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10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Everybody seems to love the new Netflix comedy-drama series, Emily in Paris starring Lily Collins and Lucas Bravo. I won’t say that everybody should hate this show as much as I did, but I really hated the show.

Emily in Paris is an extremely judgemental show and full of stereotypes and prejudice against the French. And of course , Emily, an American girl, shows them the right way and takes them out of their outdated and barbarian ways.

I hate watched 5 episodes of the series before deciding that its simply not worth my time and there are so many great books I could be reading instead of watching a show which is disrespectful towards somebody’s culture.

So here is a list of 10 books which you can read instead of watching Emily in Paris.

1. Love Among the Recipes

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published- 2020

Author – Carol M. Cram

If you love idea of food and Parisian sights, Genna McGraw’s attempt at writing a French bistro style recipe book which is also a guidebook will give you more French feels than Emily in Paris.

Genna is escaping her husband and follows her dream to the City of Love where she finds an almost fairytale life.


2. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published – 2020

Author – Laura Taylor Names

Welcome to the life of Lila Reyes. All her plans are falling apart and is an odd reminder of how fragile plans are. When her parents send her to England to live with family friends, Lila does not think it will make much difference.

But cue in the English countryside and a teashop clerk, Orion Maxwell, things begin to look a little brighter for a change.


3. Paris is Always a Good Idea

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published – 2020

Author – Jenn McKinlay

Chelsea Martin is in a rush but doesn’t really realize it. After the news of her father’s remarriage, she begins to wonder where it all went wrong.

In an attempt to be as happy as she was years back when she made a Europe trip, she retraces the steps to three boys in Ireland, France and Italy, hoping she will find that happiness again.


4. Anna and the French Kiss

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published – 2010

Author – Stephanie Perkins

An American girl in Paris who was not judgemental and with a superiority complex – that’s Anna.

Anna finds herself in a boarding school in Paris and is simultaneously excited and nervous about being in the beautiful city. And all of this is not made easier by Etienne, a charming and mysterious boy in her class.


5. Love & Olives

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published – 2020

Author – Jenna Evans Welch

For the fans of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Love & Olives will be the perfect read. Liv jumps at the offer of going to Santorini if it will provide the opportunity for her to reconnect with her father.

But when she arrives in Santorini, things don’t go as expected and she finds herself struggling for answers and avoiding Theo, her fathers protégé.


6. Paris for One and Other Stories

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published – 2020

Author – Jojo Moses

A collection of stories which will melt your heart in the typical Jojo Moses style, Paris for One is one for all ‘rediscovery fans.

The longest story is that of Nell, who finds herself on a lone trip to Paris after her boyfriend fails to show up. But instead of feeling lonely, she discovers a new side to herself.


7. One Summer in Paris

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published – 2019

Author – Sarah Morgan

Audrey and Grace find themselves at the crossroads. Grace, who had dreamed of spending her life with her husband is greeted with a divorce. Audrey leaving behind her life in London is hoping to start anew in Paris.

Things are not as upbeat as they seem until Audrey and Grace meet each other.


8. Christmas in Paris

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published – 2016

Author – Anita Hughes

Isabel calls off her wedding to Neil when a tough choice leaves them divided. When Neil encourages her use their honeymoon tickets to take a vacation, Isabel finds herself in Paris.

Isabel makes friends with Alec, who is nursing a heartbreak of his own and finds herself questioning her life decisions in this beautiful Eat, Pray, Love style book


9. The Summer I Turned Pretty

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

Published – 2009

Author – Jenny Han

Before To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, there was The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

A coming-of-age story about Belly who believes that summers are perfect, the first book is full of scenic paragraphs. Belly finds herself looking at people she has known for long in a different light and nature begins to take its course.


10. Kisses & Croissants

10 books to read instead of watching Emily in Paris

To be published- April 2021

Author – Anne – Sophie Jouhanneau

City of Love gets a new couple – Mia and Louis in one of the most anticipated romances of 2021.

Mia has always been career driven and is giddy with the opportunity she has snagged to work with a French ballet company. But Paris has so much more to offer, as Mia finds out.


Check out these 10 books if you hated (or liked) Emily in Paris.

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