INTRODUCE Yourself to Your Fellow Readers
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Please briefly introduce yourself to your fellow Club Read readers (i.e. first name, where you are from, what you do for a living, and especially: what kind of books to you read!) No obligations, do what you are comfortable with but, if provided, I'll keep an alphabetical cheatsheet list here of user names/first names/ where you live/ what year of CR this is for you.
*THOSE WITH READING THREADS HERE IN CR*
USER NAME / REAL NAME / WHERE WE LIVE NOW/CLUB READ YR
AlisonY - Alison -- (Northern Ireland) 3rd year
amandameale - Amanda -- (Sydney, Australia)
AnnieMod- Annie -- (Phoenix, Arizona, USA) 9th year
arubabookwoman - Deborah -- (Seattle, Washington State) 8 yrs?
auntmarge64 - Margaret -- (New Jersey, USA)
avaland - Lois -- (New Hampshire, USA) 10th year
Baswood - Bas -- (SW France, orig from the UK), 8th year
bragan - Betty -- (New Mexico, USA) 10th year
Cait86 - Cait -- (Ontario, Canada) 9th year
Cariola - Deborah -- South Central Pennsylvania, USA
chlorine - Clémence -- (Paris, France) 3rd year
dchaikin - Dan -- (Houston, TX, USA) 10th year
dianeham - Diane? -- (Southern New Jersey, USA), *new*
Dilara86 - Dilara -- (France) *new*
dukedom_enough - Michael-- (New Hampshire, USA) 10th year
Eliz_M - Liz - (Brooklyn, New York, USA) 4th year
FlorenceArt - Florence -- (near Paris, France) 4th year
FrannyPrice - Kris -- (Washington, DC; USA) 10th year
Free Lunch - Andrew -- (Cairns, Australia) *new*
Goblin_Investor - Fabien -- (Nournéa, New Caledonia) *new*
Hope_H - Hope - (Central Iowa, USA)
ipsoivan - Maggie -- (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 4th year?
janeajones - Jane -- (Sarasota, Florida, USA) 10th year
janemarieprice - Jane - (Chicago, Illinois, USA) 10th year
japaul22 - Jennifer -- (Northern Virginia, near DC, USA) 7th year
jargoneer - Turner -- (Scotland) 10th year
jjmcgaffey - Jennifer -- (Alameda, California, USA) 3rd year
kaylaraeintheway - Kayla -- (Missoula, Montana, USA) 4th year
kidzdoc - Darryl -- (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) 10th year
lilisin - -- (Japan, American living in) 10th year
mabith - Meredith --
markon - Ardene -- (Georgia, USA) *new*
.monkey - (Belgium; American living in)
MGovers - Monica - (Northern Belgium)*new*
NanaCC - Colleen -- (NW New Jersey, USA) 6th year
MsNick - Nicole -- (Charlestown, South Carolina, USA) 4th yr
Nickelini - Joyce - (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 10th yr
nohrt4me2 - Jean -- (Rural Upper Midwest, USA) *new*
OscarWilde87- Oscar -- (Germany) 5th year
marshal - Penny -- (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada) 2nd yr
Polaris - Paul -- (Liantrisant, Wales; orig. from London)
qebo - Katherine -- (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA) 2nd year
rachbxl - Rachel --(Belgium, orig. from UK) 10th year
Rebeki - Rebecca -- (London, UK) 7th year
RidgewayGirl - Kay -- (Greenville, South Carolina, USA) 10th year
robertwmartin- Robert -- (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
SassyLassy - -- (Nova Scotia, Canada) 7th year
shadrach_anki- "Anki" -- (Nashua, New Hampshire, USA) *new*
shunted - -- (New York City (college student) *new*
tess_schoolmarm - Tess -- (Central, Ohio, USA)
theaelizabet - Theresa -- (Northern New Jersey, USA)
thorold - Mark -- (The Hague, Netherlands, orig. from UK)
tonikat - Kat -- (Northern UK) 10th year
Torontoc - Cyrel --(Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 8th year
ursula - Ursula -- (Fresno, California, USA) 6th year
VivienneR - Vivienne -- British Columbia, Canada) 6th year
Yells - Danielle --(Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) A few years
*MEMBERS who do not have reading threads, but hang out with us.*
(Please let me know if I have you on the wrong list)
BLBera - Beth -- (Minnesota, USA)
JodiRA - Jodi -- (Battlecreek, Michigan, USA)
And I'm back for year nine. I'm Margaret, a retired librarian living in a log cabin in New Jersey (USA). I enjoy serious fiction (usually about lives that do not reflect my own), post-apocalyptic fiction, works set in Antarctica or on Mars or other planets in our solar system, suspense, and some history and science. And anything else that strikes a chord.
"We" are Michael (dukedom_enough) and Lois (avaland) here for our 10th year. We are now both mostly, sort of, kind of, retired up here in New Hampshire, although I still do some work at the bookstore and he still does some science editing work.
Michael reads mostly SF & F, nonfiction, and poetry favorites. His nonfiction is mostly, but not limited to, contemporary issues and current events these days. He also reads numerous articles found via Twitter. 5 current favorite SF authors: Miéville, Stross, Valente, Robinson and K. A. Wilson. When he is not reading books, he is a Twitter junkie and enjoys jazz, folk, classical music...etc.
I read primarily fiction, much of it translated these days; however, my list always includes some police procedurals and a bit of SF (usually, but not always, dystopias). I also read poetry (not as much as I used to) and nonfiction. My nonfiction reading can be all over the place, but leans towards social issues and history, popular culture, women’s studies or literary criticism. I also read articles in The Washington Post regularly, and the Atlantic, Publishers Weekly, and World Literature Today when I find time. Otherwise, I garden and mess around with fabric and post the latter exploits on the Needlearts Group.
Did we mention we have an adorable 2 1/2 year old grandson? And another arriving in June? Serious distractions.
I'm Clémence. I'm 40 and I live in Paris (France) where I do research in and teach computer science.
I was a member of Club Read for most of 2015, and the last two months of 2017, and I'm really glad I came back! I'm looking forwards to another reading year with this group.
I read almost exclusively novels, from different types. I recently tried reading short-stories, one at a time, while reading a novel to fill the gaps, and find I'm loving that. So I'll definitely try to read many short stories this year (probably mostly science-fiction ones).
I'm Rachel, originally from the UK, but living in Belgium for the last 16 years. I read literary fiction, a fair bit of it translated, and crime fiction. I have a long-term wish to read more non-fiction, but it never happens. I've been in Club Read from the start, though I haven't been very active the last couple of years. I hope to do better this year, simply because reading makes me happy, and this group makes me want to read more.
I'm Ardene, and this will be my first year on Club Read. I live in Georgia, USA and work in a public library. I've been active on LibraryThing for several years in the 75ers group, but my posting happened very seldom in 2017.
My goals this year are simple -
1. Post at least twice a month on what I'm reading.
2. Post a longer review at least once a month.
I'll be as social as I can, but I often have time keeping up:)
I read a variety of material: genre fiction (mystery, science fiction, fantasy), literary fiction, non fiction . . . The books I've finished this month and enjoyed are The girl in the tower by Katherine Arden and I was told to come alone by Souad Mekhennet.
I'm Alison, and this is my third year with Club Read. I live in Northern Ireland, where I'm co-founder of a healthcare software startup. I spend much of my time rushing around being late and forgetting things.
My reading has declined pitifully this year as free time has not been on my side, so my realistic goal for 2018 is to make sure I at least continue to always have a book on the go, and to finish an average of two a month if I can.
I’m Mark, and I live in The Hague. I’m originally from the UK, and recently retired after nearly thirty years working for an international organisation here. I’ve been around on LT for ten years, but only discovered Club Read a couple of years ago.
My reading is quite varied - I like to read books in a range of different languages, and often draw inspiration from the Reading Globally theme reads. Other things that have featured recently include vintage Euro-crime, engineering history, Milton, fifties British novels, and travel. I’m sure it won’t end there - I look forward to sharing the surprises that 2018 will surely bring.
I’m Dan, live in the vicinity of Houston, Tx, originally from south Florida. I interpret salt on seismic data, which means I mix geology and geophysics. I joined CR in its first year in 2009.
For the last several years I’ve been working my way through classics in an odd chronological way in two directions. Virgil, Ovid and (some) Thomas Pynchon last year. So, maybe this year the New Testament and Gabriel Garcia Márquez. I also do a lot of audio books which tend to be newer literature and various nonfiction, largely depending on what my library offers.
Hi, I'm Jennifer and I live in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. I am a musician and play french horn in the U.S. Marine Band. My job keeps me busy and so do my 2 little boys (8 and 5 this year), but I still find plenty of time to read.
I enjoy reading the classics (I'm hoping to finish Proust this year - 3 volumes to go!), many of which I find from the 1001 books to read before you die list. I also love new literary fiction, and gravitate toward women authors in this genre. I also usually have a nonfiction book going generally historical biographies or cultural studies. I've been on LT since 2009 and I think this is my 6th or 7th year in Club Read (could that be possible?!!)
I'm Monica and I have been on LT since 2010. I've decided to join Club Read in 2018. I have made two attempts before (under my former username) that did not work out too well, but I hope third time will be my lucky time as I intend to make this group my hub for listing what I read and share my thoughts on the books.
I enjoy reading all sorts of books, mainly world literature, classics, historical fiction, non-fiction and new novels. In between, I like to read detectives and mysteries. I'm not into SF, horror and fantasy, but maybe someone can convince me to read out of my comfort-zone. A good story always works for me.
Btw, I'm in my early 50s and I live in the northern (Flemish) part of Belgium. I work as an information-specialist (aka archivist).
I'm Teresa and I've been on LT since Jan. of 2007. I've tried Club Read twice before, but failed to be as persevering as the rest of you, though I've lurked here often enough and certainly know many of you.
My husband and I live in a northern New Jersey suburb of NYC and we have a daughter who will graduate from college this spring. At one time I was a writer and an editor, mostly for publications that no one will have heard of. These days I run the Friends of the Library group for our local library and produce a small jazz and classical concert series there.
I read mostly literary fiction and classics, plenty of nonfiction, and a mystery every now and then for good measure.
I just go by my username and I've been on LT for 10 years now, 9 years in CR. I'm soon to start my fourth year living in Japan after moving here from the States. I've been super lazy with my reading lately and it's a miracle if I read even a book a month. This month however I'm not only finishing my third book of the month, but also all three books have been in Japanese.
I'm hoping next year will be more productive as I try to ramp up the Japanese reading. I'm interested in giving LT members an idea of the types of Japanese books that haven't been translated and might never be translated. There is so much interesting-looking literature here that I'm excited to immerse myself more if I can.
Otherwise I read in English and French and that is either classics or contemporary works although I've branched out a bit over the years.
I'm Kat (also Toni but probably preferring Kat this year). I joined LT in March '07 and CR when it went public (so my 10th year too). My threads are all linked on my profile. I deliberately try to just post my thoughts and feelings, what I am left with or struck with in my reading, rather than something that really claims to be a full review. It'd be nice if that transmits a feeling for them. Sometimes that blurs a bit, maybe if I've attended a class or get carried away. Whilst I feel I get lots from my reading I want to stay dynamic and alive to it and be very careful of seeming to know anything. I enjoyed reading Kenzaburo Oe's Rouse up o young men of the new age this last year - who discusses his readings of Blake in this book and shares his reactions as a reader, quite generously, including explaining his shifting view and of a time he felt he was wrong in his reading of Blake - his sharing of his thoughts seemed generous and thoughtful in a way I'd aspire to be, though I'm not adding his other dimensions.
I read poetry and literature, sometimes drama, sometimes philosophy, sometimes a children's book sometimes anything. Oh and biography and autobiography or memoir - I'm very much enjoying this for poets and maybe some novelists. I'm making up for lost time with things I feel I would have loved to read earlier and for the strangest reasons have not done so. I wish I could read more not to mention complete more than I do but also need time to think (I seem to need more than others for that I mean). I'm a writer, emerging I suppose the word is, as a poet (but work doing something else) - some poems published, I have a book ready to go (needs final editing) when and if the people that mentored me and publish are ready. That's complicated but it can be good not to be in a hurry. I'm also a film fan and usually list my viewing, occasionally writing a review.
I'm in the north of the UK.
Hello! My name is Cait, I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, and I have been a member of Club Read since 2010, on and off. Some years I post more than others, and I often lose steam in September when the new school year begins. I'm a high school English teacher, and so the fall months make for some seriously slow reading. Hopefully 2018 is the year I break that pattern!
I love to read Canadian Literature, contemporary literary fiction, the odd Classic, and sometimes the YA novels that my students recommend. My favourite authors are: Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Louise Penny, and Sarah Waters; I'm also a massive Harry Potter fan, and I do my best to follow the Booker Prize every summer.
I'm Jean. I live in the rural upper Midwest (U.S.). Just retired after 35 years teaching journalism and English, and I fear I will go bonkers or settle into Netflix binge watching without a reading program of some type.
I usually get on kicks--Scandinavian authors, E. Nesbit's novels, women Nobel prize winners, mid-century domestic thrillers, dystopian novels, novels about nuns, time travel novels, novelists who started as journalists, etc.
I have no favorites, though I do go back to Jane Austen, Henry James, Patricia Highsmith, and Kurt Vonnegut fairly often. There's a dinner party!
I'm Kay. I joined Club Read in 2009 and have been influenced by the people here ever since. I've bounced around a fair bit, but am currently living in Greenville, SC for now with my husband, two teenagers, and assorted animals.
I'll read pretty much anything as long as it's well-written. I'm working on making my reading more diverse which has been rewarding, raising the quality of what I read. I also like crime novels, works in translation and awards shortlists.
Hello! I don't have my 2018 reading thread set up just yet, but I figured I'd stop in here first.
I'm Betty, and I live in New Mexico, where I operate an array of radio telescopes for a living, something that is scientifically pretty awesome, but the day-to-day details of which make it a much less interesting job than it sounds. I do a lot of night and weekend shifts when, if I'm lucky, sometimes all I have to do is keep an eye on things to make sure everything's working smoothly and nothing's broken or on fire, which affords me some extra reading time.
I joined Club Read sometime in 2009, which I'm finding genuinely hard to believe. I know they say time starts to speed up as you get older, but this is ridiculous! I mean, I'm only in my 40s!
As for my reading, it's very eclectic -- indeed, in previous years my reading threads have sometimes had titles like "bragan's eclectic mishmash." I've been a SF/fantasy fan since before I was old enough to understand what a genre even is, so that's heavily represented in my reading, but my tastes seem to be constantly expanding, and these days I read a least a little of just about anything you might name. That includes lots of non-fiction of varying kinds. I deliberately keep the ratio of fiction to non-fiction at about 2-to-1, which seems to really work for me.
I'm also a compulsive finisher of books, good or bad, and I am okay with that.
My name is Maggie. I live in Toronto and I am a program coordinator at a university, which means I get to work with a group of the brightest, most engaging and engaged students you could hope to meet.
I joined Club Read a few years ago (3?) but fade in and out a bit, partly depending on what else is going on in my life, but also on whether or not I can bring myself to take time from reading to write about what I've read. Club Read members have been a wonderful source of reading inspiration, so I'll try to reciprocate by writing more in 2018.
Hello everyone! I'm Kayla, and this will be my 4th year in Club Read. I work in residence life at the University of Montana in Missoula (a great literary town!). I enjoy all kinds of books, but I have been getting into travel memoirs and nature writing in particular.
This year, I am going to use all my self-control to not buy any books and instead read from the many (many, many...) that I have unread on my shelf.
I'm looking forward to a great year of reading!
Happy New Year, everyone! I'm Darryl, and this is
My reading interests mainly consist of contemporary literary fiction and non-fiction from around the world; medicine and public health; literature and non-fiction about Spain (as I am seriously considering retiring to that fabulous country in 8-9 years); literature, poetry and non-fiction from the African diaspora; and, particularly in the past year and a half, current affairs, particularly in relation to the resurgence of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, and white nationalism, particularly within but also outside of the United States.
I love to cook, and I'll continue to post new recipes in The Kitchen, and to travel, particularly to visit friends from LibraryThing I've made in the past decade, especially in the UK and the Netherlands as well as the US.
Here's a link to my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279003
>22 avaland: You're right, Lois; I was a member of Club Read in 2009, so this will be my 10th year in the group.
This is my first year in Club Read. I am a retired librarian/sysadim. I read literary fiction, scifi, mysteries, autobios and poetry. I write poetry. I only read 25 books last year. I tend to fall asleep when I read so that makes things hard. Also I get bored part way through many books. I used to read one book at a time but now I have several going at once. Also I don't find many books that are over 3.5 stars so I am always looking for a great book.
Right now I am reading The Power, Artemis, Sing Unburied Sing (for a f2f book group). From xmas I have the Maupin memoir, Sherman Alexie memoir, book about George Herriman and The Water Knife. Plus 3 poetry books from my secret santa.
I live at the Southern tip of NJ.
I am Annie and these days I live in Phoenix, Arizona, USA after moving from Bulgaria in late 2010. I had been in Club Read since 2010 (I think) and I tend to start my threads and keep them up to date just fine at the start of the year and then drop off a bit. Maybe this is the year when things will change. :)
I am a software architect and the one thing you will not see me reading is technical books - I love my job but I do my reading for it outside of my "reading" world. I read in English, Bulgarian and Russian and maybe I will get back to being able to read in German again this year.
I read pretty much anything although I am on a quest to read through the works of some authors in the order they were published so I expect to read a lot of detective/mystery and science fiction and fantasy series next year. I am more likely to read a science fiction, mystery/crime or a fantasy novel than a contemporary one but I do have a soft spot for older works (including Victorian novels) and historical fiction. On the other hand I read stories from all genres and types. And I would read pretty much any style and type of non-fiction and graphic novels.
When I am not reading, I am either working on one of my languages or listening to podcasts or old time radio dramas or not so old time drama (my newly found passion this year). I read a lot of magazines (both fiction and non-fiction) and I sometimes write about them in my thread (which I am still to set up). And I am really bad at planning my reading outside of series.
I am Bas and I live near Marciac a small town in South West France. I am originally from London (UK) but escaped to France some 12 years ago when I was able to stop work and retire.
I live with my wife who is also an avid reader, but can't be doing with the world of blogging. When I was working I looked forward to retirement as a chance to read all those books that I did not have time for, but when the big day came (I left well before my official retirement date ) I didn't know where to start and so I started at the beginning with Chaucer. Since then I have crawled up to the final quarter of the 16th century. This year I have also started reading those books that have been on my shelves for years and have remained unread. I am also interested in early science fiction.
I enjoy music (I play the saxophone) and love drinking wine. I go walking, but my large garden and small vineyard (I don't make my own wine) keeps me more busy than I would like.
I have been blogging on club read since 2011 and enjoy being part of the community here.
I am Cyrel. I am a retired art teacher and I live in Toronto. I have been a member of Lt since 2007 and I joined Club Read in 2011. I read a lot- history, fiction, historical fiction, mystery and more. I don't like " chick lit" books" ( my book club read some of those- I need to find a new book club!) I try to read current Canadian authors as much as possible. I follow a few mystery/spy series but have given up some when they become too cliche.
I also like to see films and go to film festivals ( my retirement pleasure) and write up reviews here.
Hi, all! I'm Jennifer; I live in Alameda, California, and run a home computer repair business (very small, just me). I read genre works primarily - SF/F makes up about half my reading, then romance and mystery etc. I do _not_ read horror, or literary fiction - in both cases because I don't enjoy being depressed. I also read non-fiction, but that's dense enough it tends to be slow - I read it at the table, often, just a chapter or so at a time. I've usually got at least two books going, sometimes three or four (paper non-fiction at the table, ebook fiction on my phone, sometimes a paper fiction by the sofa and another ebook, fiction or non-fiction, on my tablet (that's for things that need the big screen - graphic novels or non-fiction with charts and such)).
This will be my third year in Club Read - I was in the 75 Book Club before, but I tend to more than double that goal so it felt awkward. I read a _lot_, and review all I read - my reviews are primarily meant to remind me of the book, so I don't read it again accidentally (I do reread quite a bit, intentionally).
I get a lot of Early Reviewer books, and books from Netgalley and other publisher initiatives - I try not to review before the book is available, but I may slip. And sometimes I don't read (and thus don't review) for years - I just reviewed an ER book from 2008. Oops!
Hi, I'm Colleen. I joined LT and Club Read in January of 2013, and enjoy reading everyone’s threads, even if I don’t always post.
I'm retired, and live with my hubby in a rural town in Northwest New Jersey, USA. I have three married children and seven grandchildren. I enjoy historical fiction, non-fiction, and mysteries. But, I am usually open to suggestions for anything other than horror. I have been on a mystery kick the past several months, as I’ve needed comfort reading, and mysteries do it for me. I have many series that I enjoy (mystery and other), and I keep track of them on FictFact.
In addition to reading, I enjoy spending time with my family, and knitting (that's where most of the audio books I listen to come in). I started bowling again a couple of years ago, and after not doing it for about 30 years, I found out that it can still be a lot of fun.
I hope to do better at keeping up this next year. I seem to have been quite negligent about posting on my own and other people's threads the last half year.
Hi, I'm Fabien. After discovering the Folio Society and starting to be a regular LT visitor at the FSD group, i'm happy to join Club Read for the first time.
I'm in my thirties now and live in Nouméa, New Caledonia, a french island somewhere between Australia and Fidji. My childhood was spent in libraries, woods and mist in Northern France. Having read anything in the fantasy and science-fiction genres translated in French during the 20 first years of my life (and filled a room at my parent's), i switched to read mostly in English. A decade later and a few years of litterature drought because of a busy professional life, i read now mostly non-fiction books and my weekly New Yorker who often is my beach companion. I also have a sweet spot for poetry, short stories, and i'm on a personal journey to discover french classics.
My TBR pile is huge, mainly Folio Society books and some french Pleiade editions. I'm here to fix that :)
Hi, I'm Oscar and this is my fifth year on CR (I had to look it up, I admit). I just love being here and adding to my TBR pile as there are so many good reviews here. I always plan to weigh in on book discussions, but have not really found the time lately. Most of the time I'm just starring threads I particularly enjoy (and members who I know will be reading things I might like) and trying to read up on every thread in this group. While I won't always post, be sure that I'll be reading.
I'm in my thirties and I work as an English and maths teacher at a German high school. While work constantly gets in my way of reading I find my job quite fulfilling. My reading is all over the board. I enjoy classic literature and non-fiction (especially American history) just as well as popular fiction. As my TBR pile has grown quite a bit over the last year, I will try and reduce the pile in 2018. I have only read 18 books in 2017, which I find highly disappointing.
So, here's to a great (reading) 2018!
>30 Goblin_Investor: Fabien - New Caledonia required some googling for me to find. Welcome to cr.
Hello, all! I am Hope. This is my first full year in Club Read. I lurked through most of 2017.
I live in east central Iowa in the US. I'm a school library media specialist / teacher librarian, and this year I am teaching a very small section of math, as well. My husband is retired; he currently rides herd on our "livestock" - four dogs, two goats, four cats, a rabbit, two parrots, and a few elderly chickens. I have two adult children and one grandchild. Besides reading, I enjoy my family (most of the time,) watching a few favorite sports teams on TV, watching Doctor Who, attempting a few crafts, and drinking cheap wine.
My reading tastes are very eclectic (which my brother told me means I have no taste at all) - mostly mystery, classics, romance, biographies, literary fiction, and science fiction. I definitely read series in order, and I can really only read one book at a time. If I have two going, they have to be completely different. I thought I had corralled all of my books either on the living room shelves or in the front hall closet . . . but there was break out and they apparently have taken over my side of the bedroom, the area surrounding the living room recliner, and the dining room table. I'm considering retirement, but am now thinking I need to keep working so I can afford more shelving and a few items from the four TBR lists I have going.
>30 Goblin_Investor: My TBR pile is huge... I'm here to fix that :)
Are you absolutely sure you did not turn the wrong way somewhere? This group is very well known for doubling one's TBR every few weeks. Good luck though :) And welcome!
G'morning! In real life I go by Liz. This will be my fourth year in Club Read (although maybe only 3.5 years, as I seem to have stopped posting mid-way through 2017). I love reading and do try to keep up with most of your threads, but I am terrible at maintaining my own thread.
I am mostly obsessed with the 1001-Books-to-Read-Before-You-Die List, and have read about 771 books from it. I intersperse 1001-list books with what my book club is reading and the occasional mystery.
I currently live in Brooklyn, but I grew up in MN and still don't quite feel I am a New Yorker, despite living here for more than 15 years. I work for a large performing arts organization in a logistics/management capacity and when not at work or reading I enjoy spending time at museums. I am still, desultorily, attempting to visit every room in the Met Museum and I also enjoy going to MoMA. Sundays are usually spent cooking a week's worth of food and I bake cookies on a semi-regular basis for the office; I may contribute a few recipes to La Cucina.
I am grateful for Club Read -- it provides a home for all my non-1001 list reviews. It is fabulous to be part of an intelligent, eclectic group of readers where I can find all sorts of non-list books to suggest to book club and to add to the tbr.
I hope 2018 is a better reading year for all of us!
I'm Joyce, and I live 20 min outside of Vancouver, with my husband, 17 & 20 yr old daughters, and a cat who ignores me (and I her). I've been on LT since 2008 and ClubRead since the beginning.
Due to other things in my life, my reading has plummeted from 65-85 books a year down to just 31 in 2017, and I don't expect 2018 to be much different. My reading tastes are shifting again, but I don't really know how to describe what I like to read because I think it defies any categories. I like what I like.
If I got to do whatever I wanted, I'd spend more time in forests, more time hanging out in Europe (I just got back from Switzerland and Austria), and occasionally, more time on a tropical island. Usually I just have to settle for working in my garden, but that's okay too.
Hello I'm Dilara. This is my first year in Club Read: I'm trying to be more social in 2018. I live in France and I read in French and English.
I like literary fiction and science-fiction - and more generally "non-realistic" fiction, especially magical realism. I try to read as widely as possible. I actively look for authors from different countries and backgrounds, who belong to minorities, or who write in languages that are not often translated. I'd say about a third of my reads are translations - into French or English, depending on availability and opportunity. I also read a fair bit of non-fiction - mostly history, sociology, social/political commentary, and occasionally, science. I usually have a fiction and a non-fiction book on the go at the same time.
When I'm not reading, I'm generally cooking. (I love cookbooks!) I also have a season ticket to my local theater, which I mostly use for dance programmes (especially contemporary dance), and concerts.
I just realised that even though I joined here a few years ago, I never actually introduced myself. I am Danielle, a mild-mannered insurance underwriter from Waterloo, Ontario.
I joined LT ten years ago and have floated around in different groups over the years. I will read just about anything and am a sucker for challenges. My plan this year is to focus on reading what I already own and stop bringing more home until the TBR pile is a little more manageable.
Hello CR! I'm fannyprice, real name Kris. I've lived in Washington, DC for almost 18 years now (excepting a brief sojourn in Chicago for graduate school).
I read and write about the Middle East for a living and, though I love what I do, I work too much and am trying to develop some hobbies that don't use exactly the same muscles (literally and figuratively) as my job. I want to be a better gardner and a more creative cook; I like making cocktail bitters. I embrace my cat-lady-ness & am the proud parent of four little scamps who think books make great sleeping spots and chewing material.
After years of reading primarily non-fiction, I now read a lot of detective novels & domestic suspense for distraction when my brain is fried -- they all tend to run together after a while. Lots of stuff on sectarian violence in the Middle East, which I may or may not write much about here. I love history, science, fairy tales (reimagined or classic), and anything vaguely spooky/Gothic/family secrets/etc.
I joined LT in 2007 and CR in 2009, but really stopped using the site for anything other than cataloging books and date finished somewhere around 2014. I hope that by getting back into keeping a thread, I can at least capture a few thoughts about each book to aid my memory, even if I don't do full on "reviews" or fancy threads like I used to.
My name is Andrew. I live in Cairns, Australia.
I've been a LibraryThing user since 2006 and I've browsed CR discussions over much of that time. This is the year I finally decided to join.
I've just emerged from several years of "readers block", during which I found it hard to finish any books.
I hit my reading goal in 2017 so I've increased it for 2018.
A lot of what I'm reading at the moment is pulp/genre fiction. I've always tended strongly in that direction and I'm avoiding challenging myself with too much "respectable literature" while I try to re-establish my lapsed reading habits.
I find it hard to talk about books I've read, but I do enjoy reading what others have to say about them.
Hello, I’m Paul, 45, from London and living in Llantrisant, Wales since 2008. I’ve been on LT since 2011, and CR was a favourite place to be for three consecutive years, but my reading and LT participation evaporated these last couple of years. I’m dipping my toes back in and hope to post occasionally some reviews, or at least what books I’m reading. Or maybe just what books I’m thinking of reading! But no pressure ok?! I’ll be reading a lot of your brilliant threads as before, but I dunno how much commenting I’ll be doing.
I lived most of the ‘90s in Israel, farming and stuff, and the following decade back in London where I morphed my fruit tree experience into urban tree surgery...eventually becoming a consulting arborist before moving west. I’m now the municipal tree officer for a neighbouring county (Caerphilly) in southeast Wales.
I go for short fiction from all around the world, 20th century classics, American, Israeli, and European fiction, memoirs/biographies, history - lots of history - American, British, Jewish, Middle Eastern, European, medieval history, colonies and empires, exploration, military history, music and recording, social history, anthropology and ancient history now and then, war correspondence, Americana, Australiana, 'Beat' writing, psychogeography, London writers, historical fiction, quality sports writing, photobooks, film & broadcasting, aviation, spies and espionage...and all things arboricultural!
Here’s to some good reading in 2018!
pmarshall - Penny, Fredericton New Brunswick Canada, 2nd year CR,
I have been a LibraryThing member since the day I accidentally discovered the site in November 2006 and love it. I was a Club Read member for part of 2015 then I got sick and my life turned upside down. I am now living in a nursing home, mostly with people with dementia and Alzheimer’s so there are few people to meaningful interact with, so lots of time to read.
My two major activities are reading and painting. I have been a lifelong reader. Because of my eyes (I turned 70 2 days ago, unbelievable!) I only read e-books. My budget and the public library holdings limit my ability to keep up-to-date on all my series, but Christmas and birthday money is helping!
I use to stitch and hook on fine fabric but can’t see to do that now so I started to paint. I have a friend from 60 years ago who comes in weekly and we paint with oil and acrylics. I enjoy it very much and am surprised at how good it looks. I do landscapes from photos so far. On my own I do ‘doodles’ with watercolour pencils and oil pastels. Most of these are ‘out of my head’ and just develop hence the name ‘doodles,’ It is fun.
I have read mysteries and biographies forever. Recently I have been reading World War I and II fiction, family sagas, the resistance. I think since 2014, the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WW I and the following anniversaries there has been a plethora of books written on these topics, both fiction and nonfiction. I mainly read fiction but wander into nonfiction like “The Suez Canel,” and “The Hiroshima Maidens.” It depends what catches my interest at the time.
I worked as a librarian in academic, government and public libraries from St. Joh’s Newfoundland to Regina Saskatchewan and places in between. For 9 years I also ran a small publishing company which was most interesting. I grew up in Fredericton and returned here. My greatest adventure was camping my way across Africa in 1975 with 19 other people! This still influences my reading, I like literary travel, like walking the Appalachian Trail, or raising elephants.
In 2017 I read 220 Books and looking back at my list see there were months I could have read more. I guess I wasn’t in the right mood. There is lots of time to read in nursing homes!
Happy New Year all. Joining Club Read 2018 was the first thing I did when I got up on this New Year's Day.
I'm SassyLassy, now living on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. I returned to this province this summer and haven't looked back. I read a lot of nineteenth century books from various countries, and a fair number of more current books which have been translated into English. The two collections I have created in my LT book list are Garden and China, so I read and collect books on those topics too. You'll also find me in the Reading Globally group.
Here in Club Read, this is my 7th year. CR is the first group I joined in Library Thing and I've been happy here ever since. I will be asking about your reading and other book related topics in the Questions for the Avid Reader thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279772 Feel free to PM me with any suggestions.
Hi everybody! My name is Florence and at the moment I'm not reading much, at least books, so I'm not sure how my thread (not yet started) will go this year. Last year it wasn't very active. My reading tastes vary and I'm getting very picky in my old age :-P
I'm 54 and live near Paris. I'm a software consultant and also a visual artist in my free time. I've been on Club Read since 2014, and on LT since 2007.
Hello, readers. My name is Deborah, and I live in South Central Pennsylvania. I retired as an English professor in 2015. This will be my 10th year as a member of Club Read. When I first joined LT, I did the 50 Books Challenge but it was too small a number for me, so I founded the 75 Books Challenge. I believe it is now the largest group on LT.
I read a number of different genres but most frequently contemporary literary fiction (predominantly British, Irish, and American) and historical fiction (NOT historical romance!).
After two years of retirement, I finally gave in to calls from several LT friends to lead a group read in English Renaissance Drama next September. Everyone is welcome! If interested, you can see more information here:
I'm Deborah too. I joined LT on 1-1-2009, and joined Club Read a few years later. I'm not always very good at keeping up with the threads in terms of commenting, but I do generally read everyone's thread, and add dozens of books to my wishlist each year.
I read about 2/3 fiction, 1/3 nonfiction. The fiction I read is usually "literary", and I try to read "around the world" with a fair amount of translated fiction. I also love mysteries, mostly stand-alone, but I follow a few series, and I read some science fiction too. I like a smattering of historical fiction (I've been reading the Poldark series) and some dystopian fiction too. I generally don't like horror, fantasy, or self-help, but a few exceptions have been known to happen for those genres as well.
I'm a retired tax attorney living in the Seattle area. However, since 4 of our 5 children now reside in NYC, a move to the East Coast when my husband of 47 years retires in a year or two is in the works. (The 5th lives in Houston, but there's no way I would choose to live in Texas). Three of the kids are married, and two have two children each, so I am a happy grandma. Other than reading, I am very involved with doing fiber art, and some of my pieces have been included in museum shows. For the past several years, I have been studying art history with a group of friends, and this past year we took a trip together to London and Paris where we visited only art museums. We are now studying the Italian Renaissance.
My user name arises from the fact that I was born and raised on the island of Aruba (back before it became a tourist venue), and it is the home of my heart.
This year, rather than unplanned reading, I'm going to structure my reading around the books of my life. I will read books published each year of my life, starting with the year I was born, 1950.
>47 Cariola: Did you mean the largest challenge group? because to be generally the largest group I think you'd have to beat a group like the Green Dragon, which is in the thousands of members. The 75 group is certainly the most active at this moment! You must be pleased to see it continue, yes?
I'm Katherine, a computer programmer in Lancaster PA. I switched from the 75 Book Challenge to Club Read last year, and with the pressure off I fizzled out halfway through. I have few aspirations this year for LibraryThing; local RL has become a higher priority. But I can manage a book list and maybe occasional commentary. My thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/280102 .
>49 avaland: That could well be. There are actually several groups even larger than Green Dragon. Nice to see it still going strong.
Hi, I'm Jane and have been a member of Club Read since 2009 though real life has completely derailed my participation (and my reading) the past few years. I typically read classic literature, some contemporary and popular nonfiction, and fantasy/sci-fi. I don't have any reading goals for the year except to figure out a regular reading schedule and a few topics I want to dive into for work.
I made a big move last year from New York to Chicago and hoping the more settled lifestyle will get me back to a consistent reading and posting schedule. I'm an architect and interior designer and am now working for a firm that does a lot of exhibit design also so that's been fun to learn about. Outside of work and reading I enjoy the outdoors from just sitting outside to camping and hiking, anything art/design related, cooking, and watching sports.
I'm Meredith. I'm a stay-at-home disabled person in Charleston, West Virginia, so have rather a lot of time for reading.
I read more non-fiction than fiction but otherwise a bit of most things (dedicated thrillers and romance, not so much, though I'm making an exception this year for a friend's favorite). I mostly read via audiobook both for chronic pain reasons and so I can multitask with crafting, cooking, etc...
Hi everyone! I'm Nicole and I've been on LT since 2009. This will be my 4th year in Club Read. I live in Charleston, SC, where I am a graphic designer and a marketing coordinator for an architectural firm. The majority of my reading is fiction, although I also enjoy true crime books as well as memoirs about either cooking or illness. Wow... That's kinda weird. Anyway, when I'm not working or reading, I enjoy spending time with my non-bookish husband, our 2 miniature dachshunds, and our juvenile Alexandrine Parakeet. I love cooking, baking, and am a huge fan of NYT crosswords. I'm looking forward to another year with our wonderful Club Read group!
>54 MsNick: I recommend Julia Princep Stephen's Notes from Sick Rooms, which has both cooking AND illness! Stephens was Virginia Woolf's mother. Her ideas about how to tend the bedridden are both thoughtful (rosewater foot bath!) and seem quite modern (small animals are wonderful sick room visitors). Plus recipe for beef tea!
I wish we had known the trick about putting several layers of bottom sheets on a bed (or even layering those blue pads). When my dad was on hospice, it would have been much easier to change the bed by just rolling him and peeling off the sheet, and, voila, clean one below!
Hello, I'm Ursula and this is sort of my sixth year with Club Read (I skipped 2014, and I was MIA last year). I currently live in Fresno, California. The less said about that the better (we moved here in June of 2017). I'm an artist, and I work from home. I tend to end up with about 75% fiction to 25% non-fiction, and I'm not a big genre reader. I continue to bash my head against the 1001 books list, which I didn't make much headway on last year.
Happy New Year! I'm Jane from Sarasota, FL though I grew up in western New York and have lived in Baltimore, Cleveland and NYC. I'm a retired English professor. As my husband has also recently retired, we like to travel and have trips to the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans and a Scandinavian cruise scheduled for this year. This is my 10th year in Club Read, though I wasn't very active last year -- partly in an orange-funk and very busy with a wedding and a new grandbaby. I'm looking forward to keeping up with your threads and writing more on my own. I lean toward literary fiction, especially that by women and connected to areas I'm travelling to. I've been known to read the odd mystery and science fiction. In non-fiction I favor cultural studies and biography.
>56 ursula: I was watching something British on tv recently and there was a character named Ursula. Can't remember the show but loved how they pronounced your name.
Hi everyone, I'm Rebecca. I live in London with my husband, six-year-old son and two cats. Until last year I was working as a translator, but I'm now doing voluntary work (all reading-related, I'm pleased to report!) while looking after my son and figuring out what to do next.
This is my seventh year in Club Read. I first joined in 2011, but missed 2016 completely. I haven't always been successful at keeping my thread going throughout the year. Last year I did OK in that respect, but failed to find the time to engage much with other Club Read members and keep up with everyone else's reading, so I'm hoping to do better this year.
I mainly read literary fiction - a mixture of contemporary and 20th-century, with the odd classic thrown in. I'm not reading much non-fiction these days other than memoirs, but I have previously enjoyed reading about central and eastern European history. Since 2016, however, it's been all about losing myself in (fictional) stories.
>61 dianeham: Yeah, that's not how I say it. :) Nor like the Hispanic world, or Germans ... I've heard my name pronounced all kinds of (right) better ways, and an unholy number of awful, wrong ways. But I say it like a boring American.
>64 ursula: "ERS-luh"? That's how we in the Upper Midwest would say it. We like to omit as many syllables as possible. Hence " rest'ernt" for "restaurant" and "goat-the" as in "I have to goat-the store." Also "bowl-nally" for "bowling alley." And I can't even approximate "kittens," but it involves a glottal stop and the "z" sound.
>65 nohrt4me2: God, no. ERS-uh-la. Or I suppose ER-suh-la, depending where you want to put that S. I spent some of my childhood in Kansas and they were some of the worst offenders. Including a piano teacher I had who, no matter how many times she was corrected, refused to pronounce it in any way but Er-SIL-la.
>57 janeajones:, "an orange-funk" -- love it. There was a time when one could have interpreted that in a good way!
Just popping' this thread up to the top as a reminder to those who have introduced themselves yet, and to remind the rest of our members of the impressive list of members at the top.:-)
Hi everyone! A bit late to this party, but I joined since I love the fact that this group has been around for 10 years with many of the same members. I'm currently a college student studying biomedical engineering in New York City. A few of my favorite types of books to read recently are high fantasy, Japanese lit, magical realism, and novels of immigration. In particular, I'm in love with The Broken Earth trilogy, the Harry Potter verse, Plath's The Bell Jar, and Yoon Ha Lee's Conservation of Shadows collection. Looking forward to getting to know everyone's reading tastes better!
I'm a bit late to the introductions. My name is Beth, and I live in Minnesota. I teach English in a community college.
I've been lurking here for a couple of years, but I don't have a thread here. I do have a thread with the 75ers, and while I thought I might start a thread here this year, I've quickly realized that there is no way I can keep up with two threads. So here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279999
My reading is pretty eclectic, but I guess if I have to categorize it, I mostly read literary fiction, and my reading tends to women authors. I also love mysteries, which started when I was a kid with Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.
My favorites from last year include:
Sing, Unburied, Sing
A Manual for Cleaning Women
The Dark Flood Rises
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
I look forward to following the reading here this year, even if I don't post much.
Right now I am reading Go, Went, Gone, which is wonderful.
Hi everyone. After lurking on previous forums for a few years, I have decided to jump in and join for 2018. This should act as a motivator for me to increase my reading count from 2017 which was at 40. I want to get at least that many with a stretch goal of 50.
As you can guess from my user name, my name is Robert. I live in Edmonton (Canada, not England or Kentucky) and am married with two elementary school-aged daughters. A lot of what you will see in my reading history will be books I read to them.
My personal preferences are science fiction, spy novels, or murder mystery. I am working on expanding what types of books I read, and am looking forward to more biographies. I don't have any specific goals this year other than to get to 50 books this year. So far, not great since I am only two in after 22 days!
I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of you as we chat on this group throughout the year.
Hey all, I'm Anki, a communications specialist working in Massachusetts and living in New Hampshire. I have a tendency to lurk more than I post in forums, but I am trying to change that. :)
While my reading ranges all over the place, I tend to focus mostly on fiction (lots of fantasy and sci-fi) and comics (these days, primarily manga). That isn't to say I don't like non-fiction, but getting started often takes more energy. When I do read non-fiction (and I have been making a conscious effort to increase my reading there) I like reading history, memoirs, and essays. Plus random topics than catch my eye.
One of my major reading goals for 2018 is to read more of the books I already own, and to prioritize ones I have owned prior to the first of the year. I have basically always had a tendency to acquire books more quickly than I can read them; combine that with an increase in public library usage (no bad thing!) and my "owned but unread" stack has grown seriously out of hand. So I want at least 50 percent of my reading to be already owned books this year, and the majority of those being ones owned prior to 2018. We'll see how things pan out.
I'm Vivienne, a retired librarian, living in British Columbia Canada. I've been a member of LibraryThing since 2007 and this will be my 6th year at Club Read. I spend so much time on LibraryThing that I considered cutting my participation in Club Read this year (hence my late start) but I miss you all so much that I couldn't resist any longer.
Hi, Tess here! Starting the year late. I'm from midwestern US, central Ohio to be specific. I teach highschoolers by day and am an adjunct professor by night. I teach mostly modern history (post-Renaissance) but have been known to teach a Western Civ course when needed (shudders!). My area of expertise is WWII and specifically the Holocaust. I have 7 grandchildren ranging in ages from 2 months-18 years. I am an avid gardener, cook, and most of all--reader! My favorite genre is historical fiction (go figure), general fiction, and sometimes a good psychological thriller. I don't write long reviews as that's too much like work--literally. I write enough of a review that it will bring back to mind what I want to remember about each book. My ratings are totally dependent upon how I enjoyed the book.
Hi Tess, will you be creating a reading thread? I'm sure we'd love to follow along with whatever you are reading, teaching or reading to the grandkids! Reviews not required, but any notes and comments on what you read are certainly appreciated by the always book-hungry.
My name is Jodi and I'm living in Battle Creek, Michigan. I am a student working towards my Master's degree. I love reading all sorts of books, but my top three genres have to be mystery, science fiction, and historical fiction. I have a tendency to read classics over and over again, while over looking the amazing new books that have come out.. This club has helped me get out of that routine. This is my first year and I look forward to many more.
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