Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reading material


Sigh. There is just nothing like a good book.

I finally found French By Heart: An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France. It was in Sophie's toy box, the one that isn't really a toy box but rather holds all the toys that I don't like and will eventually give away. I never go in that box unless I'm putting something I don't like into it, so the book sat for about a week while I ripped apart the rest of the house. Conversations went something like this:

"Jade, have you seen my French By Heart book? I can't find it anywhere?"

"Are you joking? There are piles of books everywhere. When are you getting rid of these books?"

"Never. I will never get rid of my books."


"Well, you're not keeping them lying around the house."

"That's why I asked the contractor to build a bookshelf."


"Bookshelf? You told me that was a nook. For games and things."

"Yes, that is what I said. It's actually a bookshelf."

At random times throughout the day I would try to sneak into Stella's head, thinking if I just slipped in sideways I might surprise her synapses and she would tell me where the book was.

"Lu, have you seen mummy's book? The one with the pretty colours on the front?"

"Lu?"

"STELLA!"

(I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that if I called her by the right name she might respond. Lu is her nickname, that only Jade & I are allowed to call her by Decree of She Who Says So. No, not me, her.)

"Yes, mommy?"

"My book. The one with the pretty colours on the front. That I was reading upstairs. Have you seen it?"

"Nope. Can I watch my show now?"

Anyways, it was all on me to find the book and finally I did. What I did was stop looking for it and let it come to me...sideways.

Enough about the process. The book. The book was lovely. Lovely and sweet and charming, which is a very nice way for a book to be, but it also had a couple of moments (two exactly) where I laughed out loud.

If you need a gentle read and you are the kind of person (like me) who dreams about living somewhere far away for a while....then this book is for you.

Au revior!

5 comments:

lotusloq said...

I loved it too! I loved the blatant honesty. It was such a charming read.

spinregina said...

has she written any more, do you know?

Jen said...

Sounds like something right up my alley. I'll have to check it out.

lotusloq said...

She's working on a sequel, but it's not out yet.

spinregina said...

YAY!