BOOKS ON FRANCE
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2013
In 2013, I plan to always have a book related to France on my currently-reading list. So in case you would like to read a few books related to France, here are the details:
Any book related to France:
- it can be set in France,
- written by a French author,
- written in French (not Canadian French), by authors from any country
- about a French theme: French cuisine (how the French influenced American cuisine is accepted for instance), French fashion, etc.
- it can be a book you read also for another challenge
You can contact me if you are looking for titles. Here is my own list for 2013. If you are a Goodreads member, you can access my France shelf.
All the genres are accepted:
- historical fiction
- mystery, etc
All medias are accepted:
- graphic (novel or non-fiction)
HOW MANY BOOKS?
- LEVEL 1, “un peu” = 3 books (one per quarter for instance)
- LEVEL 2, “beaucoup”= 6 books
- LEVEL 3, “passionnément” = 12 books (one/month, for instance)
- LEVEL 4, “à la folie”= 52 books (one/week, for instance)
Just an explanation on the 4 levels:
In France, we have a silly funny game:
when girls tell fortunes by pulling the petals off daisies, they say for instance, il m’aime un peu, beaucoup, passionnément, à la folie. What comes up on the last petal is supposed to reveal to what degree the boyfriend loves a girl: a bit, a lot, passionately, or he is maddeningly in love with her!
AND THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF 2013:
BE SURE TO FINISH YOUR CHALLENGE
TO GET A CHANCE TO WIN 1 BOOK!
PLEASE USE THE RELEVANT MR LINKY
The 1st is for sign-up [use only once]
The 2nd for each of your reviews
The 3rd is for your recap post
when you completed the challenge
SIGN UP FOR THIS READING CHALLENGE USING
MR LINK #1:
Please insert the link of your post explaining what you plan to do for this challenge,
not just the link of your main homepage
POST THE LINK FOR EACH BOOK YOU READ
FOR THIS READING CHALLENGE USING
MR LINK #2:
Please insert the link of your post where the review is,
not just the link of your main homepage
and it would be neat if you inserted the title,
for instance: Emma @ Words And Peace (Swann’s Way)
POST THE LINK OF YOUR RECAP POST
WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED
THIS READING CHALLENGE USING
MR LINK #3:
Please insert the link of your post containing your recap,
not just the link of your main homepage
I can attain the “passionnement” level just from the books already on my shelf! Look for my intro post shortly.
great! have heard about 6 books on your list, and have only read 4. when I launched this, I didn’t realize this was going to give a mortal blow to my TBR… lol
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yeah! and you are the first to join my Challenge too, congratulations! exciting, we are already 4 in. I’m now following you through RSS
Ok, thanks! (sorry, I posted the question twice!) I’ll post the “challenge” in a few days and then I’ll add it to Mister Linky 🙂
no problem, I deleted the repeat question. looking forward to your selection
I’d love to join in but I don’t know what I’ll be reading. hmmmn… whats your take on short story collections by french authors? also do you know of any good mystery series set in France? I was planning on reading more mysteries in 2013. Nothing too dark and gritty though.
For French stories, I would recommend Maupassant [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Short_stories_by_Guy_de_Maupassant].
there’s an interesting bilingual volume of short stories by several French authors: http://www.amazon.com/French-Short-Stories-Nouvelles-Francaises/dp/0140023852.
another such collection would be The Oxford Book of French short stories: http://www.amazon.com/Oxford-French-Short-Stories-Books/dp/019958317X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353170087&sr=8-1&keywords=oxford+book+of+french+short+stories.
these 2 examples could be a neat way of being acquainted to several French authors through one book.
or the famous Perrault’s Fairy Tales: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/630879.Perrault_s_Fairy_Tales
As for mystery series set in France, I have these on my Goodreads TBR – you can see these titles even if you are not a Goodreads member:
– http://www.goodreads.com/series/59489-aimee-leduc-investigations: this is a series of a murder in each famous Paris area
let me know if you need more!, or things in French
You have certainly challenged us! I will start with Level 3 “passionnement” and strive for Level 4! I so enjoy your blog and a number of others, my daughters also suggested starting a blog. Sure, in a few years after I learn the vocabulary-RSS, Mr. Linkys, memes, etc. I could learn French before I learn this lingo.
we can help you with that, much simpler than learning French for sure, believe a French tutor! Wow, level 4! I actually plan myself to have always something French going on, so I should also be in between 3 and 4. welcome!
I’m in for the first time at 3 books! 🙂
Welcome Risa! interesting titles. I will have a look at your 3rd, of which I really know nothing about.
Oh! I love reading about the Scarlet Pimpernel! The series is set in England and France during the French Revolution. The Scarlet Pimpernel is supposed to be an English gentleman who works at rescuing people sentenced to the guillotine. In think there are some 8 or 9 books in this series of which I have read only 3.
OMG, what did you just do? adding 9 books at once to my already awfully long TBR!
But they are so worth it! 😀
And thank you for the welcome. 🙂
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I’m in! I’m writing in Finnish, but trying to do a summary in English or French.
wow, I feel honored to have a Finnish reader join in, tervetuloa!
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Do we need to commit to the total now? I’ll probably go for 12 at least. I have a couple on my shelf waiting to be read. Darn, I just finished Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris. TBR include The Flaneur by Edmund White; The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter; The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais; Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift; and my husband has A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming which has a picture of the Eiffel Tower on it, partially set in Paris (this looks like one of those action/adventure mysteries for anyone who likes those). I’m sure I’ll find plenty more too.
woohoo, sounds exciting, no no need to commit. and you can always go a step further. I need to read Peaches for Father Francis. I’m posting the review of your books in a few minutes!!!!
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Great, good luck!
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I just signed up! I added my post to Mister Linky. Thank you!
welcome, and great selection! I love very much the 3 of them
Hi! I’ll definitely join your challenge! If I’ve understood well the rules, the books written in French (but not necessarily by French authors) count too? And also, does the books for this challenge count for other challenges as well?
absolutely, like African authors for instance writing in French, that would work. and yes you can read the same book for as many challenges as you want. thanks for your questions, I’m going to specify the rules then to make them more understandable
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You persuaded me! I wasn’t going to sign-up for any challenge next year but I’ll make an exception for this!
actually looks like you have a few lined up, and some with big books, especially for the French challenge. I was ashamed to discover there was a book by Balzac I had never ever heard about, on Catherine de Medici. I’m really looking forward to your review on this one. Good luck for your challenges.
and I’m now following you thru RSS feed
Not sure if it’s a good thing or not for not knowing about Catherine De Medici. Bad news means I am reading a book which no one has heard about it. 😀
Because I found Catherine De Medici as a historical character fascinating, I thought it would make sense to know more about her through the eyes of Balzac.
yes I think it can really be fascinating to have a novelist perspective; and through your review, when it comes, to inspire many more to read it
why not a book written in French by a French Canadian?
because French Canadian can be odd to me, French from France, and teaching French. but I think another blogger organizes another similar French challenge, and she may accept them. you can do a search here: http://novelchallenges.blogspot.com/
great site, I just added you to my google reaedr
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Je suis excité pour ce défi! Je vais lire 12 livres en français, et avec espoir, je vais écrire les critiques en anglais et français. Mon français n’est pas parfait, mais il sera bon pour moi pratiquer.
(I’m excited for this challenge. I’m going to read 12 books in French, and hopefully, write the reviews in both English and French. My French isn’t perfect, but it’ll be good for me to practice.)
formidable, et bravo pour l’effort, je devrais moi aussi mettre mes postes en bilingue, mais c’est une question de temps. si tu veux, je peux t’envoyer les corrections de tes postes, en privé bien sur. je suis française et prof de français en ligne.
I’m now following you thru my google reader, and looking forward to what your list will look like
Si tu avez le temps, je voudrais bien recevoir des corrections. Mon français était beaucoup mieux, mais récemment je me suis concentrée plus sur espagnol et portugais parce que je les ai besoin pour école supérieure de troisième cycle. Étudier le français est un travail passionné pour moi!
c’est déjà pas mal du tout! Je t’ai envoyé les corrections à ton adresse gmail
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Hi there, thanks for hosting this great challenge, I’m in!
I’m going to go for level 1 “Un Peau” 🙂
Greetings from Italy!
welcome! But if you don’t mind, if you have a minute to edit: ‘un peu’ a little, instead of ‘un peau’. this does not mean anything in French. in the feminine, ‘unE peau’ means ‘a skin’, lol, and grazie
Oh my God, I’m so sorry!
I’ve read only now your correction, please, forgive me 😦
Unfortunately I’ve never studied french, as you can see 😀
no problem, it’s not a sin not to know French, lol
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Welcome! Wonderful titles! I have not read #3,6,7 and t7, that is the Stevenson. I loved Les mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée, by Simone de Beauvoir.
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Thanks for joining, so much fun for seeing my blog read in other languages. You have a nice list lined up. I have read them all, great books. By the way, just got back from the library, and I stumbled on a collection of essays by Umberto Eco. one is on Victor Hugo.
I love the name and meaning of your blog. Sounds more poetic that in my languages
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I have just submitted my review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, only I wrote the review in Indonesian language. I hope that’s OK! I’m going to write bilingual review for other posts I will be submitting anyway.
thanks, no problem. or a few lines added in English
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Hi, I was wondering whether “Down and Out in Paris and London” qualifies for the challenge? Most of the novel is set in Paris, but some bits (not many) are set in London.
absolutely, go for it. actually, if there are comparisons between the 2 cities, that would be neat to integrate that in the review
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I’m late signing up, but thrilled to take part in this challenge.
Never too late, welcome! Looking forward to seeing your titles. Let me know if you need suggestions. you can look at what I have reviewed so far myself [https://wordsandpeace.com/2012/12/04/2013-books-on-france-challenge-my-list/] for this challenge, and the others who joined this challenge. or my France Goodreads shelf – right now 218 books on it!: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5215426-emma?format=html&shelf=france
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Great! And thanks for your review, I have been debating if I should try to read it or not, not reading YA usually
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I had no idea this was set in France, never saw this was advertized as such, can’t see anything about this in the Goodreads synopsis. I wish you could talk a bit more about this in your review, especially as you link it to this challenge. What period are we talking about? Pre WWII? what region? I’m curious. thanks
This is not normally the type of book you read, but you might want to check out my review of My Alsace, a children’s book by the beloved Alsatian artist Hansi:
I actually do read some picture/children books from time to time, and this one looks so lovely, and I love Alsace! Thanks! Just added to my TBR
Great! It’s also quite funny at times!
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thanks, and congratulations for already reaching your challenge goal, but you can always shoot now higher!
Am super late with this; I wasn’t thinking of signing up for a book challenge this year but with all the French-themed & -related books on my to-read list recently, I figured, why not? 🙂 Thanks for hosting this!
Btw, are re-reads acceptable for this challenge? Just wondering 🙂
Awesome, thanks! 🙂
you are welcome, thanks for joining the Challenge
Mieux vaut tard que jamais, as we say in French. With the great list you have, should be a fun challenge for you! I was wondering, would be interested in reviewing another book of France? see here, and let me know: http://francebooktours.com/2013/04/19/paulita-kincer-on-upcoming-tour-the-summer-of-france/
you can send me an email at francebooktours at gmail dot com, and I will send you all the necessary material if you are interested
Haha, yeah, this is going to be the year that I delve into French classics *thumbs up*
Thanks for considering me re: the book/book tour, I remember seeing it on GoodReads and thinking that it was very interesting. I will email you about it 😉
great, just sent you the necessary info.
and there are already 2 other tours on books set in France waiting if you are interested also, let me know. see in the sidebar: http://francebooktours.com/
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welcome! great list!
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congratulations, you are doing great on this challenge!
If you don’t mind a latecomer, this seems like a fun challenge for the second half of the year.
welcome! never too late. write a post and link it to the 1st linky. looking forward to see what you plan to read for this. there are already lots of reviews linked, they can also give you ideas
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keep reading, great job!
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I enjoyed that book too! congratulations on doubling your original number of books on France!
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excellent! thanks for introducing us to a fascinating book
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Hello, I have been lookijng for a book challenge with France as the subject, just saw one on Joy’s Book Blog. Count me in please!
you are most welcome, it’s never too late.
once you post a review, be sure to use the 2ND mr linky on that page to link your review:
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wonderful! thanks for linking and sharing
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3 books is great!
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awesome, 6 times your challenge goal! be sure to sign up for next year: https://wordsandpeace.com/2013/12/08/books-on-france-2014-reading-challenge/, I actually added 1 level that could be the nice size for you
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