Posted by: K | November 5, 2010

i love books (and sweden too)

i have always loved to read, to go to bookstores, check out books from the library and collect books. one day i’ll have a fantastic library in my house, dark wood shelves lining the walls, floor to ceiling, just like in the victorian era, with a lot of comfy seats.

my current literary obsession is stieg larsson’s trilogy, “the girl with the dragon tattoo.” lisbeth salander is hot. just thought i’d throw that out there. but in all seriousness, larsson has created a truly compelling character, bright, quick, with a deep dark past. i’m waiting to get my hands on book three. oh, i should mention i watched all three swedish movies prior to reading any of the books. and they are well worth your while to watch them. just fascinating, fast-paced mysteries, with some beautiful scenic shots of sweden. this has provoked another slight obsession for me: all things swedish.

i mean, why not? the swedes are pretty darn cool. they live up near the arctic circle, produce some awesome pop music, think peter, bjorn & john, eric prydz’s “call on me” (classic music vid), and old school fave robyn. plus there’s the fact that sweden is known for its beautiful people:

Caroline WinbergSwedish Models Mathias Bergh

a lot of my knowledge of swedish trivia and culture can be attributed to the hairy swede, whose blog is quite vast and entertaining.

back to books.  i don’t spend enough time reading.  work tends to get in the way.   when i was little, i toted my book around with me everywhere i went, reading in the car on the way to the grocery store, sitting in the backyard.  i would even read to my cat.

i’m always finding new books to add to my “to read” list.  i just heard of a new book yesterday, through two different email lists i’m on.  adam levin’s “the instructions.”  they are comparing it to david foster wallace’s “infinite jest,” a book i’ve been wanting to read for years.  perhaps i’ll hunker down for the winter and get to reading!

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