Kat (ellisbell) wrote in thequestionclub,

my favorite pastime

Some questions about books:

1. Do you have time/like to read?

2. What do you usually read? (Internet, Newspapers, Fiction, Non-Fiction, etc.)

3. What is your favorite genre? (i.e. Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, etc.)

4. What are some of your favorite books and why?

5. Do you think reading is important for a child? What about for an adult?

1. I love to read; I usually read at school whenever I have a chance (like when my kids are taking a test) or at home before I go to bed. If I am particularly involved in a book I will read all weekend from the moment I wake up.

2. I read the news on the Web (Comcast), as well as certain websites (Slate.com, McSweeneys, LJ) and I devour books.

3. I like Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels (I just finished Phillip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials); classic romance like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre; biographies and books "about" something (like a book about elephants, or investing, or physics, or knitting, etc.) I also love to read cookbooks.

4. Still Life With Woodpecker - Tom Robbins. One of the funniest and most clever books I have ever read, even though it is somewhat dated by all his pop culture references.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire. This is the novel upon which the Broadway show is based; I haven't seen the show but I can't imagine that it could do justice to this incredibly creative, political and ultimately heartbreaking book.

1984 - George Orwell. I read this when I was 19 and it scared the shit out of me. I don't think I have ever looked at the world (or the government) the same way again.

Loose Woman - Sandra Cisneros. One of the only books of poetry I enjoy. It is hot and sultry and unapologetically female.

The Writing Life - Annie Dillard. A lovely little autobiographical slip of an book that details the travails and euphorias of being a writer.

There are a lot more, but it would take up more space than is necessary.
And of course I also love the books I mentioned in number 3.

5. Obviously I think reading is important for children, and there are statistics that show that a child who is read to when they are young does better in school later on; but I think as a culture most adults are not reading that much anymore. Other studies have also shown that the less you use your brain, the more it will atrophy; and the jury's still out on how much brain use is needed for surfing the net or watching TV. My hope is that adults will re-discover reading (for pleasure AND for information) and hopefully our national intelligence will go up a bit.
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