Tuesday, July 5, 2016

French Books I've Enjoyed That You Might Have Missed

The challenge this week from The Broke and the Bookish is to list our top ten books that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. I decided to focus on French and French-ish books. And I decided to choose books that have less than 1000 ratings

It was interesting to discover how other people have rated books I have rated. Here's what I discovered:

* More than a third of the books I've read and reviewed have been reviewed by less than 1000 people. I like that.

* I have forty-one books read that more than a million people have rated on Goodreads. Wow. 

* The two books I've read with the least number of ratings---one rating and it's mine---are children's books I've read in French.

Here, then, are some French books you may have missed:

French Books You May Have Missed

Paris by Pastry: Stalking the Sweet Life on the Streets of Paris

Do you need a guide to the best pastries of Paris? There can be no guide more complete than this one. Mind the copyright date, of course, but give thi ...more
Paris (City-Lit)

If you are going to Paris or if you’ve been to Paris or if you’ve ever wanted to go to Paris, you must read this book. It’s a collection of very, very ...more
Crêpes by Suzette‎

It was the Paris setting that persuaded me to review my first-ever book app.

Crêpes by Suzette is a book app that was developed from
the children's pic
100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

I'm a lucky girl. In 2010, in what must have been a heavenly intervention, I was able to leave my ordinary life, fly across the big ocean, and spend t ...more

Minnie and Moo Go to Paris (Minnie and Moo (DK Paperback))

Minnie and Moo are two cows that decide to make off with a bus and see the world. Neither of these two cows are very good at reading signs as they stu ...more [edit]
In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way: A Graphic Novel

Read the subtitle before you start telling me what an amazing reader I am. Full disclosure here: It's a graphic novel of Proust's mega-tome. I must sa ...more [edit]
An Armadillo in Paris

If an armadillo can go to Paris, we can all go. Arlo is such an armadillo, and he’s following in the footsteps of his adventurer grandfather Augustin. ...more

Blossoming In Provence

All you need to say is “French setting” and I come running. I read Espinasse’s earlier book, Words in a French Life, a few years ago and liked the way ...more
Paris Times Eight: Finding Myself in the City of Dreams

That's Paris Times Eight. Kelly visits Paris, yes, eight times, and each trip changes her. Hope I will have my own Paris Times One experience this sum ...more
Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light

John Baxter takes on yet another tour of Paris, this time at night. Baxter spouts out story after story as he leads us around the city in the dark for ...more
750 Years in Paris

Now isn't this fun? Mahé takes a building in Paris from the time it was first built until the present day, stopping now and then to take a close look ...more
Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart

I can ask one simple question and your answer will tell me if you will like this book.

Here goes: Do you like Paris?

If you answer yes, you will like it
The Queen of France

Rose decides she is royal when she wakes up, so she becomes the Queen of France. She seeks out Rose’s mother, but no one knows where Rose is. She pric ...more
Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living

Arbor is a Frenchman now living in America who owns a restaurant. One of the pleasures of this book is that it contains many, many recipes. But that i ...more
The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir

Nikki Moustaki has had a lifelong love affair with birds, a love affair inspired and nurtured by her grandfather’s love and respect for birds. But whe ...more
The Tapestry of Love

I was offered a copy of The Tapestry of Love from the author. The author had sent me her previous novel last year and I found it to be a small but com ...more
The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France

Some writers have all the fun. John Baxter, an expat twenty-year Paris-ite and writer, decides to set off around France in search of all the wonderful ...more
Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France

You really have to see this book to really appreciate how lovely it is. Yes, Vivian Swift has written the story of the road trip she and her new husba ...more
We'll Always Have Paris: Sex & Love in the City of Light

Baxter interweaves the tale of his love story with Marie-Do, his love story with Paris, and the story of love and sex in Paris in this book, We'll Alw ...more
The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France

Ray Walker didn’t even like wine until he took a sip of a startlingly amazing wine in Italy. He was hooked. He single-mindedly began a quest to learn ...more
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

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
A Town Like Paris: Falling in Love in the City of Light

Australian Bryce Corbett somehow finds himself in the most bewitching, the most bewildering of towns, Paris. He bungles his way through working at his ...more
French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting

American children are brats.

(Ouch. That hurts.)

That’s true. We know it is true. But it still hurts to write it down.

And I’m not just talking about Oth
Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat

Not only have I fallen in love with two baseball books among this year's Cybils nonfiction picture book nominees, but I am enamored of two books about ...more
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

Julia Child is a wonder to us in America. She somehow managed to break every cultural norm for women of her time (she worked and lived independently f ...more
My Secret Guide to Paris

Nora desperately wants to visit Paris. Her grandmother has shared story after story with her of the delights of the city, and now Nora hopes to finall ...more
French By Heart: An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France

A job transfer sends Ramsey and her husband and three young children off to France. The countryside is beautiful, but the people are…well, irascible. ...more
Paris Is Always a Good Idea

A little mystery...a little romance...and, of course, Paris. That's the gist of this book.

Rosalie is the owner of a tiny postcard shop in Paris. One
Provence A-Z

Its appeal was also its downfall: The little stories were often just a bit too little. I should have stuck with the abridgement.
Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas

Paris. Sigh. I’m a sucker for anything-Paris. I’m so blinded by the beauty of Paris that I can’t properly evaluate any set-in-Paris book. And this sto ...more [edit]
The 6:41 to Paris

The simplest of plots: a man and a woman sit down next to each other on the train to Paris. Insert a small twist: the man and woman knew each other we ...more
Serve It Forth

Brilliant essays loosely written on the theme of food.

Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France

I wanted to give up on this book. It was too much work to keep flipping between the French words intermingled with the essay and the dictionary at the ...more
Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris

If you have never had the experience of reading the prose of one of those old, amazing newspapermen, Liebling is your fellow. And where does he take y ...more 

Have you read any of these?

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  1. I've read a few of these - mainly of the picture book variety, but also a few of the John Baxter titles. Many others are in the house waiting their turn.

  2. I love the way you formatted your list into a table! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  3. I haven't read any of these, but they don't really seem like my kind of read! I am glad you liked them though :-) happy reading

  4. I haven't read any of these, but would very much like to. Paris is such a magical place. Great list this week!

  5. I consider myself a Francophile, but I have never heard of these! Merci!!

  6. amazingly enough, I have only read 5 of these, though I have heard about 22 of them. Did you see we have a brand new on on France Book Tours: https://francebooktours.com/2016/07/05/alexis-ragougneau-on-tour-the-madonna-of-notre-dame/

    1. If anyone knew these, I would think it would be you.

      Thanks for sharing the new tour.

  7. I love the French look of your banner!

  8. I've never heard of any of these, but I'll definitely be checking a few out ASAP! Great list! :D

    Here are my Top Ten!

  9. I really enjoyed Paris Is Always A Good Idea! My TTT

  10. I haven't read a single one. How could I have missed them ALL? (wails) Thank you for making certain that I know now!

  11. With only 2 ratings for 'But you are in France, Madame', I definitely qualify for the under 2000 list! Happy to send an Epub to you for your holiday reading if you would like.


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