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Paris in July, 2023

It is this time of the year again, the much anticipated meeting point of Paris in July. Hosted by Tamara @Thyme-for-Tea during the last years. This year Tamara has no time, and Emma at Words and Peace kindly has taken over this year, for which we are grateful. Thank you Emma. Emma has also created a beautiful cover image to go with our posts.

What is it all about?


From Emma's website (see link above) we get the following information:


"I’m Emma, from Dijon, Burgundy, France, but have been living around Chicago for over 20 years. I have been blogging here for almost 13 years, often highlighting books set in France or written by French authors. So it kind of makes sense that I would help you, eager participants into this yearly event, to keep visisting your favorite city in July!

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Let’s try something different:

  • you will add all your links thanks to the widget on this page every week

  • then on this same page, I will list your posts by theme: books, movies, cooking, etc. I think it will be easier for all to use as a resource

  • there will be a couple gifts at the end of the month!

Feel free to share your page on social media with the hashtag #parisinjuly2023. I’m also preparing a special BINGO game, if there’s some interest."


There might be a few new items on the agenda this year. Looking forward to seeing what Emma is coming up with.


My plans for the month


I have not really had time to plan anything this year. I usually do a French dinner, but will not have time this year. I will look for French films/tv-series and listen to French music.


I took a look at my book shelves to see if I have anything, not read, connected to Paris and France. To my surprise I have nine books that I could read this month. They are:


  • The Pursuit of Glory - The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe 1648-1815 by Tim Banning - I can at least read about the French revolution.

  • Axel von Fersen and Queen Marie-Antoinette by Margareta Beckman - a Swedish nonfiction of the love affair between the two. I think it will include new research and findings.

  • Notre-Dame de Paris/The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo - I actually read this book in June, but will write about it in July.

  • Hemingway, The Paris Years by Michael Reynolds - I have this for some time and each year decide to read it for Paris in July. Will it happen this year?

  • The Red and the Black by Stendahl - a classic I wanted to read for a long time. The text in the physical book I have is very small, but I have an e-book version, so can go for that one.

  • Marie Antoinette by Stefan Zweig - his take on the Austrian princess turned queen. I have already started this one, and it would be good to finish it this year.

  • Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc

  • Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar by Jules Verne

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Let's see how far I have come at the end of the month.


Hope to see you in Paris in July. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to this year.


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אורח
20 ביולי 2023

I made it late to the party as I didn't know about it. But I'm really having fun with my reads for the last half of the month for this challenge! The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Scarlet Pimpernel are both on my TBR. :) Karen from https://thesimplyblog.org/

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Lory Hess
Lory Hess
08 ביולי 2023

I need to read Notre-Dame de Paris some time! I was so lucky to get to go to Paris a couple of weeks ago, and to visit Notre Dame, only from the outside of course. It's still an impressive sight.

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
16 ביולי 2023
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That's fantastic. Such a sad occasion when it burned. The story was quite interesting. I did mix it up with the Phantom of the Opera, but I think the main story is more or less the same.

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אורח
07 ביולי 2023

Good luck for an eye's down month of engrossing reading. Your book list has some great classics. I'm afraid I'm already distracted watching Wimbledon this month but you wouldn't expect anything else would you?! Thanks for stopping by my Roland Garros post, much appreciated.

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
16 ביולי 2023
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I have watched quite a lot of tennis since my son played for many years. Now he plays more padel, but the interest for tennis is still there. I will watch the Wimbledon final (men) in about an hour. Might pop over to Båstad on Thursday to watch the Båstad open, if the weather is ok.

It seems to be a few classics. Will not have time for all of them though. I have read four of them so far and am on the fifth (Jules Verne). But there are other months ahead.

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Marianne Maurer
Marianne Maurer
03 ביולי 2023

I am glad we are doing <a href="https://momobookblog.blogspot.com/2023/07/paris-in-july.html">Paris in July</a> again this year. I am looking forward to many interesting reads.

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
04 ביולי 2023
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Good to see you here. I left a comment on your post. Orwell sounds interesting to read. Illies is a must as well. Nemirovsky's name turns up now and then and it would be interesting to read something by her.

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Debbie Nance
Debbie Nance
02 ביולי 2023

I am a reader who carefully plans out her reading, and I've stockpiled books for months for this event. I am very happy Emma has agreed to take on Paris in July; with her background, she is an ideal person to host.


I had originally planned to focus on finishing The Count of Monte Cristo in July, but then I got caught up in the story and had to read to the end last week. Happily, I have several other books I can take on this month. I've read and enjoyed both Arsène Lupin and The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Red and the Black is a book I've been curious about, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on…

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
04 ביולי 2023
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I have been a little bit disorganised this year. It came upon me all of a sudden. Too busy with other things. Happy that Paris in July went on as planned, with Emma in charge of the steering. Arsène Lupin and The Scarlet Pimpernel I have seen as tv-series, but it is something else to take on the book. Hopefully, they will live up to my expectations. I am following a very nice, and well studied young man on youtube, who talk about classics, and other books. I saw he has just published a video on How to read The Count of Monte Christo. His name is Benjamin McEvoy and here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWdZqe1DU0c He is quite interesting to listen to.

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