Sunday, July 15, 2018

Paris in July: La Joie d'un Mois à Paris (The Joy of a Month in Paris)

Week Two of Paris in July is over, and I have delighted in another week in Paris Divine. 


Now that I am retired, I have more freedom to use my neighboring libraries. Look what came in for me at the library this week:

Let's move in a little closer, shall we?

Lessons from Madame Chic
A Paris Year
Five Hundred Buildings of Paris
The Paris Cookbook
A Paris Neighborhood Cookbook
All Paris
100 Old Masters Paintings from the Louvre Museum
Painting: Musee d'Orsay
Spectacular Paris
Surrealism in Paris

A lot of beautiful coffee table books to enjoy.


I also finished a Paris book and started five more. 

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris
The Paris Cookbook by Patricia Wells
Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More
Paris in the Present Tense: A Novel
We'll Always Have Paris: A Novel


When you celebrate Paris in July for a number of years, you find that you have read and viewed many of the best Paris-themed books and movies; as we say here in Texas, your pickins get slim.

I had to dig very, very deep and I finally came up with these movies from my public library:

Yes, Ma and Pa Kettle go to Paris. 

And do you remember this Paris star? Pepe Le Pew. Somehow skunks never seem to get the girls.

A friend told me about a new detective series on PBS, Maigret. It's set in Paris, and it's excellent.

One of the posts I loved reading this week was from The Gypsy Marmelade. Take a look at Favorite French Cookbooks when you get a chance.

It was a busy week. July 15th is our fortieth wedding anniversary. We already celebrated by taking a trip to Italy and Paris, but we are planning to spend the day with a big breakfast out and the new Mr. Rogers documentary.

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!)


  1. Happy anniversary today! Enjoy!

  2. Happy anniversary! Is it only coincidental that it is so close to Bastille Day? :)
    I am planning to prepare an authentic French meal paired with Burgundy wines at our family vacation on the lake. I will definitely check out Gypsy Marmalade's post for inspiration.

  3. Thank you, Molly. I can't wait to see pictures of that meal.

  4. Your books look interesting — I’ve never gotten around to the Patricia Wells books about French food. At the moment I’m trying to find books that were written by French people in French. Though I usually read in translation because I’m slow with the original. I’m not sure, but I think all of yours were originally in English by non-French people.

    best... mae at

    1. I think you are right. I can’t make my way through a cookbook in French. No telling what might come out of the oven!

  5. Glad you are having a fun time in Paris! Loving the French books you got! I hope you have a great week!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

  6. Happy anniversary, and what lovely books you are reading! Enjoy the journey...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Happy Anniversary! I read the Madame Chic book a couple of years ago - cute, fun read.

  8. Happy Anniversary!!! So many good books to escape into!!

  9. Happy Anniversary! I love the book line up. Who doesn't love Paris? Have a wonderful week!

    Mary my #SundayRoundup #27!

  10. I'll have to check out Maigret - I've been wanting another series to dive into! Excellent, enjoyable post about one of the loveliest places on Earth. Good line up of books.

    1. Maigret is a wonderful series. I’m so glad I found it.

  11. Never been there only passed through. Rowin Atkins built a house across the river a few miles away from my house

    1. Everyone must go to Paris. Even if it is just metaphorically.

  12. Bonjour! love the Paris themed post. Happy reading.

  13. How fun! I would love to read the cookbooks. My favorite art is the impressionists and I loved the Musee de'Orsay. I enjoy all the detective stuff so I'm sure I would love Maigret if I watched tv. As for movies, what about American in Paris with Lily Caron, isn't it? Anne - Books of My Heart

  14. A very happy anniversary to you and your hubby!! I hope you have many, many more years of love and laughter, Deb.

  15. Huge congratulations on your 40th anniversay - how impressive! I love the idea you have a Paris-themed month in your reading and watching:) Enjoy your week, Deb:)

  16. Wow, you got a lot of books. I hope you love them all. Happy anniversary! Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  17. As always you are submerging, or should I say immersing yourself in "something." Enjoy Paris, and happy anniversary. I am enjoying the Netflix series The Crown...have been binge watching it and having a ball.

    1. It’s fun to spend a month in Paris. Even if it is just Paris via books.

  18. I love this paris theme! It looks so fun ahaha. I hope your enjoy the anniversity, and I although I never watched a single episode of The Crown, I did watch the clips on Youtube. Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog!

  19. So many great books about Paris or as a location! I loved the cookbook post by Jeanne! I'm enjoying this month very much. Paris in July!!

  20. I love that you've read so many paris books. Here's some Paris Memoirs I've read to add to your collection: Paris My Sweet, Bonjour Kale, and Paris in Love.

  21. Congratulations to you both on your 40th anniversary! I love it that you're going to celebrate with the Mr Rogers documentary. I had to laugh that you found Ma and Pa Kettle Go To Paris! I assume it was awful? I hope they at least went to Paris so there was some real scenery and not just studio Paris.


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