Last week, I wrote about how I am re-learning French to get ready for an upcoming trip to Paris.
My own French immersion does not end there, as I am also devouring my own Eiffel Tower of books for this and an already-planned future visit. Scott and I have each been to Paris several times - most recently, we vacationed there in the fall of 2012. I don't require any motivation or inspiration to visit this beautiful city, but I like to get back into the culture and language before we go.
This is kind of an eclectic list. In no particular order, here are a few of my faves. I admit that I am reading several for the second, third - even fourth time (bonjour "My Life in France" and "A Moveable Feast").
"Paris to the Moon" - Adam Gopnik
From food to fashion to politics, a highly-recommended book of essays by a writer who penned the The New Yorker's "Paris Journal" for several years.
"A Moveable Feast" - Ernest Hemingway
The classic of classics about American expats in Paris between the wars.
"The Sun Also Rises" - Ernest Hemingway
Again - letting my Hemingway flag fly high.
"The Paris Wife" - Paula McClain
Hemingway again - but this time a novel based on his first wife and their lives in Paris during the 1920s.
"La Belle France" - Alistair Horne
A serious, scholarly history of France by an acclaimed Oxford historian who is a storyteller extraordinaire.
"Paris: A Love Story" - Kati Marton
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll learn a lot about Paris in an engaging memoir by this author and former ABC news reporter.
"My Life in France" - Julia Child
Wow. Just wow.
"Buying a Piece of Paris" - Ellie Nielsen
An entertaining and informative book about an Australian family trying to buy a flat in Paris. This gives you a bit more insight into the process than you get from House Hunters International.
Coming up, my Paris movie list, topped by one of my all-time faves - "Midnight in Paris." What else should I be reading?