Books on France Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Posted 8 December, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments


Books on France Reading Challenge 2013
hosted @ Words and Peace

And here we are, more or less at the end of the year. I was initially going to post this at the end of the month, in case I read any more books that can be included in this but given the amount of books on my to-read pile as is, I think it’s safe to say that I am at the end of he Books of France Reading Challenge for 2013 🙂 This is the second reading challenge I’ve ever participated in, which was a lot of fun.

Just a recap, this challenge included any books set in France or contains any French themes; the full list can be found on the challenge main page hosted by words and peace.

LEVELS:

  • 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)

So what did I read? 🙂

  • Denyse Beaulieu’s The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent (ARC; set in France, focuses on the perfume industry there) — review
  • Alexandre Dumas’ La dame aux camelias (French author; set in France) — review
  • Edward Rutherfurd’s Paris: the novel (ARC; set in France) — review
  • Maurice Druon’s The Iron King, book 1 of the Accursed Kings (French author; set in France) — review
  • Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (French author; set in France) — review
  • Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (French author; set in France) — review
  • Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame of Paris (French author; set in France) — review
  • Honore de Balzac’s Pere Goriot (French author; set in France) — review
  • Honore de Balzac’s Cousin Bette (French author; set in France) — review
  • Benjamin Constable’s Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa (ARC; partly set in France) — review
  • Paulita Kincer’s The Summer of France (set in France) — review
  • Deanna Raybourn’s A Spear of Summer Grass (partly set in France) — review
  • Alan Furst’s Mission to Paris (eGalley; set in France) — review
  • Laurie R. King’s The Bones of Paris (eGalley/ARC; set in France) — review
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Watcher in the Shadows (set in France) — review
  • Jojo Moyes’ The Girl You Left Behind (eGalley; partly set in France) — review
  • Isabelle Lafleche’s J’adore Paris (set in Paris) — review
  • Guy de Maupassant’s Bel-Ami (French author; set in France) — review
  • Ayse Kulin’s Last Train to Istanbul (eGalley; partly set in France) — review
  • Christopher Angel’s The Mona Lisa Speaks (set in France) — review
  • M.K. Tod’s Unravelled (partly set in France) — review
  • Susan Conley’s Paris Was the Place (set in France) — preview post
  • P.S. Duffy’s The Cartographer of No-Man’s Land (party set in France) — review
  • Anna Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering; French author; set in France) — commentary
  • Sebastien Japrisot’s A Very Long Engagement (French author; set in France) — review
  • Irene Nemirovsky’s All Our Worldly Goods (emigrated to France; set in France) — commentary

TOTAL = 26 books

Wow! And I actually got through all of the books I listed for this challenge!

It’s been pretty much the year of French literature for me as, thanks to this challenge, I’ve read quite a number of French classics ranging from Dumas to Flaubert. Did I have a particular favourite from the group? Well, there’s of course a few favourites here that I re-read (Japrisot’s A Very Long Engagement, Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout) and some new titles I enjoyed, both classics (Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary) and by contemporary authors (Rutherfurd’s Paris, Lafleche’s J’adore Paris).

And that’s a wrap! 🙂

Have you read any of these titles? If so, what did you think of them? If you participated in this reading challenge, what was your favourite book read for it?

Edit: Just a heads up that I am hosting 3 reading challenges next year for anyone who’s interested in participating: Everything España, A Year in Re-Reading, and 2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge 🙂

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