It’s almost time, guys. In two weeks, Isla and the Happily Ever After will finally be released and we will all be able to read the hell out of our long-since pre-ordered copies. This also means that today marks the start of the Isla Is Coming readalong, hosted by Meg, Jamie, Andi, Lindsey and yours truly. Today is the day we start our reread, or first read, of Anna and the French Kiss, and man, am I excited for another chance to read this book. I’ve been wanting to reread for such a long time, and especially since my second visit to Paris in the summer of 2013.
what is happening?
The readalong is very chill. We don’t have a specific page goal per day because we just want this to be fun (and also, who is going to be able to stop reading anyway?), but our goal is to finish in a week. Don’t forget to tweet along using the hashtag #IslaIsComing, because at the end of the event, there will be some amazing giveaways you don’t want to miss. Are you excited?! I know I am. If you are unfamiliar with the book we’re reading this week but signed up for the fun of it (and I’m trying to say this with the least amount of judgment possible), here’s the deal:
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken — and Anna might be, too.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
a look around paris
To celebrate this book, and one of my favorite cities in the world, I wanted to share some pictures of places mentioned, to get a bit of an idea of the surroundings. I say “some” but actually most are pictures of the bookstore, because books. I know I posted them before, but just roll with it. (All pictures were taken by me. Please don’t use without crediting.)
The Notre-Dame is probably the most memorable place in this book.
But my favorite place was Shakespeare and Company, the best bookstore in the world.
Look at these awesome shelves.
And more beautiful books.
Les Jardins du Luxembourg are where the good things happen. (I know this doesn’t show you much of the surroundings, but it may be my favorite picture. Look at that cutie!)
Walks along the Seine, laughing in the rain, our last summer. (Sorry.)
And of course, I had to share some Eiffel Tower.
For the next three weeks, the readalong will not be the only part of the celebration. We are also hosting a blog tour, where the following bloggers will join in on the Isla Is Coming celebration with all kinds of fun blog posts. I know I definitely can’t wait to read whatever they have to say. Make sure to check them out:
If you want to join, you can still sign up below. You can write a post if you want, or you can just tweet along. I am very excited for this, and I hope you are too. If you decide to write a post or share the banner/button, please don’t forget to credit the very talented Meg. If you are joining, leave the answer to the following question below or let us know on Twitter.
Question time: Is this your first time reading Anna and the French Kiss? If yes, what do you expect from this book? If no, what is your favorite part of the book? (No spoilers in the comments please.)