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#21

He prefers listening to books on his iPod or phone.


#22

There’re great audiobooks available on iTunes!
One of my favorite audiobooks done was Ender’s Game. It was preformed by the author and I think one other writers (names escape me). Very well done, though. :slight_smile:


#23

Definitely a pretty film! though unfortunately that’s part of why I dislike it haha. I think they’re outside way too much! I think Austen characters belong indoors :slight_smile:

Like in the scene when Darcy proposes the first time and they start yelling at each other, to me that’s the opposite of what Austen is about. I feel like that film really misses a lot of the frustration and restraint that is so central to the story by giving you scenes of emotional release like that.


#24

Ooh, I like this idea! I’ve needed some good reading suggestions for a while. As for my own, I can’t really stand plain thrillers/Horrors, because I’ve always felt the story gets left out with just the purpose of scaring the reader in mind. I like romance, so long as it isn’t the only thing, and mostly I’m a Fantasy, Supernatural, Mythology type reader.

I’m not reading anything at the moment, though I’m part way through ‘Game Of Thrones’. I like the Tv series, so I thought I’d try reading the book, but idk. Kind of long winded.
‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ is a good one. Derek Landy, master of sarcasm, has a great tone for a gritty crime fantasy style. Still haven’t read the last book because I saw the cover and NOPE!
Really enjoyed the ‘Throne of Glass’ series, though things started to tale off by the ‘Heir of Fire’ books. She picked it up by the end. Can’t say much for the newest one though. Always felt like chaol was a bit of a wet blanket.
Don’t have a favourite, but I do enjoy re-reading ‘The Hunger Games’. Not sure why, just one of the few books I don’t get tired of.
As for a book I really can’t stand? ‘Red Queen’. X(
A) I spent £7 on that book, and I’m broke. Was supposed to help rekindle my love of reading and all it did was make things worse.
B) really bad book. I could go on all day, I will if someone wants, but my days was it just an all round terrible book. Great idea, bad execution.


#25

Hunger Games is really great and as usual the book version is much better than the movies. Surprisingly for Game of Thrones I also prefer the series. The book is a bit too slow for me, but I have just finished the second part so more drama is on the way :slightly_smiling_face:
I really like utopian and dystopian novels and my all time favourites are Animal Farm and 1984 from George Orwell. (Both have horrible film adaptations though.)


#26

I don’t want to buy books, go to the library, or read books illegally; therefore, most of the books I read are in the public domain.
Surprisingly, one book I genuinely enjoyed was Moby Dick. Stubb was the best.


#27

Yeah, the books were better for Hunger Games, but luckily the films were pretty good. Though, I saw the film first, so that could also be why. Still, books just add more depth.
I don’t really read dystopias, not because I don’t like them, on the contrary, they’re actually really interesting, I just haven’t found many. I haven’t read many classics like those two (but I have heard of them, and I might do eventually). I read the first book of Divergent. Book was cool, interesting dynamic, but the film was absolutely atrocious and everyone told me not to bother reading the other two books so… yup. I liked the film ‘V for Vendetta’. not a book, but it was a really cool dystopia story. Great protagonist. X)


#28

Bookstores and libraries are my happy places :slight_smile:

@LTea Ever read the comic for V for Vendetta?


#29

Saw pictures of it, but I’m not much of a comic reader. I occasionally read manga (not the same, but meh) But tbh I think it’s more the actor of V that I just think aced the elegant suave of the ingenious rebel. X) Plus, that monologue.
:wink::ok_hand:


#30

I don’t read much although I do love to read. I do want to start reading more. Any recommendations of what to read?


#31

What kind of stories are you into? Genre, tropes, character types?


#32

Hmm, I don’t know I kind of like everything.


#33

Well, I finished the book I was talking about earlier. Had a sweet ending but nothing heart-wrenching. It was sort of expected ending—well, I expected the ending. One of those Fairy Tale happily ever after ones. Even though it wasn’t fantasy.

I have a bunch of other books I need to finish soon so I can bring them back to the library on time, so maybe I’ll have a reading session tonight.

I just realised I haven’t read any Fantasy books in awhile… I will have to search the library catalogue for one today.


#34

Well, that doesn’t really help people make suggestions. :thinking:
You could start with classics or popular stories in a certain genre. If you find you like certain types of films you can use that genre to find classic style books that follow it. For example, a classic romance would be something like ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (though it can be a slow read) or ‘The Princess Bride’, or something modern like ‘The fault in our stars’. (Idk, I don’t really read romance…)
I like to think I read everything at the end of the day, but there are somethings I prefer and others I don’t care for. That, and it’s been a while since I’ve done much reading too, so… yar.

If you’re asking in general, I’d suggest ‘The Hunger Games’ because it’s a bit all-rounded, and a good read, in my opinion.


#35

Alright, Thanks!


#36

I don’t know why this book came to mind but if you’ve never read “The Phantom Tollbooth” you should check it out! It’s such a good time, super creative and full of smart things :slight_smile:


#37

Thanks, I haven’t read that. I’ll check it out.


#38

So most of these are books I was assigned to read in school either this year or in previous years, and aren’t necessarily bad books in themselves. Just not my style and they were a drag to read, they made reading feel more like work and less like a hobby.

  • Buried Onions by Gary Soto
  • Earthshine by Theresa Nelson
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

These are just books that I’ve read and not been that into.

  • Into White by Randi Pink
  • The Romantics by Leah Konen (this one isn’t terrible and I also haven’t finished it yet but I’m not loving it so far)

Again, these aren’t necessarily bad books, but I did not like reading them.


#39

Well I haven’t finished yet (I’m only in chapter 12) but I kinda get pissed at Anne for thinking about how she always has to be important, but I like her interactions with Benswick, it kinda helps develop her character. However, i don’t want to stick to any opinion before I finish the book.

And I have to agree, Lizzie Bennet is the best, I love her (and find her to be quite relatable).


#40

I honestly don’t know how to feel about Darcy. I mean, he’s an awesome character and reading about his is delightful. But I know that in real life I would find him infuriating yet intriguing so I would probably never talk to him, and I wouldn’t get to see the complexity of his character.