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When was the last time you sat down and read a book?

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Finished the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan last week
Also finished Willow by Julia Hoban on Monday

They were all really good smile

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Four hours ago... Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

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About 30 minutes ago. I always have my nose in a book of some kind. Currently it's Robin Hobb's Farseer triology, Book 3, Assassin's Quest.

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Just last night, I took another stab at Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now. I started this book in April, but still dawdling around pg 79 , where Fisker is discussed (at great length).

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The wind up bird chronicle by Murakami Haruki


Great choice in contemporary Japanese fiction. I think some of his most quirky an memorable characters are from this novel: Malta and Creta Kano, Noboru Wataya (the cat), Noboru Wataya (the politician), Lieutenant Mamiya, and Cinnamon and Nutmeg Akasaka.


It made me go "eh?" too many times. laugh
Speaking of Murakami... Finished After the Quake last week.
My fav was Honey Pie. Bears...
The Frong one was so weird... I even looked up the Japanese word for "frog" because he kept insisting "Please, just Frog"

Now I'm wavering between Sputnik Sweetheart and Norwegian Wood.

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Just last night, I took another stab at Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now. I started this book in April, but still dawdling around pg 79 , where Fisker is discussed (at great length).

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The wind up bird chronicle by Murakami Haruki


Great choice in contemporary Japanese fiction. I think some of his most quirky an memorable characters are from this novel: Malta and Creta Kano, Noboru Wataya (the cat), Noboru Wataya (the politician), Lieutenant Mamiya, and Cinnamon and Nutmeg Akasaka.


It made me go "eh?" too many times. laugh
Speaking of Murakami... Finished After the Quake last week.
My fav was Honey Pie. Bears...
The Frong one was so weird... I even looked up the Japanese word for "frog" because he kept insisting "Please, just Frog"

Now I'm wavering between Sputnik Sweetheart and Norwegian Wood.


Although objectively Norwegian Wood is probably the better novel, you'll probably like Sputnik Sweetheart more. I think it'll appeal more to your tastes.

Murakami is a favorite of mine, although it is wholly debatable how Japanese his writing actually is (he's not really a post-war writer, Wind-Up Bird aside, which has been a constant point of contention with writers like Oe Kenzaburo.)

I was reading a compilation of Georges Perec's Things: A Tale of the Sixties and A Man Asleep yesterday. Perec is utterly insane, but that makes his writing all the more interesting. Really, who else writes an entire novel in conditional tense and actually has the ability to make it readable?

Other than that, I've been working my way through Primo Levi's The Sixth Day. "Mnemogouges" is my favorite thus far, though the whole collection is little sci-fi for my tastes.



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Re-read This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen...really want to know when she's going to write her next book, it's been so long since the last cry


I love that book biggrin .
It's my second favorite by her (Just Listen is the first.)
Along for the Ride just came out last year, so it might be awhile until her new book comes out...considering she just had a new kid a bit ago.
I know...I'm going on major Dessen withdrawal </melodramatics.>
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She's my favorite author XD
I've been waiting impatiently since Along for the Ride came out...had to find similar authors, such as Deb Caletti, and more. Also waiting for Gayle Forman's books (Author of If I Stay, I cried throughout the whole book T_T)

Read Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti (Because of the reviews saying her writing is similar to Sarah Dessen's <--They are SO wrong!). Hated it. Ugh, it was so cliche. <_< ; Read Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman, really liked it. It was a pretty unique story.
Planning on re-reading The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti.


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A month or two ago.
I was reading Pride & Prejudice.

I checked out another book today.
My English class requires us to read a British Lit book every semester...
So I chose a Fifth Child. (Because it's short. lol)

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2 weeks ago, for my yearly To Kill a Mockingbird session. too broke to buy a new book.

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If you count a light novel as a book than today, the last time that I read a novel was two weeks ago.

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Still haven't read a novel since 2009.

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I have know idea. I read a books all the time. completed any of them? no.
The last book i remember reading from cover to cover was the first hary potter book about 5 years ago i think. this allowed me to confirm that harry potter is a piece of crap and necr continued the series or the movie.

I have rstarted many books over the years but i have never been intersted enough to complete them.
I have read a lot of graphic novel in place of novels. lol.
everything from
300
Batman Year One
Hush Returns
V for Vendetta
Marvel Civil War
Marvel 1602
No Mans Land
Batman the killing joke by Alan moore
and many, many more and even more manga's like GITS 1.5 and Domu.

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Although objectively Norwegian Wood is probably the better novel, you'll probably like Sputnik Sweetheart more. I think it'll appeal more to your tastes.


Bingo~!
That's the one I was leaning towards more (and got further along).
After about 30 pages though, I wanted to Smack Sumire. Wth?
But let's see how it develops...

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Murakami is a favorite of mine, although it is wholly debatable how Japanese his writing actually is (he's not really a post-war writer, Wind-Up Bird aside, which has been a constant point of contention with writers like Oe Kenzaburo.)


Not that I would recognize (let alone care) how Japanese or not someone's writing is. laugh

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My parents say books waste my time. I used to read too much...


On topic, currently reading Julius Caesar for school...also reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth by someone @_@....Also read Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick a while ago...addictive, but didn't really like it that much? Also read part of Fallen, mainly because of the reviews I'd read of it. Couldn't finish it, it was so boring...I actually fell asleep while reading it...

Can't blame your parents. Reading crap like that is a waste of time (though sometimes it's nice to waste time—sometimes).


Well, I won't know if it's crap or not until I read it. And I have a lot of time to waste anyways.

It's good to waste time sometimes, but time to waste can be used to something creative instead. And it seems to me that you only choose crap to read anyways, so you'll never know anything else than crap. And Julius Caesar, but that's for school, so you are biased already. Besides, suddenly having to read that kind of stuff, it's very unlikely that you can enjoy it fullest.

Anyways, I call it crap for the effect. It doesn't mean it's plain bad. It's just mainstream entertainment. Entertainment is necessary, of course, but too much mainstream entertainment makes you stupid (or stupider).

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I have read a lot of graphic novel in place of novels. lol.
everything from
300
Batman Year One
Hush Returns
V for Vendetta
Marvel Civil War
Marvel 1602
No Mans Land
Batman the killing joke by Alan moore
and many, many more and even more manga's like GITS 1.5 and Domu.

This topic is about books. I think there's another for graphic novels. But now that you started, I'd like to recommend Nikopol Trilogy. It's French, but there's English version too.

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Not that I would recognize (let alone care) how Japanese or not someone's writing is. laugh

And who cares? How Japanese can a book even be when you're reading a translation?

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It's good to waste time sometimes, but time to waste can be used to something creative instead. And it seems to me that you only choose crap to read anyways, so you'll never know anything else than crap. And Julius Caesar, but that's for school, so you are biased already. Besides, suddenly having to read that kind of stuff, it's very unlikely that you can enjoy it fullest.

Anyways, I call it crap for the effect. It doesn't mean it's plain bad. It's just mainstream entertainment. Entertainment is necessary, of course, but too much mainstream entertainment makes you stupid (or stupider).


I'm pretty much with you on this one.
Pure mainstream entertainment (and sometimes actual crap-books) is excellent as a palate cleanser, so to speak, from time to time. But it shouldn't be the main part of what one reads, if you ask my humble opinion.
I must confess that I'm not very familiar with the list of books mentioned by Hira1994 (1994...? Is that the year of your birth? Such fresh young things wandering about here.) So I can't really make any judgements on them. (Though I did check a few of the titles out online and the descriptions did cause the "dirge" warning to go off in me. But maybe I'm not really supposed to be the target audience.)

What I mainly reacted against was the parents somewhat sweeping statement that books is a waste of time. I'd say that it depends on what one reads not. (If you only read shite, then yes, it might be a waste of time. But books is never a waste.)
But yes, I agree that maybe some people need to expand their reading beyond these types of books.

...I'm not quite sure what I'm trying to say. Heh, I'm rambling. Lack of sleep will do that to you.

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2 weeks ago, for my yearly To Kill a Mockingbird session. too broke to buy a new book.


Go to the library?
To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book though, I haven't read it in years... maybe I should get it out again. Thank you for reminding me.

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last time was in my English 102 class in college, it was like bunch of essays put together in a book...and the last time i really read a "book" was probably in high school for my english class i thing

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