It’s a good thing I only have a part time library job, as it’s difficult just keeping up with book blogging! (If I’ve forgotten to reply to a comment at some point, I apologize, at this stage, attaching names to everyone’s blogs and remembering where all I’ve roamed within the world of book blogs to is still confusing.)
That said, here is another reading challenge I’ve joined:
I was really excited to find the French Historicals Oh-La-La! challenge hosted by Enchanted by Josephine since I’m fascinated by 19th century Paris, especially the Second Empire (1852-1870). There aren’t a lot of novels set in that time period however (except for the pessimistic Zola) and I have no idea why — Napoleon III is wonderfully ridiculous and his wife Empress Eugenie greatly intrigues me (she’s portrayed on the far right of the above banner). I would love to write a novel set in that time myself someday!
So I may be reading a few history books about them for this challenge, as well as learning about the painters (Manet and Berthe Morisot, among others), poets (Baudelaire and more) and writers from the time period. It should be fascinating! I’d also like to try a few historical novels, as well as some of the 19th century French classics. (The interesting thing is that even a classic can be a historical novel, Flaubert wrote Salammbo about ancient Carthage and it became all the rage to throw Carthaginian theme parties, even Empress Eugenie did it!)
I’m going to sign up for the L’Impératrice level, which is more than 9 books, simply to get myself actually reading more books about Paris in the 19th century. Like I say, I would love to write a novel set in the Second Empire once I’ve done my research. More reviews on how Zola writes about the beautiful clothes and furniture in The Kill are sure to follow!