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Poll: What do you prefer to read at your leisure?
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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Books Jun 29, 2006

Marxism, History and biographies. Sometimes I use to read books about programming codes.

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Manuel Rodriguez  Identity Verified
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Newspaper Jun 29, 2006

For relaxing and entertainment, I'd rather read newspapers and magazines. However, I also enjoy reading classical books, but they require more of my concentration, especially if they are in latin.

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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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I chose Others because I wanted to mark more than one category Jun 30, 2006

*Classical/Adventures
*SciFi/Fantasy
*Mystery/Horror (Poe, Lovecraft!)
*Non fiction

I am reading so much these days!

Some of the last books I read:

Seda (Alessandro Baricco)
La Disparision (Georg Perec. I read it in Spanish, a real challenge for the translators who were in charge)
The foreign word (Vasilis Alexakis...beautiful book and highly recommended for translators)
Israfel (Abelardo Castillo) (Poe's life.)

Now I am reading Océano Mar by Alessandro Baricco. I am in the middle of the book and I don't know where it will lead me (who cares?... the path is GREAT.) Baricco is magic.

I wish I had more time to read more. (Just in case... I read at night).

Au

[Editado a las 2006-06-30 01:28]


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Niraja Nanjundan  Identity Verified
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Other Jun 30, 2006

I like reading fiction and non-fiction alike. Right now, I'm reading a book called "Maximum City" by Suketu Mehta (non-fiction). It's a very realistic and well-researched account of life in Mumbai (Bombay). I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in India or life in mega-cities.

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Pilar T. Bayle  Identity Verified
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:-) Jun 30, 2006


Seda (Alessandro Baricco)


I love that journey.

I am reading mostly history nowadays.

P.

www.pbayle.com/blogs


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Tough choice. Jun 30, 2006

Depends on my mood--but then, most of us would probably say the same!

I understand the limitations of the quick poll format, but this one really made it tough for me by lumping "mystery" with "horror." I dislike the "horror" genre, if that means Stephen King and the like. But I love mysteries--detective stories, stories with a puzzle to work out. I read Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine every month. I own a complete collection of the fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers, and am working on Rex Stout. I loved Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, particularly the former, though I certainly don't take their premises seriously! (It's *fiction,* folks!)

My second choice would have been thrillers. But I read some in every category listed.

Jane


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Horror Jun 30, 2006

Yes, I admit.
Besides reading my two daily papers (the local one and the New York Times), I haven't had the time to enjoy really good literature in months. Really good literature deserves better than being read five pages at a time. After dealing with marketing/legal/technical texts all day long, I need to clear my head and simply dive into a different world... I recommend the most recent Stephen King, "Cell".



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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Biography/autobiography Jun 30, 2006

The older I get, the more fascinated I am with what other people have done with their lives. When it's beautifully written, I can't put it down. For example, the autobiographical "West with the Night," by Beryl Markham was unbelievable. I later read a biography of her that revealed that it was her husband who wrote the book. That was my Africa phase, along with Isak Denisen's "Out of Africa" and many others. Then there were "Frida" and "Seabiscuit," page-turners, both.

This escape draws me so compellingly into another world that not only do I find the time, I _make_ the time.


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Lise Smidth  Identity Verified
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All sorts of fiction Jun 30, 2006

- but mostly novels by Austrian and Danish contemporary writers far away from the bestseller lists. (Ok - the last Danish book I read is an absolute bestseller author - Peter Høeg).

I try to read an equal amount of books in both languages.

And every now and then a thriller/detective story from anywhere in the world in Danish og German translation (or maybe even once in a while written in English).

I read newspapers mostly online, which means while I work


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Alfredo Tutino  Identity Verified
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other - that means, in short, everything (but horror) Jun 30, 2006

I vote other because I read practically everything...

Leaving aside newspapers and magazines, just yesterday, I finished a James Ellroy crime novel (in English); and a short list of my short reading list (that is, the books that I keep in a special places because I want to read them "soon") contains 2 more Ellroys, 3 other crime novels (translated), 3 translated SF books (one of them a collection of Chinese short stories translated into Italian!); and then fiction by David Forster Wallace; Murakami (translated); Le Carre; Holebecq; T.C. Boyle; Wu Ming (an Italian; it's a nom de plume) and Faulker; and non fiction books by J. Diamond and G. Edelmann; plus a short historical grammar of Italian, and a big (8 volumes!) history of science that I want al least to browse

Of course before I'll be half through it all I'll have at least doubled my short list... and it will be high time to make a shorter one...

I dislike most horror stories - don't ask me why; I found Baricco' "Seta" interesting but a bit anaemic; and I actively dislike Dan Brown's dull and unispired writing (also mildy dislike the idea that in The Code simple anagrams are called misteries, that he never finds the time of saying that the golden section is first and foremost a mathematical concept and the fact that the bad 'un is the left wing "radical -chic" "estremist"... - and, in short, I found his plot derivative, conventional and unispired...)

[Edited at 2006-06-30 08:00]


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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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Other, that is, everything, including horror! Jun 30, 2006

I am an indiscriminate and voracious reader with a wide area of interest. So I read almost anything. Magazines/periodicals are however, low in my priority.

I enjoy reading classical fiction, Premchand, Yashpal, Vrindavanlal Varma, Satyajit Ray (Feluda stories, which I have read both in Hindi and English), Charles Dicken (my only regret is that I have finished all his novels and that he did not complete his last one, Mystery of Edwin Drood, but I make up for this by reading them again and again, particularly Pickwick Papers).

I also like reading history, bigographies, autobiographies and natural history books. I finished off Jim Corbett, Keneth Anderson, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling (the two Jungle Books) and many other wildlife writers in my childhood itself, but I regularly come back to these authors even now.

I am a great fan of pulp fiction - Perry Mason and Agatha Christie are my favourite, but I have also read Wilky Collins and of course Sherlock Holmes. I have a personal copy of his collected works.

I read in several languages - Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, English and Sanskrit, and in each language I have my favourite books and authors.

For Malayalam it is undoubtedly Basheer.


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Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
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fiction in general, and fiction for young readers Jun 30, 2006

I like fiction in general, classics and contemporary, and I'm particularly fond of fiction for young readers.

When I read something I enjoy, I then tend to go through all the author's work.

Roberta


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Chiara Covili  Identity Verified
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Classics Jun 30, 2006

I love classics, in particular the novels of the XIXth century, like "Les misérables"

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Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
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Compulsive Reader Jun 30, 2006

That's me!!!
I'd read anything and everything... Well, that's my addiction. I'm better now that I'm grown up at least I'm not a traffic hazard that I used to be as a child (because of my reading). I used to read while walking down the road.


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