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Question of the Week: 103 - 3/17/2003

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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Reaching To Heaven Mar 18th. at 3:14:41 am EST

Cherie (Sacramento) Age: 47 - Email

I am currently reading "Reaching to Heaven" by James Van Praagh. It is the first of his works that I have read. It is nonfiction. I have found some of the information repetitive to what I have read before, but also new matter. A very satisfying read so far (I'm about 1/3 the way through.)

Me Bookworm!! Mar 18th. at 5:54:29 am EST

Silver Raven (Jo Marriott) (Nottingham, England) Age: 20 - Email - Web

I've got a few books on the go at the moment. I'm currently engrossed in 'Witchcraft for Tomorrow' by Doreen Valiente - good book!! I've got a books page on my website where we review and discuss books, feel free to come visit by clicking on the weblink at the top of this article.
I love books. I love to educate myself further through reading for pleasure. For example, I enjoy history, so at the moment, I am also reading Volume 1 of Simon Schama's 'A History of Britain'. I also adore music - the last music book I read was one I finished a couple of weeks ago, 'Freddie Mercury, An Intimate Memoir by the man who knew him best' by Peter Freestone.
I have many different types of book at home - music, craft, history, paranormal/supernatural, novels, Shakespeare, encyclopaedias, dictionaries/language books etc etc. My taste is pretty eccletic - like my taste in music, food - just about everything in my life is hugely varied!!
When I go to the library, the first place I head for is the computers. I don't have a home computer right now, so I access the Internet courtesy of the library (this is all soon to change though...) . Then I have a look in the music section, then history, then religion, then gardening, then cooking, then novels!
Besides books, I enjoy reading local and national newspapers and magazines. My favourite magazine at the moment is 'Spirit and Destiny' - it's cool because it takes all the good bits of various non-mainstream religions (including witchcraft!) and puts into everyday life e.g. recipes, healing, some spells, life and love advice, horoscopes etc etc. It's a women's mag with a difference and very enlightening, I recommend it to anyone!

Uh... Mar 18th. at 7:24:03 am EST

SilverShadow (Perth, Australia) Age: 14 - Email

I am (or was) reading:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling-I bought it about two months ago to read on the plane but I never did start it.I've got about 100 pages left which I am sure to accomplish one day.

To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver RavenWolf-I found it when I was at the markets.It was just sitting on top of a pile of books and I thought wow!I bought it for $20 second hand.I've read most of it and I'd highly recommend it.

Toxin by Robin Cook-My dad told me to read it.I have no idea why.I maybe got the first 4 chapters read and then I just got confused.It probably is a good book but it's an adults book so the story is a bit complicated.Basically it's about a father who's a doctor/scientist (I forgot) and his daughter gets e.coli food poisoning and I think he must take some sort of action against it.

Yes I do read and I am capable of finishing a book!!

A Book Mis-shelved Is Knowledge Lost... Mar 18th. at 7:29:53 am EST

Heathwitch (Cheshire, UK) Age: 23 - Email - Web

Well, I'm a bit of a bookworm -- okay, that's an understatement. I devour books, and always have at least one on my person at any time. That said, I'm currently reading "Philosophy of Wicca" by Amber Laine Fisher, "The Witches' Craft" by Raven Grimassi and Edain McCoy's "Spellworking for Covens". I have "Witchcraft and the Web" by M. Macha Nightmare waiting for me, calling to me from the bookshelf.

Non-Witchcraft wise, I'm reading the fiction novels "Bel Canto" (by Ann Patchett) and "Lady of Avalon" (by Marion Zimmer Bradley) .

Before these, I read Trish Telesco's "Advanced Wicca", "Just For Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary" by Linus Torvalds (yes, I am a computer geek!) and Starhawk's "The Fifth Sacred Thing" and "Walking To Mercury". Oh, and "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks, and the last issue of "Sagewoman" magazine.

Talking of Starhawk, I just ordered her books "Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery" and "Dreaming the Dark: Sex, Magic and Politics", as well as Caitlin and John Matthews' "Ladies of the Lake" and a collection of short stories, "Out of Avalon: Tales of Old Magic and New Myths", edited by Jennifer Roberson. So once those arrive, I'll have masses to enjoy :)

I'm an English major - in fact, I'm taking a MA in the subject right now, and so books are vital to me (or seem to be) . I adore the poetry of the Romanticism period - Byron, Keats, Wordsworth. I love classic fiction, and whenever I am down or need a boost I read "The Prelude", an epic poem by William Wordsworth.

As for skeletons ... Well, I am addicted to Joseph Michael Linsner's comic books based around the heroine-Goddess Dawn ... Remarkable. And I still have a copy of "Watership Down" on my bookshelf, and I adore Anne McCaffrey's "Dragons of Pern" series.

I could go on forever about books ... I'd better not, I'd bore you all. But I love to read. With reading comes joy. *smiles* Blessed Be!

One Underway And One In The Wings Mar 18th. at 9:51:32 am EST

Kevin (Ottawa, Canada) Age: 40 - Email

I am in the middle of The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra and have Martin Luther King Jr. autobiography all set to go once I've finished Capra.

TO Read Or Not To Read That Is The Question Mar 18th. at 10:30:02 am EST

Myrrdin Ravenheart (Marlboro, MA) Age: 0 - Email

Right now I'm reading The Wheel of the yeaar by Pauline Campanelli, then I have heer Ancient Ways. After that it's Ann Moura's Green Witchcraft vols 2& 3. Then who knows so many books so little time.

When I'm Not Busy With The Two Kids... Mar 18th. at 10:30:18 am EST

Amber Fisher (Austin, Texas) Age: 26 - Email - Web

I'm reading _A History of God_ by Karen Armstrong
_The Elegant Universe_ Brian Greene and
_Illustrator 9 for Dummies_ just to round things out a bit :)

So Intellectual Mar 18th. at 10:39:53 am EST

Morrighan (My living room) Age: 24 - Email

I'm currently reading "Witches Abroad" by Terry Pratchet. This will be my second time reading it. See, I'm taking a break from "Gone with the Wind."

In The Middle Mar 18th. at 11:34:48 am EST

uruloki (Bozeman, MT) Age: 20 - Email

I'm currently in the middle of both Robert jordan WoT Book 10 and The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. And a friend just gave me a Vonnegut novel to read. However I took a break from them all to read The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (hes one of my fvorite authors. I also have recently reread the Hitchhiker Guide books

Current Reads Mar 18th. at 12:17:31 pm EST

Questwulf (New York City) Age: 39 - Email

Currently I have finished "The Woad to Wuin" which is the sequel to "Sir Apropos of Nothing" by Peter David. Before that I read Nancy McKenzie's "Grail Prince".
My bookstore habits tend to be in the following order 1) Science Fiction Fantasy 2) Toy making 3) new age (or whatever they are calling it this week) 4) movies and TV 5) Humor
I am about 50/50 fiction vs. nonfiction and try to read for both knowledge and pleasure.
I also read comics and graphic novels at a great expensive rate. I am partial to the online strips of Player vs. Player, Dork Tower, Nodwick and Knights of the Dinner Table. I also check a number of European papers online for another point of world view.

CURRENTLY READING TO LEARN Mar 18th. at 12:38:47 pm EST

Mystic Silvertides (Ontario, Canada) Age: 20 - Email

Well, I love to read...I have a little collection of all sorts of pagan/witchcraft books, and related topics like astrology, alternative healings, astral projection, dreams, meditation, etc. etc. I like to try and keeping adding to this!!!

One topic that I seem to have a lot of books on is aromatherapy/essential oils and herbs, and I've practiced a lot on this subject too.

After a while, certain pagan/wiccan books just seem a bit generic, ...while they are good for "beginners" and they can cover a whole colourful range of magickal topics, there is not enough room in these kinds of books to go into depth. The result is a little taste of everything, but not a lot of one particular thing.

I think there's some kind of saying that goes: "Jack of all trades, but master of none"...yeah, somethin' like that anywhooo.

At this moment, I am doing a Chartered Herbalist course (which is only the first small step along my life-long path of "healer")

So, what books am I reading now? They would be on anatomy/pathology/physiology/and the like, and a lot of stuff related to herbs. I am currently reading to learn.

SKELETONS??? Hmmmmm, ....those "STAR", Weekly World News, National Enquirer type mags, ....

(it's not my fault that my grandma keeps sending these mags to me after she's done reading them, ..she doesn't want them to go to, but I would never waste my OWN money on that kind of crap)

Books And Stuff Mar 18th. at 12:44:53 pm EST

Jo (CO) Age: 23 - Email

Currently I was reading "Sense and Sensibility, " then accidently dropped it into some water, so now I can't finish it until I buy a new one. : ( I was really getting into it, too. I love Jane Austen and just finished "Mansfield Park" a few weeks ago. I also read "Emma" before that. I also read fantasy and sci-fi, but I have not read any lately since I have found very little to interest me in the new works and have devoured all of the older works that I found worthy. I'm very critical and picky when it comes to fantasy and sci-fi, but I do love the "Hary Potter" books and am waiting for the next one.

I mostly read classic literature these days, but I do enjoy comic books and graffic novels. I would not say that those are my skeletons in the closet books, though, since I read them openly and discuss them freely. Right now I'm working on the "Oh! My Goddess" series. They really make me laugh!

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