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What Are You Reading?
What was the last book(s) that you read or what favorite book would you recommend to others? When in the bookstore or library, which section do you head for first?
Do you prefer fiction or non fiction? Do you read mostly for enjoyment/entertainment or for knowledge/information?
What media besides books do you read? What is your literary skeleton in the bookcase (such as comics, fashion mags, tabloids, showbiz gossip, sports)?
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| Sloopz Book ||Mar 17th. at 4:12:04 am UTC|
|Sloopz (Scotland) ||Age: 17 - Email |
The last book i read was an unpublished book that I have written called the Adult Life of Sirious Loopy (S.Loopy = my dog) but the last published book was Edwin Muirs Story including his poems such as The Horses and childhood.
| Reading ||Mar 17th. at 6:26:25 am UTC|
|TheHollow (Vancouver, Canada) ||Age: 22 - Email |
latest/ present reads:
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Social Theory in the Twentieth Century
Feminist Issues: Race, Class, and Sexuality
Society in Question
Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
Unequal Relations: An Intro to Race and Ethnic Dynamics in Canada
Scratching the Surface: Canadain Anti-Racist Feminist Thought
Jin Guo: Voices of Chinese Canadain Women
I Am Woman: A Native Persepective on Sociology and Feminism
Boy, can you tell I am a university student or what? Easy to tell that I major in Feminist Studies and Sociology too. I don't get to read much for myself during the school year as I am always reading course material. But I so enjoy reading alot of it as it expands my knowledge base. I am also presently reading "The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft" by Ronald Hutton, although rather slowly as my course material often recieves priority. I also have a stack of books on paganism that I am meaning to read as soon as the summer comes around
As for recommodations I would recommend my favorites: anything by Poppy Z. Brite (Wormwood, Drawing Blood, and Lost Souls) , A. S. Byatt's "Possession", Lee Maracle's "Ravensong", Marlatt's "Ana Historic", Jean Rhys "Wide Sargasso Sea", Nancy Baker's "Night Inside" & "A Terrible Beauty" (vampire novels) > books I can't remember the authors to: Nine-Tenths Unseen, Instruments of Darkness > as well as the classics: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Catcher in the Rye, and On The Road (I have a soft spot for books that make fractured sense)
IIn the library I head to the fiction section to seek out interesting stories (but only in the summer as the school year is reserved for books of knowledge) . I read for entertianment (fiction) and knowledge (school) .
I also read extreme body modification magazines, art magazines, and occasionally horror movie magazines.
And I do not consider my comic book collection to be my "literary skeleton". I love my comic books, many of them have masterful storylines and amazing art so I consider them to be a legitimate lliterary form.
| Words For The Imagination.... ||Mar 17th. at 7:17:58 am UTC|
|elf (cornwall, england) ||Age: 23 - Email |
My absolute favourite author is a man called Terence McKenna and if you like to think into things and are into the imagination I think you would love his work.
The most amazing book is "Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness" by McKenna, Sheldrake and Abraham. It is science mixed with earth spirituality, discussions on how we can blend the two, on what the imagination actually is, seeing it as a sort of solid "thing". It is very deep and stretches the mind - I think it is truly amazing.
I like non-fiction which is a blend of philosophy, earth spirituality and cosmology - anything which challenges the imagination and really makes me think.
| Silver RavenWolf ||Mar 17th. at 8:29:30 am UTC|
|Erin StarDaughter (London, England) ||Age: 15 - Email |
The main books that got me into my magickal study were by Silver RavenWolf. "To Ride a Silver Broomstick" is an amazing book and it covers so much ground!Not only is Silver a very accomplished witch, she's pretty funny and really good at explaining things.I'd reccommend her books to anybody whether they're just starting on the path.
| Bookgeek ||Mar 17th. at 9:40:39 am UTC|
Well, this will be a long list
King of the Celts/Jean Markale
Guns, Germs, and Steel/Jared Diamond
Carpe Jugulum/Terry Pratchett
Ceremony/Leslie Marmon Silko
The Goddess Companion/Patricia Monaghan
Last book finished:
Next in line:
The Challenge Box/Isobel Bird
Francesca Lia Block
Charles de Lint
When I go to bookstores and libraries, I check out SF/Fantasy and Young Adult areas first. Some of the best stories can be found in those sections, stories that are more character driven than plot driven. I really love urban fantasy, where fantastical creatures, or events take place in major cities.
I generally read for enjoyment, but I consider all my non-fiction reading enjoyable. I like learning, researching, discovering, so reading even thick, heavy books is fun.
I read everything, including the back of the cereal box at breakfast! I love comic books, especially some of the newer ones published by Vertigo. I currently read Promethea/Alan Moore and Fables/BillWillingham. Sandman, Preacher, and Hitman are some of the best series I've read.
I read all the magazines that come into my work (a high school library) , everything from the Economist to Sports Illustrated.
I guess my "literary skeleton" would be fashion magazines. I love to look through Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmo, etc.
The last best book I read, and the one I am constantly recommending is His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. The three books are The Golden Compass (US title) /Northern Lights (UK title) , The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. These amazingly well-written books are classified as children's books, mainly because the protagonist is 12 years old. However, no child could fully grasp the religious and social overtones. The plot starts off with 12 year old Lyra going off to rescue her best friend Roger from the Gobbers. It ends with an attempt to overthrow the current religious order. Pullman definitely has anti-establishemnt tendencies. He manages to weave together Christian, Platonic and Chinese philosophy, Arctic exploration, and questions of life and death, love and loss, and produce an enjoyable, readable story. Children can easily grasp the basic plot, and adults can understand the religious and philosophical overtones. READ IT.
| I'm All Over The Place With This One ||Mar 17th. at 10:24:19 am UTC|
|Etain (Ohio) ||Age: 31 - Email |
I love books and reading. I read everything...good, bad and indifferent.
Here's what I've been into lately:
my textbooks for school...too many to name
The War On Freedom~~Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
A Chosen Faith~~John Buehrens & Forrest Church
The Prince~~Niccolo Machiaveli
Progress, Coexistence, and Intellectual Freedom~~Andrei Sakharov
Jude's Herbal Rmedies~~Jude Williams
The Family Guide to Homeopathy~~Alain Horvilleur
Sage Woman (periodical)
I also do light reading in the library...AKA the ladies room. ;)
| Mmmmm... Books. ||Mar 17th. at 10:56:05 am UTC|
|Zenith (Linden, Michigan) ||Age: 21 - Email - Web|
What Are You Reading?
Well currently, I'm reading "The Qabalah: Secret Tradition of the West" by Papus. I've hardly begun and I've already picked up several other books. *chuckles* In fact, I picked up Crowley's 777 at the same time!
What was the last book (s) that you read or what favorite book would you recommend to others?
The last book I was reading involved an indepth study of SuperString Theory, and I'm still muddling my way through it. Not to say that it is boring or poorly wrote. Quite the opposite, in fact. I've just so many books on my "To Read" list that I have to partition my time.
If any of you have not read the "Bazil Broketail" series by Christopher Rowley and enjoy a good fantasy novel, I highly recomend it. His new series, which seems like a dark ages version of "Planet of the Apes" isn't quite so good.
When in the bookstore or library, which section do you head for first?
Metaphysical, followed by the reference section, and finally getting stuck in fantasy. *chuckles*
Do you prefer fiction or non fiction?
Depends. I prefer knowledge gained over time wasted, but I have read quite a few fiction novels that contained a wealth of information. I don't enjoy reading biographies unless it is essential to my research. So of course, I own a copy of Marie Rasputin's biography on her father.
Do you read mostly for enjoyment/entertainment or for knowledge/information?
If I can find the two melded in one book, all the better. Sadly, most books to not come in this variety. I usually choose knowledge until I can stand it no longer. Then I curl up, with a glass of wine and a fine cigar, and read Rowley, Lovecraft, Blake, Poe, etc... Anything that allows me to escape from reality for a moment and wind down.
What media besides books do you read?
Magazines, internet, anything in print really. I will also stoop to watching TV or playing video games, if I can find any intellectual content in it. Or not, if I'm winding down.
What is your literary skeleton in the bookcase (such as comics, fashion mags, tabloids, showbiz gossip, sports) ?
Ah... Now there is a question where I may piss a few people off. Please, anyone who is reading this next paragraph, understand that the following is my opinion on books. It in now way, shape, or form denotes my casting stones at anybody's beliefs or values.
"The Satanic Bible" By Anton LaVay or however his last name is spelled. Absolute drivel, simply an essay against Christianity. The only reason I bought it was so I could have an educated opinion of his work. I will admit to only two good points: One, the enochian keys were an interesting addition. And two, his passion drove him from a mere carnival worker to found a religion with many loyal members who activly believe in his message. I do not bash Satanists here, but your bible left something of a bad taste in my mouth. Try writing a new one, and get rid of Anton's persausive essay against Christians. I'll buy it if you do, I still need an educated opinion.
Silver RavenWolf's "To Ride a Sliver Broomstick". Fluffy pansy drivel. I put this one out of its misery quickly after I read it. While Siver has done an excellent job of giving Pagans a pretty mask of PR, her work itself is... I don't want to say worthless, but the valuable information in it could have been boiled down to a paragraph. A must miss for anyone beyond neophyte, and terribly misleading if you are just begining.
I apologize for the above comments, I hold no ill will towards the authors nor their beliefs. I have simply found these books to be crap.
| A Subject Near & Dear To My Heart ||Mar 17th. at 10:58:07 am UTC|
|Eclipse (Virginia) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I love to read, and I'm incapable of reading just one book at once. I always read in clumps.
Right now, I'm working my way through Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series. Also, Allison Weir's books of English History.
I'd be hard pressed to name a favorite book, but here are some that would definitely make the list:
The Holmes & Russell Mystery series, by Laurie R. King
The Westing Game
Eleanor of Aquataine, by Allison Weir
Quest for a Maid, by Frances McHenry
The Tammarack Tree, by Patricia Clapp
When I go to the library, the first section I hit is usually child and YA Lit. There are great stories to be had, and I am always on the look out for good books to recommend to my younger sister and little cousins. I also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi/fantasy, general fiction, and anything in the historical non-fiction line.
My house is also a mess of magazines: Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Equus, Biography, and, when I really need mindless entertainment, People and Cosmo.
My personal vision of hell is being stuck at the DMV without a book.
| Books... ||Mar 17th. at 11:12:38 am UTC|
|Leander (Sheffield) ||Age: 22 - Email |
Ok, I tend to go through phases on books that I read, I like a lot of sci fi and fantasy style books, and recently finished re-reading Tolkens "The Lord Of The Rings" (I recommend that everyone read this book at least once in their lives.) Read all of Raymond E Fiests works (in order oer a period of about a month) and some of Anne Mcaffreys Dragons of Pern series (I don't have the complete set) Recently read Sun Tzu's Art of war in an online book... very interesting am looking into getting a few of the books recommended on this site.. will have to find some cash and somewherre that sells them first though lol
| One Name... ||Mar 17th. at 11:30:54 am UTC|
|Evenstar (Ripon) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I have one name for you all... Robin Hobb.
She is an absolutely amazing storyteller!!!!! I tend towards the fantasy/ sci fi/ horror area of things, so her books fall in there too. She has written two amazing trilogys, and two books of a third are out now. They all occur in the same world, and the first two follow the story of two different groups of people, the third trilogy is where they all start coming together. That's enough ramble from me.. oh yeah, they're called:
1/ The Liveship Trilogy
2/ The Assassin's Trilogy
3/ The Tawny Man Trilogy
These aren't quite the real titles, but any booky person'll probably get it!!!
| Bibliophile! ;) ||Mar 17th. at 11:41:59 am UTC|
|Wolf's Voice (Singapore) ||Age: 28 - Email |
*What was the last book (s) that you read or what favorite book would you recommend to others? When in the bookstore or library, which section do you head for first?*
I have so many in mind. *chuckle*
At the moment, I would recommend 'Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World' by Karen Armstrong. This is a good book, linking the Crusades with present-day issues in the Middle-East. Very thought-provoking and very powerful book.
'Dreaming The Dark' by Starhawk is another book I would recommend to people as well.
Favorite books include:
'The Chronicles of Prydain' by Lloyd Alexander.
'The Chanur series' by C.J.Cherryh.
'The Dragonriders series' by Anne McCaffrey.
'The Mists of Avalon' by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
'The Once and Future King' by T.H.White.
The books by Lois Bujold McMaster.
The books on Goddess spirituality by Jean Shinoda Bolen.
'The Woman's Book of Dreams' by Connie Kaplan.
'The Spiral Dance' by Starhawk.
'Chivalry' by Maurice Keen.
'Joan of Arc' and 'Alone In All Her Sex' by Marina Warner.
'The Beast Within' by Adam Douglas.
Material on the Middle Ages.
Pagan magazines like 'Sagewoman' and 'PanGaia'.
I would head for the science-fiction and fantasy section first. But these days, I would drop by the History section as well, followed by sci-fi/fantasy and esoteric/metaphysical studies.
*Do you prefer fiction or non fiction? Do you read mostly for enjoyment/entertainment or for knowledge/information?*
I prefer both fiction and non-fiction. I read mostly for enjoyment as well as knowledge/information.
*What media besides books do you read? What is your literary skeleton in the bookcase (such as comics, fashion mags, tabloids, showbiz gossip, sports) ?*
I also read - occasionally - Internet fiction or web comics.
I do also read - at times - fashion magazines, just for the sake of pure entertainment, hehe.
The literary skeleton in my bookcases is mainly academic-based or metaphysical.
| Everything I Can ||Mar 17th. at 12:13:33 pm UTC|
|SR (TC, MN) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I just finished college last May and so have found myself with all this free brain power to read that I previously had to dedicate to school books. So I have been reading like mad for a year. I started with books on finding a job. And have now moved on to much more enjoyable endevours. I am always reading several books at once.
In the bedroom:Terry Pratchet (I believe I'm on the Color of Magic but I haven't read the series in order, never do) , Anias Nin, and a book I picked up called something like The Sorcer's Journey.
In my backpack:Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess by Demetra George, and usually a handfull of stuff for work on mainstreet revitalization.
In the bathroom:Spring Dawning (3rd in a series)
In the livingroom: Schrodingers Kittens (there's more to the title but I can't remember the rest of it) , Advancing Witchcraft (the first book I've found that didn't say for novices and advanced, but just advanced, I'm hoping it'll be good) , Promethea (Yes it's a comic, but not a literary skeleton and it is on the reading list rather than the read list cause I haven't picked it up yet) , a book on herbs and medicines and mixing (and not) the two, and one more sciencey book that I can't think of the name of.
In the kitchen: A candy making book, called I believe Candy Making
When I workout: A book on Mayan myth and magic
And believe it or not I have a fairly high turnover rate. It certianly seems mostly knowledge, but I prefer it be entertaining.
My literary skeleton is Harry Potter. I read it once, no big deal. Not a problem. Problem is...Last winter I ignored all my school work and everything the weekend before finals when I was having lots of trouble, and I reread them. Harry Potter twice is a literary skeleton.
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