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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Booklover or Not???

What made you a booklover? Also, how do you classify someone as a booklover?

Booklover- noun- Someone who loves ( and usually collects) books.

I keep having this conversation with my husband, for some unknown reason it really “chaps his hide” so to speak for me to call myself a booklover. His reasoning is if I don’t like all books then I am not technically a booklover. I think if I am open to reading new books in or outside of the genres that I prefer then I am in fact a lover of books, whether I finish the entire book or not.
There are many books that he would like for me to read and though I try I can not make myself finish them. One of the books that I wasn’t able to finish , The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, I can not for the life of me get past the first few chapters. Others that he gives me like The Cleric Quintet by R. A. Salvatore and The Road by Cormac McCarthy, I just sail right through.

So tell me how you feel about this, do I really have to love all books to be a booklover or can I just like what I like while being open to new, exciting reads?

What do you think?
For this post I want you to tell me what book(s) got you hooked on reading? As a child or after you became an adult.


Isobael Liu said...

My first book that got me hooked on reading was "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I was, 3rd grade I think. I cried.

When I realized books had that much power, make me feel things, take me places outside of my own body, gave me a sense of worth, I was hooked.


Alexia561 said...

Embarrassed to say that I can't remember the book that got me hooked on reading. I've been reading for as long as I can remember so it was probably a children's book, but don't know which one.

I disagree with your husband and don't think that a booklover has to love all books. I love certain genres and am open to trying new ones, but certainly don't love them all. For instance, I'm not really into non-fiction, historical novels, sports-themed books, or religious fiction, but love paranormal and travel fiction.

Just like a sportslover doesn't have to love every single sport out there, a booklover doesn't have to love every single book. Does that make sense?

Demon Hunter said...

Booklover means that you love books---period. No one loves all books. If they do, they're lying. There is no way to love everything, especially when we all have different tastes, motives, etc.

My first reading love was Edgar Allen Poe. Now I read widely. Horror, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, and Sci-fi are my favorites, but I read all genres. :-D

I found you on Kelly Meding's blog. I am writing the first book in my AA urban fantasy series right now. I live in S.C. Hopefully you'll love my series as well. :-D


Demon Hunter said...

My first book that got me hooked was a children's book, and I cannot remember it's name. I was like 3. :-)

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I do consider myself a book lover but I usually read within the Speculative Fiction/PNR genres. I dare anyone to call me otherwise! *winks*

Seriously, I think as long as you have a love for reading, it doesn't matter what you are reading, just as long as you love what you are reading. Make sense? :)

BTW, R.A. Salvatore is one of my fav. authors.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading those books that had the gold binding as a child...can't remember what publisher...then as I grew older, I fell in love with mystery novels (many of which became movies) -Kiss the Girls, Hannibal, etc...then black fiction, specifically Eric Jerome Dickey, then Colin Channer and after that I took a long hiatus from fiction all together. Moved into History & Biographies/Autobiographies...

I knew I was a book lover when my ex didn't pay for my storage unit while I was out of town, which held 100 books, jewelry & other household items and I was more upset about losing the books than anything else.

I don't know...I can pretty much read anything and try to get something out of it. As long as it's well written...I may love it...

BreiaB said...

Isobael- I think I have always known the power of a good book, its part of the reason I cherish them so much. If a book can make me cry and I still want to finsh it, its a keeper.

Alexia- I agree with you but it seem to be oe of those things he and I will never agree on. He seems to forget that he introduced me to the R.A. Salvatore and Anne Rice books as well as many other types of books. I think he is just shocked that I don't like all of the books that he likes.

Demon Hunter- As soon as you're done with your book send it my way. I Love getting a new book almost as much as sitting down to read it. Paranormal/UF are my favorite books right now.

Donna- you and I have a lot of books in common. I had never read R.A. Salvatore until he gave it to me in college. Now I like a lot of that stuff. He also introduced me to the Piers Anthony Xanth books(love em).

Cheron- I would have been upset about the books too. I stopped by your blog today and loved it. Girl, you are an awesome storyteller. Was the Joyride a true story, because I could really see that happening.
I remember those Little Golden Books as a child. I had a ton of them. Now I like mostly fiction although I will try other stories especially if a friend gives it a good review. I love Horror, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Mystery, Still love romance but I don't buy it as much as I used to.
A well written story can hold my attention and I'll be done with the book before I know it. Thats all I am looking for, doesn't really matter what genre it is.

Thanks for the comments, you guys. It does my heart well to know people actually come to my little blog and read what I have to say.