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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.