French Press Classics

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Its talk like a pirate day, what better way to celebrate then with a few swashbuckling mini beans.

These french classics have it all; heroes, adventure, duels, the high seas, and well even a bit of love. Their literary mastery are well admired. I have a soft spot for epic tales and romanticism, and I hold these three among favorites.

Here are my favorite French presses:

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.

Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.
Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com

p1000324.jpgBook Bean: Chocolat l’ancienne
Rich and decadent melted dark chocolate poured into cups, and served alongside it’s own separate dish of fresh whipped cream. So thick and creamy, I’ll have mine with Un café please!


Le
s Misérables
by Victor Hugo
Published in 1862 and considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. Within this dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Javert, the desperation of Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds.

A beautiful and haunting story that many can relate to and easily fall in love with. It is a richly complex emotional tale of good vs. evil and true redemption.
Rated: 4.7 on amazon.com

coffee


Book Bean
: Un café
A coffee, plain and simple, but not as we would have in the U.S. Order “Un Café” and you will get a small cup of plain strong espresso.


The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas
An adventurous tale of the young man d’Artagnan. Leaving home to travel to Paris, d’Artagnan wishes to join the Musketeers of the Guard. He is not one of the musketeers of the title but befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis (inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all.”) This motto which is first put forth by d’Artagnan, has become a most well known and loved signet.

This historical fiction is full of memorable characters and adventure, and laugh out loud wit and humor that had me completely entertained.
Rated: 4.4 on amazon.com

caffecoffea-comBook Bean: Cafè au Lait A coffee with hot milk added (In comparison to the Itallian caffè latte.) In the U.S. a café au lait is a drink of strong drip coffee or French pressed coffee, to which steamed milk is added.


Auguste Maquet
was a French author, best known as the chief collaborator of French novelist Alexandre Dumas, co-writing such works as
The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

Fun Fact: Les Misérables as a whole is one of the longest ever written, with approximately 1,500 pages in unabridged English-language editions, and 1,900 pages in French.

Do you have a favorite french classic, and/or a favorite french author?

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Piraté Au Lait

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I’m feeling the Swashbuckler love this morning. Maybe it’s the Cuban coffee, or maybe it be the weather, but my love for all things piratey sounds!

Here are some buccaneer books and a black jack brew
to get you on board:

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Starting with a classic. This tale is packed with memorable characters, pirates, a deserted island, and of course buried treasure! This is a new illustrated edition; award-winning artist Robert Ingpen has a beautifully captured Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved novel. The book features over 70 awe inspiring pictures.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
by Avi
I read this book when I was younger but I remember loving it. It is definitely one of the books that sparked my love of novels. It was a thoroughly engrossing tale of a young girls arduous sea journey among a ship full of unsavory sailors. It’s a great story were prim and proper Charlotte changes to a swashbuckling mate of a mutinous crew, and is even accused of murder.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
by William Goldman
This is one of my favorite stories of all time! You will not find another book so full of adventure, humor, romance, action, and camaraderie. Well, you might, but please share it with me because I’ve yet to find a book equal to the balance and brilliance of “The Princess Bride.” You will find these pages rich in character and satire.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

Yo ho, Avast ye! Let’s take a brief intermission and enjoy some treasure; a steaming cup of Buccaneer worthy Coffee!tumblr_nz4nkwDlES1tuqkmto1_1280

Book Bean:
Piraté Au Lait
Get out your best stein. Pour in rum, coffee liqueur, and a glob of buttered rum. Fill 3/4 the way full with hot coffee/espresso. Top it off with warm and slightly whipped (or steam frothed) cream and cinnamon. 
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Blimey! That’s good!

Peter Pan and Wendy
by J.M. Barrie
This montage would not be complete without the famous Captain James Hook and mermaids of Neverland! The book I have pictured here is the Centenary Edition (Sterling Illustrated Classics.) This timeless tale never grows up, it is magical and captivating. Reading it is charming and will remind you of childhood fun and joy. There is always time for an adventure!

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

 
Neverland
by Anna Katmore

I had to include a tbr in my little book array and this one looks inviting. An adaptation of the classic “Peter Pan.” It looks like a compelling book full of fun and adventured but geared a bit more to grown-ups. Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales. But she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. That’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall. Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure
and Coloring Book

by Johanna Basford
I thought I’d change it up a bit and add a touch of fun. These coloring books are SO beautiful and so fun to dive into. They are not only full of stunning pictures with intricate detail, they also have a bit of a game to them. It is an enchanting way to unwind, and this one in particular will blow you down!

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

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Well shiver me timbers that was fun!

What piratey tales do you love
and/or want to read?

Piraté Au Lait

images (1)I’m feeling the Swashbuckler love this morning. Maybe it’s the Cuban coffee, or maybe it be the weather, but my love for all things piratey sounds!

Here are some buccaneer books and a black jack brew
to get you on board:

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Starting with a classic. This tale is packed with memorable characters, pirates, a deserted island, and of course buried treasure! This is a new illustrated edition; award-winning artist Robert Ingpen has a beautifully captured Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved novel. The book features over 70 awe inspiring pictures.
Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

 

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
by Avi
I read this book when I was younger but I remember loving it. It is definitely one of the books that sparked my love of novels. It was a thoroughly engrossing tale of a young girls arduous sea journey among a ship full of unsavory sailors. It’s a great story were prim and proper Charlotte changes to a swashbuckling mate of a mutinous crew, and is even accused of murder.
Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
by William Goldman
This is one of my favorite stories of all time! You will not find another book so full of adventure, humor, romance, action, and camaraderie. Well, you might, but please share it with me because I’ve yet to find a book equal to the balance and brilliance of “The Princess Bride.” You will find these pages rich in character and satire.
Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

Yo ho, Avast ye! Let’s take a brief intermission and enjoy some treasure; a steaming cup of Buccaneer worthy Coffee!tumblr_nz4nkwDlES1tuqkmto1_1280

Book Bean:
Piraté Au Lait
Get out your best stein. Pour in rum, coffee liqueur, and a glob of buttered rum. Fill 3/4 the way full with hot coffee/espresso. Top it off with warm and slightly whipped (or steam frothed) cream and cinnamon. 
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
Blimey! That’s good!

Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
This montage would not be complete without the famous Captain James Hook and mermaids of Neverland! The book I have pictured here is the Centenary Edition (Sterling Illustrated Classics.) This timeless tale never grows up, it is magical and captivating. Reading it is charming and will remind you of childhood fun and joy. There is always time for an adventure!
Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

 
Neverland by Anna Katmore
I had to include a tbr in my little book array and this one looks inviting. An adaptation of the classic “Peter Pan.” It looks like a compelling book full of fun and adventured but geared a bit more to grown-ups. Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales. But she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. That’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall. Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control
Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure
and Coloring Book
by Johanna Basford
I thought I’d change it up a bit and add a touch of fun. These coloring books are SO beautiful and so fun to dive into. They are not only full of stunning pictures with intricate detail, they also have a bit of a game to them. It is an enchanting way to unwind, and this one in particular will blow you down!
Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

il_340x270.756975461_1j24

Well shiver me timbers that was fun!

What piratey tales do you love andor want to read?