The Paris in July 2012 event is finally here! Isn’t that one of the loveliest buttons you have ever seen? I just fell in love with it the moment I saw it on Karen’s blog at Book Bath. This event, which is already into its third year now (first for me, though) is co-hosted by both Karen & Tamara at Thyme for Tea.

Besides the two books that I have already started (and enjoying much) in June, I thought I’d also round up the rest of my little French collection from the various nooks and corners they were hiding at on the various bookshelves around the house, and plonk them together for a ‘family photo’ kinda shot.

A closer look.
Books on how one fits into the ‘French life’. Or rather for Janelle McCulloch in La Vie Parisienne, it’s ‘looking for love and the perfect lingerie’ in Paris. 😉
Americans in Paris (then and now). In contrast to Charles Glass’s gripping true accounts about Americans living in Paris during the Nazi occupation, Adam Gopnik’s Paris To The Moon (one of my favourite titles ever for a book) is a much lighter and warmer series of essays journaling the adventures of a family who has relocated from the US to Paris in the 1990s.
Literary Paris (tales ranging from the dark side of Paris to the light-hearted sketches of Parisan life as observed by Thackeray).
I am especially interested in Carol McCleary’s The Alchemy of Murder which sounds like a fun romp for a historical thriller, what with Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde and Jack the Ripper all thrown in, and the unveiling of the Eiffel Tower for the 1889 World Fair as the background! Anyone read this, by the way?

So many good stuff waiting to be savoured, where does one start??
Maybe for the time being, I should just concentrate on finishing the two I have got going at the sidebar up there and not be too greedy. :p
Still, it’s always fun to imagine all the possibilities and choices that could be had, isn’t it? 😉

Books aside, I plan to also celebrate Paris in July 2012 by reliving some of my favourite moments from my first trip to the city in the form of a series of snapshots. I think I would like to refer to the series of posts to come as ‘Paris in Pictures’.
Well,  that’s the plan anyway. Let’s see how well it translates out. 🙂


14 thoughts on “Destination Paris

  1. What a great list! I’m joining in though I haven’t picked out my books yet. I’ve been wanting to read the Adam Gopnik for a long time, though, so maybe I’ll start with that.


    1. Great to know you are joining in, the more the merrier! 🙂 I’m sure you’ll find something interesting from your shelves soon enough. I am very much inclined to reading Adam Gopnik’s book soon, too. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it.


  2. Yes, that is a wonderful button. Makes me want to participate just to put it on my blog! I’ve read a couple of your Paris books–My French Life, and Almost French. I think I have a couple more Paris-themed books lurking on my shelves, too. Might make some nice escapist reading for hot July.


    1. To tell you the truth, that was actually the primary reason for me in participating, just so I can put the button on my blog! :p
      Although having said that, it is true that I do love all things Parisian, too. 🙂


    1. What a lovely surprise to have the author of a book I own appear here! Thanks so much for dropping by!
      A fab book like My French Life is certainly deserving of a worthy company. 😉


  3. I have such a big Paris TBR, that it’s hard to pick a mere few for July. Paris to the Moon has been on my list for such a long time, I’m hitting myself in the forehead now, for not planning it for this year yet. Perhaps I can still squeeze it in?


    1. Where there is a will, there is a way…. I am sure you can still squeeze it in, Louise!
      Paris to the Moon has been sitting on my TBR for a long time too, I really think the time for it has come. Hope we can both somehow ‘squeeze’ it in, eh? 😉


  4. What a lovely blog you have. Discovered it during the Paris in July Challenge. Do I have too many books on France? I had EVERY ONE of the books you displayed!!! Thank you for the lovely pictures of Paris and your writings.


    1. No, I don’t think one can have too many books on France. The more the merrier, I would say. 😉
      Thank you for joining me during the Paris in July Challenge. I enjoyed all your comments very much, and am looking forward to reading what you have been up to for the challenge, too!


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