Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Bibliophile: Avid Readers in France

I am a bibliophile. You probably are, too. 

A quarter of people in France consider themselves bibliophiles. More than 20% of the French people read 20 or more books a year.

It's obvious, even to a casual visitor.

You see people reading on the subway.

You see people reading in parks.

The bouquinistes along the Seine are classic.

There are bookstores everywhere.

Artists make paintings of readers, like this painting I saw at Monet's home in Giverny.

I even saw a Little Free Library when we were out in the French countryside.

And what was the occupation of the owner of our apartment we stayed in during our time in Paris? He was a writer. Of course.

Bibliophile. Bibliophilist. Erudite person. Bookworm. Booklover. Avid reader. 

Call them whatever you want, but they are everywhere in France.

My people.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! It was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion and is now hosted at Elza Reads.

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