Firstly, Happy Winter Solstice!
Last night was the longest night of the year. It also seemed to be the darkest. Every time I woke up, the room was pitch black with no moon in sight.
Why was I waking up so often?
It seems I have caught another flu. Sometime today I should find out which one. I’m happy to not be in lockdown any more but three flus/colds in four months is exhausting, especially after enjoying two whole years with NO flus or colds at all.
A piece of good news though, is that today the bureau of meterology officialy declared our La Niña summer/autumn OVER. The above average rainfall events are gone…for now. There is a 50% chance that it will return later in the year, so I will enjoy these sunny days will I can!
More good news and the reason for this post – PARIS IN JULY – is open for business!
Now in it’s thirteenth year, Paris in July is one of the few reading events I keep on my reading/blogging schedule no matter how crazy life gets or how busy work is. It’s the reading event that gets me through the dreary days of winter.
The aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through reading, watching, listening, observing, cooking and eating all things French!
There will be no rules or targets in terms of how much you need to do or complete in order to be a part of this experience – just blog about anything French and you can join in!
I like to use this event to read another Maigret or two, but I also try to cook some French recipes, watch some French movies and/or listen to some French music.
I created a Paris in July Spotify playlist a few years ago which I’m very happy for you to follow. Movie and recipe choices will be based purely on whim and fancy.
My Book List looks like this:
- The Inseperables | Simone de Beauvoir
- Maigret and the Minister | Georges Simenon
- Maigret Goes to School | Georges Simenon
- The Paris Bookseller | Kerri Maher (my August book group book)
And the rest is left in the laps of the Paris gods.
Bonne chance, bon appetit, bonne lecture et écoute heureuse!
- This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are this land’s first storytellers.