Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4284 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1409 times:
Well, it depends on what you call a lot. I used to read a lot more. Now I only read about 1-2 books per month. For a while it was 6-10 books per month. Almost all of them historical non-fiction, with a little bit of Gonzo Journalism thrown in there for kicks
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1637 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1366 times:
Sure I read LOTS of books! I'm known as the bookworm by family and friends.
At home in Fort Wayne, IN, I actually have two tall bookcases of my own--loaded with my entire library of books. One bookcase is upstairs in my room, the other is downstairs.
Here in London, I have built up a small library--mostly textbooks from King's College London, dealing with anatomy, genetics, embryology, etc.--on the wall-mounted bookcase in my tiny dorm room.
My library (at home and here in London, both) includes:
*A book I actually wrote part of and was published in! (Jill Krementz, 1992, How It Feels to Live with a Physical Disability; I wrote my story in it as a chapter).
*My future autobiography (on a Zip disk, currently)--Against All Odds: The Life Behind My Face
*The Bible (2 versions: NIV from my parents for HS graduation in 1994, and The Message, a newer version)
*Lots of medical/surgical books (including craniofacial surgery and old surgical textbooks)
*Some of my old textbooks from Purdue University
*Several old Hotel & Travel Index volumes (those huge hotel directories used by travel agents)
*Star Trek & Star Wars books
*Airliner books (mostly on 747s)
*Science fiction novels
*A whole library of music--for piano, guitar, & violin
*Architecture/interior design books
*Cookbooks (The Joy of Cooking and Irish Heritage Cookbook)
*My old medical records from my frequent surgeries (1975-1996)
*Curious George books (Curious George Treasury and Curious George Goes to the Hospital) and other old childhood favorites
*Airline inflight magazines (from both US and foreign carriers)
*St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Yearbooks (2003-2005)
*My old school yearbooks and school records
*Photography and art books
*A whole gallery's worth of my artworks!
*Steinway Piano magazines
*Other magazines--dealing with airliners and architecture and photography
*Other books too numerous to mention!
If and when I move, I'll need a 747SP to move all my books, artworks, music, piano, etc!
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
PSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 974 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1352 times:
My parents had always instilled upon us the importance and
value of books when my siblings and I were kids.
We could not write in them, and if we did, we were punished.
When I got to college, this concept prevented me from highlighting
or underlying passages in books.
I have been going to libraries since childhood, and my friends and
co-workers find it odd that I will spend my free time there. But
when they act shocked because I know some piece of information they
are not aware of, I always tell them that I learned that from a book
at the library.
However, I have never been a fan of fiction or novels, and you will
probably never see me reading one.
You will see me reading just about any form of non-fiction, especially
history and travel literature.
Maybe I am this way because I've always loved learning new things
and information. And it's not because I lack any imagination.
ABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1339 times:
I tend to read when I go on holiday as in sitting by the pool or slobbing the beach, don't have the time really at home. I go for the detective/Thriller types especially Johnathan Kellerman - have been known to read four in the two weeks!!
CRJonBeez From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 317 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1330 times:
looooooooove books! right now i'm reading "send in the idiots" by kamran nazeer. it's an account of autistic folks that he went to school with as a child. they're troubles, they're jobs, they're day to day lives, etc. one is involved in computer science, one a bike delivery guy, one a speech writer for the democratic party, and one i don't know yet.
anything outside the realm of normal usually catches my eye. next up on the list is "a man without a country" by kurt vonnegut.
last year was a good year for books and i! to name a few...
"confessions of a street addict" jim cramer
"acquainted with the night" paul raeburn
"ugly americans" ben mezrich
"blink" malcom gladwell
"blood on the street" charles gasparino
"the elegant universe" by brian greene
"stiff" by mary roach
usually, the topics that sell me are finance and social psychology. not sure why, but those are the books right up my alley!
it's funny. when i was in high school and college, i swore i wouldn't pick up a book "for the fun of it" and read. then, a few years ago, i found malcom gladwell's "the tipping point" and it was all over. i've been hooked on reading ever since. it's really incredible how easy it is to read when you find something that tickles your fancy isn't it?