Monday, August 28, 2006

What's on Your Reading List?

What are you reading this summer? Do you read one book at a time? Or many?

I tend to read a lot of books at once. My mom reads one at a time - currently Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I can tell she's having trouble getting excited about it because she didn't finish it in 2 hours. My dad reads a lot of magazines and special reports. Fortunately for me, we like a lot of the same magazines - Wired, PC Magazine, and anything about computers. I have subscriptions to Boy's Life, Reader's Digest, and Shonen Jump (and I'm lobbying hard for Electronic Gaming Monthly).

My parents aren't too fussy about what I read. They very rarely put anything totally off limits forever, but things that are really inappropriate aren't negotiable. For example, when I read the prologue to Wicked, Mom asked me to wait before finishing the book. She thinks the author has some mature themes going and she wants to see how they resolve before letting me read it. So I have some hope of reading it soon. On the other hand, I won't be allowed to read any graphic, horror, or hentai manga in this lifetime.

Even when I am allowed to buy a book, I won't always get to read it. When I was 5, I read the first Harry Potter books. I had to stop reading them when I stopped behaving at school. Of course we later found out that I have Asperger's with ODD (oppositional/defiant traits) so that may have had something to do with my school troubles - but just in case Harry, Ron, and Hermione were the culprits encouraging me to disregard rules and defy adult authority, mom and dad pulled the books until 2nd grade.

Mom used to read every book before I did. Now, we both know the authors and types of books that I like, so I have carte blanche in most areas. She only pre-screens manga, non-child oriented literature, and some science fiction. (Yet, she always gets to the Harry Potter books first!) I personally stay away from books about demons, Germanic fairy tales, and anything with a pink cover. (Pink is the color of evil! Just Kidding). I've been known to have nightmares after reading something scary - even up to a week later. For example, the Erlking scared me to death. When I start shaking, crying, and can't sleep, I use a breathing relaxation technique to calm down and I repeat the Abbott and Costello "Who's on First" routine over and over in my head. If these things don't work, I go wake up my parents! (Sometimes its good to be a kid)

I am currently reading or re-reading the following (in no particular order, except Manga First!):

Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto
Hikaru no Go, Yumi Hotta
TeniPuri, Takeshi Konomi
Yuyu Hakusho, Yoshihiro Togashi
Trigun, Yasuhiro Nighto
The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
The Tempest, William Shakespeare
Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov (The Robot Series)
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
Del Tora Quest, Emily Rodda
The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking
The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (The Series)
Time Travel in Einstein's Universe, J. Richard Gott
The Cuckoo's Egg, Cliff Stoll
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Samuel Clemens

Keep turning those pages!

Stephen