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What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:40 pm
by be my escape
Discuss the books you are reading here!!

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:42 pm
by debussygirl
Yay, first post!
I'm reading Villette and Book Thief. Still. Haven't had much time to read, unfortunately.

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:49 pm
by xXBeSafeXx
I almost read the book thief once, but didn't get it because I wasn't sure from the excert on the back if it would be good or not. Is it good?

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:56 pm
by debussygirl
Yeah, so far but I haven't had much time to read so I'm a little less than half-way through. But I heard it's sad, since after all it is about Nazi Germany.

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:50 pm
by Starless*Eyes
Funny this thread should come up. Just five minutes ago I caught myself and noticed that I'm not really reading anything at the moment. Which is quite the shocker, I should go start one of the books I've bought.
Well actually, I'm reading The Lovely Bones which I took out from my school's library. But I haven't gotten into it completely and I feel like reading something supernatural.

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:05 pm
by a_n_n_a
For AP Lit we just started reading "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. I've only read one chapter but so far have found myself enjoying it. In the back of my head it's a book I've always wanted to read but never really thought about, the same goes for "The Great Gatsby".

I still have to read "Pretties" by Scott Westerfeld since I read "Uglies" and found it pretty enjoyable. I've heard that it is quite good, too.

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:54 pm
by keds723
a_n_n_a wrote:For AP Lit we just started reading "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. I've only read one chapter but so far have found myself enjoying it. In the back of my head it's a book I've always wanted to read but never really thought about, the same goes for "The Great Gatsby".

I still have to read "Pretties" by Scott Westerfeld since I read "Uglies" and found it pretty enjoyable. I've heard that it is quite good, too.


I decided to read the unabridged version of "Great Expectations" when I was in freshman lit and I kicked myself in the rear many times to get through it.

I am afraid that even though "The Great Gatsby" was a wonderful book in it's own right, certain teachers (who will remain nameless unless they be a secret Twilight fan and are on this website) have ruined it by making allusions to Gatsby being Jesus.

I also have tried to read "The Book Thief," but for some reason after the first time I read it, I just didn't pick it up again. I recommend "Atonement" by Ian McEwan and "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. (The Historian is also a novel about vampires. I love it so much. Almost as much as Twilight saga...but not nearly as much ;) )

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:12 pm
by xXBeSafeXx
I read the abridged Illustrated Classics version of Great Expectations years ago, and it was good. I've got to read pretties, too. I think I'm about to just give up my search and read Specials, since I have 2 copies of that. :lol:

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:33 pm
by AtomicStar
I'm reading Vamps In The City by Kerrelyn Sparks. It's certainly no Twilight, but it's entertaining enough. Very spicy love scenes, too.... :o :shock:

Re: What are you reading?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:53 pm
by ariake76
OK regarding Eragon from the last thread... I read the replies of everybody who both liked and didn't like it, was glad to see I wasn't alone and also, I will continue to read it because of the good recommendation of one reader (sorry.... new.... still learning names...). Thanks for your comments! Maybe it's just a slow build, Harry Potter was for me as well.

Regarding that Paolini was 19 when it was written, I gotta say, I'm aware of that.... but while I think it's impressive and terrific, I'm a writer also (published) and I know the business is absolutely brutal. It takes a tremendous amount of good fortune and "grooming" as well as talent to have one's books take on as high a profile as Paolini's books have. They are front-and-center in every bookstore, in Target, you name it-- so I was expecting Eragon to be enthralling at least within the first 50 pages. With Twilight I could immediately see what the schtick was-- as I've said before, I'm not a vampire-fic reader and I'm not a young adult either, but as soon as I began reading it I was like, "A lunch table full of vampires? Neat!" and "Why ARE his eyes changing color??" For me it was "Aha, right away I can see why these books have blown up so big." And with Eragon it's been, "what's the big deal?" He sure writes well for a 19-year-old, but at the end of the day a book is about the story, not the author, you know?... I would want people to read my stuff and say, "wow, that story was great," not "she sure wrote a good book for having had SpongeBob playing three feet away from her ear the entire time."

That said, thanks, I'll be reading more Eragon :-)