Showing posts with label Reader Survey's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reader Survey's. Show all posts

Friday, June 18, 2010

Magazines Vs. Books

I’m going to go out on a limb here and change tactics for a moment and discuss, not my love for books today, but my deep and undying love for magazines. I have always loved magazines. I don’t know why. I think they are delightful companions for something to read while watching TV, while on a road trip, waiting at the airport (waiting anywhere really) and they are good for discussing useless (and useful!) learned tidbits with your girlfriends/boyfriend, getting recipes, etc.

My magazines of choice have undoubtedly changed as I’ve gotten older but my loyalty to them has never wavered. I think my first subscription was probably to Highlights and oh boy, every month I couldn’t wait to get some ‘real mail’ like an adult, that was just for me! Now as a ‘real adult’, I am equally excited to get some ‘real mail’ that isn’t a bill! 

As I grew my tastes changed to Teen and Seventeen as a teenager, learning how to style myself for Prom and deal with zits and periods.  Then as I went off to college I needed to get some more mature magazines so I switched to Marie Claire and Glamour (which I still religiously get now!) to teach me about how to deal with real men ;).

In addition to these I get some more fashion magazines like Lucky and InStyle, although Lucky is starting to be a bit too young for me. In I’ve added some magazines to keep me fit, Self, and to help me figure out things with life, O, the Oprah Magazine, and around the house, Real Simple.

Someday I may, who knows buy a wedding magazine or a parenting magazine but these days aren’t here yet. One thing’s for sure, for me one of life’s simple pleasures is a new magazine, a lazy afternoon and nothing else to do!

Do you like to read magazines too? If so, which one's your favorite? I know I couldn’t pick just one! :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Books That Bring Me Comfort

What types of books do you turn to when all you need is a smile? I found myself wondering this recently when I've been dealt a tragedy and knowing that when sleep doesn't come easily I need something that I want to read. I need a book that brings me comfort. The literary equivalent of a warm cup of cocoa and a blanket if you will. This post may verge on the dark so please bear with me a bit!

I am sure for everyone these types of books vary and probably depending on whatever it is you are trying to escape, the type of book you are looking for is different. I know whenever I go through a bad break-up I reach for the same book over and over again, the one and only 'Bridget Jones's Diary'. I know that book will bring a smile to my face like no other.

This tragedy, a family one, is new for me, and chick lit, which usually brings a smile to my face without a doubt, somehow doesn't seem quite right. I feel like I need something a little bit deeper, a little bit more soul searching but I don't want it to go into some uncharted territory that may hurt too much. Usually for me, that means domestic fiction, the likes of which Barbara Kingslover or maybe someone I've recently found, Elizabeth Berg, might fill the need.

How about you? What types of books do you reach for when you need comfort?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Booky Questions!

I saw this little book questionnaire over at Alexia's Books and Such... and thought I would give it a try. Although this one asks some tough questions I am going to be honest (and not try to just sound smart for all of you!). To me these kinds of things let you really know what I like to read - it's just like putting my Ipod on shuffle!

Rules of this survey - no two answers can be the same book and all books must be fiction.

  • Book next to your bed right now: 'Love Rules' by Freya North
  • Favorite series: 'Outlander' Series by Diana Gabaldon - don't know if I've ever read a series so quickly until I picked that one up one summer in college!
  • Favorite book: like ever? I often say 'White Teeth' by Zadie Smith but secretly it's probably 'The Edge of Reason' by Helen Fielding
  • The one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: 'Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingslover
  • Book/series you would take with you on a long flight: something, anything by Marian Keyes because than I am pretty much guaranteed to like it
  • Worst book you were made to read in school: Anything by Ernest Hemingway - sorry NOT a fan
  • Book that everyone should be made to read in school: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee
  • Book that everyone should read, period: 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' by John Fowles
  • Favorite character: Scarlett O'Hara from 'Gone with the Wind'
  • Best villain: Mrs. Danvers from 'Rebecca'
  • Favorite concept series: What the hell is a concept series? Google didn't answer it. So this one's a pass so I'm guessing I haven't read one.
  • Favorite invented world: I tend to read books set in the present or the past so they are set in real worlds but as a child my absolute favorite world was that of the Berenstain Bears – seriously nothing got better than that for me!
  • Most beautifully written book: 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Funniest book: ‘My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands’ by Chelsea Handler
Which of the above questions was hardest to answer? The one about the concept series. Am I totally missing something there?

What would some of your answers be? Do you agree with any of mine?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Who Do You Love?

My First Love

This article was recently posted on which had reported the results of a survey which asked, "Who do you think is the most romantic character in literature?" I thought this was such a great question! Here are their top ten results (starting with most romantic):

1. Mr Rochester of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

2. Richard Sharpe of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series

3. Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

4. Heathcliff of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

5. Rhett Butler of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind

6. Mark Darcy, of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones’ Diary

7. Captain Corelli of Louis de Berniere’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

8. Henry DeTamble of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife

9. Gabriel Oak of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd

10. Rupert Campbell Black, of Jilly Cooper’s The Rutshire Chronicles

For me, I first stepped out of the 'young adult' genre in 7th grade and became the voracious reader that I am today. This was the year that I read 'Gone with the Wind' and Rhett Butler therefore would be my original literary love. Who can resist a good cad and we all now our first loves always stay with us. I would also have to say that the Darcy's - both of 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' - are current and probably perennial literary loves. For many of you, although I have never read them, I am guessing you are sad the love interest from 'Twilight' isn't on here! So who are your literary loves? Do you agree with the above list?

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