Isla Is Coming: Anna and the French Kiss Readalong Kick-Off


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:

Isla Is Coming: Anna and the French Kiss Readalong Kick-OffTitle: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Genre/Age Group: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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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.

tour schedule

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:

Anna and the French Kiss
7/31 – Paper Riot (Anna Readalong Kick-Off)
8/01 – Novel Sounds
8/04 – The Book Addict’s Guide
8/05 – Alexa Loves Books
8/06 – A Bookish Sinister Kid

Lola and the Boy Next Door
8/07 – Cuddlebuggery (Lola Readalong Kick-Off) + GReads!
8/08 – Novel Thoughts
8/09 – Book Revels
8/12 – Rather Be Reading
8/13 – Finding Bliss in Books

Isla and the Happily Ever After
8/14 – The Perpetual Page-Turner (Isla Readalong Kick-Off)
8/15 – AndiABCs
8/18 – Writer of Wrongs
8/19 – Anna Reads
8/20 – Good Books and Good Wine

join in!

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.)

Judith is a 21 year old book blogger and reviewer, English student, part time magazine editor, compulsive book buyer, aspiring writer, proud book pusher, founder of Paper Riot and co-founder of the Recaptains. She is kind of addicted to Twitter. More?

10 Responses to “Isla Is Coming: Anna and the French Kiss Readalong Kick-Off”

  1. Gillian says:

    My favorite part of the book is the part where it starts probably all the way just about to when it ends



    Etienne, Je t’aime (just because) (toujours)

  2. Pili says:

    YAY! This is my first time reading Anna, and I’m quite excited even if I’m also a bit scared of how I’ll deal with the romance given my personal situation… BUT I’m sure I’m gonna love the Paris setting to bits! I’ve been twice and looove it!!

  3. I am sooo excited for this read along…we are all going to have so much fun! I have some awesome pics from Les Jardins du Luxembourg from when I was there last summer! I’ll share them with you on Twitter! :-)

  4. Andi says:

    Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite part of the book. Every time I read that part I get butterflies and swoon and sigh. Honestly I sometimes read that part randomly because I love it so much. Looking forward to getting to it again.

  5. Yay for another chance to reread Anna and the French Kiss! This will be awesome. Your pictures of Paris are so delightful. The bookstore looks so bookish and quirky. I hope I can visit someday as well.

  6. This is my first time reading the series and I’m so excited! Everyone seems to really love these books so I’m looking forward to reading tonight :) Thanks for this read-along to get me going.

  7. Amelia says:

    I’m so excited for Isla and the Happily Ever After, if I hadn’t of just finished re-reading Anna and Lola I would have definitely joined in the readalong from the beginning. Nonetheless I hope I can join in when my Isla book arrives – fingers crossed! And I adore your photos of Paris, I want to go soooo bad!
    I love love love these books so much! <3

    Amelia from

  8. I’ve read this book before :) but it may be time for a retread.

  9. Amber says:

    This is my first time reading it! I’m only on chapter six right now, but I’m already in love. And I really want to eat a croissant. And move to Paris.

  10. Amber says:

    Okay, I’m so sorry, but I had to comment again after reading more through the book. I didn’t really understand the pictures at first, but now that I’m over halfway through the book with only about a hundred and fifty pages to go, I completely get the pictures now.

    I’m fangirling so hard right now, omg, it’s the actual book store! And the Seine! Oh my gosh. I’m sorry, haha, I’m just going insane with anticipation of the ending and Lola and Isla and omg I never put it together that Josh as in “Isla and Josh” is THE Josh from Anna. I’m just…amazed right now.

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