Items Consumed With No Nutritional Value

Chris could write pages about the wonderful bread we consume here, but tonight I want to share an insight to other things we have been consuming during our free time in France. I prefer the check, check plus, check minus grading system, but as I don’t know how to make a check symbol on wordpress, we will be using an A+ through F grading scale.


B                                                    Red Nails, (a Conan story) Robert E. Howard
B (but that could change)     Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
A                                                    War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells
B                                                    The Crystal Crypt, Phillip K. Dick

Current projects-The Bible (I told him Job would be a good place to start), The Grand Inquisitor by Dostoyevskiy, Modern Buddhism by Gesheklesang, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, Roughin’ It by Mark Twain (a favorite among the current endeavors- Chris says that the bantering between his dad and uncle is reminiscent of the tone of this novel)


C                                                       God of Small Things,  Arundhati Roy

Current projects- As Always, Julia selected and edited by Joan Reardon (I absolutely adore this so far), L’Etranger by Albert Camus (slow reading on my tablet with the Kindle App. It is nice to be able to use a dictionary instantly, but as the dictionary is in French also, I have to slowly comprehend each definition before I can understand the new word).

*Sheepish that Chris has read more than her, Emilie would like to point out that she reads a lot of material published on the internet, and spends a good deal of time writing blog entries for her blog,

The Dermis Probe, Idries Shah
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Unrespectable Verse, edited by Geoffrey Grigson


B (+from Emilie)                            Potiche (funny, smart, dramatic social commentary)
B+                                                       La Chevre (Hilarious, original)
D+                                                      TinTin (slow, predictable, though better than Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull)
B (+from Emilie)                            Happy (Feel good documentary)
A                                                         Sexual Chronicles of  a French Family (As a film about sex lives of various individuals, this film is definitely R rated but not overly sexualized, does that make sense?)
A                                                         Emotionals Anonymous (Sweet romantic comedy)
B                                                         The Red Balloon (A historic classic, sweet, impressive for its time, though the story itself is timeless)

We have also been enjoying music via iPod, and 8tracks

In all things, we have been striving to indulge in our truest interests, to deepen our understanding of the world, and to immerse ourselves in where we are here and now, surrounded by natural beauty in the French countryside. Please feel free to leave a comment with any suggestions of books or movies, especially books available for free through the L.E.Phillips Memorial Public Library eBooks service.


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