Monday, July 9, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


What I Finished Last Week

Eat the City:  A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers,
Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners,
Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers,
and Brewers Who Built New York by Robin Shulman
Even if you are not from New York, 
even if you aren’t interested in food, 
even if the curious title doesn’t intrigue you, 
even if history doesn’t ring your bell...more

Time for Kids Big Book of What?
Who says it’s only kids who want to know the answers to these questions?
 I lingered over this book, reading a couple of pages every day, for months...more

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel
Nobody thought Henri Rousseau could paint. 
Did that stop him? No, he painted on, past cruel remarks and 
vicious critiques and scathing reviews. On and...more

What I Reviewed Last Week

Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes by Betsy Woodman
Jana Bibi impulsively heads off to a new life in India 
with her parrot, Mr. Ganguly, and her housekeeper, Mary, 
to take up residence in an old home...more

Gem by Holly Hobbie
How does Holly Hobbie do it? 
She somehow is able to tell the story of a toad in a way 
that is both beautiful and fresh and charming without edging into...more

Bully Goat Grim
It’s another Maynard Moose Tale via Willy Claflin, 
so you know you are in for a treat. This time, Maynard shares
 a new version of the billy goat story...more

Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. 
Red Knit Cap Girl wants to touch the moon. 
Moon is too far away to touch, Owl says, but Moon will bend down to listen...more

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

How well do we really know people, even people who we consider our friends?
That’s the question this book explores. When Kate’s good friend, Elizabeth...more

Children of the Oregon Trail by A. Rutgers Van Der Loeff

It seemed obvious to me that this book, 
on the list of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read, 
was a book I should take along on my trip to Oregon. But...more

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

It’s just not summer if you don’t read at least one one book 
(1) about a Summer Romance, 
(2) with a Clever Main Character, and
 (3) an Exotic Setting....more

What I'm Reading Now

Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift

Paris My Sweet by Amy Thomas

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz

A Town Like Paris by Bryce Corbett


What I Might Read Next

It's time again for Paris in July, so...
I need ideas.
Do you have any suggestions for me?

What are you reading today?!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  1. I'm in love with your Paris reads ... have you read Bonjour 40: A Paris travel log by Karen A. Chase

    I loved it and have included link to my review if you're interested. Karen is just delightful, she gave us introductions to friends in a lovely cafe

    and this one:

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  2. Wow! You're reading a lot at once! Hope you enjoy all of them!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. The Sweet Life in Paris looks gorgeous! My July will be all about Melbourne! xx

  4. I love your list of books lined up. They all look so interesting. I very much like the sound of Eat the City. A book about food wouldn't normally appeal to me but that one I like the look of.

    If you like history Andrew Hussey did a good one. It's called Paris: the secret city. It's done like a biography of the city. I've heard it compared to Peter Ackroyd's London.

  5. Lots of fun books :) As for the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon - we can read whatever we like, they don't have to be fairy tales or fantasy. Happy reading & have a great week!

  6. What an amazing selection of books. The illustration on the cover of Red Knit Cap Girl is wonderful and the Paris books look amazing!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  7. What a wonderful selection of books! The illustration on the cover of Red Knit Cap Girl is lovely and the Paris books look amazing!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  8. Great variety of books. All of them are new to me. I like that you mix fiction and nonfiction. Happy reading!

  9. Not actually heard of any of those books. Hope you enjoy your week of reading and thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  10. Ah, a Paris theme...guess I'm on one, too, only mine has been spread out between last year and this

    Enjoy your week...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. You've read a lot lately! What do you think of Paris, My Sweet so far? Stay cool and have a good week!

  12. Paris, Paris, nice to be reading a theme. I seem to be reading a lot of thrillers lately!

    Have another good week!

  13. Very interesting reading list! I am adding several to my wish list.
    Have a great week!!

  14. Paris Times Eight by Deirdre Kelly is a good book. I've never been to Paris but it felt like one of those books that you would absolutely love if you've been there.

  15. I love the children recommendations, The Bully piqued my attention. Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Great Paris theme! Last year, I read My Life in France by Julia Child and enjoyed it:

  17. So many Paris reads. Seems like a fun time.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. (:

    - Kim @ Book Munchies

  18. Check out Eloisa James' memoir about Paris - it's hilarious, fun, and utterly wonderful!

    Happy reading this week :)
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  19. The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D showed up in the mail yesterday.
    Some novels set in Paris include The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh and Three Week sin Paris by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  20. Eat the City sounds really cool! I've been much more interested in where our food comes from in recent years, so it sounds like it would be in my wheelhouse.

  21. Those are some colorful covers, and you have me ready to go to Paris! I've heard good things about French Milk by Lucy Knisley. Enjoy your week!

  22. Some of these i might have to pic. thanks for stopping by. love the docor of your blog.

  23. Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes sounds delightful. I'm seeing lots of photos and books this month for Paris in July.

  24. I just finished The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter about walking in Paris. Wonderful little historical tidbits, great flavor for the city, and a nice memoir.

  25. The Big Book of What - I love that. It made me smile.
    Enjoy your books and thanks for stopping by.

  26. Ah, so many excellent Paris choices! I must admit to nearly squealing with delight when I realised that the parrot on the Jana Bibi's book was an Alexandrine parrot- I only learnt what they were last week. Got to love synchronicity!

  27. So many books about Paris. Sort of make you wish if you were there. :)

  28. Paris in July sounds like such a lovely theme! I hope you're having a wonderful time with it :)


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