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What Has Love For Novels Gotten You Into?

Hi novel lovers,

Has your love for reading novels ever gotten you into a situation?

Could be funny, hillarious, awkward, embarrassing, upsetting, or downright bizzare.

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My father once held family meeting on my behalf, why? He claimed I was learning how to commit murder!!!!

I was only reading "A time to Kill" by John Grisham.

Another time I got the beating of my life because I locked mysef up in the toilet for hours, dodging chores but reading for hours, only to come out clutching a novel. I can still remember the expression on my mom's face when she saw the cover. It was a temptation mills and boom series.

I learnt my lesson then, and have progressed to reading overnight instead.

What about you?

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readin had almost burnt a whole house. left a food on d stove wonderin wy i ddnt percie d burnt aroma

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I keep wondering what I'll do to any of children that end up reading the way I used to, (it seems my love for novel have gotten me into all the trouble listed on this thread?

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pardon me miss toyosi, but u look like person wey go dey more into jimmy choo's than babara cartland.

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i almost missed my GCE exam a few years back cos i used the money for registration to buy ian flemming (james bond), nick carter & james hardley chase. got the beating of my life then. was actually banned from reading novels n my house

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once when i was much younger, a beating from ma dad.

Recently, lots of sleepless nights

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Can't say i've gotten into trouble.

My major 'wahala' was reading through the night and i had to go to school.

Now that i work, i force myself to sleep max 1am.

Can't even think 'bout all the money spent on novels.

I just so love novels.

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it has really educated me alot

i mean i just love reading novels like crazy

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i haven't gotten into really tough spots before anyway, but i usually coax my mum into buying hadley chase novels, but not before i shade the cover picture with my hand!

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The guilty pleasure of reading fiction is a temptation I find very hard to resist . . there is something slightly decadent about adjusting ur chair to recline mode, putting ur feet up and wallowing in fantasy.

There are so many urgent, more pressing matters jostling for our attention, so taking time out to read anything not related to the necessity of earning our daily crust is looked upon with disapproval

Thou the words are not uttered, one can easily read the thots behind those scornful eyes. . those disapproving looks have been the bane of my life. . Sometimes they ask what book is that? as my interrogator points with indignation to the book under my nose. . I wud say. . feigning a delicate balance of distain and surprise, throwing in for effect the sneaky disclaimer, “oh! I ve just picked it up” someone just gave it to me. .in a bid to disassociate

They were constant companions of my childhood as I surreptitiously read under my bed cover, practically every where . . they followed me thru college days as I was caught, I must confess, on many occasions with the latest best seller masquerading as a hefty legal tome, law of jurisprudence, Land law or some other scintillating topic. Now here we are in adulthood and I find my companions constant as ever still with me , but I find my attitude towards them have definitely changed . .im no longer an avid reader

However, reading expands one’s horizons infinitesimally

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One thing, i have come to understand is that if you are throughly a novel reader you must have high thinking capability and have a high imaginative level, This novel stuff has really taken me through a lot of problem, actually i might not say that i am addicited, but one thing i have come to understand i that once you are reading a very intresting novel you tend to be in another world, i mean you tend to imagine things, based on the writers decription. This has caused many problem with me and my teachers during my secondary school days,dats is over now. Inorder to rectify this problem i created a special time for myself, which i suggest most of you should do, it works. Right now am looking for means to download books especially ones like the Godfather; I had it's intresting if you have pls let me know!!!!

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i started with Enid Blyton series at the age of 6, my mum used to encourage me. i became outstanding in English language and even won awards. everyone was happy till i started replacing meals, break- time and sleep with storybooks. the worst was when i started reading Chase books from the age of 12 ( the ones with the near-Unclad paperbacks). had to do a lot of tearing and cellotaping and apologizing to my novel-lending friends for the "accident".

tried M & B once or twice, but didnt like it, so i stopped.

started wearing glasses from the age of 14, thanx to sunset reading and with candles and weak flashlights.funny enough, i don't regret any of it.

i once bumped into a moving car, thanx to "one midsummer morning by James H Chase.

My mum thereafter banned novels and made my brother a spy. had to bribe him with food and good behaviour before he allowed me read them.

my dad wa my ally tho. he ordered me to finish the Chase novels, bought 5-in-1 novels for me and used to bring them to the hostel behind my mum's back, in sec schl.

i sure had different "bibles" with various covers in church every Sunday and always had my head stuck, reading the chapters of the "bible".

well, it did more good than harm to me.

now im a working class lady, i read e-novels and have received a number of voice memos for it, but hey, nothing can separate me from my Chase, Ludlum, King, Clancy, Puzo, Grisham, Steele, etc etc. is this polygamy or wot?

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My mum encouraged me to read novels when I was under 10. She'd buy titles of the 'Pacesetters' series then. By age 14 I stepped up to more mature stuff and was completely addicted to James Harley Chase, Danielle Steele etc by the time I was 15. I'd read in the classroom, on the bus to and from anywhere, in the kitchen, at mealtime, practically anywhere I could get a seat. My mum feared I would not succeed in my SSCE exams and placed a ban. I changed my reading pattern and started reading at night when all was asleep. She caught me once. I started placing it under the pillow so that I'd quicky feign sleep if I heard any foot steps approaching the door to my room.

One thing I know those books did for me: Success in English Language

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I started reading novels (but nackson & ikebe super in d toilet) from primary skul. my parents bought me 45 pacesetters which i traded 4 m & b in pry 4.

   A lecturer placed me under surveillance when he saw me with "A time to Kill" by John Grisham tot i was a cultist.

   I was very popular truout my skuls because of novels. Any junior who needs me to plead on her bhalf beta bring a novel along.

  nearly got knocked down by a truck while crossin d road  just because  someone passed by with a penny jordan.

   wrote waec 3tyms because i turned myself to a buk 4 hire walkin bukshop.

  burnt my grandma's kitchen while i went to xchange novel.

  & still gettin bad.

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@uzygirl

U r very ok. I know that feeling. I have nearly missed an exam cos of a novel. Obviously i did not read for that paper. Fortunately its a course i know very well so i did very well. Almost did not attend a good friend's wedding cos i was reading a sidney sheldon book.

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missing classes to be in the library while in secondary schl gettn me in trouble with geography and mathematics teachers.not driving to london from manchester and opting for the train and its attendant inconviniences to read novels and blaming myself when rushing for the underground lol

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The luv of novel caused me to STEAL. Yes I stole lots of novels from people when I was in boarding house (secondary skl) if u r reading and fall asleep or leave ur novel lying carelessly I’l pick ur book and put in my box. Used 2 go home on hols with at least 5 books, read dem den return dem d next term, put dem under people’s pillows or where they can find it. Let me say at dis point dat lots of my own personal novel got missing 2 in skl(I used 2 buy more than I borrow or steal). Anyways I hardly have time 4 novels right now cuz of work, but I have over 500 at home, plus I still buy. I have about 8 iv bought but haven’t read. Oops I 4got 2 add, haven’t stolen any since I left sec skl. LOL

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Shey? I remember the addiction to m&b. anytime I read them now (2.30hrs max). I just smile cuz its all the same story line. But what the heck. It was fun. Still is. But the bigger ones are more worthy of my while

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@uchetobi, gosh the V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the attic was really heart wrenching, i remembered those books from secondary school and i had to just get them, so i have the whole saga now lol. Yeah i used to read M&Bs in secondary school coz there were no other books circulating the school.

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I remember my mum used to be so mad at me cuz when I start I cant stop. I used to evade house chores like crazy. Anyways now that I wotrk full time I don’t have that much time to read again but I read in traffic (in the bus). My favorite author really is Judith Krantz author of mistrals daughter, princess daisy, il take mahanttan, scruples 1 and 2. The woman is just the bomb. I also like Danielle Steele, John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon. I remember the days I used to do M and B like poo. Mehn iv read a lot of novels in my life time. Still have a lot. Who can remember flowers in the attic and petals in the wind?

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@ Outkast.

I wish i had seen your reply since.

Well i already am a Brenda Jackson fan. I'm soo into her books now. I'm trying to finish the story on "the madaris" family. I want to read all the series. SO much drama from those people, especially the madaris brother. Btw, Christy reminds me of me in a way. Brenda jackson has a lot of book which she wrote with people. You know the likes of "living large" e.t.c.

Although some of her books like "the playa's handbook" and "No more playas" where written mainly by her. I love everything she's written so far. I can wait to get my hands on "secret Lovers". hmmm, She's good.

Ohh and uhm E. Lynn harris, i read one of his books. I's called "A love of my own". I liked it.

I got into reading some of the stories by francis ray, in the books he wrote with Brenda jackson. You should read "welcome to leo's" And "Lets get it on".

Boy ohh boy, i love me some good book.

Please don't forget about the almighty Carl Weber. Now you know that has gotta be the best drama/love stories writer. That man can twist your head and make you want to read his books all over again.

You'll start questioning yourself whether you had missed something in the begining. lol

You should read "married men" And then the follow up "Player haters". Those books are superb.

Don't forget to read "The preacher's son" By him, and also "so you call yourself a man".

Carl is a genius i must say.

Another person i like is RM jackson. You should read "dating games" By him. The man is good, and i need to read all his books now. As soon as im done with brenda, i'll pounce on him. Brenda has too many books though.

@ Zah, Zane grey is soo not ZANE. lol. . .

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The freaks club would not be as bad as a Nerds Club and the name definately sounds bettert than Bookworms!!! or does it? who is a freak anyway?

:-B

To all the book lovers (or is it freaks) in nairaland, More oil to your wheels.

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i rest my case u're now a member of the Nairaland Book Freaks Club

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I fyou've followed my replies from the beginning of the thread, you'll know I'm a very avid reader.

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whatever Zah so u want to tell me u dont like reading books

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lol i always getting trouble with my teachers too because i get so hooked on the book am reading i hardly pay any attention in class i usually get detention if my teacher catches me reading in class

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am so obsessed with novel reading that i read pratically everywhere on the road, in the toilet m dad gets really pissed when he finds out am reading a novel in the toilet and he gets especially pissed if he sees me reading romance novels(he hasnt come to terms with the fact that his daughter is growing up lol)or books like harry potter he says they are witchcraft books

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Well aside frm usual lack of sleep, i have spent lotsa money on collecting novels of authors i like so i got lots of novels right now and piling up, runnin out of space here, bad thing is sometimes u dont see any book on an author u like so u pick a random author and u end up finding the novel is a piece of junk and u dnt knw how 2 get rid of it, yeah i got those in a bag stashed somewhere

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lol @ Zahy,

@hot-angel, girl I've read all his books except Genevieve(that is Eric Jerome Dickey) Mary B's good too I have soul mates dissipate and somebody's gotta be on top, written by her.Kimberla Lawson, I must admit I've read just 1 of her books, I think it's called Family reunion/affair, can't really remember.Any title suggestions?

You should look up Donna hill-in my bedroom and books by Brenda Jackson, Francis Ray and E.Lyn Harris(He's this author that was abused by his father and his uncle growng up, well right now he's gay and most of his books reflect a gay lifestyle, they're interesting though, pick 1 up, you won't regret it)

@uzygirl, you'll enjoy the books

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Yeah girl, u should get a Zane book.

I love banga soup.

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@Hot-angel, I started reading it because I didn't have anyother option, but after the first few chapters, the plot became gripping, and with good suspense too. If YOu can survive the beginning chapters, I guess you'll enjoy the rest, depending on your preferences though.

I have to start looking for a Zane. From what you guys have described, it is a must read.

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I did hun. Scroll up!

Uzygirl, I have that book. One book i actually BOUGHT. I can't read it, it smells Awful!!! And i mean that literally. I forced myself to read thru chapter one. I just stopped, I said, wtf!! Hell with it. Btw, it didn't get my attention that much.

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you have not answered the question. Have you ever gotten into trouble because you are addicted to novels?

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Girl u see that book is awesome!! I read in it. When freckles said: Goddamn. And charlse said: God's last name and damn.

Then freckles said: Well mother's last name ain't fxxcker either, but u sure is acting like one right now.

That got me cracking!!! Mother's last name aint fxxcker. True talk.

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@Zahy, unfortunately no, more on YIM,

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Rhodalyn, what do you mean by dull books? Everyone has their tastes - my pet aversion would be towards anything Romance and loveware.

Outkast, it's been quite a while. Are you on AIM?

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@Zah, Hi, lobg time right? Well the authors mentioned are classified as Black-Interest books I'm in Love with John Grisham also, I'll take a look at Stephen Hunter. I think one of my favorites of Grisham is The Rainmaker,The pelican brief and the chamber

@Rho, lol, I used to read those in Nigeria especially the sweet-valley, and I mean all the series including the SVU ones

@Somebody, Micheal Baisden's good. I love maintenance man and God's gift to women(you should read that if you havent, the suspense is like whoa)

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well, I love reading, but not just Some dull books! the Only books I love to read are ''Sweet Valley'', Mills and boon and harlequin Romance''

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Can I join the Eric Jerome fan club cause I absoultely adore him?? Another woman is whoa, I really liked that. I have read all Dickey's books apart from his new one which I am going to order off ebay now. Been waiting to be less busy before doing that. Other black fiction authors I love are Marissa Montleigh, Omar Tyree and Michael Baisden. Hmm, enough of the story.

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@hot-angel. girl I've read all her book except the new one she just edited. If you liked Addicted, you should read

Nervous, Sky-scraper and isters of APF(you'll love this one)

Sex chronicles a bit raw (what am I saying, it's RRRRRAAAWWW)

Girl tell me what else you read?

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I love reading. can't do without it.

I had my grade lowered by a letter grade for reading by this teacher and my classmates think i'm a sex addict. it gets on my nerves cuz they r alwayz making this comments and asking me questions dat just make me wanna slap them.

All the teachers are on to me and they r alwayz threatening to do something if i don't stop reading in their class.

About 5yrs ago cuz peeps know i lov reading they started bringing me cool books and i had to pay them 4 it. after that they lend me books then steal it from me and i had to pay them back the whole cost of the book, this happened like 4times.

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This question is not funny at all. It remind me of the several things i had done just because i want to finish reading a particular novel. There was a day that it was my turn to cook for the family. I entered the kitchen with my novel of course. And guess what i was reading? The novel was one of Diannelle Steel "REMEMBRANCE" it was not my first time, although my attitude has already started worrying my family.

I was preparing Ogbonno soup, and i did not follow the normal way to prepare the soup, you know now-THE SHORTCUT. When it get to the stage of adding salt by then i was already shedding tears because of what happened to one of the characters, i just don't know what happened, i took the can of salt and emptied it in the pot of soup. Oh my God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that night was the one time i always remembered as be beaten. It was not funny at all. My family went to bed on empty stomach, while some sour garri. But that does not stop me from continuing with the novel. I was crying and reading. It was an addiction.

When i arrived at Lagos. I boarded a bus from oshodi going to Ikeja, i was supposed to alight at Levetis bus stop. I was bending over a novel titled 'STANDS A CALDER MAN' when i heard the conductor saying " this girl you no go come down, abi you dey deaf, this na the last bus stop oooooohhhhh".

After, that last incident, i managed to find my way back to levetis, it was not easy as a village girl wey just come Lagos. I vowed never to touch novel again ever with a long stick. And guess what, i have been delivered. If you want to be delivered join me and read JOURNEY by Diannelle Steel. That is what i am reading now. Care to have a look :Laugh jarry no be you fualt.

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Man, I f only you guys knew

My spanish class 4 class in high school I failed because I discoveed the world of Eric Jerome Dickey, Omar Tyree, Sister Soulja, Zane( you have to pick up a Zane book to know what I mean)Terry Mcmillan and co, One read I got hooked instead of paying attention in class, my girls and I would sneak off to discuss book, I can still feel the pain in my nyash when daddy saw my results

I missed a job interview, I was reading Silent Honor by Danielle Steel and missed my stop, It took me 3 hours to get back, well you know what happened.

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It has made me want to become an Agent. KIdding. cant be one, I'll get killed,

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I don't think I can give up reading novels. Lately, I've been reading with some moderation.

I can read about five 600-page books in a day [you need to see my eyes moving!] so I stay away from novels throughout the week, then borrow fifteen novels from the library on Saturday and return them all on Monday.

After that, I don't 'near' the fiction bookshelves.

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reading novel got me broke last yr. i forgot i had only 500 naira with me and when i saw this novel called TANAMARA a singapor BS. i lost control of my self and bought it for 400 naira and i needed 150 to get back home. now dont ask me how i got home cos it was not funny.

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@beyunce, Sure reading has benefitted us all, or else we wouldn't have moved it from past-time to hobby. I agree completely that they're educative.

Just wanted to get some funny situations from nairalanders who are book lovers.

My friends complain that I ignore them too once I'm holding a book.

Problem is, I'm not that devoted to school books. Don't tell I said that oh, they'll wonder how I get my grades!!

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well it as done no harm to me but good. educative, funny, tense e.t.c

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well it as done no harm to me but good.

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I go 'temporarily deaf' n u got to scream or snatch d book 4m me to get my attention.

These days, i dnt read as much as b4.

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