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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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Greetings, Joan!

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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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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.
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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.
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Hi, I'm Lee. Been a Sparker since the day after Christmas. Joined ER a few days ago and got a goodie from Natalie. Thanks, folks.

My blog today, in large part, is about reading materials, I favor, or don't as the case may be:

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Cindy, you have got a great list of favorites. I really appreciate the way your list spans many different types and styles of writing. It's impressive!

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Oh, I have so many favorites!

Richard Russo
Stephen King
Manil Suri
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
D.H. Lawrence
Mo Yuan (was so happy to see him win the Nobel)
C.S. Lewis
E.B. White (his essays)
Anne Rice
Edna O'Brien
Richard Adams
Stephen Donaldson
George RR Martin
Thich Nhat Hahn
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Colm Toibin
Walter Wangerin Jr.
Edward Gorey (tho actually, it's his illustrations that get to me)
Jon Kabat-Zinn
John Irving
Elizabeth Bowen
Thomas Moore

And that's just my short list! :)

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Hi Cindy!

It's great to have another dedicated reader here! What are some of your favorite authors?


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I've loved reading since I've been old enough to remember. As a child, my parents would always allow me to stay up as late as I wanted as long as we were reading. No playing with dolls or stuffed animals or plastic horses, no playing board games allowed, but if I was reading, it was just fine in the eyes of my parents.

I like the team name. That's what the librarians at our local library call me -- "one of our eclectic readers."

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Thanks for all your suggestions. Yesterday I picked up a book of her first 3 novels and I've already started on Sense & Sensibility.

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Welcome Nancy! Another of my favorite Jane Austen books is Emma. If you've ever seen the movie "Clueless", it's loosely based on that book.

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Thanks for the welcome and suggestions. I am going to the library today and will get one of Jane Austen's books now!

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I'm not much of a Jane Austen fan (no particular reason, much of the early 19th-century lit just isn't my bag) but one of my class assignments way-back-when was Pride & Prejudice. I was known for relying on Cliff or Monarch notes when I didn't want to read something (lol) but I read P&P, so it's an okay read, IMHO. I wasn't spurred to read others.

If I remember right, she only wrote some half-dozen books. If I'm remembering correctly, you could read all of her known work fairly quickly, I guess...
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Hello, Nancy!
Welcome to this team - and what a great idea to read some Jane Austen. I loved Pride & Prejudice...

Your question makes me realize, though, that I don't think I've read all of her books - and I may go back and start with the first one: Sense and Sensibility.

Consider it added to my list!

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Hi, I'm Nancy. I have always been an avid reader, losing myself for hours on end in good books. I'm always looking for new [or old] books to read.Last night while watching Jeoparty a question came up on Jane Austen and I told my DH that I have never read one of her books. So that is my 1st challenge on this team. Any title recommendations?
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I understand totally. One of the reasons I became "greasyjoan" (I had a previous spark name) was that the name I had, which was my all-purpose Internet identity name for many years, cropped up on google searches and a member of my family commented on my weight. On the precise number. It felt humiliating. So I turned my page to "private". But then I had to turn it back to "public" when I joined a team. The team was worth it for getting me motivated. I wish that Spark Pages and Spark blogs and Spark teams were not so easily searchable!

I'll move this over to the "chat" thread and maybe we can keep this one for more introductory topics.

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Good morning, all!
I checked in on this topic to see who is new among us, and have started to Sparkfriend some of you. Hope that's okay! I've set my page to private (after having a blog of mine appear in a google search and I didn't want all my Spark stuff "out there"), so please just drop me a note to Sparkfriend you if you'd like.

Also - just checking - will everyone move over to the "Chat" thread for our daily back-and-forths? I don't want to miss too much, but also don't know if I can manage checking the various topics every day. I don't always get an email when there's an addition to a thread even though I check the box below the message area...

I'll check back later, friends!

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Welcome to Penelope! Anyone who can quote Erasmus is a woman after my own heart. And I love your George Eliot signature line.

Reading did not contribute to my weight; reading has been nothing but very very very good to me in my life. Although I might drink tea or water whilst reading, it never makes me thoughts turn to food or prompts me to eat.

That's a great quotation, Kasey.

I do get many of my books from the library but I try to support writers by buying volumes of poetry that are published in very low quantities. And very few writers and artists of good children's books make an income, so I will buy those as well. I've invested in some books for my new Kindle (which Mr. Greasy Joan has appropriated for the time being--with my sincere permission).

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"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul."

--Attributed to the Gulistan of Moslih Eddin Saadi, a Mohammedan sheik and Persian poet who lived about 1184-1291.

...and of course for some of us, books will do almost as well - and last longer...
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I agree! I rarely have guilt when buying a book.

I love the quote: “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
― Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

I must say, I have spent my fair share of money on food though!

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Well hello, Penelope! I hear you about the Amazon Wish List - I keep thinking I should pare mine down, but I figure if I'm gonna splurge, it might just as well be with books, lol...
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Hello there. I was so excited to see this team as a way to meld my love of reading and my quest for healthy living together. They really go hand in hand. If I didn't have reading in my life I would have surely gone crazy. I lived 5 houses from a library growing up and always had out the maximum of 25 books. I'd lug those books home and sit on the front porch and read and read.
Reading, although a sedentary activity, has never been something I contributed to being heavy. I wouldn't have been an athlete anyway, I'm too clumsy and don't have an ounce of coordination! Actually no, reading has helped me in the eating aspect because it was a way to never be bored and I can't eat while reading. Win-Win!
What do I read? Anything I can. I can't just sit somewhere. There is a book in my purse, kitchen, tons in my living room, in my office at work, in my car, in my bedroom...the only place I don't have a book is in the bathroom (ironically) but I think that is because of germs and such.
Right now I am reading:
You Can If You Think You Can~ Norman Vincent Peale
The Lost Symbol~ Dan Brown
The Faith of a Writer~ Joyce Carol Oates
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Seat of the Soul~ Gary Zukav

My goal is to read 50 books this year. I love recommendations and my Amazon Wish List is a mile long. I can't wait to add more! I have a Nook too but I prefer paper. I read faster on the Nook (because I can adjust the font) but that is nothing reading glasses won't fix!

I look forward to getting to know everyone!

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Welcome, everyone! I look forward to getting to know more about you and your libraries---both electronic and paper.

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Hi! I'm excited to have found this group!
I've always loved reading and have had a Nook for a few years, amassing even more books. I enjoy reading all the lit classics as well as some good sci fi/fantasy (e.g. Gaiman), history, biography.
I also have an oddly large cookbook collection, with a few dating back to the late 1800s. I have several interesting 1930s-50s books, as well as a wide variety of modern books on paper. And the Nook is increasing that number.

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Good morning and hello, readers!
I've been part of SP for over two years, but was casting about this morning for a different type of connection to a team... and so looked up what book clubs were out there. Thanks, Natalie, for starting this one. (And I have to check out the source of your user name Greasy Joan from Shakespeare!) Reading through the intros that you all have posted, I was intrigued and felt connected -- I, too, have lots of interests and find that eclectic reading feeds my mind and soul!

I'm 61, was able to retire when my (slightly older) husband did about 18 months ago, and have since been indulging all of my long-postponed passions for quilting, art quilting, reading, cooking and nutrition, exercise, miscellaneous creative endeavors and, frankly, wherever my interests lead me. My former profession also allows me to occasionally take on small side jobs which also keeps my skills there alive. It's been a nice balance.

Reading has been a joy and sometimes a refuge as long as I can remember. I have very early memories of going to the library and hauling home the limit of books. My mother would call me when I was reading and I didn't -- couldn't -- hear her as I was in the world of my book. Who would I be or what would I be if I wasn't able to read?

For escape and general enjoyment, I love mysteries like Deborah Crombie, Elizabeth George or Dana Stabenow. Part of the joy of those books for me is to live into the setting. In the last couple of years since the availability of Google Earth, I'll "fly" to the book's setting and explore the geography. I've always loved maps, too - so this marries both interests.

Recently, I've been reading books on nutrition and the art of cooking, as well as the practice of mindfulness and mindful eating. I read some theology and spirituality, and I love poetry. I picked up a book of Madeleine L'Engle's poetry after coming across a wonderful excerpt of one of her poems in another book. That then led me to start re-reading "A Wrinkle in Time" - a juvenile classic of hers that I hadn't read since my daughters were young. As I look around, I have books on quilting, foundation piecing and the art of color stacked in front of me. I won't even start about my Kindle yet!

That's enough for a beginning. Just FYI, I've got my Sparkpage set to "Only Friends Can See This" -- so don't hesitate to make me a friend and I'll friend you back.... I discovered that one of my SP blogs came up in a Google search on mindful eating, and it kinda creeped me out - so I'm in a mode of trying to keep things a tiny bit more private if I can. Thanks for understanding.

I'll see you around the thread, and look forward to being a part of this team.







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I have my Kindle!!!!! I think I'm in love. I haven't bought books for it yet, but I have a bunch of free ones. Mostly Jane Austen, right now, plus Dracula and Sherlock Holmes. My first goal is to start putting books on that I already have, and slowly whittle down my hard copy library. I won't get rid of them all, maybe about a third.

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Bryson: he's great. When I grow up, I wanna write just like he does, lol...
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Third from the top of my pile...'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson, recommended and loaned by a neighbour. Now, I'm really eager to read it.


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I keep telling him - when we move, the books are going. That's non-negotiable. The TV on the other hand...
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Oh yeah! Starhawk and Dave Barry. omg...have you read "Robot in Your Colon" by him? I laughed so hard tears ran down my leg ( read that somewhere heeheehee )

I do love foolishness. We take life, and ourselves, way too seriously!

I also have little use for TV. DH is a junkie, but he's got it set up with a media center and so many gadgets (each with its own remote) that I have absolutely no idea how to turn it on or use it. Which is fine with me, actually. I just wish I could remove this dang 60" monstrosity and put up BOOKSHELVES!!!!
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A very brief intro as I'm at work and in the middle of stuff.

My name is Rae, and I am a bibliophile from waaaaaaayyyyyy back. I also love anything nostalgic. My computer at home is very slow so I may not be on as often as I would like.

More later!!!

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Yaaay to NO TELEVISION! I haven't had one for 4 years - oh except for a little portable in the closet that I have to find a place to recycle. I don't think it works... So more accurate to say I haven't watched it for over 4 years. And yes, I do watch movies on the computer sometimes - the most recent, on YouTube, was It Might Get Loud - Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White discussing music and the electric guitar and it's fantastic! but a movie on the computer or in the theaters maybe 2/year. On the one hand not watching TV frees a tremendous amount of time; on the other it separates me from the mainstream culture around me - at work I'm kind of an odd duck, cant discuss Dancing with the Stars or The Bachelor. It leads to more individualized, independent thinking. I hope. And more time for books...



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Denise - welcome to Spark 'n' the team! Your reading tastes: in a word, WOW!

Grace - when the kids were little, the only television we had was a teeny-tiny 9x9 that was actually made for trailers and RVs. They still don't own televisions, and they are in their 30s now, so I guess it never had much value, lol... We have one, but it belongs to Himself, and truth be told, I don't even know how to turn it on, let alone find a channel / program.
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Hmmm. I'm starting to wish all the people on this team lived on my block so I could entice them over for coffee and long conversations...or long silences while we read around the wood stove and look out at the snow and the birdfeeder. I wonder how many people in this group live without TV. I haven't had one since 1999 though I do watch movies on my computer sometimes.

I've been coming to SP for nearly a year so have figured out how to use the site with some degree of proficiency. If you need any help with anything please let me know. I also used to be a ceramic artist (and hope to be again before I shuffle off this mortal coil) and I lived in Oregon for ten years. I dream of getting back there one day to visit friends in Portland, Salem, Newport and the Grants Pass area. I want to go camping up the Umpqua again and rafting on the Deschutes.

I was so excited by your reading/author list that I forgot my manners and neglected wishing you welcome. I have such rough edges. OH! Garrison Keillor. I must dig out 'We Are Still Married' and read it again. Hardly anyone makes me laugh the way he can. Thanks for reminding me.

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Greetings, all -
My name is Denise. This is my first SparkTeam. I'm stumped thinking how to introduce myself... Books? Good place to start. I am a reader and passionate about good writing. I love books - the physical thing, an actual bound pile of paper pages - but what I most love about the book is the story it brings me. So I will read e-books too. Wonderful writers - T. H. White! The Once and Future King is a great book. All of Ursula Le Guin. Marilynn Robinson! Susanna Clark! Garrison Keillor. I love Tolkien and C S Lewis of course - and Edward Eager. Natalie Goldberg, Robert Pirseg, Starhawk, Barbara Kingsolver, Peter Beagle, Neil Gaiman. Right now I'm reading an old book by Dave Barry, from the 1980s. Because I need to laugh more... Poets Pablo Neruda, Ranier Maria Rilke, Wislawa Szymborska, Miroslav Holub... I'm leaving some folks out... will remember them for next post probably. I do love Shakespeare and know big chunks of a couple plays and some of the sonnets. How rich we are, how fortunate to be able to read these writers! What else? I will be 60 in February and hope to retire at 62. My work gets more stressful every day & these last 2 years look very long and bleak. I think I'm burned out. I am in good health but was a chubby kid and got fat in my 20s. About 14 years ago I topped out at 310 lbs. Since then I have been losing weight little by little, gaining a bit, losing again. Still 262 lbs, so losing half my body weight would not be amiss. I'm new to Sparkpeople and slowly building up my optimism. I'm happily single, an introvert, a ceramic artist and tentative writer. Is that enough to get on with? I look forward to getting to know everyone!



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Hi, i am Ben.
If anything, I am totally an eclectic reader. I read everything from good sci-fi, biographies, history, and the great classics. I've read enough junk to realise that reading a bad book is like watching a bad movie. You wonder why did I waste my time with that.

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I am Libby. 51 years old. Living in Johannesburg with my soon to be 18 year old daughter (I have always lived in South Africa but not always in Johannesburg). I work for myself doing primary media policy/development/gender research on commission. Luckily I have survived on this now for five years and can therefore read over tea breaks and lunch breaks (or whenever I fancy taking a break). Since I was a child I preferred escaping inside a book rather than exercise - much to the frustration of my little sister, who was the only non-reader in a family of book lovers. The books that stand out for me from those years are Anne of Green Gables, The Faraway Tree, Pippi long Stocking.... I loved reading all of these to my daughter when she was small. Writers/books that have had a great impact on me in different times of my life..... Alice Walker, Toni Morrisson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Ondaatje, Simone de Beauvoir, Eduardo Galeano, Barbara Kingsolver, ee cummings, Sylvia Plath..... and I know I am leaving lots and lots out....
I drag myself off to exercise whenever I can. The classes I love and don't feel are a drag are yoga and any dance classes (depending on the music). ...

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Oh yes! I absolutely *love* Joseph Campbell. Those interviews were priceless. I have a couple of his books (can't remember which ones now) which are also excellent.

I reread Tolkien a lot. I never cared for The Hobbit originally. It seemed like a "kid's book" at the time, and I was compelled to read it by a 6th grade teacher who had other issues with me. I was determined to hate it, and I did. Then I stumbled upon Lord of the Rings and I had an epiphany! lol When I went back to The Hobbit, I discovered I didn't really dislike it at all. It hasn't the depth (IMO) of LotR, but it's still a good read. I've tried to work my way through The Silmarillion, but I haven't gotten all the way through yet. I don't know why it seems a tougher read to me. I have many of the subsequent "historical" or background books he produced, but I'm stuck on trying to get through The Sil. At my age, I suppose I'd better get over that sooner rather than later! haha

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I was a cat person while I was a restauranteur because I worked such long hours. Then I retired from the restaurant/catering business and now I board dogs in my home and foster rescue dogs and have one very elderly kitty who sleeps a lot. The first time I saw a Viszla on the Westminster Dog Show I thought it was the most beautiful dog I'd ever seen. I love all breeds.

My first memory of reading was voraciously devouring every Nancy Drew book in our school library and then, out of desperation, trying the Hardy Boys. They were a disappointment to me. I had a wonderful teacher in third grade who read Charlotte's Web aloud to us. I still pick it up and read it again from time to time. Then I had the most amazing teacher of my life my senior year of high school who taught psychology, French, sex education and an advanced English class for students who intended to go on and study English at university (which I did). She also read aloud to us!!! She read Sidhartha, The Little Prince and The Art of Loving by Eric Fromm. I already loved language, writing and reading but that teacher, Doris Whalen, did much to ensure that they became lifelong passions for me. I was also a solitary child and spent many, many hours reading. I read the Tolkien books the first time in 1968 and then again every year in the winter for about 10 years running. Now I still re-read the Hobbit every few years. I will be 62 in March. I read all sorts of literature from non fiction to plays to poetry to the classics. My favourite play is Hamlet. My favourite poet is E.E. Cummings. My favourite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird. Exotec I am wondering if you have read or listened to one of my heros...Joseph Campbell. Bill Moyers did some fantastic interviews with him for PBS. He was a professor at Sarah Lawrence for many years, wrote several books. It's difficult to describe exactly what he was. He had a passion, love and great respect for all the religions, creation stories and spiritual paths of all peoples. I think you would find his teachings interesting.

Thanks for starting the group, Natalie. I'm planning to hunker down and do lots of reading this winter. We're snowed in. Again. What better to do when the world is white than curl up by the fire with a good book and a cup of tea? I have a bichon and a papillon curled up in my lap. They are good cuddlers but I've never met a dog that could hold a candle to a cat when it comes to napping.

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Among my earliest memories are asking my grandmother and great-grandmother to "read me a story!" And they did, frequently. I remember the thrill of learning to read when I started school, and the first I-can-read-it-myself book I borrowed from the library. I was 6 the Christmas Seuss published "The Cat In The Hat."

That's a long-winded way of saying - I don't remember a time when books didn't have a large role in my life.

My tastes are varied and wide, including most genres, the gamut of cultures, and works from just about any era of history. But my reading is somewhat random, and I'm picky. I regard literature the same way I regard paintings - I know what I like.

Thanks, Natalie, for setting up this team - timely, hon, very timely.

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I am a retired Special Education Teacher. I love cats and books!

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Oh boy! I’m so excited by this new group!

@ GREASYJOAN ~
thank you so much for opening the forum. I have high hopes!
I’m 54 and have always loved books. I was an only child, with parents who encouraged me to read, which I took to quite avidly. Books are worlds. I live in Florida (born and raised: a dying breed!). I have had several cats, but lost the last one a bit over a year ago. I still miss him terribly, and hope to refill that abyss in my life soon.

@ POPSY190 ~
Your reading group sounds awesome! I’m reminded of some recent memories of favorite childhood books. I’d discarded so many of them when I “grew up”…but for whatever reason (second childhood?) I’ve recently decided I still want some of them around me, and have begun collecting favorites. I only have half a dozen or so at the moment. That may be enough. Then, on the other hand, how many are “enough” when it comes to books?!?

and Oh! CRABADA!!!
You encourage me with your studies! I hope we might be able to discuss those themes in an educational setting, without having to change anybody’s views! What a remarkable find. Huckleberry sounds marvelous. Big dogs don’t realize they aren’t lap cats. I’m a vet tech by profession (retired now), and I always loved Vizslas and Weimaraners and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Well, so many breeds. So many “unbreeds,” no-breeds… those can be the best. I’m a cat person, but I started out with a beautiful pale German Shepherd who I was convinced was my brother (see my Spark page!), and not necessarily in a figurative sense! I just love animals in general. Even the unloved ones most people don’t care for.

I read all sorts of stuff too. I've been reading some nutrition / diet oriented books and posting reviews in Wheat Belly and the Atkins forums, but I read a LOT of other things. I'm pretty forlorn in having no one to talk with about them. Perhaps some other "eclectic readers" will help fill that void.

I have a very short list of books I really liked and recommend to other bookophiles.
Down To A Sunless Sea (David Graham)
Passage (Connie Willis)
The Hot Zone
Hanta Yo (Ruth Beebe Hill)

Probably my favorite author is Tolkien for style. I love language, and so did he. His attention to that, and the worlds he created, are probably the biggest attraction for me. The stories are good, yes. But it's the style I love.

I like nonfiction, too. I get on binges with things... right now I'm on a theology track. This entails reading lots of what appears to others to be religious texts. I'm not religious, though. Spiritual, yes. Religion interests me only in terms of its historical basis. This may be what puts people in my "circles" off: they are leery of some sort of evangelism, which is the very last thing on my agenda. But it's a topic many people steer far clear of, which I find a shame.

I've been getting into the science of nutrition, due to trying to lose weight and seeing how we've been led astray. This is another topic which causes some consternation amongst friends and especially family, most of whom still are under the misguided notions of the SAD. Alas. But I have a lot of books on the subject, some popular and some technical. Some just neat foodie books!

I love MBTI personality typing. I love science. I love animals and nature. I read some popular fiction, although I trend toward medical or crime or science sorts. I have read a few "historical" books, although they seem a lot alike to me, just the names and specifics change. I like a new and surprising viewpoint. Dan Brown drives me crazy (in a good way), by leading you down dead end after dead end, and then finally resolving his tale in most unexpected ways. I've had a run at the paranormal genre, and I like it okay. I prefer it to be something that promotes the reader to question the feelings under their immediate reaction, though. I liked the Anne Rice series, up to a point. I liked Twilight, for that matter, although I didn't want to and didn't really expect to! LOL But it was okay. The current rash of paranormals goes a bit far afield for me now. I keep picking at it. I like imaginative works that get you thinking. I loved Anne McCaffrey's dragons!

I am so looking forward to interacting with this group. I hope we get a big membership.


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I'm Courtney, and it probably goes without saying that I'm also an avid reader. As I mentioned in my first book list post, I'm currently in graduate school - working towards a Master's in Religious Studies and Philosophy - so a lot of my reading for the next few months will be academic. I really enjoy it, but it is a different kind of reading.

In my down time, I like to read everything from current literary fiction to classics to mysteries to non-fiction. I'm kind of all over the place.

Hopefully you'll let me stay in the group once you find out that I have a dog! He's a 50 lb. Vizsla named Huckleberry (after Finn, of course - there's a picture in my photo gallery), but that doesn't mean he doesn't like to sit in my lap while I read, just like your cats! :)

Natalie, I was an English Literature major as an undergrad, so you're a woman after my own heart! Thanks for starting this group.

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Thank you, Natalie, for starting this group. I organise a monthly reading group and the only requirement for membership is that you should be prepared to speak about your reading for the month! We have had memories of children's books, extracts about historic earthquakes, on-line articles as well as novels, and all kinds of non-fiction. Great fun.
I am Penny (Penelope) and I, too love reading - books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets . . . . The only thing I do NOT like reading is captioning in films; it leads to exhaustion and headaches for me!
I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and have 2 cats plus a stray who won't have us! What is it about books and cats that they so often go together with people?

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You can write an introduction here if you are so inclined.

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.

My name is Natalie and I am 62 years old. I love reading -- so much so, that I teach English literature. I live in central Ohio and have been married 40 years. I am a quintessential cat lady and after Sparking and exercising, there's nothing I love better than reading with a congenial cat in my lap and a mug of strong Lapsang Souchong tea by my side.

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