These books are darker, and more cerebral, than other books of this ilk (like Alexander McCall Smith's, for instance, which I also enjoy). I actually 'read' both by listening to them as audiobooks. Elegance was read by one narrator, doing multiple voices, and Gourmet Rhapsody was read by an ensemble, with each actor playing multiple charactersThat can be a plus or a minus, because the reading style and the voices created by the skillful narrators can color my perceptions of the characters a little. I think in the case listening to them enhanced my enjoyment...and I probably read both books sooner than I would have otherwise.
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Book Bath and Thyme for Tea, are putting together an online event called Paris in July.
We are two friends with a deep interest and love of French culture and way of life - although we experience and demonstrate this passion in very different ways. Karen has only recently discovered the magic of Paris - the city, the architecture, the fashion and the literature whereas the French experience has been a part of Tamara's life for a long time, leading her to learn the language and experience the culture in a deeper way. But for both of us as Australian's, the reality of traveling to France is a costly and timely experience - so we need to find ways of bringing France to us!
The aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through reading, watching, listening, 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 this experience – just blog about anything French and you can join in! Some ideas might include:
This sounds wonderful, and I hope it will be a chance to virtually meet some new people, so I'm looking forward to participating. (I'm pretty sure I will read and bake, but rules or not, it would be fun to try to follow each of their suggestions at least once.) I was tempted to file this entry away till July, but that would be cheating. :)
- reading a French themed book – fiction or non-fiction
- watching a French movie,
- listening to French music,
- cooking French food,
- experiencing French, art, architecture and travel