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Do you like to read?


Poll: Do you like to read?
Yes, I like to read. 51 / 96%
No, I do not like to read. 2 / 4%
53 total votes
 

Darkstone
Immortal


May 12 2016, 1:00am


Views: 981
Do you like to read?

I like to read.

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Elves and Men and Dwarves gonna cower,
When I finish building my tower,
When I finish building my tower with the Eye on top!
Watch that Eye and see how it glowers,
Ain't no contest between the Two Towers,
Nosey folks'll peek thru' palantirs and their eyes will pop!
The battlement's black and immeasurably strong, an adamant mountain of iron,
A buttress of steel, impossibly tall, held aloft by the power of Sauron!
See that Eye a winkin' and blinkin',
Ain't no finer tower I'm thinkin',
You can keep Orthanc if you're thinkin' that I'd care to swap,
For my black and shiny tower with the Eye on the top!

-Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Lord of the Rings


(This post was edited by Darkstone on May 12 2016, 1:02am)


Lissuin
Valinor


May 12 2016, 7:37am


Views: 849
Yes. Reading is like taking a magic carpet ride to...wherever.

Steppenwolf "Magic Carpet Ride" 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPE9a_epmWw

(On topic? Off topic? Just thought folks our age would like it. Laugh)


Darkstone
Immortal


May 12 2016, 1:49pm


Views: 833
Off topic is okay.

Even though I'm the one who pressed "post message" the thread doesn't belong to me. It belongs to TORn. Smile

And cool video! Thanks for that!

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Elves and Men and Dwarves gonna cower,
When I finish building my tower,
When I finish building my tower with the Eye on top!
Watch that Eye and see how it glowers,
Ain't no contest between the Two Towers,
Nosey folks'll peek thru' palantirs and their eyes will pop!
The battlement's black and immeasurably strong, an adamant mountain of iron,
A buttress of steel, impossibly tall, held aloft by the power of Sauron!
See that Eye a winkin' and blinkin',
Ain't no finer tower I'm thinkin',
You can keep Orthanc if you're thinkin' that I'd care to swap,
For my black and shiny tower with the Eye on the top!

-Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Lord of the Rings


Riven Delve
Tol Eressea


May 12 2016, 3:06pm


Views: 833
I like to read.

But sometimes I don't bother and just post all my opinions anyway. Evil


“Tollers,” Lewis said to Tolkien, “there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am afraid we shall have to try and write some ourselves.”



Darkstone
Immortal


May 12 2016, 3:19pm


Views: 824
Yeah

One can also just make up stuff and respond to it.

"So you're saying that we should sacrifice cute puppies and orphaned nuns to Satan so that we can resurrect Hitler? I must respectfully disagree."

Easy way to win a debate.Wink

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Elves and Men and Dwarves gonna cower,
When I finish building my tower,
When I finish building my tower with the Eye on top!
Watch that Eye and see how it glowers,
Ain't no contest between the Two Towers,
Nosey folks'll peek thru' palantirs and their eyes will pop!
The battlement's black and immeasurably strong, an adamant mountain of iron,
A buttress of steel, impossibly tall, held aloft by the power of Sauron!
See that Eye a winkin' and blinkin',
Ain't no finer tower I'm thinkin',
You can keep Orthanc if you're thinkin' that I'd care to swap,
For my black and shiny tower with the Eye on the top!

-Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Lord of the Rings


Meneldor
Valinor


May 12 2016, 3:22pm


Views: 826
Reading is hard!

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They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. -Psalm 107


Kilidoescartwheels
Valinor


May 12 2016, 3:29pm


Views: 821
Yes I like to,

but actually finding the TIME is difficult. I have a huge collection of books that I fully intend to read, someday.Blush

Proud member of the BOFA Denial Association


Darkstone
Immortal


May 12 2016, 3:42pm


Views: 817
Me too.

I have an entire closet of books I intend to read some day, including a collection of essays by Michel de Montaigne I've had for fifty years.Blush

******************************************
Elves and Men and Dwarves gonna cower,
When I finish building my tower,
When I finish building my tower with the Eye on top!
Watch that Eye and see how it glowers,
Ain't no contest between the Two Towers,
Nosey folks'll peek thru' palantirs and their eyes will pop!
The battlement's black and immeasurably strong, an adamant mountain of iron,
A buttress of steel, impossibly tall, held aloft by the power of Sauron!
See that Eye a winkin' and blinkin',
Ain't no finer tower I'm thinkin',
You can keep Orthanc if you're thinkin' that I'd care to swap,
For my black and shiny tower with the Eye on the top!

-Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Lord of the Rings


Darkstone
Immortal


May 12 2016, 3:44pm


Views: 819
Yeah!

Dictionaries and encyclopedias, oh my!

******************************************
Elves and Men and Dwarves gonna cower,
When I finish building my tower,
When I finish building my tower with the Eye on top!
Watch that Eye and see how it glowers,
Ain't no contest between the Two Towers,
Nosey folks'll peek thru' palantirs and their eyes will pop!
The battlement's black and immeasurably strong, an adamant mountain of iron,
A buttress of steel, impossibly tall, held aloft by the power of Sauron!
See that Eye a winkin' and blinkin',
Ain't no finer tower I'm thinkin',
You can keep Orthanc if you're thinkin' that I'd care to swap,
For my black and shiny tower with the Eye on the top!

-Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Lord of the Rings


Bracegirdle
Valinor


May 12 2016, 4:09pm


Views: 807
Phonebooks mostly . . . //

 

"I never said most of the things I said."
- Yogi & Me




dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 12 2016, 4:15pm


Views: 808
And the library has not yet given you an overdue notice?

Angelic


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 12 2016, 4:17pm


Views: 805
What is this "phonebook" you speak of?

Seriously - I've heard some of the younger generation wonder what it is!

An icon of a bygone age...(but I sure am grateful for "reverse phone lookup" on the 'web!)


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Darkstone
Immortal


May 12 2016, 4:39pm


Views: 804
I think the library is long gone.

Actually it was one of my free books for signing up for The Book-Of-The-Month Club. A poor country boy tends to build up a library primarily of freebies and used books. I got the whole LOTR trilogy for a dime apiece.

******************************************
Elves and Men and Dwarves gonna cower,
When I finish building my tower,
When I finish building my tower with the Eye on top!
Watch that Eye and see how it glowers,
Ain't no contest between the Two Towers,
Nosey folks'll peek thru' palantirs and their eyes will pop!
The battlement's black and immeasurably strong, an adamant mountain of iron,
A buttress of steel, impossibly tall, held aloft by the power of Sauron!
See that Eye a winkin' and blinkin',
Ain't no finer tower I'm thinkin',
You can keep Orthanc if you're thinkin' that I'd care to swap,
For my black and shiny tower with the Eye on the top!

-Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Lord of the Rings


lionoferebor
Rohan


May 12 2016, 5:29pm


Views: 798
Yes, except...

I rarely finish a book. I have a habit of getting about half way through and abandoning one for another. There are about a handful - maybe a handful and a half - of books I've actually read cover to cover. And only two I've read twice and would consider reading a third time.

Time. If I had more time I would read more. Perhaps starting with the books I've abandoned.


Starling
Half-elven


May 12 2016, 6:16pm


Views: 785
Yes, but only the portents. //

 




dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 12 2016, 6:20pm


Views: 785
One of the best things to spend 30 cents on!

What a deal! (Although I must admit, back in those days, a dime went a lot farther than now.)

Reminds me of how gramma came across LotR...in a pile of cast-outs by the side of the road...amazing things happen in this world.


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dormouse
Half-elven


May 12 2016, 10:07pm


Views: 768
I like to read...

Am currently struggling with War and Peace. Think I might need glasses....

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood and every spring
there is a different green. . .


Bracegirdle
Valinor


May 12 2016, 11:07pm


Views: 757
It’s a really thick book with really fine print

In which we only looked at one name – our own! Wink


In Reply To
What is this "phonebook" you speak of?


Wasn’t it Steve Martin in “The Jerk” who jumping with glee cried: “The new phonebook is here! The new phonebook is here!” Sly

"I never said most of the things I said."
- Yogi & Me




dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 13 2016, 12:50am


Views: 727
Well, of course!

I always had to make sure they spelled my surname correctly (or as it's been spelled for four generations now - had ancestors who "Americanized" their names when they immigrated, then couldn't settle on how to spell the new ones...)

In my dad's family, growing up on a farm in the Midwest, they always looked forward to the phonebook - and the Sears catalog. To keep on hooks in their outhouse.


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Kim
Valinor


May 13 2016, 2:46am


Views: 709
Steve Martin

I do that every time I get a new phonebook (they do still deliver small ones), followed by "Things are going to start happening to me now." Laugh

"All we have to decide is what to do in the time that is given us."


Kim
Valinor


May 13 2016, 2:55am


Views: 711
Haven't been able to stop since I learned how!

I love reading and would do book reports for extra credit all through elementary school. It has ebbed and flowed over the years as school and work were busy, definitely picked back up when I joined a book club and also when I figured out how to get library books on my Kindle. I tend to split my reading time between ones new to me and old favorites.

"All we have to decide is what to do in the time that is given us."


Annael
Immortal


May 13 2016, 3:44am


Views: 705
Yes, I like to read

and then re-read, and then re-read again.

I always have several books going at a time. When I was a kid & people would ask where I was, the usual answer was "somewhere with her nose stuck in a book."

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


Dwarewien
Rohan


May 13 2016, 10:34pm


Views: 663
Yes, I do...

even though I've been reading more fan fics (nothing Tolkien related I'm afraid, it's mostly Jurassic World fanfiction, including one where the Indominus gets away from the Mosasaurus and climbs her way out of the lagoon. Yikes! This story is set after the events of the movie) than actual novels. I don't read as much as I used to, since I used to be able to finish a book the size of Lord of the Rings or Under the Dome in about a month. Now I only read when I'm doing the laundry (which is every two weeks or so). Like some of you probably know by now, I prefer a real book to an e-book, since you don't need batteries to read a real book, so this is something I will remain old school with.Smile


"Will you follow me... one last time?"


Annael
Immortal


May 14 2016, 2:59pm


Views: 626
we used to read it for fun

we'd have more than one and we'd vie to find the weirdest names.

Now I look at the credits after a movie for the same thing. Passes the time until the after-credits scene. If you're looking for a diverse culture the folks working "post" on a movie surely represent one.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


Omnigeek
Lorien


May 15 2016, 10:20pm


Views: 609
Reading is Fundamental!

I suppose I'm dating myself with that line but I believe it. One of the greatest joys of the modern era is that I can carry an entire library with me when traveling -- gone are the days when I'd pack 6-12 paperback books and finish them before finishing my holiday.


TheOnlyOneAroundWithAnySense
Rohan


May 15 2016, 10:52pm


Views: 206
I love it

Reading two books right now (granted, one at this time is a graphic novel). I'm also one of those pesky, untrusting people who prefers to have physical copies of what I read, watch or listen to. Don't want to open a book on my (hypothetical) Kindle account someday, find several pages altered or missing and be forever reassured it was 'always that way,' I guess.

"And you can trust me. Because I don't care enough about you to lie."
- Parks and Recreation


Eldy
Gondor


Jun 4 2016, 7:28pm


Views: 135
Yes, but...

...I don't read nearly as much as I did when I was younger. Or at least, I don't read as many books. I read plenty of news articles and of course tons of stuff on forums.



There's a feeling I get, when I look to the West...



Omnigeek
Lorien


Jun 6 2016, 1:39am


Views: 111
I keep physical copies as well


In Reply To
Reading two books right now (granted, one at this time is a graphic novel). I'm also one of those pesky, untrusting people who prefers to have physical copies of what I read, watch or listen to. Don't want to open a book on my (hypothetical) Kindle account someday, find several pages altered or missing and be forever reassured it was 'always that way,' I guess.


I love physical books but I like the convenience of ereaders. I like to archive copies of my ebooks; B&N used to let you download the ebook files so you could keep a copy for posterity. Baen doesn't use DRM on any of their titles -- I think Tor followed their example a year or two ago. Of course, for the classics, there's always Project Gutenberg.