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message 1: by Kara, TBR Twins (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3972 comments Let's get to know each other a little better!

1. Who are your favorite authors?

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?

4. What are your favorite genres?

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?


message 2: by Kara, TBR Twins (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3972 comments I'll go first. :)

1. Neil Gaiman, Albert Camus, Jonathan Safran Foer, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers

2. I feel like such a traitor saying this, but now it's ebooks. My nook is so light and easy to carry around--I wouldn't read nearly as much as I currently do if I were reading paperbacks and hardcovers. (That said, I still LOVE my physical copies of books and will always buy a paperback or hardcover if I particularly love a work.)

3. Caps for Sale

4. Science fiction, magical realism, sciencey nonfiction, literary fiction, classics, memoirs

5. Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures. Well, "bizarre" is straight up in its title. I learned all kinds of crazy facts from this book: for example, there's wasp that stings cockroaches to basically turn them into zombies (unthinking and without reflexes but still able to walk) so that it can lead them (by their antennae) back to its nest.

6. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman


message 3: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6465 comments 1. Favorite authors - Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Mary Kay Andrews, and Khaleid Hosseini

2. Preferred book format - ebook for convenience. I still read regular books and listen to a ton of audiobooks, but my kindle is on my person as much as my Iphone.

3. Favorite book as a kid was The Westing Game.

4. Favorite genre would probably be historical romance, with a good dose of mystery and getting into science fiction/fantasy now.

5. Strangest book was probably the Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami. Not my style at all and had a really hard time finishing the book. Also gave me some freaky dreams.

6. Most recommended book is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. The story is just wonderful and it appeals to my inner history nerd.


message 4: by Sydney (new)

Sydney Wallace | 7 comments 1. Jodi Picoult, Debbie Macomber, Tami Hoag, Karin Slaughter, too many to name
2. Hardcover or Paperback
3. The Amelia Bedelia Series
4. My favorite genre is mysteries, of almost any variety, I also like paranormal suspense/romance
5. I can't think of anything strange..
6. Most recommended book is The Stand by Stephen King.


message 5: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2365 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors? - Pamela D. Rice, Michelle Moran, Debbie Macomber, Sophie Kinsella, Diane Chamberlain, Ruth Park, AJ Jacobs and many others.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why? - Paperback, hardcover (because I like the feel and smell of the books) and ebook (especially if the ebook is free to purchase. lol)

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? - The Very Hungry Caterpillar; The Snow Goose and The Small Miracle; Light from Heaven (this is still a favourite of mine to this day).

4. What are your favorite genres? - Lately, Christian fiction and non-fiction; historical; non-fiction

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange? - Never Let Me Go. I couldn't make any sense of it at all.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most? - Lately there are three I recommend: Anna Karenina -- The Sunday Morning Wife -- King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village


message 6: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 1083 comments 1. Mary Higgins Clark and Janet Evonivich (i am branching out on authors this year so i will probably have more favorites by the end of the year)

2. definitely ebook. I still read some paperbacks but when i am reading those i just want my nook.

3. this yr i am reading more classics to just say i read them, but im a mystery girl!


message 7: by Alison (new)

Alison G. (agriff22) | 1083 comments 3. my favorite book as a kid was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

4. I put this in my first post.

5. I cant think of the strangest book i read but the book I just finished was up there. It was The picture of Dorian Gray. I loved it because it was very descriptive but it was strange because of how a picture could make someone change so drastically and go crazy. How did he ever come up with that concept?


message 8: by Sara (new)

Sara (shesautomatic) | 112 comments 1. Favorite authors - Tim Dorsey, James M Cain, Robert Crais, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote

2. Preferred book format - I like musty old used books. Vintage paperbacks are the bees knees. Although, my kindle does comes in handy quite a bit and I love getting all the free classics.

3. As a teen I ate up Christopher Pike books. They were like Fear Street, but with an edge.

4. Favorite Genres - Lit Fiction, Non-fiction, Mystery

5. Strangest Book - Probably Infinite Jest but in a good way. It's set up like to read like a tennis match plays, you have to go back and forth with the end-notes and story.

6. Most Recommended Book - The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain. It's on the Modern Library Top 100 reads, is a great example of noir American literature and it's titillating enough to have once been banned in the city of Boston. Yet most people haven't read it so it's what I always recommend. Plus, it's a short read.


message 9: by Karina (new)

Karina (karinargh) | 807 comments 1. Philip K. Dick, Terry Pratchett, Orson Scott Card, Mary Roach

2. Ebooks, absolutely! For so many reasons. My e-reader is smaller and more light-weight than the physical editions of many of the books I like to read. It is nicely self-lit, so I can read in bed without adding a larger, disturbing light source. I can adjust the font size to soothe my myopic eyes. I can easily put it down without needing a thumb or a bookmark to mark my spot. And of course - there is no cover to tell the world what I'm reading. (Which I consider a benefit for many reasons, though it has nothing to do with being embarrassed about choice of reading material.)

3. I was a Narnia kid. Astrid Lindgren also featured heavily in my bookshelves, with everything from Pippi Longstockings to the epic fantasy tales of Mio, My Son and The Brothers Lionheart. (I recommend these to adult readers, too!) Also, Robert Luis Stevenson and Jules Verne and all those things.

4. Science fiction (many sub-genres), fantasy (but not particularly the dwarves-and-dragons standard, nor the "paranormal romance" stuff), non-fiction (science, history, psychology), graphic novels (wider genre preferences, because this ties in with a general interest in illustration/art).

5. Tough question. I'm not sure it's a good answer, but I loved Chuck Palahniuk's "Rant" the first time I read it, and it IS a pretty strange novel, featuring rabies, time travel, and spiders.

6. I recommend different things to different people with different needs and preferences. Of course. But off the top of my head - I love Terry Pratchett, and probably the best introduction is the Tiffany Aching novels, starting with The Wee Free Men. (It isn't the best of his books, but the best starting point, i think.)

If you geek out over the same stuff as I do, I will tell you to read The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (featuring language, psychology, imagination) or The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe (a history of astronomy/astronomers, which may seem stiff and boring, but the author is VERY snarky in places, and paints an unforgettable picture of Galileo.)


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah 1. Who are your favorite authors? Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz, Terry Pratchett

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why? ebook on my kindle because it's a "gadget" and I have certainly read more books since having it.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? I liked books by Enid Blyton, in particular the Secret Seven series.

4. What are your favorite genres? Fantasy, Magical Realism, Dystopian/Apocalyptic, Historical Fiction

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange? The Blindfold. I had no idea what the book was about before reading it and it is split in to sections, each section telling a tale of the same girl but she is in very unusual situations and takes unusual jobs etc. I found it quite weird.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most? This is difficult as I recommend different books to different people with different genre tastes. That said, I think Bitten is the one I've recommended most on Goodreads.


message 11: by Adriana (new)

Adriana | 3888 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors? Robert Cormier (master of the thriller),
Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, Michael Buckley, Neal Shusterman, Gary D. Schmidt

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why? I used to really like ebooks but now I've reverted back to the Hardcover. It's so much nicer to have something to hold in your hands to read. It's kind of annoying me to have to read this digital thing...

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? Probably the Series of Unfortunate Events were my favorite. I also really loved this sciency "boy" series called Zack Files.

4. What are your favorite genres? I'm going by Goodreads because they know me better than myself: Children's, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, and I also like survival/nature books. A lot of my favorite books have that theme.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange? All I can think of is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (view spoiler) It was strange all around too. It just was. If you've read it you know.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most? A Little Wanting Song pops in my head. I feel like everyone would love Charlie if they would just read her book. She's an underdog so I feel a connection towards her? She's just one of those characters that stays with you.


message 12: by Adriana (new)

Adriana | 3888 comments I feel like everyone has big named authors as their favorites. They all write very serious books or adult books and I have Michael Buckley who wrote a fairy tale series lol.


message 13: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6465 comments Adriana wrote: "I feel like everyone has big named authors as their favorites. They all write very serious books or adult books and I have Michael Buckley who wrote a fairy tale series lol."

I included a southern chick lit author:)


message 14: by Sharon (last edited Aug 23, 2013 08:11AM) (new)

Sharon (sharint) | 739 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Roberts J.D. Robb James Patterson John Grisham Dean Hughes

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
Nothing like having a real book in your hands! I do have a kindle though and I like it for convenience

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
The Little House Collection (Little House, #1-9) by Laura Ingalls Wilder Hardy Boys Complete Series Set Books 1-66 (The Hardy Boys #1-66) by Franklin W. Dixon

4. What are your favorite genres?
Young Adult, Romance-trying for clean romance, mystery/thriller/suspense,

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


message 15: by Jack (new)

Jack Hansen | 331 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?
Ayn Rand, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tom Clancy, Mark Durie, Kenny Luck, Bill O'Reilly, Isaac Asimov, Piers Anthony, David Barton, Glenn Beck, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, Jack London, David McCullough, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lee Stobel, Homer, C.S. Lewis, Dean Koontz, Eckhart Tolle, Dan Brown, Craig Groeschel, Kahlil Gibran, Carl Sagan, Mark R. Levin, Steven Pinker, Joseph J. Ellis.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
Hardcover, so I can reference it at any time and it will take the abuse I give it. I must say, however, that I listen to audiobooks more and more because the older I get, the easier it is for me to fall asleep when reading. I own both formats in books I feel warrant it; e.g., The Power of Now, by Eckart Tolle, and, How the Mind Works, by Steven Pinker.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson.

4. What are your favorite genres?
History and Philosophy as I am most interested in Truth, a word, I feel, is synonymous with God.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, Betty Radice (Translator). The book is all one sentence. Read in college for an elective course that involved reading a few classic books and discussing them in class. We were graded by class participation.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
The Bible. This book must be read because the Word is, at first, personal, then demonstrated, because it must be internalized viscerally - in a way that affects one's inner core or produces overwhelming emotions - before one may walk with the Holy Spirit in one's heart.


message 16: by Jodi (new)

Jodi (readinbooks) | 1912 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors? Rohinton Mistry, Dean Koontz, Wally Lamb, Khaled Hosseini, Orson Scott Card

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why? I prefer e-books because I am able to read books faster and can always have many books at the tips of my fingers. l also like that my Kindle tells me how long it will take to finish chapters. I don't mind the trade paperback books. I don't like hard cover books though because they are too bulky and heavy.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? It depends how young we are talking about. I really liked the Sweet Valley High books and there was a small series called Caitlin or something like that. In high school I discovered Stephen King and John Saul. I couldn't stop reading It but it scared me to death.

I really like the young adult author Margaret Peterson Haddix and have gotten many of my students onto her books. I love her books. I also have read some John Green books and like him too.

4. What are your favorite genres? I like the serious dramatic books like The Kite Runner A Fine Balance I Know This Much Is True. I also like historical fiction and have discovered fantasy and even Sci fi that I like.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange? I would say The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy because it was just weird, kind of funny but I didn't feel like very much happened. When I finished, I wasn't sure if I liked it or not.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?

One book? How do I only recommend only one? I would say A Fine Balance. It was a book that stayed with me and one I have read more than once and still learned from it. It made me really appreciate what I have and to think about what was important.


message 17: by Jodi (new)

Jodi (readinbooks) | 1912 comments Sara wrote: "1. Favorite authors - Tim Dorsey, James M Cain, Robert Crais, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote

2. Preferred book format - I like musty old used books. Vintage paperbacks are the bees knees. Although, m..."


Yes to Infinite Jest I remember thinking what the heck. I loved it though!


Theresa~OctoberLace (octoberlace) | 773 comments 1. Favorite authors? Too many to name, but Tolstoy, Ken Follett, Susanna Kearsley, Philippa Gregory, and Jane Austen are a few.

2. Preferred book format? I love audiobooks on my iPod to make use of the 1 1/2 hours or more I'm in the car commuting to/from work every day. I also can listen when I knit or cross stitch, and some narrators really add to the enjoyment of a book. (Of course, there are other narrators that detract!) My Kindle is so portable and allows me to carry a virtual library of books everywhere I go. I love "dead tree" books, but admit I'm reading so much more since I went electronic!

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? At 7, I loved the Shirley Temple books.

4. Favorite genres? Historical fiction, classics, history, romance, mystery, fantasy, science fiction...almost anything when in the right mood.

5. Strangest book? When I first read The Passage, I was sure I didn't care for it. It's a strange story of a gloomy future for mankind, but so hyped that I felt let down. In retrospect, I began to really think about the many themes in the book and, of course, did a pre-order for The Twelve, which I read as soon as it was released. Now I'm waiting for the 3rd book of the trilogy.

6. The ONE BOOK I recommend the most? That's so hard to say! The first that came to mind when I read this was Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, a terrific selection in the non-fiction category that was so much better than I ever expected. I love many more, but this is the one that called out when I read Kara's post.



message 19: by Jack (new)

Jack Hansen | 331 comments Jodi wrote: " 1. Who are your favorite authors? Rohinton Mistry, Dean Koontz, Wally Lamb, Khaled Hosseini, Orson Scott Card

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why? I prefer e-..."


I have the same opinion of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) | 117 comments 1. Favorite authors: Nick Hornby,Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, Barbara Kingsolver

2. Favorite book format: Paperback. Nothing beats the feeling of a physical book in hand, the smell, the feel, the print..I adore it. I've recently been introduced to Audiobooks and I have to say that they're really growing quickly on me. I love being able to listen while I work out or am commuting!

3. Childhood favorites: Chasing Redbird, The Golden Compass, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

4. What are your favorite genres? Memoirs and Nonfiction are, by far, the genres I read the most often with Realistic Fiction coming in a close third. Lastly followed by bizarro (Carlton Mellick III) and really off-the-wall fiction. (Tom Robbins, Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore, etc)

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange? Anything by Carlton Mellick III. The titles sort of are a dead giveaway as to why: Barbarian Beast Bitches of the Badlands,Satan Burger,Adolf in Wonderland

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most? I could never choose just one. So instead, I will just put the first one that comes to mind at this minute. *drum roll* The Art of Racing in the Rain


message 21: by Kaitlin (last edited Aug 27, 2013 03:07PM) (new)

Kaitlin (kait-k) | 513 comments Lots of Pratchett fans here! I loved Good Omens but that's all I've read by him.

@ Kara - I recently discovered Gaiman. LOVE.

@ Syndey - I read The Stand earlier this year. So good!

@ Sara - I'm adding Postman to my list.


message 22: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin (kait-k) | 513 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut, Steve Martin, John Steinbeck, Dave Barry, Jon Ronson, Jennifer Egan, Andre Dubus III, Keats, Yates, Virginia Woolf, Oliver Sacks, John Updike, Wally Lamb, Matthew Quick, Julia Stuart, Jose Saramago

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
I like reading books in hard copy. I love supporting my local used bookstore and my library. I do read on my Kindle sometimes by borrowing free ebooks from the library.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
I didn't read for fun much until a couple years ago, but I've always loved Shel Silverstein. I wrote him a letter when I was little and got a bookmark in return that I still have. I also loved reading other books of poetry.

I also read a ton of Sweet Valley Twins (and Sweet Valley High) and Babysitter's Club too. Oh, and Matilda!

4. What are your favorite genres?
Literary fiction is by far my favorite. I also like classics and non-fiction, especially about the brain, sociology and psychology.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
The Teleportation Accident

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error because I believe if people understood better how their minds work we'd all be more understanding of each other.


message 23: by Kali (last edited Aug 31, 2013 11:15AM) (new)

Kali Srikanth | 8 comments 1.Authors George Orwell, Franz Kafka, David Mitchell, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ayn Rand being favorites among others.

3. As a kid I was always in the inspiration of short stories by O Henry and Anton Chekov and many other celebrated authors.

4. Philosophy, History, Dystopian, Mythology, Surrealism, Biographies & Memoirs are most preferred genres among others.

5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I don't know, somehow this book seemed strange to me. Be it its writing style or be it its content. Somehow everything about this book is strange.

6. There are many I would recommend. Like they say different books for different people. If I be forced to pick I would say Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell by David Mitchell or The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller by Madeline Miller

And as for 2nd question I opt for both. Hard cover for its smell, physicality; ebooks, since most of them are free ;-)


message 24: by Lilac (new)

Lilac  (lilac_wales) | 850 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Rachel Caine, and I'm beginning to love George R.R. Martin and Orson Scott Card

2. What's your preferred book format and why?
Paperback because it's real and I can actually hold it in my hands and smell it and turn the pages. Hardback is good too but not as portable as a paperback.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
Harry Potter. I was completely obsessed. Before them I like the Rainbow Magic series though and before that Mr Men and some really beautifully illustrated picture books I have.

4. What are your favorite genres?
Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Classics, Historical Fiction

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
Hmm, The Eyre Affair was pretty strange. In it people keep do-do's for pets and there's a Republic of Wales and the MC's dad helps invent the banana in the future before bringing it pack to the past.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
Well everyone should read Harry Potter at least once in their lifetime (preferably in childhood though)


message 25: by Toni (new)

Toni | 234 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors? John Steinbeck, Charles Dickens, David Sedaris, David McCullough

2. What's your preferred book format and why? I prefer either paperbacks or hardbacks when I am at home. When I am traveling I always make sure I have my Kindle loaded up!

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? I loved Nancy Drew Complete Series Set, #1-64 and A Wrinkle in Time

4. What are your favorite genres? Mystery, classics, magic realism, biography and history.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read and what made it strange? Because I read it this year, Cloud Atlas. I think it was the structure and language that made strange for me!

6. What ONE book do you recommend the most? This is the easiest answer. East of Eden by John Steinbeck


message 26: by Kara, TBR Twins (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3972 comments Wow, I cannot believe I forgot Steinbeck in my list of favorite authors. Thanks for the reminder, Toni!


message 27: by Cheyenne (new)

Cheyenne 1. Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Francine Rivers, Liz Curtis Higgs, Ted Dekker, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Laura Frantz to name a few.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
I love to read paperbacks because they are light and easy to fit into my purse so they can come with me wherever I go. I also love that they are flexible and can sort of mold to my hand as I read. I often find that hardbacks feel stiff and uncomfortable to read at times.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
I loved The Island of the Blue Dolphins and Nancy Drew when I was growing up.

4. What are your favorite genres?
I love christian fiction, historical fiction, horror/suspense, and fantasy.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was the strangest book I have ever read. It was completely different than what I thought I was going to find. Also, the story just had a strange premise.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
I think that the one book I recommend the most is Francine River's Redeeming Love Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers . There are so many reasons to read this book, one of them being that Rivers is an amazing storyteller and has written a phenomenal story that will touch your heart.


Em*bedded-in-books* (embeddedinbooks) 1. Who are your favorite authors?

Many to choose from - R K Narayan, Agatha Christie, Wodehouse, Anita Shreve, Atwood, Sophie Hannah, Joanna Trollope, Ruth Rendell to name a few

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?

paperback and ebook - mainly for the ease of carrying around and comfort while prolonged reading (I would love to see the hardcovers arranged orderly in my shelves, though)

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?

Jess and the River Kids

4. What are your favorite genres?
Psychology, Mystery

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?

Particular sadness of lemon cake, One hundred years of solitude - am not much into magical realism and these books confused me a lot.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?

Usually it depends on the reader's interest, but I think Come, Tell Me How You Live was one of the best books I've ever read


message 29: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Segura (bballsmrt) | 4 comments 1. Reynolds Price, Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Tyler, Lee Smith
2. Paperback--read in bed so hardbacks too heavy and ebooks disturb my sweetie.
3. I wasn't a reader as a child. My children loved Runaway Bunny and Quick as a Cricket
4. Southern fiction, memoirs/biography, chick lit. once a year I read a book from the Outlander series on my vacation.
5. Can't think of one but I forget what I read last week. Finally hope to track my reading now
6. I try to recommend a book that would fit the person. lately it is the Outlander series, Icebound, Poisonwood Bible.


message 30: by Craig (new)

Craig | 826 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?

Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Haruki Murakami - those are probably my current 3 favourites

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?

Definitely not hardcover - I'd say paperback currently although I've been enjoying both ebooks on my Kindle and audiobooks recently

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?

I used to love Enid Blyton as a kid - The Secret Seven and Famous Five were great books, and I also loved Roald Dahl. I think my favourite book as a kid was The BFG, until I was old enough to read The Lord of the Rings

4. What are your favorite genres?

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Crime probably are my 3 biggest favourites

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?

I'd probably say Kafka on the Shore because it was my first Murakami and I didn't know what to expect so I found it very strange in places, but that's just his writing style and I think once I got that, I came to really enjoy the book.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?

Hmmm...in terms of recommendations I've made to other people, I'd have to say American Gods


message 31: by Renee (new)

Renee Richardson (Nesha3174) | 8 comments 1. My favorite authors are: Beverly Clearly, Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty, Jerry Spinelli, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jacqueline Woodson, Paul Curtis, Christopher, and Malcolm Gladwell.

2. I prefer ebooks. It makes it more accessible for me.

3. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Clearly.

4. Young Adult titles, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Horror, Suspense.

5. The strangest book I've read in the past was "Paradise" by Toni Morrison. It was strange because I could not follow the character's wants and desires closely with the unraveling plot that was too confusing to follow.

6.

The Husband's Secret It is an excellent read with exceptional writing to match it.


message 32: by Jodi (new)

Jodi (readinbooks) | 1912 comments @Tanesha, I was wondering how that book was. I just saw it recently and it interested me.


message 33: by Renee (new)

Renee Richardson (Nesha3174) | 8 comments Hi Jodi,

I just started reading it. I think I made a mistake in my last comment concerning this book. I mean to say that it is an interesting read thus far. I apologize for misleading you to think that I've completed it. My apologizes.


message 34: by Tammie (new)

Tammie Tackett I am reading anyones books right now i don,t have a fav
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message 35: by Julia (last edited Dec 27, 2013 10:12AM) (new)

Julia (bibliocharylodis) 1. Who are your favorite authors?
Charlotte Bronte, Stefan Zweig

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
I think hardcover is pretty, but inconvenient... ebook or paperback for actual reading :)

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
very young: Giant Tree And The Boy
a bit older: Der Kater Konstantin

4. What are your favorite genres?
Fantasy (but please no Vampires etc.), Mystery, Chicklit, YA

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
Perdido Street Station Steam Punk-ish Fantasy... with mensized insects and all sorts of stuff :) [good book, though!]

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
Fiction: ENG: Jane Eyre / GER: Ungeduld des Herzens
Non-Fiction: Quiet (Susan Cain) or Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)


message 36: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahlou29) 1. Who are your favorite authors? J.K. Rowling, Hilary Mantel and Sharon Kay Penman.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
I love to actually have a physical book and buy all my favourites in paperback. I think it's because I've always been given paperbacks since I was young and its just stuck.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
I really enjoyed books by Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton's Famous Five series when I was really young. In my teenage years my favourite books were the Harry Potter series; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has always been my favourite.

4. What are your favorite genres?
I love Historical Fiction, anything to do with The Tudors and Egyptians I'll read it. I also love Fantasy (witches, magic, dragons, vampires, werewolves) as well as dystopian books.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
Destined to Fly: An Avalon Novel was a really weird book. I'm not even sure why I continued with book 2 let alone 3, but I did. And it was just so strange. It's mixed erotica (apparently) with out of body experiences, but it just didn't go =/

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
If I could only recommend 1 book then it would have to be The Gargoyle!


message 37: by Merja (new)

Merja (merjafrob) | 488 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorites but here's few
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, George R.R. Martin and of course J.R.R. Tolkien

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
Ebook. Easier to take with when traveling, doesn't need so much space.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
So many, can't put just one here so..
Mio, My Son by Astrid Lindgren Usborne Guide to the Supernatural World Vampires, Ghosts and Mysterious Powers by Eric Maple Nancy Drew Complete Series Set, #1-64 by Carolyn Keene The Little Vampire (The Little Vampire, #1) by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg

4. What are your favorite genres?
Fantasy, horror and mystery

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
No answer to this, sorry!

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe) by J.R.R. Tolkien


message 38: by Sam (last edited Dec 27, 2013 07:24PM) (new)

Sam  (sam222) | -11 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and John Grisham. If I go any where's they are the first three I look for.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
Hardcover, I really can't tell you why I prefer them over any other format i just do but due to their size and price I don't have many of them so read mainly paperbacks.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
The Adventures of Captain Underpants. Loved that book as a kid. I wish I still had them.

4. What are your favorite genres?
Horror mainly but I enjoy most anything but romance. I'm not really big on science fiction and fantasy, I haven't really had the best of luck in those genres. But I would say my top is Horror and Crime/Mystery/Thrillers. My guilty pleasure is True Crime though.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
Creatures of the Pool, it was about frog people or something I don't know but it was a strange one.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
I don't recommend books. I recommend movies all the time but I just don't do books. I feel like since I don't read that fast and because of the result of that I don't read that many books I don't have the right to tell people what's good and what's not so I don't recommend books.


message 39: by [deleted user] (new)

1. J.R Tolkein, Khaled Hosseini, J.K Rowling, Dan Brown, Jeanette Walls, Stephen King, Ken Follett

2. I prefer paperpack. There's just something about a new book and turning the pages. It's like the new car smell for me. HOWEVER, I read most of my books on the iPad cause it's free and convenient.

3. The paperbag princess by Robert Munsch, Freckle Juice by Judy Blume & Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

4. Mostly fiction, historical fiction, thrillers, mystery/crime

5. I haven't come across a strange book yet.


6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


message 40: by Yan (new)

Yan 1. Who are your favorite authors?
I love thrillers, so Stieg Larsson (too bad he's passed away), Dan Brown, and Lee Child

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
Hardcover, I enjoy holding a book in my hand, and it feels rewarding seeing how many pages I've covered.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
I didn't read much as a kid. I liked classics when I was a teenager, more so than I do now.

4. What are your favorite genres?
Thrillers and spiritual non-fictions

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's all the magical realism stuff.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
The Power of Intention


message 41: by Bodhi (new)

Bodhi (insanereads) 1. Who are your favorite authors? J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Majorie Liu.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
Hardcover. They're more durable than paperbacks and they never run out of batteries.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets.

4. What are your favorite genres? Horror, mystery, sci-fi. Those are the ones I know like, anyway.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg AKA Hannah Green. I read it high school and I believe it was told from the point of view of a teenage girl with schizophrenia. Even as I was reading it, I had a really hard time differentiating the girl's fantasies from the actual story and a lot of the psychological jargon went right over my head ATM.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most? Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.


message 42: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 3 comments 1. Wendy Mass, Ellen Hopkins, John Green, Sarah Dessen and Veronica Roth

2. I prefer hardcover. I like the feel of an actual book, I like flipping the pages, I look having a book mark, I like putting them on my shelf.

3. I loved to read Junie B. Jones, the Cam Jensen mystery books, and Judy Moody.

4. I love contemporary books and dystopian novels.

5. I don't think I've ever read a "strange" book. But if I had to choose the strangest one, it would be The Giver..

Well Perks of Being a Wallflower is my favorite book. But I don't know if too many people would understand why I love it so much. Each person is different, and two people never read the same story.


message 43: by Erika (new)

Erika (erilynnek) | 34 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?
My all-time favorite is Edith Wharton, but I love Sarah Dessen (if I had had her books when I was a teenager, my life would have been so much easier). I'm also falling hard for Neil Gaiman--something about the beautiful way he tells stories with so many layers, I suppose.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
My favorite format is paperback, so that's what I buy if it's an option. Paperback is more personal somehow--like a favorite pair of broken in jeans that fit your body perfectly. I've even bought books because of the texture of their pages, or the way they feel in my hand, even if they were a genre I wasn't fond of. If it's a book I don't think I'll read more than once, I buy it in nook or kindle format and read it on my iPad.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
The Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing "series" when I was young (Judy Blume was the only YA author I really knew about), but when I hit middle school, I found the Flowers in the Attic series and became immediately addicted.

4. What are your favorite genres?
I was introduced to YA when I went back to school to become an ELA teacher, and I fell in love. When I then became a HS librarian, it really became part of my job to keep current, but now that I'm at the elementary level, it's harder to do that. I also like books that make me think, sometimes to the point that my brain hurts, and more contemporary adult fiction that reads, to me anyway, like YA for grown-ups (is there a name for that?).

5. What is the strangest book you've ever read?
I'd have to say Finn by Jon Clinch based on the pure creepiness of it. Kind of like a fatal car accident that you know you don't want to see but can't look away from. I read it when it first came out, and I'm just now feeling like I could read it again.

6. What is the one book you recommend the most?
Lately, I'd have to say The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It has danger and suspense elements with enough sentimentality to satisfy almost anyone without being too inappropriate to keep in a Catholic school library.


message 44: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Ange | 22 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors? I will limit this list to 10 authors that I attempt to purchase/read all books. Maya Angelou, J.D Robb, Kate Douglas, Cherise Sinclair, Laurell K. Hamilton, Walter Mosely, Kim Harrison, Emma Holly, Beverly Jenkins, Mary Balogh

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why? My preferred format is paperback because they use to be easier to transport and store. Now that I have the Kindle I still prefer the paperback because they are most cost effective.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? My favorite book as a kids was any book I could get my hands on. I really didn't become a prolific reader until I was a tween and then I read the classic plus anything else I could get from the library. The Hardy Boys and the Nancy Drew series stands out as books my parents would purchase for me.

4. What are your favorite genres? My favorite genres are poetry, romance/erotic romances, sci-fi/fantasy or paranormal, and mysteries.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange? The strangest book I every read has to be either Blue Light by Walter Mosley or most of the books written by Octavia Butler.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
The one book I would have to recommend the most is I know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. The reason for this is simple although we know this book is an autobiography it doesn't read like one.


message 45: by Vanessa (last edited Jan 04, 2014 09:05AM) (new)

Vanessa | 11 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Terri Blackstock, DiAnn Mills, and Irene Hannon .

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
I prefer ebooks because I like having the ability to have so many books available to me at once. I always have books with me, as I can access them on my phone. It just so quick and easy to pull out my phone and read.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
My favorite book as a kid was Nothing But the Truth.

4. What are your favorite genres?
My favorite genres are Mystery/Suspense and Young Adult.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read?
I think the strangest book I ever read was The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm because it was probably the first time I read a book of this type.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
I would recommend We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success. It's a quick read with a great message about friendship and determination.


message 46: by Laura (last edited Jan 04, 2014 10:17AM) (new)

Laura (laura-jade) 1. Who are your favorite authors?
It's difficult to narrow the list down but I'd have to say Sophie Kinsella, Stephen King, Tamar Cohen, Jane Austen, Lionel Shriver, and of course JK Rowling.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
I generally prefer paperbacks as they are lighter and cheaper, however since many supermarkets have expanded their book sections I've added quite a few hardcovers to my collection - can't go wrong with a £9 hardcover!
I've never previously been interested in owning a Kindle/e-Reader but have to say I am tempted by the fact that you can instantly download a book and don't have to venture out into the cold to buy a new read!
It's something I may consider in the future!

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
Like many, I grew up with the Harry Potter series, so that is definitely a favourite. I also loved Roald Dahl and am looking forward to my goddaughter getting a little older so I can read his stories to her. I also love a good mystery and was introduced at an early age to Nancy Drew, who still has a special place in my heart!

4. What are your favorite genres?
Generally, romance and/or historical fiction. I also love thrillers and horror, I have a whole shelf for Stephen King alone, the man is a genius. I've read the odd celebrity autobiography and do enjoy some chick-lit from time to time. I try to break up my reading every now and then with a classic and have a love for Jane Austen.

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange?
I remember reading Angela Carter's Wise Children back in high school and that was pretty strange - very carnivalesque with lots of symbolism that was difficult for my English class of 16/17 year olds to understand at first! We ended up loving it though, so strange is good!
I also remember a strange book in school about aliens that looked like cats?! The title escapes me for now but I recall most of us being totally baffled!

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
I like books that stick with you long after you've read the last page, and tend to recommend them the most.
One book that shook me to my core was We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver and I recommend this to everyone!


message 47: by Allen (new)

Allen (asevenson) 1. Who are your favorite authors?
Hard to say I've read a lot of Stephen King, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and others.

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why?
I'm pretty much only buying digital these days for the Kindle HD (9"): First e-reader was my Palm Pilot way back when, then Kindle 3G and now the HD. I still enjoy paper and have kept some of my favorite Paperbacks and Hardcovers for re-reading.

3. What was your favorite book as a kid?
The Hobbit

4. What are your favorite genres?
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thrillers - a bit of everything

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange? The Invaders Plan Not so much the book, but the entire series was very strange to me - I think I gave up after the 7th book.
A lot of the ideas in King's work are strange. Dreamcatcher is one of my favorites.

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most?
I don't often get a chance to recommend a book -- I suggested my son read Ender's Game and he loved it.


message 48: by Stefanie (new)

Stefanie | 5 comments My favorite authors ( to list a few ) Nora Roberts, Dan Brown, Debbie Maccomber, Karen White, Deb Harkness

My favorite book source- we'll it took me awhile but I joined the e-reader generation, it was hard because I do love
The feel of a book, but it's so much easier e-reading while traveling

As a kid I was a huge Judy Blum fan tales of the fourth grade nothing was at the top.

I love reading fiction, non-fiction, biographies, paranormal science historical fiction and a good romance novel
But I keep an open mind on all genres and will read anything.

One of the best books I've read and would recommend is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Happy Reading :)


message 49: by ❦Dawn❦ (new)

❦Dawn❦ (sunnyd1) | 180 comments 1. Who are your favorite authors? Christopher Moore Leo Buscaglia Lorelei James

2. What's your preferred book format (hardcover, ebook, etc.) and why? ebook, I can take it anywhere

3. What was your favorite book as a kid? Anything by Judy Blume

4. What are your favorite genres? I go through phases but read just about anything except text books unless I have to...right now Paranormal, Romance, YA

5. What's the strangest book you've ever read? What made it strange? Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler... I read it when I was 10 because I heard someone talking about it on TV. I had no idea what it was and didn't understand most of it but found it funny how people reacted when I said I read it. I was a weird child!

6. What is the ONE book you recommend the most? At work I recommend to parents: 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Thomas W. Phelan To staff: Living Loving and Learning Leo Buscaglia To friends: The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove Christopher Moore and to really good friends: Any book by Lorelei James


message 50: by Veronica (new)

Veronica | 1 comments Kara wrote: "Let's get to know each other a little better!

1. Dean Koontz, Laurel K. Hamilton, Micheal Connely, James Patterson, George r.r. Martin

2. I prefer an old fashioned book over an e-reader. I dont know, something about holding that book in your hands. When you hold a kindle, there are no pages and its so light! I do enjoy using my e-reader at the gym, u can just set it on your machine and not worry about keeping the book open or turning pages.

3. I dont remember having a favorite as a kid

4. I love reading fiction, horror, thrillers, supernatural thrillers
Happy reading everyone!



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