On my nightstand/Sept. 2

On my nightstand this week




Happiness is a big stack of books by my bedside!

While waiting for a book from the library to come in I began this book:

When will there be good news? by Kate Atkinson — so far I love it, but because I own it, I set it aside for a library book that came in:

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq. Those of you in the FC group might be interested in how I came across it. Please forgive my sloppy attribution (and you can be sure if I were publishing a book I would track this fact down) but it was possibly in Entre Nous or French Women Don’t Sleep Alone (or maybe even another book — if you know which one let me know) that it mentioned this French author. So I tracked him down online and then ordered this book from my library. So far it is fantastic. I am concentrating on this exclusively since it it borrowed and has a due date. I have the dictionary by my bed to look up words in this book I am not familiar with. So far I have looked up  the word “hirstute.”

After I run out of library books I am going to start on two books that came in a big box of books from a friend:

Loop Group by Larry McMurtry (the author of Terms of Endearment)


Here Kitty Kitty by Jardine Libaire


Pretty much the only thing I like better than a good book is a good movie!

I think I mentioned a few weeks ago I saw Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino’s new flick and loved it so much I’m going to mention it again!

I also rented Munich last week – an intense film that really illustrates a feeling of ongoing hopelessness surrounding the situation in the middle east and just how sad it really is. It is easy for people who live in the United States to tune it out and not realize how dramatically it impacts so many people.

I also borrowed Breathless from the library yesterday. I has previously rented it on Netflix, but had to return it because the disc was scratched. I’m looking forward to watching this classic. I think I may try to watch it tonight.

11 thoughts on “On my nightstand/Sept. 2”

  1. I love to see what you are reading. It opens up new ideas for me. Your hair looks good in that photo. I’m trying to grow mine out so I have hair envy 🙂

    1. Stephanie,
      Thanks. I just got it cut, but now I’m thinking I needed a little more off the length …
      Feel free to share any books you come across you love.
      I am also very excited to start a book Cherie sent me called “Immoveable Feast” about Christmas in Paris.

  2. I love these posts because you move through books just as fast as I do, and there is always at least one book you mention that I add to my Read list. 🙂

    I also love that you are thoughtful with your books, you don’t fill the time you have to read with trashy “smut” books (as my mom would call them), but you invest your reading time in books that you can learn from or study a culture or pick up new words or are worth the paper they are printed on. Love that!

    1. Nicole, my fellow booklover,
      I wish I could live up to your lofty view of my reading material, but I just can’t go on without admitting that I am also a low-brow reader — I was a sucker for every book in the Twilight series and whipped through them. Also I am a big fan of Jackie Collins’ Lucky series (with the Italian-American heroine, daughter of a mobster) — not high brow literature by any means, but i loved them.
      I think the book you’re referring to is Sarah Turnbull’s book and I have read that, thanks so much for the recommedation.
      My only complaint is I would love to read all of these French genre books but set in Italy. I want the Italian version of Entre Nous, for instance. : )

  3. I’m not sure if you’ve read it, but there is a book called “Almost French” that you might like. It’s about an Australian girl who meets a French guy while working in Europe. It’s her own true story about how she tried to fit in with the culture and customs when she moved to Paris to be with him. It’s a really nice book if you haven’t read it already.

  4. Kristi… I agree with Stephanie, your hair looks really good! I’ve always meant to tell you that! I am jealous of your hair with lots of body as I have stick-straight, limp, fine, boring hair that ends up getting very “flyaway” in the winter. I have always envied anyone with full bodied hair!! I even once got a perm my junior year of college– BIG mistake. Thankfully several years later my hair is grown out and no longer has the perm, but now I am just back to my thin, flat hair. I think of you every morning as on the subway to work I have been reading “La Bella Figura” !

    1. Tine and Stephanie,
      Thank you. I finally like my hair. I have had it jet black, platinum blonde, red, even burgundy and black both — now I like the color and like the thickness of it. I just hope it doesn’t take my kids 40 years to decide they like their hair (one has curls everywhere, the other silky smooth and straight!) Of course they are jealous of one another’s hair right now!

  5. LOL, well Kristi since you confessed to Twilight and Lucky I will confess to Anita Blake novels and Twilight as well. 🙂 Shhhh, let’s not tell anyone.

    So have you read any of Michael Polan’s books, like the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food? Both are FABULOUS reads about food and culture in our country. Admittedly they are meaty reads, meaning you need to keep your dictionary next to you, but I seriously got excited over a discription of grass fed beef, specifcially HOW the grass is grown.
    I will never forget flying to visit family, I had just read that paragraph, I got my husband’s attention across the isle and read to him the paragraph. The lady in front of him turned around and asked if I really just read to him a paragraph about the quality of cow feed. of course she was stuffing her face with a greasey pizza that she had carried on board. I just smiled and told her yes and that I hope she learned something too! 🙂

    1. thanks for all the comments
      I have read Michael Polan, but have skipped over some of the dense parts. I do like his philosophy though.
      Darn, I wish it hadn’t been deleted.

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