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So, I searched it, and I saw that there were no threads for books in general, and found none, so I'm pretty sure this isn't a duplicate.

What books do you guys read? What genres? What are your favorites? What authors do you like? And, why to all of these? Do you have any recs for other crollers? What are you reading now?

I like multiple genres, but I mostly like scifi/fantasy. I grew up with a lot of fairytales (beyond Disney), mythology and ...well, Star Wars, so it has that appeal from my childhood. Neil Gaiman is one of my biggest idols ever, and I'm in denial of his involvement in Beowulf. He creates amazing modern mythologies and fairytales (I love the Stardust movie, but it's a far cry from the full appeal of the book, which I can read as fast as see that film).

I also like a lot of period books, classical literature and older books. Part of loving mythology was learning and loving the history that is linked to it, which built into a love of history in general. My dad says, based on multiple tastes of mine, that he thinks I was born in the wrong time. I've got a great love of Jane Austin, Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.

My favorites are:

I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block- froufie title, but I love how Francesca Lia Block writes, and it proves to be much darker than you'd guess from the title. Really sad, but the pacing doesn't stumble, and you're always asking, "Is Mab real?"

A Great and Terrible Beauty (and sequels) by Libba Bray- Anyone I know who likes the Twilight series and this book says that this book series was written better. To be honest, I have little interest in Twilight, so I can't really compare. I work in a bookstore, though, and anyone that I recommend the first one to usually comes in very happy with it and looking for the next book. If you like Victoriana, secret societies, not so over-the-top-DnDish fantasy, controversy, tragedy and just the right amount of romance, pick this up.

Harry Potter by JKR-...um, do I really need to say anything about this? Other than I originally thought it would be the dumbest thing ever and that Harry looked too much like Neil Gaiman's Tim Hunter, owl and all, to give much credit to it? Well, I was wrong, and I'm a little bit of a HP fangirl now... oh, and Ginny is the coolest character EVAR!

Love Story by Erich Segal- Not scifi or period, nor is it a trashy romance (the author is a guy and they made it into an award winning film). Most famous line ever: "Love means never having to say you're sorry." My dad read this when it was in theaters as a film and finished in in a few days just from commuting. I finished it in a few hours.

Cupid by Julius Leister- very good retelling of Cupid/Eros and Psyche that with a humorous tone and goes over all the serious philosophical issues in the story by recalling the author's own experiences. Also read this in a few hours. Two coffees' time, to be exact.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman- Far superior to the film, as I said. If you really like analyzing folklore and modern adult fairytales, you need to read this book.

Howl's moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones- Much more intricate and character intensive than the movie, and I'm a huge fan of Miyazaki's. Once I started, my family really couldn't pull me away from reading.

Right now I'm reading the Dresden Files, the Book of Lost Things and Snow (a retelling of Snow White).
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What books do you guys read? What genres? What are your favorites? What authors do you like? And, why to all of these? Do you have any recs for other crollers? What are you reading now?


I read all books in all types of genres, although I do generally prefer fiction to non fiction. Fiction if more fun, there's more imagination involved. My favorie author would have to be Dean Koontz. Idk, cuz I'm weird. I hv too many recomendations to really be able to recommend anything. I'm in between books at the moment.
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actually anything interesting like DIVINE COMEDY and PARADISE LOST and mostly scary books
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I adore Milan Kundera, particularly Farewell Waltz and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Both pretty much plunges me into an irresistably delicious nostalgia during some specific scenes -- especially the idea that death is your own choice, perfectly worded with the sensation that you get to choose your own tree to die under.

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My favorites are:

A Great and Terrible Beauty (and sequels) by Libba Bray- Anyone I know who likes the Twilight series and this book says that this book series was written better. To be honest, I have little interest in Twilight, so I can't really compare. I work in a bookstore, though, and anyone that I recommend the first one to usually comes in very happy with it and looking for the next book. If you like Victoriana, secret societies, not so over-the-top-DnDish fantasy, controversy, tragedy and just the right amount of romance, pick this up.


OMG!!!!! THANK YOU! There are sooooo many people who think Twilight is such a great book and I just disagree completely! The book is paced really slow and well, I just don't like it at all. -___-

My favorite is Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. It's a sci-fic and it's absolutely great! I love it.
I also like Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques and the sequel Angel's Command. They're fantasy btw and I love them too XD They're a bit different from his other books in his Redwall series, though the series is pretty good itself too.
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I read the discworld books by Terry Pratchet (even got Going Postal siged)
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my fav is Dragon Keeper by *forgot*- this book was wonderful to read. once i started on it, i couldn't stop. there is also book 2...
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I like romance a lot but I usually read other genres too. Right now, I'm reading the Color of Water. It's about this dark-skinned person having a light-skinned mother. >.<
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nehemiah wrote:

actually anything interesting like DIVINE COMEDY and PARADISE LOST and mostly scary books



Iduno wrote:

I read the discworld books by Terry Pratchet (even got Going Postal siged)


I'm recommending Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett for both of you if you haven't read it yet. I'm actually recommending it to myself, as I still haven't finished it. I really need to find my copy of it. It's a comedic book on the apocalypse.
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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Kafka's Trial
Greek's myths and all Virginia Woolf's
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The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam's was fun.

Also a big fan of Dune.
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jmsberg wrote:

The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam's was fun.

Also a big fan of Dune.


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Oh, and spice.


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OMG!!!!! THANK YOU! There are sooooo many people who think Twilight is such a great book and I just disagree completely! The book is paced really slow and well, I just don't like it at all. -___-


Originally I had no opinion on the books themselves because I never read them and I don't plan to. Now it just irritates the crap out of me because it's invaded both my Harry Potter groups on MySpace and my Great and Terrible Beauty group. I'm happy that at least both groups still think that the books they're there for are better than Twilight, but that makes me want the to stop talking about it more. I foresee dark times for myself soon, as I work in a bookstore and we just put up the sign to promote reservations for the next book. I already get conversations like this:

"OMG, why do you have Twilight and Eclipse and not have New Moon."

"Um, because it sold out. If you want I can suggest another title for you."

"*scoff* Ok, I guess."

"This is a Great and Terrible Beauty. Anyone I've spoken to that has read both this and Twilight really likes this series. They've already got it set up for a possible film and the last book in the trilogy just came out."

"O RLY? What's it about?"

"It's about a girl in Victorian England who finds out that she has inherited magical powers from her recently deceased mother and..."

"That sounds a lot like science fiction. *gag face*"

"...Wait, you read a book of mediocre literary value that's about a girl getting romantically involved with a vampire, but you're tossing this out the window for sounding like sci-fi?"

"Well, Edward is, like, totally cute and dreamy."

"....." 'Maybe, but at least Kartik from G&tB isn't a pussy.' "Ok, it's just a suggestion. There's a young adult wall over there, if you still want to check for anything else."
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I know "The Giver" is such a basic book but when ever I think of great books I always think of The
Giver.
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A Small Dark place was good

Wuthering Heights

Da Vinci Code

etc
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Wuthering Heights

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Do you like the song? It's ridiculously catchy.


CerridwenStorms wrote:
What books do you guys read? What genres? What are your favorites? What authors do you like? And, why to all of these? Do you have any recs for other crollers? What are you reading now?

:) You like Neil! I like you.

However, it seems like people are just posting their favorite book(s). There's already a thread for that purpose: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-1881/Favorite-Book.html

Also, there's a thread for favorite authors: http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=2467

Since you mentioned Harry Potter, here's a shameless plug for the hell of it: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-1292/Harry-Potter-Spoiler-Warning.html

And, although it's not a 'what are you currently reading' thread, there is a thread for books we just finished: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-1279/Last-Book-You-Read.html
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i like multiple genres.... but most of the time i read books which are..... mystery, thrill, sci-fi, teen..... i don't have any fave author in particular.... i love reading books... it's my fave hobby..... i'm starting to read the book "riddles of epsylon".... and i'm still waiting to found the other books in the series of the otori trilogy..........

can anyone recommend me a good book?????????????
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