Do you read for pleasure? What do you read?

Indonesia
December 13, 2010 8:21pm CST
Lots of people like reading. Students might have to read books for their classes, teachers for teaching resources, editors because that's what they do for a living. But not that many people actually read for pleasure. If you're one of these few people who read for pleasure, then what kind(s) of reading do you enjoy the most? How often do you read? Is there any reading you want to recommend?
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@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Dec 10
I'm reading books about different countries... I read so I can be more informed about different cultures on our earth. But for pleasure I usually enjoy stories and even children's books.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
I think you should try reading about cultures of Indonesia, then. It has so many different ethnic groups with each of their own distinctive culture. I'm Indonesia but I haven't tried reading books about those ethnic groups. Keke.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
15 Dec 10
I did read a little book about Indonesia... And there was a page with lists of the different cultures there. I would like to look into more of it... I thought the festivities and dances were most interesting from what I read... also the puppet shows.
• Indonesia
26 Dec 10
I live in Java, where you can find puppet shows and Borobudur Temple. I haven't watched a full puppet show, though. There was once in the neighborhood but I was too young to stay awake and watch it.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
14 Dec 10
I love reading. My favorite author is Dean Koontz. The majority of his works are horror, but he has written things in many genres. I also like Charlaine Harris, who is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which is the series the tv show True Blood is based on. I really like horror and fantasy. How often I read always changes, sometimes I'll read every day for a long time and then I'll go months without reading sometimes. lol. It all depends on my mood and what I got going on in my life at the time. I also like to read articles and thing like that on the internet. I love reading poetry, spiritual things, and also random supernatural things. What kinds of things do you like to read? You ask us if we want to recommend anything, but it's hard for me to because I don't know what kinds of things you would find interesting. Anyways, happy reading and happy mylotting. :)
• Indonesia
14 Dec 10
I've read Sookie Stackhouse series and even watched 2 seasons of True Blood. The series is pretty good for imagination, I suppose. I like many genres and it depends on my mood too, whether I want to read romance or adventure or horror or science fiction or fantasy. So far I've read Harry Potter, Meg Cabot's, Agatha Christie's, Dan Brown's, and many others I can't name. Mostly romance, though. I'm looking for more of a thriller or science fiction? Like Dan Brown's, with lots of twists. Any suggestion on that?
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
14 Dec 10
I don't really know who Dan Brown is, but Dean Koontz, his novels are horror, but they aren't just people killing people, there's always something crazy going on, and all his books always keep you in suspense. False Memory is amazing and so is Night Chills. But I warn you, there are some parts that are quite graphic.
• Indonesia
14 Dec 10
I'll browse Dean Koontz and see if I'll like his books. Dan Brown is the author of the best-selling Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. Both have been filmed, so I think you know.
• United States
15 Dec 10
I've been reading for fun since... well... umm... since I started reading. I've never enjoyed reading that I had to do for school. It's just not fun that way. My favorite books are high-fantasy epic adventures that take place almost entirely in a made-up world. I like mythology, heroes, legends, and good vs. evil showdowns. I've never read anything like that for school. LOL
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
So, do like Harry Potter too? I had a few classes that required me to read fiction, but since I had to make a summary for some of these classes it wasn't really fun. It was fun when I had to analyze some in Prose class, though. But especially because I like the lecturer, she was, well not exactly a hottie but I couldn't get my eyes away from her. One of the reasons I got A, maybe, kekeke.
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• United States
15 Dec 10
Actually no, I don't like Harry Potter. It's an urban fantasy (takes place in modern-day real earth), and while I do enjoy a few of those I don't enjoy Harry Potter. I'm more into Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia type stories. We read all types of fiction in school, we just never read fantasy. Unless you count the ancient stories like the Odyssey, which I really enjoyed (If you ignore the fact that it was written thousands of years ago and is in a long epic poem style). I've never had a teacher I considered attractive. Most of them have been pretty darn dull... with the natural professor-droning voice that makes you want to fall asleep.
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
14 Dec 10
I love reading an when time permits i am reading everything an anything my favorite is subject is history so I read alot of history books now the only thing I don't read or can't get into reading is love stories
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
You don't like romance? Is there any reason? What's your most favorite history book?
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
15 Dec 10
I don't know why I am not to crazy about them I just could never get into them maybe I just never found the right one anyway my mother in law has got me into reading Nora Roberts an I remember when I was 8 I read a book about famous women Dolley Madison Amelia Earhart an Helen Keller I was hooked on history after that that was 35 years ago my favorites there are so many but I think would be I left My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown an Roots by Alex Haley
@bwaybaby (904)
• United States
16 Dec 10
I read a lot of different types of books. I've loved reading since I was a kid. I'd take books out with me to read during recess in elementary school. I still try to read at least a chapter of a book for fun daily. I read non-fiction (history, mostly WWII or 1960s), fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery. The last books I've read were the entire HP series, a couple Mrs. Murphy murder mystery books, To Kill a Mockingbird, and, currently, Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere." I personally love To Kill a Mockingbird, and would highly recommend it if you haven't read it before.
• Indonesia
26 Dec 10
I've read To Kill a Mockingbird. I agree, it's a good book.
@Jezebella (1446)
• United States
15 Dec 10
I love to read for pleasure. I actually just finished a book and started on another one. :D I like reading anything I can get my hands on the one I just finished was called Immanuels Viens which is a Christian based novel, very good its a bout a soldier bound to protect a woman and her daughters. He finds out a lord in another castle is a half breed, child of a fallen angel and a woman. very interesting book. I just started reading a murder mystery called The First Apostle seems interesting too :D
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
Wow, so you like mystery novels?
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
14 Dec 10
Lately I have been reading a series of books by Lee Child. I love his main character, Jack Reacher. I tend toward fiction titles, and only rarely delve into a biography or non-fiction text. I read a ton of trashy romances, and tend toward mysteries and crime series over sci-fi.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
What's the series title? Any romance, mystery, crime series you wanna recommend?
14 Dec 10
Oh I certainly do I love reading. I've just read The Time Travellers Wife, that is a fantastic book, if you want to read bout it look here www.helium.com/items/2032390 I would really recommend this book.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
I've watched the movie but haven't read the novel. I'll try reading that sometime. I need to look for it first.
• Singapore
14 Dec 10
I seldom read. But when I was in high school, it was compulsory for all of us to read newspapers and Reader's Digest, which I have subscribed to it. Between the two, I prefer Reader's Digest and I like the articles inside. They gave me a lot of information and in the meantime, I also got ideas of what to write in Wikinut, LOL! At that time, I was already working in the money making industry so, good heavens LOL
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
Hehe. Right. Even if you didn't start reading just for pleasure, as time goes by you find out it's always a good thing to like reading.
@advokatku (4037)
• Indonesia
14 Dec 10
read to me is an obligation, not merely to relax and also not just for fun. By reading, you will become a person who liked people, because someday you will become a well-informed
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
Yeah. As a student I need to read books too. But I love reading for the fun of it. I read mostly novels. It really helps me in learning English. I expand my vocabulary mostly by reading.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
14 Dec 10
I have always enjoyed reading, even as a child. I read the daily newspaper each day and a fe magazines. When it comes to works of fiction I enjoy reading historical romance novels.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
What novels have you read?
@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
14 Dec 10
I read for pleasures nowadays, and I mostly read history books, and also novels. My favourite author is Cecelia Ahern and I love reading all of her novels because all her stories are making me feel so entertained when reading. I also like reading magazines and some motivation book when I have a lot of free time. Have a nice day
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
I used to read history books too, mostly my school books, hehe. What history books did you read? What novels (titles) did she wrote? What genre? Have a nice day too.
@megamatt (14326)
• United States
14 Dec 10
I read for pleasure all of the time. As for what I read, anything that I can get my hands on that seems good. Whether or not it is actually good, well that remains to be seem. However, I tend to read a lot for my own enjoyment. If I don't think I like it, I will not read it. If I do, then I do. Of course, I have been wrong before, countless times. No reading off hand that I would recommend other than to pick a good book that you would think that you would enjoy.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 10
Yeah, I think it's about taste, right? Something that you find enjoyable to read doesn't always seem so for other people.
@dodo19 (34280)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
14 Dec 10
I absolutely love reading. It's certainly one of the things that I enjoy doing most. It's something that I've enjoyed doing since I was a child. I try to read every day. I enjoy reading various genres of books. Although, I would have to say that my favorite still has to be the murder mystery/detective novels.
• Indonesia
14 Dec 10
Like Sydney Sheldon/Agatha Christie/John Grisham?
@calpro (933)
• India
14 Dec 10
I read books for gaining knowledge and it is pleasure reading for me. I generally read personality development books, financial literacy books and magazines, life skill books. These books enhance my communication with rich and powerful thoughts and add value to my speeches. They add up to the content which I speak. My most favorite books include The leader in you, Rich dad Poor dad, Worlds greates comebacks, Seven habits of highly effective people. Happy Reading Calpro
• Indonesia
14 Dec 10
Wow, that's pretty heavy stuff for me. I guess so far I'm not improving myself a lot by reading fiction, hehehehe. Life-skill books I read are only Chicken Soup series. I don't even know if you can call that life-skill books. Maybe not? Hehehe. You know any self-help book that's lighter that those you mentioned?
• Philippines
14 Dec 10
Hello there! I read for pleasure nowadays since I am a stay at home mom, I gave up my work 2 months ago so I have a lot of free time to read. Most of the books I read now are romance, I just downloaded them to my phone and read the ebook so that wherever I go, I can continue reading the book. I recommend that you read books that you are interested with, like if you love fiction, thriller or romance then you may find authors that are best-sellers in this genre. Cheers!
• Indonesia
14 Dec 10
Hi. I used to read ebooks on my MP4 player (by saving them in notepad format), but it broke down over a year ago and I haven't got the money to buy a new one. I think my phone doesn't read pdf format, so it's a pity. That's why I don't read so much these days. I like reading fiction, mostly romance and detective. So far I've read a lot of novels in English (English is a foreign language to me). I like Harry Potter, Meg Cabot's series, Dan Brown's novels, and a couple of Sarah Dessen's. I wanna read again, but I don't know what to read. Do you have any suggestion?
@Bookmite (53)
• United States
3 Aug 13
I love reading for pleasure! I'd way rather read than watch TV, go to the movies or do just about anything else. My favorite books to read are cozy mysteries and I also enjoy some romance or romantic suspense novels and chick-lit (but I tend to like the chick-lit novels that are a bit more realistic). My favorite authors are Wendy Bruening (book: PhotoJENic in the sweet romance genre, which I just finished), Amanda Flower (the India Hayes mysteries) and Lilian Jackson Braun (the Cat Who mystery series). I also force myself to read some nonfiction every now and again to expand my mind. I'm currently re-reading The Elements of Style by Stunk and White. Great question, thanks for asking. Sometimes I feel a bit odd since reading is my first choice of entertainment -- it's good to hear that other people enjoy reading for pleasure too and not just for necessity!
@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
28 Dec 10
I love reading but can hardly find the time to do so during the day as I have two young kids. The only time when I can read to my heart's content is when they are asleep at night. I love reading novels, especially Christian novels and I boroow them from the library.