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My Corner Couch!

My stuff has arrived – my furniture and nice clothes and books.  All my books! (My shoes and pots and pans are still chilling in Texas, waiting to be shipped.)

I’m so excited! First of all, for my books – I’ve been running out of things to read and didn’t, of course, pack everything I wanted to read. So they’re all here and now I have tons of reading choices again.  Also, my corner couch – a little corner sectional piece I swiped from my brother – is arrived and in my room. (Apparently, it’s also called a square.)  It is the most comfortable piece of furniture on the planet and the place I most love to sit and read (and nap; it happens).  In my old apartment, I could sit in the sunshine coming in from a west-facing window, making it the best place ever.

Now, I can’t put it directly under a window but it’s still amazing and comfy and my favorite place to read.

What’s yours? Let me know in the comments!

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ARRR!

I’m reading a book about pirates.

I’m irrationally happy about this and may be speaking Pirate all weekend.  (I’m really good at this because my Facebook language is Pirate.)

(I’m also not sure why I feel the need to capitalize Pirate… It’s not a real language….)

What book are you excited about?

What do you read?

Another question post!  (I really love reading everyone’s answers.)

I am curious, because my book blog is somewhat varied in scope, as to what the reading preferences of my readers are.

I like fantasy and romance (full disclosure: I stress-read romances and don’t post reviews of all of them, just the ones I have coherent thoughts about).I like nonfiction, but they take me longer to read and I’m incredibly picky about which ones I finish.  Plus, I have to be feeling brainy when I read them.

I like satires and comedies, of course. I like young adult and some children’s books.  I like nearly anything based on fairy tales and fairy tales themselves.  I love classics and I’m beginning to develop a taste for contemporary literature.

Beyond that, I really like books that have a focus on characters, especially strong female characters – though, oddly, I don’t like the majority of Tamora Pierce’s work.  I like thought-provoking books and books that are sweetly romantic.  On the flip side, I like light and fluffy escapism books that leave me feeling warm and fuzzy when I close the page.  I adore an exceptionally well-written tragedy and loathe a badly written one.  I’m not fond of action or lengthy descriptions of scenery and nature’s beauty but witty dialogue is always welcome.  I dislike feeling like I have to learn a new language in order to get through the book.

What about you, dear readers?  What makes you want to pick up a book and what makes you want to put one down?

How many books do you read at once?

The question of the moment.  Yesterday I said I was reading two awesome books – I am so very excited about them! – and I wondered if y’all read more than one book at a time?

I can share attention with multiple books – 3-5 is pretty normal – until I get about halfway through a book.  Then I tend to decide if I want to continue the book, in which case I generally put all other books down until I’m finished, or I put the book down until I want to finish it at the exclusion of others.  (I’m usually able to pick up a book again days or even months later and still remember what’s going on.) Right now, of course, I’m nearly halfway through two books and I want to give all of my attention to both! But I think I’m going to finish the shorter one first.

What about you, dear readers?  Do you read more than one book at once, or are you a purist who sticks to a strict diet of one at a time? Do you have a system for getting through books?   Let me know in the comments!

Happy Books

What do you read when you’ve had a bad day/week/month? Is there a book you turn to, an author, or a specific genre?

If I’m intellectually stressed  – like during finals back in college – you’ll find me curled up with a romance novel – generally Harlequin, though I don’t read those normally – or a young adult novel. (During one bad finals, I read 13 Reasons Why in one sitting at a Barnes and Noble.  And then didn’t buy, ’cause I was broke.  But I now have a signed copy. Happiness.)

If I am other types of stressed, I reach for Julia Quinn or P.G. Wodehouse. There’s a couple of other comfort novels I have, but those two authors are the ones I most often reach for.

So, dear readers, what about you? Do you turn to sci-fi or comedies? Does Tolstoy get you through the day? Or is it something more general – like any mystery featuring food or any Western featuring a lone cowboy with revenge on his mind? Something easy to escape into or something complex and thought-provoking? Let me what you think in the comments!

I reread books

Do you? Reread books, that is.

I do.  I reread books all the time.  Sometimes for comfort or because I’m tired and just want to read something I know and love  – Julia Quinn I return to time and time again. Others I reread less frequently but with greater pleasure – every three or four years I reread The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, which I’ve done since I first read them as an elementary school kid.

I’ll reread a book because there’s a movie version coming out and I want to have a fresh impression of the book before I go in – The Great Gatsby, for instance, or, more recently, Ender’s Game. (There is a review coming for that; I just need to think about what I want to say first.) If a new book in a series is about to come out, it’s not unusual for me to pick up one or more of the preceding books and reread them, especially if the series needs to be read sequentially.  Something may remind of a book I’ve forgotten and I’ll go back and reread it.

I read many, many classics as a child and teenager and as I get older, and theoretically wiser, I slowly go back and reread them.  This is probably the most rewarding of the rereadings that I do, as there is much I missed as a child.  The fact that I’m rereading also allows me to go slower and think more about the book.  (Some classics I will never reread – Lolita, which I read as a college freshman, I loved but can’t see myself ever revisiting.)  

I’ve discovered in the past year that I really enjoy “rereading” a book by listening to the audiobook. I love audiobooks but have a harder time keeping everything straight because I can’t flip back easily if I get distracted or miss a detail.  If I know the story, I have a much easier time keeping up with what’s going on.  (And I pay more attention, though I’m not sure why.)

My dad, on the other hand, doesn’t reread books or rewatch movies, figuring that he already knows what happened and there’s no point.  I know a fair amount of people who don’t reread because there are lots of unread books out there – why waste time on a book you’ve already read?

Do you reread, my fair readers? Do you have books you constantly revisit or is rereading an honor reserved only for a few special books? Is your pile of to-be-reads so large you can’t justify opening a book you’ve already finished?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!