The best books to read in Paris

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It’s time to open your eyes and put away your cellphones and get off the Internet and read some required literature that one should have under one’s belt. 

I’ll make this short. Reading challenges our minds, it opens up the great intellect, it educates us, books can be both enlightening while provoking conversations; memorable quotes and endings from a book that will touch you–being glued to every page while revealing the range of an Author—a testament to the breadth and range of talents.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll open your semi-off dark black notepad and start to write, too. My favorite place to read or write in Paris, without hesitation is at the Jardin of Luxembourg. Write about anything you want because how could you not feel inspired to write in Paris? But honestly, I can write anywhere and anytime just as long as I have my headphones or while I am surrounded by my inner circle.

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

–F. Scott Fitzgerald


Our Book List:

Ernest Hemingway
1. A Moveable Feast (1964)
2. The Sun Also Rises (1926)
3. A Farewell to Arms (1929)
4. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
5. The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

F. Scott Fitzgerald
1. This Side of Paradise (1920)
2. The Beautiful and Damned (1922)
3. Winter Dreams (1922)
4. The Great Gatsby (1925)
5. Tender Is the Night (1934)
6. The Crack-Up (1945)

James Joyce
1. Dubliners (1914)
2. Exiles (1918)
3. Ulysses (1918)

Richard Bach
1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970)

Jules Verne
1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
2. Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)

Victor Hugo
1. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)
2. Claude Gueux (1834)
3, La Legende des Siècles (1859)
4. Les Misérables (1862)

J.D.Salinger
1. Catcher in the Rye (1951)

Mark Twain
1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

Kurt Vonnegut
1. Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

George Orwell
1. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) 
2. Animal Farm (1945)

William Shakespeare
1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595)
2. Romeo and Juliet (1597)
3. Much Ado About Nothing (1598)
4. Hamlet (1599)
5. Othello (1608)
6. Macbeth (1609)

More Authors to come:
1. Ralph Waldo Emerson
2. Robert Frost
3. John Steinbeck

Annotation: ‘When a story touches you: funny in the right spots; heartwarming, achingly dramatic, tragic, and unbelievably well-written. By the time I reached the last page, I was in tears of things that I didn’t know about our inner circle. Voilà !’ –Alla

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Annotation: ♫ Plug in your headset and enjoy a good song that’s on our YouTube playlist: ODESZA – A Moment Apart

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