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Volnixshin
03-12-2011, 06:20 PM
Like currently.


I'm reading Sapphique

Celia Rose
03-12-2011, 06:26 PM
Love Letters of Great Men.

My mom gave me a copy for Christmas, because her co-worker said it was a very good read. I put it down halfway through because I got tired of all the "I need"s and "I want"s in every entry. I'll probably skip ahead to Oscar Wilde's letter (the only one that will save the book, probably) and then let mom have a go at reading it.

Cadmium Polyphony
03-12-2011, 08:56 PM
I'm between books right now. Havent really touched literature since I finished Zero History.

A.F.S. 1984
03-12-2011, 08:59 PM
Leading Constitutional Cases on Criminal Justice. Sometimes studying law just sucks.

The Seventh Sea
03-12-2011, 09:09 PM
Ciaphus Cain: Defender of the Imperium

Purfect*Rave
03-12-2011, 09:11 PM
Don't look at me the way I know you're going to, 'cause I'm in middle school.

The Lightning Thief.

I finally jumped on that bandwagon.

BsWN
03-12-2011, 10:38 PM
Right now? At this particular moment in time I am in the process of re-reading a wonderful MelloXMatt fanfiction by the name of "Annals Of Fear" which is in a series known as the "It Matters" series by Matilda on AFF.Net ^^

ShinobiXikyu
03-13-2011, 12:03 AM
Back to my nostalgic childhood, and re-reading (or, re-read, it only took me about two hours) my falling-apart copy of Black Beauty. I forgot how much I loved that novel. (The horse love never went away, of course. I miss riding like mad.:()

GraelynRose
03-13-2011, 01:04 AM
I'm actually in the middle of three books.

The Fires of Heaven (Book 5: The Wheel of Time) - Robert Jordan
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume II - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Miyabi-
03-13-2011, 01:29 AM
I'm reading two things:

A short story collection edited by Neil Gaiman called "Stories" and I'm currently re-reading one of the Keeper's Chronicles books by Tanya Huff. Hilariously titled "The Long Hot Summoning"
Sounds a lot racier than it is..lol

Apsara
03-13-2011, 12:35 PM
Twilight's Dawn by Anne Bishop

-_- I've been following the Black Jewels world since 1999, so this is bittersweet. I did scream in surprise despite having read numerous spoilers on the last story. Wow, no amount of spoilers could lessen the impact of it. I was actually hoping for a miracle, in the form of Karla. *shudders* Daemon has horrifically bad taste. I wanted to punch something so bad but I ended up running around the block several times instead.

rajamitsu
03-13-2011, 02:16 PM
Just started Turn Coat by Jim Butcher. Made it my goal sometime last year to finish the Dresden Files series before the next one comes out. Two more to go! ...well, not counting the short stories.

UsakoLuna
03-13-2011, 02:18 PM
"Pale Demon" by Kim Harrison.

squ33k t0y
03-13-2011, 02:37 PM
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Rose of Battle
03-13-2011, 10:19 PM
I'm just about to start reading The Wind Singer by William Nicholson. It's the first in a trilogy that a friend got me for my birthday. I think she said it kind of reminded her of the Hunger Games, so I'm excited to open it up right now. :D

KitKatCaughtcha
03-13-2011, 10:58 PM
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Angathol
03-13-2011, 11:00 PM
Nearly finished The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith for a paper (predictably due tomorrow). I'm also partway through Ian McEwan's Saturday, Susan Choi's A Person of Interest, and Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story. These are all for contemporary fiction courses (British and American).

daylight
03-13-2011, 11:06 PM
Neuromancer by William Gibson

im trudging through it, not that its a bad book, im just an insanely slow reader who always gets distracted, I started reading it in fall last year and im only halfway through. lol

Pocketfightr
03-14-2011, 08:50 AM
Howl's Moving Castle. A friend of mine received a copy of it and lent it to me. I'm not too far into it but I'm a bit shocked at how much they changed for the movie.

siclos
03-14-2011, 02:46 PM
Field Manual 4-02.1, (United States) Army Medical Logistics.

About transporting, dispersing, and storing medical supplies and such.

SailorEarth
03-14-2011, 03:14 PM
Just started "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin. I'm also reading the latest book in the "Warriors" series by Erin Hunter. Yes, I'm nearly 27 and I enjoy this series though even I will admit they've been going downhill for a while now. Still, I'm a sucker for cat books.

Akiyhrah
03-14-2011, 03:23 PM
I'm reading several things, actually. lol
Which are:

Gravitation (manga)
Ju-On (manga)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Let the Right one In
Jurassic Park
And a bunch of Yaoi I picked up at my last con :p

Rjr3412
03-14-2011, 03:42 PM
Just started Turn Coat by Jim Butcher. Made it my goal sometime last year to finish the Dresden Files series before the next one comes out. Two more to go! ...well, not counting the short stories.

"Pale Demon" by Kim Harrison.

Both great series/books! First chapter of the next Dresden book is online if interested ; )

Currently reading - Mockingjay (Hunger Games)

Michi
03-14-2011, 05:11 PM
Yay! I think this will be my new favorite thread. Let's try to avoid solely listing manga as there's already a thread for that in Manga Chat.

I am currently reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It's a giant 600+ page book and I'm around 240 pages into it now. I really like it. Last month, I read Murakami's Norwegian Wood and fell in love with his writing style. I am pretty sure I will hunt down all of his books someday.

Auburn_Kitty
03-15-2011, 12:10 AM
Reading "Blackest Night" (Green Lantern) right now. It's amazing!

rajamitsu
03-15-2011, 07:12 AM
Both great series/books! First chapter of the next Dresden book is online if interested ; )

Oooh, I'll have to go check that out once I get through Changes. :D

sweetnsassy
03-15-2011, 12:02 PM
Just started The Radleys by Matt Haig. So far the story is dragging, but I'm sticking with it in the hopes it'll get better.

Kuchikichan
03-15-2011, 02:12 PM
The Dressmaker by Posie Graeme-Evans

Krahenbul14
03-15-2011, 10:51 PM
I'm currently reading The Phantom of the Opera for a world literature class, and I really like it.

rubyspitfire
03-15-2011, 11:17 PM
"house of night" series, which isn't that great but i got sucked in and have to finish it now. and another book just came out ><

Rjr3412
03-16-2011, 03:15 PM
"house of night" series, which isn't that great but i got sucked in and have to finish it now. and another book just came out ><

The "House of Night" series is alright. Not great, but I read most of the genre, and there are definitely better and worse out there.

GraelynRose
03-16-2011, 03:30 PM
Just started "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin. I'm also reading the latest book in the "Warriors" series by Erin Hunter. Yes, I'm nearly 27 and I enjoy this series though even I will admit they've been going downhill for a while now. Still, I'm a sucker for cat books.

A Song of Ice and Fire is fantastic even if it is a bit heartbreaking at times. I hope you enjoy reading it. I'm waiting for the next book to come out.

Michi
03-16-2011, 04:32 PM
I really want to start reading A Song of Ice & Fire but I am pretty intimidated by the whole series. I'll at least... read the first one. Haha.

KitKatCaughtcha
03-16-2011, 04:42 PM
Just started Hitchhikers (I bought the ultimate version with all five books), sooo excited to get into it :D

glitter bomb
03-16-2011, 05:46 PM
I just wrapped up Monster Hunter Vendetta (http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Hunter-Vendetta-Larry-Correia/dp/1439133913/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b) by Larry Correia. It's the second in a series, but I haven't read the first one. A friend had lent it to me. Very entertaining and full of over-the-top action. It read like a blockbuster Michael-Bay-meets-Robert-Rodriguez film. It had everything: zombies, Cthulhu, werewolves, vampires, frankenstein, fairies, gnomes, necromancers, world-domination cult, inter-dimensional travel, and lots and lots of violence. Not the thing I typically read, but fun and the violence is often delivered with humor.

I started re-reading Dune by Frank Herbert. Partly as a bedtime book, partly because I was in the mood for something desert-y, and partly because I kept having Dune references. I typically like to re-read books I've already covered at bedtime so I don't have to pay as much attention or devote a lot of conscious activity to keeping up with characters and plot (since that will defeat the purpose and keep me awake). Still enjoyable this time around.

Duo2x4
03-16-2011, 10:07 PM
Howl's Moving Castle. A friend of mine received a copy of it and lent it to me. I'm not too far into it but I'm a bit shocked at how much they changed for the movie.

I'd like to see the book version as a movie, i liked the differences

rajamitsu
03-16-2011, 10:45 PM
Just started Hitchhikers (I bought the ultimate version with all five books), sooo excited to get into it :D

I've only read, I think, the first three, but they are great!

beEp
03-17-2011, 11:28 AM
Right now I'm reading two books.

Learning Capoeira, for a class.
And Just Food, for a different class.

...Reading for class makes potentially interesting books suddenly less interesting. But then again, if you never had the class, you probably would have never read the book.

HidingintheMist
03-17-2011, 11:47 AM
Wheel of Time series ^-^

EgnirysFaye
03-18-2011, 08:41 PM
"The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories"


Originally it was suppose to be a source for one of my major essays (History of Parapsychology) but I eventually got into it on a more leisurely level :)

SailorEarth
03-18-2011, 09:54 PM
I started the Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop recently also. Picked them all up at Goodwill on the cheap and thought I'd give them a shot.

UsakoLuna
03-18-2011, 10:42 PM
I'm between books... So I'm re-re-re-re-re-re-reading "American Gods"

Alexander VI
03-18-2011, 10:47 PM
Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

RinoaLnhrt
03-21-2011, 04:43 PM
I'm finishing up the last few hundred pages of The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles Day 2. It's pretty awesome. Whoever likes fantasy and hasn't read The Name of the Wind (the book I'm reading is the sequel to it) should definitely look into it.

Waiting for the next Song of Ice and Fire book! He actually FINALLY gave a release date, I'm pre-ordering it next paycheck. ^.^

The Seventh Sea
03-21-2011, 04:53 PM
While I'm still reading Ciaphus Cain: Defender of the Imperium, I'm making time to also read Classic Human Anatomy for Artists.

Ollie Sixx
03-21-2011, 05:31 PM
A couple of books on the Cathar Heresy for my course (history) and Led Zep biographies!

Phanari
03-22-2011, 06:50 PM
I'm reading Atonement Child by my favorite author, Francine Rivers.

It's another one of her brilliant pieces about a college student raised in a Christian home with the perfect life. She's about to get married to this wonderful man in for a major so he can become a preacher. Anyway, she gets raped the night she takes the bus back to the dorm which results in a pregnancy. She cuts off her wedding plans because her fiance wants her to abort the baby. Then she goes home and her father wants her to abort the child too. So after going home, she decides to just do what this one verse in the Bible says about leaving from stressful homes and so she leaves, still not sure what she wants to do with this child in her womb.

I won't tell you the rest. I have two chapters myself left to finish.

GOD BLESS!

Michi
03-25-2011, 03:52 AM
In the last 3 days I've read Barrel Fever by David Sedaris, and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. Apparently books under 200 pages, if I have the time, I can read in about a day. Whee!

Gonna start on another book soon. I'm thinking A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick.

CyberCandy
03-27-2011, 08:17 PM
In the last 3 days I've read Barrel Fever by David Sedaris, and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. Apparently books under 200 pages, if I have the time, I can read in about a day. Whee!

Gonna start on another book soon. I'm thinking A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick.

I just love Girl, Interrupted I read that in 9th grade with Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self, great books. Currently I'm reading Olivia Munn's Suck it, Wonder Woman! & Desire Lines.

Angathol
03-27-2011, 08:22 PM
Reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. In a couple days I'll need to read parts of Paradise Lost.

The Hag
03-28-2011, 12:13 PM
Just finished Jon Krakauer's book about Pat Tillman Where Men Win Glory (http://www.amazon.com/Where-Men-Win-Glory-Odyssey/dp/0385522266). It was incredibly good, yet enraging, so I chased it with a recent installment of the always sunny No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series The Double Comfort Safari Club (http://www.amazon.com/Double-Comfort-Safari-Club-Detective/dp/0307277488/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301332095&sr=1-1) and am now ruining that good mood by reading the Japanese noir Real World (http://www.amazon.com/World-Vintage-International-Natsuo-Kirino/dp/0307387488/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2).

moogles1989
03-30-2011, 12:43 AM
hmm lets see im currently working my way through privilege power and differance, hunger games, and trashy romance novels that should probably not be labeld romance

Avrial
03-30-2011, 03:12 AM
The Chronicles Of Narnia - The last battle

Kesra
03-30-2011, 12:58 PM
I'm reading The Devil Wears Prada.

Loving it so far.

Yukikittie
03-30-2011, 02:51 PM
Finished "Of Mice and Men". Loved it.

penny_dreadful
03-30-2011, 02:55 PM
Reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. In a couple days I'll need to read parts of Paradise Lost.

HEAVY.

A friend sent me a copy of Teresa Strasser's Exploiting My Baby, which I finished in a few hours. Right now I'm reading a horror anthology edited by Peter Straub, titled Poe's Children. So far I'm more horrified by the latter.

ashelia89
03-30-2011, 03:01 PM
Picked up the Central Texas College Government and Politics in America 07-08 Edition for a dollar at the thrift shop !! <3

penny_dreadful
03-30-2011, 03:10 PM
I'm making time to also read Classic Human Anatomy for Artists.

I don't know which specific version I had, but my mother gave me a HUGE hardcover volume of human anatomy for artists. I was never terribly talented, but I used to love poring through it and making sketches. It was really useful.

Plus, artistic boobies.

Rjr3412
03-30-2011, 04:37 PM
Just started The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Its about time I read these Oz books. Next'll be the first Wheel of Time book, so many people have raved about that series.

Just finished the first Teddy London book by CJ Henderson who signed it at my last con, which was nifty.

Chimera~Moon
03-30-2011, 06:07 PM
Harry potter and the order of the pheonix..
again... for the 6+ time

moogles1989
03-30-2011, 07:51 PM
Finished "Of Mice and Men". Loved it.

lol i actually live in the area that book takes place in. my family has been in agriculture since before i was born my dad manages a packing shed andmy mom used to work in the freezer at fresh express now owned by chiquita. i have never had to actually pay for produce in my entire life.

Meredith
03-31-2011, 01:21 PM
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

makotohanabi
03-31-2011, 01:28 PM
The Hypochondriac's Guide to Life and Death by Gene Weingarten and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Pasta_or_Die
03-31-2011, 11:42 PM
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

HidingintheMist
04-01-2011, 11:07 AM
Path of Daggers- Wheel of Time book 8 by Rober Jordan.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. :3

And starting the first three books of the vampire chronicles by Anne Rice tomorrow, if I remember to meet up with the friend who's lending them to me.

Brsis
04-01-2011, 11:12 AM
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Mass approval.

I've just started reading Howl's Moving Castle. Never read a Diana Wynne Jones before, but it was long past time.

Rjr3412
04-01-2011, 03:02 PM
Path of Daggers- Wheel of Time book 8 by Rober Jordan.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. :3

And starting the first three books of the vampire chronicles by Anne Rice tomorrow, if I remember to meet up with the friend who's lending them to me.

I just started the first Wheel of Time, pretty good so far.

And good choice with the first three Vampire Chronicles books, after that they get a bit ... umm... not good.

ToroSonyCat
04-04-2011, 10:29 AM
This thread.

Sorry, I couldn't resist!

Okay, seriously I'm in the middle of re-reading Emilie Autumn's book The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls but I've been playing Sly Cooper instead of reading lately.

Yunaresuka
04-04-2011, 05:20 PM
well, I intended to start reading The Vampire Diaires The Return: Midnight like 3 weeks ago, but UGH SCHOOL.... so I'm sort of reading it not really? haha

Pasta_or_Die
04-04-2011, 07:05 PM
Mass approval.

I've just started reading Howl's Moving Castle. Never read a Diana Wynne Jones before, but it was long past time.

:D I finished the frist and second one and havent read the last one yet! Oh yah i think my friend is reading that. Is it the same as The Hunger Games?

Michi
04-04-2011, 07:22 PM
Finished A Scanner Darkly earlier today. I really liked it, though it took a few chapters for me to REALLY get into it. And I did. Definitely need to watch the movie again because I forgot a lot of little things.

Annnd I started Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Really liked the movie, so I'm hoping the book will be at least as enjoyable. :)

Merino
04-05-2011, 10:27 AM
I'm currntly reading two books, the first is Learning To Bow: Inside The Heart Of Japan by Bruce Feiler and The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt

Origin
04-07-2011, 12:38 PM
Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

HomeDepot
04-07-2011, 01:59 PM
Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

I love Tamora Pierce's books. I still check them out from the young adult section in my library.

I just finished A Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I enjoyed it but parts of it were pretty disturbing. Now I am waiting for my hold on A Game of Thrones to come in.

ShinobiXikyu
04-07-2011, 03:51 PM
I just got given a Kobo....
So yesterday I finished Jane Eyre (that had beena fairly long effort), and today I finished Alice in Wonderland, and now working on the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Not the new edition where they decided to censor out the "potentially offensive" language.

supergeekgirl
04-07-2011, 03:53 PM
Re-reading Harry Potter. I'd be reading something new, but 24 Hours of Potter is in just a few months, and I want to be ready!

The Seventh Sea
04-07-2011, 04:29 PM
Yes! I finally got my book "The Life and Death of Jeanne d'Arc" (hardcover edition! glee!)

DireKitty
04-07-2011, 05:00 PM
Steven Erikson, Toll the Hounds...

He is my god! (thats funnier if you read the series...)

Origin
04-07-2011, 10:04 PM
I love Tamora Pierce's books. I still check them out from the young adult section in my library.

I just finished A Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I enjoyed it but parts of it were pretty disturbing. Now I am waiting for my hold on A Game of Thrones to come in.

Me too. I'm trying to buy them all XD

I have the whole Immortals series, the Protector of the Small, Beka Cooper series, the Trickster series and I'm working on collecting the Lioness.

makotohanabi
04-07-2011, 11:27 PM
Got distracted from Deathly Hallows for 1636: The Saxon War by Eric Flint. Back to Deathly Hallows and then reread of Game of Thrones and the rest of the Series.

sam vimes
04-08-2011, 12:26 AM
I'm re-reading White Oleander.

Oniigiri_Basket
04-08-2011, 08:14 PM
I'm currently reading the "Howl's Moving Castle" novel. I personally don't like it so much as the movie, but maybe that's because I saw the movie first. XD

Aside from that, some sewing books. (I'm trying to learn how to sew.)

HomeDepot
04-09-2011, 04:12 PM
Me too. I'm trying to buy them all XD

I have the whole Immortals series, the Protector of the Small, Beka Cooper series, the Trickster series and I'm working on collecting the Lioness.

It's hard to say, but I think the Immortals series was my favorite. The Circle of Four books also have a warm spot in my heart because I read them first. The library didn't have any of the harry potter books in so I picked up Tris's book instead.

Origin
04-09-2011, 06:05 PM
It's hard to say, but I think the Immortals series was my favorite. The Circle of Four books also have a warm spot in my heart because I read them first. The library didn't have any of the harry potter books in so I picked up Tris's book instead.

The Immortals series is definitely my favorite, although Protector of the Small was the first ones I read.

Trickster's Queen = Current Book

nannyogg
04-09-2011, 07:07 PM
Getting Rid of the Gorilla by Brian Jones

JiseiHakushaku
04-09-2011, 07:17 PM
Angel by James Patterson. <3


I'm currently reading the "Howl's Moving Castle" novel. I personally don't like it so much as the movie, but maybe that's because I saw the movie first. XD

JSFKL YES. GO JESSIE. :'D
Don't worry, love, you'll definitely end up enjoying the books more as you read on. Miss Jones is just such a lovely writer.

DireKitty
04-09-2011, 08:29 PM
Angel by James Patterson. <3

These (and some of the Alex Cross books) are the only James Patterson novels I read anymore. I used to be such a fan... then he started this whole co-author crap which A) made his books less his own and B) meant they were coming out at such a fast pace.

They didn't feel like his anymore, and so I stopped buying them.

Only books I buy are the ones he does alone.

I haven't picked up Angel yet though.

siuxsiu
04-09-2011, 11:05 PM
I just finished The Hobbit (for like, the billionth time), and The Count of Monte Cristo (fantastic book). I'm re-reading all of the Lord of the Rings books right now (half way through Fellowship). Even though what I should be reading is the Driver's Ed handbook :\

moogles1989
04-10-2011, 11:06 PM
what im reading now is Fabric Science and Fashion Forecasting: Research Analysis and presentation lol! Yay for College! and a Fashion Design Major!

Miyabi-
04-10-2011, 11:55 PM
Miss Jones is just such a lovely writer.

Indeed! I'll really miss her books a lot!

I wish I could say I was reading something entertaining but sadly all I've read in a while are textbooks or my job training manual. -_- I'm looking forward to after finals so I can catch up on my reading and have extra money to spend on books.

Hydraskylar
04-11-2011, 12:00 AM
Also re-reading Deathly Hallows, waiting anxiously to see if Kuroshitsuji manga would be continued with all that's going on in Japan (selfish me to still think about these things but I can't help it, it was at a really good part, too, ship hit by iceberg and under attacked by zoombies!)

konanaly
04-11-2011, 01:13 AM
An Invisible Man

Mikomi-chan
04-11-2011, 11:31 AM
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

CynicalGraviton
04-11-2011, 12:21 PM
Under the dome by Stephen King. Fantastic book.

Pocketfightr
04-11-2011, 12:54 PM
Started reading Good Omen after a conversation with a friend involving the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It does seem to have a similar feel to Hitchhiker's Guide, so I think I'll enjoy this.

Brsis
04-11-2011, 03:14 PM
Just finished 'Scrivener's Moon' by Philip Reeve... I am astounded again and again by how utterly sublime this man and his writing is. Seven books into a setting and it still shocks, astounds, amazes and humbles me.

Both furious and delighted that it doesn't read like the end of a trilogy but the penultimate book of a quarto, through.

JiseiHakushaku
04-11-2011, 03:19 PM
These (and some of the Alex Cross books) are the only James Patterson novels I read anymore. I used to be such a fan... then he started this whole co-author crap which A) made his books less his own and B) meant they were coming out at such a fast pace.

They didn't feel like his anymore, and so I stopped buying them.

This. I really love his writing style when he's on his own. There's just that special touch that he didn't have otherwise. I do like the manga version of Daniel X though, lol.

I finished Angel today, and I'm really impressed. The books get better and better in my opinion.

penny_dreadful
04-12-2011, 07:10 PM
I just finished Jonathan L. Howard's Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (http://www.amazon.com/Johannes-Cabal-Necromancer-Jonathan-Howard/dp/0385528086) this morning. Necromancy, devils, dark carnivals, snark-- right up my alley. It was a fun, light read (go figure), but I can't really recommend it as especially memorable. Not that you have to like every protagonist, but I found it kind of hard to sympathize with Cabal since he was mostly just a selfish, stuck-up wad. I much preferred Cabal's vampire brother, Horst, but Howard kind of glazed over him for the most part.

MDA
04-12-2011, 08:00 PM
I'm working on so many books at once...

Water for Elephants (re-reading, 2nd time)

Daughter of the Blood

several volumes of manga

Clockwork Angel

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (re-reading, 7th time)

Michi
04-12-2011, 08:32 PM
I'm reading Dark Mirror by Diane Duane, which is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel. I got it for free at WonderCon a little over a week ago, so I decided to give it a try! It's not bad so far.

But then I went to the library and checked out 4 books, so I might start something else while reading this one, too!

TheAnarCHris
04-13-2011, 08:32 AM
Is it new comic Wednesday? Will I read new comics? Am I behind on 2 omnibuses, as well as a piles of cybepunk novels. The answer to all of this: YUP!

Brsis
04-13-2011, 12:26 PM
I'm reading Dark Mirror by Diane Duane, which is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel. I got it for free at WonderCon a little over a week ago, so I decided to give it a try! It's not bad so far.

But then I went to the library and checked out 4 books, so I might start something else while reading this one, too!

This is not the same Diane Duane who used to write the 'So You Want To Be A Wizard' books? I ADORED those when I was younger, I wondered what she was doing with her life now.

HidingintheMist
04-13-2011, 12:32 PM
Re-reading a Wind Named Amnesia at the moment. And book eight of the Wheel of Time.

lightning-rose
04-13-2011, 12:34 PM
reading wheel of time book six lord of chaos muhahahahahaha. great book.

HidingintheMist
04-13-2011, 12:35 PM
reading wheel of time book six lord of chaos muhahahahahaha. great book.

Lord of Chaos is indeed great. ;D

lightning-rose
04-13-2011, 12:38 PM
yeah thanks for being in agreance HM

Michi
04-13-2011, 01:31 PM
This is not the same Diane Duane who used to write the 'So You Want To Be A Wizard' books? I ADORED those when I was younger, I wondered what she was doing with her life now.

Actually, I was looking her up this morning and indeed she is! Seems she is most famous for that series and her various Star Trek novels, mostly from the original series and a couple for Next Generation. When I grabbed her book for free I had no idea that she was actually quite a prolific writer! She even co-wrote an episode of TNG. Wow.

Seems she still writes the Young Wizard books, too!

I'm a little over 50 pages into Dark Mirror so far, and it reads just like an episode. It's kinda nice and relaxing.

CRiMSONSiN
04-13-2011, 02:12 PM
I'm reading this Devil May Cry novel I bought at a con its really good! I hope can buy the next one soon.

The Hag
04-13-2011, 03:58 PM
Picked up Tina Fey's book Bossypants for cheap at Costco yesterday and read it in like 3 hours. Highly recommend - it's funny and practical feminism. Also reading Endymion. I hadn't really realized that there are actually four books in Simmons' Hyperion series. :/ I read four books while I was on vacation. Unfortunately I bought another six. :waaaah:

sam vimes
04-13-2011, 04:13 PM
Also reading Endymion. I hadn't really realized that there are actually four books in Simmons' Hyperion series.

:love::love::love::love:

Fun fact: PD once cosplayed Moneta.

penny_dreadful
04-13-2011, 04:14 PM
FINALLY got a collection of Shirley Jackson's works that includes The Haunting of Hill House. I got engrossed in it pretty immediately; it's one of those things I haven't wanted to put down, and I'm impatient for when I can get back and pick it up again. I do loves me some Shirley Jackson.

EDIT: LOL I DID COSPLAY MONETA. I still have the Shrike plush my friend made for me. I plan on putting it in the nursery.

TheAnarCHris
04-13-2011, 04:23 PM
Picked up Tina Fey's book Bossypants for cheap at Costco yesterday and read it in like 3 hours. Highly recommend - it's funny and practical feminism.

I REALLY want to pick up Bossypants, as Tina is DELIGHTFUL. May see what the iphone's Kindle price is for it, as I wouldn't mind picking it up super-cheap as well.

sam vimes
04-13-2011, 04:24 PM
I REALLY want to pick up Bossypants, as Tina is DELIGHTFUL. May see what the iphone's Kindle price is for it, as I wouldn't mind picking it up super-cheap as well.

Wait, you read books without pictures?!?!?!?;)

Michi
04-13-2011, 04:34 PM
Bossypants is officially on my to-read list.

So during my lunch break I decided to start reading Haruki Murakami's After the Quake. Strangely appropriate now, I believe, after the recent situation in Japan. The book is about the 1995 Kobe earthquake, but it's definitely still relevant. Looks like a very quick read, so I should be done with it soon enough and get right back to my Star Trek book. Haha.

The Hag
04-13-2011, 04:40 PM
Fun fact: PD once cosplayed Moneta.

I knew that. (I also guessed the Moneta spoiler in The Fall of Hyperion.)

I still have the Shrike plush my friend made for me.

I knew that too. I KNOW EVERYTHING!!!!! (In fact, I have saw that plushy IRL when I was visiting you.)

The Haunting of Hill House

I know this is the book thread, but OMG that is the fucking scariest movie! (The original one with Clare Bloom not the remake with Liam Neeson.)

I REALLY want to pick up Bossypants, as Tina is DELIGHTFUL. May see what the iphone's Kindle price is for it, as I wouldn't mind picking it up super-cheap as well.

Definitely go for cheap - the book is short and despite its hilarity, I can't see spending $25 on something you can knock back in a couple of hours.

Shei Valentine
04-13-2011, 08:23 PM
I just started reading "Mirror, Mirror" by Gregory Maguire. It's his telling of the Snow White story, but set in 1502, Italy. I figured since I loved Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, this book would be pretty awesome, too.

Sakura Blizzard
04-13-2011, 09:06 PM
Trigun. ANd something called 'Dog Tags' by some dude I can't remember. David Rosenfelt I think.

ShinobiXikyu
04-13-2011, 09:32 PM
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes. A documentary book detailing the destruction wrought by elite gymnastics and figure skating on young, growing girls (eating disorders, stunted growth, delayed puberty, postponed emotional development, abuse, horrific injuries, etc.)

....now that I'm reading it, I realize why Mom refused to let me take gymnastics or figure skating as a kid.

SakuraxTsubasa
04-13-2011, 10:32 PM
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes. A documentary book detailing the destruction wrought by elite gymnastics and figure skating on young, growing girls (eating disorders, stunted growth, delayed puberty, postponed emotional development, abuse, horrific injuries, etc.)

....now that I'm reading it, I realize why Mom refused to let me take gymnastics or figure skating as a kid.

This is interesting. Who wrote it? (I probably shouldn't let my mom near it...)

I just finished rereading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I know it's written for kids, but I recently found it again, and I know why I always reread it when I was little! I think it's such a cute and charming novel, with the perfect ending.......and Sara has an attitude that I wouldn't mind rubbing off on little kids today...>.>

I'm waiting for City of Angels by Cassandra Clare to get here. Other than that I'm reading sewing/makeup books. Haven't had much time to read, lately.

TheAnarCHris
04-14-2011, 08:14 AM
Wait, you read books without pictures?!?!?!?;)

Not as much as I should but yes, I do. My problem is actually finishing them, as I have like 3 novels I still need to finish, and like 4 I still haven't started yet.

Definitely go for cheap - the book is short and despite its hilarity, I can't see spending $25 on something you can knock back in a couple of hours.

Amazon has the book going from $13-17, depending on format. The hardcover, suprisingly is the cheapest.

vampricyoda
04-14-2011, 09:00 AM
I picked up a book about Alien Abuctions for 90% off at a closeing Borders. So I'll be reading that at some point soon. Also to make it more relvent to the site I picked up volume one of the four panel Haurhi manga. I love that format for comedy so we'll see if it works out.

ShinobiXikyu
04-14-2011, 05:26 PM
This is interesting. Who wrote it? (I probably shouldn't let my mom near it...)

I just finished rereading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I know it's written for kids, but I recently found it again, and I know why I always reread it when I was little! I think it's such a cute and charming novel, with the perfect ending.......and Sara has an attitude that I wouldn't mind rubbing off on little kids today...>.>

I'm waiting for City of Angels by Cassandra Clare to get here. Other than that I'm reading sewing/makeup books. Haven't had much time to read, lately.

Joan Ryan. It's fairly old, FYI. It was published in 1995. No idea just how relevant the book is now. There's also a made-for-TV movie on it.

penny_dreadful
04-14-2011, 05:41 PM
I just started reading "Mirror, Mirror" by Gregory Maguire. It's his telling of the Snow White story, but set in 1502, Italy. I figured since I loved Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, this book would be pretty awesome, too.

I love Mirror, Mirror! It's a pretty dark take on the tale (not nearly as dark as Gaiman's "Snow, Glass, Apples"), but I love the setting and his use of Lucrezia Borgia as the Evil Queen.

Michi
04-15-2011, 01:08 PM
Finished After the Quake. I didn't like it as much as the other Murakami books I've read, but it was still quite good.

I'm over 100 pages into Dark Mirror now, and I think I might finish it before I try to read another book side by side with it again. Or not. We'll see. :)

Yukikittie
04-15-2011, 01:23 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Good book so far, I can see why my Dad liked it so much.

Origin
04-15-2011, 04:41 PM
The Book of Lost Things. Twisted, twisted, twisted.

Mehdia
04-15-2011, 04:51 PM
Currently I'm on the book Red Chrysanthemum by Laura Joh Rowland. It's one of many in her Sano Ichiro series. I've read all of them she has out once before, now I'm reading them again since it's been a while. That and I stopped in the middle of reading Lord of the Rings for the millionth time.

kiratsukai
04-15-2011, 06:20 PM
I'm reading Durarara! 1

This marks the third time I have ever attempted to read a ~book~ in Japanese...

1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (took a year, but I did it!!!)
2) Summer Wars (I think I made it through chapter 1 before I conked)

I'm currently in chapter 5 after a week. Which is testament to how fabulous it is.

sweetnsassy
04-16-2011, 12:02 PM
The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. I have to say, it's a little disappointing. I loved Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword, so I had high hopes for this one, but it's just kinda meh.

Shei Valentine
04-16-2011, 08:17 PM
I love Mirror, Mirror! It's a pretty dark take on the tale (not nearly as dark as Gaiman's "Snow, Glass, Apples"), but I love the setting and his use of Lucrezia Borgia as the Evil Queen.

Now I'm going to have to get my hands on that book. I love dark/twisted takes on fairy tales!

SakuraxTsubasa
04-16-2011, 08:42 PM
I just started reading Just Listen (I don't know who wrote it) and after 196 pages, promptly told my mom to take it from me. I CAN'T STOP READING IT. It's good. It's more for my age, though, so I probably couldn't recommend it for any of you XD
I shouldn't be reading now.......>.>

Hitsutai
04-16-2011, 10:43 PM
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Origin
04-16-2011, 11:34 PM
I'm now onto Hush by Donna Jo Napoli... its really, really awesome. I will probably finish it tonight while waiting for paint to dry >.<

HMTQ - Madge
04-18-2011, 09:03 PM
I just finished The Zombie Survival Guide, (<3) and I'm going to head off to the bookstore someday soon to pick up the Leviathan series. :) Might pick up World War Z while I'm there, too.

SaskWhovian
04-18-2011, 10:27 PM
.... The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Sssooooooooooooooooooooo dry. It is taking me awhile to get through it. I have to sit down and force myself.


also @HMTQ YES! YES GET WORLD WAR Z!!!! *coughs and settles down* Well, I liked it at least...

The Seventh Sea
04-19-2011, 12:41 AM
Looking through the Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology for some personal research >>

cupofjasmine
04-19-2011, 11:56 AM
i'm not reading anything at the moment, but i really want to read the hunchback of notre dame. i've read that it's totally different from the disney movie (of course).

BraveKnight
04-19-2011, 11:57 AM
Tao Te Ching, Training for Warriors, and Wisdom for the Way.

Elentarin
04-19-2011, 11:18 PM
Currently Re-Reading the Wild Magic Series by Tamora Pierce. C:

HMTQ - Madge
04-20-2011, 12:51 AM
also @HMTQ YES! YES GET WORLD WAR Z!!!! *coughs and settles down* Well, I liked it at least...
I am now reading World War Z. :3 Man, am I glad I picked it up. Amazing so far. <3

SaskWhovian
04-20-2011, 03:04 AM
I am now reading World War Z. :3 Man, am I glad I picked it up. Amazing so far. <3


It was a really enjoyable read. Helped that I worked at a bookstore at the time it came out so I got it for pretty darn cheap. Still if I had to would have totally paid full price.


Unlike this cursed thing. *tosses "The Picture of Dorian Gray" across his room.* I quit. This is the third time I have tried reading this thing and I just can't get through it.

rubyspitfire
04-20-2011, 03:48 AM
norse mythology and the first book of the gap series now... and the next house of night is out. fml

YukinaKipling
04-20-2011, 04:58 AM
...

sweettea
04-20-2011, 09:24 PM
Game of Thrones.

JiseiHakushaku
04-20-2011, 11:05 PM
Rereading Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime.

Bugaku Shojo ANYTHING always makes me happy.

SaskWhovian
04-20-2011, 11:22 PM
Gave up and went and got an easy read. BBC books Torchwood series "The Perfection". Finished it in one sitting.

The Hag
04-21-2011, 06:12 AM
Guns, Germs, and Steel. It's a great book

<3<3<3 Diamond's other stuff is also good, but GG&S was the most fascinating for me.

Almost done with Endymion. I thought that I'd bought the next one (The Rise of Endymion) but can't seem to find it. Damn.

penny_dreadful
04-21-2011, 02:31 PM
.... The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Sssooooooooooooooooooooo dry. It is taking me awhile to get through it. I have to sit down and force myself.

Unlike this cursed thing. *tosses "The Picture of Dorian Gray" across his room.* I quit. This is the third time I have tried reading this thing and I just can't get through it.

Wilde? BORING? Oooh chile.

TheAnarCHris
04-21-2011, 02:58 PM
I am now reading World War Z. :3 Man, am I glad I picked it up. Amazing so far. <3

I polished that book off real quick when I got it as a gift. LOVED it, especially given the style it was written. The (not really a spoiler) Bit about what each's nations troops listened to to pump them up was my favorite bit in that book.

Attempted to read a book with Pictures in it again last night and continued Colbert's book. Despite not touching in 2+ years, it's pretty easy to get back into.

Tealeafy
04-21-2011, 03:13 PM
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I'm also rereading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. It's one of my all-time favorite books.

The Hag
04-21-2011, 03:43 PM
Wilde? BORING? Oooh chile.

True confession: I also find him dry.

... continued Colbert's book. Despite not touching in 2+ years,

Fairly amusing, but I preferred both America, The Book and Earth, The Book.

mylilpazuzu
04-21-2011, 04:52 PM
Pariah by Bob Fingerman... but I really don't recommend it. It's easily the worst zombie novel I've read in a long time. All buildup and no climax. Well, there was a climax but it was sorely lacking, and the author used a really tired plot device to try and salvage some semblance of sympathy for the main characters. It didn't work.

World War Z, on the other hand, was awesome. Perhaps my mistake was in reading it before Pariah, because you can't even compare the two.

zizi994
04-21-2011, 05:31 PM
Just started rereading Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. :D I read it years ago in middle school, and last Saturday I saw it in a used book store I visit often. It was only $2.50 so I went for it. :) I don't remember it very well so it's like I'm reading it for the first time again.

Akemi Idane
04-21-2011, 06:25 PM
Nothing. I'm bad~
But I am waiting for my manga updates for the month.

CorvidaeRequiem
04-21-2011, 09:15 PM
Just finished A Clockwork Orange and the Picture of Dorian Gray. Now I'm starting The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Tarzan of the Apes. (Mostly classic lit, really) Then I'm waiting for the latest of the Alchemyst series...

SaskWhovian
04-22-2011, 04:25 AM
Wilde? BORING? Oooh chile.


I don't now. I tried to like it. I wanted to like it..... I just got to a certain part and could never get past it.



I'll probably try again in a year or so. I set on finishing this book if it kills me.

ShinobiXikyu
04-24-2011, 12:19 AM
Just Finished "We Are Amused: A Royal Miscellany". basically an A to Z reference of everything you could ever want to know about the Queen and the royal family. And lucky me, I managed to borrow it from my Aunt who'd been lent it by ANOTHER lady, who bought it in Scotland. Since it's not available outside the UK yet.

UsakoLuna
04-24-2011, 10:52 PM
Just finished "the longest road" by guy gavrial Kay. Currently reading- Nothing. I need to fix that tomorrow. Too sleepy to dive in my moms closet right now

KnightShade007
04-24-2011, 11:25 PM
I'm reading "Way of the Shadows" by Brent Weeks. There are 2 more books in this series.

If you played "Assassin's Creed," then yeah, it's like that. ^^

SakuraxTsubasa
04-24-2011, 11:27 PM
OH HEY. I don't have to make a costume now. I can read!!
So...can I take my books back? I was in the middle of one and I want to read City of Fallen Angels! D:
^Good series.

Ada D
04-26-2011, 12:39 AM
Right now I'm reading the complete Hitchhickers guide to the galaxy even though I should be working on my jacket for a Con at the end of May.

TheAnarCHris
04-26-2011, 08:28 AM
Finished Colbert's book yesterday. 60 pages into "Out of the Dark", which is a sci-fi novel, with the premise that Earth/Human are a threat to mankind and the planet's nuked, and then occupied by an alien race. And things start going bad for the aliens.

DireKitty
04-26-2011, 09:09 AM
Just finished "the longest road" by guy gavrial Kay. Currently reading- Nothing. I need to fix that tomorrow. Too sleepy to dive in my moms closet right now

I tried reading that trilogy from him... well i had to for school.... i hated it.... well the first book was okay, second started out not bad... and then it just went to pot. ;_;

I'm still reading Toll the Hounds...

sweetnsassy
04-26-2011, 01:49 PM
Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practice: 2nd Edition. Between studying, sewing, and work, I don't have a lot of time for leisure reading anymore :(

Ragtime Mouth
04-26-2011, 02:49 PM
Ted's caving blog. http://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver/ It's an excellent horror read, and still debated if it's true.

aeon_mistress
04-26-2011, 02:58 PM
Currently reading The ambassador's mission by Trudi Canavan.

Drunktony
04-26-2011, 03:25 PM
aside from my textbooks for school, I'm currently reading Air Gear

Elycium
04-26-2011, 08:18 PM
Just finished reading Chrome Born by Mercedes Lackey, and I'm now reading The OtherWorld by the same author (second in the series).

Stina006
04-26-2011, 11:06 PM
just finished xxxHOLiC!

somebody erase my brain so i can forget that mangas exsistence : )
now to finish Mirai Nikki...hope it's not a slab of crap like holic turned out to be....god i hated that stupid stupidstupidstupid ending damn you clamp and your nack for NOT FINISHING STORIES THE RIGHT WAYEVARRRRRRRAAAAAH

TheAnarCHris
04-27-2011, 08:21 AM
About 200 pages into "Out of the Dark". I'm REALLY digging it, as there's a certain WWZ vibe to it, although it's completely it's own monster. Should have it finished by the weekend.

samusaran253
04-27-2011, 02:40 PM
Nothing.

The Hag
05-04-2011, 08:22 PM
I'm reading The Tiger (http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Story-Vengeance-Survival-Borzoi/dp/0307268934). It's captivating. Far Eastern Russia sounds bleak and beautiful and scary. Now I want to go there. Also tigers are so beautiful! :blubber:

http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss227/the_hag/amur-tiger-in-snow-1.jpg

SakuraxTsubasa
05-04-2011, 08:27 PM
Oh. So I FINALLY took my books back and finished Just Listen (Sarah Dessen).
And I started City of Fallen Angels (Cassandra Clare)...but I won't be able to read until Friday/weekend and I'm only a chapter in or so. AND I DON'T CARE ABOUT SIMON. HE CAN GO DIE. XD

Nello-nyan
05-04-2011, 09:15 PM
Hunger Games. What's dumb is I finished the last two, but not the first one, so even though I know what happens, I'm reading it just to read it.

Akiyhrah
05-04-2011, 11:48 PM
So this is kind of off topic, but I just discovered they are making a movie of the book "Life of Pi". I don't know how I feel about this.
Have any of you guys read it? It's a fantastic book, but I really don't know if it will translate into a movie well..

The Hag
05-05-2011, 05:58 AM
So this is kind of off topic, but I just discovered they are making a movie of the book "Life of Pi". I don't know how I feel about this.
Have any of you guys read it? It's a fantastic book, but I really don't know if it will translate into a movie well..

Yikes! Speaking of tigers. Yeah, IDK. In the hands of someone who is good with dream-like reality - like del Toro or Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) - maybe it could be good. But in general with this kind of thing my knee-jerk reaction is, "Damn you Hollywood! Stop ruinin' mah books!"

Nello-nyan
05-05-2011, 11:27 AM
Nothing.

Compelling *nods head professionally*

penny_dreadful
05-05-2011, 11:35 AM
Yikes! Speaking of tigers. Yeah, IDK. In the hands of someone who is good with dream-like reality - like del Toro or Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) - maybe it could be good. But in general with this kind of thing my knee-jerk reaction is, "Damn you Hollywood! Stop ruinin' mah books!"

I could see Singh doing it some kind of justice, but that novel was pretty heavy stuff. Like Akiyhrah said, I think it'd be really tough to translate that onto film without losing much of the story's impact.

Akiyhrah
05-05-2011, 01:28 PM
The tiger is what reminded me XD

I'll still go see it, mostly because I'm interested in how it will translate, but that book had me stunned by the end of it and I'm really sceptical that a movie will have the same impact. I mean, half the book is just Pi stick on the boat, and what he is thinking and feeling. It's not exactly huge on the narrative.

The Hag
05-05-2011, 02:37 PM
Yeah, and movies are just not a natural medium for allegory. Not that it can't be done, it just takes someone with a real vision. I don't know if I'd see it or not. I often skip the film version of books that I love. On the other hand - tiger!

TheAnarCHris
05-05-2011, 02:44 PM
Finished "Out of the Dark" which had the stupidest twist ever (aliens vs. Dracula, I kid you not), which was super frustrating given how "realistic" 3/4ths of the book was. Re-reading some collected comic stuff, and next week I'll give my cyber-punk stuff a twirl.

makotohanabi
05-05-2011, 06:45 PM
Finished Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor. Starting After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn. I swear I will finish Deathly Hallows before July.

elemenoKatt
05-05-2011, 07:27 PM
"The Monstrumologist," by Rick Yancy. :) It's supposed to be a memoir of a boy who apprenticed under a crazy scientist, who's studies focused primarily around monsters. And I do love monsters.

I'm also reading "1984" and "This Fleeting World" for class, but I've got no idea what those are about. :bigtu:

Oh yeah, manga-wise, I just re-read "Freak: Legend of the Nonblondes," and when I can pry Black Butler away from my pal, hopefully that. :rofl:

The Hag
05-05-2011, 07:43 PM
Finished "Out of the Dark" which had the stupidest twist ever (aliens vs. Dracula, I kid you not), which was super frustrating given how "realistic" 3/4ths of the book was.

I have that problem a lot with horror. A book will be really scary until you find out what's going on and then I'm like, "Huh. That's lame." :/

ShinobiXikyu
05-05-2011, 09:46 PM
^ Not book-related, but the same thing happened when I watched "The Village" (the Shyamalan thing.). As soon as I found out what the "monsters" really were....I just facepalmed and went "FUCKING LAME. THIS MOVIE SUCKS NOW."

...I don't THINK I've read any books that ended quite that badly. Oh, but I am re-reading a bunch of my old Goosebumps books that I've kept from when I was a kid (In a great big box in the attic. I had at LEAST fifty of them plus a bunch of the other novels and several Give Yourself Goosebumps books). They're still awesome even into my twenties and over 15 years outdated, technology-wise. I always loved the twist endings he wrote in. Hmm, I had a bunch of other R.L. Stine books, too, but I have no idea where they went.

rubyspitfire
05-05-2011, 10:46 PM
all the norse mythology books i could find at my public library... which consisted of a whopping two

i picked up the next house of night book that i mentioned in my first post, but i haven't touched it yet. i can read that whenever i'm done with the library books

Michi
05-06-2011, 02:32 AM
Too lazy to check what I last said I was reading but uh. Started South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami today. I like it a lot. I've been reading Eat, Pray, Love off and on the last couple of weeks (DON'T JUDGE ME) but I've been needing a real story instead of a recollection. Eat Pray Love is a memoir and reads slowly, unfolding as, well, life does. I just read about 70 pages in one sitting (and will keep reading for a bit longer) of South of the Border. I also really just like Murakami's style. Some stuff grates on my nerves, but most of everything about his books is right up my alley.

So this is kind of off topic, but I just discovered they are making a movie of the book "Life of Pi". I don't know how I feel about this.
Have any of you guys read it? It's a fantastic book, but I really don't know if it will translate into a movie well..

I read that book late last summer. I liked it well enough, but I also have no idea how they'd make that a movie. I am intensely curious as to how it'll be handled!

The Hag
05-06-2011, 06:16 AM
^ Not book-related, but the same thing happened when I watched "The Village" (the Shyamalan thing.). As soon as I found out what the "monsters" really were....I just facepalmed and went "FUCKING LAME. THIS MOVIE SUCKS NOW."


I had that same reaction. Nothing is worse than a Scooby-doo ending. ):<

I've been reading Eat, Pray, Love off and on the last couple of weeks (DON'T JUDGE ME)

Dude. I'm trying hard not to! XD

Kildread
05-06-2011, 08:44 AM
I've read through the Alan Wake book that came with the game during the trip to Video Games Live.

It was pretty good -- reminds me why I liked reading so much many years ago.

penny_dreadful
05-06-2011, 09:48 AM
I have that problem a lot with horror. A book will be really scary until you find out what's going on and then I'm like, "Huh. That's lame." :/

I wound up reading a book (Tick Tock) by Dean Koontz, which I rarely ever do and this book made me remember why: it started out pretty tense and eerie, and then... devolved into screwball comedy. Seriously, I'm still not sure whether it was Koontz's intention or not, but the latter quarter of the book was so absurd as to nearly defy belief.

(DON'T JUDGE ME)

JUDGING.

I have really got to get my library card sorted out, because I'm desperate for new things to read but have neither space nor money to accommodate them. And hells no I am not getting an e-reader.

The Hag
05-06-2011, 11:05 AM
I wound up reading a book (Tick Tock) by Dean Koontz, which I rarely ever do and this book made me remember why: it started out pretty tense and eerie, and then... devolved into screwball comedy. Seriously, I'm still not sure whether it was Koontz's intention or not, but the latter quarter of the book was so absurd as to nearly defy belief.

Oh yeah - Koontz is the WORST! I gave up on him years ago. "Strangers" had me terrified and then I was like, "WHAAAAT????? ALIENS? GOVERNMENT AGENTS? Pffffttt!!!"
But Peter Strauss and even Stephen King have also made me groan.

Akiyhrah
05-06-2011, 02:00 PM
From what I recall, I liked Koontz's earlier stuff. I used to read his books when I was in grade 8 and 9, but they started getting cheesy and predictable, so I stopped reading them. I don't think I've touched one of his books since. :/

sam vimes
05-06-2011, 02:38 PM
Koontz is the one thing I'll admit to being a guilty pleasure. He's beach reading, pure and simple.

The Hag
05-06-2011, 02:48 PM
I did like the one with the super-smart dog that liked Disney stuff, cuz, super smart dog? Likes Disney? Duh. But I don't remember what it was called. Erm.....uh....Watchers? I think?

JiseiHakushaku
05-06-2011, 03:13 PM
Finally started the second Spice & Wolf novel by Isuna Hasekura. Finally. I wish I could get credits in economics for this, because this series has explained stocks and value of the dollar better than any textbook or teacher ever has...

I may start reading the Hunger Games next. I didn't like the previews I read online, but maybe it'll be better when I get into it. Is it really as good as people say it is? o.o

Akiyhrah
05-06-2011, 03:20 PM
I haven't read the Hunger Games myself, but I do have a good friend who has, and she says it's waaaay better than she thought it was going to be. I think it's worth a try at least.

The Hag
05-06-2011, 03:44 PM
I haven't read the Hunger Games myself, but I do have a good friend who has, and she says it's waaaay better than she thought it was going to be. I think it's worth a try at least.

I read the first one and thought it was o.k. Didn't like it enough to read the other two. But I was curious enough to know what happened that I did read the synopses on Wikipedia!

Origin
05-06-2011, 05:41 PM
The First Test by Tamora Pierce.

I'm on spree with that womans books.

Adorima
05-06-2011, 05:49 PM
As Swift as the Dawn by Francine Rivers

Yes it sounds like a dime novel, yes it looks like a dime novel, but it's a dime novel about GLADIATORS~! It's actually pretty well written from the pov of murderous German gladaitor Atretes. Something a little different from "Fabio, love me until you can love me no more!"

SakuraxTsubasa
05-06-2011, 05:57 PM
I may start reading the Hunger Games next. I didn't like the previews I read online, but maybe it'll be better when I get into it. Is it really as good as people say it is? o.o

Oh my gosh are you kidding me? I LOVED the Hunger Games. Although two of my friends at school loved it too, the other one read half a chapter and hated it. Don't judge by the first ten pages....>.>

So I just started Part 2 of City of Fallen Angels. I hate it when I pick up a book and can't put it down. And my mom told me that I had to go to bed by 11:00 tonight, so I hope I get to finish it before then...

CodeShogun
05-06-2011, 06:21 PM
The Art of War

:D

Sakura Blizzard
05-06-2011, 06:23 PM
SAT practice book. SAT tomorrow. need math help.

rubyspitfire
05-06-2011, 06:23 PM
The Art of War

:D

that's another one i need to pick up D: my library is severely lacking lately

Akiyhrah
05-06-2011, 06:27 PM
that's another one i need to pick up D: my library is severely lacking lately

Mine too. I used to go buy a new book whenever I finished another, but I've been poor lately so I haven't bought any books in a while.
I was in the Chapters in downtown Vancouver a couple weeks ago (which is THREE floors of books XD) and I had a really hard time controlling myself -__- I was like, "Hmmm... do I really need to save my money for food and travel???"

The Hag
05-07-2011, 07:26 AM
I'm lucky in that I can go online, request any book in the whole city system and it will be delivered to my local branch. For best-sellers, the wait can be long but since I mostly read things that no one else cares about a lot of times I can get in within a few days. I really should use it more often than I do. I just need to stay out of bookstores completely.

Gabbyv23
05-07-2011, 03:17 PM
"Into the wild" I never could get into Warriors...
I wonder how much I have to read to understand it.

shinitama
05-07-2011, 04:00 PM
My Sophie bought me the two other books in the "Moving Castle" series, so I'm reading those. They're sooooo good. I love Diana Wynn Jones. *o*

SaskWhovian
05-07-2011, 04:11 PM
Just finished Wheel of Time book 13. Only reading them now because I have invested years of my life into these damn books and I WILL FIND OUT HOW IT ENDS DAMMIT!

Celia Rose
05-07-2011, 08:09 PM
The second volume in the "My Girlfriend's a Geek" series by Pentabu.

Light novels are a nice break from studying for exams~~

Miyabi-
05-07-2011, 08:33 PM
...I've been catching up on Deadpool comics. Not great literature but after two weeks straight of studying it's great to have a comedy break!

Scorpion89
05-08-2011, 09:58 AM
I finally getting around to read Chapterhouse Dune the last of the original Frank Herbert Dune books. Might start reading someof Brians Herbert follow on books but not sure yet.

SakuraxTsubasa
05-08-2011, 10:33 AM
I finished City of Fallen Angels on Friday night. I'm out of stuff to read now.

Acronymsoup66
05-08-2011, 10:41 AM
Chronicles of Narnia-- Oh wait-- that's not manga. I work in a book store. Can't blame that.

The Hag
05-08-2011, 04:53 PM
Seeing as how there is already an entire subforum for manga (http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=36), most people here post about books. But given that people who love to read often enjoy a wide variety of genres, up till now no one's sneered if someone wants to post about manga or comic books or, for that matter, children's literature.

SakuraxTsubasa
05-08-2011, 05:15 PM
^I agree.

I just started re-reading Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card). I've forgotten how good it was. I think this one's coming with me to school tomorrow.

Cadmium Polyphony
05-08-2011, 05:23 PM
Chronicles of Narnia-- Oh wait-- that's not manga. I work in a book store. Can't blame that.

Hm.

Seeing as how there is already an entire subforum for manga (http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=36), most people here post about books.

Quoted for emphasis.

Flora88
05-08-2011, 09:43 PM
Speaking of Children's literature, I read The Secret Garden again. :)


I know, I know. Colonialism is terrible (but the India portion makes up only a small portion of the book!)
For some reason, it makes me feel happy. I suppose it's all the "new life" symbolism everywhere.

I also need to find an appropriate Young Adult book or series on which to write my thesis for my Master's program (Writing for Children and Young Adults.)

Right now, I'm sort of stuck between Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper and The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Though, whether or not The Last Unicorn is a children's book is debatable.

Adorima
05-08-2011, 09:53 PM
I finished City of Fallen Angels on Friday night. I'm out of stuff to read now.

Have you read Clare's the Infernal Devices? It's a pre-quel to the Mortal Instruments. And if you liked The MI series then you'll also like Sunshine by Robin Mckinley!

sam vimes
05-08-2011, 11:08 PM
I flipped through Decision Points while over at the in-law's. Leaving my personal feelings about the man out of this, Dubya just made his presidency seem so bland.

JasonTerror
05-08-2011, 11:21 PM
alice's adventures in wonderland on an ebook app on my cell phone

The Hag
05-09-2011, 06:25 AM
I also need to find an appropriate Young Adult book or series on which to write my thesis for my Master's program (Writing for Children and Young Adults.)

Right now, I'm sort of stuck between Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper and The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Though, whether or not The Last Unicorn is a children's book is debatable.

What are your criteria for appropriate? Do you want to stick to fantasy specifically? Do they have to be from a certain era or for a certain age group? Personally, I wouldn't consider The Last Unicorn children's lit. Maybe YA. Maybe. But then there's a lot of things that get put in that category that I think could just as easily be put in Adult.

I flipped through Decision Points while over at the in-law's. Leaving my personal feelings about the man out of this, Dubya just made his presidency seem so bland.

Huh. I'd heard that it was interesting, in that he gave details and related anecdotes that weren't in the news. Nevertheless, it's not high on my list of things I want to read.

Flora88
05-09-2011, 10:47 AM
What are your criteria for appropriate? Do you want to stick to fantasy specifically? Do they have to be from a certain era or for a certain age group? Personally, I wouldn't consider The Last Unicorn children's lit. Maybe YA. Maybe. But then there's a lot of things that get put in that category that I think could just as easily be put in Adult.



(long response is long...I love talking about this shit. :heart:)

YA is children's lit, or, at least, that's how publishers and my grad school classify it.
Children's liturature has an age range from "old-enough-to-be-read-to" to eighteen (some go further and say twenty-one.)
It can cover many, many topics that most would not deem suitable for children--like rape, abuse, suicide, drugs, sex, etc. --because many kids really ARE dealing with these problems.
Of course, these topics are generally only found in YA (example: Cut by Patricia Mccormick) and upper-level Middle Grade (example: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.)

The age group I'm going for is Middle Grade (8 - 12) to YA (12 - 18.) I prefer fantasy, since that's what I write. As far as the books themselves, they can be recent or "classic," though if they're classic or particularly famous, it's likely that someone has already written a badass thesis on it.
The boundaries between YA and Adult are sort of hard to define, and not only because of the afore-mentioned subject matter.

Classification really depends on what the characters learn throughout the story, and, to a lesser extent, the age of the protagonist (though some recent novels, like the Montmorency series focus on an adult rather than a child the age of the reader...see? Hard to define.)

This is the argument for The Last Unicorn as a YA or Middle Grade:
Since the Unicorn is learning basic human lessons that teenagers learn throughout the book, people tend to classify it as YA (though the style is decidedly middle-grade, and there are absolutely no main characters under 20.) Longer works with animals as the main characters are also almost always YA or Middle Grade (hence the reason Watership Down is considered Middle Grade, even though some crazy, adult shit goes down in it.)

As for my thesis, right now, I'm leaning a bit more toward Silver on the Tree, simply because it is unquestionably Middle Grade, and does some really cool things with horror.
But I'm always open to suggestions, if anyone has any. :)

penny_dreadful
05-09-2011, 01:03 PM
Flora, my vote is for Susan Cooper, just because I think she's SUPER underrated.

Flora88
05-09-2011, 01:07 PM
Flora, my vote is for Susan Cooper, just because I think she's SUPER underrated.

I like her a lot too. I LOVED that one part of Silver on the Tree where the skeleton horse was stalking the boys and just the silence of that scene was so terrifying. I LOVE it.

The Hag
05-09-2011, 01:28 PM
(long response is long...I love talking about this shit. :heart:)

Me too! And I'd been wondering what exactly the program was that you were in. I'd picked up on it being some kind of creative writing.


Classification really depends on what the characters learn throughout the story, and, to a lesser extent, the age of the protagonist (though some recent novels, like the Montmorency series focus on an adult rather than a child the age of the reader...see? Hard to define.)

See, I've always thought it was kind of, er, lame to say, "Oh if the protagonist is a child/adolescent then it is Children's Lit." :/ Huckleberry Finn? To Kill a Mockingbird? Lord of the Flies? Not that kids shouldn't read them, but I just don't see those as being specifically YA. And what about say, Donna Tartt's "The Little Friend"? Or there's a recent book "Room" which has gotten rave reviews which has a 5-year old narrator but, from what I can tell is definitely not kid material. I haven't read it personally because I'm afraid that I'll find it too upsetting. XD Oh, and interestingly enough, when the aforementioned "Life of Pi" came out, it wasn't categorized as YA, but now I see it there all the time. o_O?

Longer works with animals as the main characters are also almost always YA or Middle Grade (hence the reason Watership Down is considered Middle Grade, even though some crazy, adult shit goes down in it.

That also seems, erm......narrow-minded to me. How would they classify "Sock" by Penn Jillette where the narrator is a sock monkey? XD

I'm sure you've read far far more appropriate books for your thesis than I have. But two newer (last 10 years?) series that come to mind which may not have been covered as much are the Bartimaeus Trilogy (http://www.bartimaeustrilogy.com/) which is wonderful. It touches on classical history, politics, class warfare, child abuse, slavery and a host of other themes. And the protagonist is a hilariously wise-ass demon who bears witness to most of the above. Another one is the Lion Boy (http://www.zizoucorder.co.uk/) series. I loved the first book but wasn't as crazy about the 2nd and 3rd. On the other hand the fact that it is a collaborative effort between a mother and very young daughter (10 when they started, I think?) might make for an interesting subject.

Flora88
05-09-2011, 01:46 PM
Me too! And I'd been wondering what exactly the program was that you were in. I'd picked up on it being some kind of creative writing.



See, I've always thought it was kind of, er, lame to say, "Oh if the protagonist is a child/adolescent then it is Children's Lit." :/ Huckleberry Finn? To Kill a Mockingbird? Lord of the Flies? Not that kids shouldn't read them, but I just don't see those as being specifically YA. And what about say, Donna Tartt's "The Little Friend"? Or there's a recent book "Room" which has gotten rave reviews which has a 5-year old narrator but, from what I can tell is definitely not kid material. I haven't read it personally because I'm afraid that I'll find it too upsetting. XD Oh, and interestingly enough, when the aforementioned "Life of Pi" came out, it wasn't categorized as YA, but now I see it there all the time. o_O?



That also seems, erm......narrow-minded to me. How would they classify "Sock" by Penn Jillette where the narrator is a sock monkey? XD

I'm sure you've read far far more appropriate books for your thesis than I have. But two newer (last 10 years?) series that come to mind which may not have been covered as much are the Bartimaeus Trilogy (http://www.bartimaeustrilogy.com/) which is wonderful. It touches on classical history, politics, class warfare, child abuse, slavery and a host of other themes. And the protagonist is a hilariously wise-ass demon who bears witness to most of the above. Another one is the Lion Boy (http://www.zizoucorder.co.uk/) series. I loved the first book but wasn't as crazy about the 2nd and 3rd. On the other hand the fact that it is a collaborative effort between a mother and very young daughter (10 when they started, I think?) might make for an interesting subject.

*Shrug*
I know, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
All I can really do is try to make some sense of the guidelines. And, again, they're almost never officially "rules" so much as "guidelines" to follow. It's all extremely vague.
(Props for mentioning The Little Friend! It's my second-favorite book ever!)

You'll notice that a lot of the time, publishers will take books that are sort of ambiguous (like To Kill a Mockingbird) and print two editions of them at the same time, one for school libraries, with a decidedly more kid-friendly cover, and one edgy-looking one to be shelved in the general adult fiction section. This is also true of Watership Down, and loads of other books.

As far as animal-books go, usually when animal protagonists are used, the subject matter isn't TOO edgy. It can still be YA if it deals with political shit (Animal Farm, Watership Down, etc.) but not Certain Other Things, which are pretty vague. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, for instance, is half-adult, half-YA. No one ever knows where to put it.
Lately, writers have been using animal and toy protagonists to tell stories that have been getting darker and darker. The "animal protagonist" thing holds true in most instances, but not in these extra-special "darker" or "adult-themed" stories.

It's a headache.

Honestly, I think the very idea of there being "books for children" and "books for adults" is narrow-minded as well. It's really mostly a business move. :/
Maybe if I break into the industry I can set forth clearer guidelines. But, of course, that won't work, since the media is ever-changing. >_<

I'd love to do Bartimaeus!
We do have to keep the focus on how it was written (as in, look at this awesome diction! alliteration! technique! and how it makes THIS really effective! or whatever), rather than theme, but I'll definitely add that to the list. :)

The Hag
05-09-2011, 01:57 PM
Honestly, I think the very idea of there being "books for children" and "books for adults" is narrow-minded as well. It's really mostly a business move. :/

And, classifying is part of what academics do too. I've been there. (: I saw Maurice Sendak give a talk years ago and he said that he didn't write/illustrate for children. He created the books that he wanted to create and other people labeled them as "Children's Books" because they had pictures.

The other thing about Bartimaeus is that it has essentially three narrators - Bartimaeus (1st person), Johnathan and Kitty (both 3rd person). That struck me as unusual for a "children's book", though maybe not?

Oh you know who else I love! Richard Peck. He's not fantasy, but his writing has a kind of dreamy quality. I just re-read A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder. I love both of those books so much!

Origin
05-09-2011, 03:17 PM
Bodies of Evidence by Brian Innes.

Huzzah for studying criminology.

Bisected8
05-09-2011, 04:37 PM
I just finished reading the last omnibus of the Ciaphas Cain novels (basically Sharpe or Flashman but set in the Warhammer 40K universe).

I'll probably be reading revision notes until tommorow afternoon though (final exam of the year, at last ^_^).

sam vimes
05-24-2011, 03:05 PM
Currently reading Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons.

It's just how I like my horror: bleak and full of death.

Yukikittie
05-24-2011, 03:06 PM
Lord of the Flies.

shinitama
05-24-2011, 11:37 PM
"Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth."

It's hilarious and epic. If you haven't read it, do. :D

Big appleton
05-25-2011, 02:14 AM
L.A. Niore strategy guide *whimper, i want it so badly*, followed by Jules Verne and some Rex Stout

Celia Rose
05-25-2011, 09:41 AM
Currently reading "Something Borrowed" by Emily Griffin. Lame book. Dx

leeleeleelee
05-25-2011, 04:27 PM
I'm currently reading The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. It's the novella that Hellraiser is based off of.

SakuraxTsubasa
05-25-2011, 06:30 PM
I need something to read this Saturday, while I sit there and do nothing in the dressing room at a dance competition. I finished Ender's Game over two weeks ago and haven't picked up another book. I may or may not reread the entire Hunger Games series...

The Hag
05-26-2011, 03:31 PM
The Big Short (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Short-Inside-Doomsday-Machine/dp/0393072231). As amusing as Lewis' writing style is, it is making me even more paranoid than usual about finances (and I am already really paranoid about money).

Blood_Sword
05-26-2011, 03:57 PM
I'm reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

RaeDawg
05-27-2011, 09:43 PM
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for school :)

SakuraxTsubasa
05-27-2011, 10:07 PM
I have a dance competition tomorrow, and I need a book. But I can't find my brother's copies of the next book in the Ender's Game series!

December Wynn
05-27-2011, 10:14 PM
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche. Existentialism, anyone?

RickyFromVegas
05-29-2011, 12:43 AM
I'm reading Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings.
It's a thousand pages tome.
Half-way through atm.

rubyspitfire
05-29-2011, 12:50 AM
the second of the two books on norse mythology that my public library has. after that, probably something on gardening or house design and building... b&n had a really neat book on tree houses that you can actually live in, but i didn't see it when i was there today and those aren't practical for missouri weather. up a tree in a tornado? i don't think so

Jodi Lane
05-29-2011, 12:58 AM
I know I'm already addicted to this Vampire series!!! The first was just released! I am a big fan of Harry Potter and Twilight so I read this one, and it's great. I'm not sure when the 2nd is going to be released...but I'm a little anxious.

Here's a link to it on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Gift-1/dp/061546050X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306648613&sr=8-1

sweetnsassy
05-29-2011, 11:01 AM
I'm about halfway through The Hitchhiker's Guide series. Waiting for my copy of So long and thanks for all the fish to come in. In the meantime, I'm re-reading The Circle of Magic series.

Oh, and my textbooks.

Akiyhrah
05-29-2011, 12:24 PM
I'm re-reading Jurassic Park for the 50 billionth time, because a co-worker and I were discussing it the other day and I got the urge to read it again XD

JiseiHakushaku
05-29-2011, 12:52 PM
Currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone. Trying to reread as much as I can before the last movie.

*mourns childhood in corner*

Akiyhrah
05-29-2011, 01:29 PM
I can read all seven books in a week... >.>

Bisected8
05-29-2011, 03:27 PM
I read the 4th and 5th on the same day they came out. I was actually quite proud of that....

RickyFromVegas
05-29-2011, 03:29 PM
I have a confession to make : I've never read any of the Harry Potter books.