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July 4, 2021

Paris in July!

 


After having high hopes last year, then not participating at all, I've been especially looking forward to Paris in July this year.  July will be my last month of working full-time from home (we wander back to the office in August) so I'm trying to make the most of the extra time working this way has sometimes given me.But I've also promised myself that I won't overpromise ... one book and one new recipe, at a minimum. Still, the book is underway, and I've also been watching something on Netflix, and they're both very promising. And I think there will be more.

The book:


This is a new novel, with alternating chapters set in Paris during WWII and in Montana in the 1980s, and tells the story of a young French woman, Odile, who works at the American Library in Paris, and Lily, a teenager who befriends the mysterious older woman who lives next door. 

The series:



Shall we call it by its French name, Dix Pour Cent?  I am never an early adopter of Netflix series (so I'm still on season 1) but I am getting to be pretty good at binge-watching to catch up. :)  And my favorite thing about watching so far is to try to see how much of the French I can understand (not that much, but some).

Thanks again to notre ami Tamara for hosting Paris in July.




7 comments:

Mae Travels said...

We watched a few episodes of "Call My Agent" (Dix Pour Cent) and thought it was funny, but we got tired of it before the end of the series. Very French humor. We watch everything with subtitles in any language, so we had the feeling of understanding the dialogue. Have fun with it!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

stacybuckeye said...

I have this book in my stack of possible reads this month. It looks good.

JoAnn said...

Call My Agent is new to me, but it sure sounds like fun. Hope to run into you in Paris this month!

Jeanie said...

I have the Paris Library on my shelf and have yet to start it. I was hoping to get it in during Paris in July -- and we'll see!

Karen K. said...

I loved Call My Agent and was very sorry to see it end -- but good news, they're planning a fifth series or movie, possibly both!

If you enjoy French tv series I also recommend Lupin, based on the beloved books about Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Thief (rather like the anti-Sherlock Holmes).

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I've read and enjoyed The Paris Library. Now I'm off to look for Dix Pour Cent. Thanks for the heads up.

Tamara said...

Im not a netflix person (I fear I would be a binger), but from time to time I wish there was a way to get access to series like this..

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