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post #31 of 56
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I started reading at age 3 and haven't stopped. At an early age, I taught myself to speed read, and at age 11 I read "Gone With the Wind" in 3 days flat. That's 1,037 pages, by the way.

I read most of the classics by the time I was 12-13, and therefore was bored silly with Lit classes in college (I skipped high school completely.)

My favorite types of books to read are pure junk food for the brain: horror stories (hate horror movies but LOVE the horror/vampire genre in print.) I refuse to read anything "How To," "Self-Help" or along the lines of Harlequin Romances. Those romance novels are too formulaic for me - just change names, dates and places, and the story is exactly the same. Boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy ravishes girl (historical romance) or boy pursues girl, then girl decides she loves him, happily ever after.
altho there are some good romance novels out there - try some by these authors: Roberta Gellis [my all-time fave!], Johanna Lindsey, Nora Roberts [her later ones, in particular]. i also like junk novels - Charlaine Harris's vampire/telepath novels, etc. & GWTW is my all-time favorite novel, have read it many, many times - i stopped counting at 100. so over 100!
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Not a huge fan of mysteries, but will read them on occasion.
again, try some of these authors & be surprised: J.D. Robb [another fave - Nora Roberts writing futuristic romance/mystery], Shirley Rousseau Murphy [cat mysteries, better than The Cat Who series].
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Oh - and I confess to being able to read up to three different books at a time without getting confused. I have a semi-photographic memory, so if I look at a book and can't recall if I have read it, all I need to do is open it to any page, read a few sentences, and I'l know instantly if I've read it before.
i'm the same way!
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Anyone possibly interested in picking a book (or two) to read and discussing it? Maybe we could call ourselves the 4 Paws Book Club.
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I dont like the classics!! I would be interested in that group, can't guarantee always being able to get hold of certain books though, but might make me try different authors.
possibly... it would depend on the book - i'm really picky, even tho i read in practically every genre, i tend to read specific authors in those genres. & i really dislike books i consider 'formulaic' like the harlequins, many mysteries or fantasies, lots of best-sellers...
post #32 of 56
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Anyone possibly interested in picking a book (or two) to read and discussing it? Maybe we could call ourselves the 4 Paws Book Club.
Sounds like a plan to me. If I can find it at the library, I'll read it. And since we have interlibrary loans, there are tons and tons. As long as no one picks a current bestseller. Those take forever to get and I refuse to buy a book I'll only read once. Well, sometimes I read them more than once, but not on purpose. Unfortunately I don't have that photographic memory, and I usually read a couple of chapters before I remember I've read it. Then I can't remember how it turns out, so I finish the whole thing again.
post #33 of 56
I love true crimes and real stories of it all. I want the OJ book but only because I hope it is true...
post #34 of 56
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Oh - and I confess to being able to read up to three different books at a time without getting confused. I have a semi-photographic memory, so if I look at a book and can't recall if I have read it, all I need to do is open it to any page, read a few sentences, and I'l know instantly if I've read it before.
So can I! When I was younger I started about 4 or 5 books at the same time and was able to remember where I was in each book and what was going on just by rereading a few lines at the end of the last chapter. I will probably start doing that again soon because I have 16 books to read now. I have plenty of books to readtill the Harry Potter book comes out. Anyone else waiting for that one??

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I am a bookworm and have always been one, as an only child it kept me sane, ..barely so it seems.
I was annoyed because I wanted to read at least 200 books last year but only made it to 160. I'm not sure how many I can read in a day, if left undisturbed probably a couple 500 page books easily. I average out at 100-150 pages per hour with distractions.
I'm an only child also. I actually hated to read. Then my mom made me read every day for an hour and I started to get into books. Now I can't stop.
post #35 of 56
GingersMom -- I started at three, too, by accident. One night my father got bored with a Donald Duck comic book and started paraphrasing as he read, and I stopped him and said, "Daddy, you left that word out." He said "What word?" and I told him. He asked me several words from the comic, and then to be sure I hadn't simply memorized it, he tested me on the newspaper. Sure enough, I knew how to read... and that was the end of the nice comfy lap sessions of being read to!

Also... I read that Allison DuBois book, too. Have you read any John Edward? I saw him speak a few years ago, and I'm convinced.

I read at least two books at a time -- one that lives in my purse and one that lives by the bed. Can't risk being caught with nothing to read!

Snuzy -- your Tabby Tykes are beyond precious!
post #36 of 56
Bookworm here! I read 2-3 novels a week, several magazines, two daily newspapers, all the online news I can get hold of, soup labels, the toothpaste tube, etc..... I have it bad. I used to get in trouble in school fo reading AHEAD of the lessons and not paying attention to what was being discussed that day. Doesn't help that I'm a librarian.... aviation technical manuals are my world.

I prefer sci fi and military thrillers/spy novels, except John Le Carre. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and anything Dune. Love Terry Goodkind.

I'm game for a book club. Long as its not some romance thing (I agree with Betsy on those.)
post #37 of 56
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GingersMom --

Snuzy -- your Tabby Tykes are beyond precious!
Thanks, those were my foster babies a couple of times ago. They were great kitties. I really have to get a new siggie made with my new kitty LUcky. (He loves having foster babies to play with.)
post #38 of 56
I read a JD Robb novel the other week and was pleasantly surprised - I tried another new author that week too, and would read more of hers, I was specifically going for the Godfather book last weekend though. I dont like reading more than one book at a time though, i have trade mags from work to just pick up and down at home, as it was getting quite confusing!!
post #39 of 56
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I have plenty of books to readtill the Harry Potter book comes out. Anyone else waiting for that one??
Yup! It's on my Amazon pre-order list!

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Also... I read that Allison DuBois book, too. Have you read any John Edward? I saw him speak a few years ago, and I'm convinced.
I've seen his show, although I haven't read his books, and I'm a little bit skeptical, but not a complete doubter. I know that we are all made of energy, and that when we die, that energy has to go somewhere.

My family has a photograph that was taken in my late Aunt's home one Christmas that CLEARLY shows the figure of a soldier with a tri-cornered hat and a bayonet over his shoulder. The Revolutionary War was fought up here, and we assume that he may have lived where the house was built or perhaps was buried on or around that spot. Looking at the photo gives me chills - it is REALLY clear to see, and not a trick of the light at all.

I just finished Allison DuBois' book last night, and even if she is a crock, there were a lot a REALLY nice messages in the book about how to help us deal with our grief.

However, I had some strange and interesting experiences last summer within the first few weeks after one of my best friends was killed on her motorcycle, and if you'd like, I'll PM you about it. Because of those experiences, I'm more inclined to believe in Ms. DuBois and what she says is her reality.

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Bookworm here! I read 2-3 novels a week, several magazines, two daily newspapers, all the online news I can get hold of, soup labels, the toothpaste tube, etc..... I have it bad. I used to get in trouble in school fo reading AHEAD of the lessons and not paying attention to what was being discussed that day.
Me too!! OMG - way too funny. I always read my grammer school reading textbooks the first week of school, then was bored the rest of the year, so my teachers would send me to the higher grade classrooms for reading materials. By the time I finished 2nd grade, I had exhausted not only the 8th grade collection of books, but the school library's as well, in addition to the Children's section at the public library!

If I have no new books to read, I'll read whatever is at hand - cereal boxes, shampoo bottles, cat treat packages, whatever! It's a sickness, LOL!!!
post #40 of 56
I am also a bookworm! Love to read a variety of books - history, mystery, uplifting stories...whatever catches my eye!
post #41 of 56
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I will probably start doing that again soon because I have 16 books to read now. I have plenty of books to readtill the Harry Potter book comes out. Anyone else waiting for that one??
i went to the library yesterday, because our spring break is this coming week. i checked out 15 books...
i'd like to say i'm waiting for the new Potter book, but the reality is i'll probably check it out of the library 2-4 months after it comes out. unless i'm really lucky & catch it in there one day...
post #42 of 56
Does anyone else here like the Lindsey Davis series of Falco (detective stories set in ancient Rome)? I love them for relaxation and received the latest one, Saturnalia, just published, from Amazon two days ago. I read it at two sittings. Her books are so well researched, you really learn so much from them as well as being good stories. I also just finished 'Stalin - at the Court of the Red Tsar' which was a fantastic insight into what it was really like in post-revolution Russia. And I love old travel books, to see what it meant to cross the world before the days of cheap holidays and television. 'The Desert Road to Turkestan', written by my old professor, Owen Lattimore, describes a journey by camel in the 1920s across Mongolia, a really scary trip. I never read it as his student, but came across a copy by chance a while ago and only just finished it last week. After both of those I am now rereading Edgar Snow's 'Red Star over China', a journalist's look at the early days of the Chinese revolution.
post #43 of 56
I'll read anything, anywhere. If I pick my husband up from work and he's not quite ready to leave I've been known to pick up the phone book and read the yellow pages.
post #44 of 56
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Does anyone else here like the Lindsey Davis series of Falco (detective stories set in ancient Rome)? I love them for relaxation and received the latest one, Saturnalia, just published, from Amazon two days ago. I read it at two sittings. Her books are so well researched, you really learn so much from them as well as being good stories.
nope, but i always like hearing about new authors/series i might like... a friend told me about the 'dresden files' series, which i've been watching on tv, but didn't know was a book series first. so now i've got a couple of new authors to try out!
post #45 of 56
I love to read too! As does my whole family. We still share books together, reading aloud when we are together or over the phone when we're apart. In this manner I am currently reading: 1 book myself; 2 with my father; 2 with my mother; and 1 with my sister. It might be rather Victorian or Edwardian but I love it!
Catfriend
post #46 of 56
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
My favorite types of books to read are pure junk food for the brain: horror stories (hate horror movies but LOVE the horror/vampire genre in print.) I refuse to read anything "How To," "Self-Help" or along the lines of Harlequin Romances. Those romance novels are too formulaic for me - just change names, dates and places, and the story is exactly the same. Boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy ravishes girl (historical romance) or boy pursues girl, then girl decides she loves him, happily ever after.
I think I love you!

I love to read, and will read a lot if I have the time. I am currently going through a Jodi Picoult kick. That will be over when I have finished all of her books.

I have been reading adults books since I was a child - started reading Stephen King when I was 11 - I would read Christine over and over again, and got to know it so well.

Now, my taste in books is so hard to please - I have a hard time finding a book that I can really get into.
post #47 of 56
Another bookworm here! I am a huge reader and a fast one at that so I go through a lot of books really fast. I just got done reading the latest Jodi Picoult book (thought it was great), otherwise I'm a fan of biographies, "chick lit", and fiction. I am always open to hearing suggestions, I like buying books in pairs, lol, and I need to go to the store and buy some more!

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Bookworm here! I read 2-3 novels a week, several magazines, two daily newspapers, all the online news I can get hold of, soup labels, the toothpaste tube, etc..... I have it bad. I used to get in trouble in school fo reading AHEAD of the lessons and not paying attention to what was being discussed that day.
Lol, same! I find myself reading everything! And when I was younger, I used to put my textbook in my lap during class, then on top of that I'd put whatever book I was reading... of course I would get caught! And of course now that I'm a teacher, I caught one of my students doing that!

Okay, worst moment... getting caught reading in the shower... not bath, shower. Lol!

I can read a book in one sitting, I have to force myself not to because then I start skimming through the pages. But I'm a person that hates surprises and I HAVE to know what's going to happen... sometimes I'll flip to the back to see how it ends and then continue reading... awful, I know!
post #48 of 56
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I think I love you!

I love to read, and will read a lot if I have the time. I am currently going through a Jodi Picoult kick. That will be over when I have finished all of her books.

I have been reading adults books since I was a child - started reading Stephen King when I was 11 - I would read Christine over and over again, and got to know it so well.
I love you, too!

I never heard of Picoult - what genre?

I have every single one of King's books, most are first editions, one is signed, one is worth over $100 and I found it at a yard sale for 50 cents. I really enjoyed his latest, Lisey's Story.
post #49 of 56
Picoult...hard to explain her genre - more of social commentary, I guess. Her novels are different. She usually has a twist at the end. I am currently reading My Sisters Keeper which is about a sister who was born to save her older sisters life and she decides to stop it.

Check out her website www.jodipicoult.com - her latest book, Nineteen Minutes is about a school shooting.
post #50 of 56
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Does anyone else here like the Lindsey Davis series of Falco (detective stories set in ancient Rome)? I love them for relaxation and received the latest one, Saturnalia, just published, from Amazon two days ago. I read it at two sittings. Her books are so well researched, you really learn so much from them as well as being good stories. .
I recently "discovered" these books. They are a lot of fun and interesting too.
post #51 of 56
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I love to read too! As does my whole family. We still share books together, reading aloud when we are together or over the phone when we're apart. In this manner I am currently reading: 1 book myself; 2 with my father; 2 with my mother; and 1 with my sister. It might be rather Victorian or Edwardian but I love it!
Catfriend
That sounds wonderful. What a great idea. I used to love being read to when i was younger. Now, I really enjoy audio books in the car for the same reason.
post #52 of 56
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My favorite types of books to read are pure junk food for the brain: horror stories (hate horror movies but LOVE the horror/vampire genre in print.)
Last week I read: Out of Egypt by Ann Rice and an Odd Thomas novel by Dean Koontz.
Have you read the Witching Hour? That book, the first in the series, was great. It inspired me to take a trip to New Orleans.

I also really enjoyed Mists of Avalon. Which isn't horror, more fantasy about King Arthur times.
post #53 of 56
i like to read, dont get as much time as i would like to do that,
maybe 3 books a month or 2. Depends on how much free time i have.


hehe i used to love the idea of sitting out on a deck with nice big book, smoking a pipe
lol i used to smoke back then
post #54 of 56
2 of my kittens will let ya read to them... Well it is suppose to me to Chandler but they will lay with him and whiskers in the book fold lol
post #55 of 56
I am an enormous bookworm and I read when ever I can.
I love all kinds of books, pretty much anything from non-fiction, biography, to R L Stine's teen horror novels.
post #56 of 56
I used to love R L Stine, someone was selling one of his at the car boot sale I went to last weekend. i love reading kids books (have about 10 to read) and find myself watching what books I pick to read when, as I dont want to go to work with some kids book!!
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