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Posted: Nov. 17, 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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| I Love To Read ||Mar 17th. at 10:53:53 pm EST|
|Krystall (Kentucky) ||Age: 46 - Email |
I love to read, anything and everything. I'm reading alot of Z Budapest right now, especially "The Holy Book of Womens' Mysteries". Her CD just came out with her reading passages from "Grandmother Moon" and "Grandmother of Time", another two favorites.
I don't have a preference regarding fiction or non-fiction. I can re-read "To Kill A Mockingbird", and have that book in the bedroom, and be reading a Witchcraft book in the living room. I have read as many as three books at once. I can do that if they're all interesting.
I really like Phyllis Currott, Ann Moura and am delving into more occult books.
My favorite period in history is Tudor England and I've read everything I can get my hands on about Henry VIII, his six wives, and their children as they grew and struggled for the throne.
I also enjoy books by authors Fannie Flagg, Janice Holt Giles (Ky. author) , Olive Ann Burns, Maya Angelou and biographies or autobiographies of famous people, especially rock stars.
| DELIGHTFUL!! ||Mar 17th. at 10:17:17 pm EST|
|Emrys (Normal, IL) ||Age: 22 - Email |
OOoooo, how exciting. Well, last night I just finished "The Wastelands" by Stephen King. It's the third in his Dark Tower series. Besides that, I am also currently reading "Stupid White Men" by Michael Moore, an anthology of Christopher Durang plays (fantastic reads for any lovers of theatre) , and Drawing Down the Moon.
I'm a big King fan, and my bookshelves show it. On the top of my list of his books are definitely "The Stand" and "Bag of Bones" (which is fantastic! a macabre love story of sorts)
Lately, I've been purchasing a lot of children's books and both my girlfriend and I teach grade school. Some of my favorites:
"Mrs. Biddlebox" by Linda Smith
"What are you so Grumpy About?" by Tom Lichtenheld
"The Spider and the Fly" illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
I really love rereading old favorites, and well written books for younger readers. You gain a better appreciation for them at this age.
Anything by Lois Lowry, especially "The Giver" and "Finding Blue"
Madaline L'Engle's "Wrinkle" series.
"The Moorchild" by Eloise McGraw
One of my all time favorites is "Sign of the Beaver" by Elizabeth George Speare
Hmmm, my bookshelves are overflowing with a mish-mosh of books that I love... (I feel like this is an Oscar speech...is the orchestra playing yet?)
The Harry Potter Series
Mary Stewert's Arthurian Saga
Any and All Edward Gorey books
"The Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas Pynchon
And...my skeletons...that I love and adore, any of Jhonen Vasquez's graphic novels (Squee, JTHM)
Roman Dirge's-Something at the Window is Scratching, Monsters in my Tummy, etc.
and Angus Oblong's "Creepy Susie"
Oh, so many more... I haven't even cracked the surface....mmmmm....books....
| Peaceful Words For Troubling Times ||Mar 17th. at 9:57:37 pm EST|
|Scott (Endicott, NY) ||Age: 26 - Email - Web|
I am reading Thich Nhat Hahn's Living Buddha, Living Christ
There IS a living Buddha, a living Christ, a living Goddess, a living Mohammed, a living Krishna. So many of us seem so intent on killing them these days. What we need to do is embrace peace and become alive ourselves. At this time I urge you to turn to prayer, meditation, or whatever practice you use to bring peace to yourself. Peace for the world must begin with individual peace for every living being. Start with you! You might be surprised what changes you will make.
Paganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity... all sorts of faiths HAVE the answer to peace NOW! Let us learn them... let us live them.... let them BE.
| American Jihad ||Mar 17th. at 9:33:33 pm EST|
|The Raven of Alaska (Wasilla, Alaska) ||Age: 46 - Email |
American Jihad, by Steve Emerson, accurately chronicles the Muslim extrmists that live among us, share our freeedoms, but want to destor the US and it's culture. this book is well researched, straight spoken, and has caused Islamic fundamentalists to issue a fatwah against the auithor. He now has to live in a secluded location within the US. Read the truth about the violence that is radical Islam. As a Celtic Pagan I wanted to believe what I was being told that Islam was peaceful. This book will force you to think, and that is why it is good.
| Proud To Enjoy Comics ||Mar 17th. at 7:35:43 pm EST|
|Stormwind (Canada) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I certainly don't consider my comic books to be skeletons in my literary closet, and am proud to tell the world that I read Transformers (the graphic novel reprints AND the new Dreamwave series) , Catwoman, and Hitman and Sovereign Seven while they were running.
The last good literature that I read was /The Jungle Book/ by Rudyard Kipling.
The last pop book I read was Tom Clancy's Power Plays: Shadow Watch.
The last Pagan-oriented book I read was /Paganism/ by the Higginbothams which was very useful to me in its theory of magic, isn't afraid to explore the concept of Satan (without glorifying a figure of pure evil) and also explained a lot of Pagan beliefs to some of my relatives who weren't well informed about my practices.
The last history book I read was...*points to stack of 20+ books on the First World War* I don't remember. One of those. Researching is a way of life for me, and I don't read them cover to cover...
I suppose the closest thing I could get to a literary closet would be some of those trashy spell books that are obviously written for non-Witches (and possibly /by/ non-Witches) but I take them out of the library anyway just for a peek, because the library is free :) "The Girls' Book of Spells" is an example (the author escapes me) .
| What Am I Reading? ||Mar 17th. at 7:12:04 pm EST|
|Ahnvil (Los Angeles, CA) ||Age: 29 - Email - Web|
Blossom of Bone. Simply amazing the way that Robert Barzan has brought together fragmented and often concealed histories on the spiritual traditions of the gay man and woman.
| "bitch" Is The Best ||Mar 17th. at 6:41:03 pm EST|
|lilith (lost angeles) ||Age: 33 - Email |
one of the best magazines ever. mother jones rocks too. will read rolling stone only when it contains something interesting about Bob Dylan.
books: just finished "one hundred years of solitude", by gabriel garcia marquez, and "mr. lincoln's wars", author's name escapes me. am reading "full contact magick", james baldwin's "tell me how long the train's been gone", and tom wolfe's "the electric acid kool-aid test". i tend to start several books at a time. also "days of war, nights of love", a CrimethInc publication, highly recommend it, and, um, there is something open on druidism, a travel book on ireland, and one more magick text the title of which is escaping me at the moment.
there is no such thing as a dirty book or a skeleton in the library closet.
| "When Their Logic Ties You Up And Rapes You..." ||Mar 17th. at 6:15:24 pm EST|
|Filomena Sophia (Chaos and Void) ||Age: 32 - Email |
Last book read:
Two of them. "Stupid White Men" by Michael Moore (bought after seeing his most recent film "Bowling for Columbine." I am becoming a HUGE fan of his.) And Marylin Manson's semi-autobiography, which I recommend giving to out fundie Christian family members to shock them and to get them to understand what a parody of a person looks like (it is my contention that MM wrote this intending it to be a shock book for those who are clueless and a semi satire/parody of his life for those of us "in the know" and who don't believe everything that's printed on paper.)
When I'm in the bookstore, I head directly over to the Mythology/Folklore section because I feel that the information there is a lot more accurate than the garbage one picks up in the New Age section (though I still would like to get a copy of Amber K.'s "CovenCraft" just for ideas...) I also spend a goodly deal of time in the cookbook section, pouring over Italian cookbooks and wine books.
I would recommend anything by Tom Robbins to others, particularly "Jitterbug Perfume" (which is the first book I ever read by him way back in high school) , "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (which, of course, is WAY better than the movie starring that weirdo Uma Thurman [anyone who would marry Ethan Hawke has GOT to be at least a little strange]) , and "Skinny Legs and All" (which is a great twist on a lot of the Biblical myths, including Jezebel) .
I prefer non-fiction, particularly anything having to do with the Etruscans and Platonic Gnosticism.
As far as periodicals go, I have found no other magazine better than "Bitch." Yes, indeedy, you saw that correctly. It's called "Bitch" magazine, and it is publishes for b*tchy women like me. I also do read the standard "PanGaia" magazine, which I subscribe to, but I sure do miss "The Green Egg" which I thought had much better writing. Other than that, I read the "Letters to the Editor" in the Opinion section of the local daily paper on-line, mostly to see what the crazy fundies in this mid-sized town are going to come up with next. I often answer back. Sometimes politely.
| My Book Case.. ||Mar 17th. at 3:30:22 pm EST|
|Mathair Cat (Clarksville TN, USA) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I am currently reading Silver RavenWolf's "Murder in Witch's Bluff" (something like that) . Just read her other book "Beneath A Moutian Moon."
I am pathetic loser who loves to read Scottish, medieval Highland romance novels. Or Vampiric novels of any kind (as long as they are not campy) . I also like to read about Theology.
In my bookcase, I have Frost poems, to Poe poems. Tolkien seires, Vampire Clan and Werewolf Clan books. Books on Fairies/myth and legen. Harry Potter Books. Anne Rice, Laurell K Hamilton books. Celtic Legend and myth books. Autharian books. The list goes on, even a nice pagan libary, and a medical dictionary. All that with some dust. That's my book case!
| For The Love Of Books ||Mar 17th. at 2:53:11 pm EST|
|jade (canada) ||Age: 16 - Email |
first of all i want say that i love books, all books. right now, for school i just finished The Catcher in the Rye, for myself, i am currently reading The Challenge Box, it's the 14th book in a series of 15 called The Circle of Three. the author is Isobel Bird, it's about three young witches. I suggest it to everybody, especially teens, because that is what the stories are about. they are all really great books, and she's a great author! i am excited to find out what happens to the girls, but i don't want the story to end!
| Books And Such ||Mar 17th. at 2:27:59 pm EST|
|Nikos Wolf (Maine, USA) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Right now, I am close to finishing Lord of the Rings. Just prior to picking that up, I read The Hobbit. I'm also constantly re-reading a few Tom Brown books on wilderness survival and tracking. I also enjoy the Dragonlance novel "The Companions", and am part way through "The Oath and The Measure". Month by month I read through Mara Freeman's Kindling the Celtic Spirit, and enjoy reading through my book on wolves (the title escapes me) . I'm always scanning through my copies of the National Audubon Society's Field Guild to New England and Field Guide to Trees (of eastern forests) . Other than that, I casually pick up a comic book or two for fun, and the National Geographic has never let me down. When I go to the bookstore, I head right over to the nature and ecology section to scan for books on wolves, wilderness survival, or new field guides to flora and fauna native to Maine. I also peruse the martial arts books to see if there is anything of value, and if I feel so inclined I'd head to the "new age" section and (usually in vain) look for a solid, practical, well-researched pagan book, though I find I have better luck reading through historical guides to the ancient Celts and Norsemen.
I read for a mix of fun and education; for instance, when I read Tom Brown's survival guides, I gain a lot of useful information, but I enjoy myself doing so. The same goes for my other non-fiction choices. I do not enjoy tabloids one bit, nor do I care for fashion magazines or anything even hinting at pop-culture trends. I try to read the paper, but I find the stories focus too much on doom and gloom and sensationalizing the facts.
I would highly recommend Tolkien to the two people on earth who have not yet read it. =P
| Ya HAAAAADD To Ask Me This One, Didn't Ya? ||Mar 17th. at 2:08:05 pm EST|
|Gaia (Wisconsin, USA) ||Age: 22 - Email |
OK, this might take awhile, so lemme just dig up my library. Here goes.
What was the last book (s) that you read or what favorite book would you recommend to others?
Last read were some D&D books....both DragonLance and Forgotten Realms; I'm usually reading anywhere from 2-5 of them at a time. I forget the exact titles, but book 1 of the Lost Souls Trilogy, and the Drizzt Do'Urden trilogy, and I think one more, but i can't quite remember the title. And it is quite impossible for me to recommend a "favorite book" without knowing the reader's age or perferences. I have MANY favorites. For instance, The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and add The Hobbit in to make it a foursome) ; The Dark is Rising set by Susan Cooper (young adults section) ; any sort of Dungeons and Dragons-based books; 1984; the Harry Potter set (and I don't care what anyone says: anything so imaginitive and thought-provoking, even for children, is considered by me to be worth reading) ; as well as various paganism books on herbalism and celtic/green magick. I'm also looking for good books about druidism, particulary the celtic leaning ones.......any suggestions? Also, does anyone know of a book or two that compares druidism with wicca? I'm trying to figure out my particulars, and I seem to fall dead on the drawing line betwixt the two.
When in the bookstore or library, which section do you head for first?
Generally the fantasy/sci-fi or the new age/metaphysical/pagan (depending on the store I'm in) , then the other of the 2 aforementioned, next to the young adults and maybe the non-fiction or adult section.
Do you prefer fiction or non fiction?
By far, fiction. However, knowlege is power, and so I am also drawn to readable non-fiction.
Do you read mostly for enjoyment/entertainment or for knowledge/information?
I'd have to say I'm dead-split on that. The books I read, if read purely for information, have to be entertaining as well, no monotonous stuff for me.
What media besides books do you read?
This website, a few others. An occasional magazine as I wait in line or at an office, generally entertainment/fashion/home mags then.
What is your literary skeleton in the bookcase (such as comics, fashion mags, tabloids, showbiz gossip, sports) ?
I don't think I have any. And just for the record, I DO read most of my books many times over, same as watching my favorite movies. You catch alot that you miss by rereading/watching things. The first time I tend to get caught up in the emotions of the tale/movie, then i usually pick details later on in subsequent readings/viewings.
Just my Dime's Worth!
Lady Gaia NiCiamahra
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