'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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July 1, 2011

Bonjour, Paris!




Today is (normalement) the first day of Paris in July, a wonderful month-long fête hosted by Karen of BookBath and Tamara of Thyme for Tea.  My eyes are always bigger than my reading time, but I've been collecting a stack of books, a movie or two, and some recipes. {No lists. I love making lists, but I'm also cultivating spontaneity.}

Because it came in (and was due back) at the library), I started my reading early, with David McCullough's The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris {please come back on July 4th?}, and (for the same reason, though the line wasn't as long), John Baxter's  The Most Beautiful Walk in the World:  A Pedestrian in Paris.  I've also just finished Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. A person could be happy enough with those, but enough doesn't have to be enough.

Are you traveling with us? What are you packing for the trip?
 


{image from French Country Living, by Carolyn Mogg}

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3 comments:

Darlene said...

While I won't be joining in on this challenge I did just finish a book for the Brookner challenge. It was partly set in Paris and was wonderful!

Enjoy your reading!

Annie said...

Like Darlene, I won't be joining in the challenge. I am completely committed for the next two months with books for the Summer Schools I'm running. However, i am going to be making a list of all the books people suggest. I love Paris and I think this is a wonderful way of spending time there.

Karen said...

So glad you are joining us for the month! Thank you for sharing your music love too - I had never heard of those musicians before so it will be something new for me to look into - I agree with you, their lyrics sound divine.

Thank you for visiting!

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