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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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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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| Mama Silver Of Course! ||Mar 18th. at 10:50:16 pm UTC|
|Jade Moonraven (Shawnee Kansas) ||Age: 16 - Email - Web|
I am currently reading "To stir a Magick Cauldron:A Witch's guide to casting and conjuring" by Silver Ravenwolf. I love her attitude and style of writing. I study extensively from her. It is great!
| Serious Mythology ||Mar 19th. at 1:38:39 am UTC|
|Sharon (Erie, PA) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I'm currently reading Thomas Kinsella's translation of the Tain, a.k.a The Ulster cycle of Irish mythology. This is about my third time through but for those who read it for the first time, I recommend having a *good* dictionary of Celtic Mythology handy (Miranda Green's is a personal favorite) . My Deadicant's group in our ADF Grove (techinically Protogrove) is reading this currently & I just learn more & more every time. If you really want to get a feel fo what the pre-Christian Celts were up to, this is fantastic place to start. Not for fluff-bunnies.
| You Wouldn't Believe It If I Told You........ ||Mar 19th. at 4:30:53 am UTC|
|Lavender Moon (Wisconsin) ||Age: 37 - Email - Web|
I have been reading "The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation" by Silver RavenWolf. She has got to be one of the best authors I have read in a long time. All of her books are very direct, to the point, and easy to understand. I know that they were originally designed for teens but I enjoy her writing techniques.
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Happy Reading and Blessed Be to All!
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| I Love To Read ||Mar 19th. at 7:58:50 am UTC|
|clio (York PA) ||Age: 3 - Email |
I am currently reading two books at the same time. I am almost finished "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" by Lieut. Gen. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway (I've been reading it on my breaks at work) and at the same time I am rereading "Wicca: The Complete Craft" by DJ Conway.
Recommendations of favorite books: For anyone interested in photography, I highly recommend "The Complete Idiots Guide to Photography Like A Pro". The book is chock full of information, tips, and suggestions. For those who enjoy studying World War Two, please read "Panzer Commander", which is the war time memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck. I also recommend anything written by Stephen Ambrose and John Keegan.
My favorite bookstore sections: When I enter my local Borders, the first section I ALWAYS go to without fail is their military history section. There I check out intently how many shelves they've devoted to works about World War One (which sadly is never more than two shelves) and see if there are any new titles that reach out and grab me. Then I walk over to the Wicca/Magic/New Age section (since they moved areas around in the store, it is now a mere five feet away from the military history section) and see if any titles there stand out. Then I wander through the Nature section and check stuff there, too.
Preferences: I read TONS more non-fiction than I do fiction. Tolkien's works have been the only fiction I've read in the last almost-a-year. My historian brain needs exercise, so I have read books like "The Rommel Papers" and volume one of "The Patton Papers" and a lot of Civil War biographies.
I definitely read for both enjoyment and knowledge--those are my only purposes for reading.
Other media: My mom and I have gotten National Geographic magazine for years and I always anxiously await each issue. I am a member of the National Air and Space Museum and read my copies of Air and Space Smithsonian magazine at least three times each. And since I have developed an obsessive passion for photography, I have subscribed to Outdoor Photographer magazine and Peterson's PHOTOgraphic magazine.
That is all. I promise :)
| I Do Not Read That Often But... ||Mar 19th. at 12:26:07 pm UTC|
|Star Devil (Glendive, Montana) ||Age: 22 - Email |
Recently I went a picked up a book that was recomended by witchvox by Ann Moura "Witchcraft: An ALternative Path". I LOVE IT and I am not even through with it yet. The book covers all the basics plus if is very thorough. I would definatly recomend anyone pick up this book as reference material or just to read.
Love and Light,
| Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter ||Mar 19th. at 12:38:56 pm UTC|
|Cathy Swanson (Puerto Rico) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I am reading a series of books by author Laurell K. Hamilton. The series is called Anita Blake Vampire Hunter. It is really cool. I just finished Book #? 10? Called Narcissus In Chains. I am looking forward to her new book. She also has a series about Meredith Gentry, a Fairy Princess
| Appropriate For Our Times ||Mar 19th. at 1:41:02 pm UTC|
|Tessera (Mississippi) ||Age: 33 - Email |
A book recommended to me by a colleague: "The unconscious civilization" by John Ralston Saul. I've not gotten very far in it yet but so far Saul describes how "corporatism" is destroying democracy by changing the focus of society from the well-being of society to that of self-interested groups; how self-interest (as in selfishness) is hurting society overall. There's a strange duality to the first chapter; I'm looking forward to seeing if he clarifies this better. It's more political philosophy, I guess, than anything else; certainly I don't normally enjoy reading about economics but it's not very heavy in that. Yet. I've only just started reading it.
| Some Light And Some Not So Light Reading ||Mar 19th. at 2:27:26 pm UTC|
|Nightcloud (Minneapolis, MN) ||Age: 48 - Email |
On the light side, I just finished the Dark Jewel series by Anne Bishop, very enjoyable. Right now I'm reading Owlflight, by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon. On the not so light side I'm reading, Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult, Lore by Jennifer Larson. I have a huge stack of books about Hellenic religion waiting for me to get through them. I'm trying to offset these with somethings that are lighter. For my class I have to read the The Bedford Handbook and the play Fences. And at work there is always some MS white paper or other to study.
My book case skeleton comes from the web, I read Fanfiction when I have the time.
I wish there was more time in our society for reading, I think we'd be better off for it.
| Mists ||Mar 19th. at 2:34:34 pm UTC|
|Lisa Walker (Ramona , CA) ||Age: 33 - Email |
The latest book ive read is the mists of avalon, iloved it i was totally lost in avalon and would recomend it to anyone. Its fun!
| Reading ||Mar 19th. at 3:56:24 pm UTC|
|JeraMorningOwl (Whitby) ||Age: 15 - Email |
Right now I'm reading Les Miserables by victor Hugo. I recommend it.
I like fiction and non-fiction books equally.
| The Templar Revelation ||Mar 19th. at 5:05:57 pm UTC|
I've just finished the Templar Revelation. It's a book about the Templar Knights and their intertwining with pagan culture and the resulting conspiracy. There's some good information about the Cathars, the Catholic Church, and some odd conspiracies. Sometimes it goes waaaay out there, but it is a good read for those who like a good conspiracy that involves mainstream icons, pagans, and the lust for both truth and gold.
Currently, I'm rereading The Big Book of Peace with great hope.
| Reading List ||Mar 19th. at 8:45:18 pm UTC|
|Fathom (pittsburgh) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I have the best job ever! I say this in the begining because it puts the rest of my post into context. I am the night manager at a cheap motel. This affords me the luxury of being able to get paid to read for 8 hours a night. Conversly the down side is that I average four to five books a week, and that means my poor library card is now on its third incarnation since I've worn out the first two. That being the case I have read almost the entire occult section of the library, most of the herbal medicine and the gardening. I taught myself sign language, egyptian hiroglyphs, and some spanish. the graphic novel section is depleted, I read everything by rex stout (the nero wolfe detective stories) and Iam hip deep in true crime. my newest thing is to try and crack the zodiac killer's final message since I was reading about it last week. Right now I have four books going at once. "the basis o good adn evil" nietchze, "Palmistry techniques", "the road to perdition" graphic novel, "forensic reconstructions" (faces over skulls ect.) As for my personal libray, psychology+ profliling stuff, gardening and herbal remedies, and a lot of art books. one shelf is just my current hobby and that gets cleaned out every few months and take ot the second hand bookstore. I love my job, it means I have had the chance to read more than two times more than I normaly could in my lifetime. Fathom
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