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That is kind of cool, though it's a pity it's not available as an option. My kindle doesn't handle sound at all, so I don't bother with the audible books etc. Though there are times when it's tempting, as I like listening to audio books when I walk (especially on the treadmill, which is BORING) but since I can't synch it, I only have a few audio books and the only one I've listened to so far is Sherlock Holmes short stories on my ipod (and it doesn't remember where I stopped when I switch over to listening music, so I don't know that I will ever listen to anything else. At least a short story I can start and finish on the same walk).

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I bought an Amazon Fire tablet (HDX 8.9). I have yet to use it for ebooks as I have an older regular Kindle, I have used the Fire for video and I wanted to use it for "Immersion Reading" which plays the audiobook from Audible along with the ebook from Amazon on the tablet at the same time, with synchronization and highlighting. That is what I do anyway with a printed book and my iPod. It really helps me with memory and concentration.

I downloaded "Voyager" from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and it automatically started to download the audiobook from Audible because I own that too. My problem is that the DSL here is so super slow that the audiobook download takes every bit of the bandwidth so I have to stop it and do the downloading overnight, it takes 3 hours or more to download the one book. There are 4 more books in this Outlander series that I own this way, so I guess I will have to deal with them one at a time, both to save space on the device and for convenience of the downloads. I don't own that many Audible copies along with the ebook from Amazon too, usually I get the audio from the library or somewhere and follow along in a paperback, but Outlander wasn't available on audio from the library. I own enough of them with both copies at Amazon though for this to be a minor problem, since there doesn't seem to be a way to shut off the automatic download of the audio content if I own it when I access the ebook. It is a neat option, if it were optional.


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I just recently joined my local library, though I haven't had much of a chance to explore anything beyond it's e-book selections. It's been a really long time since I belonged to a library, but it looks like there's a branch nearby, so it's convenient, and I know from other people in town that it's a pretty good system. But even when I haven't used the local libraries much myself, I always try to do my best to support them because I think they are really valuable in a community. I'm kind of excited about having access to a library again, though, especially since most of my books are still in boxes.

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Tsundoku! That's me! While I worked as a university librarian, which is very different in many ways from being a public librarian, I remain an active patron of my library. I understand that the two biggest bottom lines are money and space. There are a lot of great internet data bases that used to take up a lot of space. But I think a lot of people don't have the time or the wherewithal to get to know them. I do not ever take my librarian for granted. It's a decent library for a mid-sized city, and they do have Interlibrary Loan resources.

A couple of moves over the years have led me to sort out my private book collection and while I still have tons of books I have not read, I also have a lot of old favorites that I reread or just want to have at my fingertips.

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I think I will read my books too, it is my intention, even if I do hoard a lot of them. I have not counted them all or how many days straight I would have to read to do that though.

I think the role of the library has changed over time, it had a particular function and now serves a different function in order to justify tax revenue. Maybe. I had a large selection of CDs and DVDs to pick from and borrow within walking distance at my local library in the city. I didn't know why the library was trying to be a Compact Disc store or if they were encouraging people to borrow and rip music to their computer, or what exactly the role of having a music library like that would be. I suppose if you were in charge of balancing funds that could either go for books or CDs you might choose something other than what is being chosen.

I don't know, my current local library in this tiny town I live in now doesn't have the budget to pay for books, or space to house them, or for the librarian to be there every day, they are open only 4 days a week. I have been in there twice. I think they might have a computer or two for residents to use, and a staff of one person. A library in a nearby town is trying to expand and moving to a newer location, they are more of what I would consider a useful library, but the drive to check out or return items defeats the purpose for me, I may as well just buy used books as spend the gas money to travel there.

The library is something I very much miss since moving to the country from the downtown of a medium sized city. If you have a good one, support it, do not take it for granted.



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Clara, I love my Kindle for travel, and I can read my kindle books on my phone, which is convenient if I find myself twiddling my thumbs somewhere unsuccessfully. But as I only read one fiction book at a time, if I'm not actively reading a book on the kindle, I tend to read non-fiction material that way.

Clara, I can sympathize on the ambivalence about how libraries are used. On the one hand, the internet is increasingly a valuable resource and there are many people still who's only access to the internet is through public libraries. The internet is not only useful for research, like what I do, but also for things like finding jobs etc. But libraries have finite resources and space for everything they invest in one area, something else has to give. One of the reasons I got discouraged from using libraries for my fiction is that I got frustrated with the library selling/getting rid of books I wanted to read. Better to own my own copy so that I can reread it whenever I want to. That said, I'm loving having access to e-books via the local library and I am grateful to live in an area with a really good public library system, as well as access to a major university library.

Doug, yeah, I like the term Tsundoku. Though I do read my books... eventually. But the to-be-read pile (virtual and theoretical more than real at the moment, since my books are all electronic or in boxes at the moment) is still pretty mountainous.




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I did buy a membership to the Free Library of Philadelphia for $50/year because it offers me access to e-books and audiobooks, and is one of the only libraries that allow non-residents to buy a library card. It has saved me the $50 and then some in costs for getting newer releases I might not find at a used store or a flea market, compared to buying those same books outright on my Kindle. The wait list can be a hassle though...

I moved from a city to the country and lost my local library. The one we have here in this tiny town is a one room hole-in-the-wall, part of a underfunded local cooperative. I can request books from inside the network and have them delivered to my library to pick up, but what is available in that one room has kept me from even getting a card. The online e-book/audiobook selection I browsed is a joke. What I left was a large selection, about half the size of the FLP's offerings; Philly serves a large community and their library system is excellent. I don't regret joining FLP, and my book reading is about half and half, physical books vs e-books (from that library). Anything longer than 400 pages I won't borrow though, since I don't want a "quota" to read per day to get done on the library time schedule.

I have a list of books to buy in a word processor document, it is several pages long, if I run across a deal on one of the books on the list at a used book sale I will buy it. I checked and marked the ones I can get from the FLP, but with the longer ones I'm still looking to buy it instead. I guess book hoarding is one of my vices, it is an inexpensive hobby the way I do it though. The Japanese call it Tsundoku, it means buying books and not reading them, letting them pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands. I would add "on Kindles" as well.

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Doug, Zanna, Natalie, Thank you for participating.

Zanna, I am also on the BLC (recommended by Natalie). I am a Honey Badger. At first I thought it would be an adorably cute animal but they seem to be little teethy savages.

I have a Kindle that I use often when I am away from home. In fact, I carry it with me just in case I might have 5 minutes here or there when---heaven forfend---I am left to twiddle my thumbs. I have loaded up my Kindle with a lot of books that are out of copyright so that they are mostly free or cost very little.

I use the library a lot and I still buy books, although we do not have any independent book sellers around. Sometimes I worry about book overload, though. Sometimes I find myself reading 10 books at a time and I certainly cannot carry that off.

I like my book clubs but I do take breaks from them. I would guess I participate on the average 8 or 9 months a year--because they do 12 months a year.

As an ex-librarian, I have many conflicted feelings about how during my career, the libraries have moved to a vast repository of DVDs, CDs, computer services. I would be in favor of the entire thing except that a lot of good books go unpurchased or are weeded out of collections prematurely.

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Natalie, it's good to have you back, even on a limited basis. What team are you on? I'm on CAMO.

I still enjoy paperback, and I certainly like that I can borrow/lend them easily. But I do like the fact that I can carry a small library in something about the size of a trade paperback (which has been useful for me since I have spent so much of the last 7 years away from home) and we ran out of shelf space ages ago. Since I tend to keep/reread books (on average, if I recall correctly, about 25% of the books I read in a given year are re-reads) something had to give--and e-books was a compromise. I agree I dislike paying full price for an e-book. I do think that the author and editors etc. still deserve to get paid for the book, but publishers don't need to pay for shipping, warehousing, etc., so it doesn't make sense to me to pay full price for an e-book. Most of my books I have gotten on sale--I use book bub to find out about books that I might be interested in that are on sale; I will have to look for the kindle forums--though every now and then I'll break down and pay more, usually before vacations. The downside of buying books based on being massively on sale--typically less than $2--is that I have a bunch of books by authors I know little about, and few by authors that are favorites. I have found some really good new authors this way... but have sifted through a lot of average or even blah novels in the process.

I confess I rarely use libraries, though that may change now that I can borrow e-books. In the past, getting books and returning them was a big hassle because the library wasn't easy to get to (not sure how accessible the library is to our new home), and I prefer to read books on my time, not the library's time (which is why I tend to buy books but might not read them for months or longer... depends on what I'm in the mood for at any given time. This is also why I stopped participating in book clubs. When reading becomes something I *have* to do rather than *want* to do, it adds to my stress levels and isn't enjoyable anymore). Despite that, I'm a huge believer in libraries and in supporting libraries, and I have depended heavily on libraries for my research (both personal and for grad school).

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Hello,
I am returning but perhaps on a limited basis. The BLC has just started up and I want to participate; I need to participate. I will visit here occasionally.

Zanna, I hope you like your new house.

Catfish, I am sorry you do not have a good local library. I am really dependent on mine for all types of books. I read a lot.

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I don't have a good local library. I rarely buy new books and never pay list price. I have been finding a lot of books from my "list of books to buy at garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores, etc." for the Kindle on sale. My price point is $3.99 for a Kindle book, since it isn't a physical object but only copied bytes in a computer system I can't see paying the prices Amazon and the publishers want for most Kindle books just for the convenience. They cost as much as the real printed book or only a couple of dollars less in many cases, but I can't lend it, donate it, sell it, whatever when I am done.

I have been using the price drop thread over there in the Kindle forum at Amazon to catch deals, before Christmas they ran many sales on new release best sellers below my price point (usually for one day only). Today I found some Ray Bradbury books at reduced prices. Otherwise, if it is an older book, Thriftbooks is where I get it, generally with their sales and discounts I can get a pretty good condition used copy for $3 shipped, and it is mine to keep, loan, sell or donate. My dad reads most of most my books too, and I have some friends who read some of them, so for each purchase the book might be read three times, then donated. I can't share my e-book editions.

I am running out of shelving though.

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Clara, yeah, I'm super grateful for the Kindles! We've been mostly reading Kindle books since we first moved back in May--a lot of our books never did get unpacked from the first move (we've moved 3 times in 6 months)--so it's wearing thin. But it's going to be at least a few more months before we can start putting shelves in the basement. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't keep wanting to read books I know I own but are in a box... somewhere.

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Hang in there, Zannachan. A Kindle will do in all sorts of emergencies. I know about the new house syndrome and it can be dreadful. Keep on getting better.

I give my books to the local library. They still seem to want them so I hope it's not a nuisance.

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Clara, yeah, we are feeling better thankfully though today was still a quiet day. I finished the book I was reading and have made a good dent in the next one.

Doug, I'm so glad that you were able to rescue the books! I've gotten rid of books over the years, but I've never thrown any out. Usually I post a list via email (though I might use facebook now) of the titles I no longer want to keep and people claim them. If I have any left, I donate them to a local library--even if they can't use them, they can sell them to buy books they do want. I'm not familiar with Better World Books but I will keep that in mind because I have a feeling we'll be getting rid of a few books when we are finally able to unpack and shelve our books (we bought a house this fall but until my husband refinishes the basement we have no room to unpack books. Which is driving. me. nuts. For the record, LOL. Thankfully we both have kindles or we'd be really going nuts!)

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Yes, I was gifted books!

My friend moved from Michigan to Texas and he was up here for Christmas, his folks made him take his junk out of their attic while he was here. I didn't know, but among that junk there were several boxes of books. He was going to sort them out now that he is back in Austin, keep a few, and dumpster the rest. I about fell out of my chair! I had him read me the titles he was getting rid of and took maybe 25 or 30 books, which I had him box up and send to me in the postal mail from Texas, which I paid for, $16 to ship Media Mail rate. They arrived today, mostly hardcovers in great condition, a lot of Anne McCaffrey among some others.

The remainder I had him donate to Better World Books donation bin, which I found a listing for online, there is a donation box less than 4 miles from his apartment in Austin. He did that. They resell (recycle) the books, but they claim to donate some of the money to literacy programs and libraries. Anyhow that seemed a better use than sending them the landfill...

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Zannachan, I do hope you and your husband feel better soon. I also prefer the word "goals" and think I should decide which of my goals is most important and which ones I can postpone. I want to put most of my energy towards the healthy/fitness types of goals and allow myself to postpone things that should be done but are not immediately needful.



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Clara, I got some crafting books for Christmas and one paperback that's a reading book. Most of our gifts were of the practical, we-just-bought-a-house variety. Which is appreciated and much needed, but sadly not quite as fun.

I'm refining my new-years goals (I prefer to think of them as goals rather than resolutions, in part because resolutions are too rigid and easily broken, where as goals can be adjusted when life hits the fan). I don't have any specifically reading-oriented goals, but I am focusing right now on de-stressing and relearning how to truly relax, and a big part of that is reading for me. Of course, today neither my husband nor I felt good so we both got a fair amount of reading in! Not to mention relaxing, since that was about all we were capable of.

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How is the new year for everyone? Has anyone made any new year's reading resolutions or received any great new books?



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I am having problems finding enough time to read. I am in the middle of reconsidering my life and how I spend my time. I need to increase exercise and cooking good food and decrease just turning on the tv news and sitting there. I also would like to maintain my level of reading.

I have been spending a lot of time in the annual tradition of Christmas cards and letters. That is only a once a year thing. I want to begin the New Year with a path towards health and balance.

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Fingers crossed. She is missed.

Are people finding time to read? I pretty much read at least some no matter how busy I am, but I'm not finding a lot of time to read right now and I miss it.

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I am encouraging her. My hope is that she will be interested in the book discussion and also we talk about health, food, exercise, all the time and I know that she will want to get herself together. In fact, I will call her this evening.

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Clara, that makes sense to me. I think I would hate starting over on spark points, especially for a reason like hers, where others made me feel uncomfortable returning under my former id. I'm glad that she'll be coming back, though, and that she'll let us know what her new id will be if she does change.

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I am very sorry. Natalie has dragged me, kicking and screaming, into the quest for better health and a sane weight. She has encouraged me, listened to me, been by my side, been open and never judgmental. My own personal project is to get her to return here and also to commit to the Spark Program myself.

It might take time. I will let you know, however, that she might come back under a different name. She would let this group know because it is the group she started and she feels proud of that. Although I am about 800 miles away from her we do talk right now almost every day and she is asking about this group. I do not think that she will cut the ties forever: in fact, right how her big decision is whether to return as her old self or to start a new account. It may seem silly to some of you and she thinks it is silly, but she really cares about all of her Spark Points and does not want to throw them out.

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I am also sorry that Natalie is leaving, she was the first person to welcome me to this team, and I have enjoyed her comments and blogs. I think it is terrible that she is leaving under such conditions, and please let her know she will be missed.

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I'm so sorry that Natalie is leaving, and for such awful reasons. I always enjoyed her comments here and on my spark page, and I'm sorry that she was so badly treated. I will miss her. emoticon If you have a way of contacting her, please let her know that I miss her and hope that some day she comes back.

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I appreciate the comments and suggestions. I am going to try to get more active here. Natalie, Adagio, is leaving Spark People because of deep emotional reasons. She was badly bullied and is licking her wounds. Let us hope she is not licking too many other things.

How does this sound:
More book related questions
More mini book reviews
A couple of reading challenges

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That might work. If not about a specific book, then a book related question, like asking questions like what's our favorite book, what character we most identify with, if we prefer ebooks to paper books or vice versa and why, whatever.

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Maybe a quarterly book discussion?

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Honestly, I'm not sure how to rally people. I know that I am starting to get more active again--I got less active because of grad school and then was super busy this summer moving (moved 3 times in 6 months!) though I'm not yet done with moving--probably won't be until sometime in December.

I don't really need/want this team to be another healthy lifestyle fitness team--I have other teams for that. I come here to unwind and talk about books. So maybe something to generate discussion on books?

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Hello everyone! I would welcome any suggestions as to ways to make this team a success. I see that people have not been posting frequently. I suspect that a lack of leadership plus the inevitability that working on a diet/exercise program has most people very busy.

So what can we do to rally the troops?

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I started re-reading the Harry Potter books, in part because I joined the Hogwarts Challenge team (which has been a lot of fun so far, though "challenge" is a good word for it, LOL) and realized how much I 1) had forgotten about the Potterverse and 2) how much I missed it. I haven't read the books since the last one came out, and I haven't read the earlier books in even longer.

I am also somewhat amused that for once my memory/perception of the books are more heavily influenced by the movies than the other way around--I'm not sure why as that NEVER happens. I certainly don't read the Lord of the Rings with movie Legolas's voice in my head etc.! But that's the case of the Harry Potter books--for nearly all the characters. It's a little disconcerting. But I am enjoying the books quite a bit, and they are a good stress-reliever from packing to move (which is a nightmare, especially since both my husband and I are readers and even with our kindles we still have thousands of books to pack and move!!! Every time I think I've packed them all, I find another stash hidden somewhere.)

(We just bought our first home... which I'm super excited about, but our books have been mostly boxed since May.... and won't be unpacked until after we refinish the basement, since that's where we ended up having to put a good chunk of our library. I miss having access to our books, though I'm grateful for the kindles more than ever, it's not the same).

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Interesting comments on "Silver Star". I have been reading a lot and the only big note I have to make is that I am feeling compelled to read more history. Right now I have just started Molly Keane's "Devoted Ladies" (1934). It's quite mordant.

I have started the book: "His Excellency: George Washington" by a guy named Joseph Ellis;
I am reading a cozy mystery about a bookstore for before I go to bed.

For work I am reading a lot of assorted poetry: in both of my classes we are doing major poetry units. I reread the excellent "Mrs. Bridge" and "Mildred Pearce" for one class--just to take a look at two housewives during the American 1930's.

I am also reading/reviewing a number of cookbooks that I got from the library. I need to do more, better cooking and add a variety of flavors to my repertoire. It's not easy because I find cooking somewhat boring, but I must do it.

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Update: read Jeanette Walls Silver Star. Thought it was a waste of time, and that it would not have been published at all had she not made her name with her other books. To be fair, I will give those a try.

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Sounds like a good plan! It's frustrating when books make me crave food--especially junk foods--though.

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I am reading some virtuous literature for school so have started a new "thriller" called "The Stranger on the Train" by Abbie Taylor for "comic" relief from reality. So far I am very happy to say that it works for me more than my unwarranted and absurd fantasies about certain salty junk foods.

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This is encouraging....I have her The Silver Star on my Kindle but have been dancing around it, as I too am not a fan of memoir. Maybe I will give it a try.

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I read "The Glass Castle" and was very impressed with the stamina and the achievements of the author and some of her siblings. I don't always like memoirs, but this one was riveting.

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I loved the Glass Castle! read it last year.... Read her other one Half Broke Horses about her grandmother which I also loved.

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It should be awesome. It's a great city, my husband is already loving the new job, and we have a ton of great friends in the area and it's a city I know pretty well, which is why we've been wanting to move there for so long. We're both tired from being pretty socially isolated, and with this job my husband has a short easy commute rather than a long stressful one into Detroit. So all good things. But the upheaval has made this a crazy summer. We never seem to have what we want in the city we're actually in, and a lot of our stuff was never even unpacked--making it even harder to find things (is it in a box or is it at the other apartment?!?) not to mention expensive with 2 residences with utilities etc. But we found a house faster than I expected, to be honest, and we'll (knock on wood) be closing on it soon, and I'm super excited about the house.

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Zanna! What a lot of upheaval and disruption! And I hope that all of it turns out to be excellent...

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Wow, okay, I knew I was behind on my spark teams but I hadn't realized quite how badly.... Guess I am not really surprised because my last year of grad school was basically two full years worth of work crammed into one. But I graduated, and walked, and now am trying to get used to the idea that I'm not a student any more. We also had decided that with my husband's promotion/raise in February to move into a bigger apartment, so we'd signed a lease on a new apartment and committed to the move. The good news is that the day I walked my husband was given a fantastic job offer... in a city that we've been wanting to move back to for years. Which is great, except that we had to move, and then he started working 90 miles away so we ended up staying with friends for a couple of weeks while we hunted for a small local apartment (yes, we currently have 2 apartments), bought a new van because our van died, and are in the process of buying a house. We are half unpacked from our first move, stuff is split between two different cities, and it's been crazy.

I've been reading a lot of kindle books.

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I've been away for a bit. We spent most of the summer travelling which had its delights and its distractions. I put 200 books on my Kindle and then I decided that was simple TOO compulsive, so I added 2 more so it would not be a "round number".

Mostly, however, they were 19th century novels that cost nothing.

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Good luck, Zanna! You can do it! Yes, you can and you will!

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It's been awhile since I've stopped in here because I've been buried up to my eyeballs in end of semester revisions of my dissertation.... I'm barely functioning at this point.

But I did want to share the two most recent books I've read.

The first is Ridiculous by D. L. Carter. It was described as a non-traditional regency romance because the leading lady disguises herself as a man in order to provide for her family. Definitely non-traditional, but a TON of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this one--highly entertaining, with a lot of humor.

I'm currently reading a YA fantasy novel called The Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker, and I'm also thoroughly enjoying this one so far (and I'm 90% of the way through it). Basically, the main character is the younger sister of sleeping beauty, and because her elder sister had been cursed to prick her finger etc., she had been given the "gift" of no magical gifts at all--in fact, magic doesn't work on her, and her presence actually negates magic. So when her sister pricks her finger, the younger sister is left awake...and goes on a quest to try to wake her sister. It's a lot of fun, touches on a number of fairy tales, and reminds me a bit of Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

Both were impulse purchases because they were on sale for the Kindle, and I'm very happy with both of them.

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I am just finishing THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls. It's a memoir of growing up in one of the most dysfunctional families one could imagine.

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I'm sorry I have not chatted here in a couple of weeks. Things have been very busy at work.

I'm still reading a lot--I tried a James Patterson mystery, but decided I did not really like his style very much. I am currently reading "My Life in Middlemarch" by Rebecca Mead, which is enjoyable. It seems to be part of a new spate of autobiographies/literary criticism light. I rather like the genre but it is much more the long quotations from the original novels that appeal to me.


Has anyone been tempted to read the Greek or Roman classics beyond school? I am intrigued. I dismissed such reading long ago and now want to return to it.

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Welcome to our new members! How is everyone doing? I am finally getting my eating plan stabilized.

Does anyone have any new books to recommend? I am in the midst of "Where Have You Gone, Bernadette" which seems hilarious so far. I think I would be very much like her----if I had money. Not having money keeps me grounded I guess.

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hoo, I don't think I could do that... having to wait until I lost a pound to read another book. I typically read a new book every 2-3 days and I am doing well if I lose a pound a week. Reading keeps me sane. But if it motivates you, more power to you!

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Curtiosity: I may have will power, but not to be able to read another book until I lose another pound would be a very tough one for me. So, I applaud your resolve!!! You can do it!!!

But... with your last comment about the Kindle (not a fan, I guess!) -- maybe you could put this addendum on your plan: If you don't lose X-pounds by X-date, you'd have to read all your books for a year on a Kindle. Would that be an even greater motivation?? Just teasing! emoticon

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I am by nature not much of a chatter. This day I must tell all.

I returned my 17 library books today and most were unread. For me, this was a scandalous first if ever there was one.

I have now filled my bag with books that friends have lent me, including a signed copy of David Burns' How Music Works; a spectacular catalog filled with essays as well as images from The Interwoven Globe, The Worldwide Textile Trade 1500-1800 from a recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York - my interest is particularly piqued by the unacknowledged subtext of this catalog which of course is the African slave trade and the concurrent global influence of African textile patterns; several collections of essays, including John Sullivan's Pulphead; José Donoso's The Obscene Bird of Night, and Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose.


My 2014 resolution to loose a pound for every book I read can be misleading. The truth is, if I have not lost the pound by the end of the book, no new book until I do. Novels, get thee behind me!!! However... I just read a blog by someone who was dismayed for having dropped 2 pounds in one day. Should that happen to me, I have Terry Pratchett's Dodger and Muriel Barbery's Gourmet Rapsody tucked way down at the bottom of the bag, gleaming like 2 Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffles. % )

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Doris Lessing earlier this month. I have found her work to be of enormous worth to me personally. R.I.P. May her pages ever softly turn.
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Pat, yeah I don't post my list here either--but I keep it on my phone, and I like being able to look back at what I've read in the year. I list novels, novellas, collections of short stories, and manga--it never occurred to me to also list craft books etc, though. I do like the idea, though!

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Hi all -
I guess I'm not the only one who hasn't been regular on the Chat thread! Happy New Year, one and all!

I just wanted to say that even though I don't check in here all that often, I'm grateful to this team for getting me started in 2013 listing every book I read. I didn't put them all in my list on this thread, but kept another document listing ones I completed, ones I started, and ones I perused. (For example, my quilting and beading books: I don't exactly "read" them. I peruse, consult, get inspired, etc., but they fall in a different category for me, somehow.)

So, team, THANK YOU emoticon for that!!

Now - on to a new year of reading and Sparking!

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I finally finished what will hopefully be the hardest semester of my grad school experience (since I only have one more semester and I don't have that much left in me, LOL) and have been catching up a bit... on sleep, on rest, on some of my sparks teams, with friends and family, and of course that giant TBR (to be read) stack that I haven't had much time to read in months! Currently I'm reading The Time Traveler's Wife... which I am embarrassed to admit I borrowed from a friend back in... June...

I spent most of yesterday actually breaking up some of my collections on my Kindle because they had gotten unwieldy (I just don't have the patience to browse through 66 pages to find a book I want to read!) and it took forever (I ended up having to do them individually because a lot of the books are free or inexpensive purchases from authors that I'm not familiar with, so I spent a lot of time double checking which new sub category it belonged too. I turned 3 collections into 8... The longest one has 209 items in it and 35 pages, which is still unwieldy--and this is before I buy anything new!--but I can't think of how to break it up further. I also created a new category called TBR for those books that I want to read sooner rather than later (especially ones that I pay full price for!) so that they don't get buried.

And that makes me wonder... how do other people sort their kindle books? Do you bother with collections at all? Do you sort by genre? Do you have a Beloved Bookshelf category? (considering that one for myself) Do you have collections of favorite authors? (another one I'm considering).

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I was saddened today to hear of her death. I don't know if I can claim that the Children of Violence series changed my life, but it certainly kept me steady on the path I was on. So many of my friends shared the thrill of finding Doris Lessing's work, the endless discussions of her characters and their choices, and the encouragement her novels gave us as we struggled to articulate what an authentic life would look like for us.

I remember being on a boat crossing to the Peloponnese in 1977, hovering over a woman who had promised me her dog-eared copy of The Four Gated City, as soon as she finished it. I guarded her diligently to ensure she would not stoop reading, and that the handoff would indeed occur before the boat landed and we went our separate ways. Weeks later, as I reached the end of the book, I felt such a wave of remorse that she had not been able to linger over the final pages!

As her website says: "Goodbye, Doris. We miss you already."

Linda
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Popping in here! My life has been consumed by work. If I can get through the next 3.5 weeks, I will suddenly have a green and fruitful pasture of free time ahead of me. I cannot wait!

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Hi - It's been a while since I've checked in and posted on the Chat thread, and I guess I'm not the only one! It's been a busy fall, and DH and I just got back from a trip to see our granddaughters. Since that meant a round trip driving over 2600 miles, we listed to two long books on tape. Both were John Sandford books (crime novels set in Minnesota with good plots and well-written) with two different protagonists, but they're great to listen to in the car and helped the miles to speed by.

What's up with everyone else?

My name is Pat and I live in Wisconsin...
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