Whereas when I read a book in English it is invariably the result of a recommendation or a connection with something else I have read, I keep finding contemporary books in French about which, because I don't regularly read French newspapers or follow the French media, I know nothing. I simply find them on the shelves of the Oxfam bookshop in Chapel Place which, unlike Hall's down the road, seems to have good source of books in foreign languages. This random approach to reading appeals to me and reminds me of the time when I first discovered libraries and searched the shelves for anything that "felt" good with an opening sentence that made me want to read on.
The guilty but enjoyable sensation of watching, walking past in the street, someone you know who doesn't suspect that she is under observation. Is she behaving differently? Almost certainly.