July 02, 2011

Bonjour! Welcome to Paris in July



It is finally here - the month of French festivities and blogging that we have all been waiting for - Paris in July! We now have over 60 people signed up and ready to read/watch/cook and listen along - Tamara and I are really excited by the amount of interest there has been this year and we are looking forward to a fun filled month.

If you post about your Paris themed reading, watching, listening or doing over the next week please leave a link to your post in the comments to this start up post to be included in the prize draw for the week. It's also never too late to join in so if you would like me to add your name to the list on the right please just let me know by commenting to this post.

I still haven't chosen by very first read for the month (I know - I'm leaving it a little late!) but it will come from the selection in the photo above, Metrostop Paris, Paris Metro Tales, My Life in France and Consolation.

61 comments:

anothercookiecrumbles said...

Yay! I think I am going to start with Colette... One of the Claudine books, or The Innocent Libertine. Cannot wait. :D

Enjoy!

Relish said...

I've started with Colette! Love her ..http://relishreads.blogspot.com/2011/07/cat.html

Curvy Kitty said...

Lots of fun so far with Georges Simenon.

http://mysecretrobotarmy.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-in-paris-georges-simenon-and.html

Her Royal Orangeness said...

I began the journey with Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl (which I absolutely loved!) and then I read The Stranger by Camus (which I didn't like much at all).

I'm having so much fun! I look forward to seeing what everyone else is doing this week.

Marg said...

I have a couple of different books lined up, but my first Paris in July is a quote:

http://readingadventures.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july-get-on-train-to-paris.html

Sara C said...
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Sara C said...

Trying again with the link this time:

I haven't chosen yet either! But here's the link to my intro post. Maybe someone can help me decide. And I have to go check out the Simenon mentioned above. Yay, Paris!

http://wordyevidenceofthefact.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july.html

Audrey said...

I have a different Anna Gavalda -- French Leave -- in my stack of books. I've never read her before, have you?

I found some music to start with..

http://booksasfood.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july-tell-my-sister-french.html

Thanks again for organizing this event. I know I've been looking forward to it, and I think a lot of others have as well!

L.L. said...

Here is my first post on Anna and the French Kiss.
http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/ya-friday-anna-and-french-kiss-by.html

annell said...

I have selected two books to begin with. One the intimate Interiors of Edouard Vuillard, and Matisse Picasso, I will look at them and read them, and dream.
http://somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com/

Ellie said...

I've already finished my Anna Gavalda book and loved it so I look forward to seeing your review as I'll definitely read more of hers!

http://curiositykilledthebookworm.blogspot.com/2011/06/bienvenue-juillet.html

Caroline said...

Here is my introductory post.
Movie reviews are upcoming.
I'm planning on doing a weekly Sunday movie review.

http://beautyisasleepingcat.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/paris-in-july-2011-or-french-books-movies-art-and-music/

Amanda said...

Yay! I am so excited, thanks for hosting this! Can't wait to read your reviews!

Rikki said...

This is going to be fun. I have already started with a movie and finished one book, but haven't finished my blog posts yet.

Sarah said...

I picked my first book to read and plotted out my bookish plans at Sawcat's Book Blog - C'est Juillet

Becky said...

I posted a comment in an earlier post as well, but wanted to let you know that I've decided to join in and have posted my initial post here: http://mjmbecky.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july.html

Thanks for this fun event!

Rikki said...

My first post is about a movie:
http://www.rikkidonovan.com/index.php/2011/07/03/paris-in-july-je-vous-trouve-trs-beau-movie/

Mystica said...

There is no way for me to join in the reading part as I cannot find the books, BUT I am enjoying following all the bloggers on this Paris trail. Lots of fun.

annell said...

Watched the Tour De France and read Anis Nin, a couple of short stories in Under the Bell Glass. Had French Onion Soup for dinner.

Louise said...

I'm drenching myself in French summer even though I'm enduring an Australian winter. Watching the Tour for hours late at night.... I've done my first two posts, and have had great fun thinking of other activities- books, movies, etc (I made my own butter at home this week, that seems rather French)

I relived the fun my family had at the Fete des Tuileries last July
http://astrongbeliefinwicker.blogspot.com/2011/07/all-fun-of-fair.html

and became jealous of a giant chicken

http://astrongbeliefinwicker.blogspot.com/2011/07/mr-chicken-goes-to-paris.html

Her Royal Orangeness said...

Yesterday I enjoyed a theater production of "The Little Prince." You can read about it HERE.

Caroline said...

Just reviewed Je l'aimais/Someone I loved the movie based on Anna Gavalda's novel.

http://beautyisasleepingcat.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/zabou-breitmans-je-laimais-someone-i-loved-2009-the-movie-based-on-anna-gavaldas-novel/

Anbolyn said...

I'm reading a novel by Herve Le Tellier as my first selection and posted on My Paris to kick off the event on my blog. I love reading everyone's reviews - so much fun!

http://gudrunstights.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/my-paris/

Frances said...

My Life in Paris is in my stack too. I need to take a hint from your choices here and make my stack a little more manageable. :)

Bellezza said...

I like how your choices are modern and current; I seem to have gone back to the late 1800's, early 1900's, in my list of possibilities. But, I also want to read John Baxter's The Most Beautiful Walk In The World as well as David McCullough's new book Americans In Paris. Didn't he have good timing with that publication for 'our' challenge?! :)


My list of possibilities is here, but like you, I have yet to choose just one.

Looking forward to the month of July, though, that's for sure!

L.L. said...

I have another post - "Scenes of Paris - The Lovers." Hoping to post some pictures from my Paris trip each Sunday of this month.

http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/scenes-of-paris-lovers.html

Karen said...

Hi All of you Paris in July People! It is so wonderful to see so many of you so excited about this month - I am adding my excitement to the group too! I can't promise to be able to give individual responses to all of your great comments and ideas on my posts but I will be definitely checking out your links and blogs during the month and commenting there, as well as looking out for our weekly winners...

bibliolathas said...

My first post is on Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau: here.

bookishnotes said...

I *love* the sound of Paris Metro Tales, but can wholeheartedly recommend Julia Child's book. I read it recently and became obsessed (well...more obsessed) with French cooking and her recipes. It is a great book, especially if you like cooking (or eating).

JoAnn said...

My journey begins with a short story by Guy de Maupassant:
http://lakesidemusing.blogspot.com/2011/07/abandoned-by-guy-de-maupassant.html

verity said...

Here's mine!

http://cardigangirlverity.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july.html

katrinaholmes said...

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsGet.com

Sabrina said...

I see youhave Consolation there, too. I have read and reviewed it here. Please be aware that I didn't care for it much. It was a light and easy read but it did not meet my expectations.

Molly said...

I posted about the plans I am making for my upcoming trip at the end of the month. I am SO excited!!

http://mycozybooknook.blogspot.com/2011/07/tss-7211.html

Kelly said...

I am having a blast reading everyone's posts :) Here is mine:
http://kellysfranceblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/these-are-few-of-my-favorite-french.html

Nadia said...

I'm so excited!!
http://abookishwayoflife.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july-has-begun.html

L.L. said...

I put a French spin on one of my monthly features for Paris in July. http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/quotables-music-and-literature.html

Her Royal Orangeness said...

Two more reviews! Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and The Lollipop Shoes.

Hope everyone's having a grand time in France! :)

anothercookiecrumbles said...

Finished Collette's Claudine at School, and absolutely loved it. More Colette coming up. :D

JP said...

I've just finished my ARC of French Lessons by Ellen Sussman!

http://elle-lit.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-review-french-lessons-by-ellen.html

Rikki said...

13 quotes about Paris:
http://www.rikkidonovan.com/index.php/2011/07/07/paris-in-july-13-quotes/

Karen K. said...

Well, it's technically not set in Paris, but I've just reviewed Germinal by Emile Zola. So if you want you can count it. Here's a link to my review:
http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/07/germinal-by-emile-zola.html

I look forward to reading more about Paris and exploring all the posts. Thanks again for hosting this!

gabrielreads said...

I decided to start the month off with music: http://gabrielreads.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july-1-allo-paris.html.

I haven't started reading yet (oops), but I have some things planned for tomorrow. (Let's just hope that I can get them done before tomorrow.)

Tanya said...

Hi Karen,

I would really love to join this year's Paris in July festivities! I did post on Tamara's too about joining in. I have already made an introductory post just to get into the festivities! Loving this whole idea! I am new to blogging and loving finding communities with interests so similar to mine!

So excited!
Tanya
http://justcallmejoebloggs.blogspot.com/ and my first little post http://justcallmejoebloggs.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july-challenge-accepted.html

heidenkind said...

Here's my review of Paris Je T'aime, better late than never:

http://heidenkind.blogspot.com/2011/07/movie-review-paris-je-taime.html

Julia said...

What an awesome idea. Thanks BookBath!
I am rereading 'A Moveable Feast' thanks to inspiration from the movie 'Midnight in Paris.' I used to live in Paris, so it's great to get back there through literature and art. A digital review and conversation about the movie 'Midnight in Paris' : http://www.MovieLoversParis.com

Pamela said...

This is really great fun! Before I knew of this challenge, in late June I posted my reviews of "The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz and "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. Here is my post with the links:
http://ireaddoyou.blogspot.com/2011/07/paris-in-july-2011.html

I Read. Do You? said...

I just finished posting a review of "Lunch in Paris" by Elizabeth Bard.

http://ireaddoyou.blogspot.com/2011/07/lunch-in-paris-by-elizabeth-bard.html

Betty said...

I started with a movie.
Avenue Montaigne (2006) Watched 07/04/2011
Fauteuils d'orchestre (original title)
In French with subtitles

Director: Danièle Thompson
Writers: Danièle Thompson (screenplay), Christopher Thompson (screenplay)
Stars:Cécile De France, Valérie Lemercier and Albert Dupontel
Also a cameo by Sydney Pollack

A young woman, Jessica, raised by her grandmother, arrives in Paris to look for a job. She finds a job as a waitress in a bar across from a performance complex where a play, a concert, and an art auction will occur on the same evening. This is located on Avenue Montaigne. She is the first woman to be hired at this bar, previously all waiters were men. The bar caters to the surrounding theaters and the wealthy inhabitants of the area. The entire movie is about Jessica and how she intersects with certain other characters through her job in the bar. There is the star of the play who is also the star of a popular soap that has made her rich and a household name. However, she wishes to leave the soap and covets the lead in a film. This is where Sydney Pollack comes in a cameo as the writer/director of this film. Jessica will also meet a pianist who hates the concert circuit, but his wife, who is his manager, may leave him if he quits. Then there is a widower who is a great art collector with a very young girlfriend, who is selling his collection of art at auction. And then there is the art collector's son, a professor, who objects to his father's love life. Also there is a peripheral story about the stage manager at the complex who is retiring after 30 years. Through these characters, Jessica becomes acquainted with the "luxurious" world her grandmother has told her about since her childhood. All the stories are skillfully woven together through Jessica who sets the tone for how they all play out. This is a lighthearted, romantic dramady and Jessica is a likeable character. The movie also has some typical Paris street shots, such as the view of the Eiffel Tower that Jessica sees from a rooftop./bj

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

http://flowersandstripes.blogspot.com/
The link to the first week of quotes either books set in France &/or written by French authors, or a tenuous link, that would be the lipstick quote.
Now off to read all your lovely posts. Thank you for organising this.

Caroline said...

Finally have my second movie post up.
Th Return of Martin Guerre with Gérard Depardieu and Nathalie Baye.
http://beautyisasleepingcat.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/daniel-vignes-le-retour-de-martin-guerre-the-return-of-martin-guerre-1982/

Her Royal Orangeness said...

And a few more reviews:
Flowers for Mrs. Harris
Just Like Tomorrow
Suite Francaise

And last night I went to see Woody Allen's new film
Midnight in Paris. How serendipitous that this was released just in time for the blog event! :)

L.L. said...

Here is another Scenes of Paris post! This one is about signs. http://thestorygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/scenes-of-paris-signs.html

Kristen said...

Just finished The Sweet Life in Paris ... like a trip to Paris without the expensiev airfare!

http://kristens-booknook.blogspot.com/2011/07/sweet-life-in-paris-by-david-lebovitz.html

I Read. Do You? said...

I wanted to read something French, but a bit out of the ordinary. Here's my review of The Dukan Diet by Parisian doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan.
http://ireaddoyou.blogspot.com/2011/07/dukan-diet-by-dr-pierre-dukan.html

Caroline said...

Colette's La Chatte/The Cat is marvelous. She is such an accomplished writer.
http://beautyisasleepingcat.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/colette-la-chatte-the-cat-1933/

Suzi - Packabook Travel Novels said...

Have just posted my Paris post - an interview with John Baxter who wrote 'The Most Beautiful Walk in the World.' He also has some great tips on places to go...makes me want to get over to the sixth arrondissement immediately! Suzi

Karen K. said...

I've just posted about another Zola, Pot Luck. It was great!! Here's a link to the review:

http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/07/pot-luck-by-emile-zola.html

Nadia said...

I just posted about A Novel Bookstore.

http://abookishwayoflife.blogspot.com/2011/07/nove-bookstore-by-laurence-cosse.html

Nadia said...

Just posted about Lunch in Paris:

http://abookishwayoflife.blogspot.com/2011/07/lunch-in-paris-love-story-with-recipes.html

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