Friday, June 22, 2012

Paris is July, 2012 Edition


Karen and Tamara are teaming up again to host one of my favorite blogging events, Paris in July. Tamara explains:
 Karen at Bookbath and I are excited to announce the third “Paris in July” – a month long blogging experience celebrating our love of all things French and Parisian. Karen and I really enjoy the experience of hosting and being treated to the many reviews, stories and photos that transport us all to Paris and all things French. First held in 2010 with 39 participants, by popular demand, we were compelled to go again in 2011 with even more participants. Now we’ve heard your requests and we’re off again - on a new journey “Paris in July 2012”. 
For those of you who participated last year the guidelines for the event will be pretty much the same (we reserve the right to throw in some surprises now and then). Paris in July will run from the 1st - 31st July 2011 and the aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through reading, watching, listening to, observing, cooking and eating all things French. 
There will be no rules or targets in terms of how much you need to do or complete in order to be a part of Paris in July - just blog about anything French and you can join in. Some ideas for the month might include: 
Reading a French book - fiction or non-fiction
Watching a French movie
Listening to French music
Cooking French food
Experiencing French art, architecture or travel (or remembering travel experiences)
Or anything else French inspired you can think of...
Of course I plan to participate and have already started making my list. I have no illusions of completing everything, but it's sure to be fun anyway.

Books:
Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift
Tender is the Night  by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gigi by Colette
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick

Short Stories by:
Emile Zola
Guy de Maupassant
Colette

Movies:
The Hedgehog (coming to Netflix 6/26)
Babette's Feast
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Will you be joining us?

32 comments:

  1. Oh my word. I may have to go Public again. I need to participate in this. I can't believe they made a movie about the Hedgehog. I must watch it. I hope it doesn't disappoint.

    Thanks for the information.

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    1. Brenda - You could always just go public for July! The Hedgehog received mixed reviews, so we'll see...

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  2. Oh! The Hedgehog! I forgot that this had been made into a movie.
    It will be so nice to spend July in Paris with you again.

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    1. Audrey - The movie didn't have much of a theater run around here, but I am looking forward to it. Can't wait to spend another month in Paris!

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  3. How interesting and fun! I'll be sure to stop by.

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    1. Georgia Girls - Hope you'll enjoy the time in Paris!

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  4. Would really like to, but it's so soon. I'll have to think about it.

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    1. Carol - Hope you decide to join us. There are no requirements for the number of posts, so you're there with just one book, movie, etc.

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  5. I'm back to joining in, especially as we're off to Paris for the day at the end of July.

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    1. Joan Hunter Dunn - Oh, you are so lucky! I've never to Paris, but certainly hope to get there within the next coupe of years.

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  6. Oh, I'm definitely in, just working on my own post about it! I'm going to try and read at least two books from my own shelves, hopefully more. At least one will be by Emile Zola, just trying to decide which one. At the moment I'm leaning toward The Ladies' Paradise but The Masterpiece looks really good too. I see you're planning to read some Zola short stories. I read a volume of them last year, The Attack on the Mill, and I thought it was excellent.

    I might sneak in some books set in France as well, and I have to decide on some movies -- I haven't watched Amelie in a long time, so that might be fun. There are lot at my library so the only problem will be deciding which ones.

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    1. Karen K. - I almost included a Zola novel on my list, but just know I'll run out of time . The Ladies' Paradise was wonderful, I highly recommend it.

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  7. I just found your blog by chance and your post title interested me. I’ll come back and read what were the results of your challenge. I could not go into it because for me it would not be a challenge as I am French, cook the way I learned in France and read French books all the time. I wish there was a challenge for maybe, I don’t know, July in Amsterdam, Istambul or even Los Angeles ? You know July in Paris is very warm and empty, most Parisiens take their holidays in July and August, so it has only the tourists. So, all the hotels are expensive and the musees are full. It is better to visit in the spring or the fall. Good luck on your challenge. It is not easy to find books in French but I was lucky in second-hand books shops in the last month – I found some in New Orleans and also in New York but was not so lucky last week in Memphis, TN. I wonder, what are the French authors most Americans like to read? Well, actually I did find a book in Memphis last Tuesday, at Burke’s Books – it is called “Paris was ours” and it contains stories by people, Anglophones, who visited Paris, and it is in English – I am just starting to read it.

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    1. Vagabonde - Thank you very much for your comment! I enjoyed looking around your blog, too. There was a Venice in February event earlier this year - it was great fun and I'm hoping it will become an annual event. I have heard that Paris is hot and full of tourists in the summer, but I would love to visit in the spring.

      I don't know many contemporary French authors, but loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Classics are my favorite - Emile Zola, Flaubert, and Colette...plus so many more on my 'to read' list.

      Paris Was Ours is a wonderful book! I read many of the essays last summer and enjoyed them very much. I will read the last few stories next month. Thank you for reminding me.

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  8. Le Road Trip is an EXCELLENT choice! I loved that book!!

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    1. Softdrink - I'm #1 on the library hold list... can't wait to read it!

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  9. Oh how I love this event! Can't wait to participate again this year.

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    1. Lorren Lemmons - Me, too! So glad it's become an annual event.

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  10. This must be my lucky weekend to stumble upon this, just when my husband and I are getting ready to go to a French restaurant to celebrate our 22nd anniversary. I'll definitely participate.

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    1. Paulita - Happy Anniversary! Can't wait to read about your celebration.

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  11. Sounds like a great event. Have fun in July!

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    1. Thanks, Diane. This is always a fun event.

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  12. I won't be joining but this sounds like so much fun! Enjoy!

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  13. July would be a good time to read Paris, My Sweet. I may join in.

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    1. Harvee - Hope you decided to join... the more the merrier!

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  14. So glad you are joining us again JoAnn - and I am really loving your lists - I might have to adopt some of your choices myself I think!

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    1. Karen - I'm very happy you and Tamara have decided to host Paris in July again. It's always one of my favorite blogging events!

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  15. I might have to sign up for this. I love Paris - I've visited twice and even got engaged there. I already plan on being rather francophile on my blog in July since I love the Tour de France and it begins on June 30th. I also want to read Les Miserables this year - and I do have Amalie de Montmartre on my shelf, just waiting to be watched ... Maybe I should join ... *ponders*

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    1. Christina - There is no minimum post requirement... just one and you're in! Why not join us?

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  16. I will have to make sure that I plan for this next year. Once again, I have overbooked my summer and didn't leave any time for myself which is not cool any longer to me. I will be looking forward to your reviews and updates!!!

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    1. Staci - Overbooking happens so easily, doesn't it? Thankfully I have only a couple of commitments this summer.

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