1. Liz {What Dress Code?}

    I’ve read all of them but Moveable Feast and it’s been on my list for ages — read The Paris Wife with my book club a few months back and reallyyyy enjoyed it, though parts of it were so frustrating!

  2. Melinda Browning

    I will absolutely read them along with you! I haven’t read any Hemingway yet I’ve always been fascinated by him. I like the premise your mother has, and I think it will be interesting to discover (or try to discover) her reason for ordering them that way.

    1. Melinda Browning

      Well…as I see now, it appears pretty obvious just in your description her reason for placing them in that order. Now, I’m definitely going to read them in the order prescribed!

  3. Annie Reeves

    I’ve read the sun also rises and it is one of my all-time favorites! In fact, it’s on my to-do list to reread it again!! Maybe I’ll read along for the whole series. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

  4. Kenzie Swanhart

    I just started The Paris Wife! So far, so good!

    X Kenzie

  5. Victoria

    I would read them in that order. EXCEPT if you get stuck on 3/4 give yourself permission to go to 5. I think 1 & 2 absolutely should be read together, but also probably in Paris. I read A Moveable Feast there and it was perfect.

    Follow 1 & 2 with a viewing of “Midnight in Paris” and you’ll be set.

    1. mom

      There’s also an HBO movie (cannot remember title) but Nicole Kidman plays Martha Gleghorn, one of Hemingway’s mistresses. It has been indicated that all his loves, including wives, were journalists. Remember, too, that Brad Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook is reading a Hemingway book and goes crazy when he doesn’t like the ending.

  6. Kara

    I just started reading The Paris Wife at the beach. Getting in to the beginning of a book is always so hard for me but I’ve heard good things!


  7. Claire

    I HATED The Paris Wife… the others are fantastic. Perhaps what your mom wants you learn through the journey is the difference between good writing and bad…. McLain = bad (start the bar low) and Hemingway = a genius. Enjoy!

  8. Camille David

    love your posts on books!

    also … I couldn’t get through Wicked either.

  9. Kirkland

    Meg – I suggest reading the novels first and then reading The Paris Wife. I think you will get much more out of The Paris Wife with the context of Hemingway’s other novels. I definitely appreciated the narrative more and understood Hadley’s perspective better having read the others first. Whatever order you choose, though, enjoy!!

  10. Sarah

    I love this idea. And I couldn’t get through Wicked either.

    In the spirit of Hemingway and because today is National Daiquiri Day, Google the Hemingway Daiquiri!

  11. renee

    LOVED the paris wife, and for something in a similar vein you should add z: a novel of zelda fitzgerald to your list (author therese anne fowler).

    it’s written from the perspective of f. scott fitzgerald’s wife, zelda, and it. is. amazing. i have just gotten to the point where the fitzgeralds are meeting the hemingways in paris!

    my mom and i also disagree on things like books and movies. most notably, i love the movie sliding doors with gwyneth paltrow and my mom hates it. who knows…

    1. mom

      Yes! The Zelda book is on my short list…..especially after just rereading The Great Gatsby prior to seeing the movie. Fitzgerald and Hemingway were great friends….another interesting person in their Paris circle is Gertrude Stein….you know, “a rose is a rose is a rose”.

  12. The Yuppie Files

    I’m reading The Paris Wife now, so may have to jump on this series! I HATED Hemingway in high school but let’s be honest, there were few classics I really “got” in high school! This is a great idea!

    Also, I read Wicked prior to seeing the musical & I think it made it easier to read, since it was so different. I tried reading some of her other books though & just couldn’t do it, so maybe it was fluke!

  13. Melissa

    After I read The Paris wife, I said ‘ if I ever have another daughter, I will name her Hadley’ just because I loved the name! My 16 month old is named Hadley Sloane ;-). Luckily my husband nd other kids loved the name too!

  14. nora

    i’ve read the paris wife but nothing by hemingway. i feel so left out. i will be buying one of his soon!

  15. Brookside Sarah

    I just finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and it changed my life; luckily I already have a huge garden or else I’d be starving – ha. What did you think? I would love to read your thoughts some time. I am always looking for great, intelligent book recommendations so am going to jump on this list. And for the record, my favorite fiction novel is Gone With The Wind – read it if you haven’t. I know everyone already knows how the story goes, but Margaret Mitchell has an extraordinary writing style.

  16. Jay

    I read ‘The Paris Wife’ (well before reading any Hemingway) and I really liked it. It’s a little bit melancholic but I thought it was fantastic. Afterwards, I decided to read ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’ and was less impressed with the first. I do think “Midnight in Paris” viewing is imperative though 😉

    I also just bought the Zelda Fitzgerald book and looking forward to it this fall!

    Happy reading 🙂


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