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Me and My Books


I really love books!

From the ages of four to six, I spent much of my time in a really large dogwood tree, reading books. It seemed nice up there. Nobody bothered me, and I could see thing other people couldn't.

At seven I moved to an orchard, where I took up residence in the treehouse my grandfather built. I read anything I could get my hands on.

At college I studied comparative literature and Slavic literature.

In Russia, it was very cold. I spent quite a bit of time either in bed under lots of blankets and on trains... both conducive to reading, and I took advantage.

At graduate school, I was lucky enough to lead this class called Vampire: Blood and Empire. It was my favorite thing ever. We read Slavic folk tales, Dracula, and Ann Rice. We watched Coppola's film, The Hunger, Buffy and Rocky Horror. Then the 140 of us, ages 17-83, discussed colonization, female sexuality, xenophobia, HIV/AIDS, fear and 40% of my student's grades were based on in-class participation. They HAD to talk to do well!

Now that I'm here, I'm craving this kind of in-depth discussion.

At World Pulse, we read all sorts of books that people are kind enough to send to us.

I'm going to be talking about what I'm currently reading.

Maybe you'd like to do the same?

Is there something you think I should read? Do let me know.

Tell me about your relationship with books and language; I'd love to hear your stories too!

Here's a link to our virtual bookshelf:

P.S. My top-three all-time favorites are:

1. Anna Karenina
2. Master and Margarita
3. Dracula
4. 900 Days
5. Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy

How 'bout you?



Corine Milano's picture

a book group!

I also had a tree I read in as a kid. But it wasn't a dogwood--it was a magnolia and I could always be found there. I also read on top of my mother's gardening shed, which got me into trouble because it wasn't the safest up there!

I'm just starting Anna Karenina! What a strange coincidence. It's also my grandmother's favorite book. I need some time off so I can get through it! ;)

My favorite books always seem to change, but I always go back to bronte's Vilette. I love Jane Eyre as well, but Vilette is darker but still hopeful in this strange way. It's hard to describe. It was given to me when I first moved out of my family's home by my best friend's mother and it was so relevant at the time and still is. Have you read it?

Really, I'll read anything. I find that any book I pick up becomes one of my top 10!

Have you seen library thing ( It's a fabulous catalog for your books and you can see what other users like based on what you've read. It's social networking for the booklover!

I also LOVE young adult books. Well, it has to be the right young adult book, but I find that they are great for turning my brain off and de-stressing!

I like this new group and can't wait to contribute! (oh yeah, and i wish i could have taken your vampire class. really!)

Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

--"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi --

Rebecca's picture


I love librarything too. Want to see what I've read this year? Here's my 2007 list!

I'm excited to hear about everyone's book adventures!

Corine Milano's picture

Here's my library thing

Here's my library thing profile (of books i've read in 2007 as well), minus a few that I haven't gotten around to adding:

Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

--"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi --

Julie L's picture

Maria, what great childhood

Maria, what great childhood reading environments you had! I know some people who would have madly loved your class. Isn't it amazing how the study of something imaginary can illuminate truths about storytelling, health, and women's lives? (I was an English major and have taught women's studies, so I can relate!)

Corine, library thing sounds neat. I just started using a similar site called Good Reads.

Corine Milano's picture

I just took a look at Good

I just took a look at Good reads and it looks a bit more interactive than LibraryThing--fabulous! Thanks for the suggestion!

Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

--"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi --

johnsonssempijja's picture


Dear Books, l would like you to visit my site also: or it will always be my pleasure to hearing from you Books, we have many youth and young children who may need ur support in the years to come here in uganda east africa.

yours Johnson ssempijja

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