Monday, April 29, 2013


I don't have a television...haven't had one for almost 3 years. I don't miss it one bit! I can watch DVD's on my laptop. I watch short videos on YouTube and other video sites. And I read...a lot. I keep a list of what I've read since I found myself re-reading books I thought were new. From Oct. 2011 to now, I've read over 100 books, and this isn't counting the ones I've started and not finished because they're crap (think 'Fifty Shades of Gray'!) All my English-speaking friends pass books around. I also buy used books on along with an occasional e-book. My village library has a very small selection of books in English, most of which I've either read or aren't my taste. Finding books in English in the local shops is almost impossible. So, I'm always on the look out for new books to read. This weekend I found another avenue to obtain some...the book swap.

This one took place in Sauliac-sur-Cele only about a 20 minute drive from my village. I took four books to swap and came home with four new ones. I could have taken many more. The man at the door invited me to 'take all you want!' The event drew around 50 people during the afternoon, mostly English-speaking expats, but a few French folks as well as there was a table of books in French. It was a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon!
Here are the books that came home with me. I started "The Olive Farm" by Carol Drinkwater last evening. I'm impressed with it, and I'm pretty picky about books about Provence. When I read both of hers, I may do a book review post about them.

One reason for my trek to this book swap was a man I'm acquainted with who lives in Sauliac-sur-Cele. He's put together a book that he was selling yesterday. Look for a post about him and his book later this week.


  1. We don’t have a television here in France either and, like you, we don’t miss it. We did treat ourselves to an internet radio last year so listen to that quite a bit. We also read a lot. The book swap event you attended sounds like a great idea. I haven’t read any of the books you picked up, but like the look of Carol Drinkwater’s books so I will be interested to hear if you enjoy them. Happy reading!

  2. We have a TV but rarely watch it, except for the news and weather. Someone organises a similar book swap in Saint-Antonin. Our library at Parisot has quite a good English section and we do try to renew it regularly. I've not read Carol Drinkwater's books but they seem to do very well. She used to be an actress...