I thought this week’s somewhat “open” theme for Top 10 Tuesday was a great way to share my favourite Paris books! I’m often asked what’s my favourite and it’s really so hard to pick just one – especially after reading so many over the course of 5 years!
Top Ten Books Anyone Who Loves Paris Should Read
- The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan | This is always my #1 answer whenever anyone has asked me what my favourite Paris book is. I absolutely loved this novel about the girl who inspired Degas’ ballerina statue.
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay | I read this many years ago, long before Paris Month was even a thing. It’s what introduced me to de Rosnay as an author and I adored this book.
- Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross | This was featured in Paris Month a couple years ago and I really enjoyed this debut novel about a girl who gets a job as a hired “plain friend” to make another look more attractive.
- The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland | A captivating work of historical fiction, about the woman who becomes the mistress – and confidante – of Louis XIV.
- The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie | Technically I should put the first of the series in here, but since I am reading them out of order and I will put this one here at this time! This, coincidentally following after The Shadow Queen, is also a historical fiction novel about the mistresses of Louis XV.
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLean | A beautiful story about Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
- A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke | A humourous, satiric look at Clarke’s own experiences in France.
- Paris Letters by Janice Macleod | This nonfiction novel was so memorable to me that I still recall elements of it from time to time. Feeling unfulfilled in her work & romantic life, Macleod’s trip to Paris ends up being longterm and she starts an Etsy business with handpainted letters that she mails out to subscribers. Her creative and entrepreneurial spirit is so inspiring and refreshing.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | There’s a lot of love in the book blogosphere for this and I enjoyed it.. very cute rom-com like story which normally I don’t necessarily glom to, but this – as well as Just One Day that I’m reading right now, feels similar in vibe.
- Die For Me by Amy Plum | I am in love with this cover. It may be one of my favourite book covers ever. The story follows a girl who discovers the boy she’s interested in is a Revanant, someone who constantly sacrifices themselves to save others.
And of course, what made your Top 10 list this week?
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