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Welcome, Clara and welcome back Pat!

Clara, I wish you had come under happier circumstances, I'm glad to have you on the team. I am fairly comfortable with technology, though not super adept at it, but I confess I love my kindle. I still love my paper books, don't get me wrong--I love they way they feel, the way they look in my home (so long as I have enough shelf space at least), how they smell. But I spent a lot of the last few years away from home, and having a kindle where I could have a small library in a small device has been awesome. And at the moment we've just moved for the third time (we moved 3 times in 6 months) and all of our books are still in boxes, so I'm reading almost exclusively Kindle books. Also, my hands don't like bigger books, especially hard covers, so the Kindle is a good alternative. Are you a pen geek too? I love good pens--have for as long as I can remember--and I used to hand write letters regularly though I had to stop that when grad school killed my hands. I am hoping that now that I've graduated that I can start doing that sometimes again.

Pat, it's great to have you back! I also keep an annual list of my books--not sure what I'm up to at the moment. I never thought to track the reference books, though. That's a great idea.

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I've been a member of this team for awhile, but have been AWOL from the thread. One has to pick and choose, but now I'm missing a little more substantive chat and thought I'd wander back.

This is the team that got me started keeping my annual reading lists but I haven't posted those - but am up to 56 books this year, plus the accompanying list of books which I've titled "Books Consulted..." which tend to be sewing, quilting, health references, beading, cooking books, etc., which I look through & utilize for specific purposes but don't just sit and read...

I'll be back!

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My name is Clara and I went to both high school and university with ADAGIO. She has asked me to help out here while she takes a leave of absence. We bonded over books and we have similar tastes. We both have a tendency to look back towards an idealized past and fret about the future. I am fundamentally a Luddite, but recently got a Kindle.

We were taught by venerable old-fashioned white men and we are both aware that we might have, deep within us. an internalized privileges white masculine point of view when it comes to literary analysis.

I love animals and writing letters the old-fashioned way. I do not watch much TV, although sometimes I will turn on the news.

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I started out focusing on water issues in Mexico and switched to Canada. But I am never going to Law school. I am however married to an engineer and I've had friends accuse me of being a Yuppie, though mostly to tease me because I really don't identify as such *grin* We're really more geeks/nerds than yuppies, LOL.

I love YA too. I'm so glad that I rediscovered it.

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My brother did his grad studies in Anthropology in Mexico. And then he went to law school, married a princess-type, sold out, and is now a pampered yuppie. But what are you going to do.

I love literature for young adults.

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It is up to you.... I just saw your comment on theory and it brought back memories. I usually don't include the academic texts since they were for school and I when I come here it's usually to take a break from school, LOL. Plus I figure that most people are probably not that interested in them. Yes, I graduated this May with a PhD in anthropology... my interests in anthropology lean toward applied but I read a ton of theory and my dissertation ended up being pretty theory heavy. Which I am still somewhat amused (bemused?) by. It was also fairly multi-disciplinary, which is why I read a political science, sociology, psychology, etc.

Of course, on a very different note... I'm currently reading the Harry Potter books. I am somewhat entertained that when I was a at the age for YA literature (10-20) I read mostly adult fiction, but discovered YA lit when I was in grad school. It's general imaginative, fun, and fast paced--and very quick reads so that they are not the time investment that, say, Dickens would be. So YA made a good break from theory etc.

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10/13/14 3:26 P

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Hello Zannachan and Adagio, thank-you for the welcome.

Zannachan, I wasn't aware we were encouraged to drag-in our respective field manuals. I can probably come up with a very readable suggestion or two. Did you graduate in Anthropology?

Adagio, I just now received your comments on my page and I will head over there as soon as I am done procrastinating here (I've managed a total of about half an hour of actual work since lunch). In answer to your question, and if I am being completely honest, the last month or so haven't been particularly filled with literature, but here goes. I've been reading (again) Lessing's "Four Gated City" (my go-to before-bed reading). I also just finished a memoir by Patti Smith---"Just Kids"--- about her entertaining friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe when the two of them were in their teens. I am also reading "Role Models" by John Waters. I am a fan from way back----I saw "Female Trouble" when I was 13 and I swear it corrupted me for life!

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Welcome D! I am not a fan of literary theory per se, though I am familiar with it because of a friend of mine who teaches literature at the university level, LOL. I do enjoy reading literature (Austen, Dickens, and Chopin are among my favorites) but I confess that the last decade or so I've most read lighter fiction--romances, fantasy, science fiction, and mysteries mostly. And a lot of anthropology with a mix of political science and a bit of psychology thrown in, LOL (I just graduated).


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Welcome, D.
I am most certainly a book-addict. I do not read literary theory and hate the arcane language used by literary theorists. I have a lot of favorites in common with you. I love to read mysteries (as long as they are well -written). I also really like the 19th century. Recently I have branched out from literature a bit to read more history.

So what are you reading right now? I am reading a lot of poetry and a nice book by Molly Keane, which I just started.



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Uhmm .. hello.

I just joined the team. Clearly I love to read. I read literature for pleasure (not crazy about literary theory). I lean more towards writings from the 20th century, but there are definitely exceptions. I think my tastes are eclectic and this includes novels and poetry. Some favourites: Woolf, Cervantes, Roethke, Lessing, Dostoevsky, Rich, Rhys, Plath, Colette, Genet, Stein, Joyce (it's a long list). I also love light reading-----------there is nothing in the world that can compare to a mid-afternoon bubble-bath in a claw-foot tub accompanied by Agatha Christie. And I always make it a point to read fun trash anywhere airport-related.

I do love both SP and my friends here, but I am not a housewife and I do not live in the suburbs. I am hoping to meet one or two like-minded book-addict buddies in this team and I am also hoping to get ideas from all of you for new books to read!

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I am very eclectic and read classics, poetry, plays, mysteries, thrillers, and current literary ficition.
I also like history, politics, biography and various types of non-fiction. I am all over the place and read non-systematically. I am in a couple of on-line book clubs (not via Spark People) and do some reading with them.



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Welcome, both Darkling and Brenda!

I'm am sadly not getting a lot of reading time these days because of grad school (last push before graduation--It also means I tend to be here kind of hit and miss these days) so when I do read these days, it's most old favorites and new books that are either light reading (I've read a lot of YA since starting grad school, LOL) or comforting/funny, like romances. I read pretty eclectically when I'm not brain dead/stressed, though--YA, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, and romances in particular.

Brenda, I''m with you on not liking being told what to read. I get that enough with school, LOL! I've participated in some book clubs like that over the years and while I enjoyed the book discussion that followed, I've discovered I *hate* being told what to read or needing to read books on a time table--it makes the reading seem more like "work." But I love book communities where people love books!

Darkling, I just read a fun, but non-traditional, rengency romance called Ridiculous by D.L. Carter. Funny, great characters, fun plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, I recently discovered Eloise James and I thoroughly loved A Duke of Her Own. She's an author I'll definitely have to read more of. And of course, one of my favorite authors, period, is Julia Quinn. I *love* her books and all of the ones I know about so far!

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Hello fellow bookworms!

I'm glad to find like-minded people...if there's anything I can talk about for hours, it's books! I like just about anything, though lately, I've tended towards Regency romance. I do love a reformed rake!

I'm excited to get started here!

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Hello,

Married in Louisville, KY, 3 children, Grown and out 3 stepchildren Grown and out. 7 grand children that I love dearly, 6 boys and 1 girl. I love to read, travel, sew.

While I was sparking I thought about looking for a team that is comprised of readers. Well there are several. So I joined this one because I don't want to be in a book club that tells me what to read. I want to be in one where we all have the common thread of reading as an interest.

I liked the name of the team because it that is how I read. I can read almost anything if it holds my interest. I mainly like to read fiction, mystery, and who done its. I have read some of the classics though on my own without being told by the professor. So I hope that I can get some good suggestions on books to read while I am here.

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Susan, welcome! I hope you regain your love of reading! Sometimes I think we just need a break, even from things we love--or to mix things up. I love science fiction fantasy, but I don't read much of it these days--with grad school I just don't have the extra brain cells and energy to deal with it, so I read a lot of YA and romance novels--the former because they are refreshing, creative, and light reading, and later because they are usually fun (I gravitate toward romantic comedy type novels) and comfortable to read.

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Hi,

I used to be an avid reader but that has petered off somewhat over the years. I LOVE books and have been volunteering and/or working in a library since I was 12 and I am now 47! I first started as a library prefect back in elementary school, continued on in high school and worked in an university library while going there as a student and then graduated and got a job as a library technician.

Somewhere along the line I lost my joy of reading BUT am still trying to regain that love. I read very basic stuff these days.........

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Welcome! Sorry I have not been around much. I just returned to work this week after a holiday break and I am also starting up a new round of the BLC (A different team) and I am one of the many captains there.

I love books too and although I have a Kindle for those rare times when I travel, I am still addicted to paper.

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Welcome, Goddessloveyou! I am somewhat of a bookhoarder myself--because both my husband and I are not only readers, but re-readers. But we have limited space, so I have gone to buying a lot of kindle books, though I still buy, read, and own paper books as well. I have a ways to go through before I am in your league, though *grin* I enjoy romances, but strangely enough I don't know that I have ever read any Daniel Steele--my favorite romance authors are Julia Quinn and Nora Roberts.

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Greeting fellow readers. I love to read. I am 67 and retired. Now I have the time to read, do arts and crafts, exercise, cook healthy foods , and do whatever interest me. I am happy to find this team. I keep a log of all books read for my history. I also have lots of books and willing to share. I an a lover of romance such as Danielle Steele, Debbie Mac come
As well as metaphysical books, nutrition, every diet book on the planet (smile) hundreds of self help books. I am moving 1800 books out of my library. Some I have read once or multiple some are brand new. Need I say more I am a reader and hoarder of books. Very happy to have found you. Great reading everyone.

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Well, Zanna, I like to read just about anything. Sometimes it takes a minute to two to get back into a book after reading another one and it takes a bit of work to keep places and characters straight, but it's not too hard. If I do non fiction and fiction those are easy to keep straight. I have friends who can remember authors, their books, plots and characters of all the books they've read. That's not one of my strong points though. Guess I read more for pleasure and only remember well the books that have touched me most.

Thanks for the welcome.

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Dar, welcome to the group! I'm always a bit envious of people who can read multiple novels at once... I've never been able to master that.. if I pick up a second book while still reading the first, either it never goes anywhere or more likely I completely set aside the first book... and either have to start it again from the beginning, or never get back to it at all.

What kinds of books do you like to read?

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Hi

I've been in this group almost three weeks and am just now introducing myself. I'm retired and have been an avid reader all my life. My children knew if I had my nose in a book, they had to work hard to get my attention. But, all of them have grown up to love books too so they understand now. And, a lot of the time I spent reading to them as well.

I love the smell and feel and sight of books like many of you do it seems. I have a kindle I use for books I can't get at the library (although I do use the ebook checkout there). I keep track of my "to read" books and books read in goodreads and get recommendations from friends. Usually I have four or five books I'm reading at the same time and just get another one or two when I finish one.

It's so nice to find like minded people...

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Doug, welcome to the group! I've never heard of someone simultaneously reading and listening to a book--interesting! I dabble in audiobooks, but my ipod doesn't like switching back and forth between music and the ipod--it loses my place in the story, which is frustrating.

I confess I keep a list of every book I've read for fun (not school) for years--I can get a feel for the year by looking back at how many and what kinds of books I've finished, and I like being able to see patterns in the long run. Goodreads (which once school is over I hope to get more involved in) isn't as useful for me keeping track because it doesn't (or at least it didn't) handle rereads well--it just replaced the original read date with a new one.

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Hi Doug,

I have often wished I had the time to read the way you do and sometimes I do, indeed, do it that way. I like to do that with poetry and classics especially but sometimes I will get something like a mystery and listen to it when I am working out and then I will have the print copy to refer to in case I have missed names or plot points when I am overcome by the excitement of the elliptical!

Welcome to our group!

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Welcome!
That is an interesting idea, to read and listen simultaneously. I know I have gotten to the age at which I struggle to remember what I've read recently unless a book has a profound effect on me.

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Hi, I am Doug, an eclectic reader of fiction. The summary page at Goodreads says I have completed 83 books this year, not that I would keep count, but interestingly that tops the number of books and number of pages from the previous two years combined. I guess I have had my nose stuck in a book a lot this year, opting that over other forms of entertainment.

I can't pick a genre of fiction that I like best, I seem to pick things on a whim. This year I have read some classics, some YA fiction (the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series), a little Stephen King, a few westerns, some prize winners and some duds. Rarely am I not in the middle of a book, although I have taken a couple of weeks during the holidays here to recoup from the year's 32,000 pages of reading.

I am not a speed reader and enjoy most of my books in Audiobook format, faithfully following along with a kindle or used paperback copy so that the author has my full attention. I retain the books longer in my memory that way.

So, pleased to meet you.

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Hi, Joan! Welcome to the team!

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Hi, my name is Joan and I am a bookaholic......*grin* I love to read and can spend hours lost between the pages of a good book, or even hours and hours lost on my kindle...I think my tastes are very eclectic and like almost any kind of fiction, nonfiction .....even dictionaries......*grin* I can get lost in words...

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Mrs_Eva_K, you are definitely not alone. My husband and I just ordered 4 books from Amazon, and even though the kindle book was cheaper, he said "I prefer real books." Which sadly defeats part of the point of the kindle, which is to save space as we ran out of shelf space about two years ago and there's only so many books we can cull, but since I prefer real books at home, too (kindle is still easier for me for traveling) we got paper copies. I just don't know where they will go when they get here *grin*

Just to be clear, Paraselenic in this case is the sparker who introduced me to this team.

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Jet a paraselene is the basically a halo around the moon. A Paraselenic is a chick that is all her own.

Joan I'm glad to know I'm among people who love an actual book. With my kindle I literally miss the sound of the spine cracking and the rasp of the pages when you turn them. :)



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Eva, I love the smell of old books too. I love yellowing pages and ancient marginal glosses. I've got a paperwhite Kindle which is fantastic for travel and for reading books that are so huge that I can barely hold them up, but my default is always paper.

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I have to ask - what is Paraselenic?

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Mrs_Eva_K, welcome to the team! Para introduced me to the team as well.

I don't think that's weird. I know quite a few readers who love the smell of books, in particular. I wasn't sure what I would think about the kindle because I love the tactile experience of reading a book--though less so if the book is a really thick, heavy one, because it hurts my hands. I love my kindle, too, because it means that I can travel without having to have a suitcase for books (and I spend a LOT of time away from home because of school) and I don't have to worry about running out, or not having something I'm in the mood for. And I am less worried about being found buried under books some day because most of the books I buy now are kindle books. But I still love physical books and i still buy them and borrow them.

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Hi! I'm Eva and I fully admit that I happened upon this group through Paraselenic. I joined last week but well life got in the way and i forgot to introduce myself.

Reading is my nightly wind down, an essential part of my day. My daughter thinks we live in a library. I'm a full time mom. I work part time from home. And I haunt the kindle store, the local library, and and book store I walk past. I like my kindle but I'd much rather have a live book. I'm a weirdo. I enjoy the sound of the pages and the smell of an old book.

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Popys, thank you!

Jet. whoo hoo to your son! And you're right, it is a lot of work and I'm proud of everything I've accomplished... though I think I'll be more proud and less tired once I'm finally DONE, LOL!

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Good luck with finishing up your doctorate! My older son finished his in anthropology two years ago (after 9 years in San Diego) and is now working in Ohio. As you know, it's a lot of work. You should be proud you're almost done!

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Hello to the book maniacs incorp! And good luck with the examinations and dissertation.

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Hi! Kind of jumping in here--hope it's okay! I'm brand new to the team--Paraselenic told me about it and it sounded right up my alley! I love to read. In fact, reading is an essential part of my day--even though I am insanely busy right now (I'm in grad school for a Ph.D in anthropology and am simultaneously preparing for my comprehensive exams and for defending my dissertation, both in the fall) I have to read at least a little bit every day. It helps keep me sane.

I had to laugh at the statements about being book hoarders etc.... my husband (also a reader, by the way; if anything he reads more than I do!) describes our decorating style as bookshelf eclectic. We have bookshelves in every room but the bathrooms (humidity is bad for books--we do keep magazines in the bathroom though). We even have bookcases in both the bedroom and office closets. And books currently piled on my dresser and on my office floor because I have no where else to put them. It wasn't so bad until I started working on my bibs for my comps--I now have ~50 library books (plus more books that I bought) for comps alone that I don't know what to do with.

And while I like to own my fiction--I got burned by the library too often selling books I wanted to re-read and then wasn't able to find again because it had gone out of print--I also borrow extensively, though more from friends than the local library. The book I'm reading right now (Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie) for example I borrowed from a friend.

As for what I like to read... I have pretty wide tastes: fantasy, science fiction, classics, young adult, romance, mystery/suspense, some chic lit... right now I'm favoring light, quick, fun literature because of, well, grad school.

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I feel better already!
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Ha! Aren't we awful? emoticon Our library allows us 30 books at a time. Between us we have 2 cards. No rocket-science needed to envision the heap beside my bed, under the computer desk, on the dining table. Sometimes getting out of bed becomes an exercise like stepping stones in a river. And that is even before I think about what is sitting there on my kindle . . .. But there are worse addictions. We are not obsessives; we are enthusiasts, aficionadoes, devotees, lovers, buffs and ECLECTIC READERS!

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Jet, you make me laugh because I do the same thing. I have done a lot to conquer my predisposition to clutter; I've reduced so many aspects of my household to bare bones, I beware of enterprises requiring new clothes, I have streamlined so much of my life, but when it comes to my relationship with books and with library books, I am like a case-study from Hoarders.

Although I cannot afford to purchase them, I have elaborate "wish lists" at audible.com and at amazon and on my computer to remind me of what I want to read.

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GreasyJoan, we must have been separated at birth! I too have books I own I never have read because I have so many library books to read. I have both my card and my husband's maxed out on allowable holds. I inactivate them, which means someone else can get the book if they want it, and then activate them as I have time to read them.
And I love Louise Penney, also want to live in her books, and have read the Cornish Trilogy and Deptford. I think I liked the Cornish Trilogy a little better. I have a few other books of his too that I have not read....
BUT I did read the new Alice Munro!

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Ihave the new Alice Munro as well, haven't read it yet. Right now reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and am enjoying it!

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Susan, Louise Penny is from Ontario but she has set her very popular murder mystery series in Quebec. Her detective, Armand Gamache, is Quebecois. I am not certain if the books are "cozy" mysteries or "police procedurals".

Robertson Davies wrote about three trilogies I think and one was unfinished at the time of his death. I read "The Deptford Trilogy" (Fifth Business is the first of that series) and I also read "The Cornish Trilogy".

I've got the new book of stories by Alice Munro which might mean it will take a long time before I read it. One of my worst reading habits is buying books that I long to have and then prioritizing library books because I cannot keep them forever. There are some authors who I simply want to give royalties to, so I buy their books.





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Hi Natalie. I've read Fifth Business.and liked it, but it was a long time ago. I will look for more of him, didn't realize it was part of a trilogy. He was born not far from where I live now, and there doesn't seem to be anything commemorating him around here at all which is odd.
I'm not familiar with Louise Penny but I think my sister has mentioned her books, I will have to look her up.
It has been very dreary here for it seems like forever but today the sun is shining so hopefully my motivation will return!

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Hi, Susan! I have been coasting a bit myself (and need to kick things up).

I am really enchanted with the world of Louise Penny.

Did you like Robertson Davies? I read at least 6 of his novels. Since his death, people rarely seem to talk about him.

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Hello, Susan, welcome to the team!

Re coasting: I hear you, doll, I hear you... Me too. *sigh*
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Hello, my name is Susan and I would rather read than almost anything else. I love mysteries, but will read almost anything. I am Canadian, and read a number of Canadian authors (Alice Munro, Giles Blunt, not a big fan of Margaret Atwood). A book I would have liked to hurl across the room - A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling - good thing she made her money on Harry Potter! Liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Stieg Larsson series, Kate Morton, Chelsea Cane series and many others. Always interested in finding new authors. Don't think I have one favourite book, but have a list - The Help, The Stone Diaries, anything by Stuart McLean, Alice Munro, Giles Blunt.
Have three cats and two dogs. Have lost half of the total weight I want to lose, but have had a rough few months motivation wise and seem to be just coasting, not gaining thankfully, but not losing either.

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Hello, Lizzie, welcome to the ER--!
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Hi Lizzie!

I have read all of the Sue Grafton books. I think it's clever that she is perpetually in 1985. I wish I were!

I do a lot of mystery reading too. I just started a book called "Neon Rain" by James Lee Burke. It's too soon for me to tell if I am going to like it. It is certainly "grittier" than what I am accustomed to.

It's great to have you here!

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allo, allo!

this is LizzyQ here; i am an AVID reader, and have got currently at home from the library a Walter Mosley, a Joanne Fluke, and a Sue Grafton novel(s), plus i have about 8 'holds' on line to get soon.

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Hi Jeanette, it's great to have you here.

One of the things I have done with some success is disconnected eating from other activities. It's been slightly over a year and a half now and I can only eat while sitting in the dining room. I don't much like to read there so I read in the living room or the bed room--zones where water or coffee or tea are the only permitted beverages. Yes, my house is like a divided camp but I must protect my books from those sugars and fats which are always intent upon invasion.

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Hello, Jeanette - glad to have another 60-year-old on board. I'm always looking for fellow Sparklers in my age group, lol...
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Hi I'm Jeanette, 60 years old, semi-retired, and an avid reader like the rest of you since childhood. Unfortunately I do eat when I read, and one of my biggest challenges is to change that, to convince myself that just some water or tea is enough.
I too have belonged to other Spark People book-related teams, but either the teams are gigantic and the reading tastes very different, or the teams have become mostly inactive.
Thanks for being here!

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