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Friday Finds: The Custom of the Country

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

First published in 1913, Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country is a scathing novel of ambition featuring one of the most ruthless heroines in literature. Undine Spragg is as unscrupulous as she is magnetically beautiful. Her rise to the top of New York’s high society from the nouveau riche provides a provocative commentary on the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin. One of Wharton’s most acclaimed works, The Custom of the Country is a stunning indictment of materialism and misplaced values that is as powerful today for its astute observations about greed and power as when it was written nearly a century ago.

I really need to make notes when I come across books I want to read. I saw this one mentioned somewhere and got so excited that I added it to my Goodreads list and then promptly forgot where I saw it. If you recently mentioned this book, then thank you!

Doesn’t it look good? I wish I could just lock myself in a room for a year just so that I could read all the classics that I’ve been wanting to.

Reading Rooms, Corners and Nooks

I’ve always wanted my very own reading room. Not so much a library, but a room used primarily for reading. It would have a lot of natural light and be equipped with this chair. I love Pottery Barn, but $1955 + shipping is a bit steep for me. However, every time I see this chair I go back to wanting to design a room for this purpose. I mean really, look at that chair. It begs to have a room designed around it.

I made the mistake of giving the loft to my kids. They use it for video games and TV and surfing the web but I was thinking that my master bedroom is large enough to carve out a reading nook (of sorts) or I could convert the garage or I could add-on a sun room at some point.

If you could design your own reading room or corner, what would you include in it? I’m thinking that in addition to the chair and ottoman, I’d need a table to hold a beverage (not the glass of whiskey you see here but one never knows), a nice warm blanket to snuggle up with, and a really cool lamp. Some art work would be a plus. Someone asked me this question the other day and I simply said “a door with a lock” hahaha. That would be a big plus too as I am often interrupted.

The Hub is suggesting a gazebo, as we have a very large yard but unless it’s like the gazebo from The Sound of Music, then I’m thinking no.

If you have a reading room or nook, what makes it special to you? If you don’t have one, what would you want to include in it? When I was a kid I used to hunker down behind a piece of furniture and there was something magical about having my own space. I can’t very well do that now. Well, I could but people would talk.