Friday, January 29, 2010


Reading spot

I'm going to catch up on my reading this weekend. Got myself all the Stig Larsson books (the Millennium Trilogy), can't wait to have an opinion on him. I expect to be highly entertained but will the experience live up to the expectations?

Also, the news of J.D. Salinger's death made me put "The Catcher in the Rye" on my ever growing "to read again" pile of books. I haven't read it since I was 16, when I was going through a brief period of stupid self harming, and I'm sure I'll experience it very differently now. My youngest sister once developed an obsession with this novel, it's the only book she ever truly loved with a passion.


João said...

wow, your corner makes one just sit and read, read, like there's no tomorrow.
Congrats, Claudia.
As for your reading choices, I think you made wonderful choices, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are going to stick with you.
Holden Caulfield is part of High School myths everywhere.

rauf said...

oh Thank you Claudia ! i just had tea just before coming here.
That would be a lie
i am very clumsy Claudia, i'll avoid having tea in your room.

'The story of stuff' was already there in Caulfied.
'a horse is at least human for God's sake'

i think you'll like it more now than when you were 16.

Claudia said...

Is there anything you haven't read, João?! I wish I had the time to read as much as you.

Claudia said...

dear rauf, my girls like to eat and drink in the sitting room, much to my husband's dismay (they end up doing it only when he's not home). I much prefer sitting at the kitchen table with a nice cup of coffee while I read or chat with friends.

Having a cup of tea with you anywhere would be a dream come true :)

Ruth said...

I read it at that age too, and Don and I were discussing how we'd probably get it more now.

Your corner is about as inviting as a reading nook could be. But I agree, no tea.

I am becoming such an old woman. I can't sit anywhere without a lap blanket. I love how the laptop keeps me warm. But a book with legs curled up under a blanket under a gold light is perfection.


Claudia said...

Ruth, we're synchronized again! :)
Have a great weekend!

Trulyfool said...

My friend of long standing, from high school, alerted me to Salinger's death. 'J.D.' instantly popularized the word 'phoney' into our conversations way back when.

A girl in our junior high school (1959) stood up to give a book report on Catcher, but the teacher tongue-lashed her down! Salinger was 'pornographic', it seems, then.

It's routine high school fare, now.

How does one live like a hermit? Why does one give up public writing for 45 years?

Shaista (Lupus in Flight) said...

Would you believe I have never read Catcher in the Rye? It is one of those books that has woven into my consciousness as though I have read it, but I think it is time I actually did :)
Look forward to hearing your review of the Stieg Larssons..
I love the Rumi and Bishop poems you posted earlier this month...and I am about to delve happily into your selection of Mozart!

Peter said...

I have of course read the Stieg Larsson books (in French, although I could have read them in their original language!)! The first 100 pages may be a bit tough, but then you can't stop! Let's see if you have the time to blog the next coming days!

Shame on me, I never read J.D.Salinger! It now becomes a must!

Your reading space seems to be the perfect one!!

Claudia said...

Sometimes I long to be a hermit, Trulyfool. Not that hard to understand, being Life what it is.

Claudia said...

Shaista, although the writing is brilliant, the Stig Larsson books are very violent.

Our mutual blog-friend Ruth introduced Rumi to me. Elizabeth Bishop has been a long time favourite.

Claudia said...

Peter, how right you are! I haven't been able to put the books down in my spare time. I'm finishing the second one now. Brilliant thrillers! What a loss Stig Larsson's death is...

Peter said...

By now, you should have finished also the third and last volume! :-)