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I used to obesssed with books since I was grade 6. I would buy at least 2-4 thick books weekly, then read them continuously until I was done, which only took me about 1-3 days each. Fortunately, I finished all my homeworks at school, so all I did at home was reading. Everytime my family and I went out of town, I always forced my parents to buy me books. My dad always said no, while my mom always said yes. It's kinda funny thinking about it.

I was actually mostly illiterate until I was 7 (the latest to learn among my friends), and I didn't take to reading books much until I was 12, but I did like reading shorter stories and plays. I was a very slow reader and didn't have much in the way of an attention span.

My mom doesn't get my love of books, but then again, I don't get her love of E!

My dad is proud that I read, and more than my geeky manga and comic, but he wants me to start borrowing from the library again, instead of buying my books.

My sister and boyfriend both help fuel my addiction.
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lokita wrote:


ojsinnerz wrote:

I guess my current favorite is:

Lord of the flies. This is the only book I've read in a while that actually kept me interested.

On another note, I spent over a 1000 dollars on books. I have over 120 books in my room, and still didn't manage to finish them. lol. Most of them are paperback, but there's still quite a few that are Hardcovers. Hell, I had so many books, I even gave them out as presents.


I don't even want to imagine how much money I've spent on books.

& LotF was fantastic. I was sorely disappointed with the ending, though. It just...stopped.

:( You find To Kill a Mockingbird boring?! It's one of my favorites.


Actually, just the first chapter. The other chapters so far, I find interesting.


:) Oh, good. Stick with it - it's an incredible book.

Thinking back on all the books I read while in high school, that & The Great Gatsby are tied as my favorite.
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lokita wrote:


ojsinnerz wrote:


lokita wrote:


ojsinnerz wrote:

I guess my current favorite is:

Lord of the flies. This is the only book I've read in a while that actually kept me interested.

On another note, I spent over a 1000 dollars on books. I have over 120 books in my room, and still didn't manage to finish them. lol. Most of them are paperback, but there's still quite a few that are Hardcovers. Hell, I had so many books, I even gave them out as presents.


I don't even want to imagine how much money I've spent on books.

& LotF was fantastic. I was sorely disappointed with the ending, though. It just...stopped.

:( You find To Kill a Mockingbird boring?! It's one of my favorites.


Actually, just the first chapter. The other chapters so far, I find interesting.


:) Oh, good. Stick with it - it's an incredible book.

Thinking back on all the books I read while in high school, that & The Great Gatsby are tied as my favorite.


Thx for the recommendation. I'll be reading that after I read 1984 by George Orwell.
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There's quite a handful of threads you can use to discuss this topic.
Check lokita's post =P

~reopened because this seems to discuss more than just 'List'
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lokita wrote:

Thinking back on all the books I read while in high school, that & The Great Gatsby are tied as my favorite.


On of the things that surprised me when I was in school: I never was made to read the Gats (and I still haven't, now that i think about it). There were posters of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in my sophomore year, my teacher assigned watching the TV movie of it and writing a response as extra credit, but my class never actually read it.


On the topic of classic literature, though, what do you guys think of all the "sequels" popping up? I've been reading continuations of Pride and Prejudice, as well as books that are Darcy's side of things up until early this past fall. One Darcy "diary" is likely to get eBayed off, and I'm glad that I only borrowed Linda Bardoll's books from the library (the first one was ok, but the second one was rather drab and she should have left it at the first book; plus they seemed like little more than an excuse to publish erotic fantasies about Darcy), but the Novels of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman were excellent, and I'm looking for more like it, though not necessarily for just Pride and Prejudice. I've yet to find a good sequal to Alice in Wonderland, but I do want to see the alternative universe novel, the Looking Glass Wars and its sequels.
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lokita wrote:

Thinking back on all the books I read while in high school, that & The Great Gatsby are tied as my favorite.


On of the things that surprised me when I was in school: I never was made to read the Gats (and I still haven't, now that i think about it). There were posters of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in my sophomore year, my teacher assigned watching the TV movie of it and writing a response as extra credit, but my class never actually read it.


Slightly off-topic, but for some reason, I'm not receiving notifications whenever you quote me, and it's extremely frustrating.

It wasn't until about a year or so after I graduated that I realized how many books other schools had assigned that I never had to read (and still haven't read, for that matter). Books like Catcher in the Rye, 1984, The Grapes of Wrath, Diary of Anne Frank, Of Mice and Men, Fahrenheit 451, Red Badge of Courage, Great Expectations (I've never had to read anything by him), Moby Dick, etc.
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lokita wrote:


CerridwenStorms wrote:


lokita wrote:

Thinking back on all the books I read while in high school, that & The Great Gatsby are tied as my favorite.


On of the things that surprised me when I was in school: I never was made to read the Gats (and I still haven't, now that i think about it). There were posters of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in my sophomore year, my teacher assigned watching the TV movie of it and writing a response as extra credit, but my class never actually read it.


Slightly off-topic, but for some reason, I'm not receiving notifications whenever you quote me, and it's extremely frustrating.

It wasn't until about a year or so after I graduated that I realized how many books other schools had assigned that I never had to read (and still haven't read, for that matter). Books like Catcher in the Rye, 1984, The Grapes of Wrath, Diary of Anne Frank, Of Mice and Men, Fahrenheit 451, Red Badge of Courage, Great Expectations (I've never had to read anything by him), Moby Dick, etc.


That is odd...

There are still books on that list I haven't read, but Fahrenheit 451 and Great Expectations are great. I only read a stage play for Anne Frank, as I wasn't honors yet, and only honor course students read the full diary. I've yet to attempt to read anything by John Steinbeck that didn't make me want to shoot myself. I pondered East of Eden, but then when I saw how big that books was, I decided against it. If I couldn't take his 110 page novellas, then there is no way I'm going through that, Oprah Book Club be damned.
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my fav book rite now is twilight : )
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Slightly off-topic, but for some reason, I'm not receiving notifications whenever you quote me, and it's extremely frustrating.

It wasn't until about a year or so after I graduated that I realized how many books other schools had assigned that I never had to read (and still haven't read, for that matter). Books like Catcher in the Rye, 1984, The Grapes of Wrath, Diary of Anne Frank, Of Mice and Men, Fahrenheit 451, Red Badge of Courage, Great Expectations (I've never had to read anything by him), Moby Dick, etc.


Grapes of Wrath is one of my favorite books.

Also: All the King's Men, Gravity's Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49, Romance of the Three Kingdoms
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whats a book?
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I hate Eragon.


Care to elaborate as to why? I haven;t read it yet, but I did give it to one of my high school friends, and she loves it, as do many of my friends. I'm hesitant to pick it up, though, because one of my professors said, "It's like reading Pern again, only written by a kid who obviously hasn't written before this, over uses imagery and is, overall, not quite as imaginative in the long run."


I hate Eragon too because they copied the name (hrothgar I think? the name of that dwarf king) from the book The Hobbit written by JR Tolkein. The book The Hobbit was naming a bunch of random names and hrothgar was on it and i was like omg Eragon so copied that ever scince then I hated Eragon (a lot of the plot is similar to other stories too)
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CerridwenStorms wrote:


JuliaRhys wrote:

I hate Eragon.


Care to elaborate as to why? I haven;t read it yet, but I did give it to one of my high school friends, and she loves it, as do many of my friends. I'm hesitant to pick it up, though, because one of my professors said, "It's like reading Pern again, only written by a kid who obviously hasn't written before this, over uses imagery and is, overall, not quite as imaginative in the long run."


I hate Eragon too because they copied the name (hrothgar I think? the name of that dwarf king) from the book The Hobbit written by JR Tolkein. The book The Hobbit was naming a bunch of random names and hrothgar was on it and i was like omg Eragon so copied that ever scince then I hated Eragon (a lot of the plot is similar to other stories too)


I dunno, taking a name and similar elements isn't enough for me to discredit a book. If it were, I wouldn't like Harry Potter. Fantasy naturally takes in certain archetypal elements, so similarities are bound to happen. My hesitation is from my professor being right in saying that one would be better off reading Pern because of the above.
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frank e. peretti is a great writer!!! love his books
also love sarah mlynowski, but there girl stories....not 4 guys
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Everybody should read catch-22. Masterpiece!
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you guys should read paulo coelho's eleven minutes.. its very thought provoking..

does anybody here read any romances? hekhek like judith mcnaught or julie garwood? i mean aside from all those sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, thriller books.. i read whatever genre as long as its good..
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