Over the last year I've done a lot of reading about Paris and France in general. Book-wise I've read what would be considered travel literature. It's been interesting to learn the dos and dont's of the culture from a newbie perspective. It also helped me focus on something other than losing my job.
Here are a few of my favorites:
C'est la Vie by Suzy Gershman
The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
A Town Like Paris by Bryce Corbett
I've also spent a lot of time reading blogs written by expats living in Paris. It's been a great way to find out about where to shop, where to eat etc.
This is by no means the complete list of the blogs I follow:
A Year of Change - Gina writes about her family's adventures when her husband's job takes them to Paris for what was supposed to be a year's stay. What started out as the blog of a stranger, Gina and I have become friends. :)
An American at Home in Paris
Colleen's Paris Blog
I Prefer Paris
Secret's of Paris
HiP Paris Blog
From all my research I've started a notebook. I have sections on shopping, restaurants and to do's. Within each section I will be organizing by arrondissement (neighborhood). At least that's the plan. I have a ton of bookmarks on my computer as well, which I have to go through. Hey, gives me something to do before the trip n'est ce pas!