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by . (elira_wiken)
at March 28th, 2007 (03:47 pm)

The community has a new look. I am still working on the profile so give me some time there. Hope everyone likes it.


How is the book reading coming?

Laurie Ann [userpic]
by Laurie Ann (nevermore82)
at March 20th, 2007 (07:37 am)

How did you find our community?

I saw a link to it in <lj user=xclara_bowx> journal.

What is your favorite/'s genre of books?


Mostly I read thriller and horror books. Though lately I've been trying my best to broaden my horizons.

How many books to you read on average a month?

Before I got pregnant I would read up to 10 books a month. So far I've picked up a total of two books in the past fourteen weeks.

What kind of things would you like to see added to this community?

More book of the month suggestions. (I'll agree with the person who posted before me.)

What is your favorite book? Or top five if you prefer?

I really enjoy Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, and The DaVinci Code. Other than that, I enjoy Dean Koontz' Winter Moon, and The Taking.

When did you begin your love of reading?

When I was younger I hated to read. I won't go into the long story, but my grandmother was the main source of this hatred. I don't think I actually started to enjoy reading until I was in the fourth grade. I forget what book it was I had read, but I enjoyed it so much, I was able to go read it to the first grade class room.

Do you also like to write?

I love to write. I've been working on and off on my novel for six years. A long time for a novel I know, but there's times the drive just isn't there.

Where is your favorite place to read?

Everywhere. As long as I am able to stay focused on the book and nothing else.

Was there one book that began your love of reading?

Yes there was. It was something about fourth grade being a horrible year for this girl, because her mother became her permanent substitute teacher.

Are there any book genres' that you personally dislike?

Not really. Though there have been certain books, I would try to read and just couldn't get into.

How would you feel about choosing a book for the month by poll to discuss?

I think it's a good idea.

Anything else you would like to add about yourself personally?


Not right now. I'm sorry. I'm not that interesting.

Ok, Sorry...
by . (elira_wiken)
at March 19th, 2007 (04:55 pm)

Ok, I am sorry I know awhile back in Feb. I meantioned making a list of our books, to see if we had any that were the same book. So that in June we could all read one book and then talk about it. This could be rare and none of us having the same book, but it doesn't hurt to look. So today I complied my list (I do have more, but thought I would start with these.) and now I will post it to see what everyone has.

My books as follows:
Night Prayers By PD Cack
Lovers & Players By Jackie Collins
Witchling By Yasmine Galenorn
Sam's Letters to Jennifer By James Patterson
A Walk to Remember By Nicholas Sparks
CSI: Snake Eyes By Max Allan Collins
Key of Light By Nora Roberts
Key of Knowledge By Nora Roberts
Key of Valor By Nora Roberts
All 6 Harry Potter Books By JK Rowling (Will Have 7 Soon)
Queen of the Damned By Anne Rice
Interview With the Vampire By Anne Rice
In the Name of the Vampire By Mary Ann Mitchell
The Demonologist By Michael Laimo
The Relic By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Tyrannosaur Canyon By Douglas Preston
Jurassic Park By Michael Crichton
Sate of Fear By Michael Crichton
Prey By Michael Crichton
Chronicales of Narnia By CS Lewis (All 7)
Lord of the Rings By Tolkien (All 3)
The Hobbit By Tolkien
Unfinished Tales By Tolkien
The Silmarillion By Tolkien
Different Seasons By Stephen King
The Davinci Code By Dan Brown

What do you have?

Attention members
by . (elira_wiken)
at March 15th, 2007 (02:13 pm)

I have changed my user name from alexia_nvermnd to xclara_bow. Just wanted to let everyone know.

Maria [userpic]
Intro...
by Maria (vindgal)
at March 12th, 2007 (04:41 pm)
chipper

current mood: chipper
current song: Walk Away- Paula DeAnda

How did you find our community?

I'm a friend of

nothinsacrednic

What is your favorite/'s genre of books?

Fantasy,Paranormal,  Romance, and Religious texts

How many books to you read on average a month?

8 or so...

What kind of things would you like to see added to this community?

Maybe some group discussions about certain books or even certain genres or topics concerning books.

What is your favorite book? Or top five if you prefer?

The Life of Pi-Yann Martel, The Tao of Pooh- Benjamin Hoff, American Gods-Neil Gaiman, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff- Christopher Moore, and When Chickenheads Come Home to Rost- Joan Morgan

When did you begin your love of reading?

I always loved books even before I could read for myself.

Do you also like to write?

Not really, I journal but that's about it. Maybe I'll finish that story I started a while ago.

Where is your favorite place to read?

In bed or on the couch. 

Was there one book that began your love of reading?

There wasn't just one book. I can't ever rember NOT loving books.

Are there any book genres' that you personally dislike?

I read EVERYTHING under the sun, but I tend to shy away from military/political intrigue stuff, like Tom Clancy.

How would you feel about choosing a book for the month by poll to discuss?

I think that'd be great.

Anything else you would like to add about yourself personally?

Um, I'm 23 years old, I live in the SW suburbs of Chicago and I read every chance I get. However, working almost full time and trying to plan my wedding this year has seriously been cutting into my reading time. I love getting new and interesting recommendations for different books. So pimp away your favorite reads.

 

An Idea
by . (elira_wiken)
at February 26th, 2007 (10:32 am)

I have an idea for us members. This coming month everyone should make a list of books they have at home (don't over do it if you have a LOT) and then we'll compare them. See if we have any of the same books. If we do we pick one and for the month of June read it as a group, at the end of June we can talk about it. What does everyone thing?

Jennnnn. [userpic]
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (Bill Bryson)
by Jennnnn. (jennylucas)
at February 6th, 2007 (10:23 pm)

Why or how did you select this book? I saw it on the shelf at the library.  I've read other Bill Bryson books and really enjoyed them so I gave it a shot.

What is the time frame (setting) of the book? It is set in the 1950s.

How much time elapses (passes) from the beginning to the end? He talks mostly about the time from his birth to the beginning of the 1960s, but he doesn't tell the story in a linear fashion.

Where does the story take place? Des Moines, Iowa

Who are the three main characters? Bill himself and his parents

What are your favorite new words from the piece? Mimeograph

Do you have any quotations you saved? Yes, three:

"He was the nicest human being I have ever met.  It was like being friends with God."

"...or just sit back and enjoy saying some of those splendid words that existed in the fifties and are no longer heard: mimeograph, rotisserie, stenographer, icebox, dime store, rutabaga, Studebaker, panty raid, bobby socks, Sputnik, beatnik, canasta, Cinerama, Moose Lodge, pinochle, daddy-o."

"...in our hour all idle moments were spent reading something..."

What new facts did you learn that you hadn't known before? I just learned a little more about how life was in the 1950s.

What was the main idea of the book? It was just the authors memoirs of his life in the 1950s.

Would you like to read other books by the same author? Why? Yes.  I have read other of his books.  He's a very witty writer.



Sam's Letters to Jennifer By James Patterson
by . (elira_wiken)
at January 24th, 2007 (11:32 am)

Why or how did you select this book? It was recommended to me, so I started to read it.

What is the time frame (setting) of the book? How do you know? I am not sure on the time frame because it doesn't really revolve around that in this book.

How much time elapses (passes) from the beginning to the end? I would say a span of a couple of months.

Where does the story take place? How do you know? It takes place in Wisconsin near Lake Geneva. I know because it tells it in the book at the beginning.

Who are the three main characters? Sam, Jennifer and Branden

What is the main conflict in the story? Death

How is it resolved? There is no resolve for death.

If you were the main character, what would you have done? I would of done what she did, Jennifer. In fact I feel for her because I pretty much am going through what she did.

What did you think was the best part of the book? Her new found love Branden had cancer and he went to have surgery, he came out of it with the cancer in remission. I also liked when Sam came out of her coma.

What are your favorite new words from the piece? There ar eno favorite words.

Do you have any quotations you saved? I saved this quote because it stands to be true. "What are we but our stories?"

What new facts did you learn that you hadn't known before? Nothing new, but I have grown to love someone I recently lost even more.

What was the main idea of the book? Sam wanted to tell her granddaughter Jennifer her life story. This si something we all should do for our children/grandchildren.

What kind of symbolic language or symbolic plotting did you see? I didn't see any in this book, course I do only pretty much read fiction.

Would you like to read other books by the same author? Why? Actually I have, he is the same author who wrote "Violets are Blue". I read it last year and I enjoyed it.

If you could talk to the author, what would you say? --ask?
Give specific examples.
I really don't think I would ask him anything. Although I would if I did, ask him why he wrote this book, what inspired him to do so.

Would you recommend this book to other members? Why? (What would you tell them to interest them in the book?) If you like tear jerkers, then this would be book for you. It took me less then 24hours to read it because it kept me intwined into it. Bringing me smiles, but also tears. YOu see a love from a grandmother to her granddaughter, you see a change in people. This is a heart felt written book.


My book monitor

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4 / 50
(8.0%)

Witching By Yasmine Galenorn
by . (elira_wiken)
at January 22nd, 2007 (08:58 am)

Why or how did you select this book? I read the back cover and was hooked for it said it was about faeries.

What is the time frame (setting) of the book? How do you know?It is set in modern time, for they talk about "godsmack", "lord of the rings" and "harry potter".

How much time elapses (passes) from the beginning to the end?To be honest it really doesn't get into it, but I would say at least a period of two weeks maybe more.

Where does the story take place? How do you know? Seattle, WA

Who are the three main characters? Menolly, Camille, Deliah

What is the main conflict in the story? Fighting demons to keep them away from magical seals.

How is it resolved? Demons are killed (but this is the first book in the serious), so there will be more.

If you were the main character, what would you have done? I don't think I would of done anything different then they did for what they had to work with.

What did you think was the best part of the book? I loved the fact that these three characters were half human and half faery. It isn't something you read about alot.

What are your favorite new words from the piece? FHB (Full Blooded Human)

Do you have any quotations you saved? "A lot of women here would love to trade places with you," he said.

"If they'd move around a little more and quit obsessing, they'd be fine. Why you FBH's think everyone should look the same is beyond me. Faeries come in all shapes and sizes and colors, and for us, beauty is more than visual, I can't believe how unhappy most of your females are. It's sad."

"Lemonade okay? Or would you perfer something harder? Wine? Absinthe - the nectar of the Green Faery?"
Chase blinked. "Absinthe is illegal."
"Not in Otherworld, and technically, any house of an OIA agent is considered OW territory for as long as we're here. Like an embassy. I can have absinthe on the premises, but I can't take it off our land." One of the few conforts from home, absinthe had originally come Earthride wia the Faerie Queen hundreds of years ago. It had been a gift from the Sidhe to mortals.

What new facts did you learn that you hadn't known before?
Being that it is a fiction story, there are no real facts. BUT in my eyes there really a faeries so who is to say they don't live among us.

What was the main idea of the book?
That faeries, werecats, werewolves, dragons, demons, and vampires could be real and they could be living among us. Plus they too want to protect Earthside and Otherworld.

What kind of symbolic language or symbolic plotting did you see?
Not everything is a fairy tale.

Would you like to read other books by the same author? Why? yes I would because it is a refreshing change from what is normally out there. I want to see if the war with the head demon is won by the faeries or not. It leaves me breathless. As if I am in the magical world.

If you could talk to the author, what would you say? --ask?
Give specific examples.
I am not sure. I would have to read more of her books, but I would love to ask her where she got this wonderful idea.

Would you recommend this book to other members? Why? (What would you tell them to interest them in the book?) Yes if they are into faeries, vampires, werecats, werewolves, demons and such. Espeically with these character only be half faerie, they have some struggles of their own.


I am moving on th CSI Snake Eyes. Although if my new books get here I will put CSI to the side.

Night Prayers
Lovers & Players
Witchling
These are the 3 books I have finished this year so far. I am really enjoying reading again.

My book meter:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3 / 50
(6.0%)

My Book Report
by . (elira_wiken)
at January 20th, 2007 (10:45 am)

My book "Lovers & Players" By Jackie Collins

Why or how did you select this book?
I love Jackie Collins' novels. They are so real life based, you just get drawn in and if you haven't been to the areas that she places her characters in, you feel like you are there. She always has the 6 degrees of seperation.

What is the time frame (setting) of the book? How do you know?
2006, do to the music they talk about in the book. Plus it says. :P</i>

How much time elapses (passes) from the beginning to the end?
In this book it spans 7 days.

Where does the story take place? How do you know?
It is in Italy, New York, and L.A. Mostly in New York , but two of the characters come in from Italy and L.A.

Who are the three main characters?
To be honest in this book there are many main characters. They are:
Red Diamond, his three sons: Max, Chris and Jett
Then there is Diahann, Liberty and Damon P. Donnell
And also Amy Scott-Simon



What is the main conflict in the story?
It is hard to pin-point one, because each character has their own story that all in the end gets mingled together.

How is it resolved?
You'll have to read it to find out and I encourage you to do so.


If you were the main character, what would you have done?
I can't choice just one main character, but I think the one I most related with was Amy. I think I most likely would of done what she did if I was in her shoes.</i>

What did you think was the best part of the book?
The ending, only because it ends in a totally different note then I thought it was. I was actually shocked cause I didn't see it coming. How I thought it was, was totally different then the ending.</i>

What are your favorite new words from the piece?
I don't have any.

Do you have any quotations you saved?
Nope, not from this book.

What new facts did you learn that you hadn't known before?
Well, I already knew how nasty people can be, I also knew about blackmail, so I guess there wasn't any other facts to be learned.

What was the main idea of the book?
Based on the rich and famous and how they could act in this world of ours. How they affect other people's lives in a good or bad way. How they even treat their own children.</i>

What kind of symbolic language or symbolic plotting did you see?
As I stated Jackie Collins using the 6 degrees of seperation in her books, some how all the characters are linked in the end.


Would you like to read other books by the same author? Why?
Yes and I have. The reason why is because you are drawn in, or at least I am. After reading the back cover, the first chapter there is no putting her books down.

If you could talk to the author, what would you say? --ask? I would tell her that she is very talented and she makes these charaters come to life and seem like you could of met them yourself.</i>

Give specific examples.
From the back of the book:

In Lovers & Players, the Diamond family rules. Red Diamond is an abusive and mach-loathed billionaire. His three sons, Max, Chris, and Jett, are summoned to New York for a family meeting which rocks their world.
Diahann, a beautiful black ex-singer, works as Red's housekeeper - a job her daughter, Liberty, does not approve of. A waitress and a would be singer herself, Liberty has dreams of her own and while she pursues them, Damon P. Donnell, married hip-hop magul supreme, pursues her.
Young New York heiress Amy Scott-Simon is engaged to marry Max. At her bachelorette party she runs into Jett. Jett has no idea who Amy is. She also doesn't realize who he is. A one-night fling leads to major complications.
Now the lives of these characters will intertwine, forever changing their destinies, in this hightly charged love story about family relationships and deadly choices.


Would you recommend this book to other members? Why? (What would you tell them to interest them in the book?)

If you are into famouse people, life in Hollywood, LA or New York then this would be the book for you.

I simply enjoyed this book.




I have started to read my next book called "Witchling" By Yasmine Galenorn

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