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Post by Gabeangel on Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:27 pm

I don't know about you but I'm a real book nut. When we moved house last year we realised just how many books Cariad and I have between us and it was crazy!!!! Lol


This is a thread for everyone who is a reader like us. Be it fiction or factual, come and tell us about your favourite books or the book you are reading at the moment or have just finished. Share reccomendations or just rave about your latest 'best book in the world'!

The walls in our little reading corner heee are lines with book shelves and there is a wonderful selection of beanbags, floor cushions and comfy chairs to relax in with a good read...make yourself comfortable and enjoy a good geek out together over everything that is good to read.

Please remember to trigger warn if it's a potentially triggering or heavy topic though.


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Post by Those Interrupted on Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:40 pm

"House of Leaves" and "The Rawshark Texts" are both great books. The first is extremely dark, dense, and at times frightening, but it really makes you think. The second is a much easier read but is also a bit of a mindscrew. Both make use of text art to really make the books come alive.

Ellen Hopkins has some amazing books ("Identical," "Crank," etc) but they tend to deal with very heavy and often triggering topics.

"We Have Always Lived in the Castle" is another great one, though again, it can get heavy... this is probably a theme for books that I like. Razz

Class wise, the Harry Potter books are amazing, as is Alice in Wonderland.
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Post by Gabeangel on Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:56 pm

Those first 2 sound like Cariad's kind of thing...hopefully she will come and check out this thread soon. I'm a wuss (the curse of an over active writers mind that takes anything scary and elaborates on it until im scared whitless!

...i like the sound of using text art to add to the feel of the story though so i may have to brave it to see how that works. I'm always looking to learn new techniques for my own writing and reading different things is a great way to do that.

'Identical' rings a bell, I'm not sure if i may have read that.

I do like a lot of heavier subjects too and you are welcome to still talk about those books here so long as you trigger warn it. I'm sure I'm not the only other person who would love to hear about those books too.

Harry Potter, i was just talking with Cariad the otger day about how much better it makes the whole world of that the way that JK Rowling didnt just write them and move on but still interacts with the fans and answers questions and lets out new bits of info every now and then. I read the other day that apparently Ginny became a professional Quiddich player and one of her and Harry's sons stole the Marauders map from Harry's desk and used it when he went to Hogwarts Very Happy

Have you read any of the newer books that put a twist on Alice in Wonderland? There's one I want to read that is based on the premise that Alice was committed to a mental hospital for the 'delusions' of Wonderland but then years later her daughter begins to experience the same things and fears she is 'going crazy' like her mother but then realises its all real.
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Post by Those Interrupted on Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:12 pm

If you read either, I'd recommend "The Raw Shark Texts." "House of Leaves" is massive and can be pretty difficult to read at times, both because it's so dense and difficult to follow and because of using the text as art. Here's an example page from both:
House of Leaves:

Raw Shark Texts:

The latter uses text art to enhance the story. The first often tries to tell the story in part through text art, so it can be a bit inaccessible, especially as you get farther in and the whole thing starts falling apart! It's really brilliantly done, though.

I'm not sure how to talk too much about "Identical" without accidently posting spoilers, so I'll just say it's written in prose (like all of Ellen Hopkin's books) and is about twin sisters.

"We Have Always Lived in a Castle" is just plain hard to describe. It's a gothic novel and I loved it, there. Razz

Yeah, JK Rowling is pretty amazing! I need to go back on Pottermore sometime and see what new things have been released, haha.

Some of the new versions, yeah. Currently, my favorite take actually isn't a book at all but the RPG guide by Jags. It's so intensely creepy but so wonderful, ahhhhh.
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