I’ve been described as a bibliophile more than once, and the many bookcases in our house suggest that it’s accurate. Not all of the books are mine – some are Apollo’s – but I’ve read (and re-read) a large number of them. So when Bittersweet Me tagged me with a meme earlier this week, wanting to see what I read – quite aside from my recommended posts on Google Reader – I thought I’d take her up on it.
The Bedside Pile
This is more than a weeks worth – but I suck at putting away books. Once it’s blocking my knicker drawer (middle drawer in the bedside table) I know it’s time to put them away and start building a new pile. This pile is nearly at that point! It doesn’t include all the graphic novels and comics I get through, but as they’re kept on one of the bedroom bookcases I generally put them back once I’m done.
In this pile you can see pretty much my usual mixture, only missing mystery and poetry. Fantasy is represented by two books by Robin Hobb – her trilogies are excellent, and quite re-readable. Science fiction puts in a few appearances with an old Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine anthology and a new Robert Heinlein (deceased) and Spider Robinson (breathing) collaboration. Poppy Z. Brite‘s book Liquor is a departure from the horror fiction she used to write, but she’s also part of the Millennium anthology further up, which is nominally horror, but with (I feel) a sci-fi bent. Stephen King? Well, he’s Stephen King. I have shelves of his writing, and am just as proud to be a fan of his work as I am of Heinlein. Then we have Best Sex Writing 2008 – the latest from Rachel Kramer Bussel, a collection of excellent non-fiction articles (you can expect a review from me next week). And finally, at the top we have an collection of short erotica that I’m working through, edited by the fantastic Alison Tyler.
Reading – paper
I’ll read just about anything, and I try not to get caught without something I can peruse. To that end, I have a book in my bag every day for work – usually non-fiction for lunchtime reading. I keep a book in the car, but it tends to be one that I can pick up and put down. And we keep collections of old Landfall and Asimov magazines in the bathroom for those extended sessions.
I do most of my reading before bed through, and it’s usually fiction. I can’t go to sleep without reading something, even if I’m reduced to re-re-re-reading an old Peanuts comic book. I’ve read before sleeping as long as I can remember, and it’s part of my evening routine. Generally I get through two-five books a week.
I don’t read newspapers very often (preferring to check the NZ Herald online most days), and magazines are rare – we get Consumer, and that’s about it. Graphic novels and comics are very popular with us, though, and we drop *ahem* slightly too much money at our local comic pimp every month.
Reading – online
I keep two RSS readers going – Google Reader online for all my sex blogs (you can see them listed in the blogroll on the right there), and Omea Reader on my desktop for everything else. Everything else, in this instance, includes webcomics (e.g.:Monkey Fluids), writers (Warren Ellis), migraine blogs (Headache and Migraine news), feminism-oriented blogs (Feminist SF), fat-activist blogs (Big Fat Blog), interwebs blogs (Lifehacker), fanfic blogs (Julie Fortune), and NZ-specific blogs. They’re all good reads, but I find that it’s less of a stress to me if I get a week or two behind. Unlike you sex-bloggers there, who I try to keep up!
(If anyone is interested in who I read in any of those categories, drop me a comment or email, okay? I’m happy to share.)
I don’t really listen to all that much, you know. The radio when the alarm goes off is set to The Rock, but I play CD’s and tapes in the car right now, as I need to get a band-expander. My long-time always favourite song is I’m Free by The Soup Dragons, but you’ll usually catch me singing along to Once More, With Feeling or some Warren Zevon instead.
I keep trying to listen to podcasts, and failing. Not failing to play them, but failing to pay attention. For me, often, music/radio/audio is a background thing.
These days, Apollo and I are downloading fiends – television in New Zealand is appalling, and it often takes six months or longer before a show is played here (if it’s played at all). Our current downloads are Torchwood (Captain Jack can seduce me anytime), Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (nice to see Summer Glau in a role again), Pushing Daisies (weird and cute), Reaper (silly and amusing) and City of Vice (porny and historical – fantastic). Others we love are Dr Who, Dexter,Heroes, and Lost (we really can’t help ourselves with Lost - I want to know what happens, dammit!).
Among the TV shows we loved so much we purchased them are Buffy, Angel and Firefly (funny that), Farscape, The IT Crowd, Manchild, The Prisoner, Black Books and Spaced. You may have spotted that we have a love of British shows We’ve also borrowed Battlestar Galactica and Stargate (SG1 and Atlantis) from friends.
Wow, for not watching any telly, we sure see a lot of TV shows!
Apparently there’s supposed to be tagging here. But you know what? If you want to write about your media habits, then share. If you’d rather not, then that’s fine too!