Coming home from France my first job was to reorganize my things because before I left I cleaned out my room so, my little brother could move into it. I had put all my things into boxes and now that I was back, it was time to sort through them. As I was, I stumbled upon a plethora of books. I looked at all these books spread out on the floor and I caught onto a theme…they were all, somehow, related to Paris, French, or France! And that’s when I realized that I might have a little obsession.
I have never done a post anything like this before but, I thought I would take a minute to sort through all my books and share with you guys some of my favorites. I love to read but, finding books I really enjoy can be tough, especially since there are millions of books out there. Not only will I be reviewing the books myself but, there will also be other opinions I gathered from Amazon so, you guys can take another look at it. But, remember that everyone’s opinion is their own. One last thing before we get started, if you want to find these books, click on the title of the book and it will take you directly to Amazon.com, where you will be able to see more information and buy them if you would like.
- The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife is written by Paula McLain and is, of course, set in Paris for most of the book. It follows the life of Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley Richardson, during the 1920’s. The author uses real-life events to create an amazing historical feel to the book. On Amazon it received 4 and a half stars, 51% rating it 5 stars! The authors emotions are clearly written and allows the reader to connect with the characters. This was definitely a book I never would have picked up but, I am glad I did. My love of history enticed me to carry through and I loved learning more about Hemingway’s life in a different way. One thing I will say is that if you are not a fan of Hemingway’s writing style this may not be for you because the author similarly emulates his style throughout the book. Overall, I would agree with most of the reviews and say that this book was, “well written” and “a great read”.
2. The Ingredients of Love
Written by Nicolas Barreau, The Ingredients of Love is a nice summer read about Aurélie Bredin, a restaurant owner, and a author with a secret. This book made me want to talk to the main character, Aurélie and let her know what was going on. It was a “little predictable” but, all together it was a fun and easy read gaining 3 and half stars on Amazon, with more than half of the readers rating it as 4 or 5 stars. I am always up for a cute book with funny scenes and this book sure has that! Overall, an great quick book for those who like cute romances.
3. Paris, Modigliani, and Me
Paris, Modigliani, and Me is written by Jacqueline Kolosov and received 5 stars on Amazon. The book follows an 18-year-old girl, named Julie, who is a nanny in Paris for the summer. I loved reading this book and I was never able to put it down. It shows the struggles of real life and for young teenagers who are struggling to decide their future. Throughout the book Kolosov keeps readers enticed by the interesting story plots she creates with her writing. Overall, a great “coming-of-age story”, which I fell in love with reading!
4. Lunch in Paris, A love story with recipes
Written by Elizabeth Band, Lunch in Paris relates to everyone because who doesn’t love food? Band relates romance and food in an amazing mix and showing the soul of French culture. Gaining 4 stars on Amazon, this book will leave you wanting more. Follow the story of a young woman and get wrapped up a Parisian lifestyle with amazing french recipes to cook at home and keep the story going. Overall, a book I wouldn’t normally pick up but, I ended up loving it. Maybe it was the food, or maybe it was everything but, it sure was amazing!
5. Paris My Sweet
Paris My Sweet is written by Amy Thomas and is a story about a girl obsessed with all things French. As you could assume, I fell in love with this book because I related to it so much! This books explores a characters struggle with her dream between two cities: New York and Paris. It received 4 stars on Amazon, with 70% of the reviewers rating it a 4 or 5 stars. How Thomas writes about chocolate will have you hungry for more.
6. Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong
Written by Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow, Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong received 4 and a half stars on Amazon. The books shows French culture in a different light and is a great read before traveling to France. This books decodes french culture and uncovers mysteries you never would have uncovered without it. A great book for understanding French culture and lifestyle! Overall, a great book for those who love to see and understand different cultures.
7. The Little Paris Bookshop
The Little Paris Bookshop is written by Nina George and is a book about a man who one day finds a letter left by his ex-love. He finally opens the letter and it takes him on an adventure of a lifetime. I love any kind of love story and this one was a great one! Great writing style and amount of detail made me feel like I was right there. George received 4 stars on Amazon for The Little Paris Bookshop. Overall, a great story full of adventure and romance!
8. When in French: Love In A Second Language
Written by Lauren Collins, When in French beautifully shows the struggle, joy, and touching moments in a relationship where two different culture collide. I loved seeing a relationship different than the kind I normally read and I also loved that Collins included French vocabulary words as well! On Amazon it received 3 and a half stars with reviews from both sides. Though I enjoyed this book I could see it going either way. Overall a fast, and fun read!
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