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#Dream reads wrap up: Twitterchat reading recommendations

June 30, 2012

Last Tuesday evening’s Twitter chat was filled with dreamy reading  suggestions, and different ideas of what a dream read is.

  • Dream or nightmare reads. ” I like that people can enjoy totally different #dream reads, one person’s #dream = someone’s nightmare read.

“It can be tough hearing about other people’s#dream reads, because its so subjective.Even when two people read for the same reasons.” Jenn Martin

  • Dream romance reading. “A dream romance speaks to an idea of what readers want out of their romance reading” Jenn Martin

“As long as the love story ends happily, I’ll take narrow plot, rom com,drama, almost anything!” Kat

  • Cookbooks. “My #dream reads def include all cookbooks, if they include travel info, thats even better!” Helen Cowen
  • What is a dream read? “Is a great dream read anything that takes you away from the everyday?” Helen Cowen
  • Dream reads are like escape reads. “Found my #dream reads were a lot like my #escape reads…but harder to make me #dream than #escape” love2 read
  • Picture books for children as dream reads.
  • Grey’s Anatomy, Mc Dreamy… “I’m sorry, but after my Grey’s Anatomy marathon a couple of weeks ago, all I can think of is McDreamy. Kat
  • Aboriginal Dream time, stories and paintings.  “I love the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. Pictures,words, they have that wonderful mystic quality that calms and unfolds” Helen Cowen
  • Dreams and imagination. “Dreams in picture books seem really closely tied to imagination-teaching kids about how to imagine also teaches them to #dream” Jenn Martin
  •  What we dream of for our lives, as opposed to dreams while we sleep.
  • Dream reads about the future, utopian reads.
  • Dream poetry.
  • Fantasy Writers “Fantasy writers #dream all the time to craft their stories” theopinionchair
  • Sports related writing is about dreams “sporting reads can be very inspirational-tied so closely to hopes and dreams” Jenn Martin
  • Comics “quite a few comics work well as#dream reads as the illustrations also work as part of the story” Ellen Forsyth
  • Dream locations, dream locations for reading, favourite places to read, where readers dream of trying to read…  “I prefer to read in bed, that way I stay warm and I can take my glasses off, nice to get some relief” Suzie Eisfelder

“for me the locations of Guy Gavriel Kay’s fantasy-Andalusia, Byzantium-Exotic, but without being Orientalised” Jenn Martin

  • Pinterest is a great place to find dream locations to read, dream museums to visit and more…
  • Science reads “help you to dream about what is possible too” Ellen Forsyth
  • Audio books, the reader matters, great for car journeys, ironing or to get to sleep! “Just podcasts, I have to admit I listen to them to get to sleep-sometimes its nice to have a familiar voice” Jenn Martin
  • Time travel “for me time travel is the opportunity to #dream about other historical periods-great for exploring” Jenn Martin
  • Lists of dream reads, where to store them, google docs was suggested.
  • @adent_stu has challenged themselves to pick a dream read from each Dewey hundred.

Most retweeted

 “I wouldn’t dare advertise the Australian Discworld Conventions on #NYR12 just while we are talking of #dreams and Pratchett” Suzie Eisfelder

Fiction titles 

Agnes and the Hitman  by Jenny Crusie and Bob Mayer “Is a #dream romance read for me-funny, great characters, food, house porn+danger” Jenn Martin

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantell

Not quite a husband by Sherry Thomas

When he was wicked by Julia Quinn

Saving Grace by Ciara Geraghy

Finding Scarlett by Ciara Geraghy

Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson

The dream hunter  by Laura Kinsdale

The Narnia Chronicles by C.S Lewis ” Love Narnia! Great for #dreams. They’ve made dreams into reality now” Theopinionchair

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton  “Cloudstreet was kind of dreamy for me-I never knew what was real and what fish imagined or believed to be true” Lee Bess

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer “Twilight could be a #dream read romance and sparkly vampires” Ellen Forsyth

Uppity women series by Vicki Leon

Getting rid of Bradley by Jenny Crusie

Charlie All Night by Jenny Crusie

The Scythe by Ray Brabury

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Passage by Connie Willis “Isn’t about dreaming so much as Near Death Experiences-the places the brain goes near death” Jenn Martin

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Virtual Light by William Gibson

Timeless by Gail Carringer

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

The secret country by Pamela Dean

The Dubious Hills by Pamela Dean

Paris in love by Eloise James

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Baird

Sandman series  specifically mentioned The Wake and  Brief Lives.

Audio books

The graveyard by Neil Gaiman”If you can manage it, I recommend the audio version, read by @neilhimself #The Graveyard Book” Tehani Wessely


Shannon Stacey

Julie James

Rachel Gibson

Ray Bradbury- “What an inspiring, imaginative and daring author” theopinionchair

Neil Gaiman “I like Gaiman’s focus on the cultural history of dreams, told through the intertwining stories of a multitude of characters” Jenn Martin

Terry Pratchett

Guy Gavriel Kay “GGK draws you into the worlds he writes about, but you feel like you belong. There is no ‘othering’ of another culture” Jenn Martin

Brent Weeks “for #dream reading, great stories and world creation” Ellen Forsyth

Neal Stephenson


Plainwater: Essay’s and poetry  by Anne Carson

The stolen child by Yeats “Showing some of the darker edges of dreams” Ellen Forsyth

Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field (children’s poetry)

Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation)

Comics/graphic novels

Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman “The Sandman comics explore the necessity of dreaming and also how we can’t escape them. Another world exists in our dreams” Jenn Martin

Endless nights by Neil Gaiman

Non Fiction

Freud’s interpretation of Dreams

Picture books

The incredible painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee

There’s a sea in my bedroom by Margaret Wild

Kenny’s window by Maurice Sendak

Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

Moonlight by Jan Ormerod

Aesop’s Fables

Mr Wolf’s pancakes by Jan Fearley

Good night me by Andrew Daddo

Cook books

Saraban: A chef’s journey through Persia by Greg and Lucy Malouf

Blogs, Web pages, tweet streams

Australian Discworld Conventions

aaronnflossineurope.blogspot “This is a special dream read. Friends travelling on their way to the olympics” Helen Cowen

The Disappearing: app from @hhtnsw,  location based poetry.

pinterest “you just need to check out pinterest for dream places to read!” Kelly Hall

Podcast: Truth is a cave in the black mountains 

Podcast: Melvyn Bragg, In our time

Neil Gaiman speaking at a college graduation about his dreams and motivation what it means to be an artist

Jasper Fforde on Bedtime Stories

NYR12 Ambassador Grace Gill on her role in promoting reading

Goodreads app “The goodreads app on my phone allows me to scan barcodes using the phone camera” Kat

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