Any booklovers on this group? What authors/genres/topics do you like reading? Are you on Goodreads? Do you participate in readathons? (I put this question in Life and Meaning, but I would love a Hobbies category. Just because we are atheists doesn't mean we only talk about atheism.)
I'm a author with two novels published and one on the way. I love Science Fiction and that's what I enjoy writing. My favorite authors (and it's not me) is Alastair Reynolds, Ben Bova, and Stephen King (to limit to three.) Topics could range from revenge seeking captains to the discovery of new worlds.
A hobby category would be great.
I read every night even if it is me reading to my daughter. John Irving is my favorite writer, read every one of his books. I have this tendency to get into series. My friend got me into the Sookie Stackhouse and I decided to reread them this summer. I had a manager that suggested the Chelsea Cain's Gretchen Lowell series. Love it. I guess I go towards fiction/suspense/fantasy.
I love Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and Tamora Pierce and Anne McCaffrey. Fantasy and sci-fi and fiction. Adventure and magic and romance and friendships. Fairy tales and re-tellings of fairy tales. Intelligent humor, well-crafted writing, unexpected thoughtfulness...
I guess you could call me a booklover. I own more than 11,000 books. Mostly "women's fiction," romances, mysteries, medical mysteries, crime fiction, historical fiction, biographies and autobiographies... I want to get Hillary Clinton's latest book when I have the money, or I guess I could go to the library. I read Obama's latest book. I also like James Michener, Michael Palmer, Robin Cook, Maeve Binchy, Nancy Thayer, Barbara Delinsky, Diana Gabaldon, etc. Almost all of my books are e-books; they take up so much less room.
A few books/series of books I'm hopelessly in love with:
Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles
Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy (and Best Served Cold. Heroes and Red Country lost the magic imo)
Patrick Rothfuss's DAMN EVIL DEVIL UNFINISHED TRILOGY (The Kingkiller Chronicles)
The Sword of Truth mountain of books
Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire series (don't judge me)
Shogun (and it's twin sister from another mister The Shantaram)
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files
The Wheel of Time
A Song of Ice and Fire
Many, many more, but I'm sure by now you get the idea. Mostly fiction/fantasy/sci-fi...looking at the list I gave, ALL fiction/fantasy/sci-fi heh.
I read almost anything. I don't like romance genre, 'inspirational' fiction, or sports nonfiction, and I no longer read much theology or self-help, but aside from those categories if a book enters my collection I will probably read it, no matter what its genre or subject. I have a book blog called Ravenmount, on facebook and wordpress, and I also am a moderator/admin for a few Goodreads and facebook book-related groups. And, yes I do participate in readathons, and I will indeed be participating in the Dewey's 24hr Readathon on October 21st.
I really love East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It's a beautiful epic story that is also very personal. I also like reading about Greek,Roman, Middle Ages and Renaissance history. Im currently reading a biography about Julius Caesar. I also like fantasy books, im really liking the Stormlight Archive series.
I read any and all genres. I love historic fiction - I learned most of my history from this - and science fiction - from which I've learned loads of science!
My son is just finishing his science fiction novel; myself, I tend to write erotica. blush I love spy stories and thrillers - James Rollins' latest is waiting for me to shut the computer down.
Terry Pratchett is my favorite author. Recently was introduced to Juliet Blackwell and have enjoyed her works immensely. Also Christopher Moore -- what a HOOT! I'm using "Overdrive" through my local public library and have been pleased with recommendations from what I like and also being able to browse easily.
Always have a book going. Try to read at least 100 pages a day. Will read most anything except romance or westerns. Mystery and thrillers are my favorite right now. Will read a cozy as a change of pace, especially if it's amusing or makes me laugh out loud.
I love reading, Sci-fi is a favorite. Space travel and psionic abilities and hard sci-fi. I love to read the short story collections each year. Some of the ideas stick with me and continue to affect my thinking many years later. Fantasy too. The Lord of the Rings was a favorite from my early teens on.
I love reading any chance I get! Personally my favorite book might just have to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I read it during my senior year of high school and it was the basis for encouraging me to really focus on historical fiction as a central theme for my own writing. Currently trying to read a mix of Interview With a Vampire and F. Scott Fitzgerald books.
I read almost exclusively science journals. It's an unhealthy obsession, but I won't ever stop. There are times when I'm way out of my league of understanding and I'm hopelessly lost, but I keep reading. I've gotten very good at copy and paste. A paragraph can take me 15 minutes to read because I'll copy a word I don't understand and then Google the definition. I sometimes wish I believed in reincarnation because if I could come back as anything, I would come back as a biologist or a geologist.
i read for pleasure, usually an hour or so before bed (now days as much to get away from screens before sleep) i love me some good sci fi and fantasy, Jack Mcdevitts book Engines of God (not religious at all) sparked my love of books, and sci fi way back when i was in grade 9.