Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French by Jordan Phillips



Kate Tilton sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Part travel narrative and part lifestyle guide, Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French is a must-read for anyone who’s ever dreamed about traveling to or living in France.

Author Jordan Phillips is a bona fide Francophile. Just show her a wedge of oozy French cheese or a slightly dilapidated Mansard roof, and she’ll swoon every time. Before moving to New York, Phillips lived in Paris, and she still travels to her apartment there frequently. But through these experiences, she learned that—as in so many things in life—fantasy is often better than reality.

Filled with historical tidbits, motivational nuggets, and honest insight, chapters such as “La Vie Est Belle,” “The Paris Syndrome,” and “Jacques-in-the-Box” reveal the truth of what it’s really like to live in the most beautiful city in the world.

Whether you’re headed to Paris next week or never make it there at all, this chatty and information-packed book will introduce you to the real City of Light—beyond the fantasy of the Instagram version.

Genre(s): Non-fiction > Travel > Europe > France
Series: n.a.
Length: 256 pages
Release date: 2016-07-04



Plus, if your instincts are on point and the place is packed with Parisians, I’ll bet your food is fantastic. No need to map it or Instagram it or photograph it; just live it. Eat, breathe, talk, and watch everything and everyone around you. If you learn to master this (whether on a trip or in your own day-to-day life), you will experience something that Parisians have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

My Opinion

This book is a fresh take on what life and living (or at least visiting) in Paris means.

With Inspired by Paris, Jordan Philipps has created a refreshing and enjoyable read about the French capital. It is a fun read with innumerable advice on experiencing a wonderful stay in Paris. The readers learn about the Parisians’ behaviour, gain insights in the art of letting the world go by, are lured to smell and taste, and dive into the world of French artists of any kind. Jordan Phillips paints a clear picture of Paris and its inhabitants – as well as of their culture and customs. Jordan Phillips’ love for Paris shows; she provides complex information in a light-hearted style, and the narrative has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like travelling, great experiences, good food, and a refreshing take on things.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters n.a.
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
POV First person
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

Jordan Phillips is the author of Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French. She spends most of her time in New York City with her husband and daughter but enjoys escaping to her apartment in Paris as often as possible.

Jordan holds a master’s degree in fashion marketing and management from the École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) in Paris, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). She is also the author of Sustainable Luxe: A Guide to Feel-Good Fashion and The Lure of Luxe: Climbing the Luxury Consumption Pyramid.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Inspired by Paris?  Or – if you did not yet read Inspired by Paris – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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