At one site, of which I'm a member, they have a 50 book per annum comp. I'm thinking that since it's about midway through 2008 - we can have a 25 book comp, for what remains.
I have read some goodies in the last while. I've also been away from live journal for so, so, so long that I'm quite embarassed to actually be posting here. I almost feel like scrapping Ceaseless Reads, save for the fact that it's not solely mine to scrap and new life can probably be breathed into it...
Anyway, for those of you who get this message...what have you read lately?? Anything you'd HEARTILY recommend?
In my case, I've been reading a large assortment - graphic novels, magazines from europe, tons and tons of fanfic (yes, I know...*laughs*), and then classic novels and self help books, so on and so forth.
A couple of my recent reads (* near the ones I recommend)
1. The Garden of the Finzi Contini's
2. The Power of Now, Ekhart Tolle *
3. The Watchmen * (a new movie based on this comic is coming out soon)
4. A Brief History of Western Man, Thomas H Greer **** (absolutely loved it!)
5. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
6. Janissa11 's fanfic (Supernatural, CSI - all sorts - available on ff.net ) - WONDERFUL, wonderful stuff. Check out my friends listing too, cause she's on there as well...
7. The Fifth Child, Doris Lessing *
8. Vlada's Diary
And a bunch of Agatha Christie mysteries, which I'm not that rabidly keen on...plus a bunch of plays by Euripides, which I DO love very much so (and available online, at the philosophical classics archive).
So...reccies? Online or otherwise?
For those of you who read Italian, I just opened apuntate
, a community where we read and discuss books together chapter by chapter.
The first novel running is The Count of Montecristo
, Alexandre Dumas père’s most famous novel (starting today!), an engrossing story of love, betrayal and vengeance… if you’re interested, feel free to join us and spread the word! :)
I thought this club was starting to wilt...it needs new life! Aha! A READING CHALLENGE ;) There's the ticket...
I have not been posting on LJ at all lately, and in 2007, two of my resolutions are to stay in greater contact with friends (including of course, that large online segment and those of penpal (umm...e-mail too) status); another resolution was obviously to get more reading done this year.
And no, fanfiction doesn't count. :-) *laughs*
I heard about this on another forum I post at... THE 50 BOOK CHALLENGE?
It's totally doable, reasonable I mean. In essence, you choose 50 books, and read them. You have the whole year. They can be of any style. And best of all...no page counting! Although, going by length alone, some books are obviously going to take far less time than others...the rules stay simple. 50 books. And as an aside, some of my favorite books of all times were short little things, but still had much impact. Such as "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.
So I'm game :-) Who else wants to join me?
So far I've read 3 new books this year, but 2 I started right before Christmas, so I guess I shouldn't count those. The last one completed, and the one which was my most favorite so far was "Ordinary People" by Judith Guest. In this case, I had seen the film prior to reading the book, and I love Timothy Hutton... so... I kept imagining Timothy Hutton's portrayl of Conrad Jarrett while I read. *big grin*
But now I have the task of selecting the next 49. I thought I'd do some online 'research', see what looks good, then head on down to the library. These are 9 of those 49 that I plan to read...
-A Seperate Peace, by John Knowles
-1984, by George Orwell
-Howl and Other Poems, by Allen Ginsberg
-[A] Thousand Clowns, by Herb Gardner
-Second Heaven, by Judith Guest
-Death Be Not Proud, by John Gunther
-An Acceptable Time, by Madeline L'Engle
-Surviving with Wolves, by Misha Defonseca
I guess I'll leave it at that for now. Time to get cracking (as in those book backs ;-p)
So...what is everyone else wanting to read right now?
I have been riding the bus to work and listening to books on tape so there have been many, many, many recently! Honestly I go through 4 a week. With how much I read, with how much I can get wrapped up in fiction, I have to avoid anything that'll be too sad for me, because I'll just sink into it. Lately I've been on a cocktail of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh (NZ author, 20th c, contemporary of Agatha's, amusing mysteries), Lawrence Klavan (film-themed detective stuff), PG Wodehouse (farce), and some Alexander McCall Smith. Also, I'm 24 and married and female, so I have fairly stereotypical female taste. I think that a certain "tone" is something that'll instantly turn me off, and a good story will instantly turn me on (in a reading way). And finally - I call myself a born appreciator. I can like just about anything and anybody. But I am also honest.
Here's what's made an impression lately. Primacy & Recency go first, with less recent or less impressionable later.( 11 quick reviewsCollapse )
Readers - post reviews of as many of your most recent books as you can think of! I will devour whatever you recommend to me!
there's a community, founded by my bf, devoted to recording the first paragraphs of great books. Join please.
Woooooow! I live in Ukraine.
I know you like reading. Advise me some english-writing authors which I would be able to translate into Ukrainian! I take an interest in short stories (under five pages), humorous and somewhat absurd. Besides it have to be the stories of a poorly-known contemporary authors because they usually take out their stories in the net . I like Spike Milligan, Mark Haddon, Roald Dahl and if you know where in the net I can find a short stories of an authors like those and you will be so kind as to give me a links on the stories then I will thank you kindly in the same way! Maybe do you have some stories on your hard disk?
I have been reading by Javier Sierra The Secret Supper, it is a real interesting read. With every turn of the page a new twist is added and it is not what you would expect to happen. I would recommend it to anyone that likes those types of novels.
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Yesterday I read 30 pages in "Emperor: Gods of War." It was a slow reading day. I am going to try to read more tomorrow. I know today I didn't read much.
We need to get some life going in this again. What has everyone been reading lately and plan to read? I have recently reread "Angles and Demons" by Dan Brown. I plan to read "The Da Vinci Code" also by Dan Brown. I am also reading "Emperor: Gods of War" by Conn Iggulden, the last in his Emperor series. I have been reading off and on "Russka" by Rutherford and plan to read his "Sarum" as well.
Any one up for a comp next week?
that you have read recently, would you recommend?
In the last two weeks I have finished up Twilight Children by Torey Hayden, and Sickened (a memoir about Munchassen by Proxy syndrome) by Julie Gregory. I would recommend both of those highly. I read most of Sylvia Plath's "Ariel", and found it disturbing, to say the least. Also finished "Finding Alice", a novel about schizophrenia, and the author is Melodie Carlson I believe. I didn't like this one that much and I can't put my finger on why, precisely.
Currently reading "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" by Anne Rice, and yes, I'm liking it. Also starting "Elijah's Cup" (recommended to me by my sister, and about Aspergers disorder), "The Consolations of Philosophy" by Alain de Botton, and "The Creating Brain" by Nancy Andreasen phD.
So - what is everyone else up to lately? :-)