Confessions of a reader..  

rm_house_of_yes 40F
7/6/2006 5:12 pm
Confessions of a reader..

What we need are books that hit us like most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. ----Franz Kafka.

A friend (not exactly sure what else to call him) of mine recently asked for a book list. He didn't just want my favorites... he wanted to know what kind of impact the books have had on me. He's good that way. So I have been thinking and thinking and thinking all day about books. Which got me thinking about a conversation he and I had about readers. I would love to say that I was a bibliophile but I just don't think I'm there yet. I love to read and be pushed so hard with words that stir my being. I always have a book in my purse, books in my trunk, books at work, stacks in my house, and I'm usually listening to books on cd as well. If there is a chance to take time to read, I will do so.

I often reference my love of Rory Gilmore .... and her infatuation with books. (I adore that show)... her backpack full with books for all occasions.

RORY: No, the Milay is a biography, and sometimes if I'm on the bus and I pull out a biography and I think to myself, 'Well, I don't really feel like reading about a person's life right now' then I'll switch to the novel, and then sometimes if I'm not into the novel, I'll switch back.
LORELAI: Hold on. What is the Gore Vidal?
RORY: Oh, that's my lunch book, Vidal's essays.
LORELAI: Uh huh. But the Eudora Welty's not essays or a biography.
RORY: Right. It's short stories.

Anyway, I wouldn't say I'm a reading/book snob... I'm cool if you read magazines, journals or junk novels. I don't really care... as long as you are reading. True, for my own personal enjoyment I'm greatly interested in those that will go beyond the Grisham paperbacks. So maybe I am a little bit of a lit snob. It makes me nuts when people say "Oh I should read more" or "I don't like to read" I just want to shake them.. but instead I just nod and try not to walk away instantly.

Because in some alternate reality I think I'm a naughty librarian just waiting to burst.

Ohhhhh, how many times have I had fantasies about Professors reading to me out loud and quizzing me and spanking me if I wasn't paying attention... fantasies of being taken by force in a library and having someone whisper gloriously evil passages from de Sade into my ear. I'm such a fucking cliche... but I don't care.

I'll often ask people what their book is about... it is about as introverted-extroverted as I get. I like hanging out at libraries and book stores. I suppose I'm a reading geek and because I spent almost three years reading almost nothing but therapy books and research... that makes me a therapy-book-geek as well. I love readers.... and I secretly have a crush on like three people that work at Half Price Books.

Reading is sexy!

So what are you reading right now?

What would you recommend (considering the context of who I am) for me to read?

What books have had a large impact on your life?

rm_mainevern 52M
10197 posts
7/6/2006 5:46 pm

I read a lot of Sci-Fi and fantasy. I think that kind of book has had a lot of impact on my life by encouraging my imagination and instilling things in me like a strong sense of honor.

On the naughty side, I havn't been able to top Piers Anthony's Xanth books. Lots of peeking at panties, nymphs and satyrs running around "celebrating", and well endowed female centaurs

I Wanna Pull Purpletrashcan's Fucking Hair!

vrec_dawn 41M

7/7/2006 4:45 pm

**ROFL** Like mainevern I've done the Xanth books too. Though it got kind of old after the first ten or so, I still come back to them every so often, usually when the newest hits the affordable paperback stage, but strangely more for the weird air of innocense Piers likes to create and the character development than for the naughtiness and puns.

But in general I do mainly just stick to various genres of fiction, because I do enough learning new skills and deep thought at work. So I tend to leave my 'me' time for entertainment.

And if it's ever labelled as a "best seller" I'm usually loath to pick it up. My favorite authors are all ones that don't pander to the public but just write what they love. Not that all "best sellers" are bad, but...

I don't have a crush on anyone at Half Price Books, I just love the concept. I love used book stores, not just because they're cheap, but because I always feel guilty breaking in a new binding. If they're already broken in, then I won't feel bad. And there's something to that old book smell. It might not be an 'enjoyable' scent ... but it's a nostalgic one, so it's a strange happy. I really miss the used book store near where I lived in Alabama so long ago. That and a teriaki place that made their own sauce and it was just sooooo good. But I certainly don't miss Alabama.

I'm not sure what I could recommend for you that you'd like. We probably have pretty different tastes. Hmm... Maybe you'd get a kick out of Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber series though. There's a lot of interesting (IMH psychological aspects to the balance between Order and Chaos in there and the line between what our mind is capable of creating and what is beyond us. It makes a fun spice for an otherwise interesting story to me. So maybe you'd get a kick out of that. Or maybe Laurell K. Hamilton's faerie 'Meredith Gentry' books. Those can get fairly naughty. Her vampire 'Anita Blake' books are okay too ... though the later ones get pretty ... well, some authors just seem to get too full of themselves over time.

Anywho, there's my two cents, and then some, since I tend to ramble when I'm not depressed. Sorry.

vrec_dawn 41M

7/7/2006 4:47 pm

Interesting. I didn't know O and ) was a way to make an smiley. That's not in their key anywhere.

rm_agathon12 47M
1311 posts
7/7/2006 9:46 pm

I just finished a re-read of Bellow's "Humboldt's Gift" and I'm working on a commentary on Plato's "Republic" by a mentor of mine when I was in grad school. Bellow is incredibly funny and this mentor was the most intelligent man I have ever met so....

WivesRailsRubor 55M
105 posts
7/24/2006 11:29 am

Have you ever read a book that the story line had a married couple invite an extra male (MFM)for a sexual encounter and it was viewed by all as a positive experience. I have been looking for this for a long time . Any guidance would be appreciated.

SirMounts 103M

1/31/2007 1:41 am

house of yes...
I hope you're having a very HAPPY NEW YEAR, house of yes. *smiling*

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