Still Open #26

Always Open: Still Open #26

Join Barbara Dunkelman, Jon Risinger, Lindsay Jones, and Maggie Tominey as they discuss their first time falling in love with a book.

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  • echoing_narc FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I'm in love with you Lindsay!! I fucking love that book. That is my childhood. 

  • Jamari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jam jar

    1 month ago

    I am an 18 year old male and I was on my phone for the entirety of sexpertise but my ears perked up at favorite book. I really gotta get my shit together.

  • RugbySquanch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Halo books written by Eric Nylund

  • Til_Valhalla FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Lindsay talking about that book reminded me so much of Voltron, when Pidge tells everyone about being a girl and they're just like, "Were we supposed to think you were a guy?"

  • SofiaLujan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Madridista

    2 months ago

    My favorite books from school were Brave New World, The Alienist, Angela's Ashes (the movie is pretty good as well!), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The first book I fell in love with is called The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by the late Paula Danziger (author of the Amy Brown series); it's about a ten year old girl who finds her voice while fighting to get her new English teacher reinstituted into her school. It's a pretty short book that empowered 11yo me. 


    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs is a must if you're interested in slave narratives. Out of all the narrative that I've read, I found this one to be the most sincere and straightforward, but who am I to say.


    I rarely go for sci-fi or fantasy but Ray Bradbury' short stories are a must, if you don't want to fully invest in a sci-fi book, as well as Jorge Luis Borges' stories if you wanna do the same for fantasy. I do enjoy reading Borges in Spanish better, (although he wrote in four languages I believe) just because i can connect with the vocabulary he uses and still be challenged by it. 

  • digipoke FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Mariana

    2 months ago

    I don't remember the first book I fell in love with, but I do have a series that I revisit again and again. The Protector of the Small series is wonderful, and focuses on a girl who is the first to openly work toward becoming a lady knight. It's by Tamora Pierce, and is a medieval fantasy, very fun to read. She's written quite a few series in that universe, Song of the Lioness (where a girl hides her gender and becomes the first lady knight), The Immortals, and Provost's Dog, to name a few.


    Edit: Just realized In the Hands of the Goddess is from the Lioness series XD. Nice choice Lindsay!

    • rae816 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      I literally was freaking out when she said that, I love those books so much.

  • TrueGingey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Why do I ship Maggie and Jon so hard....

  • Swogle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    1984 by Orwell will mess you up. 

  • Ignus7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Danny S

    2 months ago

    The first books I fell in love with were the Chronicles of Narnia, I used to reread them all the time and I always was drawn in by how wonderfully C.S. Lewis described everything. 

  • devilito666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I'm with Jon i read comics and calvin and hobbes 

  • CaptYoss156 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I thought Maggie was pretty great to begin with, but...she goes and talks about Stranger in a Strange Land?  I may have fell in love...

  • MamaKatie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I lowkey screamed when Lindsay started talking about The Hand of the Goddess. Tamora Pierce is my favorite author and while I had fallen in love with books before reading that specific series, that was the book that inspired me the most. 

    I really related to Alanna and that series is still my favorite book series of all time.

    For me, To Kill a Mockingbird was my first school book I fell in love with. Other than that, I think it was probably Harry Potter that got me hooked. Cliche, I know, but I was in 2nd grade and pushed through and learned that I really really love fantasy. 

  • Cecebar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    The worst book I ever had to read in high school was 'brave new world', made me so mad. I have so many favourites though that it's hard to pick. I'd say 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', which I read in primary school and it sort of started my book obsession. almost forgot about  the 'Tomorrow when the war began' series by John Marsden, it is sooooo good.

  • ShogunShin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Not my first book I loved but it is one that I cannot stop recommending. The book is called "The Machine of Death" and has a sequel called "This is How You Die" both are a collection of short stories each written by an entirely different person. The stories all revolve around one main idea: there is this machine that takes a small sample of your blood and then spits out a small business card and on it is written your own cause of death. Here's the catch though, the machine is never wrong but is incredibly vague. Example: let's say your card reads "Old Age". You may think "Oh ok, I'll live till I'm like 90. Cool!". However, the machine is weird sometimes and apparently likes plot twists that give M. Night wet dreams because you soon realize you just got hit by an old man driving a car.


    I can't recommend these books enough to people because I think it's really cool how some interpret certain chapters and that each is it's own self-contained story. Bonus fact the people who wrote the book actually have a free PDF copy of "Machine of Death" on their website!

  • TaterTor7199 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Here's the (almost) complete list of books mentioned. https://www.reddit.com/r/roosterteeth/comments/66tzch/if_anyone_was_interested_this_is_the_list_of/

  • DannyKendra FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    magic treehouse


  • Heavy_Mettle

    2 months ago

    The first book I fell in love with was Night by Elie Wiesel.  I had to read it for high school and it's one of the only books that has made me feel awful and want to cry.  It was amazing.

    • RudePringle

      2 months ago

      I also had to read Night in high school and it was so good. It was the first book for school (in all my years) I ever finished reading. 

  • gemvision FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Vision (they/them)

    2 months ago

    The first book I fell in love with (other than like picture books) was Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. We had to read it for school and I read it waaay before anyone else, and I'm dyslexic and hate reading! It just spoke to me as an autistic person, because I never connected with a character as much as I did with the monster.

  • SarahWithStars FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold No Family Bias- Honest

    2 months ago

    fantasy vs Sci fi vs idiot who doesn't read

    That quip made me laugh so hard, Maggie xx

  • SpookyShawn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    All Quiet On The Western Front wasn't even that bad.

  • SierraRover FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    The first book I fell in love with was The Hobbit, because it was what got me into reading in the first place (having read it when I was 7). However I love many books for different reasons, such as A Clockwork Orange, I read it due to my Dad recommending it; something I find really important due to him having dyslexia and finding reading boring in general. 

  • Goose2113 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I will do all i can

    2 months ago

    And that concludes the weekly RT book club.

  • ASHxINFLAMES FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Carl Sagan <3

  • AmmeGrace FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    A Madness of Angels: The Resurrection of Matthew Swift by Kate Griffin was one of those books that totally changed how I look at and interact with the world. Very awesome urban fantasy that I 10000% recommend.

    But also Marley&Me, the first and last book that made me cry like a baby

  • hitachiko14 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks is amazing. It's one of the most intriguing reads I've found in the recent years.

  • Bekitty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Anyone else ever read Please Stop Laughing At Me? 

  • AceHufflepuff FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Yessss Lindsay, the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce (which In the Hand of the Goddess is part of) is amazing. Tamora Pierce is one of my top 3 favourite authors and the Tortall books as a whole are all fantastic. The Protector of the Small series or the Trickster series would have to be my favourites overall of the Tortall books, but the Song of the Lioness had a larger impact on me and is my second most reread series (behind Harry Potter) of anything I've read.


    Another series that had a massive impact on me was Stargirl and the sequel Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I must have been about 11-13 when I first read Stargirl, and it was sincerely lifechanging for me. And then years later the sequel was released, and even though so much time had passed, it affected me maybe even more than the first book did. Really thought-provoking books.

    • IanTay FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      Personally, I prefer her Circle of Magic books, but I'm also a great fan of the PotS series of the Tortall books.


      I assume you, like me, own all of those books?

    • AceHufflepuff FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      I really should reread the Circle of Magic books, it's been years. I do remember enjoying them, though.


      I own all the Tortall books and tracked down a couple of short story anthologies she wrote for, but I never got around to buying the Circle of Magic books. I initially borrowed all her books from the library, and when I later started buying all of them I kept to the Tortall books so as to not spend an entire paycheck on books XD. I've had so many books in my to read pile that I forgot to go back for the Circle of Magic books, but now that you mention them I'll have to revisit them once I finish my current book.

    • MamaKatie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      I was so happy when she brought it up! The Song of the Lioness series impacted me so much, and is still one of my favorite series of all time. I feel like it's one of those series that I'll always enjoy, no matter how old I get, which just makes it even more awesome. 

    • digipoke FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Mariana

      2 months ago

      Man, I revisit PotS again and again, Kel is the best. That and the Provost's Dog series are my favorite stories from the Tortall universe.

  • Datenshi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I will stand strong with saying that I like Catcher in the Rye, it's still one of my favorite books!!

  • Korakys FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Jennie by Paul Gallico hit me in the feels harder than any book I had read at the time (I was 13). The book is really obscure today and you must like cats to enjoy it really, but if you find it give it a read.

  • xvalai FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Xvalai

    2 months ago

    The Fire Within book series was the only set of books I really liked when I was a kid. They are so much fun and emotional.

  • breee36 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I really, really love that Maggie is giving Michael and Lindsay so many books for Baby Jones! My favorite memories that I have with my parents are when they would read to me before bed when I was little. 

  • thejewfro16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    First book I fell in love with was 13 Reasons Why. A lot of people bash on it, but it is a fantastic book. Its also the first and only book that has made me cry. The second book I fell in love with, which was about the same time, was The Book Thief. Its the perfect mix of emotions, and a beautiful work of historical fiction.

    • enkaygee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      I love Markus Zusak's books so much. The Messenger is my absolute favourite, even more so than the Book Thief. Super super recommend.

  • RemyEvermore FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Reading anything Orwellian in highschool sucked for me, just left me feeling that George Orwell is the origin of modern hipsters. *shudder*

  • Nickcanada97 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    the first book i really dove into is the Percy Jackson books. fell in love with them as a kid and haven't stopped reading them since

  • UnrealX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    We need more Maggie! Everytime she's on, she seems to show a new side of herself and she is so real, adorable, intense and soft all at once.

  • captainbkat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Bossy Pants and Yes Please are awesome reads. Very funny and inspiring. PS listening to the audiobooks of these was 10000x better because they read them.

  • Beau_Of_Blades FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I leave RT for a small break after RWBY V4 ended and I come back to this... love always open and still open but coming back with this, I forgot how deep and dirty the topics get.

  • rebkos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I swear to god, an RT book club would be amazing... Get like Maggie, Lindsay, and Ashley to just sit around and chat.

    • SofiaLujan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Madridista

      2 months ago

      I was just thinking the same thing, although it'll probably be better if they rotated cast since most people tend to have a favorite genre and it could become repetitive or boring. For example, I think Lindsay and Ashley like fantasy, while I rarely enjoy a book under that category. But I definitely like the idea, as it could also introduce their younger audience to a new hobby.

  • MissPhynex

    2 months ago

    The first book I ever fell in love with was At The Sign Of The Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper. It was such a dark book but for some reason I genuinely loved that book. 

  • kaikaips3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Oh shit, Lindsay read the Alanna books? I love those books! Tamora Pierce is fantastic!

  • ariannaordona FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I read 13 reasons why when I was in High School. I was just getting over depression and idk why but that book annoyed the heck out of me. I can't remember all the details about the plot, but the entire time I kept thinking was that there are so many people that have to go through 20x as much pain as she did and they persevere and become stronger from their experiences and here is this girl that thinks it's the end of the world when a guy decides to not meet up with her (sorry, can't remember the entire plot).


    And throughout the entire time the cassettes play she keeps blame with all these people saying they are the cause of her death. My philosophy is that you commit suicide --> you decided it, it is your choice and therefore, you are the reason you're dead. The entire time I read I kept thinking, why didn't you confront them when you were alive, why didn't you give them these cassettes when you were alive? Now that I think about it, the #1 reason why I didn't like 13 reasons why is that she had a loving family and she let these little shits from high school make her feel like nothing. 


    Suicide is a long term solution to a short term problem. 


    btw since I was 4 I probably fell in love with many books. but one of the books that first made me cry that I can remember is Perks of Being a Wallflower. When he read that poem from his friend that committed suicide, that just hit home for me. I think from grade school Bridge to Terabithia made me cry, and that was an assigned reading. 

    • BABBS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      When dealing with a person's trauma, it's not the details of what happened, police-blotter style, that truly matter--it's the internal turmoil that happens as a result that counts, at least if your goal is to help the individual affected by the trauma.  If, however, you're talking about punishment and/or determent for individuals perpetrating trauma on others, those details become much more relevant, as they speak to the mindset and intentions of those carrying out the traumatizing action.

    • dmrahn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      While I disagree with your reasoning for disliking 13 reasons why, I also don't like it. I've had friends who have taken their lives and the reason are always unique and often seems so foreign or over simplified to us. The real reason I don't like the book is because in my view it glorifies suicide. To me it painted the picture that if someone takes their life and leaves a list of reasons everyone will feel bad about it and try to make it better even though it's too late. That to me is entirely the wrong impression to leave on anyone, no matter their state in life.

  • SSDConker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Giovanni

    2 months ago

    Don't have a favorite book but I loved the Star Wars X-Wing novels and the Thrawn Trilogy from Star Wars Legends. I also enjoyed the Jack Ryan Tom Clancy novels and most of the Halo novels.

  • FPChris FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Go Ask Alice is a work of fiction and nothing else.

  • jessemcbeath FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I am so happy Maggie said Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein is one of my most favourite authors and that book is one of my most favourite books. It's so rare that anyone even knows who Robert Hainlein is much less that book.


    Anyone who sees this, if you like reading sci-fi/fantasy here's the author's you need to look up:

    Isaac Asimov-one of the most prolific science fiction and non-fiction science writer's ever. Check out his Foundation series.

    Robert A. Heinlein- Another cornerstone of science fiction. Stranger in a Strange, l  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and anything with the character Lazarus Long.

    Piers Anthony- The Xanth series; it's fantasy and is a world literally made of puns and is 40 books long. Anthony also writes science fiction, check out Macroscope

    Anne McCaffrey- Science fiction and fantasy with kickass female leads. Check out the Crystal Singer trilogy and the Dragonriders of Pern series.

    Terry Brooks- Fantasy on the same level as The Lord of the Rings. The Shannara series also recently got a TV show.


    If you want more specific recommendations, DM me. I have a list. A written list. Like, on actual paper and shit.

  • FPChris FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    > trying to be all tolerant but mocking people who don't get off from clitrola stimulation.

    • BABBS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      I read it as mocking dudes who assume that just shoving their dick in will please all women.

  • PK2x4 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The one that does things

    2 months ago

    First book I fell in love with was Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
    Couldn't stop reading that book and  couldn't stop reading the whole series until I was done

  • Zabon95 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That One Tool

    2 months ago

    I believe I read 13 reasons why in school, it´s was pretty good and really interesting, it´s about a guy that gets a set of cassette tapes of the girl retelling what happened to her as he visits the places. Although, that can also be another book so don´t quote me on that :P

  • Zabon95 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That One Tool

    2 months ago

    A fantasy recommendation is Eragon and the Inheritance series, it´s basically about a teenager that becomes the first dragon rider in a few hundred years in a medieval fantasy world. It´s really good and I truly recommend it

  • GoldRoger42 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    The first book I fell in love with was Ender's Game.

  • SauceChuffer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    If you are a nerd like me and enjoy non-fiction chemistry books, The Disappearing spoon is a great read its humorous and all round interesting. It talks about the history of elements in terms of politics weapons art etc and the importance of it.