Challenges

Paris In July 2016 

This year I hosted this event on a shoe strong - but we all had fun anyway.

Participants included: A Bookish Way of Life, A Readers Footprints, A Strong Belief in Wicker, An Accidental Blog, Annabookbel, Becky's Book Reviews, Beyond Eden Rock, Brona's Books, But you are in Frence Madame, Chcolate and Croissants, Dolce Bellezza, Edith's Miscellany, Mae's Food Blog, Our French Life, ReaderBuzz, Snow Feathers, The Book Trunk Blog, The Content Reader, The Emerald City Book Review, The French Village Diaries, The Reading Life, Books as Food, Faith Hope and Cherry Tea,

Hosts Paris in July 2016 Posts

Paris in July 2015
Participants included - a strong belief in wicker, a wondering life, a bookish way of life, an accidental blogbooks and chocolate, books as food, brona's books, chocolates and croissants, dolce bellezza, faith hope and cherrytea, fleur in her world, guiltless reading, hyacinths for the soul, lakeside musing, Mae's food blog, monica's bookish life, my carved words, my cozy book nook, normandy life, reader buzz, ripple effects, snow feathers, the book trunk, the content reader, the eclectic reader, the genteel arsenal, the marmelade gypsy, the novel world, the reading life, words and peace, eat.live.travel write
Links to posts 
Welcome post
Button Competition
Visiting Paris with PinJ#6
Week 1 summary
Week 2 wrap up
Quatorze Julliet
Second Summary of posts
Week 3 links 
Week 3 wrap up
Final Week - links
Paris in July Wrap up 2015
Why I do Paris in July 


Japanese Literature Challenge 8
July 2014 - January 2015
Hosted by Dolce Bellezza
See my final post here
Books read included 
  • Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki - Murakami
  • The Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino
  • Salvation of a Saint -Keigo Gigashino
  • In the Miso Soup - Ryu Murakami
  • After the Banquet - Yukio Mishima
  • Hotel Iris - Yoko Ogawa
  • The Sound of the Mountain - Yasunari Kawabata
 

Paris in July 2014 
Hosted by myself and Karen
Links the key posts
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Summary Post
 

Japanese Literature Challenge 7 
July 2013 - January 2014
Hosted by Dolce Bellezza

See my review list here
I read
  • Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  • Ize Dancer and other stories, also by Yasunari Kawabata
  • Mistress Oriku, Stories from a Tokyo Teahouse, by Matsutaro Kawaguchi
  • the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, by Mashima  (well I didnt finish this one)

Paris in July 2013 (the fourth one)
Here's an idea of what happened in 2013 with over 40 Participants.
2013 Participant list





Books 


The Cleaner of Charters, Alfred Jarry, a play, The husband who said mass - by the Marquis de Sade (1791)- !, Solange by Dumas, Boot polishing virgin by Emile Zola, A year in the Merde, Tour de France- the good, bad and just plain weird, Provence cure for the broken hearted, The French for Love, The Ladies Paradise by Zola, The Paris Winter, The Tour de France Pop up Book , Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, L'elegance du herrison - Murial Barbary (Portuguese post), The war, the french, le Road Trip, The Blue Room - translated from French, The Enchantment, Mission to Paris, Mrs Harris goes to Paris, The Chatelet Apprentice, Slaying the Badger - about the Tour de France, Paris in Color, The Sweet Life of Paris , Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, Letters from Sky (WWII), Footprints in Paris, Paris in Love, Cross and the Dragon, A Movable Feast, Scarlet Pimpernel, The Paris we Love * , Les Enfants Terribles, Paris to the past , Short stories of Guy du Maupassant, A town like paris, a collection of book reviews - Flappers, The Great Gatsby and A Terribly Strange Bed, Treachery in Bordeaux, The Whole Fromage - a bookish way, Provence cure for the broken hearted - Adventures of an Intrepid Reader, Its not love, it's just Paris - An accidental blog, 10 books that scare me (mentions some classic french literature) - Books and Chocolate, The Confident - Books are my Bling, Anna's French Kiss - Estella's Revenge, Kinky Classics (Tropic of Cancer; Under the roof of Paris) - Literary Relish, If I should die - Electric Reader, The Silk Romance - Words and Peace


Movies & Music


Tais toi mon coeur , le vie en rose, Paris Je T'aime, Chocolate , Jardin d'hiver * recommended post, Romantics Anonymous, Les  Miserables, Three film reviews; l'Atalante, Cleo from 5-7, La Rein Margot - a good stopping point, Movies with Parisian Scenes - Mae's Travels


Photo's, Places and People


Katherine Mansfield, Parc Floral, Hugh Masekala at the Jazz Festival - if you don't know Hugh Masekala - check this out - I enjoyed learning about this musician, Visiting Monet's Garden, Daily photos from Paris - Daryl posts a photo each day - they're thought provoking...., Joy visits les jardins des plantes, Joy recaps on her visit to Paris, Paris & Beyond posts photos from Paris every day - I like this one this week  , Stacey has been posting photos from France at the end of her posts - look further to see what she's sent you..., Cote d'azur (Vacation wrap up), Memories of Paris & le Louvre (Portuguese), Montsoreau on the Loire, Paris through my lens - daily photo's from Paris - inspiring thoughts, this week I liked this one, All-through my eyes - Daryl posts photo's each day , texting priest - a photo posted by Esme  * my favourite... it's just so everyday! Paris and beyond - Genie posts beautiful Parisian photos each day, Paris & the Eiffel Tower - photo's from Mae, La Piscine Molitol - Vagabonde posts about a famous swimming pool - history and photos, Villandry - gardens in France - post 1 and post 2, La Chatonnier, Snapshots of Paris, Snapshots of Lyon, Summer & Jasmin , Window shopping in Place de Veledrome, Bastille Day, Le Tour Eiffel, A symbol - A ship made of books, Palais royal metro - All through my lens (Daryl), Farewell Paris in July - Quote from Edward VII - Books as food, Rue Cler, Les Marches - Paris & Beyond (Genie), La Cycliste - Paris through my lens (Virginia), Paris at Night - The Marmalade Gypsy, Stained Glass - Staceysbooks , Anatole France - Mel U at The Reading Life , The best things I ate in Paris - A Strong Belief in Wicker, Impressionism and Modernity through the lens of Fashion - Dolce Bellezza, Recollections of a Vagabonde provides a very real and personal history of living in St leu la Foret



Food and Recipes



Special notes - Posts that didn't fit my themes

·         An Accidental Blog is giving away a copy of her book 'The summer of France' - time limited offer....
·         Another interesting post - Papier d'Armenie - a deodoriser
·         Some French Humour
·         Tour de France Jumper
·         14 July - Bastille Day - Vagabond provides some history
·         Nari at The Novel World is posting the A - Z of Paris, France

Individual Wrap ups (interesting to see what people got up to during July)


Japenese Literaure Challenge 6, 2012  
Some of my posts for the JLC 6 include
Paris in July 2012 (the third one)
See my final summary post here

Other relevant posts from my blog
  • Intro post here
  • Other Frenchy links here
  • Random Prize No 1 post here (last year I gave out random prizes)
  • My own Bastille Day post here
  • Week 2 wrap up here (Karen did week 1 and 3 wrap ups)
  • More Random Prizes here
And from my Co -host, Karen's Blog at Bookbath

July 2011 - June 2012


Paris in July 2011 (the second one)
See Summary Post here 

2011 participants included: A Book Sanctuary, A Bookish Way, An Adventure in Reading, Another Cookie Crumbles, Beauty is a Sleeping Cat, bibliolathas, Book Around the Corner, Bookbath, Books and ChocolateBooks as Food, Chasing Bawa, Library of a Black Cat, Curisity Killed the Bookworm, Curling up with a good book, Dolce Bellezza, Elle Lit, Fluer Fishers World, Flowersandstripes, Fragments du Paradis, Fresh Ink Books, Gabriel Reads, Gonda-Girl, Gudruns Tights, Just One More Thing, Kellys (former) Framce Blog, Kristen's Book Nook, Lakeside Musings, Literary Relish, My Cosy Book Nook, Not OK - Weakish Doubt, Nomadreader, Not sophisticated, Only Orangery, Packabook, Ready when you are, Riki's Teleidoscope, Sawcats Book Blog, Tell me a story, The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader, The Marmelade Gypsy, The Novel World, The Reading Life, The Story Girl, Think About Loud!, Third Storey Window, Tuth-Beauty-Freedom & Books, Unabridged Reader, Verty's Verigo Venutre.


Japanese Literature Challenge 5 hosted by Della BellezzaJune 2011 - January 2012
See my intentions here
  1. Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Murakami
  2.  Lake - Banana Yosimoto
  3. Never Let me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (1/2 read)
Completed in January 2012 - See my Wrap up here
June 2010 - January 2011
Japanese Literature Challenge 4 hosted by Della Bellezza.
My choices so far are
  1. Wild Sheep Chase - Murakami
  2. Dance Dance Dance - Murakami
  3. Japanland
  4. Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto
  5. Goodbye Tsugumi - Banana Yoshimoto
  6. Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto
  7. Forbidden Colours
  8. Geisha - the remarkable truth behind the fiction
July
Paris in July - co hosted by me and Bookbath
Summary post is here

October
Madam Bovary Read-a-long hosted by Nonsuch Books
Summary is here

Challenges I did in 2009

Jan - Dec 2009
Lost in Translation
  • Underground (Japanese)
  • The Devils Whisper (Japanese)
  • Freda's Bed (Croatian)
  • Kafka on the Shore (Japanese)
  • Elegance of the Hedgehod (French)
  • Brida (Portugese)
Operation read the Bible
  • James
  • Mark
  • Ruth
  • Hebrews
July 2009 - January 2010
Japanese Literature Challenge 3
  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
  • Wind up Bird Chronicle
Challenges I did in 2008
Japanese Literature Challenge 2
  • Underground - Murakami
  • After Dark - Murakami
  • Sputnik Sweetheart - Murakami
  • Bells of Nagasaki
  • The Devils Whisper