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Posted on: Apr 1, 2010 05:04PM
I've been receiving marvelous book suggestions on another thread and it was recommended that I start a Book Lovers thread. This is not for BC or health books -- this is pure escapism!!! I've collated the suggestions (with snippets describing the plots) I've received thus far. Please post your recommendations too!!
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Jul 17, 2017 08:26AM ruthbru wrote:
Anyone else recognize themselves in this list?10 Things Only Hardcore Bookworms Do
COLUMN BY GABINO IGLESIAS JUNE 30, 2017
You probably know more than one and, if you're reading this, there's a staggering probability that you are one. I'm talking about bookworms. You can also call them book fans, book people, book freaks, book lovers, etc. All those names work, but it's their actions that I want to talk about today. Bookworms are weird for a plethora of reasons and, when it comes to reading, books, and literature, they occupy a special mental/physical space characterized by stacks of books everywhere, constant purchases, passionate discussions, and a few other things. All those elements coalesce into strange behavior. Trust me, I know. Here are ten things most hardcore bookworms do.1. Constantly buy books
We buy books. We buy books all the time. We buy books when we don't have money for other things, and when we have money for other things we buy more books than usual. We think in terms of buying books first and then about food, rent, and the electric bill. We buy books minutes after having to walk around stacks of unread books to leave the house. It doesn't matter that the apocalypse could come tomorrow and we could spend the rest of our lives reading and not run out of reading material. What matters is that we have books to read if we want to read them. We buy books because they are great and smell good and feel right and occupy empty space and they're our friends.2. Buy the same book more than once
We buy books because they are great and smell good and feel right and occupy empty space and they're our friends.
"I don't have this edition." "This cover is too amazing to pass up." "This one is signed." "This is the one I had when I was a kid." "This is only a dollar!" "I'll keep it around and give it away to someone later." I've even used this one to rationalize the purchase of a third edition of Langston Hughes' The Dream Keeper and Other Poems: "I mean, I have two editions already, but this one's illustrated!" Yeah, hardcore bookworms will come up with amazing reasons why they "need" to buy a book they already have. On the other hand, we will also buy the same book twice by accident. It's there and it's affordable...and we're not going to drive home and look through our piles for it: we're going to buy it again.3. Judge people by their books/shelves
I know this one is tough to swallow. I also know some of you will debate that you're better human beings than me and you are above and beyond judging others. Well, fuck it, I'm being brutally honest here and being judgmental has kept me alive this far, so I'm gonna keep doing it. If you invite me to your house and give me a tour of it and I don't see a single book, I kinda want to get out of there because who the hell doesn't own at least a couple of books? A house without books is like a body without a soul. If you do have some books, us bookworms will find a way to sniff them out and study them. Then, silently and with a smile on our faces, we will judge you. John Waters said "If you go home with somebody and they don't have books, don't fuck them," and I think most bookworms agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly. Likewise, we will probably change the way we feel about you based on the quality of the books on your shelves. For me, the books you own/read and the way you treat animals are the two factors that lie at the top of the list. You read good shit and you're good to animals, I'll get down with you even if you're a mercenary. Is this horrible? Yes. Is this unfair because "good books" is a subjective term? Yes. Does it matter to us? Nope. Will we change or stop doing it? Yeah...no.4. Get ridiculously excited about new books
We've had a bad day at work, but then we come home to a package. Inside that package is the new book we've been waiting for. Day made. The gloom that preceded the opening of that package disappears like morning fog once the sun comes out. We even get excited when a writer whose work we love announces a new book. Sure, it's months away, sometimes a year or more into the future, but we know about it now and we get excited about it now because books are awesome.5. Obsess about which books to take on a trip
I sometimes bring less shirts than I'll need and I've had to wash my socks and hang them to dry on the curtain rod in hotels across the world, but I always bring some great reading material. I also bring much more than I'll need because...reasons. Normal people will bring their electronic reading device or a novel when they go on a trip. Not hardcore bookworms. No, we bring five or six novels. We might bring something we're in the middle of and a few new books to crack open along the way. We are experts at airport survival. We don't watch the crappy movies on the airplane. We don't care if we're alone on the plane. We got books, so we're good.6. Keep books everywhere
This is not a joke; I really mean everywhere. We have books in the car, in our backpack, on top of the desk, in the living room, on the floor, inside our backpack, on the kitchen counter, in the bathroom, next to the bed, next to the sofa, in the shelves...you get the point. I even installed a single shelf on top of my toilet because you never know when you might have to stay locked in there for some bizarre reason. When we move, the books are a priority. When we clean, the books get cleaned first. When the water is coming in under the door, we save the books first and fuck the furniture.7. We read everywhere and at any time
That's why we keep books everywhere. We read at home, in the car, in the bathroom, on the bus, on the train, while waiting for a doctor's appointment, while in line at the grocery store, at the bus stop, while waiting for the water to boil...hell, some hardcore bookworms prepare a nice bath and read while half submerged in warm water. We also read at any time. It's never too early or too late to read. It's never too cold or too hot to read. We just read. Reading is what we do.8. Read various books simultaneously
Another tricky one. Some folks read two books at once. Some read five simultaneously. Some read ten because they like the constant shifting and enjoy variety and not getting tired of the same book. As a reviewer, I sometimes read 40 books at once. It's glorious. It's easy to see how the multiple-book mayhem happens. You're somewhere and someone whose opinion you respect recommends a book. That book is on your shelves or stacks. You crack it open. The next day, there's a new novel you've been waiting for in the mailbox, so you immediately start reading it. If you're a hardcore bookworm, you've been there, and you know that, despite what some regular readers think, there's nothing special or particularly challenging about it. Just like you can watch a few different shows or talk to different people every day, you can switch between books all you want.9. Have a strange concept of time
Sometimes we think of time as pages or chapters. Other times, we completely lose track of time. You have to shower and get ready, but you want to read one more chapter. Congrats, an hour goes by and you're late. Again. We've all been there. For hardcore bookworms, there are times in which a narrative overpowers everything else and holds us hostage for an inordinate amount of time. Read through the night and be tired at work? Sure. Be late to an event because we were reading? A bunch of times. Cancel something you didn't feel like going to because that novel is just so damn good? Yup.10. Get passionate about books
Hardcore bookworms are usually very passionate people. I didn't say loud, I said passionate. Talk to one of us about reading, our favorite authors, or anything else having to do with books and you'll see. Passion also translates into the ability to academically deconstruct a narrative in order to discuss it...and then turn around and have a screaming match about the fact that people who refuse to use bookmarks and instead bend the cover/pages back are monsters (looking at you, Max Booth III). We love books and we want others to love books as much as we do, and that's a good things because books and reading make the world a better, smarter place.
Jul 17, 2017 04:06PM MinusTwo wrote:
Fantastic Ruth. Suits me to a "T".
Jul 17, 2017 05:23PM pingpong1953 wrote:
I hope I'm not the only one here who has been known to read a book more than once. I reread Rosamunde Pilcher's book "Coming Home" so many times (and lent it to so many people) that I had to buy another copy. And a third copy. Reading a book like that is like listening to wonderful music. And who listens to wonderful music just once?
Jul 17, 2017 07:06PM MinusTwo wrote:
Welcome PingPong - Nope, I have books I've read many times on my shelves.
Jul 17, 2017 09:16PM Valstim52 wrote:
I am on my 4th copy of Cane River by Lalita Tadamy. My girls have read it, lost it, then passed it back.
Jul 17, 2017 10:54PM MinusTwo wrote:
Val - had to look that up. It will be on my list when I do an Amazon order in the fall.
Jul 18, 2017 03:50PM Valstim52 wrote:
It is really an interesting read.
Jul 18, 2017 07:09PM ruthbru wrote:
I just read Rachel Joyce's The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, which is a companion novel to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It was interesting and very sad.
Jul 19, 2017 11:14AM MinusTwo wrote:
Just finished Reed Farrel Coleman's Walking the Perfect Square, the first of his Moe Prager novels. Moe is an ex-NYC cop, but kind & gentle family man who 'can find humanity in almost everyone he meets'. And Jewish in the middle of the Irish 'machine'. He gets involved in trying to "find a man who was never really there and to protect his family from an unbearable truth." Coleman is recommended by Laura Lippman, Michael Connolly & Harlan Coben among others.
Jul 20, 2017 07:22AM LilacBlue wrote:
This is a free book/reading kiosk for kids outside our local leisure centre.
My reading list of late has been for a course I'm on titled: Exercise For Older Populations, and the more interesting reads are: Dare to Be 100, by Walter M. Bortz and and Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond, by by Chris Crowley. Just wondered.. is anyone here interested in living to 100?
Did purchase one fiction, The Lightkeeper's Daughters, by Jean E. Pendziwol, as I heard a review of the author on Radio 2 on Monday and felt moved to read it, although, still waiting for it to arrive via post.
Jul 20, 2017 08:34AM ruthbru wrote:
We have those lovely free book reading boxes around our town too, Lilac.
There is a new show on TV here that highlights very old people who do amazing things. Last week there was a 93 year old tango instructor on (who had the legs of a 20 year old showgirl), a 90 year old gymnast who did an amazing routine on a balance beam (at one point balancing upside down on her hands with the rest of her body perfectly vertically balanced above her in the air), and a gospel quartet whose lead tenor is a spritely 103 years old. If I could be like them (which would take both lots of luck AND work), then I'd be okay with blowing out 100 candles.
Jul 20, 2017 09:47AM pat01 wrote:
I read the Younger next year book - nice mixture of science and real world approach - I really liked it. I also got the exercise and eating book for the program too. Haven't read the eating book yet, and heard it was poo-pooed as too simple a concept that we all should know (don't eat junk). The exercise book is OK, reinforces Younger next Year with real exercises to do.
Jul 20, 2017 06:53PM Butterfly1234 wrote:
Just starting Find Me by JS Monroe. I'm hooked already.A suspenseful thriller.
Jul 22, 2017 06:26PM Nancy618 wrote:
lovepugs: so sorry for my late reply...was on vacation for 3 weeks and read one really good book and a couple other just OK ones. I don't use Kindle Unlimited because it doesn't pay for me.They don't have bestsellers and I have hundreds of free or cheap books on the Kindle, but the best is borrowing books from the library and downloading them onto the Kindle.
Jul 22, 2017 07:46PM Tappermom383 wrote:
Thanks, Butterfly - that sounds like just my kind of book. And it's available from my library so I've already downloaded it onto my Kindle.
Here's a Kindle tip I got from a librarian friend: If you have books on loan that are about to expire, put your Kindle on airplane mode. They won't disappear until you reconnect to the Internet.
Jul 23, 2017 02:57AM - edited Jul 25, 2017 02:09AM by tessu
Saturday was on a plane for four hours then in the car 5+ hours, mostly highway. Husband's idea of safe following distance, and need to pass every car ahead, makes me nervous. So I dove into The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood (which I had read decades ago but didn't really remember) and devoured the whole thing. ;) So very very glad my chemo brain has eased enough that I can enjoy novels again!
Jul 23, 2017 03:04AM voraciousreader wrote:
tessu! So glad you can enjoy reading novels again! Your joy brings joy to my heart and i hope it inspires others not to give up on reading! You have proven that patience with oneself is truly a virtue!
Jul 23, 2017 03:13AM tessu wrote:
voracioisreader thank you! Patience had less to do with it than my lifelong book addiction. Chemo brain is the worst SE ever. Still not sharp as before, but I CAN READ AGAIN so I'll be fine =D
Jul 23, 2017 08:40PM Nancy618 wrote:
MJ: Great tip! I had something odd occur. I returned a book I borrowed from the library to my Kindle through my Amazon account, but it never went away from my Kindle and I didn't have it on airplane mode. Every other book I've borrowed automatically disappears when the time expires. Forgot what I finally did, but I eventually did get it off the Paperwhite.
Jul 26, 2017 09:49AM pat01 wrote:
Tessu, that's exactly what I do when my husband is driving - other wise I would have a heart attack! I also have the kindle app on the phone, so can read books there too in addition to my tablet.
Nancy, that happened to me recently where a kindle library book didn't leave my device when time was up. I was grateful because I hadn't finished the book yet!
Just started The PostMistress by Sarah Blake.
Jul 27, 2017 06:45PM magiclight wrote:
I'm reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn and it is off to a good start. The book jacket states 'it hinges on the valor of female espionage agents in WWII"
Jul 27, 2017 06:58PM magiclight wrote:
Long list for Man Booker award 2017
Title Author (nationality) (imprint)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)
Jul 27, 2017 09:38PM MinusTwo wrote:
Thanks Magic. I'm one of those weird people who usually like Booker Prize book selections.
Jul 27, 2017 09:55PM voraciousreader wrote:
minus...i am impressed!
Meanwhile...yesterday i passed Patience and Fortitude and thought of you. Then, I started thinking about the rest of our book lovers and decided to take a selfie of me with them....
Jul 27, 2017 10:01PM MinusTwo wrote:
VR - thanks for the lions. Looks like you have some HOT days ahead in NYC so I'm glad to see you have a chapeau of sorts.
Getting ready to start a Joyce Carol Oates book that I've been putting off for several weeks while I read easier things. Shame on me. I'll report when I'm done.