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23rd-Jan-2009 11:10 am - i'm a newbie here
i read all kinds of stuff  ,  things i have read lately have been 

Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
The Following by Nicholas Sparks
True Believer
The Notebook
The Wedding
Message in a Bottle
The Guardian
The Following by Danielle Steel
The Ghost
The gift
Johnny Angel
Leap pf Faith

I read about a book a week for a good sized novel sometimes two books a week
I am reading  At first sight by Nicholas Sparks right now will be finished by the end of the weekend.
My next to read pile includes The Rescue By Nicholas Sparks , And then there were none by Agatha Christie ,  Artimus Fowl books by Eion Colfer, Eragon by Christopher Paolini alos a few more by Danille Steel
 Hope to meet up with other people to talk bout and get new ideas of good books to read
23rd-Jan-2009 10:46 am - i'm a newbie here
i am new here , i just started this journal . i have been reading allot more lately than i ever have. I just finished the Twilight Saga, I am reading  At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks right now.

What do you like to read?  I like to read Nicholas Sparks , Danielle Steel,  Harry Potter books, Twilight Saga, romance , Artimus Fowl , but i also want to read things like Jane Austen

What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche?  Christan books

How quickly and how often do you read? i am reading a book every couple days to a week

What's in your current "To Read" pile?
Agatha Christie's and then there were none ,  Nicholas Sparks The Rescue and Nights in Rodanthe, Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident The Eternity Code The Opal Deception The Lost Colony
The Time Paradox
all by Eoin Colfer

i read a mix of all kinds of stuff

4th-Jan-2009 08:11 pm(no subject)
I am a junior at a college in Tennessee with am a History major, and a philosophy minor. I'm a geek, and proud of it. I've always loved to read, and always like to keep an eye out for new finds.
What do you like to read? I read many genres of books. I enjoy classics, science fiction, philosophy, fantasy, mystery, some YA, historical, and cultural/travel. I like it when books have a dash of romance, or unrequited love, but a plot is needful. I haven't had a chance to read a whole book James Lee Burke, but I really enjoy his style from what I've read of it. I love books that have a lot of wit/dry humor in them.

A sample of my book list: Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein, Cat's Cradle, Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Les Miserables, Black Ships, The Giver, His Dark Materials, the Temeraire series, A Tale of Two Cities, Discworld, How the Irish saved Civilization, Stardust, Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrel, American Gods, Sherlock Holmes, the Silmarillion, The Lost Tales, Good Omens, Keys to the Kingdom series, Beauty, .

Favorites: Jane Eyre, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Ella Enchanted, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Bible, the Dresden Files, Harry Potter, Howl's Moving Castle, Mere Christianity, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Sabriel, the Princess Bride, the Amulet of Samarkand, various works by Johne Donne.

• What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche? There aren't too many books that I absolutely cannot stand. I'm not big on steamy romance books, biographies, self-help books (unless they actually *are* useful), or extremely twisted (in a negative/bad way) books. I'm not a big Twilight fan, but I will admit that are a few (not many) slightly interesting points to the series (that's being generous). I don't read much poetry, but I am open to it. I love Johne Donne's works. I really am open to books, so long as they are well written. I can't read the "Eragon" series. It plagiarizes far too much for my taste.
• How quickly and how often do you read? It really depends on the book, and how much free time I have. I can finish off a 300 page book in a day, but school prevents me from doing that very often.

• What's in your current "To Read" pile? I can't remember all of it.
The Dark Tower Series
Something Anne Rice. It's sad/wrong that I've never read anything by her.
Angel Masks
A Clockwork Orange
The Kite Runner
Peony in Love
Fingerprints of the Gods
A ton of other books I can't remember
24th-Jul-2008 07:53 pm(no subject)
baby duck
• What do you like to read? I am Literature college graduate, so I am very fond of typical classic stuff. I read tons of T.S. Eliot, Fernando Pessoa, Whitman, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf. I have no preferences for genres, really. I like reading poetry and prose. I hardly ever read "blockbuster literature" such as Harry Potter, Khaled Hosseini, and others of the kind. I am slightly prejudiced against feminist literature ( blame it on four long college years studying this on a daily basis... ).

• What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche? Self-help books, cheesy romances, teen books, terror and/or "mystical" stories, police/thriller books.

• How quickly and how often do you read? Depends immensely on the quality of the book, my interest for it and my daily schedule and a teacher. Usually, I read quite fast.

• What's in your current "To Read" pile? "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyews and The Dark Tower series by Stephen King - friend's requests. In my personal list is Ulysses, by James Joyce ( started reading it and abandoned it a bunch of times ), couple of Brazilian books such as Sagarana, and some João Cabral de Melo Neto poetry; in Portuguese I still wanna ready Saramago's books and I wanna read some more plays by Tennessee Williams.
17th-Feb-2008 10:21 pm(no subject)
Twilight Movie
What do you like to read? Hmm, well.  (Authors) Lurlene McDaniel, Chris Wooding, C.S. Lewis, Anne Rice, Melody Carlson. (Genres) Romance -not the trashy kind, but stuff like Wuthering Heights-, vampire stories, cheesy teen books, and fantasy.

What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche?
I don't exactly "avoid" books, but I really don't like books that are way too smutty.

How quickly and how often do you read?
That really depends on how much I like the book I'm reading, how much time I have, and how the book is written. Like Anne Rice' novels take me forever to read, because theres just so much detail and "big" words. I get overwhelmed and lost. Then theres books I can't put down and finish in 1-2 days.

What's in your current "To Read" pile? "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyews, True Color series by Melody Carlson, Left Behind 6-10 by Tim Lehaye and Jerry B.Jenkins, Gossip Girl series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Heat, Dracula, Angels In Pink: Holly's Story by Lurlene McDaniel.

25th-Jan-2008 02:21 pm(no subject)
books & cats
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16th-Jan-2008 08:25 am - Book 7 of 2008
Title: Spock's World
Author: Diane Duane
Published: 1988
Pages: 310
Rating: 5/5
Review: I'm kinda amused that I've sat up all night reading this but it was just... compelling! A brilliantly written science-fiction novel, rich in history and creation. Fantastically political and tense with excellent characters and characterisations of established characters. Detail, depth and a fascinating attempt at charting a planets early historical beginnings. Not just good Trek, but good science fiction - one I'd recommend but probably better to have at least a passing knowledge of Star Trek. Gets 5/5 in my books just for being the first book since I was in my teens that kept me up all night!

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28th-Sep-2007 08:26 pm(no subject)
sleeps together
• What do you like to read? Wow, umm... lots of things. I do have a particularily large love for any kind of novel that has a romance running through it, sometimes that's ALL I want to read, is books with romance in them. Mind you, when I say that sometimes I only mean a dash of romance going on, just a little tiny bit and I'm satisfied. I like memoirs, things like Agusten Burroughs, and I like kids books. Not just picture books, but sweet little innocent novels that make you feel all warm and tosty inside at the end. Sometimes unhappy endings really, really bother me, unless I think it's a justified ending. Two people dying at the end of a book might not bother me because they died together; I'm weird like that. I love fantasy novels and YA novels and sometimes older more serious novels are really what I want to read. I like Jane Austen adn other classics, yet I find that I really have to be in the mood to read a classic, otherwise it seems more like a chore than anything. I think I'd be into sci-fi if it was well written. I like Daniel Handler, Lemony Snicket (same guy, I know), Gail Carson Levine, Agusten Burroghs, Stephenie Meyer, Eion Colfer and books are along the lines of: A Thousand Little Pieces, Dry, Once Upon A Marigold, Stardust... lots of other things I can't think of at the moment. I don't think I've kept good track of all the books I've read. I like to read things over and over.

• What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche? Well, I don't usually avoid much, but sometimes I can't find mystery books a little tiring. It's just not my scene. Not always, sometimes I love them and can't put them down, but I'm a bit iffy on it. Books that are REALLY dark and don't have a satisfying ending. If I know the ending is supposed to suck, I'm a little bit wary of reading the book.

• How quickly and how often do you read? Well, when I'm into a book I usually read it constantly until it's done, like I breath in the book. But, if nothing's really jumping out at me, titles wise, I can sometimes go for awhile without reading anything. Mind you, if there were things that I wanted to read it might not be the case, it's just I don't always know what to read (I have a limited selection in my library and anything I want has to be ordered in), then I kind of just laze around reading nothing. I don't think I'm a 'book in a day', person. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer is around 630 pages and it took me... a week or a little less to read it. I was inhaling that book. So, maybe you should kind of just go from there. The Mists of Avalon took me over a month to read, because it was hard for me to digest and I kept starting and stopping over and over again. It was also really long!

• What's in your current "To Read" pile?
Some more Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong, Daniel Handler, some more memoirs. Nothing specific... This is what I mean, I get into book ruts. XD
28th-Sep-2007 02:58 pm - Re-introduction

I'm Steph, 21 and live in London, UK.

What do you like to read?
Historical fiction is one of my passions, I really enjoy it, same with crime fiction (enjoy Henning Mankell, Patricia Cornwell, Tess Gerritsen and PD James), science fiction (fan of Asimov's robot novels), 'classics' (no particular favourite, although I dislike Austen & Bronte), poetry (don't have a favourite as such, but I like humour poems, World War poems and nonsense ones) and I'm a sucker for JK Rowling and Enid Blyton... :p

My all time favourite books are the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Treasure Island tops my list of favourite books and I do like anything with a nautical theme (and Clive Cusslar).

I enjoy my non-fiction too, currently mostly on Victorian sexuality for a article I'm writing, but I enjoy history (specifically World War I & II Britain, things about Bletchley Park, and Victorian history), love reading biographies (recent reads include one about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the cyclist Marco Pantani).

PG Wodehouse is another favourite. I'm a sucker for a good ghost story too (guilty pleasure from James Herbert novels!). I also like those utopian-society-gone-wrong types (Orwell, Huxley etc...), I'm planning to start reading some current Russian literature as I'm studying the language and whilst I can't read them in Russian just yet I think it'd be a good idea to get an idea of the modern day literature coming out of Russian and former Soviet countries (current favourite is Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov [Ukraine]).

To be honest, if it's in the 3 for 2 and sounds interesting then I'll probably buy it (found some of my current favourites that way - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke and The People's Act of Love by James Meek).

What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche?
Romance, or anything with a romantic theme, anything that describes itself as 'chick lit' because inevitably it falls into the romance or romantic theme category, contains shallow annoying characters and a plot so thin you'd get a paper cut. I tend to avoid anything written by Ben Elton as he is a shocking excuse of a comic (and most of his writing is comedy). Anything supposedly written by a 'celebrity' (not including people like Stephen Fry and Will Self, but you know what I mean). Self help books are off the agenda,

Recently started to avoid the 'conspiracy' type of book (like the Da Vinci Code), not because I don't like the story but because I'm bored of them now. Also, those biographies that are about abused childhoods - they're depressing and often painful to read and whilst that's usually the point I often finish the book questioning whether everything I've just read is real.

How often do you read?
Not as often as I'd like. My occupation (work in theatre) you would think to be a great for reading, but it's very difficult to (a) read in the dark (b) refrain from making my moth complex worse (c) keep putting the book down mid-sentence. Generally I read in the bath, on the tube or sometimes in bed if I'm not too tired. I used to read an awful lot more but once you get into real life, it sucks.... I definitely read more whilst studying, even if it was books on Electrical Wiring Regulations! (*is an electrician*).

What's in your current "To Read" pile?
Er... *goes to look* (this is sort of a yearly reading list... it gets added to quite regularly and I'm listing most of it because I'm always looking for recommendation's in a similar vein to what I'm currently reading :) :)) I am currently reading 'An Orange Revolution: A Personal Journal through Ukrainian History' by Askhold Krushelnycky

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23rd-Sep-2007 06:41 pm(no subject)
alice legs
I am an 18 year old college student with an undecided major and I work at Barnes and Noble. 

Books I like to read
Funny books, books with plenty of suspense, science fiction, fantasy and books that take place in the south. I also like books about vampires and werewolves and supernatural stuff like that. I read mostly anything as long as it is written well and some things that aren't as long as they have a good idea behind them.

Some of my recent reads:
Wideacre - Phillipa Gregory
The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Dirty Job: A Novel - Christopher Moore
Hart's Hope - Orson Scott Card
Out - Natsuo Kirino
Forget About It - Caprice Crane

Books I avoid
There aren't many books that I avoid except for maybe self-help books and romance novels. I don't read very many non-fiction books either except for maybe the occasional biography.

How quickly do you read?
I read books pretty quickly if I like them. Otherwise I trudge through them. I can at least read one book every week and a half. Sometimes though I read one every day. it really depends on the book and what else I have going on. 

How often do you read?
Very often. Usually one right after another.

What is in my "to read" pile?
Until I Find You - John Irving
Pretty Little Mistakes - Heather McElhatton
Stupid and Contagious - Caprice Crane
Pride and Predjudice - Jane Austen 
The Neverending Story - Michael Ende
The Devil's Rose - Brom



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