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23 February 2012 @ 11:03 pm

Has anyone read this book? It's kind of my current addiction, and my favorite character is definitely Loki.
23 January 2012 @ 01:50 am
How much non-fiction do you read?

I usually read 1-2 per month and sometimes more (this month I've read six non-ficion and two fiction books). I'd probably read more but fewer non-fiction books are made into audio books, which I rely on due to my disability.

What I know is that I would be perfectly happy if I could only read non-fiction, but I don't think I would be happy if I could only read fiction. I'd much rather know true things about our world than even the most fantastic, well-written fictional things. This might be the year I focus on non-fiction and classics from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
13 January 2012 @ 11:43 pm
As much fun as I am having reading the New Heroes of Olympus books (so far), I confess that I am looking forward to the author's next project: Norse gods in modern times. Anyone else on pins and needles for that release? Still we probably won't be seeing anything for that until 2015 once the last book in the current series is finished.

The world better not end in 2012.
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
30 December 2011 @ 12:55 pm
Here's a list of all the new books I read in 2011. Then under the cut is the list of all the books I re-read this year (only started keeping track of those in June). I'm bolding my favorite book/s for each month and putting a strike-through on books I really disliked. Terry Pratchett's books are really always my favorite each month but they're so good and that it's not fair to let them in the competition.

Books read in 2011Collapse )

Books re-read in 2011Collapse )

I was going to try to pick my favorite Discworld of the year, but I don't think I can. I do think that Carpe Jugulum might be my favorite witches book (though I absolutely adore Maskerade, it just feels a bit less like a witches book), and I lied on my re-reading list - I've actually re-read Snuff four times since it came out...in October.

So, based on those lists, do you have any recommendations for me? Links to my other yearly reading summaries can be found on my profile page.
17 December 2011 @ 10:23 am
I expect to get a good bit of my unread books moved to the completed category in the upcoming year.

I expect to make use of my public library more for unfamiliar books and authors instead of turning my TBR pile into a terrifying mountain with whim purchases.

I hope to find new books that I adore and won't leave me wondering, "Why did I buy this?" I want more books that leave me feeling so in love with reading as The Night Circus did.

I hope that the end of series (or the next installment) will be just as strong as previous volumes if not better.

I want to find the time to re-read books that I label among my favorites, but have sadly only read one time.

I would like to get more use out of my e-Reader in 2012.

... So do any of you have plans for your reading in the new year?
Current Mood: determined
16 December 2011 @ 11:30 pm
I did an assignment on Jane Eyre last week and whilst researching for it, I came across this fun quote in an essay ('Rochester and Heathcliff as Romantic Heroes') by Dr Patsy Stoneman of Hull:

Heathcliff is the Romantic hero (with a big ‘R’) who takes us to the limits of experience, but he has not founded a dynasty of imitators. While Rochester, romantic with a small ‘r’, is the father of Mills and Boon romances, Heathcliff offers a pattern so lonely that few people wish to repeat it. While we read, we may revel in Heathcliff’s glorious egotism, but the life-story we imagine for ourselves is more likely to involve a Rochester, who promises the adult connection of expanded minds and throbbing bodies.

Mmmm, expanded minds and throbbing bodies. What a fun way of putting it! This is indeed what many of my literary crushes are made of. Rochester has now been added to my list of literary crushes, of course, and I can certainly see how he has influenced other romantic heroes.

Are you a fan of Rochester, or other heroes that promise the adult connection of expanded minds and throbbing bodies? XD
Current Mood: geeky
26 November 2011 @ 11:19 pm
In general I don't really care what my books look like. They're there to be read after all. Sometimes you just end up with beautiful covers though.

I recently bought the prettiest edition (1909) of Five Little Peppers and How They Grew and I knew I wanted to create a cross-stitch pattern of it. So that's what I did today. It turned out really nicely and I can't wait to work on it. The link there goes to the cover, don't you think it's gorgeous?

What I wondered is if you have any favorite book covers/editions that are just especially beautifully? Do you try very hard to get specific editions of books you like?
17 November 2011 @ 12:16 am
Do you have good/bad book buying habits?

I hadn't been in a good used bookstore for a few years and went overboard. They were mostly books I'd been looking for/good reference books (everyone counts poetry as essential reference, right?). I love to own books. I love just looking at my bookshelves, because it makes me think of home, family, and childhood.

Do you happily hoard your books or try to pass them on after reading them? I know a few heavy readers with loads of favorite books who just don't like having books sit around their houses, so that's why I ask.

Personally I'd much rather buy books than anything else. My Social Security Disability payment goes up by $24 starting in January and I'm going to spend it all on books. I rarely spend more than $5 on any one book so that'll mean four or five new books per month. Being rather OCD I've developed a rotation system so I can fill out my sparser genres.
24 October 2011 @ 10:35 am
I will not be surprised if no one but me fills this out (as I have pretty much unlimited time for such nonsense). It's a bit silly, but interesting, and a good way to get a handle on someone's reading habits.

a quite long reading surveyCollapse )

Also, when you were a kid what chapter books really spurred you on to become a reader? For me it's definitely The Hobbit, Trolley to Yesterday by John Bellairs, Betsy-Tacy by Maud Lovelace, My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, and the early Oz books (especialy Ozma of Oz and Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz).

I was really lucky in having parents who read a lot and having siblings so much older than myself. My dad would always be reading a chapter book to us at night so I got to listen to some really amazing books long before I could read them myself. Though when I was four it did take my dad a while to convince me that The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes wasn't going to be scary. When you have a lot of older siblings you don't need extra fear in your life!
16 October 2011 @ 12:56 am
Hello lovelies, I'm Hannah. I'm eighteen and I'm originally from Cheshire in the North of England, but I recently moved down to London to study English Literature with Politics at university. I've had a love affair with books ever since I was a wee lass and I started my reading career with such undeniable classics as The Rainbow Fish and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. However, I soon moved on to the Magic Tree books and progressed through the entire series with relative ease. Not long after that, I read my first novel in one day - taking it everywhere with me, even to the bathroom.

The way I read hasn't much changed, actually, but what I read has - aside from my enduring love of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Between my tweens and early teens, I somehow made the relatively easy transition from constantly re-reading the Harry Potter series to Palahniuk - the latter having infinitely more sex and violence than I could have ever hoped for, thus being much more exiting. I abandoned poor Chuck aged sixteen and moved on to an eclectic mix of science fiction, decadent dandies and, often suppressed, gay writers; my shelves were a haven of Forster and Wilde, Wells and Waugh. I still very much adore those but, somewhere along the line, I've added a series of novels that I picked up merely because of their amusing titles, Orwell's essays but none of his fiction, a lot of Vonnegut's work and more war based fiction than I thought I would ever read.

These are just a few of my favourites:
The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston, Soothing Music for Stray Cats by Jayne Josso, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, Maurice by E.M. Forster, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill, The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst, Mother Night and Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut and... perhaps I should stop here.