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I Love Reading Fantasy!
What is Your Favourite Book Genre?
I absolutely LOVE reading and ever since I was introduced to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, I have loved the Fantasy Genre. I have a very specific taste and like reading stories based in Medieval type settings with Magic, Dragons and so on.
I have recently been lucky enough to shift to an e-book reader and now that I don't have to struggle with carrying heavy books around, I am really enjoying the experience. Don't get me wrong, I love the feel of a book, but trust me, Robert Jordan's books can get quite heavy on the hands and bag and as I've recently been re-reading the Wheel of Time series, I've really appreciated the fact that I only have to carry a thin tablet around!
Image Credit: Anne Stokes
I Read Fiction
to Take my Mind Away to Faraway Fantasy Worlds
Preferably populated by magic wielding sorcerors, dragons and elves and the people that keep company with such an illustrious line-up. This happens every time I take a Coffee Break. I love coffee...cappucinos especially!
...'scuze me I'll be back now, just grabbing a cuppa...
Photo my own, Copyrighted
I've just finished reading this: - Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series
I've recently reread the WHOLE series after getting it as e-books...whew!!!
Our library where I started reading the books, has over the years had to ditch some of the titles that got worn out, so there were serious gaps here and there. So I got hold of the whole series as e-books so I could re-read them from the start rather than just read the one's I missed! What an endeavor! It took me almost a year to read the 14 long, very long(!) novels, but I'm finally DONE!
I hadn't previously read the last final one so it was the perfect ending to my long association with all my favourite characters...and that kept me up later at night than planned!
Wow! What an amazing effort of both Jordan and Anderson who had to follow up and complete the series after Jordan's untimely death. A very well created fantasy world with unique concepts and ideas.
I for one would like to have the abilities of the Aes Sedai, especially the instant Healing. Imagine just fixing wounds and broken bones in an instant?! That would be absolutely awesome...sigh.
The rivetting conclusion to an amazing series of wonderful and awe inspiring abilities, agony and the courage to face it all.
But Most of All
I LOVE DRAGONS
Did I mention...I LOVE Dragons! - Some Amazing Dragon Wallpapers
Dragons of Pern - My first real taste of Dragons
The first three books of this series was a gift from a friend and with them, I fell in love with Dragons! Anne McCaffrey created a most amazing world of dragons and their riders that are telepathically linked to them. It inspired me immensely and my love of this type of dragon stems totally from this very talented author's imagination.
I've now discovered that there are more books in the series that I haven't read yet, so I got hold of them and have caught up!
Her son Tod continued in her footsteps and wrote a whole lot of books as well. I'm glad he did, they were awesome too!
I've recently finished reading just about the whole series of Pern novels and really enjoyed re-connecting with old friends!
I also thoroughly enjoyed the new perspective of Anne McCaffrey's son Todd in all the books that he wrote. I think it's great that he could continue in the world his mother created with his take on it. It's refreshing to explore it from another viewpoint.
The original books that introduced me to this wonderful world!
Is there a Dragon in Your life?
Do you like Dragons?
Lord of the Rings - The book that started my Fantasy Journey
Tolkien started the whole Elves, Trolls, Goblins and Magic thing...and did for fantasy what Frank Herbert did for Science Fiction with Dune.
is not your thing...
Do you like Goblins, Elves, Blood and Guts, Ghosts, Clever Detective work...
Come on, spit it out! We'd love to know.
And if you read Manga...please let me know what the heck it is?!
Fiction or Non-Fiction? - Do you read both? Or prefer one?
I love reading fiction, but I'm also a student of a lot of things in my professional life, so I read a lot of non-fiction as well. I also like to improve myself, so Self-Development books are on my reading list too.
Our local library is great, but I've found so many great free e-books online, that this is now my greatest source of help-yourself books!
Make Believe? Or Real?
Websites for Book Lovers - Virtual Library Sites for Sharing, Discussing and Reviewing your Reading Experience
According to the Reader's Digest there are several places online that book lovers can utilise to share their love of books with likeminded people.
These are the top 3 sites where you can keep tabs on your books in your own virtual library.
I personally use GoodReads. Of these three Goodreads have an author program which I like as I'm planning on publishing my own books soon! They make it easy to interact with authors, just up my street.
LibraryThing has an Early Reviewers section that gives out free pre-publication copies of books in exchange for your reviews.
- Library Thing
You can write about yourself and your library, or you can keep your information completely private. You can list your favorite authors, bookstores and libraries, leave comments for other members, and see interesting data about your books. You can joi
Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently
- Amazon's Shelfari
Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favorite books. Connected to your Amazon Account.
Do you have a Virtual Bookshelf? - Do you keep tabs?
Do you share your love of books?
I love the smell and feel of a real book and I will always have books on my numerous shelves. But after being given a Kindle by a friend, I have grown to love the freedom of not having to carry heavy books around. (I'm always busy with more than one...)
My Kindle sadly suffered from a frozen screen last year, in the middle of a book...aggggghhhh...
but then I won a tablet at the end of the year and haven't looked back since. I now read in colour thank you very much and am enjoying the variety of Apps for reading and finding ebooks immensely.
What's your favourite way of reading? Would love to hear about your experiences!