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30th-Aug-2007 09:41 pm(no subject)
What do you like to read?
I like to read just about anything I get my hands on. I'm a real glutton for classic literature and lately I've really gotten into Asian fiction as well. My favorite authors are Lynn Kurland, Clive Barker, Emmuska Orczy, Robert Bloch, and the Marquis de Sade. My favorite books are The Good Earth, Jane Eyre, The Thirteenth Tale, The Secrets of Jin-S'hei, Imajica, The Scarlet Pimpernel just to name a few.

What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche?
I don't really read most things that are considered "popular". I also stay away from self-help books and most science-fiction doesn't interest me that much.

How quickly and how often do you read?
I can usually finish one book a week on average. Sometimes it's more and sometimes it's less depending upon the size of the book that I am reading, and how into it I am.

What's in your current "To Read" pile?
Geisha of Gion: The Memoir of Mineko Iwasaki
Flowers from the Moon and Other Lunacies
Myths and Legends of Japan
Widow of the South
Love Walked In
P.S. I Love You
Reign of the Favored Women
The Club Dumas
... and that's just to name a few.
10th-Aug-2007 12:33 am - intro post
Hello all. My name's Courtney, I'm 22 (23 in a week). Here's a few basics about me.

What do you like to read?
One of my favorite authors is Ray Bradbury. I read a little bit of everything, but I primarily read contemporary fiction. I read a lot of Victorian literature, especially in the winter for some reason. I do read some non-fiction, as well as sci-fi, YA fiction and "classic" literature.
What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche? I don't really read any romance, and rarely do I read any chick lit.
How quickly and how often do you read?
I've been averaging a book every couple weeks, but sometimes I hit a roadblock or two. There are some books that I have to drag myself through. I keep going though--I hate giving up on a book.
What's in your current "To Read" pile? Next on the docket is definitely Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. I would love to have someone to read this with. I borrowed my bf's copy months ago and he's really pushing me to read it. I'd also soon like to read The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. I do own a ton of books I have yet to read though, so really anything on my  librarything account (http://www.librarything.com/catalog/reptiliancandy) that's tagged "unread" is fair game.  :)
9th-Aug-2007 12:13 pm - Intro Post!
Boba Fett
Well hi there! This is such a fantastic idea for a comm!

My name is Megan, I'm 19. I'll shortly be attending college to study Anthropology and German! I've been reading since I was 4 (or maybe younger). Books are a passion and always will be. I spent 3 years in high school volunteering at the library, and then worked in one for a year after I graduated.

What do you like to read?

Where to start?? I guess I'll just do this in lists, I'm good at lists. :)

I like 'hardcore' fantasy (dragons, knights, the whole shebang), humorous fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, PIRATE stories and nautical tales, Star Wars books, other sci-fi and sci-fi/fantasy mixes (like steampunk), some historical fiction, non-fiction on topics of interest to me: pirates, Scotland and its history, and travel, and funny but deep books on Christianity and topics of Christian faith. I do read a lot of YA, and I'm interested in reading more classics - but just ones that interest me; I don't want to read books just to say I have.

Favorite Authors
Robert Louis Stevenson
Philip Pullman
Tanith Lee
Brian Jacques
Louisa M. Alcott
Orson Scott Card
J.K. Rowling
Terry Pratchett
Donald Miller
Joshua Harris
James P. Blaylock
Kenneth Oppel
Tim Powers
L. A. Meyer

Favorite Books - Top 10 12-ish
1. The Bible
2. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott
3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
4. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
5. Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene
6. Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K. Rowling
7. His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman
8. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
9. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
10.The Elfin Ship and The Disappearing Dwarf by James P. Blaylock
11.Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller
12.Kidnapped and Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Any books shelved in the romance section of a library. Books written by celebrities...actually biographies in general (with a few exceptions). Horror. 'Chick lit' and smutty YA novels in similar veins... I did read a lot of the Princess Diaries series before realizing that I hated them. So, books like that. I don't like anything with a lot of foul language or macabre scenes. Dracula is about as creepy as I get, and that's almost a little too much. I'm generally not big on vampires, or mysteries (unless it's Sherlock Holmes or something similar). Popular fiction unless it looks really good. I don't like stuff that's really 'out there' or depressing.
I definitely prefer books that are plot driven and have a decent amount of dialogue. I don't enjoy Hemingway or similar writers. I also don't like Steinbeck.

How quickly and how often do you read?

Depends on the book, but usually any book (if I'm into it) I can finish in under 2 weeks - 1 if I'm not busy. Stuff like Harry Potter I can read in under 24 hours.
And I'm almost always reading something. Right now I think I'm working on 4 or 5 books, lol. I definitely need to cut back on internet and TV time, though, and make more time for reading.

What's on your to-read list?

Oh Lord, my master book list is almost 5 pages long and I know I've got more to add. Check out my personal LJ; it's my book blog...
In general, I'd like to read every Star Wars book I haven't already read! Also more Tolkien, Pratchett, Gaiman, Blaylock... I'd like to read more books by my favorite authors. Obviously.
Some titles that I hope to read real soon are The Last Coin and The Paper Grail by James Blaylock, Little Men by Alcott, Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, and I've got a book of Stevenson's short stories and on of Blaylock's short stories to read as well.
For more, my goodreads profile: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/102929, but it's still incomplete!!
8th-Aug-2007 12:08 pm(no subject)
Hi, I am Kirsten from The Netherlands, in september I'm going to study Arthistory.

• What do you like to read? I'm absolutely obsessed with Haruki Murakami. Other favorites Roland Topor, Willem Frederik Hermans (Dutch writer), Douglas Coupland, feminist literature such as Cunt from Inga Muscio, but also little precious works as Le petit prince and The Giving Tree belong to my favorites.
Other favorites are: Nadja by Andre Breton, Alice in Wonderland, House of Leaves by Danielwski, Crime and Punishment by Dostojevski, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Charles Bukowski, Vladimir Nabokov, Oscar Wilde, Anais Nin, the Harry Potter series, Sylvia Plath, Henry Miller.
I mostly like books that have normal people getting into extraordinary situations.

• What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche?
Chicklit, books by Heleen van Rooyen (obnoxious dutch writer), books about another couple getting into a sexual adventure on Ibiza, bascially that means I avoid most Dutch popular books.

• How quickly and how often do you read? I read fast. Basically if a book is enchanting I will stop everything just to finish it. And when I finish it I feel a strange sense of sadness that I'm not in that world anymore. But still I can't stop slowing down. I'm just sucked in, I turn pages without realizing.
Let's say, Haruki Murakami's Wind Up Bird Chronical took me two days (not reading the full day), which is around 700 pages I believe.

• What's in your current "To Read" pile? Murakami - Wild Sheep Chase, The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera, Faust - Goethe, Nada; a novel - Carmen Laforet, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor, Lullaby and Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk, Women - Bukowksi, Geek Love - Katherine Dunn, The Consumer - M. Gira, The Neverending Story - Michael Ende, Demian - Hermann Hesse.

If anyone has any recommendations for books that are alike to Haruki Murakami's work, please tell me :)
8th-Aug-2007 10:32 am(no subject)
Hi, I`m JJ, 29 ; Dutch ex-philosophy student, now doing a Ph.D. in Education in the UK.

What do you like to read?
I mostly read biographies and history, and crime fiction, esp. the hard-boiled genre (too much of that around now). I have rediscovered my penchant for weighty theology. (Currently swotting up on biblical hermeneutics and reading Eamonn Duffy's massive and magistral 'The Stripping of the Altars') As my Ph.D. thesis is on Literary Education I read a lot of F.R. Leavis and Geoffry Bantock , something I enjoyed doing more when I wasn`t doing it for a living :(
As far as fiction is concerned I`m head over heels with Salman Rushdie and am convinced the Satanic Verses is the novel of the twentieth century, even without all the bearded brouhaha from Qom. With regards to Dutch literature I`m a strictly W.F.Hermans man myself, although I tolerate Hugo Claus.
Life has never been the same after reading Dostoyevsky's 'Crime and Punishment'.

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

Pretentious bilge (Something exceedingly popular in Dutch literature, make it look 'deep' by empty aesthetisizing and futile reflections on reflections on etc: Yes, Harry Mulisch, Margriet de Moor (never forgave her 'De Verdronkene'), that means you) ; Courtroom thrillers, anything with blurbs which say 'groundbreaking' or 'riveting read'.

How quickly and how often do you read?

I read for fun an profit, I think I manage a book a week.

What's in your current "To Read" pile?

Half a dozen Terry Pratchetts and at least eight more volumes of Copleston
8th-Aug-2007 09:41 am(no subject)
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Hello! I'm Renée, 21 years old, Dutch, and a philosophy student.

What do you like to read?
I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly philosophy and some medieval history, but apart from that I simply love all kinds of literature. I should emphasize that I do mean literature, so the language and how well it is written is extremely important to me. Obviously a good story matters as well (for fiction), but it's not all there is to a book, you know? I also like poetry, but don't read it that much of it because I'm rather ignorant, my favourites would be Arthur Rimbaud, J.C. Bloem, Denise Levertov, Rainer Maria Rilke, Anno Birkin and Ezra Pound.

My all-time favourite author is Albert Camus and my favourite book is The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe. Other authors I love; Gyorgy (George) Konrád, George Steiner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Peter Abelard, J.M.A. Biesheuvel, W.F. Hermans, Primo Levi, Cervantes, David Hume, Arthur Schopenhauer, Milan Kundera, Roland Topor, Voltaire, Dostoyevsky.

What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche?
Self-help books, chick lit, most fantasy, 'romances', anything badly written, any 'mystical' or 'occult' books, any overly religious books.

How quickly and how often do you read?
I generally read about 5 books at the same time, but it'll always be one work of fiction and then a couple of non-fiction, when I read more than one novel at a time I tend to get slightly confused. At the moment I'm rather busy with uni and am averaging a book every two weeks, I think, but when not stressed out it's 1 or 2 a week.

What's in your current "To Read" pile?
A bit much...Collapse )

I really like this community :).
7th-Aug-2007 09:41 pm(no subject)
Name: Mary


What do you like to read?:
I guess I read mainly fiction, but I love a good memoir every once in a while.--- A few of my favorite writers are Joseph Heller, J.D. Salinger, Chuck Palahniuk, Ram Dass, Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemingway, Terence McKenna, so on and so forth.---- I am a very open minded person.----I love controversial things----I like the mundane, where nothing really happens but you can really feel the character, like he or she is an actual living being.---- I love things that are f**cked up...something that makes me do a double take. ----I am definitely up for trying out new things.

What kind of books do you avoid?:
I could never say what I really try to avoid, because I can like books in genres that I try to avoid and it won't matter to me; but with that having been said, I suppose I try to avoid traditional, run of the mill murder mysteries; cheesy romance novels, typical teenage romance, and most biographies.

How quickly do you read?:
I think it really just depends on what I am reading. If I am super interested I can read a book in a night, depending on how long it is. I am in college, so I have a pretty hefty work load, and that is about to consume mostly all of my time, which is why I would love to have a book buddy, so that I can keep myself reading things other than textbooks.

How often do you read?:
I read every day,  but like I said before, college takes up a lot of time.

What's in your current "to read" pile?:
It is a work in progress. I will update soon.

7th-Aug-2007 12:45 am(no subject)
Hey all! Good to see how much this community has caught on. I'm really glad to be helping with it.:)
Anyway, my name is Kalina Dolejsi, and I'm a twenty year old Communications and Literature double major.

I love older books, anything from before the 20th century. I also enjoy modern books, especially anything historical or fantasy, though recently I've been trying to branch out into more categories (with books such as "Blink", "Running with Scissors", "A Long Way Home", etc.)

My favorite books are anything anything ANYTHING by Terry Pratchett ("Good Omens" and "The Color of Magic" are my top two picks, but the man is genius, genius I tell you!), "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Phillipa Gregory, "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma", and "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen, "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, "Anne of the Island" by L.M. Montgomery, "Madame Bovary", "Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress", "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Borroughs, "Troubling a Star" by Madeleine L'engle, "Blink", "the Tao of Pooh", "Jane Eyre", and "Phantom of the Opera".

I have more I know, I just can't think of them at the moment. I am open to reading anything and everything (and that is my goal!) I especially want to find a book buddy that can introduce me to more current literature, especially anything that has to do with current events/politics/science. These are the three subjects I know the least about, and I really want to improve my knowledge.:)

what I hate: Anything written by celebrities (big shock there, I know;)), and I have to admit that books with Oprah's seal of approval make me a little hesitant...also, I don't read romance or chic-lit.

Want to read:
"The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lhairi
anything by Dostovesky (anyone have any recs? Everything by him looks so good!)
"The Book-seller of Kabul"
"the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers"
"the Portrait of Dorian Gray"

I can't wait to meet others on this application! I hope I find a buddy.:)
Name: Lauren, 20-year old student

What do you like to read? I'm mostly a fantasy junkie, but I sprinkle in a lot of other stuff too. I like 19th century serialized and sensation novels (Dumas, etc). I'm an English major, so I spend alot of time reading "classics" or whatever you'd like to call it. I prefer British literature, from the early Christian stuff up through the Victorian era. I don't read much non-fiction/biographies for pleasure, unless 1) I'm particularly interested in the subject matter or 2) the author is a really captivating and entertaining writer.

What do you hate? Hate's an awfully strong word to talk about a book D= My dislikes include stupid romance, a good deal of American lit (it's like I was born on the wrong side of the pond...), bad crime/thriller novels. A real pet peeve are authors that manage to get published without the ability to write. Plotting and charicterization are key components to any book, but when the language itself is terrible, I get angry over being stuck reading bad writing just because I want to know what happens.

How often do you read? It fluctuates. Reading is my first love, but sometimes I have affairs with my video games or guitar and read less (but a reading buddy would keep me motivated! =D). Obviously, it's harder to read as much during school, but given the right book(s), I can make time (in other words, sleep very little). I read the entire Wheel of Time series over the course of one semester (including the 11th book and the prequel =P). It's hard to put a number of pages or amount of time per day/week/month because I usually read by the chapter. I like reading 2-3 books at once, and put in a real effort to read 1-2 "chapters" every day, if not more (this is probably part of why I like serialized novels so much). I figure, hey, that's where the author wants me to stop, so may as well.

What's in your current "To Read" pile?
I found Bibliophil recently, and have wasted hours catalogging my reading endeavors that I'd rather just link you to a filter of my to read books from my library instead of listing them out. This is a work in progress, so you can expect that to grow.

I'd love a reading buddy who wants to tackle some big meaty literature together (the sort of stuff you want to read but go, "it's so dense, I'll read it some other time..." and never do). Or someone who has read alot of 20th century lit, and might be able to bring me back to the present (I'm really in a comfort zone reading older literature...).
6th-Aug-2007 03:24 pm(no subject)
I'm Rachel, and I seem to be coming in on the older end at a whopping 26.

What do you like to read?
I tend to read a lot of the classics, and the "great" literary works. I really like books with compelling narrative, and I tend to enjoy memoirs as an exemplum of narrative craft. Generally speaking, I want depth and soul to my reading (or, in the case of non-fiction, something truly revelatory or insightful). I rarely put books aside if I'm not enjoying them, but I tend to be harsh in my critiques.

What kinds of books do you avoid like a bad cliche?
I have an innate fear of the Bestsellers list, as most of those books tend to let me down (*ahem* The Lovely Bones). And I refuse to read the last Harry Potter on principle. (Of course, I read through everyone's reviews, because I had to know how it ended.) So I guess I like a good story, but it's got to be well written for me to truly enjoy it. The more "literary" the better, generally.

How quickly and how often do you read?
How fast I read really depends on what I'm slogging through at the moment -- George Eliot's Middlemarch, for example, took me a lot longer than Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I can read a book in a day if I have time to devote to reading, but mostly I average about a book or two a week. Less, if it's a wrist-breaker of a text.

What's in your current "To Read" pile?
Within the next few hours I'll be starting on Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation), and after that I've got Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, then Piers Plowman, Sir Orfeo, and a handful of other medieval literature. After that, I'll move on to the Renaissance. Oh... and I have two Gabriel García Marquéz books to read through soon (they're en route in the mail).

If it isn't already apparent from this post and the parts of my journal that are public, I'm a PhD student in Medieval Literature. I'm currently studying toward my comprehensive exams, which means I'm giving myself sort of a crash course in the history of English literature. I'll probably be reading mostly "classics" (not classical literature!) over the next few weeks/months. Of course, I'd be happy to pair/team up with someone who just likes to read at the same pace or is similarly picky, or with someone who is studying literature too. Actually, I'd be really interested to read with someone who is reading more world literature, since as far as my doctoral work goes I'm limited to works written originally in English. (GRRR.)
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