It's July already, the year is half over -- how did this happen? But for me July will always include the Paris in July reading challenge hosted by Thyme for Tea. I started participating in this event back in 2011 and I've posted my Francophile book reviews nearly every year since!
As always, I'm trying to read mostly from my own shelves in my never-ending quest to empty the TBR shelves. Some of these can also count for the Back to the Classics and TBR Pile Challenges, and from my Classics Club List. I'm sure I won't finish all of them but reading goals are always good, right?
First, the French books in translation:
- Claudine Married by Colette. The second novella in the Claudine omnibus; I'm sure I won't finish the entire series this month.
- The Mystery of Henri Pick by David Foenkinos. Found this whilst browsing in the library and it looked interesting (and short!).
- Maman, What Are We Called Now? by Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar.
- Renoir, My Father by Jean Renoir
- A Fine of Two Hundred Francs by Elsa Triolet
- The Bright Side of Life by Emile Zola
Books originally written in English but set in France:
- The Loved and Envied by Enid Bagnold
- Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
- Martha in Paris by Margery Sharp
- The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope
- Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
So - mostly fiction and fairly short books - more than half of them are under 300 pages and a couple are under 200! The longest is the Renoir biography (not counting the Claudine omnibus but all three of the remaining novellas are under 200 pages). I wonder if I could actually finish the entire list?
Bloggers, have you read any of these? Which are your favorites and should be read first? And what else do you recommend for Paris in July?