Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Panini Please...

I'm going to Paris.

Ha.

Yeah. In my head.

So I read Anna and the French Kiss.















If you haven't, do it now. Seriously. It's addicting. Captivating. Guaranteed to Rock.Your.World.

After reading it I craved three things.

Romance (check. My husband is amazing)
A trip to Paris (Travelocity in my future)
A freakin' Panini (the way Stephanie Perkins describes it has me on the next flight to Paris)

The romance is the only thing I'm getting this round. I was happy to see that I could visit Paris (for 2) for around 5K which isn't completely out of the question. As for the panini, that craving can be filled. It just won't be like Anna's.

Do you experience this? Reading a book so powerful you want to visit that place to continue to experience the moments (or make moments of your own)? Where are you dying to go?

45 comments:

Vicki Rocho said...

I think I'll hold off on this one for awhile. My 15 year old is going to France (Paris included) this summer and I'd rather not give her any ideas...hahaha

Erinn said...

The painni is the EXACT reason why I want to go paris.

Mina PG Carlisle said...

Shop around for flights if you want to go! I went to Paris in high school, but the airfare to London was a lot cheaper AND round trip. So I got to stay in London for a bit and then took the chunnel (much cheaper then flying into Charles De Gaulle) and stayed in Paris for a few days before going back to London for round 2 and flying out.

So if you play your cards right, you could get TWO European capitals for the price of one, but depending on when your return flight is, it may be a whirlwind of getting to see your top few destinations, but it's well worth it anyway.

Dangerous With a Pen said...

I keep hearing the same amazing things about this book everywhere! Guess it's time I picked it up already! :) Stephanie Perkins' blog is so darn cute, I'm not surprised her book is awesome. Yay!

Liz Fichera said...

I felt this way after UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN. I wanted to sell everything and move to Italy and marry Fabio (or his younger brother).

Stephanie McGee said...

All the time. Except, I can't go there in real life because I read fantasy. So, yeah. But I'm dying to go back to London and Ireland. I'd love to visit the North of England, Wales, Scotland, Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Prague, Greece, even Egypt. Yes, I have wanderlust.

melissa said...

I feel like this all the time! When I read Eat, Pray, Love I wanted to move to Italy and eat until my pants busted open. When I read Anna, I wanted to go back to Paris. I was only there for 2 1/2 days, but I DID get a panini! YAY!

Carolyn V. said...

Ooooo, I could do Paris in my head. =) I'd love to go somewhere warm.

Melissa Gill said...

I always do this. Then I'm so depressed when I look around and I'm literally "still in Kansas."

Brigitte said...

i heard a lot about this book. i might sneak into the bookstore later and check it out, even though I'm not usually into romance novels.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to visit the Inkworld of Inheart. *sigh*

Jessica Bell said...

I'm lucky to have visited most of the places I dream of going. But I still haven't been to Egypt and I've been DYING to go there!

Kristin Rae said...

My problem is, I read so many paranormals I have dreams at night thinking I can fly, or have to bite people, or that I can cast spells (I'm pretty sure I was Hermione in a dream once or twice... but R-Pat was there and I'm pretty sure he was a Cedric/Edward hybrid).

Teenage Bride said...

Roamnce is my favorite thing imn the entire world!!!

a trip to paris comes in close second hahaha

Lisa said...

It sounds great! I'm putting it on my reading list (since getting a copy from the library is much cheaper than going to Paris!).

Lisa Blandford said...

Hawaii and Australia are two places I'd love to see that appear on my bucket list. :) And I AM a total romance junkie!

Colene Murphy said...

It's in my pile, ready to read! Can't wait! I have heard nothing but gushing over it. And...I really want to see Paris!

Tiana Smith said...

Paris is amazing, and I would love to go again :) Maybe I'll have to settle for the book instead ...

Matthew Rush said...

I thought Panini(s) were Italian?

I'm not sure this book is for boys (er, men) but I do see a lot of great reviews!

Amy said...

The boyfriend and I are planning a European vacation for next year - Seven countries, two weeks. I am beyond excited!

Jessie Harrell said...

I've heard so many wonderful things about this book - it's on my TBR list for sure. And Paris -- oui, oui, you must go!
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Emy Shin said...

I"ve read a lot of amazing things about ANNA, and though I'm more of a London girl than Paris, I'm so looking forward to reading this!

Jai Joshi said...

I wanted to visit Italy for ages after reading Angels and Demons. And I've been wanted to visit South America forever because of all the historical books I've read about that region of the world.

Jai

Christina Lee said...

I loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I've been to Paris (more woo-ed by Italy). Didn't matter, she made me see it differently through HER eyes!

The Golden Eagle said...

I've read several positive reviews about this book--not my usual thing, but I might just try it out anyway.

Talli Roland said...

Oh, I love Paris sooooo much! And by default, I'd probably love this book. Sometimes I buy books set in my favourite cities!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, but so far I've been unable to travel to a galaxy far, far away...

Nicole Zoltack said...

I've always wanted to go to Paris. And I've heard such great things about this book.

Rebecca T. said...

I loved this book so much.

I went to Paris briefly about 8 years ago (pete's sake has it been that long?) And I cannot enjoy croissants any longer. France totally ruined it for me.

Jennie Bailey said...

I love when a book does that to you! But most of the books that I read don't have places you can actually get to. Middle Earth, for example. Although The Hubster, Diggity Dog and I did manage to find a hike rather close that feels like we're in Middle Earth. In fact, he has a day off this week so I think we'll take her there! Thanks, Jen!

Lola Sharp said...

I liked the book too. Most of all because it makes me want to go back to Paris. Tres romantique, oui?

Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

No I need some macaroons and French cake cake cake!!!!!! Gosh, all this Anna and the French Kiss talk makes me hungry!

Kittie Howard said...

Thanks for dropping by, Jen! I wouldn't have as many Followers I now have or have the confidence I now have to blog (and pursue my stories; one query received a favorable reply) if you hadn't given me a shout-out last year. I hope everything comes up roses for you!! I heart you, too! K.

Danette said...

Alexandria Egypt because of the Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell! I'm determined I'm going to do even though it's not much like it is in the book!

Kelly Dexter said...

I know the feeling! I've read so many books that have me yearning for Ireland and Scotland. Maybe one day . . .

Shannon said...

This is another book sitting in my TBR list. /sigh

Glad you enjoyed it!

Jemi Fraser said...

I get this a lot. I've always really wanted to go to Pern. Okay, I realize it's another planet and I realize it's a fantasy book, but I still really want to go!

Abby Minard said...

Sigh...yes, all those worlds YA fantasy authors make up make me want to go there so bad.

I've heard such great things about this book! I've been to Paris and loved it. Hope you get to go someday, and I get to go back!

Eva said...

I think what's worse is when a book makes you wish you could go to a place that doesn't really exist. Like Hogwarts, or the world Cassandra Clare creates in The Mortal Instruments series. I get so wrapped up in these fantasy worlds sometimes. I think it would take more than 5k to get there though. :)

M.B. West said...

I loved it also. Such a fantastic, easy to read book. I read it in one day, literally couldn't put it down!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Get your butt over here. I'm having a party. Seriously! A big party...

Hannah Kincade said...

Anne of Green Gables did that for me first, back in the day. I've been wanting to go to PE Island for decades.

LTM said...

have it on my kindle, but it's behind two other books... can't wait! :D

Meredith said...

This book is just one of my instant favorites!!! And I so want a panini. And Paris. And Etienne. :)

The Lovely Getaway said...

Jen,
I've heard nothing but great things about this book! I seriously cannot wait to pick it up :) thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! and let me know how your trip to Paris goes... Maybe you can give me some travel tips cause I plan to go soon too :)

Diana