- Geneva, Ge, Switzerland
- member since May 24, 2011
aw, a lot of them were children's books, some were like 5 or 10 pages so :) not that awe inspiring! i do indeed have a yearly goal: 150. i thought that was reasonable since a year has 365 days :) do you have any reading goals in your mind? even if you didn't put it up in shelfari yet? i think i want to finish reading all the books on my "to read" list on shelfari, but but but most especially i want to read: 1) JK Rowling's new book 2) 2666 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2666) 3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nausea_(novel) . i can't wait for 2014 :)
i know exactly the pride you feel when reading a book. i feel the same way too, like there is a certain depth or meaning in this kind of interaction. knowledge and reading are intrinsically linked (though it's the same with movies and music too i think -- i often think of art and art forms to be a method of communication, exchange of layers and layers of thought and idea) the wonderful feeling i think i will experience soon is the feeling of reading "dangerous liaisons" -- i'm excited about this really. but what you said sounds more lovely... and i think it's true,too. i know something wonderful will happen soon.
i like that you're enjoying reading on a computer...do you listen to music while reading? do you feel it's distracting? do you think you enjoy reading male writers more than female writers/do you think there is a difference? i feel like lately i am reading books from different places, cultures.. :) but soon you'll see me reading other things too, not just fiction :)
if i had to recommend another book to you, i would recommend murakami's short memoir -- "what i talk about when i talk about running". it's a tale of endurance, and i like his style a lot, so simple and profound.
:) hello Vincent! i wanted to post you a brief message because i feel like i haven't written to you here in a very long time. you know it was dearly unfortunate, i was unable to find "the pigeon" no matter how much i looked ... i will try the cult, one more time, though. and as for "dangerous liasons" i completely forgot it was on my list of books to read! i loaded it on my phone the other day, though, so :) i have a feeling i'll get to experience something wonderful soon. i see you're reading "white noise" now -- i hope you like it! do you like to take notes while you read? do you like to save quotes? i feel like maybe i should start doing that, so that everything i read doesn't just vanish into the depths of my mind untagged, unsorted.
:) hello there! it feels great you're checking in :) actually, that store never contacted me again. they are really such forgetful people :P they need you to arrive at their doorstep and demand it. or maybe it's a company thing, they feel if you arrive there you will be tempted to buy other things as well, even if the book isn't there. i'm guessing also since i've heard it's a 900 page book that it might be a little expensive... so i want to buy it in the summer maybe as a birthday gift to myself. as for the kindle, apparently it arrived in my sister's home!! so she'll be shipping it soon i guess she'll let me know :) how about you? have you had any cravings to read anything recently? how about your mother or father? thank you again for introducing me to this site i always feel guilty now when i pause a book :P
i'm getting this with moby dick, it pulls me in and out, i have a vague sense that i should better complete it now. yet reading is such a solitary endeavor that right now, with all the guests i find it so difficult to do. and i will digress but writing feels the same way too. i haven't written back to this note of yours in two days, but where was i in these two days? why wasn't i able to? but now that i am, i feel as though i've returned from a voyage. i wonder if returning to moby dick will be the same way, picking it up, if i will fall back into pattern...have you ever left a book for a long time and picked it up again and found yourself enjoying it? as for saudi not letting some books in, they are very capricious about this. they allow trashy romance novels (which consist of about 40% of porn) but have issues with texts like dangerous liasons...
yes, yes yes! that's exactly why i asked you this question because there are certain books that resist so much to be read. remember when i began to read war and peace? i would have continued but the copy i have has sharp, cardboardy edges that hurt, and sometimes when i go to a bookstore and see other editions of it i feel a little pang of regret. but i think this extends to a text itself, moby dick, beginning to read it reminds me of taming a horse. you have to really tame some elemental part of you and train it to read-- do you feel this, when you're beginning a book? a moment where you have to force yourself to give up... something and begin to read in the flow. (do i make any sense at all? i enjoy this, writing to you here so much if there weren't a character/time limit i'd flood this with words) anyway-- what you said about letters intrigued me. i believe i have read novels which are composed partially of letters between characters and yes, i always loved it so much more than a normal narrative :) thank you for mentioning the novel! (dangerous liasons) i will download this-- they don't import this novel here, i believe... if you knew that two people were ok with you reading their correspondence, would you?
and on a slightly related note.. i can't mention to you how much i love the experiment you are trying :)
then let me add another element to this-- do you think some books don't wish to be read? do you ever feel a feeling of reluctance from a book, opening it you feel as though it is holding back? perhaps this changes as time progresses-- but this emotion? i enjoy and agree with what you say, that they can feel our emotion, the softness and interest that goes into a book we are truly enjoying. i think i would love to have children play on me, but not children who were forced to. i would hate having children or even adults coming by me and playing rigid, boring tones without any passion... i want someone who believes the sound is simply so beautiful they cannot resist playing me. and i would try to make the teacher who is listening to the child practice on me, understand the passion in the child...even if they didn't practice. (i love imagining this... i wish it could happen, or maybe it does) it's sweet how you always consider the other person not yourself -- if some unknown government official were to read my letters i would not mind, in a way, i always have this little fantasy of someone who enjoys reading someone else's letters in the way i do, read the letters and derive joy from it, and interest, like a story that is unfolding before their eyes. of course if the person knew me or you or whoever was featured in the contents of the letter that would be another case entirely.. but if it were anonymous, i think it would be sweet. if you are convicted of some big crime... that's complicated, wouldn't it be easy to frame someone this way? hackers? i'd be really mixed about it too..that most hilarious thing is that in a place like here, they surveille everything anyway-- they rarely interfere if you're non influential but once you've got a little bit of status or weight, it's important to keep yourself alert.
your response for what you would be if you had to be an object simply blew me away. and you know how much i love books, especially books like the kind you describe. i'd pick you up and hold you in my lap, summer after summer. and you would begin to read me too-- do you think that books are reading the humans who are reading them as well? in the sense that, like your interpretation of the giving tree was so different than what any other normal american kid who read this little story growing up would? let me listen to the song, i love the picture that youtube gives of it, you know it reminds me of that picture of your grandfather. if i had to be an object, i would be a musical instrument i think, a piano not those huge grand ones, but a small wooden one that gives a beautiful sound if played correctly. i wonder what this says about us, what objects we choose to be. you know the lyrics of the song remind me of something really .. i suppose vulgar? that i read in a news site the other day. you know google had opened a new thing, called Buzz? and basically it automatically created circles that showed publicly, of who you most email etc etc. and it was hugely unsuccessful because a ton of people felt their privacy was compromised as if they had been emailing ex lovers or having affairs, etc, it would show up in their circles and their significant others could see and find out and they got sued and so forth. how important is privacy do you think? i mean in... the large, government sense. would you be ok if you knew that the government was reading all your work? all your letters? or would you be indifferent?
willow tree-- this reminds me of a story i keep hearing about which i haven't read yet, and which seems incredibly sad. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giving_Tree) i think/or hope that i'll find it online soon. if you had to characterize yourself as something-- as a tree or animal or book, what would you choose?
it's incredible you would say that if you had to choose any book off of your shelf for me to read it would be that one. the name has so much promise "the willow tree" i'm a little surprised that it was written by the same person who wrote 'requiem for a dream' i'm judging purely by the title of "the willow tree" being so gentle as opposed to what i know of "requiem for a dream". i'll be sure to take a look into this after i've tackled the giant baleine blanche (moby dick)