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Old 09-09-2010, 10:17 PM   #1
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For the love of reading group - September! *Join us!*

We had a group going and it fizzled. Looking to start back up again because we were loving all of the recommendations and discussions!

Do You Like to Read? Do you want to make reading a bigger part of your life OR are you already an avid reader but want someplace to discuss books and get book recommendations?

WELCOME!


This will be a monthly thread where we’ll set personal goals for reading, as well as discussing books. This also can be a place for you to keep track of how many/what books you’re reading to your kids, if you’d like

How to Get Started:
First set a goal for yourself! You can challenge yourself to read a certain amount of pages or books per month/year. This is OPTIONAL - if you don’t want a goal that’s fine. Having one is just a tool to help some of us make sure we’re reading but its not a requirement to join in
If you do decide to set a personal goal you can post it here but you DON'T have to if you'd rather keep it private-this is NOT a competition and there is no prize for reading the most books lol!
Do whatever YOU want to do and most of all HAVE FUN with reading!

Second-get a book and start reading! When you’re done with a book it would be great if you could talk about it here-you don’t have to do a chapter by chapter summary but just a sentence or two about why you like/dislike it. This will help others find new books to enjoy themselves

And feel free to join in at any time! I've taken lead in starting this month's thread, but if anyone wants to start the months off if I forget - please do!
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
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Re: For the love of reading group - September! *Join us!*

Hellooooo, readers!! Sara, I hope you don't mind that I took over to begin this again (and used your original post wording). We somehow fizzled out and a couple of us are hoping to get a group back together.

I loved all of the discussions and recommendations! I think it was a little hard to keep up with the weekly threads though, so I changed it to monthly threads. It might be easier to look back on recommendations and such in one thread.

So please, come back and join in! If you're totally new - yay!! Welcome!
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Hellooooo, readers!! Sara, I hope you don't mind that I took over to begin this again (and used your original post wording). We somehow fizzled out and a couple of us are hoping to get a group back together.

I loved all of the discussions and recommendations! I think it was a little hard to keep up with the weekly threads though, so I changed it to monthly threads. It might be easier to look back on recommendations and such in one thread.

So please, come back and join in! If you're totally new - yay!! Welcome!
Not at all-I totally dropped the ball But I'm back-just need to get to the library this weekend and get some books
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:30 PM   #4
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Re: For the love of reading group - September! *Join us!*

As for me, September has started out pretty good, reading wise.

I finished my audiobook version of Elin Hilderbrand's The Castaways and really enjoyed it. It was my first Hilderbrand novel and I already have another waiting! The Castaways is about four couples, all dear friends. One couple is killed and the novel goes back and forth between each of the other friends in the group, telling of their lives, relationships, secrets, and loves. I really enjoyed it.

And, I FINALLY finished A Year in the Maine Woods. I think I renewed it twice from the library and I just couldn't turn it in without finishing it. It started out great and exciting (a man goes off to live in the woods of Maine with no electricity/running water to rediscover nature and live simply) but it quickly became a personal study of every kind of tree, bird, and insect he found. Which was ok, it really was. But this is a book you take your time reading and enjoying and I haven't been in that kind of reading mode lately, so I kept putting it off. I normally love these types of "live off the land" books, though. It's an inspirational book...but you must take your time reading it (as it was meant I'm sure).

Right now I'm halfway through the 3rd Stephanie Plum novel ( Three to Get Deadly) and am enjoying it, of course. These are fun, light reads and I've been enjoying the series so far.
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Oh fun! I would love to join! I love to read and usually have to read before bedtime every night

Right now I'm reading some non-fiction:
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and The Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick

I've visited the battlefield a couple of times and I think it's really fascinating. It's a big book and definitely a slower read for me than my usual fiction fare. But I am enjoying it. It's really interesting to read all of the in-depth history and I feel like I'm getting to know the people involved. It gives me a new perspective because it makes me realize how real and human it all was. Philbrick is a good writer and really brings it to life.

Thanks for starting this up!
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:23 PM   #6
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Yay!! I'm so glad you mamas came to join in! Welcome!

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I had no idea this was here. Guess I should at least venture into Extra Fluffy sometimes just to see what it's all about, huh? Thanks for posting in OT so I could find this! I would love to join. I love reading!

I am currently finally reading all the Harry Potter books. I have put it off for a long time because honestly I'm just not really into fantasy, but I figured I should probably read them just to say I have. I am actually really enjoying them a lot more than I thought I would. I don't love them, but they are fun, easy reads. I am about to start the 4th one (Goblet of Fire).

I am also currently "reading" (audiobook) "When Madeline Was Young" by Jane Hamilton. It is a coming-of-age story told by a boy who was raised with a mentally-handicapped "sister" figure, who is actually his father's first wife (who was injured in a bike accident just months after their marriage. The man takes care of her, divorcing her and marrying again, and then he and his new wife adopt her and raise her as their own child). It is really an interesting story so far. I'm not too far into it, and honestly it's been put on the back burner for now because I don't really like audiobooks so I only listen to it when I am driving or weeding the garden!
Well, I still haven't read the HP books, but I do want to...eventually! My oldest DS owns them all and has read them 5 or 6 times now, so I think having them around makes them less appealing. I enjoyed the movies I have seen though, so I do plan to get to them.

I'm going to check out When Madeline Was Young now - thank you! Whoa, what a story line! Oh, and I really love audiobooks! It's all in the narrator, though. I've almost given up on a book before because the narrator's voice and horrible fake accents were just terrible. I listed to them in the car while we're running errands, and at the YMCA when I'm working out.

Right now I'm listening to Eat, Pray, Love - forgot to mention that in my other post! I'm only on disk 2 (of 11) and am enjoying it so far. It's gotten really opposite reviews that I've seen - either readers have hated it or loved it.

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Oh fun! I would love to join! I love to read and usually have to read before bedtime every night

Right now I'm reading some non-fiction:
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and The Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick

I've visited the battlefield a couple of times and I think it's really fascinating. It's a big book and definitely a slower read for me than my usual fiction fare. But I am enjoying it. It's really interesting to read all of the in-depth history and I feel like I'm getting to know the people involved. It gives me a new perspective because it makes me realize how real and human it all was. Philbrick is a good writer and really brings it to life.

Thanks for starting this up!
Ooh, that sounds like an interesting subject! I like reading non-fiction! Lately though, all of my non-fiction has been memoirs. Not the same, but I have found my favorite genre to be historical fiction. I just love dipping into a little piece of history and trying to picture how things were back then. I recently read (and LOVED LOVED) Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. It's easily my favorite book of the year so far. And now I'm on a search for more books on the leprosy outbreak in Hawai'i to learn more about it!
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Oh fun! I would love to join! I love to read and usually have to read before bedtime every night

Right now I'm reading some non-fiction:
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and The Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick

I've visited the battlefield a couple of times and I think it's really fascinating. It's a big book and definitely a slower read for me than my usual fiction fare. But I am enjoying it. It's really interesting to read all of the in-depth history and I feel like I'm getting to know the people involved. It gives me a new perspective because it makes me realize how real and human it all was. Philbrick is a good writer and really brings it to life.

Thanks for starting this up!

If you like that type of book you should check out In The Spirit of Crazy Horse
I've read it probably 10 times, and even used it + several others as research for my Thesis for college. If you do read it and like it I can list many others for you that you might like.
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If you like that type of book you should check out In The Spirit of Crazy Horse
I've read it probably 10 times, and even used it + several others as research for my Thesis for college. If you do read it and like it I can list many others for you that you might like.
Thanks!

Wow! It's great that so many people are joining! I'll have to look into some of the books you've all mentioned.
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Hi I'm Shannon and I'm a reading addict. I read a lot. In the evenings when everyone else is watching tv, mostly I will be curled up in the recliner with a paperback. My MIL lent me her kindle over the summer for a few weeks and I fell in love. Lucky me - that's what she's getting me for Christmas this year.

I love a little bit of everything. Gone With the Wind and Little Women are my two most favorite books of all times.

Debbie Macomber is one of my current favorites. I started with her Cedar Cove series and went from there. I saw a few pages back someone was reading the Stephanie Plum series - love Janet Evanovich's writing style - she is super funny.

I just read books 1 & 2 of Tamera Anderson's Timber Ridge series - they were a bit slow to get into but I really enjoyed them once I got going. I read a lot of Beverly Lewis amish fiction books as well. Both of these authors are faith based but the books are very interesting.

But then on the other side of the fence I also love Carly Phillips, Jane Feather, Fern Michaels and the other contemporary/historical romance books as well.

I'm so happy to see this thread and look forward to reading with everyone
Hi, Shannon! I'm so glad so many mamas are joining in! I love it! Ooh, I'm jealous about your Kindle, too! I've told myself that I'll treat me to an e-reader when I can learn to read the dang books I already have and stop checking out piles of them from the library. Really...why do I keep checking books out from there when I have over 200 in my office that I'd really like to read? LOL! My son's high school has Kindles available to check out - can you believe it?! I'm so excited. I told him he HAS to check one out so that I can tinker with it. It would be *so* cool to have more than 1 book with me when I'm traveling or waiting around at a doctor's office. Sometimes the book I bring with just isn't what I'm in the mood for. Ah, I'm just making excuses to get myself one.

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and devoured the Sookie Stackhouse series in less than a week

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm gonna go grab a few for this weekend.

ETA Here is the thread that has all of the Dark Series listed. Ok... I'm off to the library.
Oh dang! Another series I must check out. I like that there are so many books in the series, too.
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I had no idea this was here. Guess I should at least venture into Extra Fluffy sometimes just to see what it's all about, huh? Thanks for posting in OT so I could find this! I would love to join. I love reading!

I am currently finally reading all the Harry Potter books. I have put it off for a long time because honestly I'm just not really into fantasy, but I figured I should probably read them just to say I have. I am actually really enjoying them a lot more than I thought I would. I don't love them, but they are fun, easy reads. I am about to start the 4th one (Goblet of Fire).

I am also currently "reading" (audiobook) "When Madeline Was Young" by Jane Hamilton. It is a coming-of-age story told by a boy who was raised with a mentally-handicapped "sister" figure, who is actually his father's first wife (who was injured in a bike accident just months after their marriage. The man takes care of her, divorcing her and marrying again, and then he and his new wife adopt her and raise her as their own child). It is really an interesting story so far. I'm not too far into it, and honestly it's been put on the back burner for now because I don't really like audiobooks so I only listen to it when I am driving or weeding the garden!
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