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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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| 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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