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16 July 2015 @ 07:41 pm
July Question Meme: Day Sixteen  
Asked by jaysta_11:

Do you like to read? Tell me about your favorite author or some of your favorite books. I won't limit you to a certain number.

While I am a slow reader, I definitely enjoy reading. It just takes me a little longer to get through a particular book, depending on how long it is and how often I sit down and read it. I also tend to read a few books at the same time, because sometimes I can get too impatient or I start reading the first page and just continue going.

One of my favorite authors of recent years has to be Natsuo Kirino. I was introduced to her writing from randomly picking up the novel Out at the bookstore, and I was absolutely blown away with the way she wrote and the characters, not to mention the story itself which actually unnerved me at certain points throughout the book. Real World and Grotesque are her other works that follow suit in being mysterious and unnerving that captivated me. I also recommend her to anyone who enjoys a good crime mystery and story. Another author I love has to be V.C. Andrews, at least with her earlier works (re: nothing with the ghostwriter, at least for the latter half of the books being released within the last decade or so). Her style of writing and the way she wrote completely fascinated me when I was in junior high, which is when I first was introduced to her through the Dollanganger series. Her works really made a huge impression on me, simply from the way she wrote. Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina are my top favorites, though I do recall some of the other series that I enjoyed reading through, like the Casteel and the Culter series. I think a revisit is in order.

With individual books, some of my favorites include To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (one of the few required reading assignments I actually liked in high school), Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, Lord of the Flies by William Golding (another required reading I enoyed), and Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates. With book series my all-time favorites have to be Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and Fearless by Francine Pascal. For my favorite books I read as a kid, Matilda by Roald Dahl definitely wins, along with Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell.

Obviously this isn't everything and I'm sure I missed quite a few that should've made this list, but you asked for some, so. (◕‿◕✿)
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R.: known in that first minute we metpenderies on July 17th, 2015 04:29 am (UTC)
I can be a slow reader or a fast reader, it honestly depends on my mood, haha.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 17th, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)
Same here. I also prefer to read more at night than during the day, preferably as I'm settling in for bed. Which leads to not really reading all that much since I end up getting tired. Heh. :3
Profiterole: Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec_profiterole_ on July 17th, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)
Yay, books! These days, I usually only read one at a time + various fics, that keeps me busy enough.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 17th, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
It's funny because I can read a dozen fics within a day, and yet I cannot do that with a single book I'm trying to finish. I find that very interesting, lol.
Julie: Original ★ books > peopleragnarok_08 on July 17th, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
Hooray for books :D

I can be either or, as it depends on what book I'm reading, I guess.
verdande_miverdande_mi on July 18th, 2015 11:27 am (UTC)
I have tried to only read one book at a time , but it never works. There's always other interesting books around to also dwell into :D
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 18th, 2015 06:55 pm (UTC)
It's not impossible for me to do that, and I have done it plenty times before, but I always find myself distracted by another book and before I know it I have, like, three books that I'm attempting to finish at the same time. lol
americana exotica: Constanceinterchanges on July 18th, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
I used to think I wasn't a slow reader, but recently I've been frustrated with the pace I read things at. When I try to read faster I end up going back and re-reading paragraphs (even pages) because I suddenly feel like I missed something or didn't properly understand/visualize it, so that doesn't help at all.

I really want to read more Japanese authors, but I never really see a book summary that intrigues me enough. I do want to read Battle Royale, though.

To Kill a Mockingbird was also one of the few required reading books I enjoyed, though I didn't enjoy having to read it twice (in 8th grade and 9th grade because my schools had different curriculums). I added a bunch of books I read in high school on goodreads just so I could give them 1 star ratings >__>

Matilda was one of my childhood favs as well. I liked Roald Dahl a lot, though I don't think I ever read as many of his books as I wanted to. I never read Island of the Blue Dolphins, but I found a copy of it when I cleaned out my room earlier this year. I think I got rid of it, because reading the description I didn't think I'd appreciate it at the age I'm at now, it's too bad I didn't read it when I was younger.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 19th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
I definitely recommend Battle Royale. I loved it along with the movie, the manga not so much.

I added a bunch of books I read in high school on goodreads just so I could give them 1 star ratings >__>

This makes me think about required reading as a whole, and how it polarizes so many people. There are undoubtedly some great books amongst those that are considered classics and lists schools have, however when you're pretty much forced to read them for assignments it doesn't really allow you the time to actually experience the book proper. And while some may be exposed to something they never thought they would before, others don't feel that way, may even be put off by something so much that they may never disassociate a particular book or author from just being a tedious school requirement. No matter how potentially good that thing may be.

On the other hand, sometimes revisiting those books later in life from a different perspective can change your opinion. It's like how I revisit certain books that I love, I always find something new and interesting that I didn't think before.

I think the only books I've ever read from Roald Dahl are Matilda, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach and The BFG. And it's interesting since he seems to have a lot of published works, and yet for the longest time I thought these were his only ones. Heh.

And Island of the Blue Dolphins is such a good book. I also remember watching the movie that was made a long time ago, as well, kind of coinciding with my reading of it.
americana exotica: Bernadetteinterchanges on July 20th, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
I own the movie and I've been meaning to read it for awhile. I think I even checked it out of the library once, but it was too long and I didn't have the time then to read it. Given what I have on deck, I probably won't get to it until next year, probably.

Yeah, required reading makes me sad because I've heard lots of people say they don't enjoy reading because of being forced to do it. I definitely think schools should re-examine what books they include in the curriculum. There are many classics that just aren't going to connect with today's audience, even if they have something important to say (and personally out of the books I hated the most, I can think of other books that have similar messages that could be studied instead).

At some point I'd like to try reading one of Roald Dahl's adult books but I don't know when I'll get around to that.
Samarsakuraberries on July 19th, 2015 03:22 pm (UTC)
I think I was made to read Island of the Blue Dolphins in fifth or sixth grade and I very distinctly remember loathing it, haha. Mostly because I found it super depressing, but also because I really hated (and still hate) books that lack dialogue, which is why I also hated Hatchet.

I really want to revisit To Kill a Mockingbird; I read it for school in seventh grade but I know reading it again now I would appreciate its plot and themes so much more.

Natsuo Kirino's stuff looks really interesting! And of course the part of me that's still nostalgic about anime remains a tiny bit obsessed with anything Japanese. Definitely adding to my list of things to read.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
Ah yes, Hatchet. It was required reading in seventh grade and I only vaguely remember what it was about, so it didn't really leave a huge impression on me, lol. But Island of the Blue Dolphins, I don't know, I think perhaps I remember it so fondly is because I had simultaneously watched the movie along with reading the book, and I liked that a lot.

After buying the leatherbound edition of the book from B&N, I did a reread and it's so interesting catching the things I didn't pick up initially.

What are your thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding the "new" book that was released?

Definitely do! Her works have elements of feminism in them, as well, which I was pleasantly surprised to see upon first reading them.
journeyanandrine on July 19th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
ooh how was grotesque in particular? i liked out and that one is next on my list!
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on July 20th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
I liked it, it was a fascinating and interesting story and, like most of her other books, has quite a few chilling moments. I think if you liked Out, you'll also like this one as well. :)
telly telly bo bellylusimeles on July 21st, 2015 06:11 am (UTC)
have you read confessions by kanae minato? judging by this list, i think you'd enjoy the novel.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 21st, 2015 07:30 am (UTC)
I haven't, but looking it up it certainly sounds very intriguing and I'll be sure to check it out as soon as I can. Thank you for the recommendation! :D