Sunday, July 1, 2018

It's July and That Means I'm in Paris


Surely you know by now not to ever take a reader seriously? We live so much in fantasy worlds that you can never take us literally.

So, yes, it is July, but, no, I'm not really in Paris. But virtually? Yes. Definitely.


What are my Paris in July plans?

I've got a huge stack of children's books set in Paris that I plan to read and review this month.

I'm planning to read and cook from five new-ish Paris-ish cookbooks.

I've lined up some Paris movies I'll be reviewing.

I'll be sharing photos from our real trip to Paris this year.

Most importantly, I'll be reading and reviewing some new and new-to-me books set in Paris. Here's what I have set aside for July:

Moonlight Over Paris
Paris in the Present Tense


Cara Black's Murder on the Left Bank
Mastering the Art of French Eating
When Paris Sizzled (currently reading)


The Paris Wedding (currently reading)
Love a La Mode
The Book of Salt by Monique Truong (currently reading)


Goodbye, Paris
Lisette's Paris Notebook (currently reading)
Paris by the Book (currently reading)



Want to come to Paris with me? It's not too late. Join in by adding your name to the link at Thyme for Tea





What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

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! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)

41 comments:

  1. I'm really in a reading slump now but I'm excited to see what you will get up to in Paris in July. I'm not sure that I knew that you went there this year- can't wait to hear about it! I've got a couple of those books. Lisette's Paris Notebook is Australian and a bit obscure I'm so glad that you came across a copy.

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    1. Nothing I'm reading is heavy, but light is the sort of reading I want to do in our summer heat.

      We went to Paris at the end of our trip to Italy.

      I'm sorry you are in a slump. Honestly, there is nothing like light reading to pop me out of a slump.

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  2. Love your Paris books and am hoping to read Cara Black soon.

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    1. Me, too. I've been wanting to read her Paris mysteries ever since I was her Author Guide at the Texas Book Festival a few years back.

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  3. A Wedding in Paris is really good! Have a great week!

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    1. I'm about halfway through with it, and it's perfect for Paris in July.

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  4. You almost had me...I was like "What?" since I knew you had been there earlier this year.

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  5. I'm going to Paris with you, too! I love this annual event and it's the only challenge I participate in anymore. If I had a copy of Paris By the Book, it'd be the first one I start with. Looks like a great read!

    See you in the bistro! ;)

    Click here to see my stack for the challenge.

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    1. I found it on Overdrive. Of course, I had to get in line.

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    2. And I'm so glad you are going along, Les!

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  6. I hope you enjoy all these! I don’t think I’ve read many Paris books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. I am so looking forward to Love a la Mode. I adore Strohm's books, and she did me a solid by reaching out to her publicist to get me an eARC, which I would not have gotten otherwise (Disney never approves me). I hope you enjoy it.

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  8. Whenever I read a book set in Paris, I sink into my sofa and immerse myself in it. I feel as though I'm there!

    Enjoy your month in Paris.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I wouldn't mind it if I spent all summer in Paris. Winter, too.

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  9. I like that you're spending the month in Paris, so to speak. I have a couple friends who are there right now for real and I am definitely jealous.

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    1. I wish I could figure out a way that I could go there every few months. Any French companies need a retired librarian? Part-time. Will work for airfare.

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  10. So many good suggestions for Paris in July - thanks!

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    1. I also found some sort of video of Paris that can be used to walk with, so I may spend a few days "walking" in Paris instead of walking at the track.

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  11. I love your month in Paris idea. Enjoy! Those books look so good.

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  12. Oooh! Lots of great books you have lined up! I need to start reading some books set in Paris too!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays and Cover Spotlight!

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    1. Everyone needs to read some books set in Paris, I think.

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  13. I wish I was in Paris right now! I guess they just had some big convention with all the Outlander stars and all the pictures with Sam Heughan, the actor who plays Jamie Fraser, wow! He is so cool and seems so nice! Love that you're spending your time in Paris this way though.

    Check out my Wrap-Up Post

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    1. There is nothing like spending time in Paris (in books) just after you spent time in Paris (in real life).

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  14. Enjoy your month in "Paris." You have a nice line up of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  15. Love the idea of travelling to Paris between the covers of your books, Deb:)). I keep meaning to try strawberries sprinkled with black pepper, which my father was served in a Paris restaurant and he swears it's the only way to eat them... Au revoir, mon amie!

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  16. I'm virtually in Paris too thanks to my audiobook. My weekly updates

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  17. I've been looking for Paris books that are written in French by people with a French point of view, rather than by Americans or English writers from their point of view. I'm not sure if any of yours are originally in French, I'll look for your reviews to tell me.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  18. Yay..Paris. I listened Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely recently and it was set there.

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  19. I'm envious of all your absorption in Paris! it sounds gorgeous.

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  20. Love Cara Black's mysteries. You have so many on this list I would love to read.

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  21. I love this post so much.

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  22. Oh how wonderful! Have you read A Paris All Your Own? It's a collection of essays by authors who have written a book set in Paris. It was really interesting. I have several of these and I like the idea of making a grouping of them. Enjoy your trip to Paris!

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  23. Oh, Deb -- some I've read and some I haven't -- and I can't wait to learn more about the new ones!

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  24. Interesting list of books. I have read "The Book of Salt" (my review here: https://thecontentreader.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-book-of-salt-by-monique-truong.html). I am sure I will read some books from your list as well. Looking forward to the reviews.

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  25. My first time joining Paris in July and I'm so excited! I saw several books on your list I'm going to try to read soon! What fun! I love Paris!

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  26. The books you've selected look wonderful. I have Moonlight Over Paris in my stack to read this month as well. I'm looking forward to your book reviews!

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