Reader Introduction Thread
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I started an author introduction thread, and then I thought... so why should the authors get all the glory?
So here is a reader introduction thread for people who are not authors to briefly describe yourself and tell everyone what sorts of things you enjoy reading.
And I guess, since authors are also readers (usually), people who are authors can post here too if they don't duplicate anything that they have posted in the author introduction thread. Consider it a writing challenge. :)
Thank you for the opportunity to say I have been an avid reader since childhood. Now approaching my 91st birthday I can list speaking regularly to books groups, hosting a radio program, and being active here on LibraryThing. (As I have said to several authors on Hobnob: check my posted reviews to see if I am the reviewer for your book). All books are not equal (nor are all readers/reviewers) but the right combination enhances the chance to put books into the hands of appreciative readers which is what a reviewer does.
HI everyone! I'm a physicist, working at a research institute and I live in the Netherlands. I had to read English books in high school, and I was fortunate that we were allowed to choose non-literature books. Not in the last year, perhaps, but before that, we could read non-literature novels, as long as they were not for children. This showed me that reading in English was not that complicated, and was rather enjoyable. Combined with the prices of Dutch and English books (English books are significantly cheaper), that lead me to reading English books outside of school as well. Nowadays I hardly read Dutch books anymore. A good thing, since not all the books I read have been translated. I've been told by friends that there are quite some translation issues sometimes: names changing from book to book in a series, series only being partially translated, and so on.
I read mostly fantasy. I enjoy epic fantasy if it is well written, and I don't mind urban fantasy either, but not the kick-ass type. Meaning the sassy heroine type, and I don't like urbans with an overload of magical elements either (e.g. Jim Butcher). Recently, I've been reading a bit more SF than usual, and I'm enjoying that as well. Most important for me are the characters. If I hate the characters, the rest can be the best in the world, and I still won't enjoy the book. After that come plot and then world. I can enjoy both dramatic and suspenseful writing (Guy Gavriel Kay for instance), but I also really like a more distant approach (John Wyndham).
ooh I like that Esta. I'm going to steal the phrase and add it to my profile. I've been reviewing everything I read since about 2008 or so.
I'm a reader. Its what I do, if there are words in front of me, or in my eyeline anywhere the odds are pretty high that I'll read them. Anything. But of preference I'm a genre fiction reader - science fiction, fantasy, crime thrillers and adventure mostly. I like full worked out worlds; consistent and thought through backstories; explanations and details; I like moral ambiguity and balancing on the lines between right, evil, necessity, ability, honour, society, trust and a sense of adventure in whatever I'm reading.
The world would be a better place with more dragons in it.
Hopped into the reader thread to find some more authors to follow. I thought I was doing the right thing when I picked up Hilary Mantel's book "Bring up the Bodies." Here was a winner of the Booker prize 2012. I tried, I really did - but it read like a history book and after 70 pages I had had enough.
For someone who likes a story to rattle along, and prefers Koontz and King this was just too hard to get into.
I don't know about dragons in books - but 'Merlin' with the dragon is miles better than 'Atlantis.' (UK TV reference)
>5 oldstick: "I don't know about dragons in books - but 'Merlin' with the dragon is miles better than 'Atlantis.' "
Clearly that proves it. The world is better if it has dragons. :)
Hi! I'm a Canadian living in the USA, and the mother of six. I have many hobbies and interests, one of which is reading -- but I don't do it as much as when I was younger. Not that I'm unwilling to try new things, just that I have less opportunity to pick up books, and I frequently don't finish them when I do.
I think the books I like best are ones that take me somewhere fun and preferably new, and provide me with characters I can enjoy being in the company of. I like fantasy and science fiction (I adore well thought out worldbuilding), but I also read mysteries, romance, historical fiction... I'll give pretty much any genre a try except horror and erotica. I read non-fiction, too.
But I will quit reading if I'm not enjoying myself. Things I find enjoyable are: adventure, wit, healthy relationships, mysteries/puzzles, cleverness, humour, people achieving worthy goals with great effort (and other forms of heroism), and I'm generally in favor of awesomeness, as long as it doesn't get in the way of logic, common sense, or the forward momentum of the plot. If it's fiction, I do insist on there being a plot. And it has to keep moving forward, and not just stop and stagnate.
Things I don't find enjoyable: The author trying to control my emotions. Stupid protagonists. Stupid worldbuilding. Being treated as incapable of figuring out anything on my own. Too much description. Watching people copulate. Watching people angst. Watching people be evil... or even just venial. Watching people suffer for the sake of watching them suffer. All other forms of wallowing in the bad stuff that happens because this is somehow supposed to make the reader feel better when bad stuff happens to them -- that doesn't work for me.
And to the authors out there: I never respond to the free books for reviews postings, because I don't like writing reviews. So don't take it personally. I am, however, trying to compile a list of stories by Hobnob participants, that have been posted somewhere for free download as a longterm thing... as a writing sample or whatever. So if you have a free story available, let me know in this thread.
6: The author trying to control my emotions.
What do you mean by that, LShelby? How does the author try to control the reader's emotions?
I live in western France, while French is my native language I was also a fairly early fluent reader in English and Spanish as well.
I'm a lover of speculative fiction, magical realism, tales/myths/legends/epics from their original forms (or as close as I can get given considerations of language and the like) all the way to modern reinventions and retellings. Some historical fiction/non-fiction and mysteries too, though not as many as I used to.
Wasn't much of a reader of e-books until last summer when I got my Nexus 7 2nd Gen. Haven't bought much for it yet, but it's been great for new-to-me author samples and unowned classics and older texts that I intended to read someday but seldom managed to haul out of the library because "shinier" books already brought me to max allowed borrowed documents (or to the fraction of my own body weight I was ready to backpack back to my car when not particularly close by), the extra steps to request them out of storage, etc...
>7 zjakkelien: Some authors have a very active desire to make the reader feel about the situations they write about in a particular way. Orson Scott Card and Mary Gentle jump immediately to mind. They deliberately use all the tools in their writer's toolkit to achieve that particular result: Plot and situation, character backstory, characterization, description, figures of speech, foreshadowing, typing, paralleling... everything aimed at invoking that particular emotion. Most good writers do this at least a little, but some do it much more deliberately and to a much greater degree than others.
(This post was edited to cut it short, because I have a lot to say on this topic, but I probably shouldn't be saying it in this thread. I'll start a different one.)
I'm from the UK, in my late forties and am new to Librarything. I have been reading books since I learned to read, so for well in excess of forty years. My tastes don't tend towards romance or erotica or poetry, but I'll try pretty much anything.
I imported my list of books from Goodreads to LibraryThing. For a reason I can't begin to guess at, some of the editions shown on LT are in languages other than English. Sadly, I can't read (or write or speak) any language other than English, but it makes me smile to see books in Spanish or French or whatever in my library.
Thank you, zjakkelien! Like any new networking site (at least for me), it'll take time to get a feel for the place, but I like it so far.
For a reason I can't begin to guess at, some of the editions shown on LT are in languages other than English.
At a guess, it's because the ISBNs associated with the editions you've got listed on GoodReads are ISBNs for edition in another language, so when you imported your GoodReads catalogue to LT it imported the non-English details.
If I search for "Stephen King" on GoodReads (because I want to add a bunch of them quickly), I'll end up with a whole slew of book titles. Most of those titles are English, but some aren't. Notably, the editions listed for Cujo and Christine are, respectively, Spanish and French, the same language as listed in your LT library. If you added your books directly from the search page and you didn't search by ISBN, that's likely why they were imported in a non-English language. Otherwise... I'm afraid I have no clue. I hope that helps you understand what happened, though! ^_^
Thanks, lynn (from Connacht?). What you say makes sense, though I had no idea I was choosing a non-English version on GoodReads. No matter- as I said, it makes me smile when I see them.
Thanks for the help.
Welcome. ^-^ I only noticed these editions because I was actively looking for which ones came up in a search.
Any idea why English books are cheaper then Dutch? Are there not a lot of dutch publishers?
16: I suspect it is because the Dutch market is smaller, there being a lot less dutch speakers than there are English speakers. Also (and I'm not a 100 % sure about this), I believe that the price of books is raised to create funds for the support of new authors. I'm not sure if this accounts for everything, but the fact is, I recentely bought the ebook of The dirty streets of heaven and the price of the Dutch version was €14.99, the price of the english version was €5.92.
#16/17 I suspect that zjakkelien is right. The price of Dutch print books is likely higher than that of English books because the market is a lot smaller.
Think of it like, I don't know, a bit like dividing cake. The amount of cake someone gets depends on the amount of people you're dividing it over. Fewer people means that everyone gets more cake per person. Likewise, fewer books printed means more costs get heaped onto them, so they need to be more expensive just to recoup the investment, never mind turn a profit.
None of which explains the massive price difference zjakkelien describes for ebooks, though.
18: Well, the same argument goes for ebooks I suppose, but with less overall costs (print, distribution, and so on). Still, it's a large difference...
It does (despite traditional publishers' best efforts to charge along similar lines), but that doesn't explain the price for the Dutch book being pretty much three times higher than for the English one. I don't know how translation for books works (anywhere), but publishers would have to buy foreign (in this case Dutch) rights and then pay a translator to translate the book. Perhaps that's why the price is so much higher.
Let me introduce myself. I'm a 33 years old men from Canada (Quebec)
I'm a avid scifi / fantasy / horror reader with a huge respect for author. I'm working as an application developer (web, cloud stuff and big data technologies).
I joined this group after reading the FAQ on member giveaway hoping to exchange a little with other reader and author.
Last January, I started a big project, something I was hoping to do since a long time: to write a novel.
I'm a little under 8000 words now and try to write each day. That may sound funny, but 8000 words is longest thing I ever written and I am already proud of myself.
If I'm following my plan. I should get 50 000 words, at least I hope so.
The trick to writing a book is to start, and then to not stop until its done. So it sounds like you're doing it right to me! :)
Nice to meet you! What sff/horror do you enjoy reading? Just anything or are there particular subgenres you're drawn to?
Like LShelby said, sounds like you're doing it right with writing on your novel. ^_^ I hope you're enjoying yourself!
lynnoconnacht, LShelby : sorry to have missed your kind response! I was so busy (work) and forgot to flag this topic as Favorite.
I really like books where the author explores the border between human and technologies (like cyberpunk stuff).
This is a topic I'm also trying to have in my own book ( 13,000 words now :) ! )
So I've been here for like half an hour now, most of that time setting up something of a profile. I have yet to see anywhere where I can distinguish myself as an author. If that is not an issue here, that's cool. Just wondering how I can list the books I've read vs the books I've written.
Hi, AnnaWalls! Welcome to Library Thing.
Typically one catalogs the books one owns, and one tends to own copies of one's own books, so your books would just be a part of your library catalog as would any other books.
If you want to separate them out in some way within your own catalog, you can either use tags or collections to do so.
(Personally I put the books I have written in the default Wishlist collection, because I use the list feature for my actual wishlist, and so that collection was unused, and the pretty purplish checkmarks that it shows were going to waste. I could have created a new custom collection with a more appropriate name, but then my books would have shown up with grey checkmarks instead, and I liked purple better.)
Also, as soon as any book by you is listed on LT, an author page will be created for the author of that book (you!) and you can go to that author page and click on the link in the top right corner in order to let LT know that you the LT user and you the author are in fact the same person.
Whether or not you place the books you've written in your catalog, as long as someone somewhere on LT has listed them, they will show up on your author page.
I hope this explanation helps you.
My name is Alysia and I live in the USA. I have 4 dogs and 1 cat. I have no children and I work full-time but in my free time I love to read. I read almost everything and try to write reviews on everything I read as well. My favorites would have to be horror, supernatural, fantasy, and YA. But any book that keeps me engaged is a great book for me. I have a niece that loves to read and is thinking about becoming a writer some day. I try to share books with her when I can, she reads so fast I want to make sure she can read before I give them to her in case the are too adult for her. I'm new to the Library Thing website but so far I really like. I can't wait to get started reading all these wonderful books. I got a Kindle a few years ago because my husband was tired of building more books shelves for all of my books. lol :) Nice to meet you all. Happy New Year!!
Welcome & Happy New Year Alysia! I agree with Gary. As a writer, and I'm sure others would agree, I'd be interested to hear your input and what keeps you ticking as an avid reader!
I've been on Librarything for a while, and I've been subscribed to this group for years, but I'm usually more of a lurker than a talker. But I've started working in an independent bookstore, and being a part of the book trade (albeit a very small one) has got me thinking about authors in a new way.
Sometimes I have questions that I don't feel comfortable asking in my professional role of one of the authors we work with, but I still want to know the answers and perspectives of writers on the subject. So that's what's finally got me posting here after merely silently stalking the group for so long.
Welcome Makaiju, and do prod and poke the authors. :)
I too like Reading_fox said back in 2013 read everything in front of me (BF makes fun of me b/c I can't not). As a young girl series were my favorite - Babysitter's Club & Saddle Club to name a few - as they still are. I enjoy getting to know characters and worlds then following along with their life. The suspense of waiting for the next installment can be exciting. I prefer some Sci-Fi & I say some because I'm not a big "space" sci-fi fan, perhaps I'm still feeling out my genres. These days I read the blurb and take it from there. I think I can tell you more about what I don't read than what I do: (no offense) don't care for romance, fantasies about werewolves, fairies, vampires, or zombies (don't think zombies fit this genre, but you get me). Mysteries have always been a favorite, especially those of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series. I like an active, and at least relatively fast moving plot with fleshed out characters and believable antagonists. Info-dumps and drawn out backstories all lumped together turn me off, as does a story that just drags on and on without the author ever having said, "I think my reader gets the point". (Authors, let's ask ourselves that first so the reader doesn't have to.)
I also read non-fiction, mostly science related and often about birds, animals in general or the environment. However my interests range beyond that including some history and psychology to name a few very broad subjects. Lastly (don't know if I can say that accurately) I read poetry. I haven't always read poetry but I am glad to have added it to my list. I've found many poets whom I've come to admire and gain much encouragement and motivation from. It seems the trick to reading poetry - if you're not already inclined to - is finding the type of poetry and the right poet for you. This I have succeeded in doing and I look forward to continuing to do so. I enjoy poets like Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Ellen Bass, & Kay Ryan to name a few.
I'm sure there are things I left out about my reading interests but if I go on this will just wind up being too long. ;-) Oh did I mention I'm an e-reader as well as a print reader, I feel I must have them both.
Hi everyone! I like to review the books I read and I love to have my books all laid out in front of me with lots of tags and details, so LibraryThing was clearly designed with me in mind.
Generally, I'll read anything, with an emphasis on literary fiction, that undefined creature, that naturally morphs into genre fiction and vice versa. I like to follow the various awards and find the short and long lists to be excellent starting points for book browsing. I also read non-fiction, but not as much as fiction. If it's well-written, I will enjoy it, although I prefer authors who are doing something new or inventive. I'm focusing this year on reading a larger proportion of women authors and I'm interested in reading authors from places other than the US and UK, as I read too few of them as well. I like to stretch what I read and most of the books I read were first suggested by readers on LT.
I'm always up for any discussion of what's going on in the book world.
>33 RidgewayGirl: "I love to have my books all laid out in front of me with lots of tags and details, so LibraryThing was clearly designed with me in mind."
It was indeed. Welcome to Hobnob! :)
I am Doctor of physics and am translating books of my daughter, who is in the last couple of years of gymnasium (school in Germany).
This process of translation (and stories themselves) greatly fascinate me, as I find many parts (of the novels) addressed to me or even give answers to my questions that I never asked her. They are wonderful stories, and I am sure - young adults will enjoy reading them very much - as they are about many important things in life, but presented as interesting adventure stories ...
Anyway, if anyone wants to download her 2 books, Terra incognita and A journey to the Green Country, please, feel free to do so, and maybe give a comment or review if you wish.
Kindle Edition - free promotion is now on (18-19 May):
Hi everyone in LibraryThing,
I worked as a volunteer teaching children, amongst other places, in a Catholic Mission in Mexico, for a NGO for Street Children in Oaxaca-Mexico, a NGO for Indigenous People in Ayutla-Mexico and with Mother Theresa in Calcutta-India.
I learnt different massages in Thailand, India, Japan, England and Spain, and lived basically in India for 15 years attending philosophy and spiritual teachings and seminars, doing spiritual retreats in India and Nepal, at the same time that learnt and shared with shamans in those countries and in Latin-America and Philippines. I also learnt Tibetan Medicine with a teacher of Ment-See-Khan in Dharamsala, Reiki in Nepal, Tarot Card Reading in Guatemala, ESP Development (Extra Sensory Perception) with Jaime Licauco in the Philippines and Intuition with teachers from different countries.
Currently I´m working in Germany giving massages and coaching, Psychology advise, as hypnotist, and do tarot cards readings and clairvoyance.
As you can read by my bio, sorry but I´m not that much interested in romances, or terror things. In this moment I´m learning a kind of alternative medicine that one has to do here in Germany in order to be allow to work with any alternative stuff, so my times goes there, other than in my work and in promoting my book, which takes a lot of time also.
Actually, I need to have some reviews and if someone is interested in having the book in a pdf format (I´m not such a good computer person, don´t know how to do it otherwise) in exchange for a review, please drop me a line.
I see that I haven't introduced myself on this thread. So, this is the thread for readers, not authors. #35 and #36 didn't get that right.
I'm 60plus and I'm drowning in books. I now have more than I'll ever get to read in one lifetime. That doesn't keep me from having 30 to 50 books out on my library card at any given time. I've worked as a children's librarian and as a marketing manager at Borders bookstore, so I am used to being able to satisfy my curiosities immediately with books in hand. Now I keep a tab to the public library catalog open when I'm on LT, and order indiscriminately.
I read about equally in fiction and non-fiction. Fiction is usually current fantasy, tattered but still lovely pre-1950s books, and I'm discovering that there are treasures and pleasures in some contemporary literature. In non-fiction, I read widely in science, history, biography, social sciences, agriculture, and anything else that catches my interest. I'm a very visual person, so illustrations and photography are passions too.
I try to help new author members get themselves settled here on LT with author page issues, setting up series pages, that sort of thing.
Although there isn't much feedback on the author introduction thread, don't assume that it's not being read by other members. We are always glad to have new authors join us here.
>37 2wonderY: "So, this is the thread for readers, not authors. #35 and #36 didn't get that right."
Yeah, I don't really know how to respond to that kind of thing. I like to think that most authors are also readers, and so I wouldn't want to tell anyone "You can't post an introduction on the readers thread because you're an author!" But, at the same time, if you are introducing yourself on the reader thread, shouldn't you introduce yourself as a reader, and talk about who your favorite authors are, or something like that, instead of where your own book can be bought?
But maybe they meant to post it on the Author thread and just got confused or something.
Other than the authors who appear to be posting in the wrong place, I always get a kick out of reading the reader introductions. Readers usually talk less than the authors do around here, so it's neat to find out a little more about them. :)
This is Ruchira here.
A Writer, reviewer, and an author of three books.
I mostly pen contemporary fiction with drama, and thus love to read the same kind :)
I have always been an avid reader. My home library consists of over a thousand books (many are paperback and packed in boxes). I have a home based business which allows me to read late into the night when I simply can't put a book down. Of course my coffee maker gets lots of use. I enjoy most genres, but my favorites are thrillers, suspense, con-romance and syfi/fantasy. I would love to chat with other readers and especially writers. Having tried writing before, I appreciate their hard work and dedication.
I'm Khaled and I live in Singapore. I am the author of two thrillers, one which is scheduled to be released next year. I have a sweet tooth, and I enjoy the little things more than the noisy. Make sense?
I write because the little voice tells me - but here's the thing, my little voice wears a tuxedo. No, no, I'm not talking about SAW. I'm referring to a really decent chap who pushes me when I am too afraid to write. He's been good to me. I guess everyone needs a Mr. Miyagi in their life.
My name is Travis Ford.
I'm a self publushed author.
I set out years ago to travel away from my family in pursuit of a career in writing; novelist & a new life filled with success and & friends.
My genre(s) are mainly mystery & suspence fiction.
I'm Shelly Larsen, and I've just recently republished a fantasy adventure. I guess I'm a little excitable and energized- okay, fine. I'm very excitable and energized- and man do I enjoy writing. I wrote my first full novel when I was fifteen, and it was-just-the-worst. Hehe. I've come a long way since then, but one thing hasn't changed: I still have a burning desire to share the ideas that seem to be bursting out of my head. I love inventing characters with depth and stories that are original. Being an active and lucid dreamer definitely helps the process.
When I manage to stay centered in reality on this dimension, I'm a stay-at-home mom, but I was a General Manager at a movie theater before that. I love movies and books, books and movies even though I'm a slug-slow reader. Still, that perfect escape of a great story is well worth it.
My husband and I have also flipped four houses while living in them in order to supplement out income. It's very hard work, but it's worth it, although, I will say that it didn't always seem that way. There I was in our first house after moving to a state where I didn't know anybody, and my husband was unexpectedly deployed. It was -15 in the middle of a snowy winter, and the house had no heat, no water and no electricity. Talk about a quick learning curve. Hehe. What are adventures for, anyway? Sometimes the suckiest things make the best stories later...
If you're interested in checking out my page:
Hello everyone. I am Olivia Gaines an author and avid reader. I write contemporary sensual romantic comedies with heart.
Hello everyone, I have just written and self-published my first book: Beyond Absolute.
I have been reading from a very you age, and have aways loved how timeless I feel when I do.
Anyway, if anyone would like a free copy just message me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and I would be very appreciative if you could get in contact and give me some feedback and other such things.
Peace & Love.
p.s. I will post a link to the actual version if anyone is brave enough to buy it haha.
Hello there. I'm Sujay Rittikar, a teen writer. I'm an amateur, self-published poet and writer. I've recently published a pre-order e-book and book at amazon and have published free e-books at other platforms earlier. I'm somebody who loves to inspire and help out people by my books. My poems are meant for that purpose. So, do check my profile and books out.
I am both a reader & an author. My info is available on this site at http://www.librarything.com/profile/jconstant
To make my introduction more festive, I invite you to download for free an ebook, volume $4 of the Math-Art series, I’m making available 08/27 to 09/03 at http://bit.ly/RiemannManifolds
It is a short read, built around 20 illustrations combining mathematician B.Riemann’s geometry and Minoan culture.
Neither a scientific manual or a historical review, it represents well the focus of my work and research - building bridges between challenging sciences, meaningful cultures, and art - as a source of inspiration for all of us to enjoy.
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