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Feb 04, 2007 07:12 # 43897
I haven't been to NAO for a while, thought I'd drop by and check things out, and to my surprise and dismay nobody has posted anything in Books!
Where have all of the readers gone? I imagine there are still a few people out there that go to the bookstore to pick up the occassional rectangular paper-made novelty that we used to be so dependant on for entertainment and enlightenment. Maybe they huddle in thier basements and closets with flashlights to secretly partake in this lowtech pasttime, though it may seem terribly out of style.
No, really... why have books become so unpopular as a subject? I'm sure people are still reading out there, I know I am. Come on people, rejoice in the written word! Gather together and yell from the street corners, "My name is (insert name here), and I am a reader!"
Come out of the closet and face your family and friends with the truth, Hide no more! Bare your ink-stained fingers and folded pages! Admit to the real reason you were up so late that you couldn't wake up to get to work on time! Tell us about that DAMN GOOD BOOK you couldn't put down!
I am just me, searching for simplicity.........and a good hair stylist
The sad truth is, I don't have as much time to read these days as I used to have. When I sit down and read something, it's usually a comic or some story on the 'net.
I'm however open to suggestions, as long as they're relatively small books :-)
When life hands you a lemon, that's 40% of your RDA of vitamin C taken care of.
Feb 20, 2007 14:16 # 43993
Lately I have been busy studying for my exams. So, yes, I have read books, but I don't think that the majority of the people here would find them interesting :P Just yesterday I dealt with my Germanic philology exam, and I had to deal with Old English. Fortunately for me we didn't have to read and translate the Beowulf, but only a part of a work contained in Cotton, Nero, D, IV (aka The Lindisfarne Gospels).
I hope to be able to read some more until the next round of exams in June-July, but we'll see. The last books I have read are the VI of Harry Potter (which I seriously enjoyed) and... hmm sadly enough, that's it, unless you want to consider "A new critical history of old English literature" a valid text for this purpose :P
By the way, to add to Martin's post, I really enjoyed the quote from the Beowulf :P
Let's build a big old dining hall and call it Herot.
(They do. Then Grendel, an ugly guy, takes over Herot and eats people. Beowulf rips his arm off.)
You rule, Beowulf.
(Some people make SPEECHES and tell IRRELEVANT STORIES. Beowulf kills some more STUFF.)
Wiglaf, I'm dying. See that my funeral pyre fits my greatness.
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Mar 21, 2007 22:44 # 44142
"Lately I have been busy studying for my exams. So, yes, I have read books, but I don't think that the majority of the people here would find them interesting"[note: the quote function was not working at the time of this post]:
Andromacha, I understand the dilemma you face in trying to read outside of the curriculum of your specialty. Though, I wish to encourage you to read at least the preface and introduction of books you disire to read.
As I see it, getting throug the preface and introduction may act as a hurdle. Once we overcome this hurdle, we can then start the first chapter.
The start of the first chapter will lead to an emense curiosity to move forward in a book, thus allowing one to reach the end. In otherwords, get the ball rolling in such a way, nothing can stop it.
We can become reading "machines." "Mad readers." Many mad readers (MMAD).
There's that saying, someone said, "A closed book is nothing more than a block of wood."
We don't want to be horders of blocks of wood, we want to be readers, getting past our hurdles of prefaces and introductions.
Of course, time is needed to "do" these prefaces and introductions.
In the case of time or the lack there of, I suggest a 20/20/20 approach.
I gleened the 20/20/20-approach from the pastor of my church, were it is suggested on doing 20 minutes of reading the bible, 20 mintues of prayer, and 20 minutes of singing.
In the case of book reading, we may be able to apply 20 mintues of thinking about reading, 20 minutes of reading, and then 20 minutes of wishing we could read 20 more minutes. Something like that.
In the end, we may find ourselves reading a total of 60 mintues, just because we'd find it a waste to think about reading and likewise it a waste of thinking about wanting to read "20 more minutes.":)
I love reading Russian Literature!!!
Where have all of the readers gone?
The question I ask myself is: "Who has time for books?"
I simply do not have the time for sitting down to read a full length book. I do have time to read stuff on the internet and stuff that can be absorbed quickly. I can't remember when I did have time to read a book, hmmm....
I'm sure there are others in this same situation.
Quoted from the betty's initial post, "Where have all the readers gone?"[the quote function wasn't working at the time of this post]:
"Come on people, rejoice in the written word!"
I'm rejoicing, I'm rejoicing. Yea, verily!
At the university where I am enrolled, there is a "Wall of Reading." I think it is an innovative way to build community among readers and potential readers.
What's a wall of reading?
Please go here, if you wish to know.
As for this forum I'm looking to increase its readership.
I love that word, readership.
A thing I have been thinking about is to just write about what I've read. Well, I have listened to audio books, too. That's only because I used to commute to work.
In 2005, for example, I listened to 22 audio books, but only read, well, the preface and introduction to about 3-5 books.
Audio books have spurned me to purchasing many books and starting many books. In fact, I've so many books and most of them started, that if I were to sit down and actually read one, it be a milestone in my life. Yea, verily.
Audio books have also given me a desire to read aloud. When trying to read aloud, "Battlefield Earth," I had only made it through two pages and I was out of breath. It felt like I had ascended four flights of stairs of the Martin Luther King Libaray in San Jose. Which, mind you, is a nice looking library. Nice view, too.
One thing I tried to do, when reading aloud, was to sound like the narrator. Those people are tremendous in their skill, talent, and ability to read and act out characters in a book. In trying to read as a narrator, I came away with much respect and appreciation for them. What an endeavor.
Now, about a particular book I've been reading for nearly three years -- and some of you thought you were bad -- titled, "Taiko." Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the author of "Taiko," has done an excellent job in given the reader the image of 14th century Japan.
If anyone is up to reading meticulously -- because the characters as, Samarai warriors, often change names multiple times -- this book is for you. Not only does it depict feudal Japan as it was, it gives other insights to Japanes culture, Japanese language, and Japanese way of life.
I love reading Russian Literature!!!
Where has the reader gone? well to tell you the truth she's been so busy working in her bookstore she's has no time for NAO! y'all can slap me later...
what have i read lately? hmmmm
i've fallen in love with stephenie meyer. Twilight and New Moon are fantastic. the rekindled my love of literature. Edward Cullen is the most endearing sexy vampire i've stumbled across in some time.
Also Phillipa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl is quite good. I'm a fan of historic fiction based in tudor england so this scored thumbs up from mel
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic... well it was part of a promo at work and it's good i suppose as far as utterly brainless chick-lit revolving around shopping and men goes...
Anything by Janet Evanovich still cracks me up everytime. Hilarious girly crime fiction. it's all good kids.
Scott Westerfeld writes in a similar style to Stephenie meyer with slightly less memorable characters. I think he lacks the obvious empathy and love of his characters that meyer so obviously has.
i re-read a bit of Bryce Courtenay the other month. The Potato Factory, Solomon's Song and Tommo and Hawk are a magnificent trilogy. You cant go past The Power of One and it's sequel Tandia, though my personal favourite of his is Jessica - it will wrench every emotion out of you by the final page.
Dracula remains one of my all time must read though... and all lovers of the drac should definitely check out The Historian by Kostova. set across three generations of historians researching and reliving the mystery surrounding dracula.
there's a couple of bits and pieces to keep you busy :P
Also, there's pictures of my last promo i set up at work on my myspace (myspace.com/wokgurl) of mel's sexy looking store and of mel dressed as a wampire (i couldnt decide whether i was a witch or a vampire)...
more news in a journal to follow sometime very soon hopefully.
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