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Lisa
Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:09:29 PM

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Why do you read? What draws you to books in general?

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AlfredB
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:35:17 PM

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Reading about different experiences. Learning. Escape.
shy_scribe
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:57:17 PM

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It's the best way to learn about writing. I've picked up lots of tips and figured out what I like and don't like about different writing styles.

I also like escaping into another world, seeing different things.
sassy
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 7:06:48 PM

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Reading takes me away from everything going on in my life. I'm transported to what I am reading.

"Tomorrow is a new day!" *from chicken little the movie"
Sassy
Raven
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 12:52:35 AM

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Reading is a wonderful escape for me I love to lose myself in a good book and be somebody other then who I am
Laura
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 1:08:30 PM

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I agree with everyone else. I love to sit and delve into another world. It's like I can almost see, smell and feel what the characters are seeing, smelling and feeling. My heart even races when they're scared or running, etc. The better the book and author the better my experience with it.

lt"I see o' night among the wins
The Devil walking widdershins
As stoney silent as the Sphinx
I sit upon the sandy links
And listen to the glittering spell
Of Asmodee, the Goat of Hell
"The Devil's Conversion" from the book "Konx Om Pax" by Aliester Crowley.
Ashleigh
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 4:50:13 PM

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It's like getting into someone else's head for a little while. And I am fascinated by how people think.



*** Click Here to Read Chapter One

Louise
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:00:46 AM

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Everything...My mom used to read to me when I was unable to. And since I learnt to read, I've had my nose in a book. The world inside those books took me to places. I like the smell of books. I love that excited feeling of getting a new book from a great author delivered to me. I love characters and good dialogue. I love falling in love with characters, rooting for them when they go through something life changing,watching them evolve,going through their heartache and emphasising with them. I love how my vocabulary has expanded because of reading.

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ladysharon
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:18:02 AM

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Escapism, learning about people, gaining ideas for new stories and poems. I find it to be very relaxing and therapeutic.

chuck
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:48:55 AM

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just like lady sharon, it's an escape from my boring little life into something unknown. Since I can use my senses, if the story is good enough, it feels like I'm living the story. I love the thrill of experiencing something I will never be able to experience in my own life, which is one reason I love horror so much, the visceral experience can be so powerful.
Louise
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 9:23:20 AM

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I remember once Chuck, I was reading a 'Kay Scarpetta' novel and I was pulled into this world of a serial killer. I was reading this one particularly gory,nail biting scene and was so engrossed that I never realised my boyfriend was in the room. He grabbed my shoulder to get my attention and I started screaming and the book went flying(grins)...

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chuck
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:47:31 PM

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Patricia Cornwell is a fantastic author. I've read, I think, the first 10 or so books in the Scarpetta series. There's one book that I can't read very often, and I read good books over and over again, because it is so intense. I think it is one of the most well named books on the planet, Intesity by Dean Koontz.
HoneyBee000
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 3:34:04 PM

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Books, magazines, newspapers its all the same to me! I lose track of time and like a smal child I go into my own world; I forget about food, drink, people, time and all I focus on is what I'm reading. When I have finished reading I always sigh and like a meditaion trance I come back to reality.
HoneyBee000
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 3:38:12 PM

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Louise wrote:
I remember once Chuck, I was reading a 'Kay Scarpetta' novel and I was pulled into this world of a serial killer. I was reading this one particularly gory,nail biting scene and was so engrossed that I never realised my boyfriend was in the room. He grabbed my shoulder to get my attention and I started screaming and the book went flying(grins)...



See to me that's what I love about books, is they way like Louise can really make me laugh out loud as if she was telling me what happened sittingright next to me.
Louise
Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 6:13:42 AM

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HoneyBee000 wrote:
Louise wrote:
I remember once Chuck, I was reading a 'Kay Scarpetta' novel and I was pulled into this world of a serial killer. I was reading this one particularly gory,nail biting scene and was so engrossed that I never realised my boyfriend was in the room. He grabbed my shoulder to get my attention and I started screaming and the book went flying(grins)...



See to me that's what I love about books, is they way like Louise can really make me laugh out loud as if she was telling me what happened sittingright next to me.


(giggles)..my boyfriend thought it was hilarious too. For ages everytime he walked into each room he did a pretend shriek and hand wave. Such a comedian

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Othello
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:52:29 PM

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Anything with a good plot that's easy to read.
etairay
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:01:42 AM

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laughing6 the adventure ..the joy ..the journey travelled by the writer and characters ..the discovery of a storyline(s) ..getting pulled in, wanting to know more ..the need to read another chapter ..the plot thickens ..needing to know what happens in the end with all the people and situations ..feeling good and staisfied with the end. Seeing a movie based on a book and knowing you rather have the book any day!! :)
DirtyMartini
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:14:36 AM

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Ashleigh wrote:
It's like getting into someone else's head for a little while. And I am fascinated by how people think.


A big Yes to that one...and also what Shy_Scribe said about learning about different writing styles...the only problem is that it takes me so much longer to read anything now that I started writing, especially if I'm reading something by an author I really like...it can take me an hour to read a darn short story...

And I was never really a fast reader...I was always the type that read every word anyway...just worse now...book

I once knew a drinker who had a moderating problem...

scooter
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:05:14 AM

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Three to four years ago, I'm afraid my answer would of been something like; I enjoy looking at the pictures
more than I do the reading part. I never had the time so it seemed.
Like DirtyMartini, I'm a very slow reader and I get caught up stumbling on many words that have more than
10 letters and even a few that only have four.

I've found the more I read, the less I stumble.
I can control the volume and the pace. There's nothing worse than a fast paced movie where they
jump from scene to scene in a confusing manner, all the while raising volume for effects.
A good author can create an intense scene with a few words.
I can take a commercial break anytime I choose.
I can even take a vacation and take the book with me, or come back to it.
I could stack 4 or 5 books and use them for a ladder, but I've only done that a few times.
I appreciate the fact that books don't have a flashing blue digital clock like most everything else in my house.
If I do happen to watch a good movie, in time I forget 90% of what I saw.
If I read a good book, I remember it word for word.

Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 5:07:56 PM

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Truth be told, I'm not sure. Different types of fiction have different rewards. Terry Pratchett's Discman series books always leave me in a better mood. The same is true with James McDonald Frazier's Flashmman historical romps. Dennis Franzen's Greendom left me in awe as that rarest of novels, a high-lit work that was also a good read. Re-reading something by Faulkner is like enjoying a great meal. And then there's non-fiction....

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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 5:12:17 PM

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Yes, I know Pratchett writes 'Discworld' not 'Discman' books. So sue me, already. :)

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

scooter
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 9:14:10 PM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Yes, I know Pratchett writes 'Discworld' not 'Discman' books. So sue me, already. :)

:glasses8(blushing) :


I never knew that Rump, but I do now!
But I'm still suing. All the fresh drinks left in your bar.
adele
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 7:39:36 PM

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I like reading as an escape. Even trashy novels can take you away from your troubles or responsibilities for awhile.

We don't know how much we don't know.
mylie
Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2012 8:14:06 PM

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Like almost everyone here, it's an escape from reality to a new world where you can imagine the story in your mind as you read on. Sometimes I can relate to a particular character as well. Call it crazy, I was in love with harry potter's character when I was younger (and I don't mean daniel radcliffe) and so wanted to scratch Cho Chang's face when I read about her and harry.

CKAcres
Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:59:17 AM

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The visual images that appear in my mind. I also like the twists an turns along the way, being captivated, needing to read more.
Learning from the story or poem, a good author can be an awesome teacher too.

I am also a slow reader, I feel that is to my benefit, because I don't miss much along the journey.

Keep reading and writing. thumbup

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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 4:19:58 AM

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Well put, CK.

This topic reminds me of that famous quote by Mark Twain:

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

dade30
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 7:27:43 AM

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I read different genre of books but the ones that interest me the most are suspense, thriller and mystery. Those books just give me goose bumps and increase my adrenalin while reading. I also like guessing the next scenes and the characters who reveals to be the traitor. I love the excitement.

Writing is not our JOB, it's OUR PASSION!
paulus
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I love learning, traveling, adventure and romance, I love exploring, investigating, seeing, feeling, experiencing, I love people, animals, nature and the world, and that is why I love reading, because that offers it all.

If life seems jolly rotten
there's something you've forgotten
and that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing

from Monty Python's "Life of Brian"
Ghostreader
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 3:23:39 AM

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I love reading because I just get lost in it (One page at a time :P) , if the book is great I would be gone for hours, if not for days.
LauraDanielle
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 12:48:19 PM

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I love reading. Becoming immersed in different worlds/scenarios, getting to know the characters and developing feels for them, whether that be disgust or happiness at their triumphs. I love it.

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