I find it a little surprising that people are slowly getting out of the habit of reading books.Is it me? Or is it really happening?Specially when I see that people seem to be buying a lot of audio books, I wonder if print will ultimately fly out the window.

Do you still read books? Fiction or non-fiction? What kind of novels do you prefer? Name one author you like and why?
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Hi ^^V...

I'm posessed of reading books *_*!...
Maybe the school is one reason for it, but I like reading^^...
Right now, I'm reading "Coming of Age"... and Goethe's "Faust- Tragedy One" ( Don't think you know the second *_*)...
Before that I was reading "To kill a Mockingbird" but I'm interested in Comics/Mangas/Harry Potter/Short Stories and Fanfics , too ^-^...

I dont like these Book-CDs...I'm able to read in a very fast way, so it doesn't take too much time ^^...
I hear you, Anita! It happens in my country too; it has been happening since the advent of the 'infamous' internet.

But I personally think that nothing compares to a "real" book. It is so different from reading a computer screen and from hearing audio books. I have lost of books, even books from when my mother was a kid -and that was ages ago!

I love reading and I read almost everything that falls into my hands -other than newspapers perhaps. I read books both in English and in Spanish (my L1). I'm a fan of Shakespeare and have read most of his plays. I love O. Wilde unconditionally, and I like Dickens, Twain, Tennyson, Henry James, The Bronte sisters, Sommerset Maugham, Jane Austin and many many others. I am not fond of science fiction in general, but I love Ray Bradbury (I've read all his books), and I like Asimov. I have read many different authors and genres, from Plato to some weird stuff like John Norman's Gor saga (all 26 books!!), which, BTW, is very badly written!

I always try (struggle?) to make my students develop a taste for reading, but I must coonfess I do not always succeed. I do the same with my 6-year-old niece... but unfortunately it does not seem reading will be high among her priorities.

What do you enjoy reading, Anita?

Kyroyal, I read Dr Faustus and To Kill a Mockingbird years ago when I was a student. Also, some other things I didn't enjoy, such as Paradise Lost, Everyman, The Canterbury Tales; an awful novel called Tom Jones, etc. I know they have their importance in that they mark certain periods and tendencies in literature and you can learn lots about the society and the history of the times when those books were written, but I still don't like them! I like short stories, and I like fables. And I must admit I love fairy tales.

Two of my favourite books ever, which I have not mentioned so far, are Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I think Carrol was a genius!

Miriam
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Hi,

it seems it happens everywhere. I've read an article concerning these Book-CDs. It may be great for young children, even if I think parents'voice is the best thing for them, and it is a moment between parents and children. To me,yes I still read books. I really like it. But not thanks to the High School or grammar School because they "force" pupils to read books. I really read books since I'm in Uni.

My favorite author is André Malraux, a french writer who dies in 1976, and was a Minister. His best one for me is "La Condition Humaine" sorry, I don't know the english translation. I also read some of Camus' book, sorry another french writer. Nevertheless, I also like Oscar Wilde and one of his best quotation is (to me) "cos all Man kills the thing he loves"

At the moment, I'm reading Harry Potter as previous ones...

Definitly, there's nothing more than a real book in your hands, the feeling of the paper...
I have never bought audio book. I prefer reading of course. I like horror, historical and mysteric books. My favourite writers are Stephen King and Amin Maalouf.

And also I write some stories I like writing as well. Emotion: smile
Miriam... I personally think that nothing compares to a "real" book. It is so different from reading a computer screen and from hearing audio books.

Yes, I agree.

I find reading from a computer screen quite difficult. Unfortunately for me, a trip to the nearest decent book store takes the best part of a day. As a result I am reading more and more e-books (downloaded from the internet via P2P). It does become easier with practice. Correct adjustment of the monitor is very important so as to avoid eye strain. I also find a good mouse with a smooth wheel helps.
I still haven't found fast ways to bookmark, highlight, or word search multipage .pdf files, but I probably will soon.

P2P is great! Most people think it is only good for .mp3 files and movie files, but there is rapidly increasing amount of other good material available.
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MiriamI always try (struggle?) to make my students develop a taste for reading, but I must coonfess I do not always succeed. I do the same with my 6-year-old niece... but unfortunately it does not seem reading will be high among her priorities.

I think the fault is, that the children had their first contact with literature in the school. Some kids aren't interested in it, because it's a duty for them to read books. I think, parents have to start reading out loud fairy tales for them when the are really young. They must see that their parents are interested in literature, too.
I can imagine that no one wants to read some stuff , when the others don't have to...
When these people grew up, they throw the books away as soon as they can. What a pitty...
I read somewhere that up until now the trend has been for people to read less. But now, in Australia at least, the trend is reversing and there are more people reading books for pleasure. There have been a record number of book clubs spring up and more book shops opening.
I am part of a bookclub. I love it, it makes reading a book so much more fun when you can discuss it with others who have read it. We take turns in choosing what book we will read and we read one a month. Then we meet in a coffee shop on a Saturday afternoon to discuss it. Absolute pleasure.

Perhaps we could start a book club here at EnglishForward.
One of the moderators could choose one book each month, then we could discuss it in an appropriate forum.
We would need to know sometime before hand what books are coming up so we would have time to get it.

Hello everyone,

I am fresh here.

Yes, reading is joyful and i still can recall the time when i could get so much fun and satisfaction from a book! But i have to admit it's long ago! Busy life, hook-up with computer and all those stuff just kill our time of reading, and somehow they just deprive part of our pleasure. Now i think it's time to find great books and just enjoy!



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