I’ve spent the last few days browsing the other blogs participating in Leeswammes’ Literary Giveaway Blog Hop and not only have I entered some great giveaways (there’s still time for you to try your luck!) I discovered new to me blogs and added some more books to the to-read list.
Regular visitors to my blog know that I have an affection for Paris, even though I’ve only visited once; and I am drawn to reading anything with a Parisian setting. And though I’ve lapsed in the last year, I am making a concerted effort to improve my skills in speaking, reading and comprehending the French language.
It took all of a minute to pull off a few books from my to-read shelf that I look forward to reading as part of this event:
- Paris My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
- Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin
- Concerto to the Memory of an Angel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
- Odette Toulemonde et autres histoires by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Yes, the last book is in French! I read it in English translation last year (The Most Beautiful Book in the World) and LOVED it; since it is a collection of short stories and I have some familiarity with them, I thought I’d give the original French version a go.
So my sort-of plan is to do a weekly post during July, not only discussing these books mentioned above but also other books I’ve read with Parisian settings. And there might be some personal memories of my one visit to Paris, too.
*sigh* Now if I could only have some real Parisian croissants I could perfectly re-create the atmosphere