Once again, Karen from Bookbath and Tamara from Thyme for Tea are hosting Paris in July! This a really fun event. The guidelines are easy -- no minimums, just blogging about pretty much anything French-inspired, including reading French books, watching French movies, eating French food [!!] or reminiscing about French travel experiences. What's not to like?
It was so much fun reading books about France last year, and I loved discovering so many new books on the blogosphere. Of course, I'll be participating again. This year I'm going to try and coordinate my French reads with my remaining challenge books and with the Victorian celebration -- and of course, I'm always trying to read books off the TBR shelves!
Here are some possible titles from my own shelves:
The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant
Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Thief by Maurice Leblanc
Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Plus, I'm definitely going to read another book by Emile Zola.
I still have several unread:
The Ladies' Paradise
L'Assommoir (The Drinking Den)
And there are a few that I might check out from the library:
Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier
A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe
Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
Bonjour, Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
Ideally, I'd like to read at least four, but two or three would be great too -- if I complete one from each list, I'll be happy.
And I'd like to watch some French movies as well. I have a long list I've never seen, including:
La Bete Humaine
I've Loved You So Long
Kings of Pastry
My Father's Glory
Paris, Je T'aime
Queen to Play
A Town Called Panic
How about you, bloggers? Anyone else signing up? What are you reading? And which of these books do you recommend?