July 03, 2013

Settling into Paris...

I have to admit that Paris in July has sort of hit me from out of the blue this year! I mean, I knew it was coming up and Tamara and I have spent time talking about how we would like to run the event this year but I think time in general just feels like it is moving too fast for me at the moment!
So, I was a little caught off guard on Monday when it came time to choose a Paris themed book to dive into. Luckily my shelves are well stocked...





I have started reading My Life in France by Julia Child and although I am only a little way into it I am loving her enthusiasm for all things French, particularly the food, and am enjoying being taken into another place and time with her memories of her time in Paris post WW2.





A trip to the library this afternoon also enabled me to pick up another book that I have been wanting to read for a long time - Tete-a-Tete: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre by Hazel Rowley. I fear this may be a little heavy going but I am so intrigued by both of these amazing people that I want to give it a go.

How about everyone else - what is helping take you to Paris this week?

14 comments:

vicki (skiourophile) said...

I read the Julia Child book last year - really enjoyed it. Her love of France - and, obviously, food - shone from every page. I felt hungry the whole way through!

Audrey said...

Oh, my goodness...what a gorgeous new photo in your banner!

JoAnn said...

I LOVED the audio version of My Life in France.. enjoy the rest of the book. Hope to join you in Paris next week :-)

Joy said...

I loved My Life in France. The other book looks intriguing -- I'll be interested to see how it goes for you.

Love your banner photo! I stood there last month!

Joy's Book Blog

Buried In Print said...

I started Benjamin Constable's The Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa with about 30 pages and I liked it, but last night I read another 100 pages and I love it. It's like a puzzle-on-the-page. Not quite a mystery. A bit lighter, but not light either, because some of the scenes are pretty serious. The first half is soaked in Paris; I think you could make a walkway out of his excursions, but now he's gone to NYC temporarily. Enjoy your "travels"! (And thanks for hosting.)

Nadia said...

Here's my post for Paris in July (finally!): http://abookishwayoflife.blogspot.com/2013/07/film-review-le-divorce-and-before-sunset.html

Its been so much fun looking at everyone's posts :)

Christine Harding said...

The Julia Child book sounds interesting - I've been meaning to read it for some time. I seem to have linked myself in twice, and I know I'm late, but I'd love to join in, and I have such a nice old book about Paris to tell you about! http://goo.gl/BjpB9

Paulita said...

The second book might be too deep for me at this junction of my life, head filled with teenage dilemmas, but I should definitely try the Julia Child book. I have a weekly meme throughout the year called Dreaming of France if anyone wants to join in. I post it Sunday evening for Monday participation. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I just linked to you today for Paris in July... I think that your header still gives my stomach little butterflies as I think about the first time I saw these Monets. The Orangerie had just reopened after the major renovations and my daughter had the place to ourselves one cold and rainy December morning.

Seeing the actual size of these paintings is overwhelming!

Bises,
Genie

mel u said...

Here is my first post for the event-o an excellent short story from Best European Literature 2013, set in a Paris guest house for transvestite prostitutes.

http://rereadinglives.blogspot.com/2013/07/paris-in-july-2013-madame-zabees-guest.html

Nadia said...

Here's my second post for Paris in July: http://abookishwayoflife.blogspot.com/2013/07/paris-in-color-by-nichole-robertson.html

Daryl said...

i am still on board .. posting photos daily from my recent trip to paris

http://all-throughmyeyes.blogspot.com

fleurfisher said...

I really must bring that Julia Child book home from the library one day. I've been reading non fiction about the twenties that visits Paris, plus a short story by Wilkie Collins, and I've just started reading Balzac. There's a post about it all here.

Jeanie said...

Love, love, love "My Life in France." If my stack wasn't so tall, I'd give it another read right now!

And your banner is stunning!