Saturday, July 6, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up: Moonlight Over Paris, Love à la Mode, and Rosetta Stone: Français




Paris in July has begun, and everything on my blog has been dunked in a pot of Paris. I've finished my first two books set in Paris, Moonlight Over Paris and Love à la Mode. Moonlight Over Paris is a novel of historical fiction of an English art student who meets and falls in love with an American journalist. Love à la Mode is a light YA romance about two teens who are accepted into an esteemed French cooking school. Have you ever eaten an entire bag of chocolates? You know how I feel right now.






I'll try some nonfiction as a palate-cleanser.  A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment and Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris sound promising.







Last week I won three books. Wow! Kathy from BermudaOnion's Weblog let me know that I had won The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker, the story of a young woman who impulsively gives up her dream life to take a job as marketing a family-run winery in Sonoma. There has been lots of praise for this novel from Real Simple to Newsday to Library Journal. Bryan at Still an Unfinished Person told me I'd won Claudia Rankine's Citizen and The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne in his Big Five-Oh Book Giveaway. Citizen was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, the winner of the NAACP Image Award, the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize, and the winner of the PEN Open Book Award, and it's been touted as both poetry and essay. The Heart's Invisible Furies is by the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It's described as "a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland," and it is also the recipient of several book awards. I eagerly look forward to reading all three of these books.



Take a look at The 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years, if you haven't already.



I wrote everything Paris this week on my blog:


Favorite French Childhood Favorites



I Forgot to Tell You I Went to Paris Last Month






The Jump Back July Action Calendar from Action for Happiness has daily suggested actions to do throughout July 2019 to help you be more resilient and find ways to cope with life's ups and downs. You can download it as an image file for sharing via social media or a PDF file for printing. 




The Marmalade Gypsy shared some of her favorite specialty shops in Paris here.




I'm making my way through Rosetta Stone: Français. I used Rosetta Stone nine years ago as I prepared for my first trip to Paris. When I got the discs out this week, Level 1 was missing. Oh well. I decided to start with Level 2. Why not?




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49 comments:

  1. I loved Mastering the Art of French Eating.

    I got your book in the mail yesterday. I hope you love it.

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  2. I saw your post on Wednesday about your going to Paris...and you almost had me. I was like, "Whattttt? Wow. How did she did that with everything else going on in her life?"

    I'm starting Vendetta by Michael Dibdin today. It is the second in a series about an Italian detective, Aurelio Zen. So far, so good, but only about 20 pages in.

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    1. I've heard a lot about Aurelio Zen. I hope it's a series you will enjoy.

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  3. Lucky you! I've been meaning to read The Shortest Way Home since first hearing about it on several trusted blogs. I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts, too. You're in for a treat with The Heart's Invisible Furies. It was one of my favorite books in 2018 and his latest (A Ladder to the Sky) was just as good!

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  4. I have Mastering the Art of French Eating somewhere on one of my shelves and am looking forward to it. What a wonderful way to visit Paris! I need to do some armchair traveling myself. I took French in high school and while I discovered I'm not bad at learning to read other languages speaking and interpreting were a serious struggle! Congrats on all your book winning and have a great week!

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    1. I hope to visit France in 2020, and I'd love to be able to speak some French.

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  5. Since I'm living in Sonoma County I think I need to read "The Shortest Way Home".

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  6. Paris sounds like a nice place to be in July (Or June, in your case--Happy Anniversary!). I hope you are enjoying your reading! I have, in fact, eaten an entire bag of chocolates. I am sure the books would have been better for me. LOL I have read Moonlight Over Paris--it was quite a while ago. I do enjoy Roberson's novels when I am looking for light historical fiction.

    Congratulations on your wins! It feels like ages I last won a book. Of course, I do not enter many giveaways anymore. I hope you enjoy them!

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Deb!

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    1. It is always better to gorge on books than to gorge on chocolates, I think.

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  7. I'm hoping to visit Paris one day! And wow, congrats! Enjoy!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  8. Thanks! I added Citizen and Heart's Furies to my TBR.

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  9. Congrats for winning so many books and glad you're learning more about Paris.

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    1. Thanks! I wish there was an easy way to learn French.

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  10. Enjoy your week! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting mu blog.

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    1. So glad you are continuing to improve. Hoping your surgery goes smoothly and your recovery quickly.

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  11. It would be no nice to visit Paris someday but don't think I ever will. Reading books set there will be my only hope.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I never thought I'd ever get to go to Paris, so you never know....

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  12. Congrats on your wins!

    I’m glad you are enjoying your virtual trip to Paris :)

    Have a great reading week

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  13. I love this Paris in July! I should try and learn more French, but it doesn't stick in my head unless I'm using it a bunch. We went to Europe and Paris in 2013 and then again at the end of 2016. Such an amazing city! I'd love to go back, but it probably won't happen soon. I want to see Italy, Ireland, and Scotland and there's only so much time I can get off, and so much money I can spend, lol! :)

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    1. I hope Rosetta Stone will stick. I am excited about a trip to Paris next February.

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  14. I'm not a Francophile (not that I'm against it or anything), but I just love that Paris in July is a thing. Your passion always shines through. And I adore the car trip to Paris story!

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    1. I'm the most ridiculous sort of Francophile; often, I can't think of anything except France. It's an addiction.

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  15. Your current nonfiction reads both interest me... will look forward to your thoughts. Congrats on all of your bookish wins, too. Have you considered buying a lottery ticket? ;-) Fascinating memoir list from the New York Times... their Book Review podcast has an interesting discussion about the selection process. Have a good week!

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  16. I am a Strohm fan. Although Love a la Mode wasn't as rom-commy as her previous books, it was still adorable and fun.

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  17. Wow! Congrats on winning some books! I love winning giveaways myself!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

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    1. I've certainly won more than my yearly quota this week.

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  18. The French eats books do look very good!

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  19. I'm always intrigued that you manage to find so many books with a Paris connection. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. My eye is trained to spot all the wonderful icons of Paris on book covers.

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  20. Good foodie books here!! I think you'll Mariam Parker's book. Good luck on the French studies.

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    1. That book arrived today. I will be starting it soon.

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  21. I need to read both Moonlight Over Paris and Love à la Mode. Sugary sweet little stories feel like a necessity for me right now considering my anxiety. Also, could go for an entire bag of chocolate chips. I'm extra like that. No but in all sincerity, ohhh the books you won!! First of all, congrats. Second of all, I LOVED The Heart's Invisible Furies. Like, a lot.

    Ahh, I want to go to Paris SO badly.

    Anyways, this comment was likely a bit incoherent/all over the place??? BUT, I hope you have a good upcoming week!

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    1. I am really getting pumped for Heart's Invisible Furies.

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  22. I read Mastering the Art of French Eating a few years ago and loved it. I also read The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry (I think that is the name) and liked that too. I would love to get to Paris, or at least France one day. We are hoping with fingers crossed to take our son when he is ten to see one stage of the Tour de France, at least. The Shortest Way Home also looks really good. :)

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  23. Love that analogy - easy reads about Paris, Love and Romance and eating chocolate! lovely.

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  24. It's silly that I have never been to Paris when I live so close (all things considered). Sigh... One day.

    Congrats on the 3 book wins!

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  25. Have you started The Heart's Invisible Furies yet? I saw it on my TBR shelf the other day, and have no idea what it is about or what attracted me to buy it.

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  26. Ah, Paris. And today it is 108 degrees there so I am glad I am in So Cal instead of there. :-)

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