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29 June 2011 @ 03:05 pm
Book Meme  
13. Do you reread a lot? Why (not)? Name a book you have reread many times.

I do!  I generally have at least one book I'm reading at any given time that's a reread.  Sometime it's a comfort thing, sometimes it's nice to have a book I can pull out of my purse and just open anywhere if I need to randomly have something to do for a few minutes, sometimes a book is so awesome I need to reread it the same way I'd watch an episode of TV or a movie again.  Besides my favorite books and authors that I've previously mentioned, I've reread David Brin's Uplift series several times.

14. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

I was quite taken with The Monstrumologist.  Very scary, very well-written, intensely dark.  

15. Do you recommend books to other people? If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?

I...don't.  I find that no one ever actually reads books I recommend?  So I sorta gave up on that.  Every now and then (like, really every now and then), I'll convince someone to try a book I like, but it's so rare that I don't usually bother.  I would definitely try to make everyone I know at least read the first 100 pages of Red Mars.  Give it a shot!
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Holly: Kara wraps uphollywobbles on June 29th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Hee, I was just thinking I hadn't read anything from you in a while, then *refresh!* *poof!*

If it re-encourages you, people will recommend books to me, I'll say "ok, cool," then sometimes it'll be a few years or more before I actually pick it up and read it. My reading moods are very specific and often I don't feel like something right then, but once someone with good taste recommends something to me, I store that information away. Often they never even hear that I eventually read it. (Same goes for TV, btw... *cough, cough... B5, cough*)
Holly: Bill bwhollywobbles on June 29th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Also, I reread books like a crazy person -- I was just thinking about making a most-often-reread-favorites list on my real!blog, actually. Brought on by the fact that I am reading John Grisham's The Testament for like the 7th time.
Shannon: bsg dradiskungfuwaynewho on June 29th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
I have never read a single Grisham. I take it I should rectify this?
Holly: Misc - Scrubs - JD Aaaaaaafricahollywobbles on June 30th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Mreh... if you like fast-paced courtroom drama suspense intrigues with bits of humor, do, if you don't, don't. :) Have you ever seen any of the movies?
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on June 30th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
I...may? I can't remember. Well, maybe I'll try one sometime - which is the best Grisham (book) to start with?
Holly: Tigh Precipicehollywobbles on June 30th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Uhh, hm. Let's see. The Firm's a particularly suspenseful one, The Client's good and has more humor than some (it's one of my faves), The Pelican Brief's one of his better known ones and is pretty good, and A Time to Kill is I think his first, and pretty good, although it has a rough beginning. A lot of them I don't remember the details of very well because it's been a while (except for The Client, which I reread a lot). The Testament's a personal fave because it's got a feel-good redemption story for this alcoholic character, and it's very entertaining, but it's not one of his more gripping ones, and it's the only one of his (that I'm aware of) with religious themes, so I wouldn't take it as representative.

I've read some others which I remember being entertaining, and some more past that that have started to blend together. I haven't read his more recent ones -- I just looked him up on Amazon and I didn't recognize about half the titles! So I'd maybe start with The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, or A Time to Kill. :)
Shannon: communitykungfuwaynewho on June 30th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Cool. Cool cool cool.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on June 29th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Wait wait wait wait wait. Wait. Does this mean you're watching Babylon 5? WE NEED TO TALK, MISSY.

Oh, I think for me I just worry about guilting people into reading things they don't want to, as well, which is kind of confirmed by the fact that rarely has anyone ever read my recs, LOL. I do recommend books to patrons all the time, but I look on that as my job.
Holly: BSG Zarek promises to be goodhollywobbles on June 30th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Hee, alas, no -- I'm pretty heavily into West Wing at the moment. But I'm saying there's a chance you might get a message out of the blue in a few years saying HEY SHANNON GUESS WHAT. ;)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on June 30th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
LOL, okay. I'm holding you to it - a few years!
Holly: TNG - Worf ooo gurlhollywobbles on June 30th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
P.S. Reading your comments below. We should totes do a cheap book exchange at Christmas or something. :)
Shannon: tng picard sonnet finger pointkungfuwaynewho on June 30th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Martine: Scrubs/JD bathla_loony on June 29th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I want to read books people recommend but I forget title and author pretty much all the time. Best with me is to give me the book as a present (I don't mind cheap versions at all, as long as all the pages are in it^^), than I read it.

But I don't recommend books so much either. I try but I know people say 'Sure sounds good' and the moment they finished the sentence I know they forgot about it. Which is why I also love to give books as presents when I know the person is a reader. Sooner or later they will pick it up and see that I was rightXD
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on June 29th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea! Next time I see a cheap copy of a book I love, I'll pick it up to give to someone whom I think might like it.

Anne Marieindigoviolet on June 30th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I...don't. I find that no one ever actually reads books I recommend? So I sorta gave up on that.

Hehe, me too. Usually because most of my RL friends aren't as geeky as me. But that's their loss really, isn't it? :)

And I am absolutely going to read Red Mars (partly) because of your recommendation. EVENTUALLY. I promise. It's one of those books I keep seeing around as if it's following me, and I think 'oh that looks good' and then forget about it, but you gushing about it was the final push. It's fate! (uhh, or something)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on June 30th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
That's true for me, too. I don't know a lot of people IRL who read SF/Fantasy, so there'd be no point in recommending anything.
cath822cath822 on July 2nd, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm much more likely to watch movies or TV shows that other people recommend as opposed to books, because I have Netflix, so it doesn't cost me anything, and, reading for a living, I don't read for pleasure as much as many people do. (Although, Tina Fey's Bossypants is pretty funny. Aha, I just recommended a book. That was sneaky of me.)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 4th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting till I catch Bossypants coming in without a hold on it; I don't want to have to worry about getting it done in three weeks, like I would if a book's popular enough that you can't renew. So, at some point, yes, I will definitely read it - I've heard it's really funny.

Does Netflix really not cost you anything? Who's paying for it? You're confusing me.