SparkPeople Spark People Eclectic Readers Team Messageboard Let's share our reading lists and our book reviews and recommendations. Any genre is permitted. Let's broaden our reading horizons as we shrink our weight. SparkPeople Spark People Eclectic Readers Team Messageboard Amazon Kindles on sale For Prime members (and who isn't these days) the Kindle e-reader is only $50 today (April 10), $30 off. The Paperwhite Kindle with backlighting is only $80, the regular price of the regular Kindle ($40 off). Not sure how long these prices will last... <BR> <BR> The Voyage is not on sale, and I love my Voyage, would replace it with another if it broke. The differences in the Paperwhite and Voyage though, for $120 more money, would not be worth the upgrade. I bought my Voyage on sale too... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:14:42 EST Top reads of 2017, list yours! As per request, here is a topic where we can list (and talk about) our top reads of the last year. I'm not limiting this to a number of books, talk about as many as you want (because I love to read about good books). <BR> <BR> I chose three for a topic on a Goodreads forum, so here they are in no order: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8706185.Among_Others </link> <BR> Among Others by Jo Walton. I chose this one based on it's awards, having won both Hugo a... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:05:08 EST Hi, I am Doug, the new team leader This is the first team I have ever become the leader in, so be gentle. I'm feeling my way along... <BR> <BR> I enjoy being an eclectic reader of many varied genres of mainly fiction, but my favorites are fantasy and sci-fi, historical fiction, spy thrillers, mysteries, westerns and YA novels. I read most of my books by "immersion reading", which is to listen to the audio book version while following along in the text. I have better retention of what I read later that way, which makes fo... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:04:39 EST Drink Recipes Iced Coffee <BR> <BR> Perk a pot of coffee <BR> Fill a glass up with ice cubes <BR> Sprinkle 3 packets of Sweet-n-Low on ice cubes <BR> Pour coffee in glass <BR> <BR> *especially good w/ flavored coffee! <BR> *a lot cheaper than Starbucks! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:16:12 EST Name A Good Cookbook ALL of the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbooks! Like I said, I love my crockpot! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:11:32 EST Did You Stop Stress Today & Use A Crockpot? I use my crockpot almost every day. Just throw stuff in then voila! dinner is served! <BR> <BR> More peace for work and exercise. <BR> <BR> Share a crockpot recipe if you would like! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:08:41 EST Favorite Workout DVD, CD or Video I have Biggest Loser workout music on CD and it really pumps you up. <BR> <BR> I bought a U2 CD a few days ago @ a thrift store and might use it for in-home walking. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> I am bored with Christian workout music. <BR> <BR> How about you? Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:03:47 EST Favorite Diet or Lifestyle Mediterranean but attempting to turn into a JoAnna M. Lund lifestyle. I am now the team leader of that team also. JoAnna M. Lund simply lost a ton <em>9</em> of weight by adjusting her own cooking. <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:58:28 EST Favorite Book (Subject To Change) Look Great Feel Great by Joyce Meyer. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:10:21 EST Christmas Presents To Give A Reader Flavored coffee! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:04:00 EST Hi I'm Toni Krystina/Lisa I just became a team co-leader. I love all kinds of books & reading devices. I have a Kindle, a Kindle Touch screen, a Kindle app on my Tablet & a reading app from our public library. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 17:48:48 EST List of Books Read in 2015 1. Julius Caesar (Shakespeare) <BR> 2. Teaching Shakespeare <BR> 3. The Red and the Black <BR> 4. The Bostonians <BR> 5. Readicide <BR> 6. The Craft of Revision <BR> 7. The Three Musketeers <BR> 8. Vanity Fair <BR> 9. 1984 <BR> 10. The Origin of Species <BR> 11. The Metamorphoses <BR> 12. The Interpretation of Dreams Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:34:57 EST Discussion: Nabokov short story ! <link><BR>d6ca5c3611bee89ec&dl=8fc3bbf1a1f48ee71b </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:55:06 EST DISCUSSION: ALICE MUNRO: THE BEAR CAME OVER THE<BR>21/the-bear-came-over-the-mountain-2?c<BR>urrentPage=all <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/the-bear-came-over-the-mountain-2?cu<BR>rrentPage=all </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:52:12 EST DISCUSSION: A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND <link><BR>cAsIeTneXd3QzJVSE4wbzg/edit </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:49:11 EST POSSIBLE BOOK DISCUSSION What about it? Is there a book that we can read and discuss? I am open for just about anything. I would like you to let us know if you have any interest. <BR> <BR> Possibilities; <BR> Classic <BR> New Book (but should be in paper or easy to get from library) <BR> Mystery <BR> Thriller <BR> Non-Fiction <BR> Thematic book of some sort <BR> <BR> If this is a first, then it might be a good idea to keep it short. A book that has fewer than 300 pages might be a good starting point. Another i... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:12:09 EST Questions of the month: Book gifts Did you give a book to anyone in December or are you planning to? Perhaps for a birthday or for one of the many winter holidays that coincide in this month? What book did you select? For who? Why? Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:04:18 EST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, 2014 I thought we might make a list of the book or books that most impressed us that we read during the past year. It could be a book from 400 years ago, just one that you read recently. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:02:16 EST Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! Happy 450th to my favorite bard! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:49:02 EST QOTW: April 6-13 What books did you finish this week? What books did you begin? What are you still working on? <BR> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:27:56 EST Good Reads? Is anyone here on Good Reads? I like it as a place to keep track of books I've read and books I want to read. If anyone wants to be friends, just let me know. My Good Reads ID is Doulton. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:38:04 EST QOTW: March 30-April 5 What books did you finish this week? What books did you begin? What are you still working on? Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:11:42 EST QOTW: Question of the Week Let's see if this interests people: <BR> <BR> What have you read this week? What is in your To Be Read pile? Do you have any new recommendations? Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:44:09 EST LISTS OF BOOKS READ IN 2014 You can use this forum to create a list of the books you read this year. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:09:59 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:20 EST Free Downloads It's really easy to find free downloads of all the classics (anything no longer protected by copyright), but do you know Amazon, Baen Books, and probably other major retailers also offer limited-time free downloads of more recent releases? <BR> <BR> Why don't we use this thread to alert each other when we see an interesting offer? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:40:27 EST GMO Rider fails - another "win" for Big Ag <link><BR>o-rider/ </link> <BR> <em>39</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:11:42 EST Gabaldon, Diana Diana Gabaldon is my favorite author. I discovered her several years ago when I was looking for a good juicy read one summer that would take me more than a weekend to finish. Searching online brought me to the Oprah Book Club website forum where a person had written that THE book to read is Outlander and so I did. I have read everything she has written and am anxiously awaiting her next novel due out this year. By far, Outlander and the series is the best, but I also like her Sir John serie... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:01:36 EST story concepts that make ya go .... huh? Many times when I'm reading or watching a movie, I'll come across something that seriously gives me a "huh" moment. Sometimes it manifests as simply an idea I'd never consciously thought about. Other times it's something that makes perfect sense until your brain catches up and says, "hey, wait just a minute!" Then there's the ones some part of your psyche always suspected but buried for you. And there's those perfect little vignettes of joy that go straight to your soul. <BR> <BR> I wonder ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:54:32 EST Getting to know "US" This is an A-B-C list of personal data swiped from GRACEMCDOG. If anybody else wants to share...maybe we can post our versions here. <BR> <BR> Mine follows: <BR> <BR> A - Available or Married: Married 33 yrs (November); together 38 <BR> B - Book: Lord of the Rings series <BR> C - Cake or Pie: pie. Cream pies, preferably, or cheesecake (is that cake or pie?) <BR> D - Drink: flavored teas. Hot cocoa, when my tummy will allow! <BR> E - Essential Item: computer, now. <BR> F- Favorite Color... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:25:51 EST Literary 20 Questions This game works by the first player selecting a person from literature: an author of any kind, or possibly a character. <BR> See if you can pin down the person. <BR> <BR> You can ask 1 question a day for each 20 meal that you eat which is "clean" (your definition of clean will be fine with me) so you get up to three questions a day. If you guess the person within 20 questions, you are the winner. If not, I am the winner. <BR> Questions you might ask include: <BR> Is the person a woman? ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:17:10 EST How do YOU read? A remark was made in the e-book thread about a book creating some nightmares, which the poster usually attributed more to movies than books. This got me to thinking, because when I read, it pretty much *IS* a movie. My mind creates vivid visual vistas. This has always been the case, as far as I can recall. In fact, it gets me into some trouble even in spoken conversations, since little pictures pop up in my mind when people talk to (or around) me. If what they say isn't "correct" (ie, wrong w... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:42:48 EST Am I confused? (Yes! I am!) I see we have a team goal of reading 20 minutes a day. I think I joined that goal, and I think I put it up to alert me...but when I check that page, the only "tracker" I see there is GREASYJOAN. <BR> What happened to me? Am I supposed to be on there? I've got to be missing a step somewhere along the line. <BR> ~v~ Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:54:02 EST Chat, parlottio, bavardage, palaver, schmooze Here's a place to write things that don't seem to fit anywhere else. They may not warrant their own topic or they may just be passing fancies. <BR> <BR> I am about to go out to dinner and am hoping to show virtue and restraint. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:27:13 EST Short Stories Who likes short stories? I've read some remarkable ones. Among the stories that just come to mind are those written by Chekhov, Flannery O'Connor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce ("Dubliners"); RIchard Yates, John Cheever and many others. <BR> <BR> I think Richard Yates is an excellent author who does not get enough attention. If you ever watched the tv show "Seinfeld," Elaine's father is based on the real-life personality and biography of Richard Yates. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:28:17 EST Book News Author Evan Connell has died at age 88. He wrote books in many different genres but the two novels that have received the most critical attention and praise (and even inspired a film) are MRS. BRIDGE (1959) which was followed a decade later by MR. BRIDGE (1969). <BR> <BR> Both books look into the life and consciousness of an upper-middle-class Kansas City country club family and the various kinds of oppressions that they impose on themselves in order to fit in, to be affable, and to be acc... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:00:20 EST Fave book of 2012 - Great thread! perhaps Russell Banks' "Lost Memory of Skin", or Susan Elderkin's "The Voices"... actually, I think the winner would be "Blindness" by Jose Saramago. 2012 is a particularly tough year to pick a fave because I re-read a number of old wonderfuls (when I love a writer, I gorge on their work... hmmmmm, that has an ominous ring given the context) - Annie Proulx, Ian McEwan, Jose Saramago, Penelope Lively and Nicola Barker are a few folks I spent serious time with this past year, plus I discovered ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:01:21 EST Literary Hangman For every 20 minutes of exercise you get each day you get to select a letter--a maximum of three a day and then try to guess the quotation. Then if you have the correct guess, you can either choose to run the next game or ask me to do it on your behalf. <BR> <BR> Here goes---a slash is between words for ease of interpretation. I think it will get easier once we have a guess or two. <BR> <BR> <BR> - - - -, / - - - - - - - / -- / --- / ---- / – / – / ------------ / – / -------, / -- /... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:43:39 EST Name a book starting with THIRD letter of previous I thought it might be fun to have some games--especially for people, like me, who sometimes want to accumulate Spark Points mindlessly. <BR> In this game, you name a book, play, poem, essay, etc. which begins with the THIRD letter of the one previously named. <BR> <BR> For example, <BR> If I begin with MOBY DICK <BR> then I go to.... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:34:24 EST GAIMAN, Neil Any fans? I'm a huge fan and am eagerly awaiting this year's offerings from him! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:19:08 EST philosophy / theology I tentatively open this topic so that I don't get carried away "spilling over" into some of the other threads here. I know this is a contentious subject for some - although I DO NOT intend to make it so! But since it does raise some stress markers for people, I thought it might be prudent to open a separate thread for those interested in such discussions. That way, if you want to jump in, great! if it chafes at you, you can simply abstain. <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I saw a wonderful ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:18:56 EST MOBY DICK by Melville For MOBY DICK fans Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:43:13 EST ULYSSES by James Joyce This is a forum to discuss ULYSSES. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:42:39 EST WAR AND PEACE This is a place to discuss this novel. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:42:05 EST HARDY, Thomas This is a place to discuss poet and novelist Thomas Hardy. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:40:51 EST More than twice What are books you've read more than twice? <BR> With so many books, so little time, a book has to speak to me deeply to re read it. <BR> One I have read multiple times and actually bought multiple times (because I keep giving it to friends) is ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn. It's about a telepathic gorilla who wants to change the world and really gets you thinking. MY ISHMAEL tells a different story of the character over the same time period. I get more from them each time I read them. <BR> I... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:15:03 EST Ebooks or paper books I love my kindle but still get comfort from a paper book. Opinions? <BR> The biggest problem I have with E books is I can't pass them on as easily. <BR> Also, I find it easier to flip back than search. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:10:32 EST Plays, Theatre, Drama I am setting up some discussion boards for specific types of books. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:33:35 EST Poetry I am setting up some discussion boards for individual types of literature. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:32:57 EST Fantasy Books I am setting up some discussion boards for individual kinds of books. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:32:25 EST FLYNN, Gillian I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:30:52 EST KING, Stephen I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:29:16 EST AUSTEN, Jane I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:25:11 EST SHAKESPEARE, William I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:23:49 EST DICKENS, Charles I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:23:20 EST LEWIS, C.S. I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:23:01 EST ROWLING, J.K. I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:21:46 EST TOLKIEN, J.R.R. I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:21:05 EST MORRISON, Toni I am setting up some discussion boards for individual authors. Please feel free to start one of your own! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:20:14 EST Favorite Book of 2012 What is your favorite book from 2012? Just something you read, not necessarily that it was published last year. <BR> <BR> (I have to think about mine, so I don't have an answer to my own question yet.) <BR> <BR> C. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:50:16 EST What you can do here in this Spark Team Any member can feel free to start any topic whatsoever. You can start topics in any area of writing, reading, literature, or related issues such as art, music, or body-image. <BR> <BR> So: feel free to start new topics. Feel free to think outside convention paradigms. Feel free to bring anything to the virtual table. <BR> <BR> The only rules are the rules that apply to any Spark Group--and I don't even know what they are. Perhaps to keep your profanity mild and be careful about rev... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:24:43 EST Children's Books This is a topic in which you can discuss children's books of today for children you know or to go into some detail about books that influenced your past. I often reflect on the first books I read when I was young. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:16:42 EST Mysteries and Thrillers Do you have any good books to recommend from this genre? Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:23:32 EST Non-fiction books This is a place to discuss your favorite non-fiction books--history, biography, social commentary, politics, essays, etc. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:31:29 EST Diet Plans, Cook Books, Work Out Books Write reviews of diet and cook books here or exercise books. Tell what books have helped you on your journey. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:23:21 EST Favorite authors and books This is a place to write about your favorite authors or books of all time. You can just post a list of names or you can feel free to go into more detail. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:22:21 EST Book recommendations or reviews You can go into some detail here about books you have really enjoyed (or books you wanted to hurl across the room). Or books that made you think "meh". Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:21:20 EST Lists of books read in 2013 Here's a place to keep track of the books you have read. If you have a goal of reading 100 or 50 or 25 books you can keep track here. If you don't care about the number of books read but just want to keep a running list, this thread is also for you! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:19:52 EST