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26th-Sep-2010 05:18 pm - Application
Agora Hypatia Look Down
Excepting the Top #3, the books are listed in no particular order.

1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
2. City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
3. La tête en friche by Marie Sabine Roger
4. Lady of the Camelias by Alexandre Dumas
5. L'Étranger by Albert Camus
6. Faust I by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
7. Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
8. Firmin by Sam Savage
9. Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki
10. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
11. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
12. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
13. Woyzeck by Georg Büchner
14. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by Joanne K. Rowling
15. Le Roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo
14th-Sep-2010 06:40 pm - Application
It was hard to narrow my favorites to 15, but here are those that made the cut.  They are listed in no particular order.

1.  Trinity by Leon Uris
2.  Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
3.  A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
4.  World War:  In The Balance by Harry Turtledove
5.  In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Harry Turtledove
6.  Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
7.  The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
8.  Dune by Frank Herbert
9.  Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
10.  Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
11.  The Green Flag by Robert Kee
12.  Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
13.  Exodus by Leon Uris
14.  Rebels: The Irish Rising of 1916 by Peter De Rosa
15.  Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews-- A History by James Carroll
17th-Jul-2010 04:38 pm - NPR's Killer Thriller List
Last month, National Public Radio asked listeners to submit their favorite murder novels for the chance of appearing on the 100 Best Killer Thriller List. After over 600 different books were collected, a panel of NPR judges whittled the list down to 182 books. Now, they want us to vote for our favorites!

I'll admit it - I'm not a huge fan of thriller novels.
I don't enjoy most mysteries and have never really seen the appeal of crime novels. So I was a little doubtful when I first went online to vote on this list. But after reading through it a bit, I've found so many books that I know and love.

Of course the list is mostly well-known titles that have been turned into movies. That's what the common listener will support and vote for. But I see a lot of interesting books that I had forgotten about until now. Pulse by Jeremy Robinson, for example!

So guys: What are your favorite thriller novels?

(And if you're curious enough to want to vote, you'll find the latest list right here.)
4th-Jul-2010 11:06 pm - Application
[tv » teenwolf] jeep » woods
After a while of thought, here is my top fifteen, in no particular order. :)

001: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
002: The Outsiders by S.E Hinton
003: The Care and Feeding of Pirates by Jennifer Ashley
004: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
005: Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K Rowling
006: Uglies by Scott Westerfield
007: I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson
008: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
009: The Devil Who Tamed Her by Johanna Lindsey
010: Tripping by Heather Waldorf
011: The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty
012: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
013: Finding Cassidy by Laura Langston
014: Marley and Me by John Grogan
015: Blubber by Judy Blume
2nd-Apr-2010 01:02 pm - Top 10 Favorite Books Before Age 18
bette davis
We all have to pay the bills. And to pay mine, I currently work as a residential counselor in a school for teenage girls with behavioral disorders. It’s a tough job for many reasons, but one of my biggest pet peeves about it has nothing to do with the work. As you might imagine if you now work, or have worked with this age group, I spend a lot of my time engulfed by Twilight posters, Edward vs. Jacob mania, and obsessive viewing of both movies (with lots of squealing in the Jacob taking off his entire shirt to wipe away Bella’s small trickle of forehead blood scene).

I am glad that a series like this has gotten kids who wouldn’t normally pick up a book to do just that, but at the same time these are often the only books they read. I think back to myself at that age and I can admit that much of what I read was equally trashy, but I was reading a wider variety of books as well. What does a generation of young women raised with Bella as their heroine look like? Are teenage boys reading the series?? If not, are they reading anything?

This post is not about whether or not we love/liked/hate/or have always hated Twilight. This post is a desperate call back to an earlier era. The days where we were all just budding young readers ourselves, searching our classroom shelves for another book our teacher would let us borrow, staying up way past bed time with a flashlight under the blankets, spending summer vacations reading everything and anything from the public library.

Before the fan phenomes of Harry Potter and Twilight, what were the great books of your childhood and adolescence? I propose a Top 10 list of your favorite books before age 18. Not books assigned by school, but those treasured books you got lost inside of. The books that lit your interest in reading and started the love affair you now continue as an adult. If you must include these series I can accept that, but only list them once. For example: #1. The Harry Potter Series, NOT: #1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, #2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, etc. I’m really curious to see what you all will include, I wonder how many of our lists will be similar, and how much they will vary. Also I'm not trying to exclude those members who may be around 18 themselves, or younger. I want to know what you're reading too!

Let’s get started.
24th-Mar-2010 08:26 pm(no subject)
I think that we can all agree that this community has been dead for the past few months.
What happened here, guys? We're all exciting, friendly, passionate people!
I for one believe that it's time to resurrect booklisters and become a true community again.

How shall we do this, you ask?

By holding a
Friending Meme

I think that if we could all just come out of our shells, reintroduce ourselves, and remind everyone how amazingly great it is to start literary discussion in here, then this place will get hopping again in no time.

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10th-Feb-2010 10:48 pm - Application
life is full of ferris wheels
Hello. Here are my top 15 as of today in no particular order.

1) Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
2) God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
3) The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of The Marquis de Sade by Peter Weiss
4) Land Without Justice by Milovan Djilas
5) Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz
6) Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
7) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
8) The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus
9) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
10) Nadja by André Breton
11) Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
12) Dawn by Octavia Butler
13) Diary of a Writer by Fyodor Dosteovsky
14) Scenes from the Bathhouse by Mikhail Zoshchenko
15) Çalikuşu by Reşat Nuri Güntekin
10th-Jan-2010 08:22 pm(no subject)
A new year, a fresh start.

What is your first book of 2010?
What does everyone plan to read during the coming year?

I personally wish that I had chosen something a bit more grandiose for my first book. All the Presidents’ Pets by Mo Rocca doesn’t quite set the highest tone for the new decade, haha. Now I've moved on to a version of Monkey translated by Arthur Waley, so I’m off to pretty good start.
15th-Nov-2009 11:59 pm - Goodreads?
This community is pretty much dead now, isn't it? Livejournal communities in general seem to have been on the down-wind for a while now.

Anyhow, before I peace out, I just wanted to throw out my goodreads account for those who are interested in being friends there:


Goodreads, in my experience, has really been the best book-related site out there. You don't have to pay to add more than 200 books (LibraryThing) and it's not just a visual bookshelf sort of deal; it's really a social-networking site for us bibliophiles, in addition to the bookshelf/review aspect of the site.

Hope everyone is doing well!
7th-Nov-2009 03:14 pm - Application

I notice that the last post was on September 30 but I've decided to post my application in the hope that there are some people lurking. My name is Amanda. My top fifteen in no particular order:

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. Wasted by Marya Hornbacher
  3. Looking For Alaska by John Green
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  7. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  8. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  10. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
  11. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
  12. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  14. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  15. Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling
30th-Sep-2009 07:25 pm - a reading-aloud query
1776: why yes tom IS made of awesome
Hi hi!

I know the list has been a little quiet recently, and I have a question, so what better way to hit two birds with one stone?

Since January, I've been reading The Chronicles of Narnia to my girlfriend, as she'd never read them as a kid (!). It was nice as a break from stressful work, and especially nice as we moved apart for our respective post-bacc degrees.

My question is two pronged.

First, the self-interested one: She loved Narnia-- However, two nights ago, we finished The Last Battle! I've picked up Umberto Eco's Baudolino, since we were halfway through it before, but I'm trying to think of what to go to next. I can think of a lot of high literature but what is key, I think, is to have something that isn't horribly complicated, and preferably something light-ish and happy-ish (i.e. everyone shouldn't be adulterous and suicidal or anything). We've both read and liked His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, and the Sabriel books, but I'm not familiar with such series to know what other ones are properly good. HDM and Narnia, opposites as they are, are kind of my ideal candidates, as they have good stories that kids can follow but overeducated academics can appreciate. Shorter/easier/more exciting grown-up books are good too. For extra information nuggets, she is studying Art History (Renaissance) and used to love Kerouac. Any suggestions???

Second, the discussion-based one: How do you all feel about reading aloud / being read to? Do you love the communal experience/storytelling, or is nothing the same as curling up with pages and text? If it's the former, do you have any books that you love to do this with?
23rd-Aug-2009 05:52 pm - Application
Hi, I'm Michele, a 40 year old nobody living in Pennsylvania. The fifteen books I'm including as my favorites (in order of publication date) are:
  • Black Beauty (1877) - Anna Sewell
  • Story of O (1954) - Pauline Reage
  • Watership Down (1972) - Richard Adams
  • Coma (1977) - Robin Cook
  • A is for Alibi (1982) - Sue Grafton
  • The Ritual Bath (1986) - Faye Kellerman
  • The Lost King (1990) - Margaret Weis
  • Cross Stitch (1991) aka Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
  • Guilty Pleasures (1993) - Laurell K Hamilton
  • On Basilisk Station (1993) - David Weber
  • One for the Money (1994) - Janet Evanovich
  • Midshipman's Hope (1994) - David Feintuch
  • Shattered (2000) - Dick Francis
  • Kushiel's Dart (2001) - Jacqueline Carey
  • To Die for (2004) - Linda Howard

It was very difficult to limit myself to 15, as there are so many books I love. Many of these are the first in a series, and sometimes a later book in the series is one I love more than the first, but I like to give the first book credit for introducing me to the characters.
7th-Aug-2009 10:38 pm - Application
I'm Mahala. I used to be the buyer of Graphic Novels at Blackwell Charing Cross Road but I've recently moved back to the Philippines, so I was looking for an LJ community that captured the lost atmosphere of my beloved workplace. I've been reading this comm for a while now and haven't really dared submit anything (thebookyoucrew made it quite clear what they thought of my list, and I have confidence issues)...until now.

Here are my top 15 books of the moment (the top 5 are my unchangeable favourites, my "desert island" books):

Helen Dewitt - The Last Samurai
Italo Calvino - Invisible Cities (also my vote for Best Book To Read In Venice)
J A Baker - The Peregrine
Mary Renault - Fire From Heaven
Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore
Alan Brown - Audrey Hepburn's Neck
Peter Hoeg - Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow
Alison Bechdel - Fun Home
Elaine Dundy - The Dud Avocado
Patricia Maclachlan - Unclaimed Treasures
L M Montgomery - The Story Girl
Liza Dalby - The Tale of Murasaki
Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber
Frederic Clement - The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams
Glen Duncan - I, Lucifer

Fun Home is included because I think of it as an illustrated biography and not a graphic novel; I have a top-15 list for graphic novels all on their own and would be happy to discuss them if you wanted to know. Thanks for your time!
28th-Jul-2009 01:34 am - Application!
books are good
Hey all,
I'm Ellen, a generally queer History/Sociology student from the States. My fifteen favorite books are, in no particular order,

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -- J.K. Rowling
2. A People's History of the United States -- Howard Zinn
3. The Theory and Practice of Hell -- Eugen Kogan
4. Middlesex -- Jeffrey Eugenides
5. Sociology Reinterpreted -- Peter Berger & Hansfried Kellner
6. The Book Thief -- Markus Zusak
7. Briefe an einen jungen Dichter (Letters to a Young Poet) -- Rainer Maria Rilke
8. Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (The Flying Classroom) -- Erich Kästner
9. Momo oder Die seltsame Geschichte von den Zeit-Dieben und von dem Kind, das den Menschen die gestohlene Zeit zurückbrachte (Momo, or the curious story of the time thieves and of the child who brought the people their stolen time back) -- Michael Ende
10. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs -- Chuck Klosterman
11. Empress of the World -- Sara Ryan
12. Oryx & Crake -- Margaret Atwood
13. The Princess Bride -- William Goldman
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- J.K. Rowling
15. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley

I'm excited about (hopefully) joining this community.  Thanks!

5th-Jul-2009 08:59 pm - community promotion
Books 3
Hi-- hope you don't mind the interruption. I'd like to invite fellow avid readers to come join bookaddiction , where bookworms draw on their copious reading experience to answer fun or thought-provoking questions about books and reading. Hope to see you there!!
24th-Jun-2009 10:58 pm(no subject)
The hardest part of traveling is figuring out which book to bring with you.

Do you choose something long that will keep you enticed for the entire trip?
Or do you choose something that is light weight and easy to pack?
Do you pick a book that reflects your destination?
Or do you pick something with memory attached to it, that will keep you from getting homesick?

I'll be studying abroad in Wroclaw, Poland for all of July, so right now I'm getting as much packing done as possible. The problem is that I have a whole stack of books calling my name. I'm already dead set on bringing This is Not a Book by Michael Picard for the plane ride, but I'd like to choose a novel as well.
I've narrowed it down to:

Poland by James Michener (my mother's suggestion)
King Jesus by Robert Graves
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

Any advice?
What books would you travel with?
7th-Jun-2009 09:46 am - The week in (brief) reviews.
Blew through five books this week. I'm waiting for a call from the library letting me know that my ILLs have arrived.

In the meantime, I'm reading Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward.

Here's what I read and my thoughts on each.

Hollywood Kids by Jackie Collins -- I would say that Collins is one of my guilty pleasures, except there's nothing guilty about it. I've been reading her since high school. She's not a good writer by any stretch of the imagination. She writes with the subtlety of a 5 car pile-up. That being said, she's always reliable for quicky, trashy pulp. This one didn't disappoint.

Backlash by Susan Faludi -- This has been on my 'to-be-read' list for ages. When it turned out the library had a copy, I was pleasantly surprised. While this book is nearly 20 years old now (it's subject matter is an overview of anti-feminist backlash during the 80s), it still feels fresh and relevant. Some of the arguments used then have been recycled now. Very much recommended.

The Great Mortality by John Kelly -- A bit of popular history about the Black Death. Very well written; a real page turner. The book traces the black death from it's likely point of origin and it's path across Asia and Europe. Kelly examines the various and varied responses to the plague, both as it approached many towns (that's among the more suspenseful parts of the book), and how they reacted. He examines all of that as well as providing the context for how people lived at the time. Recommended as well.

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett -- Written with the verve, aplomb, insight, and humor that has characterized his work from the beginning. This book is about what we'd expect from him. Not his best, but that's not a point against it. My favorite is still "Small Gods" (which was also the first one of his books I read; I've been told by fans that the first one you almost always ends up as your favorite). A fun little book. If you've got the time and a copy is available, you won't regret it.

the Death Penalty by Stuart Banner -- An excellent (and as objective as possible) history of the use of capital punishment in America. I'm still not quite sure what to think of this. It was very well written. I want to call it, to borrow a phrase from Michael Mello that he used in his own anti-cp book "Dead Wrong," passionate scholarship, but that does this book a disservice. Anyone looking to learn about a controversial subject would do well to pick this up. I may write a longer review of this one later.

What have y'all been up to this month so far?
4th-Jun-2009 09:36 pm(no subject)
wonderlust | so this is magic
Hullo, fellow bibliovores! I come seeking strange trivia. I've recently begun writing a book blog, in which I hope to, as well as review books, talk about literature, theory, culture, and trivia. This is a rather tall order, of course, so I am looking for some help in digging up interesting facts and histories. I'd love suggestions on some books to read about the history of libraries, books in general; if you know of particular tales, apocryphal or not, about unusual books, strange happenings in the history of book-kind, strange libraries, and other such marvels, I'd love to hear about them! (Has anyone read Thomas Wharton's Salamander or The Logogryph? There are so many wonders described in these books, and I often wonder how much have some basis in fact -- the Library of Alexandria surviving by having the entire text of individual books tattooed onto volunteers is a story that's always haunted me, though I doubt it's at all true.)
1st-Jun-2009 09:53 pm(no subject)
It's hard to pick fifteen--there are always some I question leaving out. But anyway here's my list, in no particular order.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
Selected Writings of Carl Jung (Viking)
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Extravagaria by Pablo Neruda
Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca
The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Poetry and Designs of William Blake
Light in August by William Faulkner
The Place of Dead Roads by William Burroughs
Monolithos by Jack Gilbert
Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

I definitely need to expand my horizons, especially as far as pre-20th century literature goes, so hopefully this community can help with that.
14th-May-2009 05:02 pm - Recommendations?
I need suggestions for books to read. I have a to-read list a mile long, but none of them are appealing to me at the moment. I just finished up exams (I'm in grad school) and my brain is fried, and I'm exhausted.

I want to read something that doesn't take too much effort - something that has a great, storytelling vibe to it. Something that's difficult to put down. I'd like it to have great writing, but straightforward at the same time. Nothing too intense. Something with a bit of humor. I prefer fiction. Escapist is fun, but realistic could fit the bill too.

I like YA/kids books too (but none of those Gossip Girl/Princess Diaries-type books).

Here's a list of books that I have enjoyed in the past:

Anything by Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Harry Potter books and the Artemis Fowl books
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Three Lives to Live by Anne Lindbergh
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
30th-Apr-2009 12:56 am - Application
In no particular order:

-The Epic of Gilgamesh - Translator/commentator: Andrew George
-The Iliad – Homer. Translator: Robert Fagles
-Beowulf - Translator/commentator: Howell D. Chickering Jr.
-Egil's Saga - Translator: Bernard Scudder
-Paradise Lost - John Milton
-The Republic – Plato. Translator: G.M.A. Grube, C.D.C. Reeve
-Zhuangzi (Basic Writings) – Zhuangzi. Translator: Burton Watson
-An Inquiry on Human Understanding - David Hume
-The Essential Peirce Vol. 1 - Editors: Nathan Houser, Christian Kloesel
-The Mind's I - Editors: Douglas R. Hofstadter, Daniel C. Dennett
-Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo - Mary Douglas
-Isis in the Ancient World - R.E. Witt
-The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis
-The Sirens of Titian - Kurt Vonnegut
-House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
17th-Mar-2009 09:28 am - Application
drink smoke fuck

I'm Kay and my list in no particular order is:

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare

The Story of O by Pauline Reage

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Blood Ring by Faith Hunter

House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

15th-Mar-2009 04:35 pm - book covers
a piteousness of doves
You know the phrase "never judge a book by its cover"? It always seemed a bit odd to me - if you don't know anything else about a book, how else are you supposed to decide which book to pick up while browsing libraries and bookshops? And if that's not judging, I don't know what is...

On the other hand, I can be a bit aesthetically snobbish about book covers, which means I may have missed out on some excellent books just because I didn't like the picture on the front. (This often seems to be the case with fantasy novels, I have to say: I started the first A Song of Ice and Fire book because I'd read an article recommending it, but the library copy was fantastically - pardon the pun! - ugly. If I'd seen it before I'd read the article, I would never have picked it up.)

What does everybody here think? Do you pick up books based on their covers? Do you buy certain editions over others because they're prettier? Do you enjoy reading the same book better if it has a nicer cover? What do you like your books to look like? Do you judge other people's reading habits based on what the book they have in their hands looks like? Let's discuss!

(My answers to these questions, by the way are: yes; absolutely, especially if I'm buying them new; yes; as a rule: clean and simple, with classic fonts and good photography, though I'm also rather fond of wood-cut style illustrations; and - shamefully - yes.)

10th-Mar-2009 10:35 pm - Application
I'd like to withdraw my application... I have too much going on, and now is not the best time for me to be joining communities and the like. But this still looks like an interesting community that I'd like to be a part of, so I'll be back in six months to reapply!