10 years, participants have used this event to post about new recipes, favourite holiday memories, best books on Paris, set in Paris, about Parisiennes, music from Paris, best cocktails found in Paris, favourite walks in Paris.... almost anything about Paris or France. 

We cant really go to Paris right now, but here we will share many different sides of our love of french things, and Paris. "

This year I am 'on the road' with our new camper van, meaning it is more difficult for me to arrange anything French, like a dinner, or watch a movie (bad internet on most campings), but I will do my best to at least read a few books. I might come up with something else, inspired by you all.

If you want to join, head on to Tamara's web-site linked above.  

I already have in my possession Nina George's book The Little Bookshop in Paris which I will read. I went to my, far too long, list of books I want to read. Books that have been recommended by you, my fellow bloggers. From the titles I found these belonging to Paris and France:

Black, Cara - Murder-on-Ile-Saint-Louis

Cahill, Susan - The streets of Paris

Castigliano, Frederico - Flaneur

Diliberto, Gioia - Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife (NF)

Garelick, Rhonda - Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

Hamad, Isabel - The Parisian

Kincher, Paulita - Paris Runaway

MacLeod, Janice - Paris Letters

Rowlands, Penelope - Paris was ours

Hopefully some of them are available by e-book via my library. Let's see where I end up. It would also be good to read som French authors so will see what is available.

Hope to see you in Paris in July.

15 comments:

  1. Glad you are participating. Interesting lists of books. I have a small list up also.

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    1. Looking forward seeing you in Paris and to check out what you are reading.

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  2. Your book list is lots longer than mine! But a good road trip may facilitate getting all those read! See you in "Paris."

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    1. I will surely not read all of them. Maybe also get inspired along the road to other books. See you in "Paris".

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  3. Some of your choices are new to me.... if theres time, I'd like to add these to my reading pile also

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    1. That is great, then we can compare. I think I have the list from other bloggers, possibly books read during a previous 'Paris in July'.

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  4. That's an interesting list. I am looking for fiction or nonfiction about Paris or France that written by French people. I want to read about their lives and experiences, rather than those of visitors. The one on your list by Castigliano qualifies, I think: at least he's a professor at a French university.

    I've wondered for a long time if as many Americans write books about other places as they do Paris: it's really a favorite subject, and has been for more than a century.

    looking forward to your reviews...

    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree with you. Sometimes, at least for me, foreigners writing about Paris takes over French authors writing about Paris. I have read a lot about Castigliano's book, and hope I will enjoy it. I think in general Americans and British do write about other places, more than other nationalities.
      I recently visited Chateau Chillon in Switzerland, and it turns out that it was made famous because so many American and British visitors wrote about it. Otherwise, it might have been forgotten. I even bought 'Chillon, A Literary Guide' edited by Patrick Vincent and containing selected texts from, among others, Byron (of course), Shelley, Cooper, Dickens, Beecher Stowe, Hawthorne, Ruskin, Twain, James (of course) and Fitzgerald. Looking forward to reading it soon.

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  5. I can highly recommend The Parisian - my favourite read of 2020, but only the first part is set in France (WWI). The main character is so affected by his time in Paris though, that when he returns home to the Levant, he continues to affect a Parisian air, much to the amusement of his family and friends.

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    1. Sounds great. I have read many good reviews about this book, so looking forward to reading it. I hope I meet you in Paris?

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  6. Thanks for this, I have just added my My Paris in July post. So looking forward to this.

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    1. Great Marianne, I am sure you will love it. One gets so inspired by the various bloggers and their love for Paris and France. You have a good list of books and films. I loved The Paris Wife, and Maigret is always good. I might go for a couple of my favourite French thriller writers like Fred Vargas and Michel Bussi.
      See you in Paris soon.

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    2. Always a great place to meet. Where did they say that: "Paris is always a good idea." Sabrina, I think.

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    3. It is a good idea. Another good quote about Paris is: ’We always have Paris.’

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    4. Of course! Casablanca! How could I forget that quote! Well, not exactly forget but you know ...

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