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    what are you reading?

    since infps are usually talented writers i thought it would be appropriate to put this here.

    what are you currently reading?

    what is your favorite type of books? and why?

    what is your least favorite types of books? why?

    what is your favorite book?


    im currently reading the history of poisions hebrews and a briefing for a decent to hell (always read more then one book at a time)

    my favorite types of books are fictional history, science books and computer books.
    i hate science fiction.

    blue like jazz at the moment



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    INTP - The Thinkers

    What am I currently reading? I'm picking my way through a few books at the moment:

    Adam Bede by George Eliot
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (re-reading it)
    Martyrs of Science by Sir David Brewster
    Complete Hypnotism, Mesmerism, Mind-Reading, and Spiritualism by A. Alpheus (I don't take this stuff seriously; it's just for fun.)
    Superstition in All Ages by Jean Meslier
    The Mysteries of All Nations by James Grant
    Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver

    What is my favorite type of book? I like short-story collections, especially collections that include a variety writers and genres. I can't really articulate why they're my favorite kind of book. They just are.

    What is my least favorite type of book? I don't like books that contain more pictures than text. I like words.

    Favorite book? It's a toss-up between Sylvia Plath's Collected Poems and Joyce Carol Oates' Heat and Other Stories.
    Last edited by EaRMo; 01-10-2009 at 12:40 PM.

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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    I'm currently reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. My favorite type of books would have to be thriller/suspense since it's hard to figure out what will happen next and they're exciting. My least favorite type of books would have to be anything I'm forced to read (ex. reading textbooks for exams) because I find it hard to read something if I'm not reading it due to personal interest. My favorite book would have to be The Talbot Odyssey by Nelson Demille

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    Quote Originally Posted by slightlybatty View Post
    what are you currently reading?
    Women in Mathematics (for one of my classes), How the Mind Works, Biological Psychology, A First Course in Abstract Algebra (reading on the background for my senior thesis).

    what is your favorite type of books? and why?
    Any nonfiction dealing with computers, sciences, math, philosophy, and languages. Fantasy and sci-fi. For the former, I find those subjects interesting. For the latter, I find those genres most free for the imagination.

    what is your least favorite types of books? why?
    I have a least favorite? If any, I'd say inspirational books are the ones I avoid most, primarily because I don't need to look for inspiration from others.

    what is your favorite book?
    Hmmm, do I have an absolute favorite? I have several favorites. Godel, Escher, Bach, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Chosen, The Jamais Vu Papers, and the Dune series (source of my avatar).

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by mcgooglian View Post
    I'm currently reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
    Good book. In it Dawkins never attacks religion head on, and never throws low punches. This is incredibly mature of him given his actual stance on religion. mcgooglian I recommend the Selfish Gene, I just finished it, and it presents the rationale for the beginning of life essentially.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sifr View Post
    Any nonfiction dealing with computers, sciences, math, philosophy, and languages. Fantasy and sci-fi. For the former, I find those subjects interesting. For the latter, I find those genres most free for the imagination.

    I have a least favorite? If any, I'd say inspirational books are the ones I avoid most, primarily because I don't need to look for inspiration from others.
    Well that just about describes me. We should subtract hitch hikers because I found it far too J for my tastes (I have my own opinions on the sort of literature Js enjoy and write). Also I only started Dune and put it down out of disinterest.

    I just finished The Selfish Gene and plan to start The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind unless it is terrible.

    My favourite (non-educational book) is probably the Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. I did not enjoy Cat's Cradle or Slaughterhouse Five at all since they were J books ;)

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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    Quote Originally Posted by Zulban View Post
    Good book. In it Dawkins never attacks religion head on, and never throws low punches. This is incredibly mature of him given his actual stance on religion.
    That's part of the reason I like the book so far. I also like how he at least mentioned some of the arguments supporting religion (despite the fact that he tried to disprove them). I also like how it just sounds like he's having a friendly debate on religion rather than attacking it. When I got this book I also got Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis to see both sides of this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zulban View Post
    Well that just about describes me. We should subtract hitch hikers because I found it far too J for my tastes (I have my own opinions on the sort of literature Js enjoy and write). Also I only started Dune and put it down out of disinterest.

    My favourite (non-educational book) is probably the Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. I did not enjoy Cat's Cradle or Slaughterhouse Five at all since they were J books ;)
    Would you care to explain what makes a book a J book?

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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    Quote Originally Posted by slightlybatty View Post
    what are you currently reading?
    Watchmen, because I'm sadly behind on the graphic novel front.
    Sherlock Holmes : The Complete Novels and Stories, Gotta love some Sherlock.
    Guinness: World Records 2009, Always good to have competition.


    Quote Originally Posted by slightlybatty View Post
    what is your favorite type of books? and why?
    Mystery

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    i love the watchmen! great choice. i also liked v for vendetta. im currently working on sandman. also awesome.

    do you ever get so connected to a book that you get pissed when it doesnt end the way you want?

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by mcgooglian View Post
    When I got this book I also got Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis to see both sides of this issue.
    Very fair of you. Did you read it yet? Is it really bad at defending religion, or just bad at defending religion? ;)

    what is your favorite type of books? and why?
    Mystery
    The second question, "and why?" is not answered... Or is it?

    A J book to me lacks focus and has a lot of wit and funny little scenarios. Terry Pratchett, Hitch Hikers, Isaac Asimov are examples of these. To me they are tiring to read most of the time... It's like there is no underlying theme or something. There are also short sentences, with fewer punctuations and very clear sentence structure with no run on sentences. To be honest it is a hard sensation to narrow into a corner with words.
    I say it is a J book because I believe J's write in this style, and J's enjoy this style. Quite honestly though, in terms of enjoying the style I could just mean TJs since those are the kinds of people I am basing this on.


     
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