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12 November 2011 @ 08:48 pm
Ask me any book-related question!!  
I don't know why, this just popped into my head. It could be about books you know I've read (feel free to click on books tag!), or just in general. I'm in a book-ee mood. :)
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emiv: stock | tea and booksemiv on November 13th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
How do you feel about using reading devices (kindle, nook, ect) to read books verses the real thing?
Arabian: Booksarabian on November 13th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
I was very leery, but my sister and brother in law got one earlier this year and it does look like something do-able. I'm thinking of getting a Nook for Christmas (if I can afford it).
vamplover85vamplover85 on November 13th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
what books have you read in a while?? I'm reading City Of Glass that's been in my bookshelf for a while so i'm reading that lol.
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on November 13th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
I just finished rereading the Percy Jackson series, and now I'm re-reading Heroes of Olympus. I love these books SO HARD!
vamplover85vamplover85 on November 13th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
Never read those book are they good?? I need a new series to endorse in.
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on November 13th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
I wouldn't have read or reread them if I didn't think they were awesome. :)
Britt: Misc  Books = Many Livesbritt_1975 on November 13th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Do you favor a specific genre? Who is your favorite author? Do you have guilty pleasure favorites vs 'meaningful literature' favorites?
Arabian: Booksarabian on November 13th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Do you favor a specific genre?

I do read all kinds, but my two favorite genres are historical romance and mystery (but NOT romance/mystery -- it feels like both are short-changed and so it's my LEAST favorite genre).

Who is your favorite author?

I haven't loved her last few books (but then I didn't adore her first two books) like I do most of her books , but I always admire her skill and brilliance in crafting wordplay, and the books of hers that I do love, I FREAKING ADORE, so Laura Kinsale. (Historical romance author.)

Do you have guilty pleasure favorites vs 'meaningful literature' favorites?

Nope. I enjoy classic books as much as beach reads -- as long as they are well-written and entertaining/thoughtful and I can immerse myself in them, I'm good! I don't separate between the two. :)

Edited at 2011-11-13 03:12 am (UTC)
Britt: Misc Bibliotherapybritt_1975 on November 13th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
I love historical romance. My favorite author of that genre is Julia Quinn. I don't think I've read anything by Laura Kinsale, so I will have to look into her.

YAY! I feel the same way about books. I judge a book on how entertaining and well written it is... and I hate when I feel as though people judge me as less than them because I like chick-lit, historical romances and paranormal YA as much as I like important or classic literature.
Arabian: Kermitarabian on November 13th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
If you love Julia Quinn, you'll LOVE the lighter novels by Kinsale (my favorite light novel by her is Midsummer Moon), but her heavier stuff is amazing (Flowers from the Storm is considered one of the best historical romances of all time). Julia Quinn is great, I love the Bridgerton series, my favorite is Michael's (I believe), my least favorite was the younger sister who went to Scotland or something? That one, eh, I didn't like her, but most of the Bridgerton's I adore.

YAY! I feel the same way about books. I judge a book on how entertaining and well written it is... and I hate when I feel as though people judge me as less than them because I like chick-lit, historical romances and paranormal YA as much as I like important or classic literature.

EXACTLY! I couldn't have said it better myself. :D
Britt: Misc Bibliotherapybritt_1975 on November 13th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
I snagged an e-copy of Flowers - I'm looking forward to reading it.

I love the Bridgerton series, my favorite is Michael's (I believe), my least favorite was the younger sister who went to Scotland or something? That one, eh, I didn't like her, but most of the Bridgerton's I adore.


I also love the Bridgertons - The Duke and I was my first book by her, and I fell in love with her style. It remains my favorite. I think I remember the one you didn't like, did she go after exchanging letters with the 'hero' and he has children and a tortured past with an ex (or dead) wife? Yeah... I didn't love that one either.

Arabian: Booksarabian on November 13th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
I think so, yeah that was it..

How I forgot about The Duke and I is beyond me. It was almost my favorite book of last year (I read the Hunger Games trilogy on December 24-26 and that took the top spot). I LOVED that one sooooooooooooooooooo much. :)
Britt: Misc Reasons for Livejournalbritt_1975 on November 13th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
:-) I loved The Hunger Games. A friend at work had to twist my arm so hard to get me to read them. I don't usually enjoy dystopian novels. But it sucked me in from the very beginning.

I saw you mention the Percy Jackson books on someone else's comment. I just had to agree that those books are so amazing. I love the mix of mythology and mystery. It's one of those series' that I feel was so masterfully well plotted, from beginning to end. There was really never any point where I felt that he was retconning an earlier book.

Did you see the movie?
Arabian: moviesarabian on November 13th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
When Percy was holding up the sky, I legit teared up. I LOVED it. Yeah, the books are amazing. I just reread that series and am rereading Heroes of Olympus (I gotta say Jason is probably my least favorite character of all the main kids though because he's so ... I don't know, perfect? Percy's way more awesome! Leo's my favorite from these books. I can not wait until all seven get together!! WHEE!)

Yes, I sadly did see the movie. It bums me out because there really was great potential for these and then they cast them 4-5 years older than they are, and completely miscast/mis-direct Percy (Percy is NOT a smart-ass! GRR) and don't get me started on the horrible casting for Annabeth. Yeah, not happy. :(

ETA: I was thinking about a totally different Julia Quinn book -- the one I loved so much is The Lost Duke of Wyndham. Duh.

Edited at 2011-11-21 07:36 pm (UTC)
Larissalarissa_j on November 13th, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
My favorite is The Duke and I but I haven't made it all the way through the series yet. I got sidetracked by Lisa Kleypas's Wallflower series and then by Loretta Chase's books and then by school. I've got to get back to reading during winter break. Not that there's nearly enough time during break to read all the books I've bought.

Julia Quinn and Eliosa James had a tea here in Seattle back in March. They were wonderful. Funny and very down to earth.
Arabian: Peter & Olivia01arabian on November 13th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
Ooh, I like Eloisa James too. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED The Duke and I, that's my favorite book by her overall. Soooooooooooo good.
Larissa: Fringe_Peter/Olivia holding hands BWlarissa_j on November 13th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
The Duke and I is amazing. It's in my top 10 and that top 10 is really hard to narrow down let me tell you!
Arabian: Booksarabian on November 13th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
It was so damn real and original and I LOVED when they were all there to find the marriage certificate, and he wanted to burn it, and they still loved each other, and then they were all who gives a shit that he's the duke, he's still going to marry her damnit! Gah, I LOVE IT! (I also liked the fact that the mom was such a fucking bitch and then it didn't turn out to be some reason to make her likable, no, she was just a fucking bitch!)

ETA: I was thinking about a totally different Julia Quinn book -- the one I loved so much is The Lost Duke of Wyndham. Du

Edited at 2011-11-21 07:36 pm (UTC)
Britt: Misc  Books = Many Livesbritt_1975 on November 13th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
The Duke and I is my favorite too! I'm actually on my third or fourth copy of it, I've read it so much. I picked up the last of the Wallflower books at a thrift store not to long ago, but I won't read it until I have the rest of the series. I need to start looking for those. Did you enjoy them?

Larissa: TrueBlood-Eric/Sookie - S3 Kisslarissa_j on November 13th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
I absolutely loved It Happened One Autumn and Devil in Winter. The other two are good but the two I mentioned are fantastic. You don't have to necessarily read the series in order but there are certain events that are mentioned in later books so it might be a good idea. There's also A Wallflower Christmas which is pretty good and allows you to get caught up on the previous four stories in addition to quickly telling a fifth. It's good but not as good as the previous four.
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 13th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Which book could you read a thousand times and never get sick or bored of it?
Arabian: Deanarabian on November 13th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Either Dune by Frank Herbert or Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale.
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on November 13th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
I only know the first one... but really good choice with that :)
Arabian: Deanarabian on November 13th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
It's such an amazing book. I have all of them, even the ones his son and Kevin J. Anderson wrote, but the first is special.

The second is a historical romance, and considered by many to be a highwater achievement in the genre. It's AMAZING!
Vickie: Star Wars-Nerdssarcasticcheese on November 13th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
No question, just a comment. Funny you post something like this, as I read just about 3 books today. (most of one and two other full books). I guess I'm in a book-ee mood too. :)
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on November 13th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Heh. Sometimes us book-ee people just gotta roll like that. :)
she was a work in progress.: madame defargedreamer_98 on November 13th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
I've been really bad about reading lately, although I want to start getting into it again. Do you have any suggestions for light, quick reads that might help get me started?
Arabian: Sheldon Cooper01arabian on November 13th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
The Percy Jackson books! I just love them so, and the first 2/3 are fast light reads. It gets a little heavier as the series continues, but not my much.

Uhm, I kinda gave up on them, but the first 13 or so of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series are quick, light and HYSTERICAL.

Edited at 2011-11-13 05:46 am (UTC)
Larissa: TrueBlood-Eric/Sookie - both in profilelarissa_j on November 13th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
What highly praised book did you read and just hate?
Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on November 13th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
The only thing that comes to mind is the 6th book in the Harry Potter series. I had issues with the 7th book, but it overall worked for me, but the 6th book read to me like she twiddled her thumbs until a month or so before deadline and then just threw crap on a keyboard and walked away. Yeah, I really, really, really, REALLY did not like that book. Yes, I loved Harry/Hermione, BUT I loved the series overall, had she made the relationships work for me, made the transitions, the characters, etc. fly, I would have gone along with it. But it was just so badly written. And got praise heaped all over it.
Larissa: Fringe_Olivia/Peter yellow backgroundlarissa_j on November 13th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
I lost interest in the books around book 6 too. I still read them but my love for the series just wasn't there.
Arabian: Peter & Olivia01arabian on November 13th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't even read them anymore though. I only read book 6 and 7 once, whereas I'd read the first 5 books multiple times. Ah well.
Britt: TV Fringe Peter/Oliviabritt_1975 on November 13th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
1, 3, and 4 are the only ones I've read over and over again. Starting with 5, I was just annoyed with them. And 7 felt like she threw out the entire series and started over. I was so disappointed.

Edited at 2011-11-13 06:35 am (UTC)
Arabian: Billie Piper_01arabian on November 13th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
See, I ADORED #5. To me that's the only truly great book she wrote. I loved it so much. And then it all just starting sucking.

I think I'd put them in this order:
5
1
3
4
2





7


















6