Reading Around the World: Paris

Reading Around the World is a feature that combines my love of travelling with my love of reading. Each month I plan to spotlight either a city I have visited, or a city I plan to visit in the near future, and recommend some of my favourite books set there. After all even if you can’t visit these cities yourself the next best thing has to be reading about them and living the experience through the eyes of the characters.

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Paris is somewhere I’ve been twice already, and will likely be going again before this year is over. Like London I feel there’s always something new to discover about the city, and I never end up doing the same things twice when I’m there. Although there are some sights, like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, that for me I have to see no matter how often I’ve seen them before. If the sights aren’t your thing though there are plenty of incredible plenty of places to eat. My friend and I found a small cafe or bakery to spend an hour or two in every afternoon we were in Paris, and that’s saying nothing about how amazing the dinners there were.

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Anna and the French Kiss is the main book that comes to mind when I think of Paris. When Anna moves to Paris for school we see the city through the eyes of someone whose never been there. I’d already been to Paris a couple of times before picking up this book and reading it, following Anna and Étienne around the city, brought back a lot of happy memories from my time there.

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Both The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr are books which pass through Paris. Monty, Percy and Felicity stop off in the city before their Grand Tour takes a very different path from what they planned in The Gentleman’s Guide, and in All the Light We Cannot See Marie-Laure lives in Paris before World War II forces her to flee the city with her father.

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Two other books, neither of which I’ve read myself, set in Paris are Die for Me by Amy Plum and One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank. I can’t even say I’ve heard much about either of these books either, so if you have read and enjoyed them let me know.

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Have you ever been to Paris before; what was your favourite part of the city to see and explore? Also what are some of the amazing books you’ve read set in Paris, or France, that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.

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48 thoughts on “Reading Around the World: Paris

  1. Some nice photos there Beth. I spent a week in Paris in late 2016 and have been aching to get back there again. I just love the place. I have written a few blog posts about Paris and one just recently about a book set in Paris. https://aliterarybent.wordpress.com/2018/12/27/christmas-is-over-for-another-year/ the second part of this post is about the book “Paris was ours.” And the links to my other posts about Paris are here…. https://aliterarybent.wordpress.com/2018/11/23/paris-has-it-all-part-one/ features other books about or set in Paris….
    and here….. https://aliterarybent.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/paris-has-it-all-part-2/
    I share your passion for books and travel.

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    1. Thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoyed this post and hopefully you’ll make it back to Paris one day soon as well. It really is an incredible city and I’m sure we’ve each still got loads left to discover.
      Thanks for the links as well. I’ll be sure to check out your posts. It’s always nice discovering over bloggers who share my passions for books and travel. 🙂 ❤️

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  2. I have never been to Paris before, but my wife and I would love to go someday. With us being young and newly married this year we are going on a Caribbean cruise so hopefully next year will be going to Paris. The architecture is just absolutely fascinating. I love the designs. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 – Letstalkaboutpersonaldevelopment.blog

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    1. In that case I really hope you make it there one day. Paris is an incredible city but wow a Caribbean cruise sounds amazing too. I’m sure you’ll have a great time and yes there’s so much to see in Paris. I want to go back again one day and see more! 🙂
      That’s all right, I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

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  3. OMG PARIS!!! I have visited it for the first time in August for a few days and already miss it – the time has been waaay to short and was over so soon 😭 Your pictures really awakened my nostalgia, I have to visit the city again sometime! 💗 I also need to read the Gentleman’s Guide 😃

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    1. I miss Paris too, one of my friends is actually going there in November and I’m so jealous because I want to be going back too (maybe one day). Thanks so much, yeah the downside of these posts is that they always make me want to travel back to these places, and definitely. The Gentleman’s Guide is a great read! 😀

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  4. Hello Beth!
    Love your pictures in this post. I enjoyed Paris when I visited though I was just there for a few days. It is definitely on my list of places to visit again! I loved going to bakeries and cafes in Paris and I missed baguettes 🙂 Anna and the French Kiss is also the first book that came to mind when I think of Paris!

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie. 🙂 ❤️ Yeah Paris is an amazing city, and in my opinion there are never too many times you can visit there so a re-visit is always a must! 😀
      Oh it’s gotta be that way for most people I’m sure. Paris is such a big part of the story isn’t it?

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  5. Your pictures are beautiful, Beth! ❤ ❤ I've been to Paris multiple times now and I really appreciate the city, even if, well… maybe it's because I am French, but I can stay there a weekend, tops hahaha I just can't stand it more than that ahah. Lovely post!! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. 🙂 ❤ Ha, yeah I know that feeling because as much as I love the city I couldn't stay for too long in London. It's nice to go there for a little while, to experience to buzz, but staying there for too long is too much isn't it?
      Thanks. 🙂 ❤

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  6. Unfortunately have not been yet but I have friends and family living in France so it’s only a matter of time!

    I do love this feature of yours Beth, because as you say, it’s the perfect way to visit different places when you can’t physically get yourself there 😀

    I haven’t read any of theses recs either but I do love when books take place in foreign cities and are able to paint us a realistic picture of the place. I usually end up becoming obsessed with visiting said places if I enjoyed the book they’re set in. Like Daughter of Smoke of Bone – I mean, how can one not fall in love with Prague after reading it???

    Terrific post, lovely! Keep them coming ❤️

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    1. That’s a shame, but with family and friends there you know you’ll make it there one day (honestly you have no excuse not to go right?!)
      Thanks so much Sophie, and yeah my second favourite thing after travelling to places in person is travelling there through books. 😀
      Ha, yeah Daughter of Smoke and Bone did that for me when it comes to Prague. With Paris though if you read Anna and the French Kiss you will immediately want to run out and buy a plane ticket! 😀
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Oh when it comes to books set in Paris Anna and the French Kiss is a favourite of mine, and thanks for the recommendation. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but the few I have read I’ve loved so I’ll be sure to check out The Nightingale. 🙂 ❤️

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  7. One of my favourite books set in Paris is The House That I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay, I would definitely recommend it if you like historical fiction! (It’s set in the 19th century, as Paris is being remodeled)

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  8. Your photos are so gorgeous! 😀 One day I’ll get to Paris, I had a co-worker ask me if I was going to make it to Paris when I go to England, and I had to say no, unfortunately I just won’t have enough time! Unfortunately, I haven’t read any of these books either. I have heard nothing but good things about The Gentleman’s Guide… I’m sure I’ll be getting to it at one point or another! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan. 🙂 ❤️ I’m sure you will make it there one day, and yeah you want to make sure you have enough time to explore everything England has to offer, even though England and France aren’t too far away from one another. 🙂
      The Gentleman’s Guide is a favourite of mine, and it doesn’t just go to Paris either. I’d highly recommend it. 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Dezzy. 🙂 Oh Paris is amazing, I hope you manage to make it there one day. Yeah it’s an amazing book, and it goes to so many places too this isn’t the first time I’ve featured The Gentleman’s Guide is one of these posts. 😀
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤️

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  9. I’ve been to Paris and I loved it despite the bad weather! My favourite part had to be Shakespeare & Co bookshop because I’m a bookworm. I want to go back soon. As for books set there, perhaps Sepulchre by Kate Mosse which has some scenes in Paris. Great pictures!

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    1. Yeah one of the times I went we had really bad weather too, but it was still a good holiday overall. Oh I never made it to Shakespeare & Co, but it’s on my list if I ever make it back to Paris again. 🙂
      Oh one of my friends has read and enjoyed Kate Mosse’s books, so I’ve heard good things about her. Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤️

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