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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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Eclectic Mind Meanderings Mar 22nd. at 2:03:22 pm EST

Amie (michigan) Age: 33 - Email - Web

I read for both knowledge and enjoyment. I also tend to have a *lot* of different books going at once so that there is always something I am in the "mood" for to pick up. Currently, I am in the process of finishing these:

"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman
"Looking Good in Print fourth edition" by Roger C. Parker
"Celtic Women's Spirituality" by Edain McCoy
"Harm None" by M.J. Sellars

A short list for me with the first and last being fiction. The first was recommended reading by a shaman friend and the last is an autographed copy by the writer whom I was able to participate in a class during a convention not too long ago.

The People's History Mar 22nd. at 2:10:36 pm EST

Solwynn (Charleston, WV) Age: 21 - Email

I'm currnetly enthralled with the People's History of the US, by Howard Zinn. In light of current events, it's a great tool for perspective--and it reads really, really well! It tells history as a story, the only way I think it should be told. Peace.

My Book I Am Currently Reading. Mar 22nd. at 4:09:43 pm EST

Anolle (Denver) Age: 15 - Email - Web

I am reading right now Laurie Cabot's book "Power of the Witch." It is a very informative book. I am learning quite alot from it, which i need because soon i am going to start a coven, and i want all the people in it to get the oppertunity to read this book also!
Out of 1-10, i would say it is a 12!!!

What I Am Reading Mar 22nd. at 10:08:13 pm EST

Crimson Wolf (Boring as hell Loring job Corp Center, Limestone, ME) Age: 17 - Email

Wow I can read, hooked on phonics worked for me. lol well I am currently reading many books to help me in setting up Crimson Wolfs Book of Shadows,

1. Wicca, By Scott Cunningham, I like this book, it has a looser style than his Living Wicca
2. To Ride a Silver Broomstick, by Silver RavenWolf, I love this book.
3. Living Wicca, Scott Cunningham, Good Book but a little on the strict side
4. The Craft, mind lapse on author, Great easily understandable book

No recollection of names for these books

5. Wisdom of the Native Americans
6. The Chickasaw
7. Shamanism
8. The encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, feels kinda Christian made.

Well thats what Im reading, need suggestions on other good books, like history, i need to catch up greatly on my diety research, and other books that can help me learn more. Or if your in the Limestone or Presque Isle area a mentor.

Book Fetish Mar 23rd. at 8:10:38 am EST

Foxheart (NH) Age: 23 - Email

I am and have always been a book lover. I have my own personal library at home and buy more books than I'll ever read. I am addicted to knowledge about the past, Wicca, Paganism and any sub-topics therein.

The last book I actually completed reading was Philosopy of Wicca by Amber Laine Fisher. An excellent book that delves into the whys and wherefores of Wicca as a religion and life path. It is not a spell book or grimoire. It is more of a frank discussion about Goddess and God and Wiccan morality.

The book I keep by my beside and that I am almost through with is The Devil In Massachesetts: A Modern Enquiry Into The Salem Witch Trials. Another excellent book that details the entire Salem Village tragedy in 1691/1692. The author is Marion L. Starkey. Admittedly it is not the most current book about the Trials (printed in 1949) but it does weave an interesting picture of the times and people.

Lately I prefer non-fiction books but I have been known to go on tangents into the fictional realms, mostly suspense, horror, and sci-fi. To me gaining knowledge is entertainment. I hardly differentiate between the two so that question is hard to answer. Also, I almost always head to the New Age section of the bookstore first just in case there is something new or something that hadn't caught my attention before.

If I had to reccomend one book from my extensive library it would have to be Silver RavenWolf's To Ride A Silver Broomstick. That book is a wonderful resource. My copy is tabbed and scribbled on and highlighted and dog-eared and the binding is falling apart.

Now if only I could find another book case...

As always, Peace and Blessed Be,


Acute Bibliophilia Mar 23rd. at 1:12:28 pm EST

Updog (Richmond, VA) Age: 26 - Email

On my recent reading list (I don't have a TV so I read alot) :
-Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner (my arch-nemesis since highschool... This time I loved it)
-The Diversity of Life by E.O. Wilson (should be on every 'nature worshipper's' required reading list)
-Everything that I can get my hands on by JB Russell, especially his four part history of the concept of the devil (OK this is beyond the scope of 'recent' reading)
-The Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain
-Cheng Hsin:The Principles of Effortless Power by Peter Ralston (Required reading in my opinion)
-Lots of HP Lovecraft
-The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
-Miss Corpus by Clay Macleod Chapman
-How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
-A Wicked Pack of Cards: A history of the occult Tarot (part 1) by ??? (very good, if a bit dry, scholarly investigation into the actual development of cartomantic practice and theory. the name, by the way, is drawn from a line in TS Eliot's the Wasteland... it's not an anti-tarot book)
-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
-Too much chemistry (job related)

I'm sure there are a few others that have escaped my mention... in addition to reading, I have been watching and rewatching Joseph Campbell's interviews with Bill Moyers entitled The Power of Myth.

Future list:
-La Casa de los Espiritus by Isabel Allende
-The Masks of God by Joseph Campbell
-Insect Lives edited by Hoyt and Schultz
-Bugs in the System:Insects and their impact on Human affairs by May Berenbaum
-Fierce Invalids Back from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
-Watt by Samuel Beckett (Also the trilogy Malloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnameable)
-Syntactic Structure by Noam Chomskey (if I don't go mad in the process)

Recomended stuff that didn't make the list:
-The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
-The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns
-The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
-In the Skin of a Lion Michael Ondaatje
-The Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich
-The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
-poetry by ee cummings

hmm... that's all from the top of my head, but in my humble 'pinion we ought to TURN OFF THE TELEVISION and partake of the riches that are at our fingertips. I think it's important to read deeply and across the boundries of conventional disciplines. In the words of Francis Picabia (paraphrased unfortunately) :

One must be a nomad-- pass through ideas as one would pass through cities and countries.

Buffy, Or More Specifically, Spike. Mar 23rd. at 10:15:30 pm EST

DestinyRain (Ohio) Age: 25 - Email

My current read is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel *ducks*. It's called Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row. At least that's my current "fun" read. I'm also reading Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow for a class I'm taking.

The book I read previously was a collection of Slave Narratives, including those of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. I highly recommend this book, or any collection of slave narratives. History is, after all, our most important teacher.


Addendum Mar 23rd. at 10:17:32 pm EST

Updog (Richmond, VA) Age: 26 - Email

Oh, I forgot the dictionary. I'm always reading the dictionary.

Books! Mar 23rd. at 11:22:52 pm EST

Ummeiko (Iowa State University) Age: 19 - Email - Web

Well, schoolwork has drastically cut into my casual reading time. But when I have the time, my recent literary pursuit has been re-reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. I'm a space nut like that.

I'm also trying to read Fellowship of the Ring (surprisingly for the first time) but it's slow in coming because of time restraints.

Also, for fun, I like to read manga, aka graphic novels (but not quite the traditional comic book...) . Planet Ladder is my current fav in that area.

Books This Week :-) Mar 24th. at 12:53:30 am EST

Yvette (Oceanside, CA) Age: 24 - Email

In the past week, to distract from reality (hah!) I've read numerous favorites for the hundredth time or so. These included The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey, a great read for anyone who loves fantasy novels.

Of two books I've read recently that I haven't before one was The Walking Drum, by Louis L'Amour. Having never read any of his westerns (much to the disgust of the friend who recommeded this book) I had no idea what a ride I was in for. The man has a talent for detail and though initially it starts slow, it becomes a book that's very hard to put down. The main character is and educated Briton in the middle ages in search of his father. This search takes him from the shores of his home all across Europe and Asia. He lands in a nest of intrigue as he moves from city to city learning all about the world as he goes. The best part about this book is that the author had made similar travels during his youth and was writing from experience as much as imagination.

The final book, the one I finished only this afternoon, I wish I'd read a long time ago. Never having seen the movie, I picked up The Horse Whisperer and prepared myself for a dull trip because I normally only read SF, fantasy, or historical fictions. This book was wonderful! It started slow, yes, but once past the initial character intros the stage was set for a dramatic tale. After a horrific accident that killed her friend and scarred herself and her horse for life, a young girl must come to terms with her new image and help bring her horse back to sanity. The mother is the main character and we're taken on a journey of self-reproach and soul-searching as she struggles to find hope for her daughter and restore something that was lost between them. There is a lot of pain in this book but there is joy and romance too. This is a book that you can get into even if you're not a huge fan of horses. There are things said in this book that make you look at life from a different angle. And while the ending isn't necessarily what one would call happy, it does leave the reader content that while bad things can happen to the best of people it is possible to come back from great pain and actually be happy again.

Compulsive Reader Mar 24th. at 8:13:50 am EST

squib (oregon) Age: 33 - Email

i read everything and anything. I'm reading a Redwall Abbey book right now, and have two Tolkien books up next. When i go book hunting, i just start at one end of the store/library and start looking. I just finished the Reader's Digest Classic Books series, except for maybe four of the books. I guess there's 15 or so?

hmm. I read magazines (well, like i said, i read everything) . BH&G, Sunset, Car & Driver, Guitar World, Guitar One, Bass Player, SciAm, W, NG, whatever else is within reach. Cereal boxes, beer cans, CD inserts. I'm not sure what someone could say my literary skeleton is. eheh probably car mags. the C&D with the most recent Saleen in it, probably, since the pages are all stuck together... with DROOL. (and... i'm a girl...)

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