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Tell us your book of the year (so far) and win this fabulous Paris inspired prize!

16th June 2015

ParisThis month’s prize consists of two great novels, The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau and Murder in the Bastille by Cara Black. The Ingredients of Love is the mysterious story – beautifully told – of Aurélie, who discovers a fictional book clearly based on herself and on her Paris restaurant. She tries to track down the author but it is not an easy task. Murder in the Bastille is a great mystery. In a restaurant, Aimée Leduc sits next to a woman wearing an identical jacket to the one she has on, and as she leaves at the end of the evening she is attacked in a case of mistaken identity. The other woman is murdered…

In addition to these two books the prize also includes a tote bag from Shakespeare and Company, the famous left bank book shop, plus a bar of perfumed Parisian soap, a Parisian postcard, and a selection of tea from Fauchon (the Paris equivalent of Harrods…). All the prizes are packed together in an attractive Eiffel Tower book box!

To win this brilliant prize, all you have to do is write in the Comments box below the title of your favourite read so far this year. That’s it!

The competition closes at midnight UK time on Saturday 27th June, and the winner will be the first name out of the hat on Sunday 28th June.

The very best of luck!

The TripFiction team

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 29/06/2015 at 9:05 am

    The winner of our June competition – the first name out of the hat yesterday morning – was Yelena Lopez who nominated The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George as her book of the year to date. Congratulations to Yelena!


  2. User: sararose

    Posted on: 26/06/2015 at 7:44 am

    My favourite book so far this year is The Thread by Victoria Hislop. It is set in Thessalonika in Greece and is the story of a young Anglo-Greek visiting his grandparents’ home town and finding out how they came to live there. I read it while on holiday in Turkey and could visualise the setting.

    I love all Victoria Hislop’s books which feature different countries and are based on recent events.


  3. User: Vicki Rath

    Posted on: 26/06/2015 at 12:42 am

    Yellow Crocus


  4. User: Katherine

    Posted on: 24/06/2015 at 6:29 am

    I read Beautiful Ruins on holiday and thought it was lush.


  5. User: Nasim Marie Jafry

    Posted on: 23/06/2015 at 4:35 pm

    @velogubbed: I think it would have to be Akhil Sharma’s Family Life.


  6. User: Annabel Gaskell

    Posted on: 23/06/2015 at 4:25 pm

    Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller


  7. User: Merry Brown

    Posted on: 22/06/2015 at 7:24 pm

    I read a new book weekly so I have lots of favorites. However, nothing has compared to Rachel Keener’s The Memory Thief.


  8. User: tracy shephard

    Posted on: 22/06/2015 at 8:04 am

    has to be The Red Notebook


  9. User: Angela Savage

    Posted on: 22/06/2015 at 1:41 am

    Death in the Rainy Season by Anna Jaquiery is a compelling, clever and captivating thriller that vividly brings to life the atmosphere, culture and politics of its Cambodian setting.


  10. User: Stacey C

    Posted on: 20/06/2015 at 3:08 am

    “A Life Apart” by Mariapia Veladiano. Translated from Italian, a beautiful story of a young girl who “doesn’t belong” but with the help of true friends finds her talent and happiness.


  11. User: Susan T.

    Posted on: 19/06/2015 at 12:31 am

    I absolutely loved A Desperate Fortune
    by Susanna Kearsley. The audiobook of The Martian by Andy Weir was also soooo good!


  12. User: Rach O

    Posted on: 18/06/2015 at 7:18 am

    I loved Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. I struggled initially because of the subject matter but it was very worth while sticking with it.


  13. User: Kimberly

    Posted on: 17/06/2015 at 10:24 am

    The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was a favorite this year.


  14. User: Karen

    Posted on: 17/06/2015 at 10:20 am

    This is like having to choose your favourite child – can I pick two? A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale and Letters to the Lost by Iona Lewis.


  15. User: Janet Lambert

    Posted on: 17/06/2015 at 8:40 am

    Church of marvels – Leslie Parry is probably the one which has stayed with me the most


  16. User: Leslie Patrick

    Posted on: 17/06/2015 at 4:16 am

    The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan has been my favorite book of the year so far. An extremely evocative tale of one man’s life ranging from his upbringing in Australia to his time spent in the mountains of Thailand as a POW where he worked on the “Death Railroad” during WWII. I had goosebumps through the entire story, it was so gripping and heart wrenching.


  17. User: june seghni

    Posted on: 17/06/2015 at 12:06 am

    Hard to choose, but so far I have especially loved A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It was a number one bestseller in the author’s native Sweden and has done very well worldwide. I read it on a friend’s recommendation and I can see why it has been so popular.


  18. User: Annie Thomas

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 9:49 pm

    Istanbul, Rome and Jerusalem: Titans of the Holy Cities by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Short chapters about key figures in the histories of these cities – very accessible and interesting!


  19. User: Yelena Lopez

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 9:43 pm

    The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Beautifully written, quirky story set in some of my favourite places.


  20. User: paristempslibre

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 8:49 pm

    my favorite book of the year so far is the goldfinch by dona tartt!
    have a nice week


  21. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 7:39 pm

    I think it would be The Cellist of Sarajevo x


  22. User: Shriya

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 7:26 pm

    Me Before You – Jojo Moyes Location: UK and Paris
    Still Alice – Lisa Genova Location: America

    Health and social care delivered amazingly in both books!


  23. User: SU williams

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 6:35 pm

    The Confectioners Tale, Laura Madeleine, set in Paris. I loved the history, the romance and the mystery and intrigue in this novel and I’ve always wanted to visit Paris, and this has heightened my desire, especially to visit a patisserie and sample the macaroons. Great book.


  24. User: Mandy Attawell

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 6:22 pm

    The Villa by Rosanna Ley
    A lovely story set against the backdrop of Sicily, just made me want to visit. A great summer read.


  25. User: Elaine Guymer

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 4:52 pm

    The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton.
    Well written and easily read. A child mysteriously found in Australia with no adult company from an ocean liner arriving from England. It follows her lifetime search for her origins and her granddaughters success in finding them .


  26. User: Paul D

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 2:23 pm

    So many excellent books this year so far

    #1 SnowBlind by Ragnor Jonasson based in Iceland

    #2 The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty based in the middle east


  27. User: zwoodend

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 1:43 pm

    Big Little Lies by liane moriarty. Another great read set just outside Sydney, great twist at the end. More than your average chick lit


  28. User: Samantha Parker

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 1:23 pm

    What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty


  29. User: k

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 12:45 pm

    My favourite read so far this year has been In the light of what we know by Zia Haider Rahman. Its set in UK, US, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Its quite hard to describe what its about, to truly understand its beauty, you’ll have to read it!


  30. User: B Thomas

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 12:43 pm

    The Three by Sarah Lotz


  31. User: Vanessa Champion

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 12:41 pm

    “Cutting for Stone”, Abraham Verghese. Set in a hot dusty Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, around the time of Haile Sellasie. An incredibly well-written first-person narrative. Humour, tension, politics, love, rebellion and above all a personal story of two brothers, sons of a nun who dies in childbirth. Amazing story with twists and turns.


  32. User: Michael Forster

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 12:22 pm

    Funny Girl – Nick Hornby


  33. User: EmZ

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 12:18 pm

    Tiger Milk by Stephanie de Velasco (originally written in German and follows the lives of a group of Berlin teenagers over one summer – fantastically written and amazing all round, even when I finished it I couldn’t put it down!)


  34. User: Nikki Taylor

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 12:13 pm

    The Sunlight Night by Rebecca Dinerstein. I’m looking forward to Go Set A Watchman though!


  35. User: tracy shephard

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 11:56 am

    The Red Notebook Antoine Lauren, i simply loved it and have raved and recommended to all. it is my book of the year


  36. User: Jacqui

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 11:52 am

    Tough one, but Last Chance in the Pyrenees by Julia Stagg. It kept me on the edge of my seat, I ooh’d, I aah’d and at times I screamed ‘no!’, but I enjoyed every page!


  37. User: aditi3991

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 11:01 am

    1. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

    2. A House Called Askival
    by Merryn Glover


  38. User: Jodi Posner

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 10:47 am

    The Book of Strange New Things
    by Michel Faber


  39. User: craftygreenpoet

    Posted on: 16/06/2015 at 10:40 am

    The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson