I will openly admit that I absolutely adore Paris… and I dare say I’m not the only one. The treelined streets, blossoms in the Spring, Crepes from a corner store… yep, I could easily and happily transport myself there every day with all of my fond memories. It has been a tough year for Paris but the city of lights has continued to shine even brighter than before. If you’re stuck elsewhere (anywhere else but my darling Paris), hen here are 7 books about Paris to transport you there or give you all the info you need for your next visit!
Have you ever wanted to land in a city and know exactly where to go, as if you were given a hand written list from a family friend? I guess that is what modern day blogs are for, as you find a blogger you can relate to and follow their tips and tricks as you globe trot around the world. Well if you were looking for that in book form, you just might find it within the pages of this little black book if Paris!
I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. The author Janice is witty and entirely relatable, having sold all her things to follow her dream to travel (sounds familiar, right!?) As the story goes, Janice hates her job in the corporate world and at some stage in her thirties decides to pack up and sell her things, save some money for a year, before heading off on a grand adventure to Paris. As if she was destined for it, Janice falls in love with a butcher in Paris and eventually moves there to continue her Paris love affair (both literally and figuratively through the city).
I’m not going to lie, I picked up this book purely because of the small text that states “with recipes”… need I say more? I’m yet to read it as it is on my summer reading list, but the blurb states that the author moves to Paris, falls in love, and lives happily ever after. Sounds dreamy enough for me!
If there’s just one thing I want to achieve in my lifetime, it would be to learn (and master) French. This is such a beautiful language to hear and speak, so I would love to one day be able to say more than Hello, Goodbye, and “un latte pour aller s’il vous plaît”. Granted I have picked up more and more words over the years, but to actually understand what is being said back to me would be a dream come true. This is essential for first time visitors who are looking to speak with locals, unless of course you don’t mind a screwed up nose when you don’t greet the waitress in French before (inevitably) reverting back to English!
Designed as a self guided tour book of Paris, Delicious Days in Paris is an absolute mecca of information for those heading to Paris to eat their weight in croissants, macarons, and chocolat chaud. The cute little illustrations matched with gorgeous photographs and endless tips make this the perfect companion on a foodie trip to Paris!
If you have any love or appreciation for Ernest Hemingway, then you’ll be delighted to pick up this read that follows his memoirs living in Paris as a struggling journalist in the 1920’s. It is a divine to read, especially if you wish to be transported back to another time, not just a place in Paris itself. This is also a good bookshelf resident because… well… Hemingway, of course!
Its no secret that I love this book, as for most of this year I’ve been singing its praise! This book is fun, witty, and the perfect companion for all the wannabe Parisians out there (myself included). There are plenty of style tips, a few recipes, life tips like dating and how to lure men in like a Frenchwoman. Seriously if you don’t have this book already, grab a copy for yourself to put under the Christmas tree this year. You won’t regret it!