SparkPeople Spark People Eclectic Readers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=58993 Let's share our reading lists and our book reviews and recommendations. Any genre is permitted. Let's broaden our reading horizons as we shrink our weight. SparkPeople Spark People Eclectic Readers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=58993 Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x57618028 Happy 450th to my favorite bard! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:49:02 EST QOTW: April 6-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x57408421 What books did you finish this week? What books did you begin? What are you still working on? <BR> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:27:56 EST Good Reads? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58993x57375282 Is anyone here on Good Reads? I like it as a place to keep track of books I've read and books I want to read. If anyone wants to be friends, just let me know. My Good Reads ID is Doulton. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:38:04 EST QOTW: March 30-April 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x57316264 What books did you finish this week? What books did you begin? What are you still working on? Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:11:42 EST QOTW: Question of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x57231525 Let's see if this interests people: <BR> <BR> What have you read this week? What is in your To Be Read pile? Do you have any new recommendations? Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:44:09 EST Hi Sparkies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58993x53414449 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 15:35:20 EST Free Downloads http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x53067239 It's really easy to find free downloads of all the classics (anything no longer protected by copyright), but do you know Amazon, Baen Books, and probably other major retailers also offer limited-time free downloads of more recent releases? <BR> <BR> Why don't we use this thread to alert each other when we see an interesting offer? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:40:27 EST GMO Rider fails - another "win" for Big Ag http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x52708856 <link>www.anh-usa.org/the-latest-on-the-gm<BR>o-rider/ </link> <BR> <em>39</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:11:42 EST Gabaldon, Diana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x52002998 Diana Gabaldon is my favorite author. I discovered her several years ago when I was looking for a good juicy read one summer that would take me more than a weekend to finish. Searching online brought me to the Oprah Book Club website forum where a person had written that THE book to read is Outlander and so I did. I have read everything she has written and am anxiously awaiting her next novel due out this year. By far, Outlander and the series is the best, but I also like her Sir John serie... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:01:36 EST What are you reading right now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51815399 Right are you currently in the midst of reading? I'm reading "The Zone" by Sears, but my eyes are glazing over from all of these too too similar diet plans. In spite of resolution to avoid mysteries and read only venerable classics, I started "The Child Who" by Simon Lelic and it's moving along at a good clip. I don't know if it's a mystery/thriller/courtroom drama yet, but I relaxed into its pages. <BR> <BR> Had to "teach" Milton to sullen undergraduates and felt such a failure that I s... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:57:24 EST story concepts that make ya go .... huh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51672896 Many times when I'm reading or watching a movie, I'll come across something that seriously gives me a "huh" moment. Sometimes it manifests as simply an idea I'd never consciously thought about. Other times it's something that makes perfect sense until your brain catches up and says, "hey, wait just a minute!" Then there's the ones some part of your psyche always suspected but buried for you. And there's those perfect little vignettes of joy that go straight to your soul. <BR> <BR> I wonder ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:54:32 EST Getting to know "US" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51663662 This is an A-B-C list of personal data swiped from GRACEMCDOG. If anybody else wants to share...maybe we can post our versions here. <BR> <BR> Mine follows: <BR> <BR> A - Available or Married: Married 33 yrs (November); together 38 <BR> B - Book: Lord of the Rings series <BR> C - Cake or Pie: pie. Cream pies, preferably, or cheesecake (is that cake or pie?) <BR> D - Drink: flavored teas. Hot cocoa, when my tummy will allow! <BR> E - Essential Item: computer, now. <BR> F- Favorite Color... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:25:51 EST How do YOU read? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51637233 A remark was made in the e-book thread about a book creating some nightmares, which the poster usually attributed more to movies than books. This got me to thinking, because when I read, it pretty much *IS* a movie. My mind creates vivid visual vistas. This has always been the case, as far as I can recall. In fact, it gets me into some trouble even in spoken conversations, since little pictures pop up in my mind when people talk to (or around) me. If what they say isn't "correct" (ie, wrong w... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:42:48 EST Am I confused? (Yes! I am!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51611077 I see we have a team goal of reading 20 minutes a day. I think I joined that goal, and I think I put it up to alert me...but when I check that page, the only "tracker" I see there is GREASYJOAN. <BR> What happened to me? Am I supposed to be on there? I've got to be missing a step somewhere along the line. <BR> ~v~ Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:54:02 EST Short Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51594972 Who likes short stories? I've read some remarkable ones. Among the stories that just come to mind are those written by Chekhov, Flannery O'Connor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce ("Dubliners"); RIchard Yates, John Cheever and many others. <BR> <BR> I think Richard Yates is an excellent author who does not get enough attention. If you ever watched the tv show "Seinfeld," Elaine's father is based on the real-life personality and biography of Richard Yates. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:28:17 EST Book News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51584188 Author Evan Connell has died at age 88. He wrote books in many different genres but the two novels that have received the most critical attention and praise (and even inspired a film) are MRS. BRIDGE (1959) which was followed a decade later by MR. BRIDGE (1969). <BR> <BR> Both books look into the life and consciousness of an upper-middle-class Kansas City country club family and the various kinds of oppressions that they impose on themselves in order to fit in, to be affable, and to be acc... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:00:20 EST Fave book of 2012 - Great thread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51561645 perhaps Russell Banks' "Lost Memory of Skin", or Susan Elderkin's "The Voices"... actually, I think the winner would be "Blindness" by Jose Saramago. 2012 is a particularly tough year to pick a fave because I re-read a number of old wonderfuls (when I love a writer, I gorge on their work... hmmmmm, that has an ominous ring given the context) - Annie Proulx, Ian McEwan, Jose Saramago, Penelope Lively and Nicola Barker are a few folks I spent serious time with this past year, plus I discovered ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:01:21 EST Literary Hangman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25246x58993x51545665 For every 20 minutes of exercise you get each day you get to select a letter--a maximum of three a day and then try to guess the quotation. Then if you have the correct guess, you can either choose to run the next game or ask me to do it on your behalf. <BR> <BR> Here goes---a slash is between words for ease of interpretation. I think it will get easier once we have a guess or two. <BR> <BR> <BR> - - - -, / - - - - - - - / -- / --- / ---- / – / – / ------------ / – / -------, / -- /... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:43:39 EST Name a book starting with THIRD letter of previous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25246x58993x51541888 I thought it might be fun to have some games--especially for people, like me, who sometimes want to accumulate Spark Points mindlessly. <BR> In this game, you name a book, play, poem, essay, etc. which begins with the THIRD letter of the one previously named. <BR> <BR> For example, <BR> If I begin with MOBY DICK <BR> then I go to.... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:34:24 EST GAIMAN, Neil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51537835 Any fans? I'm a huge fan and am eagerly awaiting this year's offerings from him! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:19:08 EST philosophy / theology http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51537831 I tentatively open this topic so that I don't get carried away "spilling over" into some of the other threads here. I know this is a contentious subject for some - although I DO NOT intend to make it so! But since it does raise some stress markers for people, I thought it might be prudent to open a separate thread for those interested in such discussions. That way, if you want to jump in, great! if it chafes at you, you can simply abstain. <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I saw a wonderful ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:18:56 EST MOBY DICK by Melville http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25238x58993x51535014 For MOBY DICK fans Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:43:13 EST ULYSSES by James Joyce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25238x58993x51535000 This is a forum to discuss ULYSSES. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:42:39 EST WAR AND PEACE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25238x58993x51534979 This is a place to discuss this novel. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:42:05 EST HARDY, Thomas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51534957 This is a place to discuss poet and novelist Thomas Hardy. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:40:51 EST More than twice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51532476 What are books you've read more than twice? <BR> With so many books, so little time, a book has to speak to me deeply to re read it. <BR> One I have read multiple times and actually bought multiple times (because I keep giving it to friends) is ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn. It's about a telepathic gorilla who wants to change the world and really gets you thinking. MY ISHMAEL tells a different story of the character over the same time period. I get more from them each time I read them. <BR> I... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:15:03 EST Ebooks or paper books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51532421 I love my kindle but still get comfort from a paper book. Opinions? <BR> The biggest problem I have with E books is I can't pass them on as easily. <BR> Also, I find it easier to flip back than search. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:10:32 EST Plays, Theatre, Drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51529985 I am setting up some discussion boards for specific types of books. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:33:35 EST Poetry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51529978 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual types of literature. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:32:57 EST Fantasy Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51529970 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual kinds of books. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:32:25 EST FLYNN, Gillian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529950 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:30:52 EST KING, Stephen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529927 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:29:16 EST AUSTEN, Jane http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529851 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:25:11 EST SHAKESPEARE, William http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529826 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:23:49 EST DICKENS, Charles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529815 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:23:20 EST LEWIS, C.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529810 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:23:01 EST ROWLING, J.K. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529786 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:21:46 EST TOLKIEN, J.R.R. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529776 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:21:05 EST MORRISON, Toni http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25235x58993x51529761 I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:20:14 EST Favorite Book of 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51528247 What is your favorite book from 2012? Just something you read, not necessarily that it was published last year. <BR> <BR> (I have to think about mine, so I don't have an answer to my own question yet.) <BR> <BR> C. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:50:16 EST What you can do here in this Spark Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51523194 Any member can feel free to start any topic whatsoever. You can start topics in any area of writing, reading, literature, or related issues such as art, music, or body-image. <BR> <BR> So: feel free to start new topics. Feel free to think outside convention paradigms. Feel free to bring anything to the virtual table. <BR> <BR> The only rules are the rules that apply to any Spark Group--and I don't even know what they are. Perhaps to keep your profanity mild and be careful about rev... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:24:43 EST Children's Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51523052 This is a topic in which you can discuss children's books of today for children you know or to go into some detail about books that influenced your past. I often reflect on the first books I read when I was young. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:16:42 EST Mysteries and Thrillers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51520557 Do you have any good books to recommend from this genre? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:23:32 EST Non-fiction books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51505814 This is a place to discuss your favorite non-fiction books--history, biography, social commentary, politics, essays, etc. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:31:29 EST Introductions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58993x51505761 You can write an introduction here if you are so inclined. <BR> <BR> I will begin. I started this group because I saw that some of the book clubs had had no activity in a long time. I noticed that some of the leaders had been away from Spark People. I am hoping that a new book group coinciding with a new year will be fresh. I hope that we can keep track of our various readings throughout the year. <BR> <BR> My name is Natalie and I am 62 years old. I love reading -- so much so, that I ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:27:02 EST Diet Plans, Cook Books, Work Out Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51505703 Write reviews of diet and cook books here or exercise books. Tell what books have helped you on your journey. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:23:21 EST Favorite authors and books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51505683 This is a place to write about your favorite authors or books of all time. You can just post a list of names or you can feel free to go into more detail. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:22:21 EST Lists of books read in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58993x51505631 Here's a place to keep track of the books you have read. If you have a goal of reading 100 or 50 or 25 books you can keep track here. If you don't care about the number of books read but just want to keep a running list, this thread is also for you! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:19:52 EST