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My name is Terri and I live in Portland Oregon. I've been on LT for almost two years - what a life changing experience! Truly! Also, I just retired a couple months ago, so my reading time has expanded. I read 107 books in 2008; that was working 10 out of 12 months, so I'm pretty comfortable with a goal of 125 this year.
So what's your first book for 2009? I'm reading Oscar and Lucinda for my face to face book group Monday. I've been looking forward to this read for awhile.
Happy New Year!
I'm Kirsten and I'm from Illinois. I've been on LT for about two and a half years, but this is the first time I've participated in a group...so far I've just used my account to keep track of my books. I'm looking forward to (hopefully) getting to know some other LT-ers and getting ideas from everyone for things to read outside of my usual comfort zone.
I just finished How Starbucks Saved My Life earlier today. It was interesting, but not particularly well-written. I'm definitely glad I found it on sale and only paid $3.99 for it as opposed to the $13 list price. :)
I read 179 books in 2008 and feel fairly confident about this challenge. Just finished my first book A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne which was very good.
I've been on LT for almost two years as well (my two year anniversary is at the end of this month, or so my home page tells me). But I only just started really taking advantage of things like the talk page in late 2007 and early 2008.
I only read 50 books in 2008, but I'm feeling pretty good about reading 100 in 2009. A cataloging class isn't going to make demands on my time the way my history classes did, and I do only work part-time, so that gives me a bit of free time to work with. I started the year off with Looking for Alaska by John Green, and am planning to start War and Peace next. But I will read other things concurrently, because I think all progress would come to a screeching halt if I focused solely on that.
I am pretty new to LT (less than 6 months), and although I've been cataloging my books for several years, I've never kept track of how many I read each year. I'm looking forward to being part of this group, seeing how far I get this year, and plowing through some of the TBR book on my shelf! I'm starting the year with some James Patterson, and we'll see where we go from there!
I retired about 3 1/2 years ago and have read over 300 books in that time. The first year I read 140 but then family issues and travelling slowed me down a bit so I know I can do this, I just have to concentrate!
My sister and I started a challenge to read the biographies of all the Presidents during the new term (4 years for 43 presidents) and so my first book this year was on George Washington - Patriarch: George Washington and the new American Nation and it was tremendous! I'm now listening to Benjamin Franklin and reading Crewel World.
I sure hope I can get back in the swing to make the 100 but I have other projects as well so I've got my fingers crossed that I'll make it. I figured if I can do the 999 Challenge that's 81 right there and I can just slide 19 more in to make 100 -right!
Happy reading everybody!
My first book is The Girls by Lori Lansens. It's an uplifting read, warm, funny and moving. I loved how one of the themes was writing. This book is one I might not have chosen if not for LT raves! Great choice - I highly recommend it.
And Lynda -- I recently "discovered" graphic novels too - I think they're amazing! What are you reading?
I am now reading A Complicated Kindness which has been on my bedside table for a long time. For some reason I kept overlooking it in favour of other books. But I am really enjoying it so far.
Meg, I also loved The Girls when I read it last year, and Terri, I think you know what a fan I am of Shaun Tan's!
I read Looking for Alaska pretty recently. It's one of my favorite books. I've read all of John Green's stuff so far. Have you read an Abundance of Katherines or Paper Towns?
I'm Mary Kay, I'm 31 and I live in New Jersey. I'm new to library thing, but so far I love it! This challenge is going to be tough for me - I work full time and I'm going back to school for nursing. Perhaps you can give me some tips, Brenda? :)
I like to read a little bit of everything.. so my list will probably be very elcetic.
Currently I'm reading: Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland
Good luck everyone!
Yes, definitely no snow here! I think it was in the 50s or 60s today. But Lake Tahoe's just under two hours from my house, so it doesn't take me that long to get to snow if I so desire.
Haven't investigated Drexel at all. San Jose State is the closest school with an MLS program, but I'd like to try to find a different program if I can; I spent four and a half years in the California State University system, and I'd like to try something else, I think. Many of the graduates in this area have degrees from San Jose.
I have Paper Towns out from the library, but haven't started it yet. It will probably be awhile before I do get to it in any case.
Congratulations on going back to school! Yeah, your time for reading (at least pleasure reading), is about to decrease. I always made sure that I could make time somewhere in my day for reading something I wanted to! I also made sure that I made a once a month trip to the bookstore for my personal reading "fix".
Keep me posted on school and how it's going. I've so recently finished school that I'm sure I will be able to relate to all your new experiences! Best of luck to you!
Last year I managed 115 books, this year it'll probably be fewer but I'm shooting for 100 anyway. I'm looking forward to reading your threads!
As many of you have mentioned, in the 2-1/2 years since joining, I've found that LT has profoundly impacted my reading habits and expanded my reading horizon. I've read dozens of amazing books that I might never have heard of otherwise, thanks to LTers' reviews. I've also begun reviewing most of the books I read, both as a memory aid and as a way of adding to the reading experience.
Anyway, looking forward to reading your threads and getting recommendations for more great books to add to the TBR pile and Wish List, as well as to getting to know all of you better. Thanks for starting this thread, Terri!
Thanks Hemlokgang for starting this thread.
I was on the "75'ers" last year but it has just gotten to big and overwhelming. I completed 160 books last year so this challenge is more up my alley anyway. I haven't set any goals for number of books to read in 2009 so whatever I read, I will be happy with. My only two goals for 2009 are to read 50 books from the 1001 list and to read at least one chunkster (600 pages or over) each month.
I look forward to getting to know each of you better, and seeing what you are reading. I know I will get a lot of good ideas.
I'm working on the 1001 books also! I doubt I'll be able to read 50 of them this year... I have to through in some easier reads in between. Good Luck!
Right now I am almost finished with Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and am also reading A rather Curious Engagement
I thought I'd take advantage of the beginning of the new year to set a goal of 100 in 2009. I read just under that last year, and would like to stretch myself this year, so this sounds challenging but manageable.
I read a lot of fantasy and am starting the new year by finishing the sixth and seventh books in Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series, Thin Air and Gale Force.
I also enjoy historic fiction - would be interested in hearing what you think of Georgiana, Stacey, as it's one I've been meaning to read for a while.
I am also keen to expand my reading repetoire and look forward to being inspired by reading about what others in the group are reading.
I have been a mamber of LT for a while now and thoroughly enjoy it. I like the challenge threads as much for record keeping as anything else. I love to read feedback about books. I like games involving books. I like looking at books and holding them in my hands. I love chatting about books.
Looking forward to 2009!
I'm a school psychologist working just south of San Diego, where I live. Not retired yet, but looking forward to it in a couple of years. I read mostly speculative fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and keep my hand in the children's and YA books in my genres. Cats and gardens are my other interests, as well as the care and feeding of my husband.
I have quite eclectic taste and read a lot of different genres, though I give sci fi a pass. I would like to read more non-fiction this year, particularly history.
Oh yes, I live in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, it's cold and there's lots of snow and the buses are on strike!
Oh yes, I'm divorced, mom of three in-their-20's and have a wonderful man in my life - and a cat!
I'm on the east coast of Ireland, where I work in an academic library. I'm also an eternal student, or at least it feels as if I've been working on my PhD for that long. Outside of work and study, a wonderful husband and adorable dog complete the picture.
I barely made it over 100 last year, so I suspect I'm going to be a 'lurker' and keep "my" thread up-to-date over in the 75s - but I'm really looking forward to hearing about what you're all reading. Hope you don't mind....
Glad to see another 75er here and a chance to meet some new bookophiles.
The pressure I'm feeling isn't necessarily because of the challenge itself. It's just thinking about it coupled with the stress in my own life, I think.
I will probably read a few YA books to help me relax at any rate.
I started cataloging books last August but did pick not up on groups until a couple months later. LT is changing what I read and how I read it. It is much easier to commit to a challenging read and complete it if I am sharing my progress with others.
I signed up for the 999 Challenge but may not be able to complete it, not because I cannot read enough books but because I will read too much purely recreational stuff as well. Also, my 999 books are triggering "must read" impulses that I am following up on. So here's where I credit myself for the fluff and the follow-ons as well. Plus I get to add EVEN MORE BOOKS to my wishlist by checking out what everybody else here is reading and commenting on. I started my year with HB Wells' The Time Machine.
Now I am going to go check out all the other threads, slowly but surely.
My name is Belva and I live in the Pacific N.W. and have for all of my life. I am a retired banker (my brothers and dad worked in the woods and in the mills) who's IRA has gone to *ell in a handbasket this past year so the only pastime I can afford is to read. Good excuse, huh?????????? I am 61, married, mother of 3, grandmother of 6, have 1 dog, 7 cats (all rescued or feral) and 1 lovebird.
I help to care for my 91 year old mother, get my 2 grandsons off to school each morning and am here when they return, have them on school breaks, and try to pay some attention to my most patient of husbands also.
I read constantly as it is my only sanity. And I grew up in a television free home (not a bad thing, actually) so all 7 of us children and both my parents turned out to be obsessive readers.
I remember memorizing Evangaline when I was in the 7th grade.
I have been lurking around and about on here for a couple of years but just got busy with it around the 1st of the year when the new challenges began. I have never tracked my books before so I am having fun with that and the listings, oh, the listings---I have yet to finish that. But we have all the time in the world, right?
I am reading a couple of good books right now. The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama (all of her books are beautifully written) and am doing the group read of Anna Karinina which is going along nicely. It is a reread for me, but of the seventies so does that count? Hmmmmmmm.
I began over on the 50 book challenge, but have already surpassed that goal so moved over here. I may double post--not sure--there are so many cool readers over there.
Anyway, there you have it in a nutshell.
Nice to have a "we're here to meetcha" thread. Thanx to Terry (teelgee) for starting it. It's nice to meet all of you and hope to chat with each of you in the future.
I wish I'd grown up in a television-free home. It was my constant companion growing up. I missed out on a lot of reading in those formative years!
I loved Tsukiyama's Samurai's Garden and have another of hers on my shelf, Women of the Silk - will have to keep an eye out for the one you mentioned.
Wow, already over 50 books!?! You may have to start a 200+ group!
I grew up with a TV, but I still was an avid reader as a kid. Now, since the changeover to digital, I don't have a working TV anymore. It was a conscious decision I made. I'm not really missing it at all.
*Now where did I put those rabbit ears?*
I got this book at the library but I am going to run out and buy myself a copy. It had much the same effect on me that The Garden at the Edge of Beyond by Michale Phillips did. (I keep that one in my "serenity basket" and no matter how bad my day, no matter my circumstances, these books give me hope and take literally only moments to read.
I will get off my soapbox now and hope that some you will real it. It can be live changing as some of the smallest things in life can be.
Happy reading and blessings on you day.
I joined the 100 book thread last week or so, and thought I would stop by and say 'Hi' to all.
I live in southern NH and will be 3 years on LT this July. It took me a while to do talk and the social thing though.
I will be 50 in November and so must still work, but not sure how much longer the company I work for will be around. They have no money for payroll next week, and I am not sure if they will find any before its due. It has been like this since November, and we have always made it, but eventually they won't.
I have been cataloging my books since 2001 on an Access Data Base I have developed. I started with LT as a both an on-line resource, and as a back up.
Last year I read 97 books. I have months were I read lots of books and months were I only read 1 or 2. In fact last April 2008 was a 2 book month. I am hoping that by paying more attention I can read more and avoid the reading doldrums.
In terms of how I am doing versus last year: as of the end of April 2008 I had read 25 books. I am now at 37 this year, just before the middle of the month.
I belong to 4 Real Life book groups: SFF, Fiction, Mystery, Arm Chair Travelers. I didn't want to join anything on LT that would further restrict my reading, since I have up to 4 books a month already programmed (may be less if I have already read the book). I thought this would way to read what I wanted, talk about it, and find other book suggestions.
The book I am just about to start is for a RL book group it is The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson. It is non-fiction, but I am reading it for my Fiction group. We often do non-fiction.
Hope your payroll comes through. That must feel a bit scary. Best of luck!
opinion of it.
I have posted a short survey about the Orange Prize for Fiction - would you mind participating? It's only four questions but a lot of fun!
The survey is open until midnight EST, Saturday, March 20. I will post the results on my Examiner page on Sunday (I will let you know when it's ready!).
Thanks! =) Jill