When I signed up for the Books on France challenge, I figured I’d manage the “un peu” level of three books before our trip in late May. But, I kept reading and reading. Some books were accidental picks for the challenge — novels I picked up for other reasons that turned out to be set in France. There were books I wanted to read before we went and books that I discovered I wanted to read while we were there. By the middle of the summer, I was on a roll, so I just kept going. In the end, I read 19 Books on France, six times my original goal plus one!
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
- French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
- The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo
- Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
- Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas
- The Serpent and the Moon by Princess Michael of Kent.
- DK Eyewitness Travel: Paris
- Zarafa by Michael Allin
- Death in the City of Light by David King
- The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison
- Julia Child Rules by Karen Karbo
- French Milk by Lucy Knisley
- Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
- The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
- Brave Genius by Sean B. Carroll
- A Paris Notebook by C.W. Gusewelle
- Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr
- Minette’s Feast by Susanna Reich
Am I done? Who knows? I’m kind of addicted now. But my travel dreams for 2014 are to England, not France. We haven’t made plans, yet, but maybe in the fall. So, I suspect my focus will move across the Channel in 2014. Do you have books to recommend on England similar to the ones I read about France? Memoirs of expats, like Paris, My Sweet? Delightful novels that happen to be set there, like Scarlet? Intriguing histories, like Zarafa?
I’m also linking this post to the Monday Dreaming of France meme. Check An Accidental Blog today for more France-themed posts.