Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Top Ten Moving-and-Starting-Over Books


Maybe it's because I've lived in the same town for most of my life, but one of my favorite genres is moving-and-starting-over books. You know this kind of book. A person gets tired of her boring life or his terrible life and decides to move somewhere fresh and start a new life. According to my list of books read at Goodreads, I've read 51 of these. Light & fun reading (as I mentioned in this post).

Here are some of my favorite moving-and-starting-over books:












Wait a minute. I see a crazy pattern here. All ten of these books are about people who move to Paris and start over. All ten. And they are favorites. They are favorites, however, not because they are amazingly well written and not because the characters meet fascinating people and see fascinating things and not because the characters' lives are transformed...no, these are my favorites for one reason only: the people move and start over in Paris. Crazy.



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36 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of these,but I love to read about Paris :) Thank you for all the suggestions and for stopping by!

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  2. I love that these are all Paris! So funny. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You should definitely read Anna and the French Kiss if you like Paris books. It takes place mostly in Paris. :-)

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  3. First of I like your topic today. I can remember few books that deal with such idea but I haven't read any of these. Great picks :)

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  4. i Love a bit of Paris, will definitely check some of these out :)

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  5. Love the slant you took in preparing your list and that little Parisian twist at the end. Nice job.

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  6. You put a theme into the theme. Very clever! :)
    ps thanks for stopping by again!

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  7. Brilliant idea - I love Paris. I've only read Almost French off the list, but I will be sure to check out the others!

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  8. Great twist on the theme! I'm all in favor of the "move to Paris concept". LOL. Nice selections -- I'll need to check some of these out.

    Lisa
    My TTT

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  9. I was about to say that I was sensing a bit of a theme with Paris! Great list.

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  10. Nice top ten! Very original, all set in Paris! Thanks for stopping by at my blog:)

    http://evelinesbooks.blogspot.nl

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  11. What a delightful list! Paris is such a wonderful city, I hope to go back there someday and explore it more. Am going to check out this titles in the meantime ;)

    My TTT

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  12. LOL! I didn't even know there were that many books where characters moved to Paris to start over! You have quite the list here :) I love Paris too, it's a city that has a little bit of everything - with chocolate croissants on top ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT post earlier.

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  13. Woah, that's a lot of Paris books. I haven't heard of any of these, but I'm glad you liked them. :D Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

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  14. Great topic! I enjoyed the portion of Paris, My Sweet that I finished. Life got in the way. :(

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  15. I've never read these, but books of Paris sound lovely!

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  16. You could add Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light by David Downie to your list. It's a book of travel essays though and not a novel.

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  17. I haven't heard of any of these, but I'll definitely be checking out a couple of the Paris ones!
    Great list :)

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  18. Definitely sensing a love for Paris here :P. These books sound really interesting.

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  19. What a great list! I knew there were some of these "move to Paris & start over" books floating around, but I had no idea there were so many. [sigh] what is it about Paris that so intrigues people (including me)?

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  20. That's pretty funny that you always gravitate to the Paris moving and starting over books. I like most anything along the Mediterranean I think. :-)

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  21. I love the theme. You really have to have read a big bank of travel narratives to get a whole list with such great focus. I have Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down on my TBR shelf.

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  22. Deb, Thanks for letting me know about these books - sound like must reads for me too! Cheers

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  23. I love travel books, especially about France, so thank you for all these titles. Wonderful!


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  24. wow - I never knew there were so many books about starting over in Paris. I adored Paris to the Moon so I will have to check some of these others out!

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  25. Maybe I will have to start reading more travel books... Maybe I'll start with Paris too, seeing as how I now have a list of Parisian books to refer to ;-)

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  26. This may be the definitive post on moving-and-starting over in Paris!

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  27. What a great list. I've heard of all these books, but somewhat surprisingly I've only read 3! Your first two, and Almost French- which I've been thinking about rereading but certainly won't get to it before I'm in Paris next.... You've reminded me that I need to read these other 7 books.

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  28. Maybe you should go to Paris hahahah. It is funny how all your favorite books end up there.

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  29. Haha your post made me chuckle. :D Fun list, though if it were ME I'd be going for London!!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT the other day :)

    Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books

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  30. Wow, I had no idea there are so many starting-over-in-Paris books o.O I'll have to check some of them out! Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by earlier :)

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  31. Oh to live in Paris... great list!

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  32. I don't think I've heard of a single one of these books either, but they sound amazing! Thanks for putting them on my radar! :)

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  33. Marvelous list!! I've read (and loved) Paris in Love by Eloisa James and have Paris My Sweet, Lunch in Paris, The Sweet Life in Paris, and Almost French all on my TBR list. I've never been to France, but I love a good travel memoir. Maybe I'll get there someday!

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  34. What a cute spin on the topic! :D Lovely list!

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