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In honor of Halloween this weekend:
What reading skeletons do you have in your closet? Books you’d be ashamed to let people know you love? Addiction to the worst kind of (fill in cheesy genre here)? Your old collection of Bobbsey Twin Mysteries lovingly stored behind your “grown-up” books? You get the picture … come on, confess!

I don't think I have any, because I'd admit to pretty much anything. Yes, I have a bunch of yaoi manga. Yes, I read romance novels - the good ones and the cheesy, trashy ones. Yes, I have some really awful books that I love - I think. I read genre. I read speculative fiction. Yes, I prefer books that were written for teens despite the fact that I'm no longer one. Yes, I even have all the Twilight books! Not to mention so many other vampire romances. I have a couple of Chalet School books left, I'm recollecting my favourite Enid Blytons, and I still won't let go of my old Sweet Valley novels, despite the fact that if I tried to re-read them they make me cringe and wonder, I used to like this? Really?. Even the fact that my "literary fiction" shelf contains a lot less books than my other shelves doesn't really embarrass me.

So... no. My skeletons are displayed proudly on my shelves, thank you very much. (^_^)

-> Booking Through Thursday
marineko: (bookish)
Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?

I want to start doing book memes again!

Since almost everything I read are from countries other than my own, there's a lot to choose from! I guess a couple of my all-time favourites would be Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Murakami Haruki's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. And, hmm, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time; that has to be one of my most loved books, together with Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock and Pamela Dean's Tam Lin.

For books that I've read/am reading recently, right now I'm really loving Rick Riordan's new Olympian book, The Lost Hero, as well as Linda Medley's graphic novel Castle Waiting.

-> Booking Through Thursday
marineko: (bookish)
What books and authors are you particularly thankful for this year?

Wow, I'm finally doing a book meme on the day it's supposed to be done! (^_^) Anyway, this year I guess I'm thankful in particular for Margo Lanagan and John Green because I read them for the first time this year and discovered that I absolutely love their writing. I read Lanagan's Tender Morsels and have Red Spikes in reservation. Hopefully getting it this January, after the whole Christmas promotion thing is over. As for John Green, I first read his story in [ profile] ashkarya's copy of Let It Snow anthology (which includes novellas by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle), and since I have an unread copy of An Abundance of Katherine (purchased at the Penguin warehouse sale) I went on to read that. I loved it enough to order a copy of Looking For Alaska, and my own copy of Let It Snow.

And there's Maggie Stiefvater (LOVED Shiver, and recently bought Lament and Ballad) and Scott Westerfeld (not a new-to-me author, but I'm really looking forward to reading Leviathan.)

There are books that I'm planning to get next year, so I'm also feeling thankful for Megan Whalen Turner, Diana Wynne Jones and Melissa Marr because I'm really really anticipating A Conspiracy of Kings, Enchanted Glass and Radiant Shadows.

-> Booking Through Thursday
marineko: (bookish)
Today’s question was suggested by Barbara:
Do you think any current author is of the same caliber as Dickens, Austen, Bronte, or any of the classic authors? If so, who, and why do you think so? If not, why not? What books from this era might be read 100 years from now?

I have no comment on the "same caliber" question, because as much as I find Austen enjoyable, and as much as I love the Bronte sisters, there are still things about their novels that I find problematic. And so far I still don't really get along with Dickens. It's probably just a me thing. I don't know. What I do know is when I think of a classic - that is, (to me) a book that transcends its time and is read in years and years to come - I don't really trust the critics. I trust the readers instead. I trust the books that draw you in despite the fact that you're too busy to read/don't like that type of fiction/are supposed to be doing something else/etc, books that you would want to read over and over again, books that make you want to tell everyone you know, you HAVE to read this.

I haven't read a lot of Stephen King, but from what I've read by him and of him, I think he is probably one of the current authors who might still be read widely in the future. Diana Wynne Jones and Roald Dahl are definitely authors I could see people enjoying a hundred years from now. I'm not entirely sure that Rowling should be read as a classic in the future, but I have this feeling that Harry Potter books will still be enjoyed then. On the other hand, there are a lot of authors and novels that I wish would always be read, because they were just that good, (and I won't name names because it would make me feel guilty about the names I didn't name but should have, ha) that I'm not sure would still be read in the future.

For the most part, though, I think that the way we read and choose books will probably be very different in the future, so there's no real way to predict who will be read and who wouldn't. It's probably likely that with e-books and the fact that we publish more novels in more genres than people could imagine existing once, in the future people would probably be able to get hold of and hear about lesser known authors/books from our time, and just read what they like, be it something from the bestseller lists or an obscure title printed in limited quantities by an indie publisher.

[this was written on extreme lack of sleep + in the aftermath of a day spent lugging cartons of books around/humoring customers looking for That Mysterious Blue Book, so i really can't even tell if i'm making much sense.]

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