Anticipating Paris in July With Bated Breath

After seeing Tamara’s post reminding us to put up a button, and Frances’ post about all the books she had laying around her house which would fit the theme, I decided to quickly do both.

There are many French books chez Bellezza, but the “problem” is I’ve read most of them! Behold:

* French Lessons by Peter Mayle
* Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery
* Paris by Moon Metro
* Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
* Paris Stories by  Mavis Gallant
* French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
* The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Somewhere floating around this house is Paris To The Moon, which is one of my favorite French novels ever, and Candide by Voltaire, but I possibly have passed the later onward. At any rate, such a plethora of wonderful novels to (re)read! How many times can one read Madame Bovary (looking forward to this read-along at Nonsuch Book in the autumn) or The Little Prince? Never enough!

I have lots of stories to tell, as well, of our summers in France. Hopefully, I can convince my mother to write a guest post as she was the one who decided we would live there for several summers in the seventies.
Do you have French experiences? Novels? Perfumes? Will you participate in Paris in July?

16 thoughts on “Anticipating Paris in July With Bated Breath”

  1. I think I will, as I've Zola's Therese Raquin on the TBR. Maybe one book will be enough for me. :)So are you going to buy more books for the event? Lol.The Little Prince is precious..


  2. God help me, I would love to do this (Mavis Gallant! Balzac!) Currently wending my way through Barbery's Elegance of the Hedgehog (happy sigh)…Summers in France?! Oh, you lucky, lucky thing.


  3. Lucky indeed! To visit Paris is a dream come true. The sights, the boutiques, the patisseries… France is so easy to love.That fat book caught my eye. Pray, tell me. Why is it that French women don't get fat? Is it Wine?


  4. I signed up straightaway when I read about this fun challenge! I can't wait to figure out which books and films I'll be reading and watching for this challenge. It'll be fun to experience Paris in July 🙂


  5. I read it so long ago, I forget all of the author's premises in detail. But, from living there myself I know these things: they eat incredibly small portions, they walk every where they go, they don't snack on crap (Coke, chips, candy bars). I do remember one part of the book which spoke of an American woman trying to lose weight will have Diet Coke and Baked Lay's, but a French woman will have one glass of wine instead of two. The important thing to remember is to have real food, in small amounts, was her basic point.


  6. This sounds like a real fun challenge! Hope you enjoy reading your 'Paris' books! I love 'The Little Prince' – it is one of my favourite books! I have Peter Mayle's 'A Year in Provence' on my 'TBR' list. 'French Women don't get fat' is an interesting title! Have you read 'Sarah's Key' by Tatiana de Rosnay? It is set in Paris and it is about the holocaust from a French perspective. Also have you read 'We'll always have Paris' by John Baxter? It is a memoir of the author during his times in Paris – I enjoyed this book when I read it. I am tempted to join this challenge, because I have two books which I want to read in the near future – 'France : A traveler's literary companion' and 'Time was soft here' by Jeremy Mercer (it is the memoir of the author set in Shakespeare and company).


  7. I have not read Sarah's Key, so thanks for that recommendation, although with We'll Always Have Paris. Upon Claire's comment, I checked with our library and found the novel by Zola (miracle ofmiracles for our library!), so I think I'll read that in July. Hopefully I'll have time for the titles you recommended as well.


  8. Perhaps you read it for the Green project we did about reading recycled books; we could choose a title from the list, and you got it first! 😉 I'm glad it went to you, now I'll pick it up on your good recommendation. xoxo


  9. Do you have French experiences…?You mean, like the time I fled the powder room in the Gare du Nord after having been screamed at in incomprehensible, Parisian French but a woman with a uniform and towels over her arm, and ran straight to the ticket counter and said, Au la campangne, s'il vous plait!You mean that kind of experience?;-)


  10. Della Bellezza, the possibilities are endless aren't they? your list of books and movies, along with those suggested here, could suggest we need to run this for a year. I'm so excited about what this challenge is going to uncover and what we'll learn about Paris!


  11. Candide ha to be one of the funniest books I've ever read ( as is the dictionaire). I believe if Voltaire were alive today he would be guaranteed success as a stand up comedian.


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