Posted on | January 30, 2008 | 6 Comments |

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!

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6 Responses to “Bibliopornophile”

  1. Alex
    January 30th, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

    Dee – here are some music recomendations- hope you like them.

    Depeche Mode
    New Order
    Information Society

  2. Mistress Evita
    January 30th, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

    I must admit that I used to be a bit of a snob when it came to Stephen King until a friend wouldn’t shut up about him and gave me Gerald’s Game to read. Then I was hooked. For about a year all I read was him. I quite fancy picking up a new King book now. Thanks for jogging my memory.

    Oh dear. I didn’t know tv was so bad in NZ. I’ve always harboured a dream of living there one day. Being a bit of a telly addict, maybe I should rethink that now lol.

    Evita x

  3. Curvaceous Dee
    February 1st, 2008 @ 2:22 am

    Alex – thank you so much! Depeche Mode I know well, but I’m not familiar with the others.

    Evita – What’s your favourite King book? Mine has been Insomnia for a long time. I adore the entire Dark Tower series and Eye of the Dragon as well, but I don’t categorise them the same, as they’re so very definitely fantasy, while the others are horror or suspense.

    TV here is shocking. We have four main channels, pay TV, and half a dozen smaller channels, but I generally don’t bother with any of them. Downloading for the win!

    xx Dee

  4. Essin' Em
    February 1st, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

    As a book slut, I say word. (no pun intended)

    Yay for things other than TV :)

  5. Curvaceous Dee
    February 2nd, 2008 @ 3:39 am

    Essin’Em – TV is nice, but books are better. If I had to choose, I’d give up telly in a heartbeat. I’d miss the Buffyverse, but I’d cope (complete with pouting).

    xx Dee

  6. Mistress Evita
    February 5th, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    Sorry for the delay in responding Dee.

    I think Gerald’s Game will remain one of My favourites. Aside from that I think it would be ‘Needful Things’. The ‘things’ I interprete to be the cast of charactures. It seems a very moral tale of today’s society addressing greed and self respect of people’s ‘need’ to get what they want.

    Amoung my other favs: Apt Pupil, Thinner, The Breathing Method (short story), Delores Claiborne, and of course, Misery.

    I found myself in a very small and badly stocked book shop earlier today looking for a King book. You have put to notion into my head now! lol

    Evita x


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