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75 Books Challenge for 2012

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Dec 26, 2011, 9:00am Top

Feel free to introduce yourself - we'd love to get to know you better. If you've started a thread, add a link to it so we can find you!

Dec 26, 2011, 9:07am Top

I'm Jim, no longer late 40's (gah! - 50 this year!), husband of 26 years, father of a son getting out of college soon, who reads pretty much anything. We're in central Maryland with roots in Louisiana. I like to read (obviously), cook, want to learn to fly fish, and trail bike riding with the wife. Of course, LT is a big time sink, but the wife seems to have come to terms with my LT addiction...8^}

My thread's here

Dec 26, 2011, 9:25am Top

Hi, I'm Chèli and been in this group since I joined LT in 2008.

I'm 57 years old and proud of it, a 1 year cancer survivor! I've been married to my husband for 38 years, retired for 7 years. I have 4 beautiful grandchildren. I live in the suburbs of the Nation's Capital in Maryland. I love to read, but my other interests are needlework, baseball (Orioles), my country club activities (I started their book group), games of Bridge and Mah Jongg and, of course there's my Christmas village.

I, too, like Jim, have an addiction to LT. However, I've decided I don't want to be cured. I want to "suffer" through it.

Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 10:06am Top

I'm older than dirt :)

I"m Jean (Majkia) and live on a small bayou, Sarah Ann, on the Emerald Coast of Florida in a little town inappropriately named Niceville. It was originally called Boggy Bayou, but in the 50s or so the residents wanted to sound more 'up town.'

I'm a retired US Air Force Officer and live here with a retired spouse (civilian) who hunts and fishes and two Labradors who allow us to share their house with them.

I write fiction, I read, I fix my friends' computers, I garden a bit, we travel in our motor home, and I volunteer with various agencies.

I will be pretty much out of pocket all January. See, one of the places I 'volunteer' is with the Supervisor of Elections office. I apparently never learned to say NO. Thus I run a precinct and train new poll workers, and work early voting and and and.... and anyway, it keeps me busy, particularly for presidential election years.

On LT I participate in TIOLI, and this year will also participate in the 12 in 12 Challenge and in BOMBS.

I hope to read at least as many books as I buy this year, since I bought twice as many books as I read last year. Sigh. It's hopeless, isn't it?

ETA: My Thread is Here

Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 10:15am Top

I'm Lori. This is my 2nd year in the 75 book group. I'll read more than that this year, but probably not the 225+ that I read in 2011 (unless I end up checking out tons of picture books from the library). I've got too many irons in the fire now to keep up that kind of reading pace!

I live in beautiful East Tennessee in between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Clinch Mountains. It's less than an hour to either one.

I'm a librarian and a genealogist. I love to read. If I didn't, of course, I wouldn't be joining this group. My favorite genre of fiction is the mystery. As a genealogist, I'm very interested in history so you'll see several history and social history books here. I also love to cook. You'll probably encounter cookbooks in this list since I've decided to participate in the TIOLI cooking challenge this year where one has to cook something from a cookbook from which you've previously not cooked. My reading tastes are pretty eclectic, but I don't particularly care for fantasy or science fiction.

I enjoy each month's TIOLI challenges. I'm trying to whittle down my in-hand TBR piles -- one is books loaned by a friend, the other are the books I already owned. I've also got a list of books that I want to read that are owned by the library or that I must request by ILL or purchase, but those need to take a bit of a back seat except when needed to fill a category in another challenge.

The main outside challenge on which I'm focusing this year is my Europe Endless Challenge. Since I finished my Canadian and U.S. Challenges in 2011, I could probably finish this year if I can manage about 3 books per month.

ETA: My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129159

P.S. I also participate in the 12 in 12.

Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 10:50am Top

I'm Linda and, typically, I read about 150 mysteries, baseball, American history, and other nonfiction books per year. This year, maybe a few more novels, too. This is my fourth year in the 75 book group.

I'm 50, live in the Chicago suburbs, and work in legal publishing. I'm a lifelong, diehard Chicago Cubs fan and also root like a crazy woman for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Green Bay Packers.

I participate in the TIOLI challenges as well as in a number of others, most notably, the 12 in 12 (12 books in each of 12 categories for 2012).

My thread is at: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129160

Dec 26, 2011, 10:32am Top

Hi, I'm Blue (not my real name, obviously :) and I feel a little young in this thread, since I'm only in my 30s! This is my second year in the 75 Book group, but I did 50 Books for several years before that and was in the same kind of group on a different site before we created them here (but I like it better here).

I read ~150 books per year, mostly science fiction and fantasy, including a lot of the amazing young adult that are being written these days. About half of those books are rereads and half are new-to-me reads.

I write reviews of between a third and half of the books I read, and I enjoy chatting about the merits (or lack thereof) of any particular book I've read.

My thread is here.

Dec 26, 2011, 10:36am Top

I'm calm and live in rural West Wales, with a houseful of books and some cats:)

I read over 75 books a year but love this friendly and chatty group. I do read all threads but very rarely post as I have carpal tunnel syndrome which makes typing painful:(

I also take part in the category challenge - so in 2012 I'm going for the 12 in 12 - here http://www.librarything.com/topic/127110 which will give some idea of what my reading plan for the year is.

I also love Madeline's TIOLI challenge - a great way of deciding what to take off the *shelves of shame* every month.

My 2012 thread is here - http://www.librarything.com/topic/129166

I look forward to following everybody's reading.

Dec 26, 2011, 10:48am Top

I'm Katie and this will be my 2nd year with the 75ers. I mostly read fiction - any genre but especially literary and historical fiction and mysteries. My TBR "pile" is well over 1000 - these are actual books in my house that I have not yet read - but I continue to acquire at a slightly alarming rate. I refuse to feel guilty about this and am grateful to have a (mostly) non-judgmental husband.

I am 33 and currently live in Dallas, TX. I work in membership development for an international professional association serving the upstream oil and gas industry. In addition to reading, my other great passions are traveling (and thanks to my job, I do a lot of it on someone else's dime :) ), the NY Yankees, the NY Giants, opera, wine, and my sweet pup, Louis. And the aforementioned husband.

I participate in this group's monthly TIOLI challenges and in the 12 in 12 category challenge group.

My thread is HERE.

Dec 26, 2011, 10:50am Top

I'm Nathan, or DragonFreak if you perfer using usernames. This is my second year for the 75 book challenge and I'm eager to read almost anything that has to do with Fantasy. I haven't been on LibraryThing lately, but this is still one of the best website in history.

You can find me here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129170

Dec 26, 2011, 10:53am Top

I'm Randy and live, currently, in Waterloo, Ontario. It's my first time in the 75 book challenge group, although I did manage that number in 2011 even without being in the group. In the latter part of the year I followed the messages on the list and I was impressed by the breadth of reading going on and the nearly unlimited number of suggestions of good reads available. I'm not an avid user of social media, so I feel like actually joining this group and posting my intro message already puts me ahead of the curve for 2012.

I think of myself as eclectic in my reading habits but probably not when placed in a such a group of wide readers. I'm a strong supporter and user of our local public library, but have immense respect for the excellent and knowledgeable independent booksellers here in Waterloo at Words Worth Books. Our house is filled with books. And a piano. But mostly books.

My 2012 thread is here - http://www.librarything.com/topic/129157

I wish all members of the group well in their reading goals for 2012.

Edited: Dec 28, 2011, 10:17pm Top

I'm Madeline who lives in Rockville, Maryland, which is a northern suburb of the more well-known Washington, DC. I've been a member of LibraryThing since 2006 and have found my niche here. I think this 75-ers group is the best of all the groups on LibraryThing (and we have the numbers to prove it).

I'm married and work as a quality specialist in a large home health agency. I have three grown kids whose "junk" I'm still unsuccessfully trying to move out of our home. Books can stay, however!

I am an active Bookcrossing member. In this club, we hold monthly book meet-ups just for fun. I register and release hundreds of gently used books per year. My special project for this group is to set up and host a Bookcrossing booth at local book festivals in which our group literally gives away more than 1,000 free books each time.

Yes, I am the also the creator of TIOLI. However, I keep that hidden. If you find it, you are warmly welcomed to join!

Here's my 2012 thread.

Dec 26, 2011, 11:53am Top

Hello all, I'm Laura, and 2012 will be my fourth year in the 75 Books group.

I'll be 50 in February (yikes!). I'm married and have two wonderful daughters, ages 16 & 19. The oldest is a university student, so she's not home as much as she used to be. I live in Chester County, Pennsylvania, right about where Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware intersect (and about an hour from both Philadelphia & Baltimore). We have more pets than we need -- 2 Labrador retrievers and 3 cats -- but they're all wonderful. Reading is my main hobby and I have so enjoyed the LT community. I've made some amazing friends here since joining in 2006.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and reading with you in 2012. Here's my 2012 thread (part 1).

And here's my blog

Dec 26, 2011, 12:09pm Top

Hi, I'm Amber, I'm in my 30's, a classicist, wife of a physicist, mom of a 3-year-old Charlie, servant to a Tuppence (a border collie) and a Susie (15-year-old calico cat), percussionist, baker, knitter, seamstress of sorts, and general all-round crafter. We've just recently moved from Ohio to Wisconsin, so I'm looking forward - and I know Charlie is too - to a snow-filled winter! I'm excited for another lovely year here among the 75ers and the friends I've found here, with the addition, perhaps if I'm lucky, of some new ones. Happy reading, everyone!

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129184

Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 5:40pm Top

Hi. I am Jenn. I can't believe that I am going to try to read 75 books in a year. I figure that if the average book has 350 pages X 75 books comes out to 71.917808 pages a day. Maybe it is doable after all.

Lately, I have been reading science and nature books.

I have not started a 2012 thread yet.... can't quite figure out how to get a ticker counter on the thread. I too am a frequent user of my local library, in part because all but one local bookstore within a 50 to 75 mile area of my home have gone under in the past few years. Quite sad.


Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 12:53pm Top

My name is Jude, and I am older than dirt, too

I've been in and around this Group since 2008....and hey, I made it to "25" books this past year....Life is Good!

I won't be starting a new thread until January 1st...as I have a book (or two) that I want to finish...to count for this year


>15 JenniferMichelle:

Jenn...go to this link...and follow the prompts:


Dec 26, 2011, 12:55pm Top

Thank you Jude.

Dec 26, 2011, 1:03pm Top

You're very welcome!

Dec 26, 2011, 1:08pm Top

I'm Samantha, I'm 24 and in my final year of university for my Masters. This is my second year of 75 books and the first full year. I hope I'll have just as much time to read as last year and then I might make it again!

I love reading and I'm pretty eclectic, reading most genres, although horror is not my cup of tea. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorite genres. And last year I totally discovered theme reads, so instead of challenges I'm going to be doing lots of theme reads this year.

Aside from reading I also love to write, quilt, scrapbook and working in my garden provided the weather's nice.

My thread for this year is here.

Dec 26, 2011, 2:12pm Top

I am Monica and I am back again for year # 3 and I am really excited to be a part of this group again. I cannot wait for the new year to start.

I love reading mostly Supernatural (Vampires, werewolves, Fae and so on), Young Adult, Mystery, etc.. Maybe it would be eaiser to tell you my least favorite LOL.. I like quite a variety you might say. :)

I love spending time with family human and animal , gardening, camping, baking and cooking.

My thread this year is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129201

Dec 26, 2011, 2:51pm Top

I'm Cushla and I am back for my 4th year here with the most wonderful bunch of people on the internet. I probably won't quite make it to 75 books, but I'll give it a good go.

I have 2 kids and a husband, and am training to be a high school maths teacher this year, so it's going to be a busy year. We have just moved home to Wellington, New Zealand after 2 years in Switzerland.

I read a mix of books - non-fiction, especially history, politics and economics, lots of mysteries, and a dollop of fiction. In 2011 I finally read War and Peace and would like to read a few more classics in 2012. I'm starting with North and South for the Group Read. I'd also like to read more globally this year now that I'm back in Wellington with its fantastic public libraries.

My thread isn't here yet but it will be soon!

Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 5:07pm Top

I'm Melis, 20 yrs old. (I think that's the youngest I've seen! Yikes) This is my second year with this group and while I read much more than 75 books last year I like the interaction in this group and prefer to stay. :) I like to read any kind of fantasy and historical fiction and my favorite authors are as follows: Elizabeth Chadwick, Lynn Flewelling, Terry Goodkind, Robin Hobb, George R. R. Martin, Sarah Monette, Brent Weeks, and Bart Yates. Interested? Looking forward to readng with everyone this year.

Thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129216

Dec 26, 2011, 5:27pm Top

I'm Micky and I'm back for my second year with the 75ers.

I'm 25 and a freshly minted librarian. I currently work as an intern exploring how customers use library space and would like to use library space in the future at the Edmonton Public Library in Alberta, Canada.

I tend to read all sorts of books, although YA fiction made up a large chunk of my reading last year. However, this year I'm doing a personal challenge to read the complete works of William Shakespeare so it's anyone's guess what other things I'll be reading as a counterbalance.

Here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129217

Dec 26, 2011, 5:33pm Top

I'm Cindy and back for my 2nd year. I lurk a lot on the threads. I don't write reviews. I do read reviews. This year I learned to expand my reading to Graphic Novels. Which I enjoy. I topped 75 this year.

Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 6:17pm Top

I'm Lisa and I'm 27 years old. I've been on LT for about 4 years but made this group my home last year. I live in Auckland New Zealand with the boyfriend (of 9 years) and Miss Cleo our ocicat in our first home which we bought in June 2011. I love to read and it's my #1 leisure activity. With our first home we have got our first kitchen garden and I would also like to cook/bake more and cross stitch more. I've worked in the same admin-type job for 6 years I love the quirky people I get to work with and some are also avid readers or are slowly being converted ;). I feel like I had a truly wonderful year in 2011 and hope it continues to 2012.

I'm open to all genres: pop fiction and literature, classics and new releases. I favour fantasy over science fiction, historical fiction over chick lit, mystery and crime is the black hole in my reading thus far, I over-did YA fiction in 2009/10 and have retreated from that genre a tad. I feel like I should be reading more non-fiction. I like lists such as the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (I belong to the LT Group and have the extended spreadsheet), the Guardian 1000 Novels You Must Read, and so of course had to join the 12 in 12 group. I love awards and eagerly awat the longlist announcements for the Booker and Orange.

My 2012 Thread is here. A bit bare currently as I'm still setting it up.

Dec 26, 2011, 6:42pm Top

I am Anita, from Lelystad, the Netherlands and I am a bookaholic ;-)
Back for the 5th round in the 75 Books Challenge that I joined shortly after discovering LT in 2008.

I share my life with husband Frank, a smooth Chow Chow (Chimay) and a Pekingese (Ari).
You can read more about me, my family and our books at my profile

I read a lot of YA, fantasy, SF, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, some literature and once in a while some non-fiction (mainly about the dog breeds I love).

I will try to read more of my own books this year, so I joined the "BOOKS OFF MY BOOK SHELVES 2012 Challenge" too, my goal there is 40 books, my BOOKS OFF MY BOOK SHELVES thread

my thread at the 75 Books Challenge for 2012, I will start posting there at the start of 2012.

I wish everyone a year filled with good books in 2012!

Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 7:47pm Top

Hi All
Despite my Chinese pseudonym I am not Chinese. My real name is Manuel and I am originally from Guatemala. I reside in Wisconsin where I've lived for 33 years now.
Although I have a hard time keeping up with most of you, who can reads 100s of books a year, I want to be part of this group. The general camaraderie and friendship that exists among all makes one feel welcome. Also, I can learn a lot by reading the comments and reviews of books.
Here is my thread for this year

Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 9:00pm Top

Hi, I'm Kriti and I'll be 22 in January. This is my second year doing the 75 book challenge - I'm pretty sure I will read more than that, but I too like the camaraderie in this group. I'm also trying to read 144 books for the 12-12-12 challenge. I read a lot of fantasy, young adult and mystery in 2011, but that doesn't mean I'll do the same in 2012; I like reading all kinds of books. One of my goals this year is to read a lot of books that I already own, rather than get new ones.

My thread is here.

Dec 26, 2011, 9:44pm Top

Ellen checking in for 75 books in 2012. I'm over 50 (but not by much) and live in Seattle. January 20 will be my first anniversary with LT, and 2011 was definitely the first year I've ever completed 75+ books in one year! Not only has the quantity of my reading increased; I believe the quality -- and certainly the breadth -- has increased since discovering LT.

Happy Reading New Year, everyone!

Dec 26, 2011, 11:01pm Top

Call me Ishmael. It's not my name, but I think it'd suit me, so let's see if it will stick.

I'm depressingly normally named Richard, this is my sixth year on LT and fourth in the 75ers. I've made many good and patient friends here, and been inspired by all the readers in this group to expand my reading horizons. I've even tried graphic novels, though without a lot of success...still, considering the venom with which I regarded them before, that's a big thing.

I've come back for another year of fun because, frankly, the idea of turning on my computer and *not* finding you chatty, irreverent, smart, opinionated, and wise folks on it makes me feel weepy and adrift.

Here's my first thread.

Dec 27, 2011, 12:00am Top

My name is Kathy, I'm in my 30's also, and I haven't done the 75 book challenge yet on LT. I have done the 50 book challenge this past year, and got up to 56 on my thread, with a few more left to mention there. I'm not sure I'll get to 75 in 2012 but I'm here to try.

In my yute ;) I enjoyed the great classics of literature: I worked my way through much of the Nobel literature list, most of the Russian and Soviet canon, and the rest of the European classics. But nowadays, what with Life hovering around making a nuisance of itself, I gravitate towards YA and fantasy fiction, which is fast, easy, and compelling. My goal in 2012 is to get back to some of the more elevated writing.

Here's hoping I can find a place here in the group, since I love to chat and discuss what I read. In the 50 book group we mostly talk to ourselves, lol. I'll be checking out your challenge threads also; you've been warned!

Dec 27, 2011, 1:03am Top

I'm Ed, a mid 40's chemist living in Sussex with too many books and back with the 75 book challenge for the fourth time.

Dec 27, 2011, 6:20am Top

I'm Susan, and I live in London where I spend my days lawyering and my evenings and weekends mostly reading. I've had to semi-retire injured from my long-time other-favourite-hobby, needlework, but I've taken the opportunity to get back into reading more. This is my fourth year on LT, and my second in the 75-ers. My first thread for the year is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129251 and includes my top reads for 2011 as well.

Edited: Dec 27, 2011, 8:05am Top

I'm Ellie, I'm 24 and I hail from beautiful Derbyshire, England. I'm a complete bibliophile and a compulsive book-buyer (about four times as many in as out, oops). I run a little second-hand bookshop in a nearby tourist town; Mum and I went into partnership about three years ago and we just signed up for three more, yay! There are usually a fair amount of customer horror stories (and a few nice ones) on my threads - it's a great place to rant when I'm in full Bernard Black mode!

In my spare time I'm mostly holed up somewhere with a book, sitting idly with a cat on my knee, singing along to music, getting hooked on DVD box sets, eating chocolate chip muffins with a vat of tea, or watching movies. Oh, and I have a total weakness for stand-up comedy, either live, on telly (more of it around these days, yay!) or on DVD.

This is my third year over at the 75-ers and I've had a marvellous time so far, giggling through the threads, reviewing my books and talking life and literature with lots of lovely like-minded people. I read a bit of everything: literary fiction, chick lit, crime, fantasy, science, biography, social sciences, history, classics, YA, you name it. My thread is up and running, with a cute ticker and a list of some of my favourite books of 2011. Should you wish to peruse it, you can find it HERE.

Dec 27, 2011, 10:19am Top

I'm Susan, this is my third year in this group. Although I'm not an active poster, I am a big time lurker, gathering way too many recommendations from this group. I'm in my 40's, married, and live in Toronto with 2 daughters in their early teens, both are active readers - hence my foray into YA lately. I'll ready almost any genre as long as the book is good. My 2012 thread is here - http://www.librarything.com/topic/129256

Dec 27, 2011, 11:06am Top

I'm Marie and this is my third time with the group. I'm 24 (for another week or so), newly married (in September), newly in grad school (Library Science) and newly moved (to Charleston, SC). As you can see, 2011 was a chaotic year, but I am looking forward to settling in and reading my way through 2012.

My reading habits are hard to pin down, but my favorites are literary fiction, some fantasy, some memoirs, classics, non-fiction about a wide variety of subjects and whatever else sounds good at the time. When I'm not reading, my husband and I are a bit bonkers for traveling and seeing the sights. He's in the Air Force so fortunately that comes with the job but we love wandering around and taking day trips. I've also been trying to learn to cook with mixed results.

The plan is to try and participate in TIOLI this year after lurking for the past two. :)

Anyways, come say hello. My thread is here.

Dec 27, 2011, 11:59am Top

I'm Judy, and this is my third round with the group too. If I keep to my current schedule, I may actually hit 75 by the end of the week. Whew! Then I'lll never feel like I have to do that again! I don't think I've read so much since I graduated from university many, many years ago.

I generally oscillate between literary fiction and mysteries (but not thrillers or horror or most scifi). My goal this year is to include more non-fiction. And to whittle down the 500+ books I own but either haven't read at all or have read so long ago I've completely forgotten them. And then GET THEM OUT OF THE APARTMENT. There's too little room for books that simply languish. I'm considering an e-reader for those books whose design is not critical to their effect - such as mysteries, etc.

I'm almost as hooked on reading as I am on this group. Richard said it best before me - the thought of not having this chatty, kind, funny group to converse with would ruin the year for me.

My thread is up but empty, as it will be for a few more days, as I finish up 2011.

Welcome all.

Dec 27, 2011, 2:16pm Top

Hi All! I'm Chelle (short for Michelle), 30 years old, engaged and planning a wedding for November 2012. I'm a book addict who often neglects housework to read (much to my fiance's disappointment!) I'm currently in London, Ontario but my fiance joined the Canadian military in 2011 and we are planning a move in the next few months. We should find out where we are moving in early January. 2012 might become a bit stressful due to moving and the wedding so I may not make it to 75 books this year, but that is my goal (I hit 105 this year)
I'm currently a police dispatcher for the provincial police and hope to find something in that field again when we move.

I joined LT this summer and just love the 75ers group! Looking forward to another great year!

My 2012 thread can be found here

Edited: Dec 27, 2011, 2:28pm Top

Hi Everyone!! My name is Monica and I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I am 43 years old and going through a divorce after 22 years of marriage. I have 2 grown children who bought me a Kindle Fire this year for Christmas so I hope to read more e-books this year.

This is my second year doing the 75 book challenge. I hope to make 75 this year so I figure another go at it would be fun.

I also participate in the 12 in 12 challenge. Not that I will read 12 books in 12 different categories. I just like the idea of creating categories and finding books to fit into them.

I plan to try more of the TIOLI challenges this year. I don't think I will make up a challenge for that just yet.

I love to pass my free time by either reading, playing games, watching movies, walking my dog or just snuggling up with her and my one cat.

I am still working on my thread for this group. You can access my thread by clicking here.

Dec 27, 2011, 3:26pm Top

Hi! My name is David. This is my third year in the 75 Group, and I'm looking forward to another great year of reading recommendations and discussions with everybody else here in the group.

I just barely squeaked into my 75 for 2011, so I'm really hoping that 2012 proves a better reading year for me. I'd love for everybody to stop by my thread and talk books with me. I try to stop by as many threads as I can, but I know I slacked off quite a bit with that last year. I'm going to make a better effort to visit more threads this year.

I'm not going to do a single reading challenge this year. That's where I had most of my problems in 2011. Too many times I felt like I was "trapped" in what I was reading to keep up with challenges. Enough of that! I want to reading to be fun, not a chore!!

I mostly read Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk and some SciFi of either the grown up, YA, or MG variety, but I'm not entirely bound to those varieties. I'd like to expand my reading horizons a little this year, so we'll see how that plays out.

Dec 27, 2011, 3:57pm Top

Hi, everyone! I'm foggidawn (well, that's what they call me around here), and this will be my second year in the 75-book challenge. I'm a children's librarian and voracious reader, and will probably read 200+ books in 2012. I tend to read a lot of children's and YA, a fair amount of fantasy, and a few classics, cozy mysteries, chick lit, memoirs, inspirational fiction, and anything else that catches my attention.

You can find my thread here, though I won't be posting new reads on it until after the first of the year.

Edited: Dec 27, 2011, 8:31pm Top

Buon giorno.

I'm Steve. Mid-40s, doctor, once a musician and still play here and there on occasion. I'm part of a DINK marriage (dual income, no kids) but live very near to my 90-year-old father who is still sharp as a tack. I read lots of different stuff (you can check out my profile if you want to find out more) and probably only read more than 90 books last year because I indulged in lots of graphic novels. I expect that I won't hit 75 this year (too much work, and too many other things to read on the internets), but we'll see.

I'm a horrible lurker and rarely leave comments, but I do stay in touch with a number of threads - but I don't like to tell which ones. More mysterious this way! ;-)

I'm trying to learn Italian too, so I really hope I'll have some Italian titles on my list this year.

Here's my thread for 2012.


Edited: Dec 27, 2011, 9:55pm Top

Hi all, I'm Marilyn, 58, living in southern New Hampshire with two sons, 18 & 16 years old, and two cats, 9 years old. This will be my fifth year on LT. Love the 75ers as a group, though I haven't yet made it through that many books in a year. That is partially due to poor record-keeping and inconsistent posting on my part, though, so this year my watchword is "consistency"!

I read mostly nonfiction - ranging from science and nature to memoirs and history, with a fair amount of education, neuroscience and technology thrown in for good measure. I dabble a bit in genealogy and local history and live in a very old house, so there's a bit of preservation as well. I work in the library at an independent boarding school (grades 9-12), so I also fit in a bit of YA here and there. I enjoy needlework and am active in an online crafts group at Craftster.org. Gardening is another interest, and a small vineyard figures prominently in my retirement plans!

Looking forward to another year of reading and sharing - I'll add a link to my thread for 2012 as soon as I set it up my thread for 2012 is here

Dec 27, 2011, 10:35pm Top

Hello, I'm Anne, 41, living in the foothills west of Denver, Colorado with my husband of 19 years and our two daughters, 10 and 12. My older daughter is considering joining the group when she turns 13 in a couple of months:) I joined LT in 2008, and this will be my 3rd year in the 75 Book Challenge Group, which I consider my online home. I am on the artistic staff of a professional children's performing organization, and this year is my 18th season. I am also a substitute teacher, and completing a school library masters degree.

I tend to read literary fiction, but also a lot of children's and young adult literature, memoirs, and non fiction. I've been introduced to some terrific books here on LT, and discovering many classics I've somehow missed, so I try to read a few each year. I always have a read aloud going.

I love visitors -- I invite you all to visit me here:


Edited: Dec 31, 2011, 10:27am Top

Lucy here, I'm about to start my third year at Hogwarts, oh what am I saying? I mean, my third year on LT (thingaversary is Jan 5) and the 75 which I found and joined quickly...... I'm 57 and have a daughter about to turn 16; she keeps us young. I'm a writer, a musician (harp and concertina), volunteer a lot at our local library, love dogs and cats both..... I'm interested in just about everything and being in a room full of books simply makes the world feel right to me.

Here is my new thread: January 2012!

Edited: Jan 5, 2012, 10:30am Top

Gwen here. So happy to be part of this group. This is my first year here and I've joined because I used to read an average of 85-95 books a year. Last year I read 16. This year I've done better, 21 at the moment, but I want to get back to reading more and this will be a wonderful way to do it.

I don't have any other specific goals, but I would like to finish several of the books I started in the past couple years and just didn't get around to finishing. I'd also like to read a classic somewhere along the way and possibly a nonfiction title. I read mostly fiction - science fiction, YA, mystery, suspense, horror. Oh and then there are all the picture books I read to my son, who's a big part of the reason that I don't get in as much reading anymore.

Looking forward to spending my reading year here with you all!

My thread is here

Dec 28, 2011, 1:44pm Top

Hi there, I'm new here but I'll try to follow your readings :) I think I will start with Herman Hesse. See you on Jan 1st!

Edited: Dec 28, 2011, 2:45pm Top

Hi! I'm Corrina - 35 years old, a 6th grade teacher, and married 11 years with two little girls - ages 4 and 2. I read a lot of literary fiction, classics, non-fiction, paranormal for fun, young adult with my students, and children's books with my gals.

My favorite books from 2011 were The Red Tent, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Year of the Flood, American Gods, and The Hunger Games.

My reading time has slowly dwindled over the past couple of years due to the above-mentioned little cherubs and teaching a new subject.

Here is my 2012 thread.

Even though I likely won't reach 75, I love this group and the conversations here are amazing!

Edited: Jan 3, 2012, 2:43am Top

I'm Ivy, back for my 2nd year in the 75 Book Group. I joined LT in 2007 and prior to joining this group last year, I mostly spent my time in the Category Challenge groups. I'll also be participating in the 12 in 12 Category Challenge (stepped version, 78 books).

I'm 63, mostly retired, married, and have 2 adult daughters, 1 son-in-law, 2 granddaughters, and 3 (male) cats. I live in Oregon, just west of Portland, in the homeland of Nike and Intel.

My favorite genres are history and mystery, though I'm happy to read any good book, unless it's staight horror or terribly gruesome. Thanks to my son-in-law and another young friend, I've recently read quite a few sci fi / dystopia books. And after 45 years of reading almost exclusively fiction, I'm now reading and enjoying more non-fiction.

My thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129371#3119857

Edited: Dec 29, 2011, 4:12am Top

Hi, I'm Karen, and I have been on LT for almost 5 years now. This will be my first year in the 75 group, although I had been lurking for years:). I usually only read around 60 books per year, but this group seems to fit my reading tastes and personality...

I am 34 and have 2 sons who are 2 and 5 years old. We just moved this past summer to Germany, where my husband is stationed as an Army doctor. Before this, I lived in Savannah, GA, Tacoma, WA, El Paso, TX, Seoul, S. Korea, and North Carolina and Virginia. I also work part-time as a pediatric speech therapist.

I enjoy a fairly wide of range of books--nonfiction, general fiction, classics, sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, the occasional mystery. I don't get to comment on others' threads as much as I would like, but I love reading others' threads! Please drop by anytime!!

Here is my 2012 thread. Happy reading, everyone!!

Dec 28, 2011, 4:51pm Top

My name is Hanne and I live in Belgium. I'm 17, the youngest here I think :). I have a twin brother and next to reading, I like rope skipping (or jump rope, I don't know how you call it) and playing tennis. I love to read, but I never actually counted how many books I read in 1 year, so I think this will be fun! I'm in my last year of highschool and next year I'll be studying in the US for a year, so I hope I can continue there. My favourite genre is fantasy, but I read in English, 'cause fantasy in Dutch is really not that good. But since I'm not a native speaker it goes a bit slower than I would like it to go. This is my first year on LT so I'm still exploring but this group seemed nice :).

Here is my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129385

Edited: Dec 28, 2011, 6:19pm Top

I'm Alxa round these parts and this is going to be my first time in the 75 group. And since most of the 75 come from my unread pile, I'll probably be hitting BOMBS too.

I work retail and have about a 50 minute walk one way to and from work, so that's where a bulk of the reading is going to be done. More to be done on Sundays after the Super Bowl.

I'll be 39 next year. In my religion 9 is a sacred number and 3 is important to me too, so planning a lot to push myself.

I read from mystery to thriller to horror to sci-fi/fantasy to military.

Here's my thread

Dec 28, 2011, 7:03pm Top

Hello all! I'm Charlotte and I live in Texas. I've been all work and no play for about two years now and decided I needed some way to de-stress. I enjoy challenges and love to read, so this should be perfect for me.

I'm a 46 year old mother of three, two boys (26 and 24 years old) and one girl (12 years old). I teach second grade which I adore. I haven't pursued any of my hobbies for about 2 years because I've been working hard to help my school pull itself out of a hole. My resolution for this New Year is to relax and pick up some of my old pursuits. Of course, reading is at the top of the list.

I read many different genres. My tastes depend on my interests at the moment. Lately, I've been reading quite a few memoirs and biographies. I like mysteries of all kinds with cozy being my favorite. I also read technical books and educational theory. Zombies and ghost stories are also my favorite. I pretty much read anything except romances.

Looking forward to this challenge!

Dec 28, 2011, 10:13pm Top

My name is Mark. I am 52. I joined LT in June '08 and this will be my 3rd year on the sensational 75! I am a married mail-carrier from the Midwest. I have a major book addiction, reading and listening to a vast variety of books and then chatting endlessly about them. I'm especially partial to literary and crime fiction, with a healthy dose of non-fiction, just for a little spice.
My current thread can be found: Here
Please stop by, I love visitors!

Dec 29, 2011, 1:08am Top

Hello, I'm Nick. I am an engineer who lives in the Midwest and I enjoy reading, running and playing video games. My reading tastes are fairly diverse, but I tend to lean more towards horror and fantasy. I really started to get into audio books last year and I see that trend continuing in 2012.

This challenge group has really helped me discover some great new books/authors and I look forward to sharing my 2012 reading with you all.

My current thread can be found here

If you are interested in what I read in 2011, check out my previous challenge thread here

Dec 29, 2011, 5:58am Top

Hi, I'm Beth. I live in Minnesota. This will be my second year with the 75ers and on LT. I'm in the process of cataloging my books. I would like to read more books off my shelves in 2012 and buy fewer.

I'm 56 and teach English at my local community college. I will read pretty much anything.

I'm not good with technology, so my posts will not include a lot of frills.

Dec 29, 2011, 7:42am Top

I'm a newbie to the "75" group and just joined LT in 2011 although I've been a member of Goodreads for a couple of years. I'm 67, a chemist by education, retired from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab. I was a forensic chemist and crime scene analyst and also worked the road as a reserve deputy sheriff for the local county for nearly 20 years. My educational background includes a firm grounding in literature and philosophy so after retirement and years of reading technical literature, I've returned to recreational reading with a vengeance.

I read essentially everything but tend to avoid YA, vampires, and political opinion. I'm a member of the local library board and two local library reading discussion groups. I own and use a Kindle eReader as required. Aside from having read The Belgariad series by David Eddings and Harry Potter, I tend to avoid series and trilogies because I prefer reading many authors and not get bogged down with a few. Currently, I'm behind on a short list of LTMG and LTER books.

I read over 100 books last year so the "75" shouldn't be much of a challenge. I'm here because of a new found group of Missouri readers who haunt these virtual halls.

Dec 29, 2011, 8:52am Top

Hi, I'm Pam. Married, mom of 2 human kids, 3 furry children-- 2 pups and a big gray, mellow cat named Robert-Ling.

In my youth I only read scifi, then I branched out to most other genres. Now in my dotage I find myself reading predominantly kidlit, YA, and dog books, with occasional long bouts of history.

We live south of quite a few folks here -- in lovely Virginny. Before that Houston and Florida, as apparently I am predestined to only inhabit places with godawful humidity.

Edited: Dec 29, 2011, 10:25am Top

Hi, I'm Becky. This month I start my third year at LT and third year in the 75 group. I turn 60 this year, which seems like a big deal. I'm not sure where the decade of my 50s disappeared to--ha.

I try to balance my reading with contemporary fiction, classic literary fiction, biography, and memoir--those seem to be the categories that I draw from the most. In 2011 I had a reading goal of reading/re-reading American literature. I'll continue that goal in 2012, expanding it to include all of North and South America--wow, that sounds grand, but what it really means is that I'm going to read Canadian fiction and probably some from Brazil. I can tell you I'm really missing Brit lit, but that will have to wait until 2013. My absolute favorite book from 2011 was Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!. I will very possibly read that one again in 2012.

I've decided that 2012 is also going to be a year where I focus more on genealogy. I've recently come into possession of a huge cache of materials put together by my great-grandmother's brother. He was a rancher in Prowers County, Colorado. Who knew he was also a historian? This is an exciting collection and I feel an obligation to my ancestor George Baxter to do right by it. So watch for a good number of books relating to genealogy, and if I disappear around April, it's because of the release (finally) of the 1940 census.

I guess I should also mention: I've lived for 20+ years in Missouri, and I was born & raised in Colorado. The people in my life who mean the most to me are my DH of almost 40 years, my son, and my two black Labs.

Here's to a great 2012 for everyone! Happy reading.

The new thread is here.

Dec 29, 2011, 9:52am Top

Hello there, I'm Faith, and I'm from Southern Ontario, Canada. This will be my fourth year in the group, sixth year on LT! I'm a 28-year-old freelance writer & professional Middle Eastern Dance / Bollywood Dance performer and instructor... former English Professor... trained (not practicing) Near Eastern archaeologist & Classicist... NaNoWriMo ML... and a perpetual "just for fun" seminary student. And, as are many people here, an unabashed bibliophile. :D

My husband and I have fur/feather babies: a sun conure parrot, a cat, and a hamster. I'm currently trying to wear him down for a hedgehog in the spring... *cross fingers*. I love animals of all kinds, and I wish I lived in a zoo (though my husband sometimes claims we already do... clearly, we don't have enough pets yet, because three is nothing!). I also play a lot of video games, attend PAX Prime and East annually, love sci-fi shows and action/adventure films. And Bollywood films. And Old Timey films. Er, my taste in film/tv is similar to my taste in books: Eclectic.

I read a lot of Fantasy, YA (of all varieties), Children's (mostly fantasy), Sci-Fi, old mysteries, humorous women's fiction, some historical, the occasional graphic novel, and a wide variety of non-fiction, including history/archaeology, science/nature, animals, quirky memoirs or travelogues, world issues, humor, self-help/wellness, etc...

My books & writing blog is called Literary Coldcuts on Toasty Buns (and it desperately needs an update, I know), and my 2012 thread is HERE. Love this group, looking forward to a great year of reading together! :)

Dec 29, 2011, 12:13pm Top

For anyone who likes looking at, making, or both!, lists, we have a thread for Darryl's Meme, a list of from five to five zillion (just depends on how long you want to type!) LIVING novelists that you love, can't wait for their next book, will go into a deep depression on their demise.

We ask you to give us a touchstone to the author (you know, the two square brackets before and after the author's name that turn it blue and make it a link to their author page), the gender of the person, and the country they're from or they're famous for (Salman Rushdie fits in both UK and India, for example, so either or both work fine).

The point is to get some insights into unrecognized patterns in your own reading, and learn a little more about your fellow 75ers. Join the fun!

Dec 29, 2011, 12:41pm Top

Hello all! I'm a 64-year-old grandmother of four (see my new profile pic!) who loves to read. Happily, I've found the perfect community here on LT to share my reading habit with like-minded people. My favorite books of 2011 range from an oldie, Anatomy Of A Murder, to a newer historical fiction, The Invisible Bridge. This past year I've been to Canada, Russia, India, Africa, France, and Hungary -- just in my top ten books! I've traveled back to Civil War days and forward to a post-apocalyptic time. I've also spent time with a family who lost one of their own to suicide. Where else can you have such varied experiences except through the pages of books?

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it." ~William Styron

I enjoy literary fiction and classics, but I also learned from a few gentle nudges that trying new things, such as graphic novels and speculative fiction, is a good way to keep my reading fresh.

My reading life has been greatly enriched by my discovery of LT in March of 2007. I began taking part in the 75 Challenge in 2009. Since then I've made many book friends and look forward to making more. Please visit me on my shiny new 2012 thread or on my updated profile page.

Happy Reading to all in 2012!

Dec 29, 2011, 4:00pm Top

Hi! I'm Valerie (Jolerie) from Alberta, Canada. Right now I'm a stay at home mom with my little 16 month monkey who keeps me on my toes all day long, but in between naps I've been able to squeeze in my reading times. If 2011 was any indication of my reading tastes, I can definitely say I'm ALL over the place. There really is not a genre that I won't at least give a try. LT has been such a great place for meeting people who not only love books, but love life as well. I look forward to more great book discussions and of course more books to add to the ever expanding wishlist! :D

Edited: Jan 1, 2012, 8:54pm Top

I am fiberjean and I am a retired teacher. Last year I did the 50 book challenge for the first time. I didn't start until late April and I read 37 books, so I guess I was on track for 50 had I started earlier. This year I am going to shoot for 75. I am trying to read more each year but I have added some hobbies since retirement and sometimes they occupy my time, too. I like LT and think this might be an interesting group this year. I enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction, essay and biography. My favorite is nature essay. Currently reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. My thread can be found here at http://www.librarything.com/topic/129722

Dec 29, 2011, 7:19pm Top

#64 Lucky you, fiberjean, to be currently reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating! It was just about my favorite read of 2011, I think. My only complaint was that it ended too soon!! I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

Dec 29, 2011, 9:47pm Top

Hi, I'm Charlotte, 35, a Libra (couldn't resist!). I live in NJ with my lovely bf and our 2 calm cats and 2 crazy dogs. I've only been on LT a year, and I have not managed to get all my books up yet. I'm an MLIS student, occasional museum professional, costumer, lunatic. I haven't written all my books down in several years, due to my clunky transition from low tech (eternal notebooks) to high tech (smartphone).

I have a new Kindle and a pile of 18th century gothics and 'chick lit' pdf's that I hope to make a dent in and I also want to read Clarissa (finally) in real time. There's also a box of Terry Prachett books somewhere in the basement. Let's see how this works out, with 2 grad classes a quarter!

Dec 29, 2011, 11:36pm Top

I'm Rebecca, 28, and live in the Chicago area with my four cats and dog. I'm in the middle of changing professions and going through a lot of life and relationship changes as well. Reading is the one solace I have at the moment.

I've read ever since I was a small child and I love all kinds of books and subject matter, including, but not limited to, film, biographies, fashion, fiction, romance, mystery, inspirational, self-help, animals, YA lit, diet, cooking, relationship and so on.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129519

Let's see how much reading I get done in 2012!

Edited: Jan 3, 2012, 2:13pm Top

Nina here, still hoping, for the third time, to read 75 books in a year. Where does the time go? Oh - kids. Well, planning to pack the youngest off to school next year, so maybe I'll have a chance. We're going Down Under next year (argh! packing)(never mind, I'll just surf LT for a bit...) so it'll be all-change for us. At the moment, I'm a volunteer part-time librarian for a very small library, but I'll be leaving that behind.

I like to read mainly fantasy, plus some YA and a touch of mystery, occasionally. And my list usually includes children's books, especially since I have requests to read the same ones over and over and ... by then, I think it counts!

Drop by when I've set up my thread; I'll post the link once I have.

Happy Reading!

ETA : Please visit me here!

Edited: Dec 30, 2011, 8:59am Top

Jeremy here - decided I'd join you all this year, thanks to encouragement from _Zoe_ - looking forward to it.

When I'm not busy with LT-things, I typically read around 110 books a year (just hit that mark this morning, actually): fiction, history, biography, natural history, &c. Suggestions always welcome!

Glad to be here, and looking forward to a good year of 2012 reading!

ETA: my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129543

Dec 30, 2011, 8:54am Top


I'm Laurie, I'm 34, a history professor, and I live north of Seattle. This is my second year with the 75ers, and last year I managed to read 130 books! I'd never even reached 75 before. I blame this group.

In my spare time I figure skate, that's my other passion, aside from books and history. As a result, I am a bruised reader.

I take part in the TIOLI challenges, which I love.

Glad to be back for 2012! Here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129445

Dec 30, 2011, 11:59am Top


I'm Linda and I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I've been an avid reader since the age of 4 which was a very, very long time ago.

I would think I read 75 books every year but I don't know for sure since I've never counted.

I'm divorced, have three grown children and two grandchildren and they are all readers.

I like fiction (but I'm pretty choosy), memoirs or biographies, as well as various other non-fiction books that catch my fancy.

Edited: Dec 30, 2011, 1:17pm Top

Hi, I'm Hannah.
I'm 33 and live in Exeter, UK. I joined LT and the 75 group part way through last year, so I'm very excited about beginning my first full year. I've loved meeting all the wonderfully friendly people here, and have already discovered so many great new books through reading others' threads and recieving recommendations. I feel like this group has filled a hole in my life that until recently I didn't even know existed, and I do so love having a place to come to chat and share books. I'm always on the hunt for new people to share books with, so I'd love to have you pop along to my thread.
I think I might just manage 75 books if I'm disciplined with myself, but non LT life keeps me pretty busy, working with young people in a few different roles, trying to keep reasonably fit through team sports, finding various outlets for my love of creativity, and hanging out with my cinema and cooking mad husband.
Book wise I have pretty eclectic taste, but I'm particularly partial to the more cerebral end of the Sci-Fi spectrum, though I'll give almost anything a go. Looking forward to getting to know many more of you lovely people and your reading habits in 2012. My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129564

Dec 30, 2011, 1:55pm Top

(4) majkia, I've been to Niceville, about 12 years ago for a martial arts gathering.

I'm 51, married for 31 years (same guy), have two grown children (one married and out of the house, one single still at home), and currently have two black house cats (Java and Moonpie) and one black 'house' dog (Tirzah).

Our current residence is in eastern North Carolina, about an hour's drive from either Raleigh (wow, big city!) or the beach.

I love to (surprise!!) read, talk on the computer (message boards), watch birds, take photographs, garden, knit (on hiatus right now) and sing! One of my great joys is singing in our church's (small) choir.

I read a variety of books, from mystery to westerns to sci fi/fantasy to children's books. I do not read horror nor most romances. I'm mainly active in the Christianity and Green Dragon groups.

My book list is heavy on 'animal' books because, well, because I love animals! If I had the room (and a very, very understanding hubby), I would probably have a mini-farm with goats and bantam chickens, pond with fish, etc. etc.

And I'm not only addicted to LT, but to abebooks.com... oh the horror, the shame! ;)

My first attempt in the 75 book group can be located here:


Dec 30, 2011, 2:03pm Top

This is my third year as a 75er, and I'm happy to be starting afresh. I hope to read a bit more non-fiction this year, but will also be reading any good fiction I come across. My dog Milo is pictured on my profile page, and we live in the Atlanta area (Georgia USA).

I like gardening & cooking & contra dancing (though I don't do enough of the last). The two books I've read most recently are Cutting for stone and Obasan, though I haven't had time to review them.

I'd love to have you stop by my thread for a visit!

Edited: Dec 30, 2011, 2:50pm Top


I'm Nathalie, 41 years minus 4 days old. This will be my third year on this group, and I am looking forward to many great reads and many more additions to my wishlist and tbr following your recommendations.

I'm from the Frankfurt region in Germany, but I moved to Merano in Northern Italy 2 years ago, and 2011 has been the year when I was finally able to read (and finish) real books in Italian, that means novel length books. One of my New Year's resolutions is to make sure there's always an Italian book on my "currently reading" list.

In 2012 I will also concentrate on the free classics I can get for my Kindle and I'd like to get some bigger tomes off my tbr list, so maybe I'll read a lower number of titles than in the last two years.

Here's my 2012 thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129529

Dec 30, 2011, 2:48pm Top

Hi there, I'm Nora!

I live in Alexandria VA and work/spend most of my time in Washington DC. I'm 23 and have been a member of LT for 4 and a half years. I've been a 75er since 2009, and 2011 was the first year that I completed my goal of reading 75 books. This was due in no small part to the amazing people I've met here. Thank you!

I read science fiction, fantasy, really weird fiction, classics, non-fiction science (especially biology, genetics, anthropology, and evolution), a bit of historical fiction, Young Adult science fiction and fantasy, literary fiction, classics, short stories, and books about books. I don't like e-books, Christian lit, cop dramas, memoirs, mysteries, angsty girly books, or Harry Potter knockoffs (though there are always exceptions to the rules :-)

You can find my first 2012 thread HERE!

Dec 30, 2011, 3:07pm Top

Here is my 2012 thread. http://www.librarything.com/topic/129579


Dec 30, 2011, 6:56pm Top

Hello there,

I'm Nick from Greece and here is my 2012 thread. http://www.librarything.com/topic/129550

Dec 30, 2011, 7:59pm Top

I'm Carrie, and this will be my second year in this group. I usual read around 100 books in a year (give or take a few), so 75 books is a doable goal for me. I'm a librarian in Knoxville, TN. I read in several genres, both fiction and non-fiction, but my favorites are definitely mysteries (especially historical mysteries) and history. When I'm not working or reading, I enjoy genealogical research, playing the piano, and following the University of Tennessee women's basketball, football, and men's basketball.

I'll be participating in the 12 in 12 Category Challenge this year, and hope to make good progress on The Europe Endless Challenge. l completed the 50 States Fiction/Non-fiction challenge last year, and now I'm planning my own mini-challenge to read a book set in or about each of the U.S. territories. Since there aren't many of them, my goal is to finish this by mid-year. I also read at least one book each month for the Reading in Time group.

I anticipate having less reading time at least during the early part of the year. My father lived with me for several years after my mother's death, and he passed away 3 months ago. I'll be doing quite a bit of sorting, organizing, and rearranging at home, as well as finding new homes for his belongings. I'm also planning to get a dog to keep me company at home. I haven't had a dog since elementary school, so I have a lot to learn about pet care. If you have a recommendation for a good book or two about dogs and dog care, please drop a comment on my thread.

Edited: Dec 30, 2011, 8:11pm Top

Hi, I'm Joe. I'm a Chicagoan and I've been on LT since June, 2008. I've been married for 28 years. We've got a daughter and son in their 20s, and we're all readers. My wife and daughter are LTers, too. I managed bookstores back in the day, and read a lot of different types of books.

I participated in this group last year, and this year I'm giving this thread a try:

Dec 30, 2011, 10:46pm Top

I'm Megan from Christchurch New Zealand.

Mother of 2 littlies (5 months and 3), and wife (well, strictly speaking, partner) of 1.

I'm often torn between parenting duties and the need to read, if my 3 year old angel would sit in front of a DVD for more than 5 minutes at a time I'm sure Id get more reading done! :)

I read 56 books last year and hope to top that this year but realistically probably wont. I can always try though! Nice to meet you all, I hope to be seeing you all on the threads in 2012


Dec 30, 2011, 11:44pm Top

I'm Alex a self confessed bibliophile & bookoholic ...... aren't we all ??

Located in the great Downunder - Auckland New Zealand

Book tastes are very eclectic and also prone to disappearing as work & exercise madness gets in the way - planning on doing 2 marathons this year & currently covering 2 roles at work so am prone to all or nothing appearances in all parts of life - Moderation is not a word I will ever understand :)

Thread is here : http://www.librarything.com/topic/129613

Dec 31, 2011, 12:20am Top

Hello, I'm Jeanne. This year I will turn 54, I will have been living in New Zealand (transplanted from Louisiana by way of Texas) for 9 years, and I am entering my second year of semi-retirement in rural Northland as gardener, part-time manager of a family business, and wife and mother with 2 children (17 and 12) still at home.

Book habits: I have been keeping a TBR for 20 years now, and it's quite extensive. I've also been keeping lists of what I've read for most of the past decade. I've been hanging around LT since 2007 but only joined the 75ers in May of last year. Last year I read more mystery/ detective books than anything else, closely followed by historical fiction, suspense/ thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, and literary fiction. I also read a smattering of action/ adventure, romance, horror, short stories, and nonfiction.

One of my reading goals for 2012 is to review all the books I read on my thread. Hope to see you there!

Dec 31, 2011, 2:31am Top

Hi, I'm Mary. I'm a 31 (soon to be 32) year old accountant living in the Midwest with my husband and our two fur kids (rabbits). I enjoy distance running, reading, and occasional bouts of writing - and am thinking of venturing into the realm of multi-sport events (duathlons/triathlons) this year. My reading tastes center mostly around adventure/sports non-fiction, but I'll pretty much read anything other than horror.

This is my second year in the 75 book challenge.

Visit my 2012 thread!

Dec 31, 2011, 3:12am Top

Hi, I’m Joanne. I’m in my early 50s (that still doesn't sound possible) and have lived in Colorado with my husband since 1987. We have one son who is a college freshman, so we are technically empty nesters, a golden retriever (that would be Copper) and a sweet elderly cat. I grew up in New Jersey but consider Colorado my home now. I still miss the shore. We like to hike, cross country ski in winter and boat in summer, and I volunteer, with Copper, at a local hospital. Oh, and I like to read. I’d do more of all of the above if I didn’t work full time…

I read mostly fiction, some non-fiction mostly on audio, and am a recent fan of mysteries and mystery series. My goal this year is to read more of my own books that have been languishing, unread, on the shelves and stacked messily near the shelves. I’m a frequent visitor to my local public library.

I joined LT in 2008 and this will be my third year in this wonderful 75 book group. I’m looking forward to visiting old friends and making new ones in 2012!

Stop by when you get a chance. My thread can be found here -


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Hi, I'm CC. 34, married, live south of Tacoma and north of Olympia, WA. My reading tastes are omnivorous, but there's a lot of social science, science fiction, and narrative nonfiction in the mix. Some favorite reads from 2011 were: biographies of Tim Gunn and Agatha Christie, Border Songs, The Third Chimpanzee, the Foundation trilogy, re-read Good Omens and Ender's Game, and fought my way valiantly to the end of 1000 Years of Solitude (good book, it just took forever to get through it!). I also read... let's see, Anansi Boys, a couple of Disc world novels, The Forever War... a bunch of pop sci books about creativity and brain development.... and there's more, but, that's what's in recent memory, anyway. I'd tell you what's in store for 2012, but, I'm really not sure yet. It will probably depend on that first trip to the bookstore in 2012.

Edited to add - this is my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129628

Dec 31, 2011, 5:15am Top

Hi, I'm Dee and am back for a second year with the 75 challenge group. I work for an advice charity and live in Yorkshire, England with my bookbinder husband and our two boys (13 and 11).

Over the last few years I've been reading mostly fiction. My favourites are often early twentieth century novels of the sort published by Virago and Persephone though I also love well-written contemporary fiction and read some YA and crime fiction.

My new thread is here.

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Dec 31, 2011, 9:59am Top

I think this will be my 4th year with the group, although I'm honestly not sure. Age and all that, you know. My real name is Beth. I live in Georgia with my husband of 25 years, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. We have 2 sons that are both trying to make it on their own; the older one has a wife to keep him in line. I am a high school special education teacher that works with teenagers who are severely and profoundly intellectually delayed. It's a tough job but quite rewarding in its own way.

I love to read - always have and always will. I read just about anything, although horror doesn't do much for me. I have oodles of books and buy them faster than I can read them. I gather that is a common trait of everyone here! I have books stacked in almost every room of my house, including one of the bathrooms. I have a Nook Color, hoping that would help curtail the growing piles, but it hasn't helped much. I love my Nook, but I love the feel of books too.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129643.

Dec 31, 2011, 10:35am Top

I'm Kathy, ex-pat Brit living in Nova Scotia, Canada. This will be my third year participating in 75 books and I love it. So many books and discussions!

My reading tends towards fantasy, sci-fi and mysteries although I've picked up a few non-genre books over the last couple of years thanks to LT. When I'm not reading, I knit while watching far too much TV and too many DVDs, I like to cook and I practise gentle yoga.

My thread is here

Edited: Dec 31, 2011, 11:10am Top

Hi! I’m Amy, and this is my 5th year in the 75ers. I read a variety of books, including literary fiction, mysteries, assorted non-fiction, and YA/juvenile. I also read aloud to my sons (a fifth-grader and a second-grader), and I'll keep track of those books on my thread too. You'll also see some management/leadership books that I read for the classes that I teach at the University of Iowa.

Some of my favorite reads in 2011 were Doc, The Night Circus, Bossypants, Moonwalking with Einstein, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. This year, I’m planning to read more by some of my favorite authors (including John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Bonnie Campbell) and to read some authors that I haven’t read yet (including Margaret Atwood, Mario Vargas Llosa). Oh, and I’m also hoping to read some of the books on my shelves, but I’ve had that goal for so long that it goes without saying.

I hope that you’ll visit me on my thread. Happy Reading!

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Hi all. I'm Gail and just unconciously celebrated my third Thingaversary. I love LT and the 75'ers group in particular. This years will try the 12 in 12, maybe, and the BOMBS challenges. I love TIOLI Challenge, but become overwhelmed and drown in my own enthusiasm, so am cutting back there a bit.

I'm (very nearly) 63, retired, married with 3 children, all grown girls. We live in Alabackward Alabama, but lived in Florida for a very long time and we are native New Englanders. Hobbies include gardening and cooking, some yoga.

I read most types of books, but few romances, dystopia, or chicklit. In 2011, I discoverd graphic novels and was pleasantly surprised. This year I'm trying to read fewer mysteries and buy fewer books. That should last until, oh, about January 15.

First 2012 thread is right here

Dec 31, 2011, 12:10pm Top

Oh dear... I have a lot of catching up to do...
I am 58..have 4 grown kids, three sons and a daughter all in their thirties ..
I have 5 furkids, 4 cats and a dog..
I am a fan of mac products and an eclectic reader.. some of this some of that..
oh, and I am kath...


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Hey ho - I'm Caroline. The funny thing about time is you don't realize how much of it has gone by when you're having so much fun. And fun is certainly what I've been having here among the 75ers and other LT members. I'm coming up to my 4th year on LT now and I'm so lucky to have made some amazing friends here.

I live in Massachusetts, married and am required to work in order to support my increasingly manic book habit, a habit that has only grown as a result of the many recommendations and reviews by other LT members. If anyone knows where I can buy a winning lottery ticket that will see me comfortably set in books for the rest of my life, please send me a PM... I promise to share. ;-)

I don't have a preferred genre. It all depends on what catches my eye when I visit my bookshelves, the bookstores, the library .. or even friends' homes (you've been warned.... count your books before and after I visit). I'm not, however, a fan of zombie or chicklit, though I will read them in a pinch.

I love cooking, talking about food and eating ... not necessarily in that order. And for my gastronomic sins, I will try to enjoy working out more in 2012.

While I will continue to participate in TIOLI Challenges in 2012, I'm setting a major one for myself - and that is to buy fewer books than I read in 2012. If anyone's interested in this challenge, the thread is here

You'll always be welcome at my thread for a chat and a cookie here

Dec 31, 2011, 1:44pm Top

Hi, I'm Becca. I'm jnwelch's aforementioned daughter :) He has inspired me to be more active on this wonderful site. This is my third year doing the 75 book challenge, and I am also doing the Books Off the Shelf challenge, as I essentially have 7 bookcases full to the brim with great-looking books begging to be read.

I mostly read mysteries and true crime, with some paranormal and supernatural sprinkled in depending on the book/series.

I love chatting, especially about books! You can find my thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129674

Dec 31, 2011, 2:24pm Top

Hi booklovers!

I am Kathy, 25 years old, from Austria. This is my third year on LibraryThing and the second year I will participate at the 75-challenge. I am lucky enough to work for a bookshop company and I'm writing (or trying to do so at least) on my final thesis for my literature studies.

I am always open to discussions and chats about books, and I hope there'll be the one or the other group read this year. I love to read what's called "classics", but I also like many contemporary authors, e.g. the English-writing authors Philip Roth, Ian McEwan, John Irving. But there's nothing like one favourite book or one favourite author. I love variety! :)

Here is my thread for 2012: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129658
I would be happy to see you there!

Dec 31, 2011, 2:47pm Top

Hi, I'm AuntieCatherine and this is my first year as a 75'er.

I am 54, live in North Yorkshire, England - and boy, does that make me one lucky so-and-so - and am currently looking for work having just finished a temp job before Christmas. I mostly read detective story, Classics - especially Dickens - and a lot of history. I have started to worry I'm spending too long just fiddling with the computer, I need an incentive to read more proper books, properly.

Dec 31, 2011, 3:33pm Top

Hi, I am Yoona, 22 years old, and this is my fourth year participating at the 75-challenge group.
I am currently in California and in-between schools at the moment, as I am trying to transfer..
I mostly read fiction (especially classics) and books that I get recommended

Dec 31, 2011, 4:18pm Top

Hi everyone, I'm Bonnie from Buffalo and coming off of one very monumental year. I retired in June from a lifetime in in Education as a teacher and a principal. Once I retired, I devoted most of my time helping my daughter plan her wedding, which took place in October (lots of pictures on my Profile page). And finally, for the first time I was actually able to finish 75 books. It'll be hard for 2012 to beat this year but hope springs eternal.

Like most others here, I am addicted to reading and, even more so, to the acquisition of books, which are quickly overtaking the space available, even though we have a fairly large house. I read mostly literary fiction, with a smattering of mystery series (mostly Jackson Brodie, Clare Fergusson/Russ Alstyne, and Matthew Shardlake) and a heavy sprinkling of narrative non-fiction.

My thread can be found here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129596#t and I love visitors.

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Hello! I'm Emilie, 30, and this is my third year in the 75ers. I live in metro-Detroit currently but may end up in Kentucky later this year. My job is in transition as of last week - I worked in the veterinary field for several years (both research and clinical practice) while also working with racehorses (both training and managing). We'll see where 2012 brings us. I share my heart with a guy, some house rabbits, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a bunch of catfish. I buy far too many books at library book sales.

Now that the boring stuff is over, here is what I read: mostly fiction (children's, picture, YA, American, English), animal science and equestrian sports, along with some history, human medicine, sociology, and zoology. About 1/3 of my reading is non-fiction. I discovered graphic novels last year, so there will be a few of those as well. Last year's thread is here if you'd like to find out more, and HERE is the new 2012 thread!

Dec 31, 2011, 5:26pm Top

I'm Colleen, I'm in my mid-30s, and my husband and I are currently living in Saudi Arabia which gives me time to read though makes finding books I want to read more challenging! I'm a native Washingtonian- proud to have been born and raised in our Nation's Capital. I loved participating in the 75 books challenge last year because reading everyone's threads helped my TBR pile grow and grow. This year I hope to be more active in posting and to participate in more TIOLI challenges. I love LT but sometimes find it is taking away time from reading which is just...surreal...

I read a little bit of almost anything, though mostly fiction. I love biographies, classic and British mysteries, space operas, the odd romance novel, and Pride and Prejudice (seriously- I read it at least twice a year!)

My thread: Colleen's 75 and more in 2012

Dec 31, 2011, 6:04pm Top

live in England
4th year here
I hope to make it to 75 this year failed it in 2011. Will read anything though I do favour SF and Fantersy and Graphic novals but will have a go at everything.

My Thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129705

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Hi, I'm Kerry, I'm about to turn 54 in a couple of days and live in Auckland, New Zealand. I no longer work and have cut my voluntary commitments down to just one committee. I have an ongoing interest in literature for young people and this forms a sizable part of my library. We have 5 children (4 still at home and one living in London) and one dog, Ginny, a beagle. This is my 4th year in this group, I really do love it.

My interests are varied and this is reflected in my reading which seems to cover most genres and is fairly international in content. My reading goal for 2012 is reading from the piles of books I already own and focusing on New Zealand and Australian fiction though I can easily be led astray by enticing scifi and fantasy reads. I read many more threads than I post on, but I'll try to 'delurk' more often.

My thread can be found here: avatiakh tackles Mt tbr in 2012

Dec 31, 2011, 6:24pm Top

I’m Mere (short for Meredith), 23, from Connecticut. In last year’s introduction I said I was trying to figure out what I really wanted to do. Not surprisingly, I decided I wanted to work with books; I have several part time jobs while I try to make that happen. Besides reading, I love horseback riding, yoga, and (this time of year) watching college basketball.

I read mostly fiction (78 out of 96 new books last year) – a lot of historical, some YA, some literary. For nonfiction I mostly like history, or at least historically related topics. I did a lot of lurking on other threads last year, so this time I’ll try to do a bit more posting. My thread is over here.

Dec 31, 2011, 6:25pm Top

My name is Kara and I have been a member of LT since March 2009. I joined the 75 group toward the end of 2010 and continued with it in 2011. I read 67 books last year just a tad short but not bad considering my busy RL. I'm 41, a nurse for the DD population since 1995, married, mother of 2 (grown and out of the house) step sons who have contributed greatly to the grey in my hair, a grandma to a beautiful 7 month old boy, have 3 dogs, 1 cat and 2 parrots. My life seems like a zoo at times but somehow I seem to manage to find the time to read, which keeps me sane. My reading is eclectic. Not much NF but last year I exposed myself to some YA, some I didn't care for and some I was really impressed with. So in 2012 I hope to find some more really outstanding YA books.

I have met many wonderful people here in this group and hope to continue those friendships and possibly add new ones.

My 2012 thread

Dec 31, 2011, 6:44pm Top

Hi, my name is Ilana. I discovered LT in 2007, did the 50 Books groups a couple of years, but really found my home here with the 75 Book group when I joined in November of 2010, which makes this my second year.

I'm in my early 40s, happily single, and live in Montreal with my three furry kids, Coco (a rescue toy poodle who's the cutest dog in the world—according to everyone who meets him or has seen photos!), and my cats Mimi and Ezra. I used to be an executive in the magazine publishing industry as an art director until I had a spectacular burnout four-and-a-half years ago, and have been trying to get back on my feet ever since. The really fun part is I have all the time in the world to read and hang out here with all you wonderful people, blog a little, take art classes (drawing, watercolours, acrylic/oil paints, jewellery making so far) and get plenty of rest, though I really should consider doing yoga again to get more exercise, other than walking Coco.

I love buying books, cataloguing them, and tagging them, which is practically the opposite of creativity, but it's a kind of passion of mine. I acquired nearly 300 books in 2011, and hope to curb my book-buying in 2012, if only because I've run out of room and have so many amazing books to choose from already! That being said, I'm glad there are still just under 6 hours left to 2011 so I can have on last little shopping spree. BoodDepository and now AbeBooks get plenty of business from me.

My reading tastes, like most everything else, are quite eclectic and range from literary fiction, classics in English and French (I'm bilingual), historical fiction, fantasy (which I really got into this last year), mysteries, some graphic novels and another addition discovered since I joined this group, YA and children's literature, since I'm crazy about great illustrations, which I happily display on my threads. I'm trying to get more into non-fiction too, which is one of my goals for the coming year. I got turned on to audiobooks this past year thanks to LT and tend to be plugged in most of the time. I stay clear of vampires and zombies (most of the time), horror, romance, and chick lit.

I'm also quite chatty, as this post can attest, so drop by my thread anytime to say hello and see what's going on!

Here's my thread.

I'm also taking part in the 12/12 Challenge: http://www.librarything.com/topic/127189

Jan 1, 2012, 12:58am Top

Happy New Year Friends!

My name is Brit and I live at a Quaker boarding school in Southeastern Pennsylvania with my *pregnant* (!!!!!) wife, 2 1/2 year old son, dog and 2 cats. I'm a wife, mom, part-time attorney, part-time teacher, 3 season coach and dorm parent. This will be my second year with both LT and the 75ers.

I read just about anything. Although I wish I had more time to read. Other than being extremely busy, I like to play video games, do just about anything with my son, play geeky board games (I even found a way to play my favorite one on-line!) and read (duh!).

Here is my thread, please come visit: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129232

I do my best to get around to everyone, but it doesn't always happen. Happy reading!

Jan 1, 2012, 2:08am Top

I'm back for my second year with the 75 group. I'm 47, live in Iowa and work at the state university in the study abroad office. I'm the president of our local Friends of the Library group, and the vast majority of books I read in 2011 came from the library. However, I have actually built book-buying money into my 2012 budget, which is a dangerous, dangerous thing!

I have found good books to read in almost any genre, but most of my choices tend to come from contemporary and classic fiction, mysteries, historical nonfiction and biography. I've resolved to stretch my genre boundaries in 2012, so will be taking my first stabs at graphic novels and poetry, among other things. Wish me luck!

I'm also excited about the new tutored reads feature, and hope to find someone to gently walk me through Shakespeare's Sonnets.

I have already starred more threads from interesting fellow 75ers than I can ever hope to keep up with and maintain my sanity, but what the heck! I got some of my best reads from recommendations in this group last year.

My 2012 thread is over here if you'd like to stop by and say 'hello'.

Jan 1, 2012, 9:17am Top

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm Darryl, and this is the fourth year that I've participated in this group. I'm a 50 year old pediatric hospitalist, a pediatrician who cares for hospitalized children, and I work for the major children's healthcare provider in Atlanta. I originally grew up in the NYC area, but moved with my parents to suburban Philadelphia as a teenager.

In addition to reading, I enjoy traveling; I'm glad to have had the opportunity to meet a dozen other LTers in NYC, London and Cambridge in the past couple of years. I love live theatre, modern art, jazz and classical music, and the food of different cultures.

In addition to the 75 Books Challenge, I'm active in several other groups on LT, particularly the Booker Prize group (which I created), and the Club Read, Medicine, African/African American Literature, Reading Globally, Author Theme Reads, Orange January/July and the Non-Fiction Challenge groups.

I enjoy international literature, narrative non-fiction, and books about medicine and public health. My favorite authors include Mario Vargas Llosa, José Saramago, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Hilary Mantel, James Baldwin, and Haruki Murakami. BTW, if anyone is planning to read 1Q84, there is a group read currently taking place in Author Theme Reads group: 1Q84 Group Read.

My initial 2012 thread can be found here.

Jan 1, 2012, 11:32am Top

It's been a couple years since I've been part of the 75, but I'm throwing my hat in the ring again.

I'm Janet, a 55 year old microbiologist in an NIH research lab. I have two cats, multiple horses and a dog-shaped hole in my life that may be filled soon. I have two grown kids, one of whom is studying in Shanghai this year. (And yes! I'm hoping to visit her this spring.)

I read a wide variety of genres--split about evenly between fiction and non-fiction.

I'm taking part in the 2012 BOMBS challenge hoping to concentrate on the books I entered first into LT in 06 & 07 that are still unread. We'll see how that goes--some of them are subjects/authors I have lost interest in, but at least they will be gone from my shelves! I'm hoping the TIOLO challenge will help me look through my old treasures with new eyes.

I take part in the Reading Globally, and non-fiction challenge groups. For sheer entertainment, the Green Dragon rules!

Welcome to my 2012 thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129819

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#14: Too bad we haven't had any snow yet! I'm originally from the Cleveland area where the lake effect snow was often worse than here in the Milwaukee area. Enjoy your 2012 reading!

Jan 1, 2012, 12:27pm Top

I'm Celia and this is my second year in this group. I had no idea last year whether I was gonna make 75 books in one year - well I didn't, but I blame it on my PhD which I (blissfully) finished! So this year one of my New Year's resolutions is to really get to 75! And to read some more 'proper' books because the list last year contained quite a bit of rereads or relatively easy reads...

I'm 32 years old, from the Netherlands (Nijmegen) but hoping to move abroad after defending the thesis and travelling the US for 3,5 months :-). I love historical fiction, 19th century British literature, Big History and (auto)biographies.

This is my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129836

Jan 1, 2012, 12:34pm Top

I'm Lisa and this is my third attempt. I normally hover around the 60 book mark, but I think it's good to push myself. I travel a lot for work, so I do a lot of my reading in airports. I have a book review website, Alive on the Shelves, so most of my book reviews are there. I got a Kindle last year, which should help, but so many of my books are ARCs, and I don't get those in Kindle format, for the most part.

I have already finished my first book for 2012! (I finished it at 3 am, and that counts, in my book.)

My thread is here and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is reading!

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45 Napoleonesque (in other words short), small business owner of a construction and engineering project management company in Malaysia (an exile from Yorkshire, England since 1994) seeks thrills, spills, book talk etc etc etc

I'm Paul but my thread is mostly inhabited by the wonderful assortment of colourful characters that make my life so full here in Kuala Lumpur, including:
SWMBO (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed), my darling and long suffering culinary fiend of a wife.
My three children YASMYNE (14 and growing scarily into a young woman before my eyes and more scarily other men's eyes), KYRAN (12 my only boy who has the temerity to check on a daily basis who is the tallest now) and BELLE (who has the christmas message all wrong and seems to be looking for Santa every day).
Then there is my book guarding/secreting accomplice my maid ERNI who makes the meanest coffee east of Istanbul and my uncommunicative driver AZMI who has allowed me to continue reading even after the traffic lights. There is my extended family at my small office who will try to follow my example by irritating their spouses and tend to my ills by feeding me with medicine for period pains!

Life is rarely dull in my part of the world and I try to make all visitors welcome. Books receive an occasional mention also and my purchasing binges and my futile attempts with faithful ERNI to avoid SWMBO's detection have merited some comments already. Bought in excess of 800 books in my first year on LT.

I enjoy most genres except vampire love stories puleese!, chicklit and am reducing a irritation to Sci-fi by careful selection.

My thread is : http://www.librarything.com/topic/129180

Jan 1, 2012, 1:07pm Top

I'm Lori, I'm in my mid-40's and while I have been a member of LT since 2008, this is my first year joining the 75 Group. Originally from Alberta, for the past 19 years my significant other half and I have made Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia home base.

As a categories challenge girl at heart, I have spent my time up to now on LT with the 1010 Challenge, 11 in 11 Challenge and my current challenges/groups are: the Alphabet Challenge, the Reading Through Time Group, Orange January/July and the 12 in 12 Challenge which is my home base for my reading and can be found here. If you take a peek there you will get a feel for the types of books I will be reading this year.

I look forward to discovering new books, new friends, group reads and the TIOLI challenges here. For those here that don't already know me, I tend to be a bit of a lurker (the introvert in me that is usually in control), surfacing to comment when something posted catches my attention (when the extrovert in me takes control).

Here is my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129856

Happy Reading Everyone!

Jan 1, 2012, 1:33pm Top

Hello everyone - Happy New Year to you all.
I'm James, a 48 year old civil servant living and working in Westminster, London. I managed to read 152 books last year - my second highest yearly total - though that was exceptional.
However, I found last year's Group very supportive and enlightening, and am looking forward to trying for around 75 in 2012.
I generally read fiction, though there was a fair smattering of non-fiction and philosohpy among last year's tally, too.
Best wishes to everyone :)

Jan 1, 2012, 1:56pm Top

Hi everyone,

I thought I should introduce myself since two of my family members are already well-known. I'm jnwelch's wife and seasonsoflove's mom.

I'm a storyteller and children's event producer - and quite active in Young Chicago Authors, a non-profit that offers writing, performance and publication classes and opportunities for students 13-19. I love to read and hope to have more time this year than last.

Happy New year to all!!

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129868

Jan 1, 2012, 1:58pm Top

Happy New Year to all! My name is Sarah and I am in my sixth year here on LT, entering my fourth in the 75ers.

That white space was a pause while I listened for everyone to say "Hi Sarah" in unison.

Okay, moving along. I am approaching... um... well, pretty much in my mid-30s. I grew up and abide in the lower peninsula of Michigan where we all do that thing where we hold up our right hands and point to the palm to indicate the area in which we live. It's odd. We know.

I teach World Literature, Mythology, Science Fiction, Composition and related subjects at two local colleges; in fact, I am teaching a new class at a new college starting this new year, so that is quite exciting. There are lots of changes happening in my life right now and I am hoping for more, so have declared 2012 to be a Very Good Year. Optimism is also a change for me; we shall see how it goes. :)

I hope it will also be a Very Good Year for books. 2011 pretty much sucked on that front for various reasons, but this is a new year and a new start to my reading list. I am hoping to exceed 75 books, as I have done in other years, but I also want them to be Very Good Books, so I look forward to all the wonderful recommendations that this group never fails to provide.

If you would like to watch the Very Good Year unfold, here is my thread:
BeSerene in 2012: A Very Good Year (for Books)

Jan 1, 2012, 2:18pm Top

I joined the 2011 group halfway through, but now I'm here at the beginning of the year :D
My 2012 thread is here: http://www.librarything.nl/topic/129814

2011 thread for the interested people: http://www.librarything.nl/topic/118453

Last year I started writing extensive reviews for most books I read. This year I hope to continue with that. I also hope to get at least one more book published (and work on books to be published the year after that... if the world doesn't end :P)

Jan 1, 2012, 2:35pm Top

Hi, I'm Rachel from Chattanooga, TN. This is my forth year doing the 75 book challenge although I dropped the ball last year and ended up dropping out about half way through the year.

I'm 26 and still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up, though right now I work at the TN Aquarium and also for a snake breeder. I have been tossing around the idea of grad school but haven't decided anything definite yet.

I read pretty much any genre but tend to keep coming back to fantasy and YA. I love LT because through everyone else's reviews I've discovered some amazing books!

My thread is here!

Jan 1, 2012, 2:41pm Top

Hi, I'm Claudia (aka Cee)!
63, married 42 years, 2 grown daughters (who have blessed us with 4 grands), 1 sheltie (Loki) and 1 sweet "old lady" cat (Woolly).

Retired 9 years ago - have worked insurance (actuarial and marketing), nursing, counseling abused women, travel agent, and town clerk. Not all at once! lol

This will be my third year in the 75 group. Didn't make it to 75 the first time - actually, it was only a short year. But I had so much fun and support, decided to give it another go.

2011 was a success! I actually got to 85 books and met priceless friends. Now I know numbers really don't matter. My reading interests have expanded and I'm loving it. I'll read just about anything but seek to avoid sensational violence, and predictable romance fluff. I love narrative non-fiction, classics, nature/animal books, historical fiction, British and Canadian lit, sci-fi, some YA, graphic books, and fantasy.
There's no place like LT!

Currently living on the coast of Maine - my idea of heaven!

Jan 1, 2012, 3:03pm Top

Hi, Jude again.....my 2012 thread is up:


Every one is welcome...just wipe your feet and don't drop food or spill beer on the floor..I am not a house maid..though I dress like one on occasion


Jan 1, 2012, 4:28pm Top

Hi, I'm Monica and I live in Belgium (Flanders). It'll be my third year on LT and with the 75-ers and I love it. Last year I read 130 books, the year before 107 so 75 should not be a problem.
I think I'll continue to read the way I did last year, mixing a variety of books from my global reading challenge, my European challenge, a few classics, a few Flemish and Dutch books, throw in some mysteries and add a bit more non-fiction (history) to the justjoey-cocktail. I'll be happy to post on all the books I read in 2012 on my 75-ers-thread and really look forward to your reactions!

You can find my 75 Books in 2012-challenge here

Jan 1, 2012, 5:04pm Top

Hi! I'm Lissa and I live in southwestern Colorado. I'm 31 years old, work in a health care field, and love books. :) This is my first 75 book challenge. This year, I'm trying to focus on reading non-comic-book books, because I have something like a thousand to read and am not making much progress. I buy far more books than I actually read. My TBR pile would probably last for me for ten years or more, but does that stop me from buying more books? No. ;)

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129484

Jan 1, 2012, 5:06pm Top

Hi everyone - I'm Chrissy and I'm 33 from Staffordshire in the UK. This is my first year taking the challenge - but halfway through my first book already! I am also working on the 1001 books to read before you die and have been finding some gems on the list.

I have two kids and two dogs and we also foster dogs for a rescue to get them out of kennels before they are homed. Life can be pretty manic and books are my bit of quiet in the crazy house!!

Jan 1, 2012, 5:21pm Top

Hi - I'm Rhian - 50 years old living in Hertfordshire in the UK (but originally from Wales) with my husband of 23 years, my 11 year old son, cat and recently acquired dog (after 22 years 11 months persauding my husband that getting a dog would be a really, really good idea).

I'm doing an Engish Literature degree with the Open University at the moment and a lot of my reading is governed by that: children's literature now and then Victorian novels for my next module. Otherwise I read mainly fiction: literary, science fiction, some fantasy mostly - I'm not keen on chick-lit, thrillers or detective books. Non-fiction is usually either science or history based.

My 2012 challenge is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129778

Jan 1, 2012, 5:25pm Top

Hi, I'm Judy and although I have been on LT since 2008, this will be my second year with the 75ers. I am also a member of the "older than dirt" group, but one of the many things I love about LT is that age just doesn't matter here.

I am hopelessly addicted to the TIOLI challenges, and I am also part of the 12 in 12 Challenge, Reading Through Time Challenge and the 2012 Bombs (Books Off My Book Shelves) challenge.

My reading tastes are many and varied, from Graphic Novels to Classics. I read voraciously and shudder to think how many more books I would read if I wasn't here on LT so often.

I loved getting to know so many of you over the last few years and I look forward to making new friends this year as well.

My thread is here.

Jan 1, 2012, 5:37pm Top

Okay, dumb question: what is TIOLI?

Edited: Jan 1, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Happy New Year everyone! I’m Linda, live in the Capital Region of New York State, and have a wonderful partner and two grown stepsons. I hold an MSW and am recently retired from a 36-year career in public human service delivery and administration. Having left long workdays and a long commute behind, I am looking forward to more active participation in Library Thing. My interests lie primarily in literary fiction, biographies, memoirs, travel and other narrative nonfiction, with the occasional mystery or other enticing read.

When not reading, cooking or cleaning our somewhat large Victorian house, I attend author events and seminars at area colleges, play the piano and guitar, kayak, snowshoe and cross-country ski.

I have watched this group for the past year and it has contributed greatly to the growth of my TBR list. I look forward to my first year of active participation!

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129891.

Jan 1, 2012, 6:04pm Top

>128 LisaLynne:

Here is a link to TIOLI info:


I don't do the Challenges myself...but many folks do...good luck...

Jan 1, 2012, 6:05pm Top

I am Liz and totally psyched to be back. This is my third year on LT, second one doing the 75 books challenge. I made it to 62 this year...

I live in Arlington, VA with my DH of 23 years, three teenagers (16, 13, and 13). We are blessed wit a large extended family in the area - who sometimes get in the way of reading :)!

I read on my Nook Color on the metro to work, and read "real" books at home. I usually have several going at once - fiction, short stories, memoirs, science non-fiction, and anything else that catches my fancy.

And I read and write about eating as locally and sustainably as we can .. on my blog: http://food4five.wordpress.com.

My LT thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129853.

Jan 1, 2012, 6:26pm Top

I'm Dee & this is my fourth year hanging out with the 75's. This is a great group and I look forward to all the books that will be added to my TBR list as I read through others threads.
I predominantly read Canadian fiction but will pick up a little bit of everything.
My thread for this year is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129915#

Jan 1, 2012, 7:15pm Top

I'm Susanna, and while I've been on LT for ages, this is my first year taking on the challenge.

I live in Seattle with my husband and 7-year-old daughter, and today is my 41st birthday. By day I'm a grants analyst at UW; by night, weekend, and whenever I can find the time, I'm an author. I'm a fairly omnivorous reader, though I tend toward genre fiction, especially romance, fantasy, and mystery.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129922

Jan 1, 2012, 10:34pm Top

Hi I'm Tina (tututhefirst), and I've been playing with this crowd since I joined LT in 2008. I've always met the 75 (usually reading way more than 75), but this year, I'm taking a little different tack.

I'm a retiree from 30+ years of non-profit volunteer management, now the librarian in our small coastal Maine town. Our library is a one room school house of 936 sq ft where we manage to cram in almost 6000 books. My kids are grown and live in Baltimore and Virginia (where granddaughter resides). My mom and sisters are all in the Baltimore/DC/No Virginia area. Sister Cheli (cyderry) is a regular member here in this group also.

I love just about any genre, in any format. I "ear-read" almost 45% of my books in audio while I do water aerobics 4 x week to combat the effects of RA. I have a NOOK and love it! I'll be recording the books I read, books I ditch, and random thoughts on life on my blog Tutu's Two Cents and on my 2012 thread for this group.

Jan 1, 2012, 10:42pm Top

I'm Eris, a teenage girl obsessed with mythology of all kinds, YA books, Gothic music, the military, and classic English literature. I am really looking forward to reading 75 books this year, although there is a small part of my mind that is saying "what the heck have you gotten us into this time, Eris?"

It should be a lot of fun, though, and I am looking forward to getting to know all of the other people of this group. I am especially happy to know that a lot of you read YA lit, so I feel less alone about that!


Jan 1, 2012, 11:06pm Top

I'm Roni and this is my 5th year in the 75-book challenge group. I'm 62 and live in San Diego with my husband, dog, and 2 cats. I typically read around 150 books a year, with a very heavy proportion in science fiction and fantasy at all levels (adult, YA, and children's), although I also love Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and read a lot of nonfiction about religions. I retired 18 months ago, and so my thread also often has pictures of my pottery, beading and wireworking, and my garden. I have several hundred books in my tbr piles in my office, but I read more books than I acquired last year (170 vs. 137).

My 2012 thread may be found here.

Jan 1, 2012, 11:39pm Top

Hi everyone! I just started my new thread. Last year I did the 50 book challenge, but I decided to increase it for the new year. I'm currently taking classes online through Drexel to get my MSLIS. I work in the circulation department of a public library and I love it!

I'm looking forward to a great new year! Happy 2012!

My thread can be found here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129968

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 5:23am Top

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm Terri, age 50-something (sometimes I lose track myself!). I live in a small town in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, where I work at our local public library. I'm married and have one teenage son; he has high-functioning autism, so I have quite a few books about the autism spectrum listed in my library that I either own or have read.

I've been with this group since 2009, when I joined LT. I'm also doing the 12 in 12 category challenge and the BOMBS (books off my book shelves) challenge. I read all sorts of stuff; my reading habits trend toward mysteries, but I read other kinds of fiction and quite a bit of non-fiction, too.

Here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129894.

Jan 2, 2012, 7:47am Top

My name is Michelle. I am going to do this challenge again this year. I did it last year to. I ended up reading 198 books out of my goal of 200 books.

Jan 2, 2012, 12:08pm Top

Hi there, I'm Jen. I tried for 75 in 2011 and missed, mainly because I was busy with other stuff and didn't read as much as usual - didn't even complete the Austen readathon! But it's not really about the numbers, and more about the sharing, although I don't always get the chance to comment much on other threads.

I love reading, photography, blogging (for work and at home), and as much exploring as I can, especially around Lanarkshire and the rest of Scotland, but I'm as happy exploring through old maps and books as I am in person. And of course, history, history, history, the older the better.

Bookwise, I tend towards non-fiction, teen and children's fiction, old fashioned detective mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. Most of the books are currently in the loft after the madness of 2011 (new roof, new central heating, and new plastering all necessary). Fortunately as a school librarian, I'm never short of material :-)

I've noticed mention of a Steinbeck readathon for 2012, and since he's my bete noire (forced to read at school), I feel it only right to give him the benefit of the doubt, and try again. Of course, now I can't find the thread, so if anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be very grateful.

You're all welcome at JenthePen tries again any time you fancy dropping in.

Jan 2, 2012, 12:11pm Top

>140 JenMacPen: Hi Jen. I don't think the thread has been set up for the first Steinbeck book yet, but I know this month's book should be Cannery Row so you can just start the book at anytime. :)

Jan 2, 2012, 12:31pm Top

I'm reading through the introductions and it is fabulous that we come together from all parts of the world, all age groups, with so many varying experiences....to share our love of the written word. Giving me a warm fuzzy this morning.

Jan 2, 2012, 12:32pm Top

oh, Cannery Row! I may just have to read it, too. Got to get you starred!

Jan 2, 2012, 12:43pm Top

Hi Everyone. I’m Pat, closing in on my 58th birthday and happily transplanted (from New York) in a suburb of Boise, Idaho. I had a bumpy road healthwise last year but things have settled down and I’m back to enjoying reading again.

My favorite reads are usually literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, and psychological thrillers but I’ve also been enjoying a number of LT recommendations for graphic novels and children’s books.

I’m trying not to overly plan my reading this year but I find it hard to resist signing up for the monthly TIOLI challenges so I think I’ll just focus on not worrying about finishing them.

I’m retired so theoretically I have a lot of time to read but my obsession with LT often gets in the way. But I love this group and it’s become a major part of my life so it’s a tradeoff I happily make.

This will be my third year as part of the 75ers and you can find my 2012 thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130039

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 1:01pm Top

Hi, again. I started last year's 75 late, so hopefully this year will go better. I am hoping that others out there add plenty of 2012 apocalyptic novels, and such, out there in reading land. I am hoping to create such a 75 list if I get motivated :)

Being an insomniac, I get lots of reading done after 9 pm, which fuels my dreams.

Good luck to all!


Jan 2, 2012, 1:13pm Top

It so happens that I was just at NineTiger's new thread and it is to be found here:

Jan 2, 2012, 1:16pm Top

146 Thanks for listing my thread :)


Jan 2, 2012, 1:17pm Top

Holy heavens, there are a lot of us! I'm 'Cynara' in Toronto, and I'm trying to break into teaching, while doing a mixture of things. This does leave me more time for recreational reading than actual teaching, though, so I'm trying to look on the bright side. This will be my second year with the 75ers.

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 4:07pm Top

Trying again!!

Only hit 40 something in 2011 but I'll give it another go.

I too am 40 something; a wife, and a mom of 4 teenagers. I work a full time retail position and don't find as much time to read as I'd like. We live in a small town in northwestern Ohio. My commute is about 30 minutes each way and books-on-tape (old car with a cassette player) borrowed from the library make up a significant part of my list.

I read just about anything but do tend to avoid romance novels and most chick lit. Some books of those categories do sneak in due to my small town library having a limited collection of books on tape.

I am currently loving Donald E. Westlake and plan to devour everything of his I can find.

My goal this year is to read more non fiction than I have in the past.

I'd love to hear how others manage to read well over the 75 mark!

Attempting to link to my thread


oh my gosh it worked! I'm so excited lol

Jan 2, 2012, 3:33pm Top

Hi! My name is Caitlin and I am 23. I have a B.S. in Biomedical Science with minors in Global Studies and Chemistry. I am currently in the midst of applying to physician assistant (PA) school and hope to work in pediatrics once I obtain my degree. I received interviews at the 2 schools I applied to and am very nervous about them (second week of January)! After 5 years living near Memphis I have returned to my beloved hometown of New Orleans (Geaux Saints!); though if I get accepted to PA school I will be moving to Texas or Oklahoma.

Of course, I love to read, and will read pretty much anything, but my favorites are fantasy/paranormal, historical fiction and YA. I watch too much TV for my own good, love to travel, enjoy volunteering, love to babysit and spend time with my friends and family (including our 3 dogs and 1 cat), and am trying to start crafting (inspired by my decision to make presents for my nieces-ribbon and tulle tutus and tiaras). This is my sixth year on LT and fourth year in this group and I just love it. I enjoy reading comments on my thread and on other threads while lurking :) My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130071

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 8:40pm Top

I'm Peg, a librarian in NYC and new to both the 75 Group and LT. I am loving cataloging our family's books on LT. My reading interests are all over the map. I'm currently reading China in Ten Words, a book of essays by Yu Hua. The next book will be The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola. I'm looking forward to seeing what folks are reading and your comments.
The minute I figure out how to start a thread, I'll post the link!

OK.. here goes:

My thread can be found here

Jan 2, 2012, 4:59pm Top

I'm Natalie, 20 years old and from Seattle but currently attending school in Wisconsin. This will be my 3rd year in the 75 books challenge! I'm an English major and I love the classics, but I'm also a big reader of YA and fantasy and and general contemporary stuff. You'll also see some French stuff popping up on my thread here and there; I'm a French major, too :). Typically I read about 100 books a year; I got to 102 last year!

Here's a link to my 2012 thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130075

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 5:08pm Top

I'm a graduate student working on finishing up two masters degrees simultaneously, in history and library science (concentration on archives). I hope to be finished this summer. In history I love medieval Europe, colonial America, and anything UK related. This is my second year in the 75 book challenge. Last year I actually read over 110, so I'm excited to see how many books I can I get through this year. My non-academic interests involve mostly fantasy and sci-fi, with some alternate history and historical fiction thrown in. I'm a big fan of Tolkien and Lewis, and I hope to read some biographies and criticism this year on them and their work.

Here's the link to my 2012 thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129872

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 8:54pm Top

I've alerted that I failed to put the link to my thread above correctly.

Jan 2, 2012, 9:09pm Top

My name is Jen. I'm a 36 year old mom. I've taken up photography in hopes of making it a profession in the near future. I love to read. I am drawn to fantasy, although historical fiction, travel memoir, and other nonfiction rank high with me as well. This is my second attempt at the 75 books challenge. Last year I read 77. I was so proud, and I think that my husband was equally impressed! I usually have at least 3 books going, and I count audiobooks as "reading." So some of the books in my list will be audio versions.
I can't wait to get this thing started!
Here's my link: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130102

Edited: Jan 3, 2012, 9:47am Top

Wow! Look at all the people. I love this!

I'm Jenn (nittnut). I've been on LT since 2009, and with the 75ers since then too.

I'm leaving my 30's behind next month. They've been great, but I hear the 40's are good too. I have a husband and 3 kids. My oldest is an official teenager as of last month. Whee! Not entirely ready for that roller coaster ride, but off we go. We are a reading family; books are taking over the house. I love to read just about anything, history and historical fiction are favorites. I also read a lot of YA lit. because I like it, and to help my 13 year old son find good books to read. I usually read around 150 books a year, but this year I think I actually need to read less. I'm the owner of a little shop on Etsy that is growing rapidly and needs a little more of my time. I love to listen to audio books while I work.

I absolutely have to read more books than I buy this year. I'm not engaging in a total book buying ban, but I think I must limit myself to one new book a month (of course, if I don't buy one this month it can carry over...). I have a lot of books in piles, just begging to be read.

My new thread is here

Jan 3, 2012, 11:24am Top

Hello! My name is Liz and I guess i'm the baby of this group as i'm only 26!, but I really love to read and have never joined a group or a challenge so here I am! I live in sunny Florida where it's not always sunny, but for the most part warm. I have a wonderful husband who also likes to read (just not as much as me!) I don't know how to post a thread so i'll just post them on here if that's ok! I read all kinds of book but lately it seems as though i'm on a YA kick! I am very excited about seeing everyone elses recommendations!

1.) Lipstick apology by: Jennifer Jabaley

2.) The Weird Sisters by: Eleanor Brown (currently reading)

Jan 3, 2012, 11:33am Top

Hello Liz S., all you need to do at the top left hand side of this page is post a topic and if you are unsure of how to make it show up in your post just copy and past the url in to your message on here and it will link us to your post. Welcome to the group and I see you and I even though you are a little bit younger than me. Have a lot of book's in common. Good luck with your goals...

Jan 3, 2012, 12:24pm Top

Hello to all my fellow 75ers. What a great group you've made, drneutron. It's the highlight of LT for me. I've met some really nice people here, and enjoy reading the threads of others who share my reading taste. I love this place!

About Me:
My name is Cindy and I am a middle-aged reader from the midwest part of the States. Married for 31 years, and mother of five, I have three in college and two in high school, all voracious readers. BC, I was an executive secretary. I've been a member of LT for almost five years, but was slow to find the 75; this is only my second year with this group.

My Favorite Genres:
My reading taste runs to historical fiction, biographies and memoirs, though between this lively bunch with your great recommendations, and SqueakyChu's TIOLIs, my reading horizons (and Mt. Toobie) have greatly expanded.

My Books:
We moved just before Christ-mas last year from a five bedroom house with guest house into a tiny three bedroom house, and are still trying to get enough book cases built, so books can finally be unpacked. Basically, my library is still in boxes, so I've become a habitue at my 'local' (15 miles away) library.

My thread.

Here's to a great year of reading for all of us!

Jan 3, 2012, 2:17pm Top

>67 eightambliss: : Right; I've managed to set up my thread; feel free to drop by!

Oh; and TIOLI, someone asked : it's a secret society That Is Only for Literary Initiates. Shhh - don't tell I told! ;)

Jan 3, 2012, 2:49pm Top

Hello, all! I'm Marcia, and I've been a member of the group since 2009, though I do have a tendency to get overwhelmed by RL problems and disappear for months on end. Hopefully 2012 will be a healthy and happy one for me (and all of you as well!) and I will be able to keep up with my own thread and those of all my friends better this year.

I read a lot (generally around 150 in a year). When I'm feeling well, my reading tastes tend to be more diverse, and when I'm participating in this group I definitely get encouraged to read a lot of books that are more "deep" than what I pick when left to my own devices. When I'm not feeling well, or am overwhelmed by college or other RL drama, I retreat to romances (mostly m/m and historical lately) and mysteries.

Let's see, what else? I live in cold and miserable upstate NY, although I am hoping to make a move sometime this year. I'm in my mid-20s, a sometime college student and occasional writer. I also watch WAY too much TV, I like to knit, and I'm pretty involved in local Democratic politics.

My 2012 Thread

Jan 3, 2012, 7:32pm Top

Hello! My name is Jan and this is my second year of participating in this group (after two years of "training" in the 50 book challenge)! I'm 23, live in Germany and am currently studying for a degree in library science. Last year I read 114 books and my goal is to hit triple figures again this time around.

My favorite genre is fantasy, but I'm always trying to explore new things and I'll give any book that seems interesting a try.

My thread for 2012!

Jan 4, 2012, 12:32am Top

I first joined this group about two weeks ago -- thanks, SqueakyChu! -- and had to record everything for 2011 in just a few days. I had been keeping a reading log, so at least I had the information handy. 75 didn't turn out to be much of a challenge. When I added up the books for 2011, I discovered I had read 159. But from everyone else's introductions, I see many of you who are also in the triple digits. I'm so glad to have found a group in which this is considered a good thing! Now let's do it again for 2012!

Books are more than a hobby for me; they're my career. I'm an author with 28 books out, mostly with major publishers, and mostly for teens and children (about 3rd grade and up; I don't do picture books).
Unfortunately, I haven't written much in the last few years. I keep trying, but I'm a mom now, and parenting eats up the time I used to spend writing. One of my resolutions for 2012 is to get back to one of the three manuscripts I'm midway through, and to actually finish it this year. Maybe if I read a little less, I'd have time to write a little more..... Nah.

I live in the Washington, D.C., area with my 9-year-old son and my husband Bob, who is a librarian at the Library of Congress. So our house is groaning under the weight of our thousands of books.

I read widely. I tend toward fiction, but I do read some nonfiction too. In fiction, I'm drawn to character-driven stories with unusual settings. I love fantasy and science fiction, but I also read some mysteries and some literary fiction, and a lot of books for older children and teens.

I'm also a member of Bookcrossing, Postcrossing, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Authors & Illustrators, and various other groups.

Here's my thread:


Jan 4, 2012, 3:51pm Top

Well I learned how to post a thread ( thank you Mskeens!) But I think I posted it in the wrong place! Lol! So here it is! Dont laugh though because it's just lil ol me in there! :)


Jan 4, 2012, 6:54pm Top

Why would we laugh?

I'm going to go check out your thread, Liz. :)

Edited: Jan 4, 2012, 10:15pm Top

I'm Patrick, in my early 40's, living in the far western suburbs of Chicago.

This is my 3rd year in the 75 group, and I am an active/eager participant in the TIOLI subgroup. Although I have pretty much allowed the TIOLI challenges to steer my reading for the past two years (out of more than 120 books I read in 2011, only 2 of them were not part of a TIOLI challenge), in general, my reading has always been eclectic leaning toward non-fiction, literary fiction and YA - and the more obscure the better.

I am the sales manager for a major publisher of audiobooks, so a lot of my "reading" is actually audio (but that's reading, too!).

I'm not as "chatty" as some in the group, but I do keep my thread well-posted with reviews for everything I read and love to lurk on other threads to get ideas.

Find my thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130349

Jan 4, 2012, 10:18pm Top

I'm 41, living in Wisconsin, currently employed as the managing editor of a biomedical journal, recently become a homeowner with my querido, concentrating on home improvement and health and work. I'd like to be a writer, but spend more time thinking about it than actually doing it. One cat, no kids and no prospects for kids, but I love the nieces and nephews that I don't visit as much as I'd like. Cooking, reading, gardening, walking, maybe even cross-country skiing if the real winter ever arrives, tai chi are my current pursuits. I'm also trying to get back to costume research so I can make some clothes finally with all of the fabric piled up in my hobby closet. And I'm hoping to resume viola lessons. Maybe finally submit the article from my graduate research and proceed to one of my book ideas. It's January, I can dream big and ignore my procrastination reality. Would like to get back into archery, but that depends on health.

This is my 4th year in this challenge. My goal is to stay on top of book reviews instead of losing steam halfway through the year. I enjoy reading other people's threads, but that's another item I usually can't keep up with, despite my best intentions. So I suspect I will spend most of my time on my own thread. It's not that I'm antisocial, it's just that I don't travel well anymore, either here or out there. People are always welcome to visit me, and I'll try to get out more, but I have noticed a pattern...

I like to read most anything. I tend to inhale a LOT of mental popcorn because it's so quick and effortless, particularly when I'm usually tired at the end of the day or the week. But all of those empty calories from fluff genre novels: Regency romances, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, horror, YA, etc. don't really satisfy, and the details are too quickly forgotten--formulaic and unoriginal does not leave a lasting impression on me, no matter how witty the banter in the moment. Tastes so good, no nutritional value.

I enjoy sinking my teeth into concepts, ideas, tropes, themes, metaphors, subtexts, syntheses, perspectives. Maybe roll the flavors around in my mouth, savor the textures of complex characterization, pacing, dialogue, prose, plotting, world-building, narrative, story arcs, exposition, sound and rhythm, dramatic elements, comedic elements. Or chew over hypotheses, argumentation, chains of evidence, framing of the problems, chase the last little footnote rolling across the plate, picking through the references for the finest, ripest fruits to harvest. I tend to write extensively marginalia in nonfiction books as I have become a more (inter)active reader over the years, so I tend to borrow fiction from the library and add nonfiction to my collection. Except the TBR piles at home keep growing, so I have largely put a moratorium on library expeditions until I've gotten through most of my own books. I'm trying to improve my diet. I always relish the good eats when I'm done, but it's more time, energy, work to cook a good meal from fine ingredients, thus a certain degree of discipline and focus are called for, in my case at least.

My 2012 thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130335

Jan 4, 2012, 10:44pm Top

Hello! My name is Caroline. I am a refugee from the 50 Book Challenge Group. I've already meet a few others in this group on the 11 in 11 Group.

I am in my 40's and happily married. I work at an antiquarian bookstore which means I sell books that I can't afford to buy. I do sometimes take a book home to read, but not the really expensive ones.

I primarily read Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Horror and anything else that holds my interest.

Here is a link to my thread http://www.librarything.com/topic/130350

Jan 5, 2012, 12:35am Top

Hi! I'm Lisa, and I've been in this group for the past two years - this makes three. Last year, real life and other things kind of got in the way of me keeping up with my thread here, and I'm hoping to do better this year. I've got one nutty husband and two rowdy boys, and that and my full-time job combine to keep me hopping. As far as reading, I'll read most anything that sits still, but I tend to gravitate toward fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and suspense.

Here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130360#

Jan 5, 2012, 2:34am Top

Hi! I'm Nancy, and I sort of tried this last year (came in late and had quite a few IRL things come up that kept me busy). I'm hoping to hit triple digits this year, and/or wipe out my tbr pile so I can feel less guilty about buying new books :P. I look forward to getting to know y'all throughout the year :D.

Here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130366

Jan 5, 2012, 4:19pm Top

Hi, I'm Rob (short for Roberta). My sister Judy (ffortsa) has been a member of this group for a while. I read obsessively, particularly mysteries, contemporary fiction, and urban fantasy, leavened with my weekly dose of the New Yorker and some non-fiction. I am going to start my thread right now.

Jan 6, 2012, 11:27am Top

Hello again! I am Catherine, in my 30's, from Queens, New York. I've been on LT for almost 6 years now, and this is my third year on 75. I've never quite hit 75, but that's probably because I read a lot of 800+ page books...excuse or reason?

Mainly I read history, the classics, biography, books about books and writers, tea-related matters, and poetry. So far I've stuck to paper books but there's always a chance I'll get hold of an e-reader.

I have 2 cats, Zenobia and Moofer, not always in that order, and collect tea things and fountain pens. I love museums and paintings (particularly but not limited to 19th Century), walking (not hiking) and would like to visit every duck pond on the earth. I don't travel as much as I'd like, but I've hoarded miles on my armchair. Also, I'm a recovering TV addict, though I've fallen off the wagon via a recent discovery of Doctor Who (thanks Netflix - tried to hold out for years, but it's too London-centric to resist!)

Here's my 2012 thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130148

I keep a book/tea/whine blog as well:

Jan 6, 2012, 9:49pm Top

Hello! I'm Christina and I'm new to LT and to the 75. I'm 25 years old and recently moved from the east coast (originally from Long Island, NY but lived in FL the last 5 years) to Iowa with my boyfriend of almost 8 years.

I work as a Residential Counselor at a non-profit organization. It is a residential rehabilitation which houses individuals who were born with or sustained a traumatic brain injury. My boyfriend is a librarian.

I am hoping to reach the goal of 75 books for this year. Between all the books I just ordered from B&N and the books on my Nook I could read for years! I am also hoping to keep up on reviews as well.

Besides reading, I love to write and I am currently working on an outline for a novel that popped into my head.

Jan 6, 2012, 10:09pm Top

Hi! I'm night0wl. (That's a zero for the "O" since the regular spelling was taken). I'm brand spankin new to LT. I've known about the site since my days working part time in the library at my art school, but what prompted me to join was a new year's resolution to read at least a book a month in 2012. I happened upon this group and that number turned to 75! I see that a lot of busy people on here are able to reach that goal, or get close to it. I will be thrilled to get close. My interests are: animation, filmmaking, comedy, comedy writing, spirituality, metaphysics (astrology, tarot, palmistry), and literature/fiction/classics. I'd love to hear from like-minded readers to share recommendations. My 75 in 2012 thread is here.

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Jan 7, 2012, 8:45am Top

I've been with LT for five years and this is my second year with 75 Book Challenge.

I'm 46, married for 20+ years, have a 5 year old Shih-Tzu/Pomeranian "baby," and am a compulsive list maker. I'm disabled and mostly homebound here in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN, but am working toward my Associates in Accounting online. When not reading I cross-stitch, crochet and collage.

I'll read in any genre and try to read a little of everything over the year but my favorite is fantasy, especially urban fantasy. I have a massive TBR database with 10,000+ books listed though my more realistic list has about 500 books.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130083

Jan 7, 2012, 12:54pm Top

I'm Rachel, and this is my second year with the 75 Book Challenge. I'm from Michigan, and moved back here a year and a half ago after several years away. I keep busy by working in a library, teaching, farming, and lots of reading.

I tend to read more historical fiction than anything else, but I enjoy many different genres. This year I want to read more by my favorite authors, more classics, and I think it's time for some rereads as well. Looking forward to seeing how this challenge goes!

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129570

Jan 7, 2012, 2:33pm Top

I'm Marie (or elfchild, either is fine) and this is my second year here. I wasn't sure that I would manage 75 books last year so I started off in the 50 book challenge thread but...no one talked...so I came here and was made welcome even with a more modest goal (and I did get to 75 books!) We moved to Charleston a couple of years ago when my husband decided he was done with industry and became physics professor.

I am at home with 2 children, the elder of which (daughter G) is in kindergarten this year. Everyone in our house loves books though the husband sticks mostly to academic reading and historical papers he can find online. I read a lot of fantasy and mysteries and lesser amounts of other things including historical fiction, food and travel writing and the occasional romance (regencies in particular). I also do a lot of reading aloud to both children and pre-reading in my search for wonderful read alouds.

Other than books, I knit and sew (the latter to a lesser extent partly due to the dearth of fabric stores locally) and whine about not having a vegetable garden. I'm trying hard to convince my husband to make time for family board games (he is an online gaming type) and hope to get the dog back out racing this year (I have a borzoi, a fast one).

My thread is here

Jan 8, 2012, 6:12am Top

My name is Stasia and I will be turning 50 this year. I have been with the 75ers almost from the get go - I joined January 20, 2008 and what a lucky discovery this group has turned out to be! I am happily married to my husband of almost 24 years, Kerry, and we have 2 children together, 4 children from his previous marriages, and 6 grandchildren. Our oldest daughter, Beth, still lives at home, but our younger daughter, Catey, is now off to college and lives with my mother.

Not sure what else to say: I work a full-time job as a bail bondsman and as of this coming Wednesday, I am also a full-time student pursuing a degree in Paralegal Studies.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130594

Jan 8, 2012, 8:14am Top

Oops, I forgot about this thread.

My name is Heather, I'm in my early 30s and I live in a small town in Hertfordshire in the UK with my husband and our increasingly confident rescue cat, Erica. This is my third year in this group and like many other people I've found this group to be such a great discovery!

I enjoy reading all kinds of things but this year I am trying to focus on 18th and 19th century British authors (including lots of Dickens for the bicentennary) as well as Orange prize nominees and books published as part of the Virago Modern Classics series. I will probably also be reading children's/YA fiction, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction and crime/mystery books of all descriptions.

I love to plan my reading but I don't always follow through on those plans. And I really need to buy fewer books than I read off my shelves this year .

My thread is here.

Jan 8, 2012, 12:11pm Top

>130 jdthloue: Thanks for the info on TIOLI. I might try a few, but most of what I read these days are ARCs, so I don't always have much room for picking challenge books.

Jan 8, 2012, 12:58pm Top

My name is Peter, I'm 51 and I live in a small town near the city of Antwerp, Belgium. I enjoy reading (how unfashionable!) books in Dutch or English. Besides reading books I love to shoot pictures, I love photography.

Jan 8, 2012, 2:16pm Top

#181: Lisa, generally there are enough broad challenges in a given month that you may be surprised as to how many of your books will fit in the TIOLI challenges.

Jan 8, 2012, 2:51pm Top

I'll be watching, that's for sure.

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My name is Hayley, and I'm 21 soon to be 22 at the end of January. I live in London, UK with my fiance and work with children whilst studying for a degree part time. I read a whole mixture of books from chicklit & romance to crime and YA - not sure what else to say :)

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I'm Jennifer, I live in Virginia and LOVE to read. I am 29 years old and a teacher for Head Start, a program for at risk preschoolers. I don't comment much on other peoples topics much but enjoy learning of new and exciting books that may be of interest to me. Last year I participated in the 50 book challenge and passed my goal so this year I'm making a new one. I enjoy reading young adult novels, romance, horror, and many other genres (mostly I read YA though).


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I'm Kendall, i just found this site (YAY) and then this group. I am 43 and work as a database editor and category specialist for a book company. I live in Pensacola, FL. I am divorced with no children and have not participated in a book challenge before so am looking forward to it!

I love books of all genres but my favorites usually run along fantasy fiction, thriller/psychological/crime fiction, historical fiction, coming-of-age fiction, young adult fiction and historical works. Besides reading, I volunteer, exercise, have become addicted to Bingo of late, love movies and my DVR, and spend as much time as possible in bookstores.

I'm not sure how to start a thread, but will try to figure that out soon... :)

I figured it out: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130636

Jan 8, 2012, 8:49pm Top

Hi everyone, I'm Mary. I've been on LT since someone in cataloging class did a presentation on it, started out on the 50 book challenge, found all the chatty people on my thread were really from this group, and moved over here in 2009, I think?

Last year I read 150 books on the button, a little less than it had been, but it was the first year I was working full-time hours throughout the year. I'm a librarian, and work two part-time jobs, one in reference and one in children's services, in two western Massachusetts towns. I read a mix of children's, young adult, and adult titles, I read fantasy, some mysteries (just not gory/descriptive stuff), contemporary fiction, classics, and more. I like to listen to audiobooks on my commute.

Outside of work and reading, I enjoy watching football, baseball, tennis and now hockey (and before you ask, no, I can't play sports to save my life). I also knit and have started researching my genealogy recently.

My thread is here.

Jan 9, 2012, 9:41am Top

Hi everyone, I'm Staci. I've been in the group for a few years now, but tend to lurk more than I post (hoping to improve on that this year). I'm 36 and live near the Jersey shore with my ex boyrfriend and his wife (long story). I have four cats who enjoy reading with me. I work for unemployment and enjoy what I do. I don't have a lot of other commitments and now that I'm single, I'm thinking I should get in a good amount of reading this year. I do the majority of my reading in audio book format due to vision issues, but I do still enjoy reading & acquiring actual books, it just takes me longer to finish them. I also love reading on my iPad. I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries and I'm also working on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.
Here is my thread.

Jan 9, 2012, 2:51pm Top

In past years I have participated in the 50 books challenge and the 8 in '08, 9 in '09, and 10 in '10, but didn't participate in anything last year. And I kinda missed it. So, this year I'm going to try out the 75 Books Challenge and get back to some good book discussions.

So, my name is Leah and I live in Tennessee. I am a farmer, raising all-natural, free range chickens and pigs, tending my honeybees, and trying to master gardening (oh how I hate to weed). I am very interested in old ways of doing things and embracing the kind of foods/lifestyle my great-grandparents (who I grew up spending time with everyday) lived. So, I can fruits and veggies and am learning to make my own sausages and other preserved meats. I desperately want a dairy cow of my very own. In my past life, 4 years ago, I was a Cultural Anthropologist.

As for my reading tastes, I read a lot of children's classics, myths and fairy tales (especially really good retellings), dystopian fiction, light fantasy (more urban/modern than Lord of the Rings and the like), dark humor, books about books, young adult novels (NOT Twilight), British humorists like Evelyn Waugh and P.G. Wodehouse, and non-fiction books about food, sustainability, organic/natural farming, and homemade/DIY ways of doing things.

my thread is .

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This thread seems to fill up faster every year!

My name is Stephen and I'm a 23-year-old book addict. I live in Ohio, where I plan to one day cause a sink hole the size of a small town to open up under the weight of all the books I suspect I'll accumulate over the next couple dozen years or so.

I'm a lover of science, specifically biology and specifically specifically microbiology. Nothing excites me like a nice little outbreak of hemorrhagic fever. There's really nothing I won't read in fiction, although I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a certain taste. I'm not fond of thrillers or mysteries and I avoid chick lit and romance novels like the plague. (Not like a literal plague, of course, which I would be quite interested in.) This isn't due to any amount of snobbiness, just a difference in taste. When I read fiction it's usually something along the lines of disease outbreaks, historical fiction, 'near-future' science fiction (no space operas, please), and apocalypse lit.

Last year I read 81 books, and I'd be happy to match it again this year. I think I'm going to try to read a bit more fiction this time around. I love nonfiction, but it is nice to read something a bit more compelling. ...so far the book I'm reading now and the next book I plan to read are both nonfiction. *Sigh* Well, I'll definitely try harder AFTER those... ...

My 2nd thread of the year can be found HERE. Of course, by the time you are reading this it isn't entirely impossible that I could be on the 3rd. Or 4th...

Jan 9, 2012, 3:36pm Top

Hi --- My name is Terri and this is the first time I've done a group like this. I'm still a little iffy with how to post things here.
I'm married, live in a New Jersey suburb, and work as a lay minister in a large Catholic church in Staten Island. I read pretty much anything except I don't like it to get too gory. I love non-fiction -- usually a good history or science book. My fiction tastes are wide, depending on if I want a mindless read, or something with more interest; I'll do both. And I have both personal and professional interest in theology and religion. Oh, and sci-fi is always high on my list.

I have been using a nook for my reading for the last 18 months and I love it. I get irritated now when e-books are not available. It's great to have whatever I want with me all the time. Plus we're running out of space to put bookshelves.

This is the thread I've started: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130728
I don't know if I've got the "touchstone" thing working properly.

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This is my first try in this group - it's an attempt to stop my reading being aimless - too many part-read books that get neither finished nor abandoned. This is my thread http://www.librarything.com/topic/130729. I hope I can be organised enough to maintain it!

As well as this group I am a member of the Virago Modern Classics, Girlybooks, Audiobooks and Almacks, amongst others.

I have plenty of books in my TBR collection and I re-read favourite books a lot so I am not short of reading material but I'm definitely going through a phase starting and not finishing books so I'm not very good at choosing What To Read Next. Having said all that last year I read 163 books - my highest total since (serious) records began in 2006. 25 of those were audiobooks and 72 were books that I only have as ebooks, although, some of the books that I do have print copies of were read on my Kindle for convenience.

So, here I go...

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Hi everybody,

My name is Yvette Hoitink and I'm from the Netherlands. I'm really into genealogy and history. I love reading historical fiction and the occasional historical non-fiction or fantasy. Even though I'm Dutch and Dutch is my native language, most books I read are in English. That's because my favorite authors are either British or American and I prefer to read their words instead of a translator's. I occasionally read Dutch, German or French books as well.

I participated in the 75 books challenge in 2009 and made in on the final day! 3 years, one son and one Kindle later, I wonder if I'm still up to the challenge. And no, I'll not count the cardboard books I read together with my son :-)

My topic: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130731

Edited: Jan 9, 2012, 4:46pm Top

I'm back for my fourth year in this chatty group. This year I'm going to try to concentrate on reading globally--particular "Classics in Their Own Country." Any suggestions from some of our international members are welcome on my thread.

I'm originally from Aruba--now living in the Pacific Northwest. I'm in my 60's, just retired as an attorney, and enjoying my five children and first grandchild (16 months old). I had the immense good fortune to travel to Australia and New Zealand last fall, and was able to meet up with several Kiwi 75'ers. When I'm not reading, I'm a textile artist.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=130738

Jan 10, 2012, 1:28pm Top

Hi I'm TJ.
I'm kind of a quiet girl who's kind of blunt.
I'm a very busy person but I still enjoy reading.
I read paranormal, horror, sci-fi, and mystery books mainly.
I live in the frozen wasteland of Minnseota, USA.
There's nothing really else to say. I was on the last challenge.
I'm also one of the youngest it seems on here. I'm turning 18 soon.

Click here for all my book reviews

Click here for my 2012 thread

Jan 10, 2012, 4:40pm Top

I'm Rebecca and, surprise, I live in New York City! I'm in my late 50s and have been an eclectic reader all my life, but perhaps more so since joining LT 5 1/2 years ago. I try to read some contemporary fiction, but seem more stuck in previous centuries, and I try to read as internationally as possible. I read nonfiction also. Here is my 2012 thread.

Edited: Jan 11, 2012, 1:53am Top

I'm Ann and I live in New Zealand. I have not joined the 75 books challenge before, but it sounds like fun. I read a great deal of fiction, but also other stuff, particularly memoirs and YA books, and I belong to one book club and one public library book group, which each meet monthly and encourage me to widen my scope.
I will start a thread shortly (when I have worked out how to do it!).

Jan 11, 2012, 3:05am Top

*waves* excitedly at Ann, a RL friend joining the group, so exciting. I hope you get your thread going, I've sent the email.

Jan 11, 2012, 5:02am Top

Hello everyone! Once again I have joined the 75 Books Challenge group. I look forward to seeing all my old friends. Hoping to make some new friends too. :-)

Some things about myself. I love to read mystery/detective stories (mostly cosy mysteries), plays and short stories. I don’t enjoy reading about any kind of romance. What I love most is reading classic books. Then again I may end up reading books from other genres if they happen to come my way.

I don’t know how many books I’d be able to read in 2012 but I wish to share my bookish adventures with all of you.

My 75 Books Challenge Thread 2012 is here,


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Hello all!

I'm Lara, from Dublin, Ireland. I'm 27 and attempted the 75 books challenge last year, only to fail abysmally as real life got in the way. I'm off to a marginally better start this year.

My reading tends to be pretty varied, a lot of food writing, crime and literary fiction for the most part. But if the mood takes me, I'll read nearly anything. I tend to avoid Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance as they're just not my cup of tea. Outside of reading, I cook a lot, write a bit and spend an inordinate amount of time following the tennis season with an obsession that couldn't possibly be healthy.

I hope to get to know lots of you over the coming months!

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130820

Jan 11, 2012, 1:14pm Top

I hope you will post a link to your thread once you have started one.

Edited: Jan 11, 2012, 10:11pm Top

Hey there, I'm Tom and live in Chicago. I'm 11 years older than 25 but often feel 11 years younger than it. I love reading, never feel like I do nearly enough of it, and enjoy this group for the motivation and book ideas it provides and the conversations with all of the brilliant members of the group.

In high school, I read a lot of Stephen King and related horror, along with some mysteries. In college and the years afterward, I moved into a lot of thrillers/suspense/mystery (legal and not) such as James Patterson, Ken Follett, and the ever-present Mr Chrichton. After that, I moved into a phase of a literary fiction and general non-fiction. I made a go at reading more classics in recent times, with a bit of success. I also tried graphic novels (less success) and young adult novels (much more success)

Currently, I read a mixture of everything and like the variety. I'm sure there will be times I linger in a certain genre (or even author) and other times I whiz around like a pinball. As long as I'm reading something I'll be pleased regardless of what it is (though I may add a little category challenge to my thread at some point in order to keep the variety fresh...we'll see).

Speaking of my thread, come on by for a visit anytime: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130316

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Lets see, the essentials:
My name is Brianna, I'm 29 - turning 30 in 2012, which I may or may not be prepared for (I haven't decided). I love to read, I love books and some how I didn't find LT until August of 2011. I love a challenge and have never kept track of the books I read before now; so we'll see how this endeavor goes.

I will list mainly adult non-fiction and fiction books, my job involves copious amounts of children's books (way more than 75 in 365 days), so unless I find a children's book that I am floored by, I will stick to the previous. I read science fiction / fantasy like it's a dying genre, ha ha ha....
I have in recent years taken to supernatural mysteries also, between the early reviewers and member giveaways I hope to expand my tastes while reinforcing my base of reading interests.

2012 will also be my first full year of ebooks, having purchased a kindle in 10/2011, what a trip it's been already!


Jan 13, 2012, 4:25am Top

Hi my name is Elin (difficult to pronounce by most people outside Norway, I know). I am 26, love to read, knit and dance salsa and lindy hop. In 2011 I read approximately 30 books, so attempting to read 75 this year is indeed a challenge. I read everything, but mostly novels and fantasy.


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Laurie here (prop2gether) from Los Angeles/Burbank:

My screen name is from my Shakespeare theatre days although I am now a legal secretary;

I'm so officially over 60 now (?!) and still the fourth generation Californian in my family. I have four brothers and three sisters scattered around the world (California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, London, and Spain), over 30 nieces and nephews, and two children (daughter in NYC who works agency PR with the USMC and son in Wausau as a bank loan officer). My son is getting married in July and my daughter is planning an engagement about that time.

I joined the 75ers years ago, and, although in 2011 I mostly lurked because things were wild and crazy in my life, I hope to get past the one-act status of last year.

My favorite reads are teen award winners (and I love Chris Crutcher's work which was introduced to me in this group last year), science fiction and fantasy, history, biography, knitting and crochet books, and mysteries. I generally am reading 3 to 5 books at time because I am a mood reader, and average about 180 books a year.

I read just about anything, and cull from threads for future reads--also from the 1001 Must Read lists, the BBC greatest reads list, and the 75er Halloween Read. So be warned--your name may show up on my lists!


Edited: Jan 13, 2012, 4:33pm Top

Hi, I'm back for another year. I didn't make 75 books last year and I probably won't this year but this is the place to be and I am up to the challenge. It works out to about 6 books a month and I listen to audiobooks so I can fit in a few more than if I was only reading hard copies.
I live on the Jersey Shore with my husband and two daughters and a bevy of dogs and cats. American bulldogs and mini-dachsunds, a calico cat and a dwarf cat and a Bengal mix, and we recently had to put our beloved Chinese Crested gal to sleep. I have also been giving my litter of AB puppies to good homes but it is increasingly harder to see them go as they have been with us for 8 months now.
Thank goodness for my obsession with reading as it keeps my mind off the hard reality of letting my favorite male puppy go recently. I find reading has often been there to save my life through thick and thin. It is not only a pleasure but a privilege to be a part of this group as any new folks will see as the year goes on. Welcome to all of you, and welcome back to those returning.
This year I plan to read through my collection of biographies, which mostly consists of writers, such as Eudora Welty, Beatrix Potter, Mary McCarthy, Truman Capote, Raymond Carver, William Faulkner,the list goes on. In between those I will attempt to read some of their works, or other fiction, that currently reside on my bedroom bookshelf. On audiobook, I most often listen to mysteries. I will review each book in hopes of helping others who may be interested in reading the books but not sure and thus help them to decide. So my reviews will be a brief description and my humble opinion. I'll get a thread in here as soon as possible.

Edited: Jan 15, 2012, 4:12pm Top

Hi there! New to the 75 Book Challenge. My name is Taryn (SweetbriarPoet), of course, and I am addicted to LT. I have been a Lifetime member since I was sixteen years old, and have recorded every single book I've ever read in my library (therefore, none of my books in my library are unread). I am constantly plagued by the fact that there is too much to read and too little time- especially where the classics are concerned.

A little about me: I am twenty-four years old (this Tuesday) and I am a certified archaeologist, so, naturally I am also incredibly interested in reading anything about the social sciences. Besides books, my other vices include: television, traveling, candy, buying new nail polish colors, television (yes, I love it that much), and beer. I live with my boyfriend (who reads mainly Eastern religious texts), our dog, Huckleberry Finn, and our two cats, Fritz and Wybie.

I joined this group because I'm hoping that this challenge will help me branch out into other areas of reading- philosophy, the hard sciences, lighter fiction, politics, etc.

But I have to admit, I'm scared! I don't think I've ever read 75 books in a year in my LIFE--even in graduate school. I will need support! (All of you LTers are always great at that). I think I will have to concentrate on picking books that are quicker reads than my normal picks: ones that are shorter and little lighter. Check out my thread and make suggestions. I would love to hear what everyone has to offer, and what your favorite books are!

Here are a couple of my own:

The Brothers Karamazov, The Life of Pi, Blind Assassin, Sophie's World, The Satanic Verses, The Devil in the White City, White Teeth, TC Boyle's Short Stories, The Passage to India, The Golden Compass series, The French Lieutenant's Woman, anything by William Faulkner, The Sun Also Rises, The Tragic Muse, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse.

Actually, I have too many favorites to name.

Jan 15, 2012, 11:52pm Top

Ah, Taryn, we have some members who obviously have three sets of eyes, each with its own brain, and so read hundreds of books a year, and some who struggle to make 50. The only one who's really counting is you, so relax, read what you love (that's why we're all here) and join the party.

Jan 16, 2012, 9:14am Top

Taryn, I am always suspicious of people who have only one favorite book. It makes me suspect that they have read only one.

I have not had much luck at getting to 75 books, but it gives me something to shoot for!

Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 8:09am Top

Hi there, I'm Gabrielle. I'm 29 and live in Oxfordshire. I love reading but last year struggled to even make it up to 50 books, mostly because of a busy work life. This year I'd like to get back in the habit of making time to read.

I love all sorts of stuff but mostly literary fiction and cookbooks. I'd like to find out more about what other people are reading, and use LibraryThing a bit more socially, to get me inspired! So I'm here... hello.

You can find my thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131118

Edited: Jan 16, 2012, 4:55pm Top

Hi guys,

my name's Christian, and I'm turning 24 this year. I was born and raised in suburban Norway, but have lived in Wales, China and the US since I finished junior high. I'm currently residing in Cambridge, MA, where I'm working on a combined BA/MA in mathematics and dabble in Mandarin Chinese and Classical Chinese on the side. In addition to the math/computer science I will be doing, I hope to be able to finish a shelfload of history, philosophy and fiction this year, including a few books in Norwegian and Mandarin.

Jan 17, 2012, 9:08am Top

SweetbriarPoet: Happy Birthday!

Jan 17, 2012, 3:17pm Top

Hi Group :)

I am Lisa from Pennsylvania. I am 44 and live with my partner and two cats in a condo filled with books. I am aiming to read 100 (average) pages a day this year. I have finished five so far this year. So far, I just finished Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. I loved it, so many different levels to it. I have been trying not to buy books and go to the library more (helps with the budget :) but I think I need to add Skippy Dies to my Favorites bookcase. I read everything from Shakespeare, to children's books, Right now, working my way through two mystery series, the Prey books by John Sandford and The Stephanie Plum books-Janet Evanovich. Sign me up for the 75 book challenge! Looking forward to talking to you all :)

Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 8:31pm Top

Hi I am new..a little late, but new nevertheless. I have started my thread here

Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions, recommendations, etc.. I love reading and finding new books and authors to read and most of all.. I love making new friends. Please keep in mind this is the first time I have participated in this even though I have been a librarythinger for almost 3 years now I am still new to this process..


Oops forgot to introduce myself..duh..(slaps forehead)..My name is Kimberlee and I am 25. I live in the USA in North Carolina and I work for a small law firm as a paralegal. I love to read. I always have a book in my hand. There never goes a day where I am not reading. Finish one book and start another one immediately. I like to read historical fiction and historical mysteries the most. I have just discovered Russian history versus English history (which I am about sick of) and I really enjoyed Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman and I am aiming to read more about a country that I know little about.

Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 4:37pm Top

Hi! Just posted my thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131164 and thought I'd drop by for the introduction as well.

I'm Andrea. I'm 23 and still a student (hopefully not for long). I'm from Lima - Perú but I've been living in Madrid for a year now. I left most of my paper-books at home, but I have the frightening ability to attract more like a magnet (Bookmooch, contests, gifts). I also tend to read a lot of unrelated books during finals (oops). I just got a Kindle so I'm finally getting more serious about ebooks (mainly because of space reasons). In recent years I've started to read a lot of YA books, but I also like mysteries and more general fiction. I don't read many books in Spanish, but I will try and make more use of the library this year! I love that even though books are kind of expensive here in Spain (price control and all that), I still can get books from Book Depository or Amazon UK.

Jan 17, 2012, 3:55pm Top

Hi! I'm Allison. I am a librarian and avid blogger who loves to read and review books of all genres for all ages. I'm excited about the challenge and hopeful that it will help me make a dent in my TBR pile. Then again, every time that I start to get somewhere, I add another book. Ah well.... My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131168 and my blog is here: http://www.theloopylibrarian.com/. This is my first year joining the challenge. I'm looking forward to the discussions :)

Edited: Jan 18, 2012, 6:08am Top

Jane nearly 50 . Will be having my first shot at the challenge -an anglo/french mix .Hoping that I manage the link.... http://www.librarything.com/topic/131192

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Jan 18, 2012, 10:54am Top

Welcome, all!

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Hey guys....wow cant believe I have missed the start of the group for this year. My name is Jess and I am a cartographer by trade...reader anyu chance I get.
This will be my third time in the group and I love it such great people and some amazing suggestions for great reads. I mostly read Fantasy and paranormal fantasy books with occasional Biography and true life tale thrown in.
I am currently still In South Africa have been here for 7 months and tomorrow (19th Jan) I am finally returning home to Australia...so I better get my ruby slippers out and get clicking so I can get home and catch up with you guys.
Mt thread can be found here

Jan 18, 2012, 3:55pm Top

Thank you!!

Jan 18, 2012, 4:07pm Top

Hi, I'm Liz in south central Texas. I found the 75 books in 2012 challenge while gazing at my LT Profile page, a once-a-year occurrence. This should be fun! Am looking forward to stimulating book talk, and what-to-read-next recommendations.

Jan 18, 2012, 4:34pm Top

No problem :)

Jan 18, 2012, 5:19pm Top

Help! How do I start a thread? I've been scrounging around unsuccessfully for an hour and can't find any instructions.

Jan 18, 2012, 5:38pm Top

Hum had same problem ... You have to Start a New topic with your name in the title so we CAN fin d u ...cut the topic number it comes under...then come back hère and paste it on your intro message. Good luck!

Jan 18, 2012, 5:47pm Top

I am not sure Minaudo's instructions would explain it to me, so in case you are like me, I'll say it a little differently.

Go to the home page for 75 books challenge and just before the messages you will find Start a New Topic. Click that and in the box which comes up you'll be able to name your Thread. Please use your screen name so the rest of us will be able to find you.

Then you can drop down to the message box and put in any introductory information you would like to provide. All done, you can copy your thread's address from the address line and bring it to this thread and leave us all a link to your new thread.

Woo hoo

Forgive me if Minaudo's instructions were sufficient, and I am oversimplifying, and being repetitive.

Jan 18, 2012, 6:14pm Top

Hi Liz, I am also a newbie to the 75 Books in 2012 challenge, having ignored my LT membership for a few years, and also located in south central Texas (San Antonio).

Jan 18, 2012, 6:17pm Top

(me, too...n/w SA)

Jan 18, 2012, 6:23pm Top

Maggie, your instructions were much clearer. My thread is LizReads2012.

On my screen, "Start a New Topic" was "Post a New Topic" and situated way below the 75 Books Challenge for 2012. Unless I went to the wrong place. In which case, my thread is spooling into a different universe.

Jan 18, 2012, 6:48pm Top

Post a new topic is on the screen we are on right now, on the left hand side. and you can start a thread from there also. But if you go to the page for the 75 book challenge you can join the group by clicking on the words join this group on the upper right hand side of the page. Then you can start your thread by clicking on post a new topic on the same page and fill in the information as stated above and using your screen name helps so we can find you, something I sometimes forget to do. I also forgot to join the group so I thought I would mention that. It can be confusing at first. Until you figure out how easy it is, it can almost seem impossible. It's one of those things, once you do it, it all makes sense.

Jan 18, 2012, 6:52pm Top

This may help also, if you click on the words 75 book challenge for 2012 on the very top of this page it brings you right to the page where you can start your new thread. And Post a new topic is under the member information and interesting libraries information.

Jan 18, 2012, 8:57pm Top

Whatever works, this is the easiest part of being a part of the 75 book challenge. Finding time to read all the interesting threads, and finding the money to buy all the books you become inspired to read, and then finding the time TO READ. Welcome! Have Fun.

Jan 19, 2012, 11:25am Top

Howdy all! I'm Gerard, turing 30 this year, and on a quest to read a whole lot more. I'm using this challenge to help boost me through the Dewey Decimal Challenge. I also blog about what I read at Lifelong Dewey. I'm huge into nonfiction, often finding historical microniches fascinating.

Jan 19, 2012, 4:54pm Top

Hello all! Just realized that I never put a post on this thread...

I'm Sandy from beautiful northeast Ohio, and this is my second year with the 75ers. I teach theatre to children and teens at a non-profit arts organization, and I also freelance direct and act. My husband and I are caregivers for my mother, who has vascular dementia. It's a challenge daily, and this group has really helped keep me sane.

I love to read biographies and memoirs, cozy mysteries, fiction, historical fiction, chick lit, self-help, cookbooks, drama, anything related to the performing arts. The only things that I don't like to read are horror (too scary!), sci-fi, and dystopian fiction.

Aside from reading, I also enjoy film, especially classic film, music--all types, cooking, and catering to my cat's every whim. My thread can be found

Jan 19, 2012, 7:45pm Top

I got off to a slow start this year. :(

I'm Shelby, I'm a 40 yr old mother of six (but only three are still home). I'm Canadian, but I live in Ohio. I read fantasy, romance, science fiction, mystery humor, non-fiction, graphic novels/manga and assorted other stuff. I also write, and engage in a wide variety of other creative endeavors. This is my third year doing the 75 Challenge. I don't tend to talk much, but I'm going to be trying to talk a little more this year than last year.

My thread for 2012 is:

Edited: Feb 10, 2012, 1:46pm Top

Hello everyone! My name is Mamie; I'm really excited to find so many prolific readers. I'm 44, the mother of four teenagers ages 13, 15, 17, and 19 and still sane enough to read for pleasure. My husband and I have been married for 21 years and we live, with our 4 toy poodles (and the aforementioned teenagers), in Muncie, Indiana. At least temporarily - we have lived here for 17 years but are moving to Albany, Georgia this spring.

I love to read, and I will read almost anything except self-help - what does that say about me?! I tend to gravitate to mysteries and historical fiction, but love to read things off of the NYT bestseller lists just for kicks. I also read a lot of YA because I live with so many of them. I am always in search of new authors and good discussions, which is what drew me to this group. I just joined LT last September and feel like I came late to the party, but I guess the age old adage "better late than never" certainly applies here.

If I did this right, my thread is here

Jan 19, 2012, 9:59pm Top

Hi, I'm new here. As in....within the past hour or so! : ) My name is Chryssa and I'm 18, joining the college students at my second semester for my Culinary Apprentice diploma. I live in Alabama(unfortunately...) and I am an avid reader. I read the last Harry Potter book in a day and a half. Especially in my required core classes...math, English, science, history, nutrition, blah blah blah. I read during those.

Anyway! Enough about me, because we're here for the books right? XDD
My (short right now!) list for 2012: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131308

Edited: Jan 20, 2012, 11:10am Top

I'm new as well - starting late because of a super-secret project I had going on at the end of last year through last week.

I'm 40 (just turned 40, in fact) and I'm a native Californian living in Denver. In addition to reading, I enjoy knitting, photography, creating art, and bookbinding. (And the Oxford comma, apparently.)

My freshly-minted thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131323

My first book of the new year is The Night Circus, which I started yesterday and wouldn't be at all surprised if I finished today.

Jan 20, 2012, 4:31pm Top

Hi everyone, another late starter here! This is the first group that I have joined on Librarything so I am looking forward to what I am going to discover using it.

A little about me: My name is Stuart and I am a 22 year old engineering student from the UK, graduating this summer. Currently revising for exams (this is good procrastination!) as well as looking for a job in the big, bad world. I try to fit in as much reading as I can manage with my studies and I am looking to expand my library with plenty of different genres so please send some recommendations my way.

Here is my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131348

Jan 20, 2012, 9:53pm Top


I'm Needlegrrl or Kristy, and I joined partway through last year, and just squeaked in at the 75 book mark by end of year. I hope to do better this year - I have an e-reader, so I have a feeling that will actually help!

Here is my thread - http://www.librarything.com/topic/131356

Jan 20, 2012, 9:54pm Top

Congrats on the impending graduation!

You may find the way to expand your list of reading choices is to just read as many threads as you can handle. You can Star the ones which seem to have similar interests, and you can red x ones which are just too far off your interests. Most of us pick up ideas from reading each others threads. Try it, you might like it.

Welcome! And happy reading.

Jan 21, 2012, 12:32am Top

Hi! My name is Brieanne. This is the first time I have done any of the read-a-thon or group readings. I am a 27 year old assistant at a Montessori preschool in the Seattle area.
I especially like reading non-fiction, classic children's books, and sci-fi. If I am not reading, I enjoy knitting, playing piano, and working toward going back to school to finish up my teaching certification.

Here is my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131358

I am excited to see how this all unfolds!

Edited: Jan 21, 2012, 3:04pm Top

Hi I'm Susana (member VivianeoftheLake), I'm from Portugal. I have been a lifetime member of librarything since 2007. I've tried the challenge once or twice and joined some group reads but never cracked a decent number so this is the year!


Jan 25, 2012, 10:20pm Top

Hello everyone!

My name is Elvira Lynn (elalayon). I answer to either name, but prefer Lynn. I am looking forward to this challenge. I have a question - do books that have previously been read and are re-read count?

My thread is:

Jan 25, 2012, 11:14pm Top

Elalyon. Yeah they count if you want them too. This sites pretty flexible ;)
Everyone has their own special ways.


Sorry I'm a thread stalker. I'm not afraid to admit it :D

Jan 26, 2012, 1:37pm Top

I'm Deb. This will be the my first time trying the 75 book challenge. I definitely will be visiting the public library a lot. My favorite "genre" of books is disaster books, but I've already read the ones that are on my shelves and will need to purchase some more to count them on this challenge. I don't know if am allowed to mention my website here, but in case you're looking for recommendations on disasters books to read, the website is at disasters.deb.livejournal.com.

My other favorite genres are young adult books and fantasy.

I am 55 years old and retired. I was a high school librarian for 31 years before that.

I'd like to re-read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings this year. I'm currently reading The Help so when I finish it I will count it as part of my 75 Book Challenge. I'd also like to read some more Terry Pratchett.

Sorry for not giving my name in the heading. I couldn't figure out how to that. My membership on librarything is www.librarything.com/debherter

I look forward to working the challenge with all of you.

Edited: Jan 27, 2012, 12:05am Top


Name is Jerry. I'm a nearly 65 (20 March), semi-retired (20+ years with Intel - now a part-time Pizza cook in a little local pizza joint), male living in rural NW Oregon. Single with too many cats, a horse, a couple of dogs and way too much snow this year.

I've been a member of LT since 2007, though I haven't spent much time on the groups. Looking forward to being more active.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131641

Edited: Jan 26, 2012, 1:56pm Top

I'm Deb. This will be the my first time trying the 75 book challenge. I definitely will be visiting the public library a lot. My favorite "genre" of books is disaster books, but I've already read the ones that are on my shelves and will need to purchase some more to count them on this challenge. I don't know if am allowed to mention my website here, but in case you're looking for recommendations on disasters books to read, the website is at disasters.deb.livejournal.com.

My other favorite genres are young adult books and fantasy.

I am 55 years old and retired. I was a high school librarian for 31 years before that.

I'd like to re-read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings this year. I'm currently reading The Help so when I finish it I will count it as part of my 75 Book Challenge. I'd also like to read some more Terry Pratchett.

My membership here is www.librarything.com/debherter

I look forward to working the challenge with all of you.

Jan 26, 2012, 2:15pm Top

Hi! :) I'm Paulette, and I'm a teacher. I'm pretty sure 75 books won't be too hard, since I read tons during the summer. :)

Jan 26, 2012, 5:26pm Top

Hey, everyone! I used to belong to this group back in 2009, but after I left the library field, my reading slowed way down, and I read an all-time-worst 23 books last year. So I'm eager to get back to reading regularly.

I'm Shauna, and this month marks my 5-year anniversary on LibraryThing. I'm in my early-late-20's and spend my days working as a paralegal. My roommate and I live in Roseville, California (a suburb of Sacramento), where we're subjected to the mercurial whims of a very fat cat. Other hobbies include crocheting and obsessing over various TV shows, as well as laughing loudly at our neighbors' hot tub escapades.

My thread for 2012 is here.

Jan 26, 2012, 5:58pm Top

Hi! I'm Wendy. I am newly retired, and living in Canberra Australia. I have a husband, two grown-up children and two elderly Jack Russells.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131668

Jan 26, 2012, 6:39pm Top

Hi, my name's Kara and I'm a children's librarian. I work at 2 public libraries. And yet somehow, I still find time to read like crazy. I live in Maine, which I totally hate during the winter. Is 31 too young to become a snow bird? Florida sounds good right about now. Anyway, I haven't done anything with groups here and haven't even updated my collection on here in quite a while. But this sounds fun. So , here I go!

My thread is: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131669

Edited: Jan 26, 2012, 7:08pm Top

Hi. I just joined 75 books to read and now have to figure out how to add the books, etc. Technology throws me daily, sometimes hourly. I love to read, so won't have a problem with the number. I hope to be a good member of the group and meet some new friends. Not sure where to get my thread. when I find it I will post it.

Jan 26, 2012, 8:19pm Top

Hi, I'm Gavin and I've been on LT for a while but not been very social. I am hoping to change that. My favorite books from 2011 include:

Stone Arabia, Salvage the Bones The Sojourn, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Anthologist.

My thread starts here.

Jan 26, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Hey all, I'm Christi. I just joined this group. My mom mentioned it to me and I thought it would be interesting to do. I am always giving myself a reading goal for the year. This year's was 50 but we'll see if I can up that to 75.

Jan 26, 2012, 9:13pm Top

I am Jeanie, recovering Librarian and former Archaeologist, living in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I read about 2 books a week ( much to the detriment of my sleep).
I have just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and am currently reading Nightwoods by Charles Frazier.
Looking forward to all the great books in 2012!

Jan 27, 2012, 6:30am Top

Hi, it's Krzysztof here.I'm working in IT, but i used to read a lot in the past and i'm trying to still keep this as my habit. I hope 2012 will be a year i can say i read at least 75 books, so commited myself to this group. Lets have fun reading and i wish you all reporting finishing 75th book before end of the year.


Jan 27, 2012, 12:39pm Top

Hi, I'm DreamWeaver (posts here)

I am a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) candidate. So I have very little time to read anything other than the tomes I need to pass the 4 bar-like exams that stand between me and my certification. As such, I love audiobooks. Always have really. I read genre mostly (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Romance, etc) but have lately taken to reading some science based non-fiction.

Besides reading, I like to knit, spin, and dye my own yarn. I got my first spinning wheel when I graduated with my Masters degree. Aside from my accounting education, for a few years I went to school to get a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. Almost finished it, then realized that the career paths available were extremely limited, so I switched majors. I still write on occasionally. When I'm not up to my eyeballs in GAAP/IFRS/PCAOB regulations.

With luck, I'll actually get some time to curl up with a good book a few times this year.

Jan 27, 2012, 1:38pm Top

>259 dreamweaver529: GAAP/IFRS/PCAOB

ACK! I get enough of that while taking my accounting classes. I don't want to see it here, too!

My eyes! My eyes!


Jan 27, 2012, 2:24pm Top

Hi, I'm Liza and love this idea.

I read almost everything. I am not a big fan of sci-fi, fantasy, history. But I am open to everything else (I think).

Here is my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131732

Jan 27, 2012, 2:57pm Top

I know how you feel.

But at least it's just your eyes. My brains have been dribbling out of my ear for the past month ;)

Jan 27, 2012, 6:23pm Top

Well, by the looks of things I am late, but in the right company. Just received my AARP card :P I like the idea of giving myself a goal of 75 books this year, really put my Kindle to the test. Look forward to seeing how things go.

Jan 27, 2012, 10:37pm Top

Hi, I am very new to LT and must admit I am getting a little lost. I have joined this group but have no idea where or how to start a thread, Help please.

Edited: Jan 27, 2012, 11:34pm Top

Hello all! I'm Julie, an aspiring science or special libraries librarian (rare books and manuscripts, art, history, museum, or music library) and a MSLIS student at Drexel University. I love to read like everyone else, of course, and enjoy works ranging from historical fiction, nonfiction science books (pretty much all in science I find interesting, except for chemistry which I loathe and am terrible at for some reason), medicine, veterinary medicine, any and all books about dogs and animals, award-winning as well as "indie" fiction, and the "classics" of world literature. Pleased to meet you all and feel free to "friend" me and visit my profile! I am looking forward to the challenge, good luck and happy reading everyone!


Edited: Jan 28, 2012, 12:17am Top

Hi, I'm Jamie. This is my first year participating in the 75 book challenge. It seems like a lot of fun!

My book thread can be found here

Jan 28, 2012, 12:30am Top

Hello everyone!

My name is Andrea and I'm from Chile. I'm a professional translator (Japanese, English and Spanish) but I'm currently unemployed. I love to read and to write, although I've never been published and my work only includes a couple of short stories and two novel-length fanfiction. ^^

I just joined this website and this group and I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and sharing my love for books. :D

I have a blog, where I write reviews about the books I read (usually, in my native language but sometimes in English too) and keep track of the things I've read, although I'll start a thread here too. :D

Nice to meet you all!

Jan 28, 2012, 5:56am Top

>264 torijoye: Welcome! To start a thread, you can go to the Group page by clicking on the "75 Book Challenge for 2012" link at the top of this thread. Then, scroll down 'til you see the list of Topics - just there is another link that says "Post a new topic." Click on that, and you're good to go!

Hope that helps. And welcome to all the other new members!

Jan 28, 2012, 10:59am Top

Hi Julie! I got my MLIS at Drexel, too! Graduated in 2010. Drexel's program is great. Are you on campus or online?

Jan 28, 2012, 5:32pm Top

Hello! I am excited about the Library Thing. I just found out about it 2 hours ago. Wow, that means I've spent the past 2 hours reading all about it, studying everybody's posts - I love it. I immediately became a lifetime member and I hadn't even filled out my personal profile yet. The reason I am excited is actually due to this group. It has been my dream to read over 52 books a year. I have a million reasons why not, but here's a community that is doing it year after year - AND if you don't make it, no judgement. That's perfect for me. My journey begins today.

I look forward to making new friends. I an entrepreneur, married, I have 2 gorgeous step daughters and a wonderful son-in-law. I am the youngest of 3 and we are blessed to have my mom living with us - she's a hoot and a spit-fire. I believe that's where I get it from. We also have a little terror running around the house in the form of a Miniature Pincher named Oliver. He's an honery cuss and believes he owns the place.

I look forward to meeting you all ... here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/131789

- Malanious (MEGD)

Jan 28, 2012, 6:26pm Top

OK, so shoot me. I've been so busy reading that I missed this thread altogether...

I'm Suzanne, turning 50 next week (following which I think I will adopt the description of being "older than dirt" and leave it at that.) I'm a journalist/writer, one and a half books to my credit (one was a ghost written book that has my name on it, no sense of ownership at all...) and an agent trying to sell the next one. (Narrative non-fiction...) Live in New York, freelance (which has been a struggle for the last year or so) and while I used to travel a tremendous amount, have been relatively stationary for several years, which worries me a bit! I've also lived in my current Brooklyn apartment for longer than I have ever lived anywhere in my life, by a factor of two. I am owned by several cats, of whom you're likely to hear most of Jasper and Tigger-the-Terror-Cat (who tries very hard to live up to the moniker on a daily basis.) Most of my family is in Canada, and since I work from home, this site can be a welcome link to other humans!

I've always been a ferocious reader, and this year will be my third with the 75ers. That hasn't changed how much I read (which is a lot...) but has altered what I read somewhat. I'm still drawn primarily to fiction, history, biography (but not memoir), current events, travel and nonfiction books about things that intrigue me, but have found myself venturing into fantasy and sci-fi of late, and discovering new authors who simply blow me away via this site. I blog about what I read, although some Internet snafus last year prevented me from keeping that up; a new Year's resolution is to resume that. You can find the blog at www.uncommonreading.com

I'm an avid lurker on threads, but not a super-chatty poster, despite my moniker.

Jan 28, 2012, 7:08pm Top

254 bakersfieldbarbara I went tot your profile to try to talk you through starting a thread.. but
you seem to have comments blocked? Let any of us know if we can help you.. you can post on my profile if you like...!

Jan 29, 2012, 2:08am Top

Hello all, my name is Becky, I am almost 32 years old and I live in Portland, OR.

My husband, three sons, and I are all bibliophiles. We live in a house that is way too small for our books with a cat named Porkchop, a guinea pig named Butterscotch the Fwee-Fwee, two parakeets named Steve and Sweet Jane (Steve is a Lou Reed fan) and a 4 year old goldfish named Luke Water-Swimmer.

I found librarything and fell in love. I have never participated in anything like this, it seems that my tastes are different than everyone elses, so I am excited to read your lists and have you read mine.


Jan 30, 2012, 4:16pm Top

Hello, Hello! My name is Laura and I am 44 years old, mother of two girls and a grandmother of a 9 month old boy. I love to read, watch tv and movies, play games and am very involved in my church and my county Relay For Life event.

I have been a member of Librarything for a few years now but just joining this group. I am looking forward to reading all of the threads and gettting new book ideas.


Jan 30, 2012, 4:20pm Top

Welcome Becky and Laura! Hope you enjoy the 75ers... let me know if I can help in any way..

Edited: Feb 1, 2012, 10:10pm Top

Hi everyone!

My name is Marina, I live in Brazil. I am 24 years old girl. I am a huge book lover... although I graduated in Journalism, I work in a publishing house. Before that I worked in a second-hand bookstore. So, books are really my life. :-)

My collection is not very big due to space limitations. I often need to trade or sell books, in order to have room for new things. One day I plan to have an entire room filled with shelves for all my books!

I have been here since 2007, but I only joined this community now. I confess I am a bit afraid to start the challenge... because of my job, sometimes I come home a bit tired of reading, so I don't know if I can read 75 books. What happens if you can't complete your challenge? :-(

I will read almost anything, but my favorite styles are historical romances, fantasy and science fiction. I also love plants and have TONS of books about them... even though I do not have a garden for the time being. My other interests include music, movies, herbalism, astronomy/astrology, cartomancy and... owls. Yes owls. As my username says, I also love the planet Saturn...

I really love LibraryThing and for me it's a pleasure and a honor to meet you all.
English is not my first language so I hope you forgive any mistakes on my part. :-)

EDITED TO ADD: I have opened my thread. You can find it here!

Jan 31, 2012, 8:58pm Top

The whole point of the 75 book challenge is for you to challenge yourself and if you do not read 75 books you'll be joined by many, many of us. We read because we love to read. And we talk about what we read here. The Rules are "You Make Your Own!" Just have fun!

Feb 1, 2012, 12:21pm Top

Thank you maggie1944. :-)

I think I'll open a thread for myself then and do my best to read as much as I can this year! I think it'll help me to make my to-read pile a bit shorter... or at least it'll help me to go ahead and read some books that have been in said pile for ages, and replace them with new ones!

Edited: Feb 1, 2012, 12:52pm Top

I'm Debbie, wife of Jeff, mom to six, grandma to 5, servant to 3 dogs, IT manager, reader, knitter, wanna be writer, blogger, homeschooling parent. I can't imagine a life without books and reading. I read all the time, and when I can't I listen to audio books so I can knit at the same time. This is going to be fun, but I'm already a month behind! :)

My thread is here.

Edited: Feb 1, 2012, 2:21pm Top

Hi! I'm a 40-something software engineer, wife, mom to 2 amazing kids and 1 sweet dog, and barn crew to 3 beloved horses. I've always got a book or two underway.

I read contemporary fiction, particular literary suspense but of course not limited to that. Love, love, love animal books. But not the sappy ones. :-)

About half of my "reading" is listening to audiobooks. Once I picked up the habit, I've found it difficult to stop. I now read while driving, walking for exercise, doing housework, mucking out stalls, etc. I wouldn't finish 75 books per year without the audiobooks, but I can do it easily with them.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/132028

Edited: Feb 2, 2012, 1:06pm Top

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel, and I'm a 30-something medical scientist currently living in Columbus, OH. I'm therefore interested in medical sciences (especially neuroscience), but I also try to read a lot of inspirational books, science fiction, fantasy, and young adult literature. I like to think of myself as well-read, but I've had a stressful couple of years at work, and dwindled down to reading almost only young adult literature (because it's SUCH a relaxation after reading those dense scientific journals). Then, more than one recently-acquired friend mentioned to me "well, you only read young adult books," and I was horrified. I SO do NOT only read young adult books! So, I'm not going to stop reading YA books, but I'm making a goal to read 75 "adult" books this year. I'm posting ALL the books I read on my 12 in 12 thread, and will copy-paste the reviews for "adult" books on this thread so I can keep track of my progress (and keep up with people from this group too).

My 75ers thread is The_Hibernator's Attempt at Growing Up

Edited: Feb 2, 2012, 6:12pm Top

Hello! I'm Linda. I completed the 2010 75 book challenge then completely flaked out on 2011. I'm 38, have a PhD in Computational Linguistics / Hispanic Studies, and am currently at home looking after Kidlet A and Kidlet B (who I love with all my heart but find to be a far greater challenge than that easy-peasy PhD - what can I say? The PhD actually made sense!!! - "Mommy! When I grow up I want to be a tightrope walker in the circus because I like balancing on balls!" "????????") When I'm not reading to the Kidlets, translating Spanish and French language loans for Kiva.org or adding entries to my Catalan-English dictionary at www.catalandictionary.org I'm trying to find the time to read some books to myself. I just read The_Hibernator's intro and nearly laughed myself hoarse. FWIW, I sooooo get where you're coming from The_Hibernator!! I not only read 'young adult' books but also devour comic strips (The Moomins, Smurfs, Tintin and Asterix, as well as the more adult Batman, Watchmen, etc.) Life is sometimes so complicated, a retreat into 'young adult' can be a welcome relief! Though I SO do NOT only read comic books ;-)

Oh yes, the new thread:

Feb 3, 2012, 7:28am Top

Hi I'm Judith, I am a nurse living in Rhodes Island. I have three mostly grown children and I am seperated, trying to get back to what I love, reading, hiking and some gardening.ive been in a bloodlines years ago and wish I could join one again. I look forward to getting lots of reading tips.

Feb 5, 2012, 12:24pm Top

Hi I'm Elke, I've just joined this group... I live in Belgium and I work in the city library which is awesome because I get to read all the new books (when I'm off work that is). I read most of my books in Dutch but I'll post the English titles in my thread.


Feb 7, 2012, 1:43am Top


I am Susan. Visit my blog and website at Struffelseries.com.

I like writing children books, and read adult novels when I get some free time.

Happy Reading!

Feb 12, 2012, 12:29pm Top

Hello I'm Jacqui and I just joined the challenge. I live in Birmingham, UK. After a couple of years of drought I finally managed to get back to reading last year. Mainly because I look after a 10 year old boy a few days a week and we're trying to get him interested in the written word. Whilst I've been finding things that might interest him, my love of reading has mysteriously returned. Long may it continue.


Feb 12, 2012, 7:34pm Top

I'll lift a toast to that: Long may it continue in you, and in your boy. Welcome, Jacqui.

Feb 12, 2012, 9:47pm Top

I'm Debbi - my husband Joe and daughter Becca preceded me in the 75 Book Challenge. All of us - including our 21 year old Jesse - are avid readers.
I'm a storyteller and writer - and do a lot of work with Young Chicago Authors, a not-for-profit that offers free writing, performance and publication training and experiences for kids from all over Chicago.

I like to read just about anything- except I'm not that fond of science fiction and futuristic works - Joe and Jesse take care of that for the family.


Feb 13, 2012, 5:24pm Top

Thanks Maggie

Feb 16, 2012, 9:01am Top

Aha, Debbi, we've been waiting for you! See you at the cafe.

Feb 16, 2012, 11:06pm Top

Oops, it's just occurred to me that I haven't chimed in on this thread yet this year.

I'm Stephen or Steve, I really don't have a preference. I'm a technical services librarian at a mid-sized state-supported university in Missouri and in my mid-40's. This is my third year in the 75ers. This year I'm reading through my collection of DAW paperbacks in numerical order, so I'll be reporting on a lot of seventies science fiction, good and bad and goofy.

Besides mass-market science fiction my hobbies include running and mathematics but my interests range pretty widely, so you'll find a little bit of everything in my thread, which is here.

Feb 17, 2012, 2:03pm Top


My name is Kristi, I've been a member of LT for a while but I haven't participated as much as I would've liked due to illness. I run a fairly successful book blog based on YA PNR, UF, Fantasy-pretty much everything except Sci-fi and I'm pretty picky with what literature I read. I do read fairly quickly and unfortunately, I don't review every book I read.

I'm in remission now and am currently importing all my reviews from another venue. Last year I read 162 books (recorded) but actually I think I was closer to 200. I love to read and being sick for 4 years has given me ample time to read :o in fact, it's a wonderful escape for me.

I'm an RN about 1.5 years from my Masters degree, I had to quit work and school when I became ill-literally overnight with a very rare Central Nervous System disease. I miss it and my goal is to get back to work and school. I remain optimistic no matter what everyone else says-eternal optimism is my friend :o

I look forward to getting to know everyone here!

Feb 17, 2012, 3:07pm Top

Hi Kristi, I'm glad you're feeling better! Are you going to (or did you already) start a thread?

Feb 21, 2012, 8:13pm Top

While I've already introduced myself (post 259), I do have a question, and this was the only placed I could think to ask.

What are the rules about re-reading? Do they count? Do we talk about them? I read The Host when it first came out and just finished re-reading it, and realized that I didn't know if I should put it on my thread.


Feb 21, 2012, 10:00pm Top

>294 dreamweaver529:: If you read it, you count it. Unless you don't want to. Your thread, your rules.

Feb 21, 2012, 11:12pm Top

I count everything short of pamphlets and websites.

Quite right: no rules. I think rules might suggest we're in competition, which we certainly aren't. :-)

Feb 24, 2012, 8:10am Top

This is a militantly anti-rules challenge. Self challenge only. Read what you wish, when you wish, and write about it or not as you wish. We do expect to have fun!

Feb 25, 2012, 10:34am Top

Hi, I'm Hanan. I am 20. I'm from Malaysia. I've started reading since I was 13. My first novel was Pride & Prejudice. I read because I really want to improve my English. Feel free to correct me. Thanks

Feb 25, 2012, 11:48am Top

Your English looks fine! It's better than anything I can speak in a foreign language. :)

Welcome to the group, Hanan, and I hope you have fun with reading here.

Feb 25, 2012, 11:54am Top

I'll add my welcome, Hanan. Yours looks fine to me, but this is a great place to work on your English.

Feb 25, 2012, 5:26pm Top

Welcome, Hanan. Feel free to tell us all about what you are reading and we'll tell you, too. People are generally quite polite and may not correct your English unless there are some misunderstandings. Nonetheless, just carry on and your English will improve just by hanging out here, I think.

Mar 8, 2012, 5:36pm Top

Hi I'm BonnieJune. I live in the Florida panhandle. My cluttered home includes 477 books I mean to read someday. Thanks to LT I can tell people precisely why I don't want the books they are trying to give me. OK we all know I would take them and add them to the pile if I liked them. I think they feel sorry for me because I'm always reading something 40 years old. I'm in my 50's. I like to travel. I love mysteries but I break it up with other fiction.
I listen to audio books on my daily walk. I love classic children's books especially illustrated editions. This goes back to my childhood looking at my grandma's books on the window seat in her attic room.

Mar 8, 2012, 9:10pm Top

welcome, bonniejune. i have just over 200 books. stashed everywhere. the more of them i read the quicker i can add them to my swapping sites.

Edited: Mar 9, 2012, 2:31am Top

Hi, I'm Paula. I've been a member of LT since 2007. I tend to post passionately for a couple of months and then disappear for a couple of months, rinse, repeat, etc.

I'd like to claim it's because I'm a spy and out on assignment during those times, but it's really because I tend to get distracted. Hopefully I can stay on track this year. I'm always reading something, but I'm not always finishing something, so this year I'm going to also keep track of my "browsers"-books I spend more than a minimum amount of time with-- without actually reaching the last page. Or reaching the last page without actually reading the middle!

I'm in my mid 40's, live in a suburb of Dallas and share my life with my hubby, six cats and a house full of unread (err.. "browsed") books. I've worked in Retail for over twenty years, so I can get a bit cranky around the holidays. If you leave a carton of eggnog to ferment on top of a counter in the Garden Center, so help me, I'll smack you silly!

My first loves are science fiction and fantasy with lots of paranomal thrown in, but I'll read just about anything. Except vampires. I hate vampires. And werewolves. Which I suppose is strange when I'm a paranormal fan, but so be it. Mysteries, science for the layman, biographies of classic film stars, yadda, yadda. I go where my interests send me. I love the quirky side of fiction. I am a recent "convertee" to the E-Book Revolution. My Simple Touch Nook goes everywhere with me.

You can find my new thread here

Edited: Mar 10, 2012, 7:06pm Top

Hello Everyone! I'm Monica. This is my first year doing this, so I hope I can pick up how to this thread stuff :)
I mainly read YA or teen books, and I love giving book suggestoins! Favorite genre is any dystopian novels. I love getting into different worlds (having superpowers, running from zombies, fighting vampires, etc.).

Mar 12, 2012, 8:37pm Top

Howdy. I'm Heather, and I'm very reluctantly social. Not that I don't like people, I just tend to like books better - they don't get offended when I get distracted and ignore them for a few months. They know it's nothing personal.
I'm rapidly heading out of my 30's, I teach high school and it's possible that I've been known to buy books for my students or give them copies of my own books just to encourage them to read.
My husband and I are currently organizing our library at home, scanning our books with my phone & then loading them on to LT. Hopefully this will not only make our books more accessible (our house is "cozy," and the books are taking over) and organized, but will prevent me from buying *another* copy of "Again, Dangerous Visions" because I can't remember if I have that one or just the original "Dangerous Visions." (Turns out I have a couple of copies of each one. Our local library loves us when it comes time to donate books to their yearly sale.) Our daughter is as voracious a reader as we are, and has two overflowing bookshelves of her own in her room.
Not sure if I'll make the 75 this year - some years I do that and more, some years not so much - but I like the spirit of this thread and the "Hey, what are *you* reading?" kind of thing. So, let's see, nu?

Mar 15, 2012, 4:08pm Top

Hi all. I'm Drew. I'm 25 years old, husband of 2 1/2 years, father of six months. I am a Graduate Student in English Literature with one semester left until completion. I enjoy reading, however, most of the books on my list thus far I had to read for my two classes this semester (17th & 18th Century Literature and Representing Race in American Literature & Culture). There are also quite a few children's books on my list as I read to my son everyday.

My wife and I are begining to notice how much space all of our books take up in our condo. Its not a huge basement living room, but it is large enough to hold all of our books and movies. Together we have varying tastes in books. I will read pretty much anything; my wife is a little more picky.

Anyway, here's my page: http://www.librarything.com/topic/134254

Mar 15, 2012, 8:00pm Top

Hello everyone! I'm a junior in high school in the middle of nowhere. I want to be a librarian when I manage to get to college. Right now it's deciding where.

I'm a fairly new member to LT. I participated in a 100 book challenge last year (and I'm doing it again this year). I got to 97 books on Dec 31. So I'm sure that I'll make it this year.

I'm a major reader. Although I do not own many books myself, I borrow a lot of them from the library. I read YA, fanasty, romanance, paranormal romance, and a little science fiction. I want to read more classics, but I don't know which ones or where to start. Also, I can't seem to get the style of some.

Here's my page: http://www.librarything.com/topic/134268

Mar 15, 2012, 9:46pm Top

welcome! You will find if you read others' threads you'll find many new and interesting titles. You should be able to gain your goal! Good luck.

Edited: Mar 20, 2012, 9:54pm Top

Oh good, I'm not the only late starter!

I'm JJMcGaffey (Jennifer). My thread is here. As I say there - I got lured into this group (actually, 75 in 2011) by a link to ronincats' threads from a bug post about thread continuations. I had so much fun reading her posts I couldn't resist joining in.

I've been on LT since December 2006. I did the 101 Books Challenge in 2008, and it got me to start reviewing my books. I try hard to review every one I read - don't quite manage it, but I try. I read eclectically - a lot of fantasy and SF, mystery, romance, children's books (usually MG and YA, a few picture books), history, science (and the history of science), biography, travel, cookbooks, etc., etc. Oh, and craft books - weaving, sewing, knitting, braiding, woodwork...and gardening, and...yeah. Lots of stuff. I read very few 'mainstream' or 'literary' novels - I find them frequently dull and usually unpleasant - and few thrillers.

I'm 44 (45 this year); I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a condo in a small town surrounded by cities. I have two cats and no one else in the house, though my parents (who are also avid readers and LT members) live about a mile and a half away. The house is full of far too many books, and boxes/totes/heaps of craft stuff/garden stuff/things I couldn't possibly live without, though I don't have any use for them at the moment... I'm trying to reduce the amounts of stuff I have this year, though so far it's mostly been shifting piles rather than removing them. I garden on my balcony, and am starting most of my plants from seed this year (for the second time ever - did it two years ago, too, with not much success).

Books come in from many sources - Bookmooch, Freecycle, my library book sale (which is amazing!), yard sales, the White Elephant sale, used book stores and, rarely, new book stores. If you think I'm cheap - you're right! I'll buy at full price if I _know_ I want the book, which usually means "if I've read it and want to reread", but most of my books are for trying out. I also check a good many out of the library.

Also, if you couldn't guess - I'm rather talkative! (typeative?)

Mar 21, 2012, 12:00am Top

Well then, I guess it behooves me to welcome you personally to the 75ers, Jennifer!

Mar 21, 2012, 6:46am Top

Hai everyone :)

Im a new member to LT and I sort of found this group from the blue!
Anyways my Reading habits come from my Mom who is also a Voracious reader.

Im a 18 yr old who stays in UAE and and going to move to India this year. I love all sorts of books especially Murder mysteries and sci-fi books! also enjoy making cards and all that creative stuff. Oh! and I LOVE singing :)

Mar 21, 2012, 5:45pm Top

Greetings Greeshma.Pious!
I also enjoy sci-fi and doing "creative stuff".

I will enjoy reading your tread - where is your tread?

Mar 22, 2012, 6:38am Top

Erm so sorry, could u pls tell me how to start a tread?

Mar 22, 2012, 1:10pm Top

JJMcGaffey: Don't worry I started my first thread on the 2011 one in October! You're not late at all in my standards haha!

Greeshma.Pious: I think she meant Thread. Go back to the main page for this group and then after the info there's a search bar to the right and too the left of it is a box that says "Post New Topic" In the subject box you put your thread title, then you can type whatever in you want in the message box and then click "post message" .

Hope this was helpful.

Mar 24, 2012, 8:33pm Top

Hi Greeshma. Pious

This is the first year I am also doing the 75, but I had found the main page helpful (http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Groups:75booksin2012)

Yes, sorry I was typing too fast and meant thread. Once you create your thread, by using the "post message" link that gagirl101 brought up, then you can copy & paste the link to this thread.

Mar 25, 2012, 12:58am Top

Hi I'm Greg from Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. I'm in my early 50s, been married for 20 years and have 3 kids - one at University and 2 teenage girls.

I've been a sci fi fan for many years but, hey, I'll read anything. Matthew Reilly - an Australian action adventure writer is one of my favourites

I'm new to LT and the 75 challenge but I'm a voracious reader. I've just got a Kindle for my birthday so now I find it so much easier to read.

I've just started on my own little challenge - to read all 200 books on this list - http://scifilists.sffjazz.com/lists_tv.html . I haven't given myself a time frame but maybe 2 years is feasible after reading some other people's stories on here!

Mar 25, 2012, 7:52am Top

Good luck getting through your book list Greg! I love trying to plow through lists. But I'm horrible because I can't just keep to one list. Which means I'll never finish any of them! But I DO like variety.

Mar 25, 2012, 6:26pm Top

The SF book list is great, Greg - although your link is actually to the tv show list. Have you started your thread yet?

Mar 28, 2012, 5:48am Top

Hi, Everyone! I just recently started exploring LT and I found this amazing challenge.

My name is Audrey, I'm a 21 year old bookworm. I love to read with my cat. Awhile back I discovered "BookMooch" and I have a huge mountain of books that I really want to go through.

I enjoy all genres, and am always looking for new books to read. I look forward to this challenge! :)

OH, I'm looking for some interesting Sci-fi, any suggestions?

Mar 28, 2012, 7:26am Top

Welcome! You may find your ideas for more reading after you just spend some time poking around inside of LT, and look for small groups of like minded readers, and read some individual reading journals. Your piles of books you want to read shall grow... and grow....

have fun!

Mar 30, 2012, 12:21am Top

One of my favorite and recent sci-fi titles is Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson.
It is the typical robots take over the world plot, but taking place today. iPods, military drones, and all of our devices we use today make it all the more creepy and awesome to read!

Good luck with the challenge!

Mar 31, 2012, 2:12am Top


Try dropping along here if you haven't already:



Edited: Apr 9, 2012, 3:42pm Top

Hi, Lany (or Ruth) here.

Been a couple of years since I started my library here and I never did finish it (kind of the story of my life). Thought I would update it some and found this cool challenge. I am a "self-employed" private detective, so I have a lot of reading time.

I am about half way through with updating my nook library, and will hopefully finish it this week.

I have read about 200+ books in the last 2 1/2 years so I think I should be able to do this.

I read lots of different stuff, mysteries, fantasy, paranormal____, historical fiction, ect...

I guess I could put my age in here too...I am 47, have 3 kids and 2 grand kids. Kids are 26, 22 and 9 (don't ask :P )

Apr 11, 2012, 12:47pm Top

Hello! I'm Bethany (prefer Bat). 22, in the UK. Just started my thread over here (hope that works!). I'm obviously a little late to the party, but I have only just discovered LibraryThing, and have also only just got my new Sony e-reader. Because of that, a lot of the books I read, will be the ones available as ebooks from my local libraries! Hopefully they have a reasonable selection of good books! I will obviously buy the ones I want to read, but am hoping to keep costs to a minimum, as I am not very well off financially at the moment!

Hope you're all well, look forward to getting to know you all!

Apr 11, 2012, 1:32pm Top

> Welcome, Bat. I am relatively new here also and have just recently joined the 75 challenge and also the 50 group since I figure that might be more realistic. Have fun exploring LT. I cataloging my books last summer and am still finding new stuff!

Apr 11, 2012, 2:30pm Top

Hello, i'm John and have been an LT member since Dec 11, i am married to Karen and will celebrate our 28th anniversary in July. I have two children, Robert who lives with his fiancee Louise and their daughter Hannah ( our first grandchild) and Amy who utilised Feb 29th to propose to Andy who accepted. I am 48 years old and am a confirmed bookaholic. I read most genres apart from horror, i am part of the 50 book challenge and the 15000 page in a year challenge, the latter is doable but the former i have only acheived twice in the last 11 years mainly because i prefer books that are 500 + pages.

I adore bookshops of all varieties, new, secondhand, antiquarian, charity whatever. I also collect books about Cricket and have 200+ besides 1100 fiction books. My life is books and books are my life.

Apr 11, 2012, 3:20pm Top

Hi John. I guess I should introduce myself also, having not done that when I joined this group. I only found this thread yesterday

My real name is Cathy. I am 59 years old, sometimes feel much older, sometimes much younger! I have two children 29 and 24 and they live near me with their partners. I have a beautiful tuxedo cat and a sweet, tiny Yorkie that keep me company.

I love to read and get frustrated because there isn't time to read everything I want to. I have some health issues and often find it difficult to concentrate so you will see a lot of 'beach read' type books in my library but I try and get in a lot of classics also. And I read a lot of non-fiction.

I have found the LT challenges instrumental in increasing my reading. I am more motivated to make time to read as opposed to leaving it to the end of the day and falling asleep before I can get anything much done.

I have so many books I have run out of space. I kept buying another bookcase and another bookcase and another bookcase. I don't have any room for another bookcase!!

Now I am running out of space on my Kobo. Bookaholic much!

Apr 11, 2012, 3:46pm Top

Hi ccookie, i only found this thread an hour or so ago and have to agree with your post but even though we are bookaholics, we don't cause trouble, don't require medical attention for our condition and don't make fools of ourselves in public.
I think we need to own an ancient pile with it's own large library for our books but am not sure thats going to happen.

Apr 11, 2012, 4:17pm Top

Welcome! welcome. You may want to follow some others' reading journals and then you can get To Be Read piles that are large and growing, just like the rest of us! Also, Reading Marathons are fun. Watch for them.

Apr 22, 2012, 5:16pm Top

It just occured to me that I've yet to introduce/reintroduce myself for 2012. So here goes..............My name is Lynda and I live in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Married for almost 19 years and have a 13 year old son. I am a retired public employee for the past three years. I've been a member of LT since 2008 and my reading habits have changed exponentially. I've read author's and genre's I would have not known about had I gone it alone. LT is the first thing I do every morning and almost the last thing I think about at night. Best of all, 75er's are a wonderful, supportive and intelligent group of readers and I'm so glad I was led to this group.

May 1, 2012, 12:22pm Top

Hi, a bit late to the party - only just discovered this thread.

My name's Rosalind, nearly 30 and living in the UK. Life-long bookworm, university graduate and highest qualified receptionist at my work.

May 9, 2012, 11:41am Top

GOONERGIRL1982 - Love the "highest qualified receptionist at my work" statement. That's how I feel right now with the employment prospects here for myself.

May 11, 2012, 10:45pm Top

My name is Vicky. I live in Ann Arbor Michigan with my husband, my 98 year old mother-in-law, my daughter, and my 3 grand children. Despite our busy, noisy household I manage to find a little time to read. I'm excited to find others who enjoy a good book as much as I do.

May 11, 2012, 11:25pm Top

Welcome, Vicky. You will have fun!

May 12, 2012, 10:07am Top

Hello, this is Karen. I live in Wales in the UK with my husband. I've always loved reading but have never kept track of what I've read in any one year so I've no idea whether 75 is doable this year. i suppose I'm also making life difficult for myself by also trying to read my way through all the Booker prize winners and to blog about my thoughts. I'm at Booker Talk if anyone is interested. http://allthingsbooker.wordpress.com/

May 12, 2012, 10:55am Top

Welcome, Karen and Vicky! I'm going to see if I can find your 75-ers threads.

May 12, 2012, 10:57am Top

Wow, five generations in one household! That's amazing, Vicky. What a treasure for the kids to experience that.

May 12, 2012, 11:23am Top

>336 kheenand57:: Welcome Karen! I just left a little hello on your shiny new Booker thread.

May 12, 2012, 11:55am Top

>335 ccookie: Yay for Ann Arbor, Vicky! I grew up there, back when the dinosaurs roamed.

May 12, 2012, 5:43pm Top

Welcome, Karen. I wasn't sure 75 was doable but I am feeling quite confident 5 months later since I am at 30 books now. Although I am not reading as much this month I think it will work out!

May 13, 2012, 9:43pm Top

>334 vbadics:: I'll add my welcome too, Vicky. It's not everyday a fellow Michigander joins the group. (I'm up in Lansing.) Hi!

May 14, 2012, 2:04pm Top

Okay...I am finally back and active on LT. (Last year ended up being a really hard year but I am determined to make this one end on a great note.) So here is my thread for this year. There isn't much to it right now but I will correct that by the end of the week. :) Happy reading to everyone!

May 17, 2012, 10:49am Top

>333 lizamichelle1:. Hi Liza, thanks for the welcome!

I take what I can and ignore my student debt.

May 23, 2012, 4:18pm Top

Welcome, Karen and Vicky! I hope you enjoy LT.

Welcome back, Jenny! I hope this year year will be better for you.

May 29, 2012, 1:48am Top

Hello I am Matthew, I am 30 married with six kids, one just gratuated highschool this past week. Currently I am residing on the island of Oahu Hawaii, but will soon be moving on to North Carolina. Yes I am Military. While deployed reading took a huge chunk of time so tried to read as much as possible. I returned at the end of March and have just kept going. I just looked and I am already 20 books into this challange so I will try to go for it.

May 29, 2012, 7:28am Top

Welcome Matthew!

Jun 5, 2012, 4:03pm Top


I am Karla, 42, married (4 years, but was engaged for 16 years), 3 sons. and living in beautiful rainy Seattle.

I love to read and practice yoga, I am a well seasoned cook and am not afraid to try preparing new dishes. My reading travels the genres from Fur and Fang to Sword and Sandal fantasy through Sci-fi, into Historical Fiction and Biographies; I occasionally dance into the Long Lazy Days of Summer genre... or in otherwords any book that crosses my path.

Although I am starting in June, I will still be striving for 75!

Jun 5, 2012, 4:09pm Top

Welcome Karla!

Jun 5, 2012, 4:43pm Top

So many late starts but I bet you'll all meet your goal. I didn't think I would make 75 but at the rate I am going at almost 6 months in, I might surpass the 75!

Jun 5, 2012, 11:33pm Top

Welcome, Karla!

Jun 9, 2012, 3:09pm Top

Hi! I have just joined the group and am looking forward to getting to know everyone. I've been a member of LT for a while and haven't always been very active, but I like the idea behind this group.

Anyway, I live in northern Illinois with a cat and lots of books and yarn. I live in a college town and work in one of the university offices.

Jun 9, 2012, 4:03pm Top

Welcome, Sumi! I hope you enjoy this group and get to know a lot of the book-maniac people here!

Happy reading!

Jun 9, 2012, 4:11pm Top

Some of us are maniac even without referring to our bookish habits. Friday in the chat room... check it out?

About 8 pm Green Dragon time some of us try to get into there to chat about whatever....

Jun 9, 2012, 5:56pm Top

Just joined the group. I read a lot, but don't think I will ever get near 75. I always aim high.

Jun 9, 2012, 6:38pm Top

justicemoney, many of us do not read 75 in each year; we just read whatever we can, or want, and enjoy posting about it; and, reading what others are reading and posting. So, just settle in, pick up a book and enjoy yourself. You are welcome.

Jun 10, 2012, 8:47am Top

I have yet to make 75, justicemoney, but it's good to have a goal!

Jun 10, 2012, 10:10am Top

I am actually off to a better start than I thought. http://www.librarything.com/topic/138249

Now a short intro: I am an attorney in my mid-forties, working in NYC, living 75 miles north at the foot of the Shawangunk Mtns. Married with one son, 22 (and still at home). The whole family is book (and reading) obsessed, still have the son's room and the basement to finish cataloging, but must be about 2000 and growing. And of course, we have 4 kindles for the three of us (wife has the Fire as well). I tend to read multiple books at a time, mixing non-fiction, modern literary fiction, with some classics thrown in. Library loans, audiobooks, e-books, amazon, b&n, used bookstores, and my own shelves--I get them every which way but stealing.

Now, back to reading The Use and Abuse of Literature by Marjorie Garber

Jun 11, 2012, 10:12pm Top

welcome sumik and justicemoney. When I joined at the end of January I did not think I would ever be able to read 75 books in a year. I am up to 38!

Jun 11, 2012, 11:24pm Top

Hi I'm Madeleine and I'm 17 :) I'm from New Zealand and well my life is just occupied by school and my friends and I hope to be able to fit in my love of books in there at some point. I tend to do all my reading while travelling to and from school and out and about. I use public transport A LOT, including buses, trains and ferries. I'll read pretty much anything, I'm a sucker for a bit of romance though, even if it's just a hint. And I like reading books where the or one of the main characters is under the age of 25, I like to be able to relate to my characters. I like reading books from all eras and I love books that make me cry, it's the sign of a truly brilliant book! I've just started Anthropology of an American Girl Hilary Thayer Hamann. I'm really enjoying it so far! :D

Edited: Jun 11, 2012, 11:53pm Top

Hi! I'm Amy and I'm hoping to get 75 books read by the end of the year. I've read 10 so far, after starting my thread with only 2 read at the beginning of May.

I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy with a good amount of historical fiction mixed in. I will read almost anything, but really try to stay away from basic romance novels.

I'm in my 40's and am married with a 9 year old daughter. I'm also a Girl Scout troop leader. I'm not currently working, but plan on starting to work at home fairly soon. I live in Virginia.

I also like to do crafts and play strategy board games. I also spend more time than I should on the computer, on here, social networks and playing games.

My link is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/136583

Jun 12, 2012, 8:54am Top

Welcome to you both!

Madeleine - There are several folks from New Zealand in the group. I'm sure you'll run across them soon.

janiera - Keep an eye open for the next DC meetup in the Fall. We usually try to plan something for the National Book Festival. Even if you're from the parts of Virginia away from NoVa, I hope you can make it!

Jun 12, 2012, 12:55pm Top

362 - Depends entirely upon when it will be. If I recall correctly, the last one was Saturday, and that conflicted with Rock the Mall with the Girl Scouts, so I couldn't make it. I was in DC though. :)

Jun 12, 2012, 6:29pm Top

Welcome, Madeleine and Amy

Jun 17, 2012, 3:58pm Top

I just found this group, but naturally decided to try and take the challenge even though I'm 6 months late!

My posts: http://www.librarything.com/topic/138566

Until recently, I'd mostly read solely YA, but I'm trying to branch out from that a bit. I'm also aiming to reread some of the books I loved when I was younger as "palate cleansers" in between longer or more demanding books. I mostly read novels, but can occasionally be found with non-fiction books. I definitely want to try and squeeze in some books of poetry or translated works to spice things up this year!

I'll be entering my freshman year of college next year and definitely want to read my way through college, so to speak. I'm working full time over the summer in a theater box office, which allows plenty of time for reading (lucky for me!). Other than reading, I like baking, eating baked goods, watching TV shows and movies. I'm also an avid follower of an endless list of fashion and architecture / interior design blogs, and I spend a lot of time on the internet.

I'm excited to join such a supportive and diverse community of readers! Cheers!

Jun 20, 2012, 3:38am Top

Hello everyone,

I've been told by another LTer "Deern" that it is never to late to join this group. I have been following the threads of this group already in the year before and sort of missed the start of this new year. I just thought that this group has got a great and interesting community and I am happy to join.
I am a 40+ German and commute between London and Voerde (a small town in Germany). I have got an almost 13 year old son, who loves to read as well and just reached this age where I can't be sure anymore whether he is charming or just a pain in the "neck". I don't think that I need to mention that I am a complete book geek. In general I read across genre, although my favourites are fantasy. I like to challenge myself here with a broader range of genres in order to get rid of my growing TBR pile. :( I just can't help myself, there are too many good charity shops where I live and I always find something interesting to take home.
I am also a member in the German LT Group, where I keep my Reading Journal for 2012.
Aside from my passion for books I love Food, Cinema, Nature, anything to to with Natural Cosmetics and Soapmaking and unfortunately lots of other stuff. I believe I am one of those people in the world who don't understand the meaning of "boredom". To many books to read, to many things to explore, to many things to do - Life is never boring.

I will add my thread as soon as I started it.

Jun 20, 2012, 11:02am Top

Welcome to the group, PlaidApple and Drachenbraut! It is an honor to have you here, and I hope that you both enjoy it tremendously. Wishing you both the best of luck in your reading journeys (although, to be honest, it sounds like neither of you needs it! ^_^).

Jun 20, 2012, 6:32pm Top

Welcome to the group, PlaidApple and Drachenbraut! This is a fun group...I have read so much more since I joined. I always loved to read but often did not make the time for it. Now, most days, I try and read at least an hour and it is great! The challenges are lots of fun and I have moved a lot of books off my shelves that have been there for years. And I have also read books recommended by LT's that I would never have chosen on my own. Bonus!

Jun 21, 2012, 5:26am Top

#367 + 368 :) Thank you for your lovely welcomes. I am sure I will enjoy this group as much as you do :) I even found already a group read I can participate

Jun 21, 2012, 12:49pm Top

*lurking, and sneaking around... stockpiling marshmallows*

Jun 22, 2012, 12:34am Top

Remember that it is quite legit to put together from memory the books you can remember reading so far this year, and logging them in on your thread.

Jun 22, 2012, 3:52am Top

Hello everyone.

I have had a great time enjoying everyone's comments and being inspired by everyone's enthusiasm. I have also been fortunate enough to have more reading time than normal so far this year, and have just managed to complete 75 books, as captured in my thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129809
As we are still in june I am going to embark on a second lap and see how far I can get between now and the end of the year, as recorded here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/138738.

Happy reading everyone!

Jun 22, 2012, 8:43am Top

> 372
Jeepers eyejaybee - 150 good goal!!

Jun 22, 2012, 9:43am Top

Thanks, everyone! I'm already starting to become a tad obsessed with this group and reading as many books as I can...

and oh my eyejaybee congrats! way to go!

Jun 22, 2012, 4:26pm Top

Thanks ccoookie and PlaidApple.
I have been very fortunate in the amount of time I have had available for reading. I don't expect to do nearly so well in the latter half of the year. Sadly work tends to get in the way :(

Jun 25, 2012, 12:54pm Top

Hi, Drachenbut! Any friend of Deern's is a friend of ours.

Jul 3, 2012, 4:35pm Top

Hello to all our new members, and happy reading!

Jul 23, 2012, 4:53am Top

I'm Allie, I live in Ontario, Canada, and am thrilled to have discovered Library Thing recently.
I've read around 70 books so far this year, which is far more rapidly than normal, but life circumstances being what they are, books are my first line of defence. I don't know whether or not to post a list of what I've read so far this year, but I could tell you what my favourites have been:
John Steinbeck - "Of Mice and Men"
Daniel L. Everett - "Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life & Language in the Amazonian Jungle"
Ann Patchett - "State of Wonder"
Keigo Higashino - "The Devotion of Suspect X"
Albert Camus - "The Outsider" (generally known as "The Stranger")
and all the Harry Potter boooks all over again.

I'm 48 (for three more weeks, anyway), am a cashier at a large department/grocery store, have three children, all of them living elsewhere, love books, photography, esp. in interesting cemeteries, and I love travelling and am looking forward to visiting southern Europe next year, all going well. And that's it!

Jul 23, 2012, 9:54am Top

Welcome, Allie
I am in Scarborough ...

Edited: Jul 25, 2012, 4:04pm Top

I'm Elisabet and happy to know there are literature addicts like me. I live in New York and have been distressed by the fact that I see few people reading books on the subway. Playing games on a cell phone has replaced reading??? My love for reading led me to writing, which led me to being single. I hate interruptions when I read or write.

Jul 25, 2012, 4:26pm Top

Welcome to LT Elisabet, i am john from Wakefield in the UK and have only been a member since December 2011, enjoy everything about LT and all the wonderful people who inhabit this site.

Jul 25, 2012, 4:33pm Top

Welcome to Elisabet ad John!

Jul 25, 2012, 4:33pm Top

Thanks drneutron.

Jul 25, 2012, 4:57pm Top

Hi, Elizabet. I still see people reading on the subway, which is very heartening. And I know what you mean by hating interruptions - thank goodness my significant other is a reader like me!

Once in a great while we NYC folks meet face to face. Let me know if you'd be interested in hearing of our plans when we do.

Jul 26, 2012, 1:45am Top

380> Elizabet, have you seen the site about reading on the subway? It's called UNYPL - Underground New York Public Library - http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/ . Some people still read there!

Jul 26, 2012, 7:58am Top

I'm jcambridge -- opera lover and avid lifelong reader with rather eclectic taste in books. I am easing my way into retirement and looking forward to having a LOT more time to read for enjoyment and enrichment rather than work and, of course, want more time with my first grandchild -- what a total delight she is! Currently reading "The Eskimo and the Ice Man" about Shell Oil's venture in Alaska (somewhat work-related), rereading "Turn of Mind" for a daytime bookclub, and about to start "The Healing" by Jonathan Odell for a bookclub dinner meeting that I will host next month. Among my recent reads are "The Leftovers" (disappointing), "The Year We Left Home" (could relate to it), "The Weird Sisters" (generated good discussion), "The Woman Behind the New Deal" (well worth reading in light of the current political environment), "The Lifeboat" (OK, not great), "The Snow Child" (OK), and the list goes on. I do write occasional reviews for LT and hope to get involved in more LT activities.

Jul 26, 2012, 12:14pm Top


Jul 26, 2012, 8:12pm Top

Welcome to the site. There are lots of "addicts" here as well as intelligent, caring people who read such interesting books. Beware... your piles of To Be Read books may increase exponentially.

Edited: Jul 28, 2012, 5:44pm Top

380, 385> Nice site. I keep a list on my iPhone of books I see being read on the subway. NYers have a diverse underground library.

Edited: Aug 2, 2012, 7:09pm Top

Hello everyone! My screen name is RosefireandMoonshine (Mary) and I have been a member of LibraryThing since January 31, 2012. Although, I began actively tracking what I read in May of 2009. I just joined this group today. First of all, I'd like to introduce myself to you all: I'm obviously an avid reader who was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century by my daughter adding me as a friend here. :) It has opened up a whole new world to me. She has been blogging for three years and had added me as a guest blogger on her site under the alias Rosefire. Now I'm taking baby steps on my own by setting up my own blog - Moonshine and Rosefire. I truly never realized that there were so many people on the Internet who shared my same obsession with reading but it's wonderful to meet you all. By the way, my daughter is RubyandtheTwins on this site.

I was born in Derry, Northern Ireland but my family moved somewhere close to Manchester, England when I was three years old. My husband was also born in Derry and my daughter was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My husband was an ex-Math teacher turned professional Irish singer. I was an ex-English teacher turned stay-at-home mom after I had my daughter. Both my husband and I taught at the same primary school in Manchester (which was the same primary school that I attended when I was a child). Although, I only learned that my late husband had taught at the same school as I did after he had left. It was 'love at first sight' for both of us when my best friend and roommate took me to see 'an Irish singer who is really something' who was playing a gig at a local hangout. I have to say that I almost didn't go because I was never really much of a party girl, but Gilly kept telling me, 'You have to go to one of this guy's shows with me. He's really, really good! :) I don't think that she had plans on playing Cupid for me, but going to see that show was the catalyst to my 29-year marriage to the 'Irish singer who was really something'! :)

We moved to America when my daughter was five-and-a-half and while according to all her relatives who are still living in Ireland and England, she has had an American accent since she was about six, both myself and my late husband have apparently never lost our accents. To this day, complete strangers will stop me and ask me where I'm from! I've been in America for about 27 years, and to my ear, I've developed an American accent - but apparently not. :) My daughter says that she may have an American accent, but because she had me as her mother - an ex-English teacher - she's averse to using American slang and can write using proper sentence structure! :)

In fact, when she first started school around age age four, her teacher was a little put out because Mareena could recognize her alphabet and could speak in short, complete sentences. :) I don't think that her teachers expected that she would be able to read on her own, so they were a little upset with me for doing 'their job' for them. Hey, if my daughter develops a love for reading and the English language, I'm certainly not about to squelch it in her! :) I wasn't actively teaching her to read, but she knew her letters and simple spelling words by the time she started school. :)

About my library: "Hello, my name is Rosefire and I'm a bookaholic." I'm not too sure exactly how many books I may have in my library, (probably over 1,000!) but I honestly cannot pass up a monthly visit to my local library's book sale where paperbacks are fifty cents and hardcovers are one dollar. Before my husband passed away, he never minded how much I read, but for the sake of his sanity, I never shared with him the exact number of the books that myself or my daughter bought from thrift stores, library book sales or bookstores. She and I could easily spend two hundred dollars between us at the library book sale - I don't think that we ever have - but from the stack of books that we'd borrowed or bought from the library we generally 'debuted' each book about a week or so after each library visit. We never actually lied to my husband about where we acquired our most of our new 'stash'; he knew the books were primarily from the library book sale - we just might have stretched the 'period of acquisition'. Or my daughter might have claimed a book as hers when it was actually mine.

With my introduction to the 21st century, I've also discovered the joys of book swapping - every week we mail off books that we have finished reading. :) We generally acquire many more books from these sites as well! :)

We are cheerfully owned by three adorable rescue cats named Ruby, Leila, and Lollipop. "Ruby and the Twins" just celebrated a year with us on July 4th! I can't wait to share what I'm reading with you all. :)

Here is my opening thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/140490.

Aug 2, 2012, 5:51pm Top

Hi - I also have a rescue cat named Ruby - had her for around seven years now.

Edited: Aug 2, 2012, 8:42pm Top

Hello SandDune, nice to meet you! :) Not to get too depressing, but my Ruby had survived being beaten almost to death by a group of rowdy teenage boys. She would have died if an elderly war vet hadn't intervened and saved her life. To my knowledge, there were five cats in her litter, including her. Two male cats named Buttons and Luigi, and then Coquette (who we renamed Ruby because of her reddish-gold coloring), Chicklet (who we renamed Leila after Layla Ali - the famous female boxer. Our Leila was and is a slight bully and instigator, but she's really a hugely affectionate marshmallow after she gets to know you.) and Lollipop (whose name we kept, usually acts as Leila's eyes, ears and paws in the ongoing minor skirmishes between Ruby and Leila). The girls don't fight all-out claws unsheathed, teeth bared cat fights - but Lollipop has been known to chase Ruby out into the living room while Leila moseys out after them. Ruby, Leila and Lollipop aren't ever injured in these 'play fights', and we are starting to think that Ruby actually wants Lollipop or Leila to chase her around the house for fun. :)

Neither Lollipop nor Leila, would ever actually hurt Ruby, but Leila will occasionally tag Ruby's tail with her paw as Ruby rushes past Leila! :) Lollipop and Leila will drop into identical stalking positions during playtime with Ruby, and Lollipop will run after Ruby, but Leila only acts like a tough 'street kitty' towards Ruby! :)

Leila, Lollipop and Ruby and their brothers were owned by the elderly war vet and his wife, and were obviously loved immensely by the couple, but the elderly husband developed inoperable cancer and his wife couldn't take care of all five cats, so they ended up being fostered at a huge farm with an asthmatic young woman and her husband. The wife went into hospital several times because she had the cats and as a result, the litter of five cats had to be moved again. We were only able to take the three girls, but we definitely didn't want to take just one cat and split up the litter when they had been raised together since they were kittens - they were all eight years old when we adopted them.

Leila and Lollipop may not actually be twins, but they are both tortoise shell cats who literally move and act in sync - their coloring and head movements as well as walking is so similar with both Leila and Lollipop that it's almost eerie to watch them.

Aug 9, 2012, 7:52pm Top

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Edited: Aug 25, 2012, 8:53pm Top

Hi, I am Neon. I was born in France and currently live in San Francisco and work in Silicon Valley.

I mostly read Young Adult fiction, classic Sci-fi, and classic murder mysteries. I'm also addicted to Manga and Anime. I've joined LT this August.

Let's see if I can read 75 books this year. I've noticed some people have listed comic books, so I'll include those too.

Aug 27, 2012, 8:13am Top


Aug 29, 2012, 1:18pm Top

Hi! I'm Cat. I've lived in Ohio all my life and work for OCLC in central Ohio now.

You tell how much books are a part of me from where I work to my collection of personal books. I grew up reading and have never stopped. It started because when I was a child there wasn't much I could do during the summers. We lived in the country and my parents didn't think it safe to go walking to someone else's house. So I escaped in a world of books. I found that even when the real world was looking bad, the world in a book was always bright (unless of course I was reading something creepy which of course I did). I read my first real horror book as a teen when I "borrowed" my dad's copy of Peter Straub's Ghost Story. From there it was John Saul and Stephen King. Horror was my passion and until about 2006 that was the core of my collection. Then my dad introduced me to Jeffery Deaver books. That opened a whole new world of books up to me. Just one look at my collection and you can see mystery and thriller series everywhere. If only I had the time to read them all! I started in 2007 recording what I read (just the year) and in 2008 I hit my record with 49 books, but the last few years have seen less and less time to read. If it isn't being too busy at work it's just being too tired to focus and follow the plot and playing games on the iPad instead.

If that wasn't enough, my husband got me into reading comics and when Stephen King, Peter Straub and others started releasing comics I was hooked. I tried to add my collection here but found it too difficult to catalog the individual serials since I couldn't use ISBN to add them so I ended up putting them in StashMyComics. It was more painful for my husband to catalog the comics since his collection is huge whereas mine is still only a few hundred.

So that is me from a literary side. On the more personal side....

I'm in my early 40's and married with one child (of the human kind). We also have 3 cat's (Tosiko Sato, Nezumi (shorted from Nezumi-eru-hokori-neko (though I think I spelled that wrong)), and the baby Kaminaro Neko) all from rescues. Outside of work and books I enjoy volunteering at the local humane society, making custom beaded jewelry, gaming (I'm hooking on hidden object games right now), watching sports at the high school our daughter will eventually attend. She is in 5th grade now but we have already become involved more in the HS world.

So that is it (at least that I can think of)...... Glad to meet you all :)


Aug 29, 2012, 1:29pm Top

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the 75-ers!

Aug 29, 2012, 4:04pm Top

Welcome. And be prepared to have your libraries expand....

Aug 31, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Cat, I'll have to take a look at your library. Sounds like our book tastes may be similar. Welcome!!

Sep 19, 2012, 4:18pm Top

Hello everyone. I'm Karen, and rather new to the Library Thing so am sure to end up posting things in the wrong places and be forever asking 'how do I.....?"
I live in Wales in the UK. For those of you who didn't pay much attention in school geography lessons, it's the bit of the island that sticks out on the far left.
I work full time so don't have nearly enough time to indulge in my favourite habit of reading. And I've made life even more difficult by trying to do a literature degree course. It's been a tough few years but I'm almost at the end. I've hated the essays but have loved the way the course has introduced me to new authors or challenged my thinking about those I thought I new. I never imagined for example that Jane Eyre was an example of oppression of the colonial seen in many literary works.
My favourite authors are George Eliot, Emile Zola and Jane Austen in the classics category. Modern day, I enjoy Sebastian Faulks usually and Margaret Attwood.
I'm looking forward to getting engaged in some lively discussions on here and on my blog site at www.allthingsbooker.wordpress.com

Edited: Sep 19, 2012, 4:42pm Top

Hi Karen. Welcome to the group! Have you set up a thread yet? I've seen your blog before...I was waiting for you to write a review on Skios, since you said you were thinking of reading it.

ETA: There, I just commented on your blog about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. :)

Sep 19, 2012, 4:53pm Top

Hi Karen, I'm from Wales as well originally, but now living just north of London. Are you doing your literature degree with the OU by any chance? If so, snap! I'm half way through mine.

Sep 19, 2012, 9:49pm Top

Welcome, Karen - one good place to post your "How do I..." questions is the Welcome to LibraryThing! group.

Sep 20, 2012, 8:07am Top

Welcome, Karen. I am a "Karen" also and feel an affinity to Wales as I believe my family name of Morgan is often seen there. I live in the northwest corner of the USA and doubt I'll be able to visit Wales any time soon; however, it is one of my aspirations!

Do enjoy LibraryThing! There are many lively, and fun, conversations on the various peoples' threads. Do not hesitate to comment so we can get to know and love you, too!

Sep 27, 2012, 1:22pm Top

Hi, just starting my thread of what I have been reading so far this year. I doubt I will make the 75 books challenge but will try anyhow.

Sep 28, 2012, 2:13am Top

Im just catching up on all the newbies. Great to see so many late starters, I was one myself.

>405 alexa1971: its not so much about the books as the conversation, on some threads (like mine) anyway :)

Sep 29, 2012, 10:37pm Top

Allow me to introduce my new RL friend Clersius, who has just joined LT, thinks it's even better than I described, and is very enthusiastic about the Steinbeckathon. He's also a reader of fantasy.

Edited: Oct 7, 2012, 2:22am Top

Hello all. I've been lurking (aka 'watching') the 75'ers group for a few months now. I joined LT back in August 2011. I joined the 50 book challenge thinking I wouldn't possibly make that goal for 2012, but I've passed it and am enjoying keeping up with my reading. *Gives me an excuse to buy more books since I'm keeping track of what I'm reading!!* I have loved lingering on 75ers threads and 'meeting' new friends. I am a bit intimidated by the pace many of you keep, but I am just going to shoot for somewhere between 50-75 for a year and see how it goes! :)

I find that LT has broadened by reading somewhat, but I generally choose light reading as an escape from a stressful job. I also listen to audio books frequently as I have really long commutes most days.

My 2012 thread is in the 50 book challenge, and I figured I would not going to start a 75 one until 2013. For anyone interested, the link is: http://www.librarything.com/topic/130561

Oct 7, 2012, 2:35am Top

Welcome, Tina. I have seen you lurking and it is nice to finally 'meet' you!
When I discovered all these threads back in January I figured I would be doing well if I reached 50 books and yet, with the focus that being part of these groups brings, I reached 52 at the end of July and 75 at the beginning of Oct. Who knew it would be possible?!

Edited: Oct 7, 2012, 5:02am Top

Hi Cathy! It's nice to officially meet you too!

And congratulations on already reaching 75! That's awesome.

Oct 7, 2012, 9:53am Top

Welcome and, in case you've not read it, let me say that reaching 75 is not a big deal, or even 50 for that. The big deal is enjoying what you are reading, and having a chance or two to pick up some new things to read. Whatever you goal - it is all good. I'm only barely going to hit 50 I think, if that. But it has been a great year of good books!

Oct 12, 2012, 11:03pm Top

Hey, my name's Authorspalace and I've read about 170 books this year. I love reading and would love to meet other readers like myself. Hi there! :)

Oct 13, 2012, 9:32am Top

Welcome to you! It will be fun to read of your continuing reading!

Oct 13, 2012, 10:12am Top

Hello authorsplace! Did you start a thread so we can keep up with you?

Oct 13, 2012, 4:15pm Top

Thanks guys!
And yes, I have started a thread :D I haven't listed all the books I've read in 2012 there yet, but I will finish soon! :)

Oct 15, 2012, 6:59am Top

Dropping in to welcome everyone who's joined recently.

Edited: Oct 21, 2012, 1:03pm Top

The_Hibernator: I did do a review of Skios on the blog and in here - did you find it?
Thanks for the comment on Mr Fry.

Edited: Oct 21, 2012, 1:02pm Top

@ Sandy: Yes I'm with the OU - I have been doing the lit course now for quite a few years, trying to fit it in with full time work which is really tough. I am supposed to be doing the children's lit course right now but will be telling OU that I have to withdraw. It's just too much work pressure to do a level 3 course. I also found by accident that I can already claim a degree with them - I didn;t realise I had enough points to get the BA Open degree.
What courses have you done or plan to do? if i can give you any pointers, I'm more than happy to help.

Edited: Oct 21, 2012, 1:03pm Top

maggie1944: Thanks Karen - I'm finding it totally perplexing at the moment to know where and how to comment!

Edited: Oct 21, 2012, 1:04pm Top

authorspalace: 170 books already - that's quite an impressive total.

Dec 24, 2012, 9:56am Top

Hi, Im Azhar, 26, an English Teacher here in an insignificantly small town in Malaysia. Have been busy for the whole of 2012 that i didnt have any time to read much. So, looking to join this group so that I can 'force' myself to read as much as i can next year. Maybe i wont finish all 75, but i hope i can do more than just three in the year 2012...

I have been a member of LT for i dont know how long, but this is the first time for me joining discussion groups... will be posting my thread soon.... Thanks!

Dec 24, 2012, 9:58am Top

Hi Azhar. At this point, it may be better for you to join the 2013 group! Unless you're going to read 75 books in the next week? It's here:


Jan 1, 2013, 6:27pm Top

I'm not sure if I met my goal this year, due largely to the fact that I seem unable to keep track as I go, mass adding to my library later - plus do I count rereading, because I also do alot of that. (I may be over-thinking!)

Jan 1, 2013, 6:43pm Top

Most of us count re-reading! And having a thread where I post each book as I finish it is how I keep track. But it's the journey, not the destination, after all! Did you have a good reading year?

Jan 1, 2013, 6:47pm Top

My name is Julia, I'm 48, live in Iowa and work at the state university in the study abroad office. I'm the president of our local Friends of the Library group, and the vast majority of books I read in 2012 came from the library. I'd also like to make more of an effort to clear out some unread books from my shelves this year, too, so I've added a ticker to track that goal, too.

I have found good books to read in almost any genre, but most of my choices tend to come from contemporary and classic fiction, mysteries, historical nonfiction and biography.

Please come visit me on my thread!

Edited: Jan 3, 2013, 11:42am Top

Hi, I'm Stephanie (auntieclio) and my love affair with books and reading started at a very early age. I don't remember a time in my life when I was ever without a book.

I'm enamored with the Tudors, the Beats (except William S. Burrough), and many other topics. For now, those are my favorites.

I'm 53, live in Silicon Valley and work for a university which trains clinical psychologists.

This is my first time with this reading challenge, so please be gentle. :-)

Here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/147570

This topic was continued by Stephanie (Auntie Clio's) Thread.

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