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        09-28-2013, 06:02 PM
      #21
    Trained
    Book obsessed here too. May I please join the club?

    I have to run down the battery in my kindle so I will stop If not I don't sleep, clean, work, nadda! Not till it's done, and I mean the series!!

    Growing up I read early but not as early as some of you! When I was 7 I was alone 24/7 because I couldn't handle the stress of Boys & Girls club and we couldn't afford a babysitter. So mom had to leave me to my own devices... Which meant ransacking her purse for change to buy a jawbreaker to suck on from the 5&10 while I spent the entire day at the library DEVOURING books! I cleaned out anything worth reading in the children/teen area within a month, then headed upstairs! The librarians got worried when I was checking out 10 adult novels at a time, they took my number and called mom. She had no idea and didn't think I could tackle them either. So I read them, out loud, not missing a word. I was reading at HS/college level at 7.

    I have absolutely no idea how many books I've read, or can remember which ones. There have been several times I've checked one out, got halfway through and thought... Crap, I read this 10 years ago.

    So my favorites... OF COURSE Earth's Children series too! I read CotCB when I was 10...
    Not exactly youth reading material but I was hooked!
    Then anything Anne Rice. Even the Sleeping Beauty series...
    Then on to Westerns: everything Larry McMurtry to Zane Grey, whatever.
    All the classics from Hemingway, Homer, Austin, Defoe, to Dodgson.
    Including their biographies which make the books even better.

    I'm pretty particular also, I am SO SO sick and tired of the same plot being told in a slightly different way!
    Death of some sort, rebirth, the same symbolism over and over again. If I catch it in a book soon enough I toss it.
    My obvious favorites involve independent characters, period pieces, historical accounts or based on history,
    Something I can LEARN FROM.

    The last series I devoured was Game of Thrones, can't wait for the next book.

    For the past three years I've mostly been inhaling information. Homesteading, animal husbandry, gardening, organic and sustainable practices, ancient cultures and diets, beekeeping, and now vermiculture and understanding microbes and nematodes that are beneficial to our health and that of our livestock/gardens...
    Interesting huh?

    Glad I'm not alone! I'd love to hear what you guys think is new and exciting!

    I have a question. Do any of you remember the book about the boy who lived in a hollowed out tree and ate acorns?
    I cannot for the life of me remember the title. I really want to read it again and to my daughter, who is also a book freak!

    Have any of you read "The Unicorn's Secret" series with your kids? I highly recommend it!
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        09-28-2013, 06:34 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I LOVE to read. I've always loved it since kindergarten and have always been one of the best readers in my grades up through high school.

    My favorite series that I've read over and over multiple times is Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Lord knows how many times I've cried reading those books LOL. The movie is nothing like the first book! I absolutely hated the movie! Super disappointment.

    I also love anything written by Chuck Palahniuk, who wrote Fight Club. Though his books are extremely explicit, I just love his style of writing. It's so entrancing. I love his book Invisible Monsters so much, I have the face on the cover and a quote from the book tattooed on me!
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        09-28-2013, 08:00 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    Ha Ha Fly Gap, I read CotCB at 11 years old. My parents aren't big readers so they didn't know about the adult content. I think I'd read the entire primary school library by the time I was ten, so I was allowed to borrow from the public library instead. I loved moving house while I was at university, cos each suburb had a whole new library to explore!
    At high school I used to drive my teachers nuts by reading in class. They'd think I couldn't read and listen at the same time, so they'd fire random questions at me. Freaked some out that I could answer correctly without even looking up from the book LOL.
    Last night I read a book someone gave my daughter (I like to check them out before she gets them, check the content etc, she's only ten) It freaked my son out that I read a 400 page novel in one evening LOL
         
        09-28-2013, 08:09 PM
      #24
    Super Moderator
    I didn't realize how much I read until I got a Nook for Christmas. I was a little shocked.... It's.... a ridiculous amount.... But I like it!
         
        09-28-2013, 08:21 PM
      #25
    Trained
    Ha ha! Yes! I usually read the entire text book the first week of class. So when I was doodling unicorns and cowboys on my notebooks they would fire questions at me. Always got them right!

    I read the entire Beautiful Creatures series in four days. Had to see what all the hype was about...
    Oh my brain was numb with teen angst and soppy mush, but some of the details were interesting. Especially in the last book's modern description of purgatory.
    I'm ashamed to admit that I have yet to read Dante's Inferno...

    Did you guys enjoy the CotCB movie back in the day? I'm sorry but I hated it!!! They made the characters look so stupid!
    I say we should all band together and produce a vision of our love for those books. Truly spectacular, and domesticating the first horse in TVoH?
    I loved that book and the rest with Ayla influencing history. My HERO!
    Seriously, if anyone asks me who's my hero I'd have to say Auel and her characters.
    And of course Washington, Lincoln, and Crusoe!

    Have you checked out "The Unicorn's Secret" for your daughter? Please do. An excellent safe series with some depth, slightly easy read, but very entertaining.
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        09-28-2013, 08:33 PM
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    When I was a teen and my dad was stationed in Germany I read just about every book in that library. I remember getting so desperate one summer that I read every Hardy's boy book in the series... In just a couple weeks!
         
        09-28-2013, 08:39 PM
      #27
    Trained
    Ouch! You poor dear!
    What are you reading now?
    I may have some time in November to really let loose, I am starving for a good read....

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        09-28-2013, 08:40 PM
      #28
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    Just finished some cheesy romance and am surfing barnes and nobles for my next victim.....
         
        09-28-2013, 08:43 PM
      #29
    Trained
    " The white queen???" All the Philippa Gregory stuff?
    I haven't started those yet, but enjoyed "The other Bolyen Girl" and the rest.
    Have you read "The Red Tent"? It was goooooooood.
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        09-28-2013, 09:29 PM
      #30
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    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    When I was a teen and my dad was stationed in Germany I read just about every book in that library. I remember getting so desperate one summer that I read every Hardy's boy book in the series... In just a couple weeks!
    Haha...same as me. I was there from age 13 to 16, and other than sports, reading was all there was to do. That was from 1960 - 1963, and German TV was only about 3 hours a night and mostly old US sitcoms with dubbed in German. I think my name was on the library card of 90% of the books in the school library...sometimes multiple times...
         

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