colleen the fabulous fabulaphile's Comments
(member since Mar 29, 2010)
I loved Harriet the Spy
and Anne of Green Gables
as a kid.
The first books I remember reading were the Berenstain Bear books. :>
As an adult, Harry Potter, if those count as kids books - which the latter ones probably don't - count as my faves.
I'm really fond of the following MG series, too:Rangers Apprentice Bundle Books 1-8Kat, IncorrigibleIncorrigible Children of Ashton Place 3-Book Collection: Book I, Book II, Book IIIThe Graveyard BookOdd and the Frost Giants
The Enola Holmes books by Nancy SpringerThe Magic ThiefLarklightSkulduggery Pleasant Pack
Petra X wrote: "You might change mind 100% if you read Go Set a Watchman. You might still be angry but not at the same things at all! "
I have read it, actually, and it did make me angry - but mostly because I can see Atticus being the way he was in that book, because I know people like that, and because it's sad how little things have changed.
I kinda forgot about it, though. It didn't leave a lasting impression like Mockingbird did, which is for the best, I think.
You've reminded me, though, that I never did go back and write a review for it...
1) A book that made me angry in a social injustice kind of way was To Kill a Mockingbird
. I read it in high school, but reread it recently, and was just so angry at the injustice of it all... but also sad and touched by the ending.
Books that made me mad in an "are you effing kidding me?" kind of way were The Historian
, The Death of the Necromancer
and The End
(Series of Unfortunate Events). Mostly because they were all annoyingly stupid and had endings that left me raging.
2) Probably also 'To Kill a Mockingbird', though Animal Farm
had a strong impact on me, too. (I Cliff Noted every Dickens book. I just couldn't get through them.)
3) I am currently at 92 out of 105 books read, which is apparently 2 books ahead of schedule. I'll make my goal pretty easy, I think, but I might lower it some next year.
I read mostly fantasy, and there are a few fantasies that everyone seems to love which are, like, standard, which I had trouble with.
The classic would probably be Lord of the Rings, though I also had trouble with Name of the Wind, Lies of Locke Lamora, Sanderson's stuff (though I haven't tried Mistborn), and just a lot of the biggies of the genre in general.
Some recent ones have been Ready Player One, and the Girl with All the Gifts. Everyone's raving about them, and I'm just like, "What am I missing?"
As for quitting books - I'm getting better at it, but still have trouble. I have to really be hating a book to let it go. If it's boring or mediocre, I still often feel the need to finish it, to see if it gets better.
I have gotten better at abandoning series, though.
I like a wriggle of bookworms - partially because I'm fond of the term bookworm, as differentiated from a bibliophile. (I am the former, not so much the latter.)
Or a gaggle of goodreaders.
I have a nightstand, but no books on it. I don't usually read in bed. I do tend to read a bit every night before going to bed, and that book is usually whatever book I'm reading at the time. Don't have a special bedtime book.
There have been some boring ass books which put me to sleep, but I don't think I've ever read any on purpose to make me sleepy.
As for helping me sleep - it depends. In general I find it relaxing and I can read a few chapters and then go to bed.
Sometimes, though, if I'm close to finishing our just really into the book, then I end up staying up late to finish.
The worst, though, is when something about the book bugs me - I.e. cliffhanger ending our just being unsatisfied - and it invades my sleep as my brain tries to resolve and/or improve the story.
I have had pleasant book related dreams, but I've also had really annoying, loopy ones that keep rehashing bits over and over until finally I'm like, "Enough, brain! Shut up!"
1) My favorite is Autumn, but Spring is such a close second to almost make them a tie. I like them both for similar reasons. I like the change after the long slog of Winter and Summer. I like the more pleasant weather, and the colors of both seasons. Autumn probably wins out because of Halloween and my birthday, though.
2) I'm not really sure. I'm a moody reader, and the seasons sometimes affect my mood, so I'm sure there are times when there's a correlation. I do tend to avoid anything too heavy or depressing in the 'lighter' months, and I do enjoy a good atmospheric horror for October, and something heart-warming for Christmas (though that's usually when I do my Harry Potter re-read, so it's a bit heart-warming and a bit depressing).
3) I do celebrate my birthday, yes. Usually it's something more on the low-key side - some presents from my husband and immediate family, when I see them. Maybe a nice dinner or something with hubs. I do like to do slightly bigger parties for milestones, though nothing too huge. I enjoy marking the birthdays or friends and loved ones, too. Some people I know like to avoid birthdays 'cause they don't like the reminder that they're older. I'm like, "You're older anyway, so you might as well celebrate the awesomeness of your existence!"
4) The first that comes to mind is The Sandman: Overture
. I can't wait for this to be completed and for the trade to come out.
The next is Oblivion
. It's the finale of a trilogy and it was published in July, I think, but my library hasn't gotten it in yet, so I'm still waiting. I liked the first book more than I expected, and the second was a huge piece of fillery craptitude, but I'm hoping the finale redeems itself.
And there was a third when I was thinking of this earlier, but now I can't remember what it was - so I guess it wasn't that big a thing.
Dee wrote: "I get a 404 error when I click on where it says Google series search and that is the only search indication I see
Either way - I shouldn't have to go to a random series page to search for a series..."
I'm getting the same error. Using Chrome.
1) Yes, I read series. Being a mostly fantasy reader, with some forays into mysteries, it's nigh impossible to not read series.
And I almost always read them in order. I find even procedural type stories, where each is a sort of stand-alone, should be read in order because there's character stuff that develops as the story progresses, and it's weird to read those parts out of order.
The one exception to this for me was Discworld, but that's largely because when I first picked up one of the books on a whim I didn't realize it was part of a huge series.
(Oh, in the case of something like Narnia, I'd probably read it in published order first and then, if I reread it, try it in chronological order the second time.)
2) I shelve books one at a time. I've gotten better about abandoning a series that I'm not into anymore, and it'd to more of a hassle to then have to remove books, I think.
I don't have special series shelves, per se, but I did recently create a "next-in-the-series" shelf to help me keep track of those.
3) The main thing I can think of now is I'd love for the book link and the series link on the search results to be two different links, so I could go straight to the series page instead of having to select the book from the search result page and then click on the series link from there.
I'd also like search results for series names to be a bit better, as I still find it a bit wonky if you don't use a specific title name.
Conversely, I'd like the book challenge thingie to be able to recognize Omnibuses or Boxed Sets as the number of books within the set, and not just as one item read.
4) My absolute favorite series of all time is still 'Harry Potter'.
Becky wrote: "Sure! I have been wanting to go to Centralia for a long time, so I'm looking forward to it. It's only like an hour from me, so I really don't know why I've put it off for so long. "
I'm jealous. :> Me and Jer have been talking about going to Centralia someday, but it's never managed to happen yet.
1) I read a lot of YA and MG, and those are both usually fairly quick reads. Any book that I get caught up in I can usually get through in a few days.
Books that take longer and generally just books that aren't catching my interest. I tend to procrastinate on reading time by endlessly refreshing facebook or goodreads if I'm just not into getting back to a book, but haven't resigned it to DNF territory yet.
2) Average length is I guess 300-400 pages. It usually takes 3-4 days - sometimes up to 6 for a longer book. Mitigating factors are, again, interest level. If I'm into the book I'll get through it much quicker than if I'm kinda meh about it.
3) It took me awhile to get through Lord of the Rings. More recently, I think the Historian took me awhile. Both were a a struggle for me, both because I found the writing kind of boring. LotR at least had some redeeming story elements, but I ended up fairly loathing the Historian.
I'm getting better about DNFing books I'm hating, though.
4) I spend roughly 2.5 hours reading per day, depending on which train I catch (the local or the express), and one whether I get in my hour of nightly reading, or whether I'm procrastinating or busy doing something else.
1) Yes, but usually only when I'm running out of space. My main criteria is how much I liked the book, and whether or not I think I'll read it again. Nowadays, though, I get most of my books from the library so the real question is for when I actually buy a book - and that's usually when I really liked something I've read, or the few that are unavailable from the library that I want to read anyway.
2) I'll agree with the Book Q&A.
3) There are so many places I don't really use, I'm sure I'll forget some. The first that popped to mind is Listopia. I don't use the Updates tab on the homescreen, and very, very rarely look at the book discussions pages. Don't use e-vites or anything of that sort, don't pay attention to author blogs, and while I do use the homepage recs, I've never asked for a rec or responded to a rec request.
4) Externally, from non-readers, I'll go with the idea that readers are never social, or that people are only reading for lack of something better to do.
Internally, from other readers, the notion that I can either be a brainy reader, or a vapid moron. Or that, because I'm a reader, I'm not also going to be into fashion (of a sort).
5) I've been inspired, so I'm gonna say I'm peachy keen, jelly bean.
When I was getting the emails for 'There's a New Giveaway for a Book You Shelved', I would still get the auto-filled checkbox for "Add this book to your shelves", which was annoyingly redundant...
I noticed yesterday during a click-through that that appears to now be gone!
So thanks. :)
My favorite Disney movies were also Little Mermaid and Beauty & the Beast. I related to Ariel in wanting to get away from her overbearing parents and wanting to live her own life... and what bookworm doesn't love Belle? (Of course, as I get older I try to ignore the more problematic aspects of the stories...)
More recently, I loved Maleficent and Big Hero 6. For Maleficent, I already loved her as a villain from Sleeping Beauty, and I liked the twist they gave it in the live action version and how they handled the whole true love thing.
Big Hero 6 was just great.
Well, I'm going to cheat, slightly, because it's not a new feature, per se, but it would be a new non-author feature.
Specifically, I've often wished that we were all able to have goodreads blogs. There have been several times I've wanted to make a sort of general, book related post which I thought I'd like to put in a blog, if I had one... and I'd rather have a goodreads blog than start a random one somewhere else.
Lexxi Kitty wrote: "heh. Everything I included was focused on books. Well, except for YMMV, FUBAR and SNAFU. I included YMMV because I can never remember what it means and saw it on a list like this posted in one of my groups. "
I've seen - and used - YMMV in reviews. :D
HF = Historical Fiction (Sometimes Historical Fantasy)
SFF = Sci-fi/Fantasy
TSTL = Too Stupid To Live: Generally refers to MCs who act so stupidly you either decide they deserve to die or wonder how they possibly manage to not be dead