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Did you read your book?

A while ago there was a survey where participants were assigned a book to read. Did you read yours?

VotesAnswer
2Yes, I read it and liked it!
2Yes, I read it and it was OK.
0Yes, I read it and hated it.
2No, I have not read it yet, but I plan to.
5No, I have not read it yet and don't plan to.
0I started it but haven't finished yet.
0I started it but gave up and won't finish it.
33I did not participate in that survey.
2Oops. I totally forgot about that survey! What's my assigned book again?
1I want another book assignment now!
3I am illiterate; my monkey is answering this survey for me.
1Other


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Irene007
posted 1-May-2004 12:50pm  
*bows head in shame*

No...

But I've read these other really great ones since!! grin
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 1-May-2004 1:01pm  
Not yet, but I will once I get my hands on it.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 1-May-2004 1:14pm  
Yes, I read it and liked it a lot. It was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Thanks for the recommendation, caviartaste!
thevelvetcure
posted 1-May-2004 2:02pm  
frown I'm evil I never purchased my book
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 1-May-2004 2:11pm  
I must have been grumpy for the last survey, I would try to play along if we did this again. I've been reading more recently and I might be game for reading something different.
Zang
posted 1-May-2004 2:24pm  
Yes, in fact it took less than eight days from the time I said I would participate, until the time I announced completion! Can anyone beat that? grin
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Zang) posted 1-May-2004 8:21pm  
I can't beat that, but I can beat you! With a stick!
*runs after Zang with a stick*
That's for looking at my bodacious ta-tas! winking raspberry
kitti723
(reply to Zang) posted 1-May-2004 10:03pm  
I bet you're super smart. It makes me sick. My sister's like that and she let's you know it. Just like you. Jealous? Yes. It takes me a while to read a book but I do read. I don't have alot of spare time on my hands so sometimes it takes me a while to get through something but I am usually digging into 2 or more books at a time. I'd rather read than watch TV or go to the movies. I work in a movie store. *Not intended to insult.
iamdonte
posted 1-May-2004 11:39pm  
I didn't see that survey....too bad. I love reading...just won't have much time to read until summer (unless it is a book on tape).
Dino
posted 2-May-2004 6:38am  
I did not participate in that survey.

However, I did get recommended - on a seperate occasion by 'they' to read: 'A Blessing on the Moon' by Joseph Skibel. I went and ordered it on Amazon and I enjoyed it.
(Thank you 'they') grin
ROCKMAN
posted 2-May-2004 8:34am  
I didn't sign up for a book in that survey. I still don't have time to sit and read a book either.
Irene007
(reply to iamdonte) posted 2-May-2004 9:33am  
I love books on tape! I use them for long rides, it really passes the time and I find that I'll even slow down so I don't get to my destination too quickly just to hear more!!
iamdonte
(reply to Irene007) posted 2-May-2004 11:23am  
I know what you mean. I listen to at least 1 book a week in my commute to and from work everyday. I have about a 25 minute drive each morning and I have been known to sit in the parking lot for an additional 10 minutes or so to hear more. When I bought my truck, one of the things I told them that it had to have was a tape player. Since most of them no come equiped standard with cd players finding one that contained a tape player was a real challenge. It took them several hours to locate one and, luckily, it had both in it. I had told the guy at the dealership that I would not do business there if they could not get a tape player because I wasn't about to give up my books!
Irene007
(reply to iamdonte) posted 2-May-2004 1:37pm  
Do you listen to them over and over? I don't so I find them quite expensive to buy. I'd like to find a place that buys used ones to re-sell, then I'd get more. I'm trying to turn my brother on to them, he's an avid reader (as we all are in the family) and we're always trading books. He travels a lot so I gave him one of my CD books recently (The Summons by John Grisham) and I hope that he'll get addicted - then I'll have someone to trade with!!

PS: I perfectly understand you sitting in the parking lot - I've done it too!! wink
iamdonte
(reply to Irene007) posted 2-May-2004 7:49pm  
I get all my books on tape through the public library. I have a few that I have bought over the years but most of what I listen to comes from the library. They have hundreds of books on tape. I think it originally started as books for the blind or for those who could not read. Now many people do what I do and listen to them in the car on the way to work or wherever. When you don't have time to sit and read much, this is the best way to go!
Irene007
(reply to iamdonte) posted 3-May-2004 7:04am  
Ah... Sometimes it really bugs me to live in a French community! The local library probably doesn't have any English ones, I'd have to go downtown for that. Although, I have bought a French series "Le Roi Maudit" (The Damned King") - lots of intrigue, infidelity, cruelty and such.
Last one we bought (on my husband's insistence) was Dean Koontz "One Door Away From Heaven", it was stupid... and he didn't even listen to it!!
Zang
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 3-May-2004 11:27am  
Let's see those tat-tas again! grin
Zang
(reply to kitti723) posted 3-May-2004 11:32am  
I figured that if I was going to do it, I had better make a concerted effort. Otherwise I am liable to procrastinate. I make regular trips to the library and I'm quite a voracious reader. It doesn't take me very long to whip through a book. I think that one took me a couple of days. I usually read myself to sleep at night. Sometimes I will spend a good part of a weekend with my nose buried in a book.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Zang) posted 3-May-2004 12:00pm  
*beats you more*
judgescratch
posted 3-May-2004 12:34pm  
Yes, I read it and it was OK.
A Whiff of Death by Asminov.
Iseult
posted 3-May-2004 5:12pm  
No, although I tried to. I was assigned a Stephen King book and I did buy it, but I could not get past first ten pages. King depresses me and makes me all gooey, so I decided to not to continue trying reading it. He reminds me of the time I tried reading James Morrow's "The Eternal Footman" or Aleister McLeod's "No Great Mischief" and ended up crying my eyes out.
Iseult
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 3-May-2004 5:14pm  
I read that book, too, some six years ago. I generally like Paolo Coelho, but I just can't enjoy it too much because not much happens. I like strong plotlines.
Iseult
(reply to Zang) posted 3-May-2004 5:15pm  
What book was it?
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Iseult) posted 3-May-2004 7:26pm  
I thought it had a great plot! Not your usual action-packed plot, but still definitely a plot. I know what you mean, but I like books that are a little more contemplative as well.
Zang
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 3-May-2004 10:45pm  
Has anyone ever told you that you're beautiful when you're angry? wink
Zang
(reply to Iseult) posted 3-May-2004 10:46pm  
Evening News by Marly Swick. It was okay, but I think it would appeal more to a parent.
iamdonte
(reply to Irene007) posted 4-May-2004 12:00am  
Too bad you can't get more books. When I find the rest of a set (I think I have two or three on tape) of Janet Evanovich's private eye novels, I'll get an address and send them to you, you are welcome to them. (Now, where did I put them?) It'll be summer time before I can do a real search for them, if you can wait that long.
Irene007
(reply to iamdonte) posted 4-May-2004 2:04am  
I'd be more than happy and I certainly can wait!! I don't often get a chance to pick them up - last time was because we came upon a clearance sale from a chain store in Ottawa that was closing! If I can get Ben to listen to his stoopid Dean Koontz, I'll gladly send that one to you!! Write me at chateaushack@hotmail.com. grin
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Zang) posted 4-May-2004 9:16am  
Are you saying I'm not beautiful when I'm not angry?!
*brandishes stick again*
Zang
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 4-May-2004 9:30pm  
I just can't win can I? raspberry
iamdonte
(reply to Irene007) posted 4-May-2004 10:18pm  
Great. I'll send you an e-mail shortly.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Zang) posted 4-May-2004 10:31pm  
Do you really want to?
mimind
posted 5-May-2004 12:12am  
wasnt here for that one but ive read lots latley
moonstone
posted 7-May-2004 1:53pm  
No, I didn't participate.
kitti723
(reply to Zang) posted 8-May-2004 10:23am  
Admirable, I wish to be more educated. I have a hard time focusing.
Zang
(reply to kitti723) posted 8-May-2004 1:07pm  
I suppose it all comes down to priorities...
kitti723
(reply to Zang) posted 11-May-2004 11:07am  
My mind does not allow me to follow through with all intentions. I have lots of plans but not many things solidify. I am working on this. I may even see a doctor. I am rather phobic of them and I always say I will then I cancel my appointments. See what I mean by not solidifying? What should I do?
Zang
(reply to kitti723) posted 11-May-2004 5:16pm  
I find that going out with my friends, having a few cocktails, and then unburdening myself of my problems is often helpful.
kitti723
(reply to Zang) posted 11-May-2004 10:17pm  
I try that and then I get anxious in social settings and end up drinking too much too fast and staying out too late & feeling really bad about myself the next day cause I can't remember somethings and my SO doesn't drink at all & feel bad for coming so late. He is really tolerant & I am lucky to still have him since I used to do this too often. I only do this occasionally now, maybe once every 3-4 months.
Zang
(reply to kitti723) posted 12-May-2004 9:37am  
Maybe going out for coffee would be better then...
freebird
posted 14-May-2004 6:41pm  
nobody gave me a book to read frown
nasale
posted 22-May-2004 4:59pm  
I just got done reading The Stand (again) and Shogun (again). I love the big thick books. I'm in the middle of 'Atlas Shrugged' but I find it tedious. I like Bellefleur and am planning on rereading it too. I am a bookaholic!
rtvN8geo265
posted 29-Jun-2004 1:40pm  
what survey!?!?... oh, wait. that survey. shock
Zang
(reply to Biggles) posted 18-Jul-2004 12:52am  
Have you got your hands on it yet? smile
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Zang) posted 16-Aug-2004 9:58am  
No frown But the sorting of the attic has begun. I had a bit of a scare with a huge spider and stopped for a few days - but my mother's on the job while I'm back at uni smile
Zang
(reply to Biggles) posted 16-Aug-2004 11:06am  
Okay. I understand if you've got more than enough reading to do for school...
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Zang) posted 16-Aug-2004 11:24am  
Well supposedly, but I seem to find plenty of time for extra reading too smile It's just being at home long enough to actually find your recommendation. I had a 3 week holiday and it was a fortnight before we even got into the attic and then took almost a week to clear enough stuff to even find all the boxes of books....
Zang
(reply to Biggles) posted 16-Aug-2004 11:29am  
Wow! shock

That must be some attic!
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Zang) posted 16-Aug-2004 11:33am  
It's pretty small, but absolutely packed in a really disorganised way. My dad has a habit of findng bags on the landing, presuming they're destined for the attic and putting them up. I found a watch that I bought about 8 years ago, had for about 2 days and then "lost". It must have been sent upstairs ina bag with other bits and pieces, and then being swooped on by my father. I even found a bag of all my old notes from school - I'd bagged them up to be thrown away!
Zang
(reply to Biggles) posted 16-Aug-2004 10:31pm  
...and let me guess, Dad's the last one to get involved in anything resembling "cleaning out the attic"? His job is stuffing things in there? raspberry
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Zang) posted 17-Aug-2004 5:38am  
At the moment he's working 4 jobs and is about a smidge off having a heart attack wry smile. I wouldn't even dare to suggest that he helps with clearing the attic! But to be honest, he's "cleared the attic" before and it wasn't pretty. Just involved piling everything higher - then when he put the ladder back up, the vibration made everything fall over again.
Zang
(reply to Biggles) posted 18-Aug-2004 9:33am  
wry smile
moviesnob
posted 23-Aug-2004 8:16am  
Wasn't in that survey.
icurok
posted 27-Aug-2004 2:11pm  
This was before my time....or after it, whichever way you look at it.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 10-Oct-2011 6:39pm  
surprise I still haven't read my book. I'm so bad frown However, my mother is sorting the attic again - I shall ask her to keep an eye out!
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 12-Apr-2012 6:21pm  
I thought this was an appropriate survey to ask this question in smile Now that you've finished reading Time Traveller's Wife, what did you think? I've hardly read any of the books that you have as your avatar so it was good to see one that I did read a few years ago! I loved the concept, but wasn't so keen on the actual writing or story. The book was better than the film though.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Apr-2012 11:24am  
I felt much the same way. I really liked the first half or so of the book, but I thought it really didn't need to be as long as it was. I generally love long books, so for me to think that means that it was really noticeable that it would have done well to be shorter. I thought the interactions between them when she was a child were particularly well done, and then the shift in dynamics when he meets her for the first time was good, too. I think it should have ended with them getting married; I didn't care for most of the stuff after that, and especially the attempt at dark-forboding-ness about his future. (I don't want to say too much and spoil it for anyone else who might read this and want to read the book!) I can't decide if I want to watch the movie--at least Eric Bana is really hot, though!

I was wondering if my avatar inspired your survey about traveling back in time and convincing your mother that it was you--sounds like maybe it did! Did it also inspire the one about showing your knees in public?
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Apr-2012 11:25am  
Also, how is this survey still active?!
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Enheduanna, Enheduanna) posted 13-Apr-2012 7:03pm  
All the surveys have been active for the last few years. I can't remember when exactly bill made the change, but it's been a while. It means I can answer lots of surveys from before my time smile

I liked the parts when she was a child too and I thought his childhood threw up some interesting concepts as well (including some that the film wasn't going to touch with a bargepole!) It did descend into a fairly generic angsty romance novel in the second half which was a shame given just how interesting the core concept was. I really didn't enjoy the film at all. It could easily have been better than the book, but it focused too much on sentiment and not enough on actually being interesting!

Alas, my brain really does just randomly ponder what would happen if I needed to travel back in time and speak to my mother. My Mum's fault for raising me on sci-fi I suppose!
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 14-Apr-2012 11:12am  
I kept mentioning to my SO how interesting I thought the idea was (at least while I was still in the first part of the book)--he's a big Dr. Who fan and mentioned it sounded a lot like that. Although I guess to some extent it's the same paradox that always comes up with time travel. I felt like it really dropped that ball in the second half, too.

Maybe I'll skip the movie...
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