SparkPeople A Book Club Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10007 As it is titled...A BOOK CLUB! Let's see what you are reading, favorite authors, favorite genre's., etc. Once a month we select a book to read and discuss. Happy reading and sparking! SparkPeople A Book Club Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10007 Introducing self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x61862400 My user name was combined of the first 3 letters of my name ny cat and my dog. The group of books I am working on is the bible. Also like mysteries especially Katherine coultur. ( not sure if I spelled that right) Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:04:38 EST Let's Vote - July 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61814265 Please vote for 2 (two) of the following choices this month! <BR> <BR> The Alchemist by Paulo Coehio <BR> Bossypants by Tina Fey <BR> A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith <BR> Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken's <BR> For Your Love by Beverly Jenkins <BR> Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger <BR> The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until around noon CST on June 28th. <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:53:52 EST Suggestions for July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61771555 Please place any suggestions for July in this thread. Please include a summary and link to a site like Goodreads.com if possible. As many of our members use the library to access the books - please limit your suggestions to books published before July 1 2014. If it is going to be a movie soon or has won an award, please limit choices to those published before January 1 2014. <BR> <BR> The suggestions thread will be open until at least June 21 st. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:21:49 EST Books Read in June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x61640302 This is where we can keep track of books we read each month and rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <BR> 2... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 03:23:30 EST June's New to You Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61628848 Simple challenge for the month of June - Try at least 5 things that are New to You - These could be new products, new freggies, new recipes, new exercises, or new authors. Maybe it is a craft or experience you always wanted to try or even a new way of reading (ebook, audiobook, on your computer browser) a book. Just get out of your comfort zone for the month and try 5 new things. <BR> <BR> Please come back to the thread and share what New to You things you tried this month. Can't wait to se... Sat, 30 May 2015 18:25:38 EST June 2015 - Handmaid's Tale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61628624 Please post all comments and questions about The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood in this thread. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!! Sat, 30 May 2015 17:38:54 EST Let's Vote June 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61550418 Since we have such a long list of suggestions this month - please vote for 3 (THREE) from the following list - this may help avoid a vote off. <BR> <BR> American Sniper: The Autobiography by Chris Kyle <BR> A Memoir of Love, War by Taya Kyle <BR> Death Before Facebook by Julie Smith <BR> The Accidental Hero by Joshua Graham <BR> Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris <BR> Wool by Hugh Howey <BR> Watership Down by Richard Adams <BR> The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara <BR> Sar... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:29:15 EST Suggest a Book for June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61489010 Please post any suggestions for June in this thread. Please include a link if possible to a site like Amazon.com or goodreads.com. <BR> <BR> Please limit suggestions to books published prior to June 1st 2014. If the book is becoming a movie or is an award winner, please limit suggestions to those published prior to January 1st 2014. <BR> <BR> Suggestions will be accepted until around noon CST on 05/21. <BR> Thu, 14 May 2015 16:05:22 EST Saying Hello to my New Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x61391790 <BR> hi everyone! <BR> <BR> although I've been a member of SparkPeople for quite some time, I'm new to this team. the only genres I don't read are *any* kind of romance, cheesy westerns, and pulp sci*fi. <BR> <BR> dh and I split time between our houses in OR and AZ & we have a Great Pyrenees named Cisco as well as a cat named Casanova. up until January, I was on the road to a healthier me by myself. now that dH has come on board, my life has been made much easier in terms of "staying the ... Sun, 3 May 2015 18:39:52 EST Work It Out Challenge 05/03 - 05/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61381641 Goal for this challenge is to balance out your workout. Maybe you have just been focusing on walking and it is time to add some other things, maybe you focus solely on cardio and forget to add strength or vice versa. This week - work to find some balance in your workout and change something up. <BR> <BR> Try a new spark video, use the elliptical instead of the bike at the gym, try a new yoga routine or maybe check out Tai Chi. <BR> <BR> Stop by and report what your workout was for the da... Sat, 2 May 2015 13:17:19 EST 1 Day Challenge - Saturday 05/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61380291 The challenge today is simply to sit less. Take advantage of the weekend and grab an extra walk, work on decluttering, do some spring cleaning, or just stand and enjoy your company instead of sitting. To start you off - take 2 minutes to do a power pose either the superhero one or winner pose. Sat, 2 May 2015 10:22:49 EST Books Read in May 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x61373137 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <... Fri, 1 May 2015 12:42:51 EST 1 Day Challenge - Friday 05/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61372345 Free Friday - Pick your own challenge for the day! Fri, 1 May 2015 11:08:28 EST 1 Day Challenge - Thursday 04/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61358972 Tango Thursday - Dance for 10 minutes today - Don't think you can dance? Sure you can - chair dancing counts. Turn to youtube for inspiration or just crank up the radio. Dance it Out!! <BR> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:08:22 EST May 2015 - Behind the Scenes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61358909 Please place all comments, questions, etc for Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson here. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:59:33 EST 1 Day Challenge Wednesday 04/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61352318 Waterfight Wednesday!! <BR> <BR> <BR> So here is how this works for every glass of water you drink you can ask a question. Examples fave book, outrageous movie, vacation destinations etc. <BR> <BR> But... If you post a question, you must answer all the questions before yours. :) who will step up to the challenge? <BR> <BR> First Question... What is you favorite vacation spot? <BR> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:11:21 EST 1 Day Challenge - Tuesday 04/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61339484 Try it Out Tuesday - Whether it is an outfit that you have been hiding in your closet because it was too small, a dress that you admire at the thrift store, a freggie that you bought but have have been too timid to taste, or a recipe you have had your eye on for awhile - try it out. That outfit may fit or be closer than you thought, that dress may be perfect for your dinner date, the freggie may become your new post workout snack and the recipe? Well that may make you feel like Julia Child. ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:43:27 EST 1 Day Challenge - Monday 04/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61330347 Mix it up Monday - I was watching a Ted Talks Life Hacks earlier today and was reminded that even the smallest changes can make a difference. The Ted Talks was simply about changing the way you tie your shoes - not a big change, just wrap the lace the opposite direction and you will form a stronger knot. I stink at tying shoes so I know that I will need to try this and see how it works. The challenge today is just to simply mix up a routine that you have been stuck in for awhile. Whether it ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:56:42 EST 1 Day Challenge - Sunday 04/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61326226 This one is a repeat but personally I feel that we need to look ahead and get an idea of what is coming at us at the beginning of the week. It helps to keep me on track and I hope it helps you too! <BR> <BR> Strategy Sunday - Take 5 to 10 minutes today <BR> to make a plan for the week. Whether it is your dinner menu, <BR> lunch/breakfast menu, exercise schedule, or planning for an <BR> upcoming event. Don't forget to schedule time in your week <BR> to pamper yourself/center yourself. When ar... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:22:25 EST 1 Day Challenge - Saturday 04/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61317715 Stay Strong Saturday - Try 2 new strength training exercises today but before you do <BR> strike a power pose for 2 minutes. It could be the superhero pose, winner pose (hands up in the air) or seated with your arms behind your head and feet up on the desk. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:13:13 EST Let's Vote - May 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61301797 Please vote for 2 from the following list: <BR> <BR> Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson <BR> I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb <BR> The Circle by Dave Eggers <BR> A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra <BR> The Color of Water by James McBride <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until around noon CST on 04/29 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:20:04 EST 1 Day Challenge - Thursday 04/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61296094 Throw it Out Thursday - Take 5-10 minutes today to tackle <BR> that pile of papers or the clothes you can't wear out in public <BR> anymore. Maybe you have a closet that needs some organization <BR> or your bookshelf is too full. Declutter your world a bit today and <BR> throw it out or add to your donation box. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:14:10 EST 1 Day Challenge - Wednesday 04/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61289579 Wellness Wednesday - Challenge - Meet or exceed your personal <BR> freggie goal today! Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:34:57 EST 1 Day Challenge - Tuesday 04/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61283138 I knew I was forgetting something today - sorry! <BR> <BR> Tune in Tuesday - Take 5 to 10 minutes today just to be still and tune into you. Are you tired? Are you worn out? Are you feeling great? Is there something weighing on your mind that you didn't realize? Maybe the solution to that problem is right in front of you - now is the time to stop and listen. Just sit and be quiet for a bit today to help center yourself for the rest of the week. At the end of your Tune in Time I challenge yo... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:37:41 EST 1 Day Challenge - Monday 04/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61267650 Move It Monday - Challenge - exercise at least 15 minutes today. Break it up into 5-10 minute increments if you have to. If you already exercise more than 15 minutes every day - add an extra 5 today. You CAN do it! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:57:09 EST 1 Day Challenge - Sunday 04/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61262406 Strategy Sunday - Take 5 to 10 minutes today <BR> to make a plan for the week. Whether it is your dinner menu, <BR> lunch/breakfast menu, exercise schedule, or planning for an <BR> upcoming event. Don't forget to schedule time in your week <BR> to pamper yourself/center yourself. When are you going to <BR> finish that book you started? When will you head out to the new <BR> park you discovered? Whatever is on your agenda - take <BR> some time today to make your strategy for the week. At the... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:55:27 EST Suggest a book for May! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61253452 Please place all suggestions for May in this thread. When posting a suggestion - please provide a brief synopsis and a link to a site like goodreads.com or amazon.com for the book if possible. <BR> <BR> Please consider accessibility for our members who use a library when making suggestions. Very popular books, very old books, books that are becoming movies, recent award winning books can sometimes be difficult to get from a library. So - please limit suggestions to books that were published ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:31:23 EST Eat a Rainbow Challenge - 04/12-04/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61189955 1 week challenge to eat as many colors of freggies a day as possible. <BR> Just log in and either record the colors or the freggies eaten for the day. <BR> That's it! <BR> <BR> Make it a colorful week! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:45:59 EST Books read in April 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x61092426 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:37:11 EST April 2015 - Still Alice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x61092357 Please post any comments, thoughts, questions, etc for Still Alice by Lisa Genova in this thread. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:27:28 EST Skip the Easter Basket challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x61078567 So I don't know about you - but I have already given into the Easter candy more than I care to admit and there are still more than 5 days before Easter. So this challenge is simple - Skip the candy and the left over candy for Easter. I don't need to be eating it - even if I like to tell myself that dark chocolate is healthy for me (I know it can be but not at the rate that I can eat it <em>30</em> ) <BR> <BR> Just check in each day until the 8th about how you did avoid the candy basket ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:37:10 EST New to group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x61041010 Hello All! I've been on Spark for quite awhile but just found this group! I am starting my weight loss journey....again. Expanding my family over the last couple years added pounds I do not want to keep! I love reading, pretty much any genre. Some of my favorite authors are J.R. Ward, Nora Roberts, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Lindsay Sands, and Johanna Lindsey. Some of my favorite series are The Black Dagger Brotherhood, The Divergent Series, All Souls Trilogy, Hacker Series, and The Fallen Angels Se... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:41:36 EST New to team, not new to Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x61004512 Hi All! I've recently come back to Spark (yet again...) to see if I can get myself going again. It's been a yo-yo roller coaster ride but I'm trying it one more time. I read everything I can get my hands on and even like to walk while listening to books on my audible books cell phone app. I'm always looking for good suggestions! <BR> <em>149</em> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:35:16 EST Let's Vote April 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60984162 Please vote for 2 of the following choices: <BR> <BR> Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins <BR> Palimpsest Paperback by Catherynne Valente <BR> Side Effects May Vary by Juile Murphy <BR> Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald <BR> The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield <BR> 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster <BR> Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams <BR> Still Alice by Lisa Genova <BR> <BR> Please only vote by responding to this thread with your choices. <BR> Voting will be... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:11:16 EST 5 Freggies for 5 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x60939910 Anyone want to go for eating 5 fruits/veggies (freggies) each day for the next 5 days? This is one of my goals for the month and I'm having a hard time meeting it. I thought a little challenge might make it more motivating. Just check in each day (Mon-Fri) and let us know how you did. <BR> <em>265</em> <em>267</em> <em>551</em> <em>291</em> <em>370</em> <em>491</em> <em>277</em> <em>368</em> <em>550</em> <em>45</em> <em>373</em> <em>258</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:42:07 EST Hello Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x60921043 I have loved reading since I was a small child. I read and enjoy many types of books. I am looking forward to discussing a good book. "It is better to read then to snack" Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:50:06 EST Suggest a book for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60917183 Goodness - it is hard to believe we are here already. <BR> <BR> Post any suggestions for April in this thread. <BR> Please post a summary and a link if possible with the book title. <BR> In order to allow the most access for our members - please limit suggestions to titles published before April 2014. If the book is coming out as a movie soon or won an award - please limit suggestions to titles published before October 2013. <BR> <BR> This suggestion thread will be open until at least 03/2... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:08:21 EST 10-Minute Exercise Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x60806798 I got a little out of my exercise habit in February. Anyone want to join me for a 10-minute a day exercise challenge? I want to try it for this week. Let's start tomorrow Monday March 2 and go until Sunday March 8. Just check in here if you want to join in! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>311</em> <em>386</em> <em>320</em> <em>244</em> <em>315</em> <em>252</em> <em>418</em> <em>345</em> <em>319</em> <em>285</em> <em>317</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:58:02 EST Sense and Sensibility March 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60803758 Please place all comments and questions for Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility in this thread. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:05:19 EST Books Read in March 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x60799008 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:15:21 EST Let's Vote March 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60715417 Please vote for 2 selections from the following - <BR> Voting will be open until around noon CST on 02/26. <BR> <BR> Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen <BR> The Giver by Lois Lowry <BR> Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan <BR> The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender <BR> The Fault in Our Stars by John Green <BR> Already Home by Susan Mallery <BR> Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth <BR> The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:06:02 EST Book Selections for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60668324 In March we are going to do something slightly different. Instead of calling for new suggestions this month - I went back to the voting threads for 2014 and found 8 books that DIDN'T get selected for the month but had several people interested in reading them. <BR> <BR> Voting will open around the 20th - <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:43:33 EST Beyond the Beautiful Forevers - Feb 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60534178 Please post any thoughts, questions, etc in this thread for Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:47:09 EST Four in February Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x60534152 So we have made it to February - wow. <BR> <BR> This month's challenge - 1 daily goal, 1 weekly goal, 1 for the whole month, and a bonus goal of your choice. Track your progress on your goals in this thread. <BR> <BR> Examples - Daily Goal - 4 freggies minimum per day. Weekly Goal - Walk 5 miles. Monthly Goal - 500 fitness minutes. Bonus - Track everything 5 out of 7 days per week. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:45:41 EST February Checkin Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x60534080 Let's keep this challenge going this month - the winter months make it so hard to focus on fitness sometimes. <BR> <BR> Just check in daily. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:37:07 EST Books read in February 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x60522746 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:19:06 EST Let's Vote - Feb 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60429951 Please vote for 2 of the following suggestions - <BR> <BR> Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo <BR> Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson <BR> Just Don't Fall by Josh Sundquist <BR> The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister <BR> Dark Lover by JR Ward <BR> Back to the Bedroom by Janet Evanovich <BR> Save Me by Lisa Scottoline <BR> Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout <BR> Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson <BR> Fate Book by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <BR> The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman <BR> ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:12:03 EST February Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60398030 Please post any suggestions for February's book here. Please limit your suggestions to books that have been out for more than 1 year. If it is an award winner please limit it to books published more than 18 months ago. Other considerations - some members exclusively use their library to obtain the books for this discussion. Very popular books, books that are soon becoming movies, and very old books may not be accessible to everyone. These considerations are suggested simply to allow the mo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:23:14 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x60392876 My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:23 EST Miss Peregrine's Home - Jan 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60192308 January's book will be Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. <BR> <BR> Please post any thoughts or comments on the book in this thread! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:37:00 EST Jumping into 2015 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x60186265 January is a time when many people are trying to get back to the basics after the holiday season. <BR> <BR> This challenge is pretty easy - 1. Do 100 jumping jacks or modified jumping jacks per week. <BR> 2. Set 1 goal of your own to focus on during January - whether it is tracking, earning a set amount of Sparkpoints, or trying a new recipe a week. 3. Track your progress on this post each week. <BR> <BR> Let's get back to basics and make January a healthy month!! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:08:22 EST January Checking In Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x60177283 I haven't been good about checking in here on SP lately and I want to get back in the habit. Does anyone want to join me in a daily check in challenge? You can literally just post an emoticon or one word or a brief description of your plan for the day or how you did that day. It's just a way to stay connected and establish the accountability of checking in. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:09:46 EST Books read in January 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x60174976 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:24:20 EST Let's Vote Jan 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60144463 Please vote for 2 choices from the following: <BR> <BR> A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick <BR> The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman <BR> Me Before You by JoJo Moyes <BR> Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn <BR> Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich <BR> Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel <BR> Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:14:15 EST Suggestions for January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x60100430 Please post any suggestions for January in this thread. <BR> Please limit your suggestions to books that have been out for at least 1 year and if it is an award winning book - please limit to a published date of at least 18 months prior. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:25:12 EST Dec 2014 ~ Incantation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59911208 Please place any thoughts or questions about Alice Hoffman's Incantation in this thread. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:12:13 EST Books read ~ December 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x59906366 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:44:20 EST Vote off Dec http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59903657 One day vote off between The Pilots Wife & Incantation <BR> <BR> Please vote for 1. <BR> Voting will only be open today 12/1. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:17:56 EST Dancing and Drinking to the New Year challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x59896700 So this challenge is relatively easy - since December can be a big party month - let's use that as the theme for this month's challenge. <BR> <BR> Dance - Dance, chair dance, etc for a minimum of 10 minutes a day. Can't do it all in one stretch? No problem - split it up whatever way works for you. <BR> <BR> Drink - Drink your water goal each day through the month of December <BR> <BR> 5 points a day for each activity - goal 70 points for each week. <BR> <BR> That's it! Are you in? <BR>... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:39:59 EST Let's Vote Dec 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59852805 Please vote for 2 of the following choices <BR> <BR> Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau <BR> Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edwin Curtis, by Timothy Egan <BR> The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve <BR> A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Samuel Clemens <BR> Incantation by Alice Hoffman Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:38:45 EST December Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59796418 Please post any suggestions you have for a December book here - The Goldfinch discussion will remain as a sticky throughout the month of December for those that want to continue to participate in that discusion but there have been a few members that would like a new book. <BR> <BR> When posting a suggestion - please also post a synaposis and a link to a website such as good reads or amazon for the book. Please limit your suggestions to books that have been out for at least 12 months and if... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:57:58 EST Team Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x59778991 Please take a few minutes to help out your team leaders and respond to this survey - The survey will be open until 12/15/2014. <BR> <BR> <link>neelixnkes.polldaddy.com/s/a-book-cl<BR>ub-team-survey </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you for your help in improving YOUR team! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:28:58 EST November Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x59658948 As the weather changes for many of us - it can be a challenge to keep up with our steps. I challenge each of you to set a minimum goal and work on maintaining it/exceeding it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> 11/4 <BR> 11/5 <BR> 11/6 <BR> 11/7 <BR> Total Week 1 <BR> <BR> 11/8 <BR> 11/9 <BR> 11/10 <BR> 11/11 <BR> 11/12 <BR> 11/13 <BR> 11/14 <BR> Total Week 2 <BR> <BR> 11/15 <BR> 11/16 <BR> 11/17 <BR> 11/18 <BR> 11/19 <BR> 11/20 <BR> 11/21 <BR> Total Week 3 <BR> <BR> 11/22 <BR> 11/23 <BR> 11/24... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:08:30 EST Books read ~ November 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x59627886 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:50:41 EST Nov 2014 - The Goldfinch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59614632 Please post any questions, comments, etc here about The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:07:33 EST Are there any writers amoung us? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x59590960 I'm getting myself ready for this year's NaNoWriMo project. This is one of those months that has a lot of things going on, but I've decided that would be the case with almost any month. I was wondering if we had any other National Novel Writing Month participants here. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:29:00 EST Let's Vote November 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59553741 Please vote for 2 of the following selections - vote by posting the titles of your choice in a reply to this thread. Voting will be open until about 3pm CST on 10/29 <BR> <BR> The Girls by Lori Lanssens <BR> Tallulah, Darling: A Biography of Tallulah Bankhead by Denis Brian <BR> The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve <BR> Mary Coin by Marissa Silver <BR> Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown <BR> The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Ga... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:51:54 EST love2read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x59552200 <em>524</em> glad to be a part of the group. I, like you ,enjoy a good book or two. I have a tablet with several book apps so I have loads of variety. I tend to read more than one book at a time. Crazy! I know but I taught literature and reading which required such a skill and because my attention span is out there I am able to read multiple novels without confusing characters or story lines. This also allows me to read according to my mood. Happy Reading to all! <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:58:34 EST Out of Bounds October Challenge Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x59519508 So for the rest of the month - challenge yourself in the way that you choose. <BR> Pick something new that you want to try and do it - it could be exercise again, food, or something like a new craft or new author. <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:59:20 EST Suggest a book for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59501783 For November it will be an open suggestion discussion. Please suggest a book from any genre as long as it was published prior to November 1st 2013. Please provide a synopsis of the book and a link to site like goodreads.com or amazon if possible. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to our previous monthly books <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x5<BR>3444346 </link> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:58:23 EST Out of Bounds October Challenge Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x59392588 Your challenges this week are: <BR> <BR> 1. Try a new to you recipe and post a review in this thread. <BR> 2. Try a new to you food - <BR> <BR> Note: You can combine these such as using a new to you ingredient in a new recipe. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 22:38:50 EST Pantry Challenge Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x59392526 Challenge for the upcoming week - <BR> Post 2 of your pantry meals (if you use a new recipe, please share the link). <BR> Clean out and inventory your spices, herbs, and condiments. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 22:32:38 EST Need Updates to How the Team Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x59348711 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am back after a long time. I am hoping to interact with everyone and get back into Sparking. <BR> I love reading and having fun with a monthly read here. <BR> I missed all the fun and support from you all! <BR> <BR> So, I need help with getting back into the swing of things. Updates and anything else I need to know. Even directing me to the right forum would be awesome! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> ~debbie <BR> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:30:43 EST Pantry Challenge Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x59336892 The overall goal of this challenge is to eat out of your pantry as much as possible as well as getting it organized and inventoried for the winter hibernation season <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So the challenge for the week is to clean out and inventory your freezer. <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:10:57 EST Pantry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x59326175 So I really need to clean out and organize my pantry. I tend to do this in the fall so I know what I have to work with on those cold winter nights. There are 2 components to this challenge - 1 is simply to cook as much as possible without buying new items at the store. This ties in with the team because we probably all have cookbooks/cooking magazines that we neglect reading so this encourages us to take a look at those. The 2nd part is actually cleaning, cataloging, and organizing your pan... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:12:56 EST Book Read October 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x59325126 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <BR>... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:06:49 EST Out of Bounds October Challenge - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x59324697 Week 1 Challenge - October 1 - October 7th <BR> <BR> Let's head a bit out of our comfort zone this month - <BR> For the 1st week <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Try 2 new to you exercise <BR> 2. Visit 3 new to you sparkmember's pages and leave encouraging notes <BR> <BR> Come back to this thread and post your new exercises <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:21:41 EST Oct~2014 In the Shadow of the Master http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59324647 Post any comments or questions here for October's Selection - In the Shadow of the Master, stories by Edgar Allan Poe <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:17:08 EST Let's Vote October 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59252305 Please vote for 2 from the following suggestions. <BR> Dual: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson <BR> The World's Greatest Short Stories James Daley Editor <BR> This is How You Lose Her Paperback by Junot Diaz <BR> In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe <BR> 13 British Horror Stories by Rayne Hall <BR> American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell <BR> Runaway by Alice Munro <BR> Everything's Eventual by Stephen King <BR> <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until around noon CST on... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:13:31 EST Suggestions for Oct 2014 - Short Story Genre http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59163297 Please post any suggestions that you have for our next month's book selection here. The genre is short story. Please limit your suggestions to collections that have been published for more than 12 months. If possible - please post a short blurb about the book and a link to a site like Goodreads.com or Amazon.com. <BR> <BR> Voting will open around the 23rd of September. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:13:46 EST So excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x59047915 I follow a particular author's blog. I stumbled upon this writer quite by accident and through an audiobook at that. The book ended up being part of a trilogy that was hand's down, one of my all time favorites. There have been 3 well loved (by me) series that all ended this year, so it was a mix of excitement and sadness as anyone who has ever fallen in love with a set of characters in a book can attest to. <BR> <BR> Anyway... The author I follow, mentioned that he had a dream about the ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 04:59:35 EST Books read for September 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x59024200 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 20:41:27 EST SEPT -2014 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x59010682 Please place all comments and questions for The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls in this thread. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:45:07 EST Please help me finish my books (Vote) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x58964859 So I have the age-old problem of being in the middle of several books and I need help deciding which I should finish first. Please pick two books to help me out. Thanks! <BR> <BR> 1. Room by Emma Donoghue <BR> 2. Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery <BR> 3. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso <BR> 4. The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan <BR> 5. The Seduction of Elliot McBride by Jennifer Ashley <BR> 6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:20:37 EST Please Vote for September's Book! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58924239 Please vote for 2 of the following choices: <BR> Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt <BR> Tis by Frank McCourt <BR> Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton <BR> The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls <BR> Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCort <BR> <BR> A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway <BR> The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot <BR> Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth <BR> <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until around no... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:02:03 EST New co-leader introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x58855851 My name is Cheryl and I wanted to let everyone know I am going to be a co-leader on our team and figured I should tell you a bit about me and give you a chance to get to know me a little better. Feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer them. <BR> <BR> I found Spark in a backwards sort of way via Babyfit, a sister site for pregnant and nursing moms. The pregnancy was the result of my youngest who turned 9 last month, so it's been awhile since the initial spark I suppose yo... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:33:31 EST Biography suggestions for september http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58853166 Please place any suggestions for a Biography for September here. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:20:35 EST 10 minute exercise challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x58784604 New weekly challenge: Anyone up for joining me in a 10 minute per day exercise challenge? I'm personally going to add 10 minutes of stretching or strength to my existing exercise (primarily walking) for at least a week. But other participants may just want to do a 10 minute exercise streak (of any type). <BR> <BR> Day one: I did both (stretching and strength) Fri, 8 Aug 2014 20:08:48 EST Books Read August 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x58745770 A little late posting this~sorry! <BR> <BR> Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <B... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 23:16:17 EST The Kitchen House http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58738728 Please post all comments and questions here. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:36:15 EST Little Men by Louisa May Alcott http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58738705 Please place all comments and questions here. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:34:58 EST Let's Vote - Aug 2014 - Open Suggestion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58610492 Please vote for 2 of the following suggestions: <BR> <BR> Little Women by Louisa May Alcott <BR> Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell <BR> Already Home by Susan Mallery <BR> Sudden Prey by John Sanford <BR> Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill <BR> The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:12:36 EST Let's Vote - Classic Literature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58610459 <BR> <BR> Please vote for 2 of the following selections: <BR> <BR> Little Women by Louisa May Alcott <BR> Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell <BR> Moby Dick by Herman Melville <BR> The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain <BR> The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain <BR> Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll <BR> Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte <BR> Great Expectations by Charles Dickens <BR> Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen <BR> Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain <BR> Silas... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:09:28 EST Drinking Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x58595381 I am challenging myself to drink at least 8 glasses of water this week. I do pretty well during these summer months because it's so warm out and I get thirsty, but I have found myself grabbing snacks first instead of water. I really want to go to water first and then have a snack if I find I'm still hungry. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join me? You can tailor this challenge any way that works for you and your goals. Check in on this thread as much as you want and we can encourage each other for... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:18:27 EST Hello Everyone:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x58583929 I am new to the program. This weekend I am attempting to arrange my menus so that on Monday morning I can begin this new journey. I need to start a Gluten Free diet, which is a whole new game for me and shed around 30 pounds. I look forward to chatting and meeting new friends who are also undergoing weight type challenges. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:23:49 EST Audiobook suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x58582861 For those of us who listen to audiobooks we know that the narrator can make all the difference. Some books are just plain awful to listen to and some are probably more enjoyable than reading the physical book would be. <BR> <BR> Share your suggestions for audiobooks here - Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:41:22 EST August Open Suggestion Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58547991 Please place any suggestions for August's Open Suggestion discussion here. Please remember that any suggestions must have been published prior to August 2013. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:22:04 EST Suggestions for Classic Literature Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58547982 Please place any suggestions for August's classic literature discussion here. Suggestions will be open until the 21st. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:21:10 EST Hi everyone!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x58503544 I am Maggie and this is my first day to the team. I have always been a bookworm/ book junkie. Of course I ended up with a partner who is also a book junkie and when 2 book junkies get together you end up with a home full of books. Our collection is currently 1000+ and still growing. Besides curling up with a book- I am an animal lover/rescuer. We have 3 dogs and a cat. I love to be creative- sewing, crocheting, embroidering, upcycling...whatever it is I usually have 10+ projects going at once... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:06:19 EST Genre Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58473086 Here is a list of genres we haven't read yet. Please vote for 3 choices to read over the next few months. <BR> <BR> Travel literature/writing <BR> Western <BR> Science Fiction <BR> Poetry <BR> Short Story <BR> Biography ( we've read autobiography/memoir) <BR> Classic Literature <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until around the 15 th. <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:03:54 EST Hey everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x58470596 Hello all! I am new to SP as of today....been spending time learning about what the place has to offer and very excited about finding this book club! I have always been an avid reader and looking forward to reading and discussing books together. I still read paper/hardback books from the library but I do own a Nook Color and use my cell for on the go reading. Recently I have gotten hooked on audible books...it is so easy for my commute, working out, etc. I keep a book wish list updated on my ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:35:43 EST No Sugar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x58448223 Well, it seems our monthly (and weekly) challenges have lost their momentum. Krystal has done a great job putting them together for us and I appreciate all her efforts! <BR> <BR> I don't really have the motivation to take on a big monthly challenge right now, so in setting a small personal challenge for myself, I thought I would see if anyone wanted to join me. <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to not have any sugar for one week starting tomorrow (Mon 7/7). For me, this doesn't necessarily... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 16:59:23 EST To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58407859 Please post all comments and questions about To Kill a Mockingbird in this thread. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:25:59 EST Room by Emma Donoghue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58407851 Please place all comments and questions about Room by Emma Donoghue in this thread. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:25:14 EST Books Read July 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x58393899 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <BR>... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:21:53 EST One Day vote Off - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58386626 Please vote for either To Kill a Mockingbird or The Fault in Our Stars <BR> <BR> Voting will close around 3pm on July 1st for this vote off. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:17:05 EST Realistic Fiction - Let's Vote July 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58323779 Please vote for 2 of the following: <BR> <BR> Fault in Our Stars by John Green <BR> The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells <BR> The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards <BR> The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold <BR> Wonder by RJ Palacio <BR> To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee <BR> Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson <BR> If These Walls Could Talk by Bettye Griffin <BR> Town House by Tish Cohen <BR> The Help by Kathryn Stockett <BR> Memoirs of a Geisha by Arth... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:43:39 EST Let's Vote July Open Suggestion Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58323540 Please vote for 2 of the following: <BR> <BR> Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks <BR> Dearie by Bob Spitz <BR> What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty <BR> Room by Emma Donoghue <BR> Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:27:05 EST jessbooze http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x58321833 hi! <BR> looking forward to staying motivated and becoming healthier! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:43:08 EST New to team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x58296876 Hi, I'm Jennifer I am a stay at home Mom of two boys, who are old enough to think they are to cool to hang out with thier Mom. I spend my free time reading and on the computer. I thought it would be nice to connect with others who enjoy reading. I welcome any suggestions on different books and authors to check out. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 01:53:17 EST July Suggestions - Realistic Fiction Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58194115 Please post any suggestions for the Realistic Fiction Genre Discussion in this thread. Please also make sure that the book was published before July 2013. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:13:24 EST July Suggestions - Open Suggestion Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58194109 Please post any suggestion you have for a book here. This is the thread for the open suggestion discussion. The only restriction is that the book must have been published before July 2013. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:12:24 EST June 2014 - The Rosie Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58083064 Please place all comments and questions about The Rosie Project by Gramae Simison in this thread. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:09:58 EST June 2014 - Calling Me Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x58083049 Please place all comments and questions about Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler in this thread. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:08:52 EST Books Read June 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x58073676 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <BR>... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:52:13 EST Weekly Challenges in June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x58054151 Here are the weekly items to check in with throughout June! <BR> <BR> 1. Get in at least an hour of fitness in each week --report. each week your results <BR> 2. Try a new workout video one time per week --report what you did <BR> 3. Plan meals each week --report at least 2 meals you planned ahead of time <BR> 4. Pick your own. Each week pick something you want to work on and report about it. You can change it weekly or keep it all month, your choice. <BR> <BR> Have fun and report as often... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:38:42 EST June Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x58007056 After talking with some members and giving it some personal thought, we've decided to do weekly check-in challenges only this month and see how that plays out for people. <BR> <BR> So, I've got some thoughts for what our weekly check ins can be about, but if you have anything you particularly want to focus on in June, here's the place to post it. I'll be making the challenge on Thursday this week so get all ideas in before then! Mon, 26 May 2014 19:29:50 EST Let's Vote - June 2014 Open Suggestion Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57991524 Please vote for 2 of these: <BR> <BR> Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette <BR> <BR> Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald <BR> <BR> The Big Burn by Timothy Egan <BR> <BR> The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion <BR> <BR> The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender <BR> <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until May 30th. Sun, 25 May 2014 10:05:32 EST Let's Vote - June 2014 Historical Fiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57991467 Please vote for 2 of these choices: <BR> <BR> I Hotel by Karen Yamash!ta <BR> <BR> Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler <BR> <BR> Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel <BR> <BR> A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd <BR> <BR> Someone Knows my Name by Lawrence Hill <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until May 30th. Sun, 25 May 2014 10:01:52 EST Suggestions for June's Historical Fiction Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57904386 June's Genre is Historical Fiction. Besides the genre the only restriction for suggestions is that the book must have been out for at least 1 year. <BR> <BR> Please post any suggestions for this genre in this thread. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 May 2014 11:34:03 EST Suggestions for June's Open Suggestion discussion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57904363 Please post any book suggestions you have for June's Open Suggestion discussion in this thread. The only restriction is the book must have been out for at least 1 year to allow for more access. <BR> <BR> Please also remember that very popular books and very old books can also restrict access for our members that use the library. For example - Divergent is such a popular book that I was 15 on my library's physical book list, 13 on the the audiobook list, and 10 for the ebook. I have yet to... Sat, 17 May 2014 11:31:47 EST What do you think of our monthly challenges? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x57887738 The participation in our monthly challenges has waned over the past several months, so we wanted to put it out to the team to express any thoughts, opinions, ideas you have about this topic. Krystal sent out a team email with a couple of questions: <BR> <BR> 1. Would you like to see the challenges continue or do you think they are not a valued aspect anymore? <BR> <BR> 2. If you are interested in running monthly challenges, let Michele or I know. I've enjoyed my run with them and loved it w... Thu, 15 May 2014 21:37:49 EST May 2014 ~ Mister Pip Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57740078 Please place all comments and questions in this thread for Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. Sat, 3 May 2014 09:46:08 EST May 2014 ~ Mystery Genre ~ A Turn of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57740038 Please place all comments and questions in this thread for A Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. Sat, 3 May 2014 09:43:28 EST Books Read May 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x57717767 Here is where we can keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time <BR>... Thu, 1 May 2014 13:38:27 EST What do you think of the new team page format? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x57703279 I am just as surprised as everyone else about the new look to the team pages here on SP. I am not sure how I feel about it yet, but I know I will adjust soon enough. What do you think so far? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:35:57 EST Make it Happen May Challenge 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x57672770 <em>27</em> <em>87</em> MAY CHALLENGE <em>87</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> There are NO excuses for May! Summer is almost here and we need to buckle down and reach some goals! <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> -Complete at least 10mins of cardio daily. Additional cardio and strength training is great, but you need that 10 mins of good, heart-racing cardio to burn off the fat! 10 minutes. No excuses. Get it done. 5points each day <BR> <BR> Be sure to post your daily fitness minute totals on you... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 06:59:52 EST May Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x57596376 What do you want to see included in our May challenge? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:28:15 EST Let's Vote - Mystery May Book Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57592546 Please vote for 2 choices from the following: <BR> <BR> Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau <BR> Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan <BR> The Good Liar by Laura Caldwell <BR> A Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante <BR> A Test of Wills by Charles Todd <BR> Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until around noon on 04/28 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:58:19 EST Let's Vote -May Open Suggestion Book Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57592499 Vote for 2 book from the following <BR> <BR> The Girl with the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf <BR> The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver <BR> Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. <BR> Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until around noon on 04/28 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:54:19 EST Open Suggestion Book suggestions for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57539819 Please place any suggestions for May in this thread. Only restriction is the book needs to be out for at least 1 year. <BR> Voting will open around noon on the 21 St. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:12:42 EST Suggestions for May - Mystery Genre http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57539741 Please place any suggestions for Mystery May in this thread. The only restriction besides genre is that the book needs to be out at least 1 year. <BR> <BR> Voting will start around noon on the 21 st Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:04:59 EST Genre Selection for May, June, & July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57495779 Here are some genre's that I came up with that we Haven't read yet... <BR> <BR> Historical fiction <BR> Realist fiction <BR> Dystopian - though Divergent probably fits in this category <BR> Utopian <BR> Science fiction <BR> Mystery <BR> Cozy Mystery <BR> Action/Adventure <BR> <BR> <BR> Please rate in order of preference. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:24:27 EST Scribd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x57362594 Has anyone every used Scribd? I just downloaded it to my phone and Kindle Fire yesterday and I love it. It's like Netflix for books!! So many great books on there. Of course, none of the ones that we are reading this month are on there, but there are a lot of other great books from pretty much any topic you can think of. It's $8.99 month and I started with the free one-month trial. This is definitely one $9 monthly charge I do not mind paying!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:11:08 EST April 2014 ~ YA Genre ~ Divergent Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57345487 Please place all comments and questions in this thread for Divergent by Veronica Roth! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:30:02 EST Book Read April 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x57341462 I thought it would be fun to keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your t... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:38:54 EST 1 Day Vote Off- Divergent vs The Giver http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57316548 Please vote for either Divergent or the Giver. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:40:19 EST April 2014 ~ Dreamers of the Day Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57316466 Please post all comments and questions about Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doris Russell here. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:30:50 EST ART you ready for April? Challenge ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x57308460 April is going to be here soon! <BR> <BR> Here's your challenge for the month! <BR> <BR> 1. Pick something artsy to do each day - write, draw, dance, paint, sew, etc. <BR> 2. Pick one thing you want to complete every day for the month of April! Some ideas: exercise each day, track food every day, get outside every day <BR> 3. Pick one thing you want to stop doing! Stop drinking soda, eating sweets, etc. <BR> <BR> 5 pts for each item above , max 15 pts for each day. <BR> <BR> Questions, ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:56:25 EST Words for Readers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x57271919 Each Wednesday I send "A Word We Need" inbox to all the teachers at my school. Today's word is one that I think many of us can relate to: <BR> Librocubularist: noun: One who reads in bed. <BR> Use: "George was a devoted librocubularist. He always felt that books were best read in the comfort of his bed, by torchlight if possible." <BR> Now, I prefer my reading in bed, by book light, and on the Kindle. The best is when hubby is reading beside me. <BR> <em>128</em> <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:19:19 EST Professor of Literature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x57267573 Hello Book Lovers! <BR> <BR> I feel at home in a group centered on literature. I teach literature courses and both belong to one and own another book club, not including this one. I look forward to discussing books with you all! <BR> <BR> Feel free, too, to join my new book club (there are only 3 members so far!), if you're looking to read more than one book a month. I read, like, 3468. Hahaha! <BR> <BR> Great to be here! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>readwithjenn.wordpress.com/ </link> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:21:33 EST April Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x57260749 What does everyone want to see in the April Challenge? Post all ideas by Saturday so I can make the challenge on Sunday so everyone is ready to go by Tuesday! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:48:17 EST Let's Vote ~ April 2014 Young Adult Genre http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57257377 Please vote for 2 choices from the following list. Voting will be open until the morning of March 30th. <BR> <BR> <BR> City of Bones by Cassandra Clare <BR> The Fault in Our Stars by John Green <BR> The Giver by Lois Lowry <BR> Divergent by Veronica Roth <BR> Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:22:08 EST Let's Vote - April 2014 Open Suggestion Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57257341 Please vote for 2 choices from the following list. To see an explanation of the book check out the suggestion thread. Voting will be open until the morning of March 30th. <BR> <BR> <BR> Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane <BR> A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read <BR> Dreamers of the Day: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell <BR> Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder <BR> Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier <BR> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:18:05 EST Stephen King http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57212024 I'm wondering if any of you are "constant readers" of Stephen King, and would like to pick a book of his to discuss during one of these Book Club months coming up. Some are extremely out of the limelight, but excellent literary works, like LISEY'S STORY. Amazing about sisters. I'd be happy to suggest a "type" of Stephen King book, too, if anyone cares to "hear" my ideas. <BR> <BR> NYINME Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:05:36 EST April Suggestions - Young Adult Genre http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57190264 Please list any suggestions for the genre of the month discussion. This month will be Young Adult. Any young adult targeted book qualifies. Please limit suggestions to books out for at least 1 year to allow for easier access for members. <BR> <BR> Suggestions will be open until around noon on 3/25. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:57:17 EST April Open Discussion Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57190185 Please list all suggestions for April`s any genre book discussion here. This discussion is not limited by genre type but please limit suggestions to books out for at least 1 year to allow for better access for all members. <BR> <BR> Suggestions will be accepted until about noon on the 25th of March. <BR> <BR> Here is a list of books previously discussed <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x5<BR>3444346 </link> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:51:06 EST GoodReads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x57185330 How many of you are on GoodReads? I have just recently started tracking my books there and I really like it! I would love to find my spark friends there, but I have no idea how to do that. If you can help, I would appreciate it! <BR> <BR> Michele Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:52:43 EST Book Choice Option Vote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x57098995 So we have been selecting out of various genres for the last 6 months. Previously we had an open suggestion format where it didn't matter the genre for the month just what someone thought the group would like to read. We were selecting many of the same types of books and the genre a month selection process was born. <BR> <BR> Here is your chance to vote on continuing with the genre a month or going back to the open suggestion format. <BR> <BR> Please only vote once. Please just vote in th... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:15:27 EST Books Read March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x56958946 I thought it would be fun to keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:23:03 EST Me Talk Pretty One Day ~ March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56955436 Please post all comments and questions about Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris in this thread. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:12:37 EST Munching on Greens in March Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x56941064 <em>437</em> <em>137</em> MARCH CHALLENGE is here! <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Sounds like most of you really enjoyed the set up of February's challenge. So, I've tweaked it a little to give some variety for those who may want something new, but ultimately it's a similar challenge! <BR> <BR> For the month of March let's focus on... <BR> <BR> * <em>311</em> Marching along....Fitness: <BR> -Get outside for some fitness - walk, bike, run, snowshoe (for those in a snowy ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:34:03 EST Let's vote March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56871035 Please vote for two books from the following suggestions: <BR> <BR> Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris <BR> The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain <BR> Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brown <BR> Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson <BR> A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson <BR> Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich <BR> Crashed by Timothy Hallinan <BR> Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing by Patrick McManus <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until around Noon CST Feb 26 <BR> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:34:26 EST March Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x56820180 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> It's time to post March challenge ideas! Please list anything you'd like to see incorporated into the March challenge by next Tuesday 2/25 so I have time to compile everything and post the challenge before the 1st! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:37:33 EST March Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56792892 Can't believe it is that time already but this year is flying. <BR> <BR> March's genre is Humor/Comedy. This could be a book written by a humorist or it could be a funny fiction book. Any book whose point it is to make the reader laugh would qualify. <BR> <BR> So post your suggestions here with a short description and a link to where we can find out more about the book such as amazon or goodreads. <BR> <BR> Voting will start around the 22nd. <BR> <BR> Have fun! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:40:43 EST Excuses and Pounds Begone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x56643741 Anyone want to join me in losing a few pounds this month? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:52:47 EST Feb 2014 ~ Edenbrooke http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56605225 Please add all comments, updates, etc here about Edenbrooke by Julieanne Donaldson Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:32:10 EST Books Read February 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x56604377 I thought it would be fun to keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth your t... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:06:31 EST For the Love Of.....February 2014 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x56552589 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Here is the February Challenge: <BR> <BR> For the love of FITNESS: <BR> -Go for a walk every day OR track your steps <BR> -Build your muscles - do a strength training exercise every day! <BR> <BR> For the love of NUTRITION: <BR> -Drink at least 6 cups of water every day <BR> -Eat at least 3 servings of freggies every day <BR> <BR> Each item is worth 5 points, for a total of 20points possible per day! <BR> <BR> Examples of how to track: <BR> 1. Walked, ST, 6cups of w... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:52:59 EST Let's Vote Feb 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56484634 Please vote for 2 from the follow suggestions. <BR> <BR> See suggestion thread for more information on each title. <BR> <BR> Voting will be open until about Noon on 01/28. <BR> <BR> Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Philips <BR> Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen <BR> Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson <BR> Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers <BR> Love Story by Erich Segal <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:28:25 EST Hello Fellow Bibliophiles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x56453928 Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> My name is Judy and I'm a voracious reader. I slowed down a little bit over the past few years while I was in school and then helping my husband to recover from a stroke, but recently have resumed my reading ways! <BR> <BR> My first choices for reading are generally horror, suspense, murder mysteries. I'm excited to be joining this group and having my horizons expanded a bit :) <BR> <BR> I just purchased Quiet for my Kindle. Excellent bonus that it was only $2.99!! ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:05:10 EST February Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x56438960 Please post all ideas, thoughts, questions, and concerns regarding the February challenge here! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:13:38 EST February Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56402864 I can't believe that January is already more than half over! Yikes! <BR> <BR> February's genre is Romance! As long as it is romantic story at heart, it qualifies. <BR> <BR> List all suggestions in this thread. Voting will open around the 22nd of January. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:25:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x56325901 I am so glad there is a book club here for me to join. <em>224</em> I was wanting to join one for a while now. Now I got too. I hope I enjoy it. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 03:22:07 EST 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x56311092 I found this link and thought I'd share it for those who like to read the book before seeing the movie version. A lot of times, I don't even realize a movie I've seen was based on a book. I typically like to read the book first, but it doesn't always happen that way. What about you? Do you read the book or watch the movie first? Have you read any of these books? <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/boo<BR>ks-to-read-before-they-hit-theaters-th<BR>is-year </link> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:31:15 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x56253452 Hi I have weight to lose and plus I enjoy reading the bible first most but also novels and varieties. I look forward to discussions. Nice meeting ya all. &#128515; Tue, 7 Jan 2014 01:16:59 EST OT: If you love the choreography and dancing of th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=76x10007x56247013 If you love the choreography and dancing of the old movies you'll love this.. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=mz3CPz<BR>dCDws </link> <BR> <BR> <em>351</em> <em>342</em> <em>350</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:43:32 EST Books Read January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x56198534 I thought it would be fun to keep track of books we read each month and also rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month, but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list title, author and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like. <BR> <BR> Let’s use a 5 star rating system: <BR> <BR> 1 star * Hated it~Not worth... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:44:45 EST Jan 2014 ~ Excuses Begone Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56172319 Please post all thoughts, questions, etc on Excuses Begone: How to change life long self defeating thinking habits by Dr. Wayne Dyer Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:04:47 EST Jan 2014 ~ Quiet Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56172144 Please post all your thoughts, questions, etc about Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can't stop talking by Susan Cain <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:54:26 EST Just Do It January 2014 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x56123990 Sorry for the delay, I've had a hectic week (check blog 12/27 if you want more details) <BR> <BR> Let's kick off the New Year with a challenge focusing on the basics to help us get back on track after the holidays! <BR> <BR> Areas of focus: <BR> <BR> Track fitness: at least 10 minutes each day <BR> Track nutrition: every bite/drink! <BR> Personal goal: pick one thing you want to do daily this month (drink water, go for a walk, read a book, anything) <BR> <BR> Each item will be worth 5 poi... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:37:05 EST Let's Vote for Jan 2014's Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56105960 Please vote for 2 from the following suggestions: <BR> The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown <BR> <BR> Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard by Chip Heath <BR> <BR> Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain <BR> <BR> Wake The F*ck Up And Start Your Day! - How To Wake Up Early Everyday So You Can Get Things Done - Morning Ritual Guide <BR> by Kenny Johnson <BR> <BR> Br... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:10:06 EST January Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x56059321 Please post all suggestions for January's book in this thread (even those that have been mentioned in the genre and other threads). Please also include a short description of the book or a link to it on goodreads.com, amazon.com, etc so that others can get an idea of the book. <BR> <BR> January's genre is Self Help. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:55:08 EST January Challenge IDEAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x55986459 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> We're halfway through the month! I hope everyone is enjoying the 12 days of Christmas challenge! <BR> <BR> I'd like to start planning our January Challenge now - please post all ideas, comments, concerns, etc. regarding the challenge in this thread. I will work to include all ideas into a challenge. Let me know things you want to see, what you need more of, what you don't want, etc. <BR> <BR> Am looking to put it together after Christmas, probably the 27th, so everyone ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:07:44 EST Former English Major! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x55967953 Hello all! I LOVE to read! I was an English major in college just because I could spend four years reading and analyzing books! Best 4 years of my life! Now I'm a lawyer, but I still read all of the time! My goal this year was to read 40 books - I'm at 32.5 right now, but I am determined to make it to 40 by the end of the month, and since I have some vacation time to use, I know what I will be doing the week of Christmas! <BR> <BR> My favorite authors are Charles Dickens and Joyce Car... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:54:10 EST Best Books of 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x55943957 Here are a couple of links to Best Books of 2013. One is the top 100 from Amazon and the other is from Goodreads. I haven't looked at them all, but I thought it would be fun to see how many I've read or would be interested in reading. <BR> <BR> Amazon's Link: <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/b/ref=pe_629030_83<BR>592750_pe_button/?node=7734007011 </link> <BR> <BR> Goodreads breaks their best books into categories, but here's the link to the main page: <BR> <link>www.goodreads.com/choicea... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:56:40 EST A Christmas Carol - Dec 2013 Discussion Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55814175 Please post all comments, questions, thoughts, etc in this thread for A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> Enjoy :-) Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:17:12 EST Skipping Christmas Dec 2013 Discussion Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55814138 All comments, thoughts, questions, etc for Skipping Christmas by John Grisham go in this post. <BR> <BR> The book is about 175 pages so a short read during a busy month. <BR> <BR> Enjoy :-) Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:13:11 EST 12 Days of Christmas December Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x55789647 We will do a 12 days of Christmas fitness-based challenge for December. <BR> <BR> Pretty simple to follow. Here's an example <BR> <BR> Post 1: 1 jumping jack <BR> Post 2: 2 squats and 1 jumping jack <BR> So on and so forth till 12 people have posted. Then we will restart. <BR> <BR> So, every day check in on the thread to see what the most recent exercise commitment is, do it, and then add the next step. You can post more than once in a day, but it means you have to do what the exercises bo... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:57:50 EST IDEAS for December Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x55750563 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> It is time to give ideas for the December month challenge. Please list anything you want to see in the challenge, or something that you don't want to see. Any questions, comments, concerns please let me know! I want to put the challenge together by Friday! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:10:26 EST 12/2013 Let's Vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55739609 Descriptions of this month's suggestions can be found in the December Suggestion Thread. <BR> <BR> Vote for 2 selections from the following choices: <BR> <BR> Skipping Christmas: Christmas with the Kranks by John Grisham <BR> <BR> A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> Little Women by Louisa May Alcott <BR> <BR> The Stupidest Angel by Chistopher Moore <BR> <BR> An Irish Christmas by Melody Carlson <BR> <BR> A Season of Angels by Debbie Macomber <BR> <BR> The Paper bag Christma... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:58:44 EST December 2013 Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55691261 <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> This month is a holiday theme such as Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's. <BR> <BR> Please list the title, author, and a brief description of the book that you suggesting in this thread. <BR> <BR> Please limit suggestions to books that have been out at least a year to allow more access to the book. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to having lots to choose from <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:15:44 EST In Search of Free Author Swag! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x55622942 Hi, <BR> <BR> I don't post here too often. Mostly because I am really busy. <BR> <BR> So forgive me please because I am coming here now asking for a favor. I am starting a book review website. I've signed up for to get ARCs but I need to have followers before the publishers will give me the ARCs. <BR> <BR> *NOTE TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW - an ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy of a book that is about to be released * <BR> <BR> I would really really appreciate it if anyone here could jo... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:11:08 EST Strategies for surviving the holidays~Post Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x55525782 With the holiday season upon us, I thought we could encourage and motivate each other with ideas for staying focused on our healthy lifestyle goals during this time. What are your plans for staying on track during the holidays? <BR> <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <em>446</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>408</em> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 11:55:15 EST 11/2013 ~ The Princess Bride ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55466254 The Princess Bride by William Goldman will be our book for November. Post all comments, questions and opinions about the book on this thread. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:04:13 EST HI!! Book Addict here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x55445628 Hi! I'm Sherry. I'm a book addict. I grew up way off the paved road. We didn't get cable until I was in college. I started reading like a crazy person when I was in elementary school. I've always read 3-5 books at a time. My Kindle and my iPad are my best buddies. LOL. <BR> My favorite genres are paranormal romance, romance, young adults, horror and fanfiction. <BR> <BR> I am a 43yr old married mom of 2. I'm a nurse in an Intensive Care Nursery. I still lead a pretty boring life. Books tak... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 02:05:52 EST Never Give Up November Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x55440321 Never Give Up in November! <em>465</em> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Since it is getting closer to the holiday season and people are getting busy busy, November's challenge is going to be a bit "easier" in terms of what to do. <BR> <BR> For the month of November we're going to focus on 3 things <BR> <BR> 1. What are you thankful for? <BR> Each day record one thing you are thankful for. 5pts each day you do this <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness minutes - we know how important it is to stick to a heal... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:41:12 EST Goodreads book giveaway http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x55436438 FYI for those who use Goodreads <BR> <BR> Goodreads have giveaways you can sign up to win. And I actually won a book today. <BR> Just wanted to let everyone know about it. <BR> <BR> On the top of your Goodreads page there is a explore button. Click on the arrow next to it and it will take you to the giveaway page. You can enter to win as many books as you want. <BR> <BR> I won... We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan <BR> by Elizabeth Norman <BR> <B... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:47:29 EST 11/2013 Let's Vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55435794 Genre: Fantasy <BR> <BR> Listed below are the suggestions for our November read. The descriptions are in the "Nov Suggestions" thread below. Select 2 books and list them in this thread. Most votes will be the book we discuss. <BR> <BR> Stardust by Neil Gaiman <BR> City of Bones by Cassandra Clare <BR> The Princess Bride by William Goldman <BR> Among Others by Jo Walton <BR> The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey <BR> The Gunslinger by Stephen King <BR> Good Omens: The Nice & Accurate Prophecies by Ag... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:04:08 EST how come http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x55415529 just wondering how come we aren't are on the leader boarders for sparkpoints? we are listed in 0 place with 0 points. that can't be right! i know i have been giving the group some of my spin things but doesn't it add up the points we collect as a team as well? Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:14:56 EST November 2013 Suggestions ~ List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55406984 In keeping with the genre per month, this month we will vote on a Fantasy book. Please list book title, author and brief description of the book and we will vote soon. Since so many of our club members get their books from the library, please select titles that have been out for a year or more. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:08:30 EST IDEAS for November Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x55364579 I want to try and mix up our challenge a little bit for November, but want to see what fellow teammates want to see in the challenge... <BR> <BR> Please list anything you want to see or do in the challenge, as well as any other comments or questions you may have! <BR> <BR> I am hoping to put together the challenge on Sunday 10/27 so people can prepare for it before the 1st! <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:14:54 EST Tracking Books Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x55225689 A while back someone posted a topic thread similar to this one and one poster had said that she created a Pinterest Board to track her books. I thought this was such a great idea and today I finally got around to doing it. It took a while to do and I'm not sure I got all the books that I've read so far this year, but it was really fun to do it. It reminded me of all the great books I have read this year. You can check it out at <link>www.pinterest.com/annrow0354/books-b<BR>ooks-and-more-... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:26:25 EST love to read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x55155294 Hi. So I love to read. My favorite genres are mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, and erotica, but I will read just about anything. Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:37:12 EST 10/2013 - Where Darkness Dwells ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55137317 Please list all discussions, questions and comments for Where Darkness Dwells by Glen R. Krisch. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:12:08 EST 10/2013 - Joyland ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55137291 Please list all discussions, comments and questions in this thread for Joyland by Stephen King. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:10:31 EST E-Reader or Paper pages?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x55115682 I love to read it is something that relaxes me and gives me an escape. My mother and sister love reading as well. My mother ONLY uses her Kindle, my sister goes back and fourth between her Kindle, and actual books. Me, being the broke one, only use actual books with paper pages, I tried downloading books to my phone for something to do at work, but its just not the same to me. I cant see myself curling up in bed with a kindle and cup of tea like I do with a novel. Also there is just someth... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:03:27 EST Dance it Out October Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x55090701 <em>422</em> OCTOBER CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Our major focus this month will be on Fitness! <BR> <BR> We want to see you DANCE (for 10+mins) in October! So dust off those dance shoes, head to a ZUMBA class, or pop in a Wii dance game and SHAKE IT OUT! <BR> <BR> Our Categories: <BR> DANCE - 10+mins = 5pts per day <BR> Fitness Minutes Overall - Keep track of daily FM and post how many you have. If you exercise in ADDITION to your dance time, add 5pts (don't add 5pts if you only danced, but PL... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:11:44 EST October Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x55066993 Hey Book Club! <BR> <BR> Please post all ideas, suggestions, concerns, questions, etc. regarding October challenge HERE! I will be looking for all ideas Monday evening so as to post the challenge by Tuesday so everyone can start! <BR> <BR> List anything you want to try, things you don't like, etc. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:47:03 EST Favorite Authors and Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x55053104 Please suggest your favorite genres, authors, and books for me who has never read a whole lot. I get jealous when people get real excited about books and their favorite reads because I've never had those experiences. <BR> <BR> This request probably sounds weird from all the readers out there but there is a person like me. LOL! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance. <BR> Susan Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:29:22 EST 10/2013 ~ Let's Vote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55051265 Category: Scarey/Horror <BR> <BR> Listed below are the suggestions for our October read. The descriptions are in the thread below. Select two books and list them in this thread. Most votes get the nod. <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Doctor sleep by Stephen King <BR> Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill <BR> Joyland by Stephen King <BR> Salem's Lot by Stephen King <BR> The Demonologist by Stephen Piper <BR> The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty <BR> The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:49:14 EST October, 2013 Suggestions ~ List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x55004272 For the month of October we have to decided to read something that goes along with the Halloween theme. . . so we are thinking about scarey/horror type books. You know the type of book that makes your hairs stand on end and leaves you going to bed keeping the lights on. List all suggestions in this thread. <em>333</em> <em>423</em> <em>419</em> <BR> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:21:28 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x54989587 Hi, I'm a 33 year old working mom and Nook owner. I purposely got the Nook HD+ mostly for the book storage. I hoard books. when I was a kid I wanted to PDF all my books. Wish I went to someone with that idea, how rich would I be now? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I have a habit of reading about 3 books at once, one new book, and two that I'm rereading, many times one of the rereads is part of a series with another book coming out. <BR> <BR> The end of a book series makes me so sad. I hate "los... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 05:57:23 EST Hello fellow readers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x54914724 Hey team! :D <BR> <BR> So excited to see a Sparkteam for readers on here. I am an avid reader and I most often love to talk about what I'm reading or get good ideas/hints on what to read next! <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica but you can call me Jessie or Jess if you'd like. I'm 23 years young! My fiance and I currently live with my sister and her husband and three active little boys - times get a little tough and so we found a way to make it all work! ;) I read on a daily basis, sometimes for... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 21:47:42 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x54829703 am looking for real tips ad support Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:49:21 EST 9/2013~Here's the Deal,Don't Touch Me ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x54726234 So we are trying something new this month and going with an autobiography. Download onto your tablets, visit your library or pick a copy up at your local store. I look forward to learning about Howie Mandell as I only remember him from the tv show "St. Elsewhere". <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> Post all discussions, comments and questions in this thread! Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:47:01 EST Sticking to It Septmeber Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x54724764 This month we are going to focus on STICKING TO OUR PLANS! <em>381</em> <BR> We are also going to do a virtual tour of the USA (and beyond?!) <BR> <BR> Here's our challenge: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> -Track all food daily <BR> -Stay within your range (calories, carbs, sodium - you choose!) <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> -Track all fitness minutes (10+) and record how many you have each day <BR> <BR> Your Plan: <BR> -Choose one aspect of your healthy lifestyle plan that you want to STICK WIT... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 07:28:06 EST Ideas for September Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x54652799 Please post all thoughts, comments, concerns, etc. regarding September challenge! Anything you particularly want to see...anything you don't....give all ideas! I will be going over the ideas on Friday evening and posting our challenge on Saturday so you have all week to think of what you'd like to see :-) Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:59:09 EST 9/2013 ~ LET'S VOTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x54585654 Category: Autobiography/biography <BR> <BR> Listed below are the suggestions for our September read. The descriptions are in the thread below. Select two books from the below and list them in this thread. Most votes get the nod. <BR> <BR> Africa in My Blood by Jane Goodall <BR> <BR> Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World by Vicki Myron <BR> <BR> Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad by David A Adler <BR> <BR> Here's The Deal: Don't Touch Me by Howie Mandel <BR>... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:18:55 EST September, 2013 Suggestions ~ List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x54479588 I know we are still entrenched in reading our August book, but I wanted to get the September suggestions started early since we are trying something new . . . a category per month. For the month of September we have chosen to read an autobiography/biography. So think of someone interesting that you would like to read about and who you think the group would like to read about . . . someone from the past or current day from any walk of life. List all suggestions in this thread. Thanks for ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:23:19 EST Lesliem2525 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x54338848 My name is Leslie and I am trying to loose 40 lb. I been try for years with no success. I think sparkpeople will give me motavtion that I need. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:53:56 EST Genres? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x54311985 Would there be interest in having different categories of books for different months? For example: <BR> <BR> January - Thriller <BR> February - Self Help <BR> March - Autobiography <BR> April - Spiritual <BR> Mary - Sci-Fi <BR> <BR> Let me know your thoughts. Thanks! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:29:58 EST 8/2013 ~Still Life~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x54310900 Still Life by Louise Penny is our book for August. Here is a description of the book from Amazon: <BR> <BR> Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smell... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:18:41 EST ~Month of August Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x54296964 This summer is sure flying by! To wrap up the summer, I've got another month challenge for all of us <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> *Fitness* <BR> 1. Exercise at least 10mins a day. Post how many minutes you exercise so I can do team totals. 5pts each day you exercise. <BR> 2. Try a new exercise 1x/week. Give yourself 35pts if you do it. 0 if you dont <BR> <BR> *Nutrition* <BR> 1. Track all your food/drink intake. 5pts each day <BR> 2. Try a new recipe 1x/week. Give yourself 35pts if you do it.... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:56:32 EST 8/2013~Let's Vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x54287790 From the list below please choose two books that you would like to read with the book club and list in this thread. All book descriptions are in the thread below for August 2013 suggestions. Lots of good choices. Most votes will be our book for August! <BR> <BR> The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin <BR> Still Life by Louise Penny <BR> Joyland by Stephen King <BR> The Round House by Louise Erdrich <BR> Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams <BR> Where Darkness Dwells by Glen Krisch <BR> The Ch... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:59:41 EST August 2013 Suggestions ~ List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x54188605 A lot of people get the monthly read from the library, so I thought we should start taking suggestions a little sooner to get the vote done prior to the first of August. Please list any and all books that you would like to read with the club for the month of August along with a description of the book. Try to make sure the book has been out long enough so those who use their library will be able to get a copy. For those of you new to our team, we will vote from the list of suggestions and tha... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:05:40 EST Thoughts for August? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x54174151 Next week I'm going to be a bit preoccupied and don't want to forget to ask for August ideas....so.... <BR> Please post any ideas for our August challenge. Ill be checking ideas and compiling them the last weekend in July, but like I said want to A not forget to ask next week & B give you all plenty of time to think & post!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:36:10 EST Just Wondering... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x54076445 Does everyone like the format we use for monthly discussions? Please share any thoughts, ideas, comments, criticisms you have. Feedback wanted! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:54:12 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x53967329 Hi all, I'm new to the Team :) I'm Sherry from San Antonio and I have been on SP for just about a month now. I'm 46 and probably have about 30 pounds to lose, which sounds like an awful lot because I have made a lot of changes over the last month and the pounds aren't budging. Unfortunately, I loathe exercise and that's probably the problem <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am an elementary school librarian so I guess the fact that I love to read goes without saying. This group gives me a great r... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:12:20 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x53936620 Hello! I stumbled across your team today and got so excited! I was in a book club with several other moms at my children's preschool, but our group kind of collapsed when school got out. I have really missed it this month and am so happy I found another. :) <BR> <BR> I can't wait to join you for next months book while getting healthy! Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:28:51 EST Joyful July Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x53921737 As some of us are finishing up the June Challenge, here's what July will have in store for us. <BR> <BR> Areas to track--- <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Track your daily fitness minutes (FM) and post them. Minimum 10mins <BR> Weekly Exercise to try <BR> Week 1: 7/1-7/7 -- Bridge (10 reps) <BR> Week 2 : 7/8-7/14 -- Bicycle Crunches (10 reps) <BR> Week 3 : 7/15-7/21 -- Push Ups - modified are OK (10 reps) <BR> Week 4 : 7/22-7/28 -- Calf Raises ( 10 reps) <BR> Mini Week 5 : 7/29-7/31 -- Your Choice... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:04:50 EST 7/2013 ~ Where'd You Go, Bernadette ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53908665 Here is where we will post all comments, opinions and questions about this book. Happy reading! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:11:56 EST July Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x53881251 Please post any ideas you have for our July Challenge!! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:54:45 EST 7/2013~Let's Vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53881203 From the list below please choose two books that you would like to read with the book club and list in this thread. All book descriptions are in the thread below for July 2013 suggestions. Lots of good choices. Most votes will be our book for July! <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Notes Left Behind by Brook & Keith Desserich <BR> The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani <BR> The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle <BR> Hide (D.D. Warren) by Lisa Gardner <BR> Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand <BR> Wher... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:51:53 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x53779480 Just started SP today. Ready to refocus and get healthy. Glad I found a book group. I just love reading. I don't really have a genre I stick to. I like reading all different kinds of books. Right now I am reading Lady of Ash by Christine Trent. <BR> <link>www.goodreads.com/book/show/15768795<BR>-lady-of-ashes </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone a member of goodreads.com? Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:44:24 EST July 2013 Suggesti ons~List Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53776861 A lot of people get the monthly read from the library, so I thought we should start taking suggestions a little sooner to get the vote done prior to the first of July. Please list any and all books that you would like to read with the club for the month of July along with a description of the book. Try to make sure the book has been out long enough so those who use their library will be able to get a copy. For those of you new to our team, we will vote from the list of suggestions and that's ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:58:21 EST 6/2013 ~ Bad Girl Creek ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53532986 After a tie-breaking vote, Bad Girl Creek by Jo-Ann Mapson is the choice for June. <BR> <BR> Download your readers, visit your library or stop by your bookstore to get your copy. All comments, questions and discussions for "Bad Girl Creek" go in this thread. <BR> <BR> Happy Reading! <em>149</em> Thu, 30 May 2013 08:47:55 EST Jumping in June Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x53512608 <em>58</em> <em>334</em> <em>381</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's already the end of May?! That means it's time for a new challenge!! <BR> <BR> Jumping in June's primary aspect of the challenge is JUMPING (which can of course be modified) <BR> This can include jumping jacks, jump rope, high jumps, etc. Anything that gets you off the floor. <BR> <BR> IF you physically cannot jump, try this modification of jumping jacks: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/... Tue, 28 May 2013 17:53:32 EST Hi guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x53481851 Hi guys, my name is Tina and I'm really glad I found this team, it's so great. I love books and I can't wait to join discussions and team challenges. Thank you for the welcome goodie! :) Sun, 26 May 2013 07:23:33 EST 6/2013~Let's Vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53462357 From the list below please choose two books that you would like to read with the book club and list in this thread. All book descriptions are in the thread below for June 2013 suggestions. Lots of good choices. Most votes gets the nod!! <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini <BR> Young Wives by Olivia Goldsmith <BR> The Spark Solution by Becky Hand & Stepfanie Romine <BR> Born to Run by Christopher McDougall <BR> Bad Girl Creek by Jo-Ann Mapson <BR> A Thousand Splendid... Fri, 24 May 2013 10:23:31 EST List of Monthly Reads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53444346 Here is a list of the books we have read/discussed starting with the most recent: <BR> <BR> Sept 2013~ Here's the Deal Don't Touch Me by Howie Mandel <BR> Aug 2013~ Still Life by Louise Penny <BR> July 2013~ Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple <BR> Jun 2013~ Bad Girl Creek by Jo-Ann Mapson <BR> May 2013~ Black and White by Dani Shapiro <BR> Apr 2013~ Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry <BR> Mar 2013~ Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks <BR> Feb 2013~ State of Wonder by Ann Patchett <BR> Jan... Wed, 22 May 2013 22:39:00 EST Hi Sparkies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x53414436 My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:19 EST June Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x53391254 Please list any ideas you have for a June challenge - I've got some ideas brewing, but of course want to get everyones input, too! I will be away all next weekend (will be checking Spark, but away from home) so any ideas this week would be helpful so when I get back home I can look them over and form our thread before the end of the month! <BR> Hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend and a great week ahead! Sat, 18 May 2013 19:10:41 EST June 2013 Suggesti ons~List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53387528 A lot of people get the monthly read from the library, so I thought we should start taking suggestions a little sooner to get the vote done prior to the first of June. Please list any and all books that you would like to read with the club for the month of June along with a description of the book. Try to make sure the book has been out long enough so those who use their library will be able to get a copy. Thank you! Sat, 18 May 2013 11:43:01 EST The Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x53267961 How many have bought this or planning to buy this? I thought since we are a book club, we might want to post comments about the book here. <BR> <BR> I have the original spark book, but haven't read it yet. I'm not sure whether or not I will get this new one. I may wait and see if my library gets it. From members' comments so far, it seems to be an excellent book. Wed, 8 May 2013 12:14:21 EST Make It Happen in May Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x53167927 Our May Challenge will consist of the following categories: <BR> <BR> 1. Cardio -- get in at least 10mins of cardio each day <BR> 2. Food/Drink Tracking -- track all food and drink you consume each day <BR> 3. Calorie (or other nutrition range) -- stay within your range each day <BR> ** I know some of you mentioned never reaching your calorie range so therefore getting points in this category is hard. Pick a different one. Sodium? Fat? Something that will also help you. <BR> 4. ME Time -- ta... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:09:56 EST 5/2013 ~ Black and White ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53156212 Black and White, suggested by Neelixnkes, got the nod for May, 2013. <BR> <BR> Download your readers, visit your library or stop by your bookstore to get your copy. All comments, questions and discussions for "Black and White" go in this thread. <em>149</em> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:56:32 EST Purposeful Positivity - Life Is Meant to be Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x53152738 I started a sparkteam meant to focus on thinking positive. If anyone is interested just click on the link in my signature. <BR> <BR> You don't have to be a thinking positive expert or anything like that ... I certainly am not. :) Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:36:38 EST May Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x53113414 Believe it or not, it's already close to the end of the month! <BR> <BR> Please list all suggestions, comments, etc. for May Challenge. I want to try and get all input together by Monday 4/29 so I can post the challenge on Tuesday 4/30 <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone! Fri, 26 Apr 2013 06:03:39 EST 5/2-13 ~ Let's Vote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53080603 From the list below please choose two books that you would like to read with the book club and list in this thread. All book descriptions are in the thread below for May, 2013 suggestions. Lot's of good choices. Most votes gets the nod!! <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Black and White by Dani Shapiro <BR> Canada by Richard Ford <BR> Carry the One by Carol Anshaw <BR> Dark Places by Gillian Flynn <BR> The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman by Elizabeth Letts <BR> The Master Butchers Singing Club ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:32:02 EST World Book Night 4/23/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x53025443 Anyone else participating in it? I'm giving away copies of Good Omens this year. I think I may have overwhelmed some with THe Stand for last year's giveaway. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 05:30:33 EST May 2013 Suggestions ~ List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x53014288 One of our members reminded us that time is flying by and we need to start thinking about next month's book so we all have time to find it! So please list any and all books that you would like to read with the club for the month of May along with a description of the book. Don't forget to make sure the book has been out for at least a year so that anyone getting the book from their local library will be able to check it out. Thank you! <BR> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:43:59 EST got book today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x52932164 yay! I ordered learning to swim last week and it arrived today ...can't wait to get started reading Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:08:30 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x52789323 I am new to this team ..when I came across this team I knew I had to join ..I love to read ...and I'm glad my children are following in my foot steps ...I'm not sure where to find out the title of aprils book so if anyone knows the title or how to find it plz let me know ..thnx Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:02:44 EST 4/2013 Learning to Swim ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x52776841 This month's book is Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry <BR> <BR> Please post all comments, questions and discussion about the book here. The following is a description of the book: <BR> <BR> “If I’d blinked, I would have missed it. But I didn’t, and I saw something fall from the rear deck of the opposite ferry: a small, wide-eyed human face, in one tiny frozen moment, as it plummeted toward the water.” <BR> <BR> When she sees what looks like a child tumbling from a ferry into frigid Lake C... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:54:51 EST All-Together in April Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x52758619 <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>374</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> ~*~APRIL CHALLENGE~*~ <BR> <BR> Some members requested a team-oriented challenge for fitness minutes this month, so we're going to do our fitness aspect a little different. We will each record all cardio minutes as one category (minimum being 5 mins a day) each day. We will also record all strength training minutes as a separate category (again, minimum is 5 mins a day). At the end of the... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:43:07 EST 4/2013 ~ LET'S VOTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x52683974 Select two books from the list below that you would like to read with the group and post them in this thread. We will then tally the votes and see what book we came up with for April! <BR> <BR> Canyon Solitude: A Woman's Solo River Journey through the Grand Canyon by P. McCairan <BR> Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry <BR> Losing Graceland by Micah Nathan <BR> Rainwater by Sandra Brown <BR> Still Missing by Chevy Stevens <BR> The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams <BR> The Po... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:11:06 EST April Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x52676608 Believe it or not, it's that time again! <BR> <BR> Please list any and all ideas you have for the April Challenge! <BR> <BR> Also, I'd like to know how many people want to keep the weekly challenge aspect, so just put yes you'd like to keep it or no you don't so I can get a tally, majority will be what happens with that topic. Everything else is up for grabs, so put in your ideas soon! <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:18:45 EST Dinner & a Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=76x10007x52559782 Along with a book choose a meal, snack, and recipe <em>488</em> <em>267</em> <em>492</em> <em>4</em> <em>149</em> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:28:12 EST Keeping Track of Books Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x52558858 Do you keep a list of books you read? I have done this for the past few years just to see how many I read in a year. One of my goals each year is to read more books than I did the year before and that 's the only way I can keep track. I should start some kind of rating system, too. Happy Reading! <BR> <em>149</em> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:16:47 EST April 2013 Suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x52552162 Starting this thread a little earlier since it seems the March book hasn't had much discussion. Also, if we get suggestions this week, we can vote next week and then have time to get the book from our libraries before the month starts. Hope this helps! <BR> <BR> Please list any and all books that you would like to read with the club for the month of March along with a description of the book. Don't forget to make sure the book has been out for at least a year so that anyone getting the book ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:13:29 EST 50# in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x52440238 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:30 EST 2/2013 ~ Safe Haven ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x52375569 Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks is the winner for this month's book discussion. List all comments, questions, discussions and opinions in this thread! Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:57:52 EST 3/2013 LET'S VOTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x52337296 Please vote for 2 selections from the list below. The book with the most votes will be our March book. You can find descriptions of the books under the March Suggestions thread. Voting period will be a little shorter this time since it's already March 1st. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Still Life by Louise Penny <BR> Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks <BR> The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball <BR> The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides <BR> The Devil Colony by James Rollins <BR> The Poisonwood Bible by Barb... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:18:16 EST Moving in March Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x52308574 February is just about done and everyone did an EXCELLENT job keeping up with the month challenge! We're ready to begin March challenge very soon! <BR> <BR> The categories for March Challenge are: <BR> <BR> MOVE <BR> Get up and MOVE for at least 15 minutes each day! Dancing, walking, running, biking, gym machines, anything you can think of to get yourself MOVING <BR> <BR> GREEN FOOD <BR> In honor of St Patricks Day in March, try to eat (or drink) 1 green food (or drink) item each day. Som... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:26:13 EST Nook tablet free books-???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x52293327 Got a nook tablet and cannot find the free books anywhere. Do not do library books as takes me longer to read than 2 weeks allowed. I've bought books from Barnes & Noble but are there any free ones available? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:51:34 EST March, 2013 Suggestions - List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x52276815 Please list any and all books that you would like to read with the club for the month of March along with a description of the book. Don't forget to make sure the book has been out for at least a year so that anyone getting the book from their local library will be able to check it out. Thank you! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:04:20 EST March Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x52172088 Ok tema, I know it doesn't seem possible, but we are already closing in on March, just a week and a half away! <BR> <BR> List any and all ideas you have for the March challenge - what do you want to see? <BR> <BR> I'll be checking these regularly, though may not respond to everyone unless there's a specific question involved with your post. <BR> <BR> Have fun and be creative! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:17:44 EST Hello everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x52127813 Hello everyone. I'm a 37 year old female ready to make some changes in her life. My goal is to lose 60lbs then reevaluate. I've been kicked into gear by a healthy living challenge at work. I'm looking to make some new friends who can offer support, guidance & suggestions as I continue on this journey. I look forward to talk to everyone more! I can't tell you how excited I am to see a book club here. I have been trying to master using the treadmill and reading my kindle. (I'm still trying t... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:43:47 EST 2013 my time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x52120219 hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:35 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x52112823 Hi Everybody! I'm Tara. This is my fourth time on Sparkpeople and i'm just 4 lbs. shy of having lost 100 lbs. since 2006. I'm really hoping this time I can keep my internet more than two months after making this account. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:28:11 EST 2/2013 ~ State of Wonder ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x51915109 <BR> State of Wonder by Ann Patchett suggested by NEELIXNKES gets the nod this month. Below is a description provided by Goodreads.com. Check with your local library, download on your tablets or stop by your local book store to get your copy. List all comments, questions, discussions and opinions in this thread! <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> "As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbid... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:18:38 EST Faithful to me February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51878264 I'm in!!! I like this idea!! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:22:28 EST Faithful to Me February Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51869340 First month of the new year is coming to a close, and some of us may be loosing that 'new year motivation' and we're having trouble staying faithful to our nutrition trackers and planned exercises. <BR> <BR> Faithful to Me February Challenge will focus on Nutrition and Fitness <BR> For each item you complete, give yourself 5 points. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> 1. Each day, eat 3 (or more) Freggies <BR> 2. Track all of your food/drink intake <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> 1. Walk at least 1mi per da... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:37:38 EST 2/2013 ~ Let's Vote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x51852479 Listed below are the books suggested for February. Select two that you would like to read and post in this thread. We will then tally the votes for our February read. Hope everyone is staying warm with a good book. <BR> <BR> A Brew to Kill by Cleo Coyle <BR> A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson <BR> Body Movers by Stephanie Bond <BR> Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke <BR> Dark Places by Gillian Flynn <BR> Doctor Who: Touched By An... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:03:06 EST How many books do you read at a time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10007x51810982 Hi - I'm Shirley and excited to be here wih book lovers. I am retired and live in a condo with my two cats (or I should say I am allowed to live with them. They pretty much rule the house) <BR> I have a bad (according to some) habit of having a book stashed wherever I am - by my big chair, by the computer, by my bed - and so far I've had no troublekeeping the characters where they belong. Oh, and I have an iPOD Touch that has quite a few "to be read books" that I keep handy - invaluable w... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:42:36 EST Privacy Settings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x51806268 This post is not to create controversy, but as a team leader who wants to send goodies and offer encouragement, it is sad when I can't do it due to the person having everything set to private. Now, I understand some people have those settings in place on purpose for personal reasons, but I think some people don't realize that other people can't leave any comments or goodies on their page if their settings are all on private. So, this is just a friendly reminder to check your privacy settings ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:59:32 EST February, 2013 Suggestions - List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x51774160 It seems as though we just started the January book and we are already asking for suggestions for February. Time flies! So please list any and all books that you would like to read with the club for the month of Febraury along with a description of the book. Don't forget to make sure the book has been out for at least a year so that anyone getting the book from their local library will be able to check it out. Thank you! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:22:45 EST over whelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x51755035 i am leaving this group sorry . I have notice i have to many groups on my groups. I can not seem to get my schedule right lol. I AM NOT LEAVING SPARK I am going because i have 3 book reading groups and need only one bc i have a group i have a club with that we meet at library and keeping books straight is nerve racking . With my children trying to rotate between several books is difficult. all i an say is good luck to everyone and happy reading!!! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:55:16 EST What did you do for your workout today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x51722314 Just a place to check in with your daily exercise <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>332</em> <em>320</em> <em>354</em> <em>362</em> <em>312</em> <em>319</em> <em>318</em> <em>402</em> <em>315</em> <em>135</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:05:15 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x51692515 I need to buy a couple of books for my 21 year old grandson. <BR> <BR> He says he likes James Patterson, Steven King (I seriously doubt he's read more then one or two books by him and am shocked he was even able to come up with any authors name) or any Magical books. He says he's read all The Lord of the Rings and Harry potters in the past. I remember reading him the first Harry Potter while babysitting when he was little. Being ADHD he interrupted (constantly) sometimes about the story ju... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:23:05 EST February Challenge Ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51645577 We're half-way through the month of January and I'd like to start thinking about what we want to see for February! Please post any ideas you have! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:55:36 EST 1/14/13 -- 1/20/13 Mini-Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51607129 For this week: <BR> <BR> Lets start off with something not overly challenging.... <BR> <BR> Workout for 15 minutes each day <BR> <BR> Check-in here each day to record whether you reached this daily goal. I'll be checking in and encouraging all who participate! <BR> <BR> Good luck! Have fun! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 16:53:26 EST Mini-Cha llenges? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51567328 I was thinking today about how some of our challenges have a lot of components, which is good for some of us, but may intimidate others. <BR> <BR> Would anyone who may not typically participate in our monthly challenges (or even for those who do) be interested in quick mini challenges throughout the month to mix things up? It would only be a challenge to follow one thing, as to maybe help those who want to participate but want to start off small. <BR> <BR> Just an idea. Let me know what y... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:42:11 EST Two Words Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=76x10007x51563972 I will post two words and the next person will keep one word and change the other. Let's give it a try! I'll start with: <BR> <BR> Book Club Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:36:37 EST 1/2013 ~ The Paris Wife ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x51553530 Post all comments, questions and discussions in this thread. Happy reading! Hope it's a good one! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:19:33 EST 1/2013 ~ LET'S VOTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x51472222 Select two books from the list below that you would like to read with the club and list in this thread. Most votes gets the nod! <BR> <BR> A Walk in the Woods, Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson <BR> Dark Places by Gillian Flynn <BR> Doctor Who: Touched By An Angel by Jonathan Morris <BR> Life of Pi by Yann Martel <BR> Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay <BR> Still Life by Louise Penny <BR> The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. <BR> The... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:12:22 EST Last One Standing Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51419784 I saw this on another team and thought it would be perfect for the new year. Let's see if a little competition will motivate us to drop some pounds this month! <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge will begin Saturday January 5th. Please post your starting weight any day between now and Saturday. Due to the nature of this challenge, if you don't sign up by this date, you cannot join us for this round. If it is successful, we will do it again next month. <BR> <BR> Post your weight ONCE for the wee... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:59:52 EST JANUARY SUGGESTIONS ~ LIST HERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x51387683 Sorry I am late getting this post up. When you get a minute, post a book that you would like to read with our club. Don't forget . . . When suggesting a book, make sure it has been out for at least a year so that way those using the library will be able to get their copy in a reasonable amount of time. <BR> <BR> Don't feel the need to list a fiction book. Any type will do . . . biography, history, self-help, and the list goes on and on . . . . Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:17:38 EST JUMP-START JANUARY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51373400 <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2013 <BR> <BR> With the holidays behind us and the New Year starting, it's time to say good bye to the holiday eating and get back on track with our fitness and nutrition goals to start the New Year right! <BR> <BR> The following categories will be tracked during our Jump-Start January Challenge. For each day, check in and give yourself 5... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:38:47 EST January Challenge Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51225219 Hey Book Club--- <BR> Michele asked me if I wouldn't mind helping out with January challenge. So, here I am :) <BR> <BR> We're about half way through with Decembers challenge so I'd like to start thinking about what we want to see in January. Before we know it we will be ringing in the new year! <BR> <BR> Let me know what you all are thinking :) Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:41:46 EST What is Your Favorite Christmas Song? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=76x10007x51184094 Do you have a favorite Christmas song that you like to hear while in church that puts you in a peaceful mood or one that you like to crank up while driving in the car so you can feel the merriment? So many artists have come up with their own renditions . . . what is your favorite? <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:41:30 EST 12/12 ~ Solomon's Oak ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x51076047 Our December read is Solomon's Oak: A Novel by Jo-Ann Mapson. Post all Questions, comments and discussions in this thread. Should be fun reading a book with a holiday theme! <em>446</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:21:28 EST What's for Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x51052926 Share what you are fixing for dinner and if you have a healthy recipe to share, please do! <BR> <BR> Tonight is my hubby's birthday, so I am making his favorite~chicken enchiladas. I will be lightening them up a bit to lower the calorie count. Also, a nice, big salad on the side. <BR> <em>4</em> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:07:37 EST 12 Days of Christmas Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=76x10007x51052706 Gloryandme posted this game last year and I thought it would be fun for us to do again! <BR> <BR> How about we do our own 12 Day of Christmas tune! Everyone just add on a day. Just copy and paste the verses into your reply! Can't wait to see the end product! <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me <BR> A treadmill that filled me with glee! <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me Sun, 2 Dec 2012 09:52:52 EST 12/12 ~LET'S VOTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x51041146 In this thread list two books from the list below that you would like to read with our book club. Descriptions are in the thread below this. <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> A Killer's Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth Duncan <BR> <BR> Christmas Goose by Will MacKinley <BR> <BR> O Little Town: A Novel, by Don Reid <BR> <BR> Solomon's Oak: A Novel by Jo-Ann Mapson <BR> <BR> The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn <BR> <BR> The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans <BR> <BR> The Midnight ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:10:57 EST DETERMINED IN DECEMBER CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x51036518 <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> It’s the last month of the year and many people give up on their goals intending to start fresh for the new year. But, why should we wait? Let’s be determined this month to stick to our healthy habits and finish the year strong! December is full of holiday parties, family gatherings and the hustle and bustle of shopping. It gets so busy, i... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 01:06:35 EST December Suggestions ~ List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x50987233 List any and all books that you would be interested in reading with the Book Club for December in this thread. When suggesting a book, make sure it has been out for at least a year so that way those using the library will be able to get their copy in a reasonable amount of time. <BR> <BR> If anyone knows of any good holiday books that we could read together for December to get us into the "spirit", please list! <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:18:37 EST December Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x50981102 If you have any suggestions for a challenge for next month, please post here. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:49:10 EST Nov Challenge What I am thankful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10007x50645427 Today I am thankful that the weather is getting better. That our children have a good Trick or treat in November. How weird is that. I am thankful for my inlaws and my outlaws lol. I truly am thankful that God has granted me another day of sight even if it is less than yesterday. I am thankful for my pets who keep me challenged. I am thankful for my new friends and programs on SPARK AND FOR THE PEOPLE who created spark. I am thankful to be alive, getting healthier, and most of all for ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:29:55 EST 11/12 ~ The Zookeeper's Wife ~ Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x50639630 For the month of November we will be reading "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman, which was suggested by Krystle. <BR> <BR> Post any and all discussions, comments and questions in this thread! Looking forward to everyone's participation. Sounds like a great read! <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:31:33 EST November Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24283x10007x50630103 <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <BR> The holiday season is upon us and for those of us trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, this can pose some challenges. Speaking of challenges…For the month of November, we are going to keep our challenge simple, but still focus on consistency and motivation. <BR> <BR> There will be 3 parts to the challenge: <BR> <BR> Part 1~We celebrate Than... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:02:45 EST 11/12 ~ LET'S VOTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x50612953 List in this thread two of the books from the following list that you would like to read with the Club. Descriptions for the books are in the thread below this. <BR> <BR> A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness <BR> Defending Jacob by William Landay <BR> Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay <BR> State of Wonder by Ann Pratchett <BR> The Innocent by David Baldacci <BR> The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh <BR> The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton <BR> The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Acker... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:48:58 EST November Suggestions ~ List Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x50543563 List any and all books that you would be interested in reading with the Book Club for November in this thread. When suggesting a book, make sure it has been out for at least a year so that way those using the library will be able to get their copy in a reasonable amount of time as we learned for the September picks. If we pick an extra long book, I was thinking we could read it for November and December since they are both busy months. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a good read for November!... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:46:12 EST November book?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=492x10007x50543322 Are we going to be reading 11/22/63 for November? I couldn't remember what was decided after the vote was tied last time. I thought someone said it was a pretty long book, so I will have to start on it early to keep up with all of you fast readers! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:32:49 EST