logo for Books on France 2013 Reading ChallengeWhen 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!

photo of macarons with Paris by Edward RutherfurdHere’s the whole list with links to my posts:

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  3. French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
  4. The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo
  5. Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
  6. Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas
  7. The Serpent and the Moon by Princess Michael of Kent.
  8. DK Eyewitness Travel: Paris
  9. Zarafa by Michael Allin
  10. Death in the City of Light by David King
  11. The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison
  12. Julia Child Rules by Karen Karbo
  13. French Milk by Lucy Knisley
  14. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  15. The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
  16. Brave Genius by Sean B. Carroll
  17. A Paris Notebook by C.W. Gusewelle
  18. Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr
  19. 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?

photo of Eiffel tower with words Dreaming of FranceI’m also linking this post to the Monday Dreaming of France meme. Check An Accidental Blog today for more France-themed posts.

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Books on France Challenge — Wrap Up — 7 Comments

  1. Edward Rutherfurd’s London or Sarum. I read both London and Paris this year and am currently reading Russka.

    I want to go to England this year too but I’m waiting to see if my mother can fit it in her schedule. The husband and I may be going to France.

  2. That is amazing, Joy! I have another one for you. I’m reading it now and will review it soon. “The Yelliw Eyes of Crocodiles” by Katherine Pancol.

  3. Congratulations Joy. What a great list of books you read. I enjoyed reading all your reviews. I’ve read some of these books, but some are still on my TBR. Somehow I’d missed reading your review of The Serpent and The Moon, that sounds fascinating for several reasons- the love triangle at the centre of the story, and that it was written by Princess Michael of Kent, I had no idea she’d written a book.

  4. You read a lot of books set in France. Congrats and thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. I hope you’ll still come along to play with your fabulous photos from your trip. Also, my latest book, I See London I See France can cover both countries – women’s fiction, escapist reading. Merry Christmas and enjoy the new year.

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