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An online bookclub?

Poll #1588804 Book Club

If I were to create an online book club would you join?

It depends

If you said "It depends", why did you pick this?

What types of books would you like to read?

General Fiction
Science Fiction
Murder Mysteries
Free books online
Historical Fiction
Popular reading group

What books would you like to see in the reading group?

Any other suggestions?

Question 5 Continued


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Jul. 7th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
I'd totally join, as I'm a big reader, but I wouldn't be able to do it all the time, and I'm kind of afraid that the books I'd select or recommend would be offensive or too much for other people. But I've certainly got some good recommendations, as well...
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know about anyone else, but from your comments above I imagine I'd not have a problem. Not unless you were into seriously twisted stuff, haha. But horror & thriller makes up the large bulk of my movie collection. My books are spread over almost all genres. "Crime" would probably take up the biggest percentage, ranging from biographies to thrillers to mysteries to true-crime to classics to horror. lol. But yeah, I have some of nearly everything. =D
Jul. 7th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I've read some really good books that I'm sure others would consider twisted, I suppose. I don't read stuff, though, just for the sake of shock value...Most of what I like is creepy supernatural horror/thrillers, like Dean Koontz, John Saul, Richard Layman(who can be very graphic), and Barbara Michaels, to name a few. But I know some people that even at the mere mention of the word horror, their brain freezes up. :P
Jul. 7th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of the latter two, but the former two I certainly have no problem with. I'm not a huge Dean Koontz fan, but I don't mind his books, and a couple have been pretty good; I've always preferred King to him, though. I've only read one or two John Saul, but I enjoyed him. I highly doubt I'd mind your picks, heh.
Jul. 7th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Barbara Michaels is kind of Gothic horror/thriller. Very cool..Richard Layman is straight out pulp horror. Very graphic, gory, and sexual (sometimes not in a good way)...They're both good authors. Have you read the Odd Thomas books by Koontz? They're SO good. So is Intensity (my favorite book by him). John Saul..my fave by him is Second Child. Such a great book!!! Sorry...I get to talking about books, and it's not long before I'm recommending them. :P
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
haha, no worries, I'm always happy to have book recs. As I mentioned in another comment I have around 150 here unread, and just bought another 50 recently (BN sale, all of them for 2 bucks each, figure it was worth the hundo to buy a crapton now for so cheap rather than spending 8 friggin bucks a pop for normal price ones over time; but they're going to my mother so I will be getting them out here rather slowly), but regular novels like that I devour, def not more than 3 days to read one, and if it sucks me in that much and I have the time, I can easily read one in one day. =P So I can never have too many, haha.

I read Intensity back... goodness I think I was a Jr in high school, so, 11.5 yrs ago? I didn't dislike it but I wasn't crazy about it. My general opinion of his books. lol. I fairly recently read Tick Tock, which is a lot shorter than I prefer, but I thought it was a pretty fun amusing book, it made me laugh quite a bunch. If he wrote all his books so crazy (completely cliché but on purpose and laughing at it all the way, full of humor in the midst of dangerous stuff, etc, plus somewhat supernatural elements) I'd probably be a lot happier to read them. For whatever reason, I just don't find his normal books nearly as enthralling as other authors. They don't suck me in, ya know. But the stories are decent, so I'll still read them sometimes. I haven't read the other ones you mentioned. If I can find them cheap sometime, I'll give them a read. =)
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
I read pretty much anything and have an extensive collection on serial killers and the likes so I don't think it'd offend me too much. :) And I'm thinking that people won't be able to do it all the time; it gets to be too much.
Jul. 7th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
I'd join a fantasy & sci-fi group; most other genres aren't anything I particularly enjoy. Some crime novels are good, but the 'newer' ones I've tried to read in recent years just weren't the same as the Lillian O'Donnell novels I used to enjoy. Too much violence and pov from the badguys...which I don't like.

So, I'd probably not be all too active a member in a general book reading group.
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
It's okay Dem - I understand. If we do do a fantasy/sci-fi, I'll let you know. :)
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
My only constraint would be what I could get my hands on. I don't have unlimited funds (neither of us is working), and live in a non-English-speaking country. I have a large amount of unread books on my shelves (like, 150+) that I'd be happy to list and see if anyone would want to use any of those titles, or else anything on Gutenberg (though I am far more partial to "real" books than ebooks, I only like to use the reader for traveling, but obviously it'd be a bit much to expect everyone to limit themselves to my bookshelf, heh, so yeah). I won't pay for ebooks though, I dislike them therefore I won't throw money away on them. Only free ones.

As for subject matter, I will read almost anything aside of romance/chicklit. I'd rather shoot myself in the foot, sorry. lol.
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
LOL - I only read the romance when I'm feeling particularity down. For some reason, it makes me feel good sometimes.

As for books - I'll work on putting together a list of what I have to read too.
Jul. 8th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
See, they'd have the opposite affect on me. They're so unrealistic that it just makes me angry/sad. Men aren't really like the characters in books. At least, none I've ever met. There's tons of characters that I could completely fall in love with, and they give women (starting from the time we're little girls reading about "prince charmings" always coming to the rescue and being so dashing & daring) these completely false ideals for men. We yearn for these -bad boys with soft insides- and -tough macho men who glare at the world and would wipe everyone off it but then fall at only our feet- etc etc, these completely "perfect" men that are in almost all books. But these guys aren't real. They don't exist. 99.9% of tough badass macho men, are truly badass pigs, just like they appear to be. And the wonderful sweet men, don't go getting into fights over their loved one's honor and kicking the crap out of dirtbags, they don't actually make sweeping grand gestures that knock us off our feet, they don't say all the right things at all the right moments, and so on and so forth. They're only human! Why do we torture ourselves like this?! lol, sorry, it's one of my few book (and movie)-peeves. Even in the best of books, the men are like that. And in romance/chicklit junk, they're like thatx100! hahaha.

Annnnnnyways ;P I will work on compiling a list of all my books, and I'll also throw in the 50 titles I recently bought, that I could always ask my mom to send a specific one in her next box rather than just randomly grabbing a couple. =)
Jul. 9th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Oh I agree - guys like that don't exist and in truth, I'm glad they don't. Who'd want someone that perfect? It'd be annoying. That's probably why I enjoy them when I'm down - I can for a few minutes believe in the unbelievable.

As long as I get my laptop back tomorrow, I'll make the list this weekend of what's unpacked and on my bookshelf.
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome idea. I'd join too, if it weren't for the fact that my head has been miles away from books lately. I've barely even touched one the last couple of months.
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
If you ever get back into books - you're more then welcome. :)
Jul. 7th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
I would like to join! The only thing is that I don't get much reading done at the moment. In the winter I definitely would though because all I do is watch movies and read =)
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
There will be a place for you come winter! :)
Jul. 7th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
*psst* I snagged your IM names off your profile [and added them all, so the random requests you see pop up is me ;)], but maybe we should email too... I got the stuff cleared out, but I need your input on what "forums" (ie topic groups) you want to have on it. Right now I just put one for generic all-book chat, but we need to discuss what else you'd like. Do you go on messengers much? We have a fairly large time zone gap, but the weekend is approaching, so maybe we could chat about it then and get stuff set up? If you want to email me you can shoot me a mail to my username@lj, feel free. =)
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
I haven't been on the chat programs lately but I shall wander on and accept the requests. :) I spend more time on e-mail. I'm getting ready to go to bed (I'm exhausted) but I'll email you tomorrow.
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