Friday, July 10, 2020

My Paris in July 2020 - hopes


Three books I'm hoping to read for Paris in July 2020. I'm not an avid reader - I'm Ok with reading as long as I'm interested enough, and I'm learning things. This years selection of reading is inspired by my personal Paris in July theme "In search of Elegance".

Flaneur is one book that when I found it I couldn't let it go. An inspiring book for Flaneurs and Paris Lovers. The subtext is - the art of wandering the streets of Paris. What could be elegant that wandering the streets of Paris. Even the prologue is elegant.
This book teachers how to wander aimlessly, how to get lost in the city. it is dedicated to those who are never sated, those incessantly amazed by the beauty of the world. Reading these pages will initiate you into Flanerie: you will learn how to transform a simple walk through the streets of Paris into an exciting and memorable experience. 

Love, Style and Life by Garance Dore is apparently a fashion A-lister, beloved by top fashion editors and arpiring fashionistas alike. I was attracted to this because it is part visual diary, part style guide, and partly an intimate look into Garance Dore's lessons in Fashion. i'm sure Paris-like elegance will forever evade me, but these something intriguing in trying to obtain it....

French Lessons: the art of living and loving well is more fiction than guide, but I think I will find some inspiration in my search for elegance. Gabrielle is the French godmother we wish we all had... and she's giving life lessons to Suzanne in style and self-esteem.

I'll revisit the theme of elegance during my own Paris in July posts, and hopefully, share my insights as I progress. For now, I like this definition from Merriam-webster
dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style


4 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I hope you are able to find elegance in these books.

Lisbeth @ The Content Reader said...

What a suitable post for Paris. I always think of it as Elegance. I am putting Flaneur on my list for the next visit to Paris. Sounds like a wonderful idea to walk with this book in your hands. I am sure I will discover a lot of things. Most of the time, I think, one has such short time at hand and concentrate on the big tourist sites. This is for days to linger on in Paris.

Jeanie said...

I would especially love to read the Flaneur. Isn't that a wonderful word and concept?

vvb32 reads said...

Flaneur looks like a delightful read. Enjoy.