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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 09:23 AM
What are you reading/favorite authors?


Since most writers love reading :P I don't know how much everyone actually reads during JulNo, so if you'd rather just share your favorite authors, that's cool too.

This post is totally inspired by the fact that I just returned from the bookstore with new books from my two favorite authors (The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris) and I'll be reading both of them shortly ^.^

How about yout?




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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 11:25 AM


Orson Scott card is my obvious favorite, but Dr. Seuss, Eric Nylund, and Douglas Adams are up there too.



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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 11:33 AM


Charlaine Harris, Robin McKinley, Tamora Pierce, Anne Rice, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bronte, George R.R. Martin, J. R.R. Tolkien, Elizabeth Chandler, Diane Hoh, L.J. Smith, Jane Austen, P.C. Cast, Chyanne McCray, Christine Warren, and Anya Bast besides Edgar Allen Poe are my favorite authors including William Shakespeare.

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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 12:21 PM


I am a Gaiman fan! He's up there in my favorites, for sure. Brandon Sanderson is another, and I think he can do no wrong.

And, at the moment, I am re-reading Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Because I adore Wonderland. Next is The Wizard of Oz because why not?





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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 02:56 PM


It seems like most of my favorite authors are largely unknown. Haruki Murakami and Anne Rice are the exception, but I also love Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Pascal Mercier and Amélie Nothomb. Apart from those, I tend to read a lot of classics and Japanese literature.

Right now I'm reading Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto and also have Homer's Iliad and The Magic Mountain (in German) by Thomas Mann here with bookmarks in them. x)




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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 06:17 PM


Update - spent the entire day reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, so that's done now :P

I have probably five books I'm in the process of reading - does anyone else do that? If I'm reading a book and then come across another one I want to read more, I just pause and read the other one. (The problem occurs when I do this multiple times...)

I'll have to look up some of these authors to get some good summer reading suggestions though ^.^




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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 06:42 PM


I could never name my favorite author, but my to-read list for the summer looks something like this:

- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo [to-finish]
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Moon and More, Just Listen, and Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury [for school]
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett [rereading]

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[*] posted on 6-19-2013 at 06:44 PM


Mel: Ooo, what translation are you reading?

Rowena: I'm a multi-book reader, yep!

Some of my favorite authors include Charles Bukowski, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Catullus (only in Latin, though), Anne Carson, Chuck Palahniuk, Hannah Moskowitz, and Walt Whitman, along with a few scattered philosophers.

I'm currently reading All about Lulu by Jonathon Evison, Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (<333), and Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.




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[*] posted on 6-20-2013 at 06:20 AM


It's an old German translation I picked up at the book fair. I remember my Ancient Greek teacher saying Johann Friedrich Voß is the best you can get in German, so I'm quite happy. x)

And which philosophers do you like? I also need some of those among my books every now and then.




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[*] posted on 6-20-2013 at 08:47 AM


Sadie - Ender's Game is also on my list to read this summer!/I started reading it, and then stopped to read Mark of Athena, which I finished, and then went on to Days of Blood and Starlight, which I again stopped reading in the middle to read Ocean at the End of the Lane, and my one friend still really want's me to finish Ender's Game :P Also I really want to read Les Mis at some point. But maybe in French. Or maybe I'll preserve my brain power and just read it in English :P

Impy - good to know I'm not the only one! It's like a serious problem - I still haven't finished The Magician King even though I started it last year. Yeah. It's bad :P

Also I just really want to re-read Harry Potter and American Gods & Anasi Boys this summer but I have to have time to write my JulNo...help.




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[*] posted on 6-20-2013 at 09:35 AM


Yes, read Ender's Game.


Melange- I had to read Kitchen as a school assignment for Jap Culture and I think that was one of the few good books from schools. Why can't we have more books like that in schools?

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[*] posted on 6-20-2013 at 12:03 PM


I've been on a weird late-19th/early-20th century book kick lately. My latest reads: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and a few Arsène Lupins. I'll be watching this thread closely to get some recommendations outside that niche, though.
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[*] posted on 6-20-2013 at 02:00 PM


Rowena: I'm inclined to tell you to read the Neil Gaiman, which is a love I know you can understand. x)

Mel: Ahh, cool. I can't read German past, like, Ich trinke das Wasser. Robert Fagles is my favorite English translation, though!

I'm overly fond of Lao Tzu (but, then, I'm a taoist), Albert Camus, Søren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Cicero (who is best in Latin). Not necessarily because I agree with them, but because I appreciate their perspectives. I tried very hard to like Nietzsche, but he's a bit of a broken record. Kant is too dull to be engaging. Also, I've recently been taken with Mitchell Heismann's Suicide Note, for both its history and its contents.

Rainbowjar: Ahh, neat! I'll definitely check those out.




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[*] posted on 6-26-2013 at 01:19 PM


Impy - I have this gorgeous B&N Classics edition of both American Gods and Anasi Boys and I haven't gotten to read it yet :( so let's be honest I'm probably going to end up doing that...

Also, Camus! I like his theories :) (I've never actually read anything by him, but I researched his philosophies for a paper I wrote last year about my personal philosophy - he seemed less depressing than the other existentialists :P)




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[*] posted on 6-26-2013 at 02:05 PM


This summer I will finally fulfill my wish to read through my mom's collection of Agatha Christie. :D



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[*] posted on 6-26-2013 at 02:10 PM


For me this summer, i will be reading House of Night series, followed by The Dark Secret series, and some classics besides reading the Lord of the Rings series, and Anne Rice books, as well Enders Game series and the Hunger Games too.



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smiley04.gif posted on 6-30-2013 at 09:35 PM


I'm half way through Anna Karenin.



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[*] posted on 7-1-2013 at 08:14 AM


I'm working on The Mists of Avalon. It's really freaking long :P



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[*] posted on 7-6-2013 at 11:25 AM


I am reading the previous books i said including now reading Ender's Game, City of Bones, and Coraline besides Beautiful Creatures too.



"Why am i the only one out of this group who thinks she is nuts." - Unknown character in new novel.

"Alpha there is problems heading up north we need to check out and find out what it is." - Liam from Alpha Alliance

"Master do you need anything else i can get you or do you want me to leave you right now." Peter from Blood Bond

"Eric seems to be interested in me. I hope i can get to know him better. And not have my heart broken again." - Bella Swan from A Viking and his Shield
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