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June 30, 2013

Paris in July: les livres

These are the books I've set out for Paris in July... It's hard to decide where to start, since I'm really looking forward to all of them. 

I'm hoping to do some cooking and baking, too ... I was even going to start early by making some madeleines this weekend. The problem is that the refrigerator we inherited with the apartment decided to stop working on Friday. It's been fixed, temporarily, but it still stops cooling once in a while and I don't want to throw away any more food {that hurt!} or buy anything perishable till it's really fixed, which may not be for a few days. {It seems that the former owners redid the kitchen about 10 years ago and bought very high-end appliances and did absolutely no maintenance on them. But the freezer is fine, oddly and thankfully, and the part that's broken is still under warranty!  This may have something to do with what else we learned, that this fridge cost about as much as a week at the Ritz.  Tres chic.}

If I need some lighter reading (and we sometimes do, don't we?} I have two mysteries, also ...

I started The Bones of Paris {a preview from NetGalley} earlier this week and have to admit that I'm not too taken with it, and the other is part of a new series I found by accident while I was looking on the library's website for something else. {Virtual browsing!} The series has very so-so reviews on Goodreads, but if one comes in for my Nook soon I might try it.  They're described as 'culinary mysteries,' about a Paris police detective married to a food critic, and the title of this one is kind of irresistible. :)

It's been fun, already, to see what others are planning to read.  Are you going to Paris with us? I hope so!


Karen K. said...

I'm reading The Ladies' Paradise too -- actually, I finished it early on a plane trip this weekend. I have a whole stack of French books and I keep adding to it!!

Sorry to hear about your refrigerator. I once had a fridge die the day after Thanksgiving -- no leftovers that year, it was very sad. I might try to make some macarons though we've had temperatures in the 100s lately.

skiourophile said...

I'm keen to read The Paris Winter, as I read a very interesting non-fiction book on the great flood (which I hope I'll manage to review in July!).

Joy Weese Moll said...

Fun -- I love the story of the story. That's a beautiful picture. It reminds me of Edith Wharton's The Decoration of Houses.

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