Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

I wish that I could stop time for a few days and just read.  I have a stack of books on my nightstand — a biography of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, a collection of her poetry, and an art history book about costume and fashion.  Last night I added Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehogrecommended to me by several people.  There are so many more on my list…William Shawcross’s new biography of the Queen Mother, the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy, Deborah Davis’s Strapless about the John Singer Sargent painting Madame X…the list goes on and on.

I have the undesirable habit of starting new books before I finish what I’m currently reading, so my “to read” pile grows more quickly than I can keep up with.  So many books, so little time!  Perhaps the answer is to schedule a weekend retreat to stay at home and revel in reading.