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75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1drneutron
Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 10:03am Top

I'm Jim, 54, husband of 32 years, father of a son in a PhD program in Comp Sci at Notre Dame, 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/kayaking with mrsdrneutron. Of course, LT is a big time sink, but mrsdrneutron seems to have come to terms with my LT addiction... 😁

My thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/243777 (2018 thread coming soon!)

2susanj67
Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 10:25am Top

Hi Jim! I think I may be first! Thank you for setting up the 2018 group.

I'm Susan, and I'm a Kiwi who lives in London. I like to read a lot of non-fiction, but I also pick up many book-bullets from fiction readers. My hard copy to-be-read pile isn't too bad - it's the Kindle that's frightening :-)

Here's a link to my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/278981

3meanderer
Dec 26, 2017, 10:06am Top

I'm Tony from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. I like to read fiction and non-fiction, although "reading" is a bit of a misnomer since most of the books I finish these days tend to be audiobooks. I have yet to reach 75 books in a single year.

4Ameise1
Dec 26, 2017, 10:30am Top

Thanks so much, Jim for setting up 2018 group.

I am Barbara, 56 years old, married and have two daughters. I live in Zürich, Switzerland and work full-time as a primary school teacher. Besides reading, I am interested in art of all kinds and traveling. You will also find something of all this on my thread in 2018.
I look forward to all visitors and look forward to a lively exchange.

Here is the link to my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/278984

BTW Is it correct that the threadbook 2017 is in this group?

5drneutron
Dec 26, 2017, 10:45am Top

>4 Ameise1: I'm still in the process of setting up the wikis. I'll add your thread when I get the 2018 made and update the links in the group intro as I go.

6Ameise1
Dec 26, 2017, 10:47am Top

>5 drneutron: Thanks so much, Jim. I've no clue how to set up such a masterpiece of a group.

7susanna.fraser
Dec 26, 2017, 12:03pm Top

I'm Susanna, turning 47 on New Year's Day. I'm married and the mother of a 13-year-old, living in Seattle and working full-time as a compliance analyst at the University of Washington (the job is exactly as thrilling as it sounds, but I have lovely coworkers). I'm also an author, though the last three years have been a bit of a drought for me--here's hoping that will change in 2018!

I'm a fairly omnivorous reader, though in fiction I prefer genre to literary, especially fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and romance. In nonfiction I love history, memoir, science, and current events/politics. When I'm not reading or writing I enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, watching college football and major league baseball (though the latter would be more fun if the Mariners could ever pull it together), and lately a little light political activism.

My thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279000

8elliepotten
Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 2:28pm Top

I'm baaaaack! Hi everyone, I'm Ellie, 30 (going on 85), from the Peak District in England, and I'm (hopefully) making my triumphant return to reading in 2018. I've not had chance to indulge my book babies for most of this year and I can't wait to get back to them! I have Asperger's, agoraphobia and a bunch of other health problems, so reading is very much my sanctuary, escape and general comfort. When I'm NOT reading, I'm usually playing with my three cats, taking Buzzfeed quizzes (but what kind of pizza am I?), and devouring movies and box sets - currently Criminal Minds and Community. I love doing the 'page to screen' thing, reading a book then watching the TV or movie adaptation.

Back to the books - I read a bit of everything, quite literally - fiction and non-fiction, romance, classics, science fiction, history, crime, biography, travel, science, humour... Whatever takes my fancy at the time. My first reads of 2018, for example, are likely to be a book about life inside Biosphere 2 in Arizona (written by one of the scientists taking part), a brand new Asperger's autobiography, Tracks by Robyn Davidson (about the author's trek across Australia), plus a complete reread of Harry Potter for the first time in about ten years.

More inFO and a proper inTRO on my thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279006

See you all on the other side of the New Year! :)

9EBT1002
Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 2:04pm Top

To Jim:



About me:
I'm Ellen, a 50-something university administrator living, working, reading, and running in Seattle. 2018 will be my eighth year with the 75ers group and I love love love this small community of supportive and caring and smart book-lovers. In my reading I tend toward "literary fiction" and mystery novels although LT has greatly expanded my horizons. I read nonfiction more and more and have come to love Graphic Memoirs as a specific genre. On the other hand, I have only read the first Harry Potter novel and I doubt that will change.

I am resisting starting my new thread until closer to New Years Day but I look forward to sharing lively discussions about books, food, occasionally politics, travel, and random topics as they emerge in the coming year.

10avatiakh
Dec 26, 2017, 3:44pm Top

I'm Kerry from Auckland, New Zealand and have been in the 75er group since 2009. I read lots of books from all genres and this year I'm hoping to read more of the ones stashed around my home.
I run the ANZAC Reading challenge which in 2018 will be a carry on from last year's bingo challenge - so if you like to read Australian or New Zealand fiction, take a look once the new thread is set up.

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279032

11torontoc
Dec 26, 2017, 4:39pm Top

I'm Cyrel, a retired art teacher from ( where else) Toronto, Canada. I like to read fiction- I make sure that I read current Canadian writers-, historical fiction, and history. I belong to a pottery co-op and find that I am just as busy in retirement that I was in teaching for 30 years.
Looking forward to more reading and new authors in 2018. I also like to go to film festivals- both documentary and other.

12cindysprocket
Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 5:13pm Top

Hi, I'm Cindy been an LT member for 10 years. My SO and I both avid readers, trail bike riders/kayakers and hikers. We live in northern Indiana with our 2 Siamese Oliver and Marco. Mysteries and Fiction are my main read. Did read some non-fiction in 2017, have already found some to read for 2018.

13Familyhistorian
Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 9:28pm Top

I'm Meg and this is my fifth year on the 75ers. It took me a while to find the social side of LT (5 years) as I joined to catalogue my growing book piles. I live on the west coast of Canada close to Vancouver. My main interests are genealogy and history so I do a lot of research and read quite a bit of nonfiction. I also enjoy mysteries and other fiction genres.

My thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279064

14CassieBash
Dec 26, 2017, 10:46pm Top

I'm Cassaundra, Cass or Cassie for short. I'm a librarian at a small private college in northwest Indiana, and my fiancé is the owner of a used book store in Muncie, Indiana, White Rabbit Used Books, on the south side of the Ball State in an area known to locals as "The Village". (That's my shameless plug for this post.). I read pretty much any fiction genre except for romance or those troubled marriage stories. I couldn't get into the Twilight trilogy because of the romance and teen angst. (I guess seeing freshman and sophomore college students' angst on an almost daily basis at my job, I probably have my fill in real life and don't care to read about it.) My favorite genres are fantasy, horror, mystery, and I'm fond of youth books (chapter and YA). But just about anything with print on it that stands still long enough is fair game. I've been known to dig out the car's owner's manual and read that if I find myself waiting on someone for a few moments. (Not a great read by the way, unless you're desperate for something to do and you want something easy to put down at a moment's notice.) As far as nonfiction is concerned, anyone who's read my previous years' threads will recall that I have a fondness for topics such as infectious diseases, folklore, funeral customs (including--and especially--mummification), plants and animals, forensics, anthropology, mythology, and history--the deader, the better. I will warn you all that my nonfiction choices do tend towards the...er, ... bizarre and disturbing; the 75 challenge of 2017 found me reading about germ warfare, parasites, and a nasty disease that causes you to bleed from just about every orifice imaginable (Ebola), and I still have a few infectious disease books in my "to read" pile, so be forewarned if you decide to follow my thread.

15Miss_Moneypenny
Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 12:02am Top

Hi all! I'm Caitlen, 31, and I'm a cybersecurity project manager living in the great state of Ohio with my beloved husband and our adorable French bulldog Bibi. I'm originally from Louisiana but have spent most of my adult life in Colorado and am angling for a 2019 move back out west with Mr. Moneypenny.

Like familyhistorian, it took me quite a while to find the social side of LT so one of my goals for 2018 is to be more active outside of my own thread (which is here at https://www.librarything.com/topic/279079 ). I will read literally anything I can get my eyeballs on, so if you have recommendations, shoot em my way!

>14 CassieBash: CassieBash, I did my master's at Ball State and White Rabbit is by far the best place for used books in Muncie! How cool!

16SqueakyChu
Edited: Jan 3, 5:38pm Top

I'm Madeline, age 70 (Yikes!), and a member of LT since 2006. Here I'm probably best known for running the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) Challenges which are simply a fun way to choose books to read randomly throughout the year.

My book hobbies extend to Bookcrossing, of which I am an active and avid long-time member, and to Little Free Library of which I am steward of that bird-house-looking box that my husband built for me and which stands on my front lawn inviting neighbors to take free books from within it to read.

I'm married, with three grown children, a four-year-old grandson, and a granddaughter to arrive mid January 2018. I'm very excited about that!

I hope to arrange a LibraryThing meet-up in the Philly area in mid-May of 2018. I'll post more about that as the time draws near. I hope to meet many of you then.

My current reading obsession has to do with a real enjoyment of contemporary Japanese fiction. My older son just happens to be in Japan on vacation at this time. Over the past few years, he has introduced me to anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese comics) much to my great delight! :)

This is my newest thread:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/279093

17Eyejaybee
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 6:09am Top

Hi everyone.

I am James, aged 54, from London where I work as a civil servant in the Ministry of Justice (not to be confused with either the Ministry of Sound or the Ministry of Magic).

I read a variety of types of book, and in recent years have founde myself reading increasing amounts of non-fiction (particularly recent political history).

I wish everone all the best for a great 2018.

Here is my thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279120

18sibyx
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 8:26pm Top

My name is Lucy and I joined LT right after New Year's in 2010, so that's 8 years and counting. Found the 75 quickly and happily settled in. After the first couple of years I shifted to doubling the 75 but I only make that magic number every now and then. You can't choose to NOT read a book just because it is a double-wide although it can be tempting!!

Married 35 years, we have a daughter in college, and two cats and one corgi, Miss Posey. We're hoping to get another corgi this year, fingers are crossed. (It would be a nephew to Posey if it works out, way too soon to tell.) I'm a writer and a musician (irish traditional, harp and concertina) corgi afficionado, on and off knitter and OF COURSE, passionate reader. Was a library director and taught writing in past lives. I live in Vermont in the mountains up a real boreen and love getting snowed in so I can READ READ READ. Books and coffee=contentment.

The best word to describe my reading would be eclectic. I read widely and voraciously.

And yes, my heartfelt thanks to Jim for running this group so extremely well.

My thread will go up on January 1 (stickler!) and I will come back here to post a link.

19libraryperilous
Dec 27, 2017, 11:15am Top

I'm Diana. I've been on LT since 2009, and I just completed my 6th SantaThing. This will be the first year I give a reading log on LT a serious effort. Tbh, I really joined this group so I can do your Secret Santa book exchange. One can never have too many Secret Santa book exchanges.

I'm 39 and currently in the middle of planning a long-term trip. When that's over (or sooner if the numbers don't crunch), I'll be moving back to New York and, hopefully, acquiring a new kitty.

I share >15 Miss_Moneypenny:'s goal of being more active on other people's threads.

>18 sibyx: Thank you for expanding my vocabulary. Boreen: what a charming word.

>14 CassieBash: I attended high school at IASMH for a spell. Long live The Village!

20neverstopreading
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 4:21pm Top

I'm Cody, I'm a 34 year old Texas gentleman. Well, I'm a man, at least. Next week will mark 11 years of marriage to my wife, Maureen. We have four boys ages 3 - 9, and one fat cat, Jasper.

My big goal is to read through the Bible, using the broadest of the various canons (basically, the New Oxford Annotated Bible), as well as anything else I feel like reading.

I typically read a lot of books on 1) religion, 2) thrillers and sci-fil, 3) addiction and recovery.

EDIT: Here's my thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279009

21jennyifer24
Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 10:14pm Top

Hello, I'm Jenny. I live in Michigan, and this is my fifth year in the 75 book challenge. I teach 2nd grade just outside of Lansing.

my 2018 thread

I'm a library browser, so I end up reading an eclectic selection of books, but I gravitate toward historical fiction, ya, biography/memoir. I've also started reading a lot more fantasy/scifi. I also sometime share some good picture books that I read with the kiddos. This year we're doing a mock Caldecott so more picture books might be making an appearance.

Spending time with family and friends is very important to me, and I'm also a very big sports fan- I spend a lot of time attending, watching and reading about Michigan State sports (Go Green!), Detroit sports, and really any other kind of sport (I basically spend the Olympics glued to the television relearning rules for all sorts of interesting sports!).

I have two more books to go for 2017 so I'll be back in January to get my new thread going.

Happy reading!

22kidzdoc
Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 3:01pm Top

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm Darryl, and this is, I think, my 10th year as a member of the 75 Books group. I'm in my mid fifties, and for the past 17 years I have served as a pediatric hospitalist, a pediatrician who cares for hospitalized infants and children, in a major children's hospital in Atlanta. I'm a typical Atlanta transplant, growing up in metropolitan NYC and Philadelphia before spending four years in Pittsburgh for medical school before I moved to Atlanta 20 years ago for my pediatric residency, followed by my appointment at Children's.

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/279048

23swynn
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 8:00pm Top

I'm Steve, 48, a technical services librarian at a medium-sized public university in Missouri. This is my 9th year with the 75ers.

My interests are wide and so is my reading. Expect a very heavy dose of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in my thread, but also crime fiction, popular history, science and math, and occasional professional reading related to libraries and history of the book. For the last few years I've reading through the catalog of DAW, the first American imprint devoted to science fiction and fantasy. I'm currently reading DAWs from fall 1975, so there is no danger of me running out. (With fewer John Norman novels this year!) I am also reading (with lyzard) American bestsellers from the 20th century at a rate of about one per month. I also run for fun and sometimes talk about that. My thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279190#6296450

This year I will maintain a second thread for a Perry Rhodan challenge. Perry Rhodan is the hero of a German science fiction serial -- think Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers. I started this series last year and am up to number 34 (of almost 3,000 so there are plenty more to go). My plan this year is to read 75 of these adventures in 2018, hence the separate thread. (Well, also to avoid scaring too many people off of my main thread.) The PR thread, with more information about the series and why I am doing this, is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279193

24SuziQoregon
Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 5:43pm Top

I'm Juli (SuziQoregon) - Fifth year with this group.
I live outside of Portland, Oregon with The Hubster and two spoiled cats.
Come to Portland. We'll meet at Powell's. Then we'll go have some beer.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/279194

25BBGirl55
Dec 27, 2017, 5:49pm Top

Hi I'm Bryony, I am currently 34 and I live in South East of England. My life is mostly spent at work or traveling too work but in my free time apart from Reading (which as I am starting a thread here is a given) I like to binge watch shows on Netflix and loose time on YouTube. I am a Scout leader if you hear me talking about the miscreants' I'm talking about the Boys and Girls that make up the troupe I am part of. I like Doctor Who, Harry Potter and eating good food.

I read almost anything, I will give any book a go. Though saying that I read Fantasy, Science Fiction and Graphic Novels the most.

this will be my 10th year on LT and my 10th year as part of 75ers. I have a modicum of successes reaching 75 books (3 time in 9 attempts) but I always value quality over quantity. I might hit 75 I may not but please join me on my thread

https://www.librarything.com/topic/279039#6296046

26applebook1
Dec 27, 2017, 6:31pm Top

I'm Yoona, 28, semester away from my second MS degree and considering getting a PhD in that field. I haven't been able to read 75 books for the past couple of years due to my chronic health issue and it started to get quite worse all of a sudden. But I love being in this group too much not to join in.

I love fiction, as long as things are not too gory. I'm quite partial to YA, fantasy, and historical-fiction but I also tend to read couple of classics every now and then.

Aside from reading, I love to cross-stitch (another excellent way to get my mind off things), pet my dogs, let them sit on my lap as I read, play games on steam, and watch youtube videos

27Micheller7
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:01am Top

I am Michelle. I live between Albany and Saratoga Springs, New York.

I have been on LT for over 10 years, but 2017 was my first to do the 75 book challenge and I succeeded with exactly 75 books read. All actual books from the library or Early Reviewer program.

Here is the link to that list:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/270642

In recent years I fill out the template for each of the books I read. I have won 35 Early Reviewer books and reviewed each one.

I am a retired (5 years) from a career as a child welfare policy director. Since retirement I am doing a lot more reading.

I read mostly fiction, a lot of new stuff, some non- fiction, including memoirs.

It seems when I look at other members lists, they do not read the kind of books I read, so maybe with this posting I will find others who have my taste.

I have two grown children and three fabulous grandchildren.

Link to my thread:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/279206

28BoekenTrol71
Dec 28, 2017, 8:42am Top

How nice, an introduction thread :-)

First of all: Thank you Jim, for starting this group again!!

My name is Grada, I'm 46 years old. I live with my husband in the north of The Netherlands and I'm getting used to a house that is WAY to big after my son left home to start living on his on.
I love reading and have been a LT member for several years now (not sure how many and I don't want to leave this thread to find that out). I'm also an avid BookCrosser, for over 10 years now. In my teenage years I mainly read thrillers and the obligatory books for my Dutch, English, French & German reading lists (in the respective languages) and during university year those lists were followed by compulsory reading in Russian from the classics to more contemporary writers.
After completing my studies, I was done with obligations & reading, so I returned to my old time favorites: thrillers.

Being a member of bookcrossing however, has widened my reading taste a lot. I now read mostly fiction, but am willing to try nearly anything, apart from (any sort of) romance books, books with (child) abuse based on true stories. Poetry and I have a love-hate relationship: sometimes I like what I read, other times it's completely beyond me. Sci-fy and fantasy books I like from time to time but I've found that reading them in English is not a good idea.

I work full time in an governmental organisation, where I maintain and alter 3 computer programs in order to fulfill user's wishes or make sure that the program is still working.

Here's the link to my personal thread for 2018:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/279332

29SqueakyChu
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 8:49am Top

>27 Micheller7: The link to your thread doesn't work. :(

30tangledthread
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 8:34pm Top

Hi, I'm Valerie and have participated with the 75's since 2011, though I have never made it all the way to 75.
I'm in southeast Michigan. I read most anything, though very little sci-fi and fantasy.
It would be a good thing for me to tackle my TBR shelves in 2018, but I am often distracted by what the rest of you are reading....and down the rabbit hole I go! Maybe I should make a rule: one from the TBR shelves for every two new books that I read for 2018?
Things are kind of busy this week. I will start a new thread once the calendar turns over.

Thanks, Jim, for running such a great group!

31Micheller7
Dec 28, 2017, 11:03am Top

>29 SqueakyChu: thanks SqueakyChu. 2017 worked and I fixed 2018. Nothing really there yet, don't expect a new entry until on or after Jan. 1.

32tapestry100
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 1:42pm Top

Happy new year! My name is David and I live in Lansing, MI, with my doggo, Sky. I can't remember how long I've been a member in the 75, but I've had to drop off this past year due to health issues. However, I'm hoping to become an active member of the group again. I read just about anything, but you'll usually find me in either the SFF or graphic novel sections of the bookstore. I'm a lifelong Star Wars and Doctor Who fan and a general geek at heart.

I blog at www.frommybookshelf.com and you can find my 75 thread at https://www.librarything.com/topic/279189. Please stop by to say hello and join in the discussion over there.

As always, happy reading!

33mstrust
Dec 28, 2017, 11:28am Top

Hi, I'm Jennifer and in March I'll have been on LT for ten years. I'm originally from Southern California but I've been in Phoenix for 20 years now. I live with my husband Mike and our boxer, Coral. I've had boxers in my life since childhood. I've filled our three level house with books, and I also carve tikis and bake. And I'm a big "The Walking Dead" fan. My reading tends towards a lot of noir, mysteries, and non-fiction about anything from the sea and shipwrecks, to food and drink to music bios.
Here's my thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279176

34katiekrug
Dec 28, 2017, 11:42am Top

Hi All! I’m Katie and I’ve been with the 75ers since 2011. I live just outside New York City with my husband, The Wayne, and our cat, Leonard. In addition to reading, I enjoy eating my way through New York, drinking my way through the wine store, and attending bookish events, plays, the opera, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I also enjoy traveling (which I mostly do for work, on someone else’s dime), bad jokes, shenanigans, and the occasional indulgence in snark. I do not enjoy the misuse of apostrophe’s (ha!), the current President, or stressing about reading. As far as that last goes, I enjoy literary fiction, genre fiction (mysteries and romances primarily but some speculative stuff as well), classics, and not-dry (moist?) nonfiction.

Come by and say hello!

My thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279353#.

35thornton37814
Dec 28, 2017, 2:44pm Top

I'm Lori. I'm a librarian and professional genealogist. My favorite fiction genres are mystery and historical fiction, but I read other things as well, although I'm not crazy about science fiction or anything with a lot of profanity or graphic sexual content. I also read non-fiction. History books and cookbooks are probably my favorites there although I'm pretty eclectic with non-fiction reads. I suspect I'll hit 140 books by December 31 for 2017. I'd like to read 150 in 2018.

My thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279357

36ronincats
Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 12:27pm Top

Hi! I'm Roni in San Diego, and this will be my 11th year in the 75er groups. I'm retired and engage in gardening and crafting, notably pottery, wirework and crochet, in addition to reading and cat-wrangling. The household consists of my husband, 6 cats (3 acquired in 2017 as feral kittens in our back yard, see 2017 threads!) and a small dog in addition to myself. I am very much a genre reader in science fiction and fantasy, but do participate in the nonfiction challenge each year and read some outside of those areas as well, spurred on by fellow LTers' reviews. I typically read close to 150 books a year--2017 will be the second straight year I'm a few below that level after 4 straight years above.

My reading thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279632

Oh, and a plug for the God Stalk group read taking place in January--I'll also post that link here as soon as I get the thread going!

Here it is! http://www.librarything.com/topic/279620

37lalbro
Dec 28, 2017, 6:42pm Top

Hi everyone! I am Liz, 51, with 3 kids, all now mostly out of the house, with a husband still at home except when he's performing in community theater. We live in Arlington, VA, outside of DC, and apparently, I've been on LT since late 2010!!

2017 was a year that passed in a blur - 2 kids applying to and then entering college (and one of those to audition-based theatre programs), the other graduated from college and moved to Brooklyn, work was nutty with the transition in our government (yup, I'm a US fed), and my husband and I travelled quite a bit in the fall - now that we can. In between all that, I have been focused on developing my photo skills. But now all the kids are doing their own things, and we are *finally* settling into a routine. And so, I am back on LT, ready to read regularly again. I read eclectically - lots of fiction, but also science and journalism - largely through what's available at our amazing public library and through the free choices from Kindle via Prime.

I started a 2018 thread here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279384 and intend to visit folks more regularly over 2018!

38alphaorder
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 9:04pm Top

Hi! I'm Nancy and have been a LT member since March of 2007, but recorded my reading in Club Read group over the years. This year I am joining a number of my friends in the 75 Challenge. I have been averaging 60-70 books a year, but hope to stretch that to 75. If not, oh well!

I've had a love of books since I was very young. My mom was a librarian. I was a bookseller/marketing director for an independent bookshop in the Milwaukee, WI from 1989-2009. I now do marketing for a nature center, which I also love. (Learning to be a birder is cutting into my reading time.)

Twenty years ago, literary fiction was my main focus. I am finding I am now reading more nonfiction.

I met my husband in the bookshop, although we grew up less than a mile from each other about two hours away! Although the bricks and mortar portion of the company closed, there is an online division that remains. He still works there. We have a lovely 16-year-old daughter. I can't believe that she will be going away to college in just a few short years...

My 2018 reading log can found here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279394.

Most of my comments are made on my friends' threads, especially that of the fellow birder, beer-, and booklover Mark (msf59).

39harrygbutler
Dec 28, 2017, 9:59pm Top

Hi! I’m Harry, 53, and this is my third year in the 75 Books Challenge. By training I'm a medievalist, by occupation an editor; my taste in reading runs to Golden Age and earlier mysteries, pulp detective and adventure fiction, Late Antique and medieval literature, westerns, and late nineteenth and early twentieth century popular fiction, among others. I also have a fondness for collections of cartoons and comic strips. I usually have a few books going at once.

My wife Erika and I live in eastern Pennsylvania with three cats — Elli, Otto, and Pixie — and a dog, Hildy. Our pets occasionally make an appearance in my thread. My other interests include model railroading, gardening, and birding, so you'll sometimes see something related to them as well.

Two new projects will likely be features of my threads in 2018 as well: a weekly pulp magazine read and some sort of account — if only a bare record — of the movies I’ll be watching (I’m aiming to average one a day over the year). These will likely have an impact on my book totals for the year.

I try to provide some sort of comment on the books and magazines I read, but they aren't really reviews.

My thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279399

40quondame
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 12:00am Top

Hi, Susan here, 69, I spend most of my time reading, though I occasionally sew, weave, or do other SCA related crafts, and attend SCA events. While I'll read just about anything, the vast majority of what read is science fiction or fantasy. I met my husband at the local science fiction club over 40 years ago, and my adult daughter is an anime & manga fan. I am a very recent member of LT and have rather a lot of books I hope to add to LT over 2018. I would like to read more historical fiction if it were of the quality of Dorothy Dunnett or Georgette Heyer, but I often end up throwing it across the room.

Our house is infested by miniature dachshunds, 3 of them.

My thread is: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279397

41quondame
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 11:56pm Top

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42lauralkeet
Dec 29, 2017, 8:34am Top

Hello all, I'm Laura and this is my 10th year with the 75 Books challenge. I'm in my mid-50s, a recently retired empty-nester settling into a new house in Philadelphia with my husband, our two dogs, and a cat.

I don't always make the 75-book goal but I have fun trying, and the people and book recommendations here are the best.

Here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279450

43archerygirl
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 11:26am Top

Hello everyone! I'm Kathy and I've been a 75 books-er since 2010. I currently live in Nova Scotia, Canada, but I'll be moving back to England in the summer. That will either result in a lot of reading as I try to escape the chaos, or a lot of not reading due to being too busy.

I'm sending up a thank you for ereaders right now, knowing that my books will be on a ship for 2-3 months and remembering how hard that was when I moved to Canada in 2008. My Kindle library will ensure I put *all* my books on the boat, instead of filling half my plane luggage with books and leaving other things behind the way I did last time!

I read mostly SFF, romance, and mystery, but I do try to throw in the odd non-fiction read and an occasional classic. When I'm not reading, I'm a huge Doctor Who and Star Trek fan, and I am gainfully employed as a data warehouse developer. My thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279464

44mahsdad
Dec 29, 2017, 3:22pm Top

Jeff here. I'm an IT Solution Architect doing ERP software implementations in San Pedro, CA. I live there with my wife and 17 yr old son.

This is my 6th year with the group, and it will be my 12th year on LT. I TRY to post reviews and impressions of the books I read, but I'm not always successful.

This is probably my favorite spot on the 'Net, and I'm glad to be back, how could I ever leave.

My thread : https://www.librarything.com/topic/279492

45Deedledee
Dec 29, 2017, 7:20pm Top

Hi folks,
My name is Dee and I'm a librarian in rural Nova Scotia. This is my 8th year in the 75 Group. I read a wide variety and post a little review for each one. Find me at:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/279503

46staciec
Dec 30, 2017, 1:52pm Top

Hi all, I'm Stacie, a high school counselor in the Inland Northwest. I'm married and have two dogs and a cockatiel. When I'm not working or reading, you can probably find me knitting or spinning yarn. I'm currently in the end stages of an M.Ed. in school counseling, and just got what amounts to my dream job. During most of 2017, I was working full-time, interning 20 hours a week, and attending a couple graduate classes each week; now that I'm mostly just down to a full-time job, I feel like I can read again! Over the last couple years, I've accumulated a number of books I planned on reading but just didn't have the time. I'm hoping to pare down that list in 2018. I like nonfiction best, but I also enjoy classics, YA, sci-fi, and fantasy. I think I'll have a bit of each (and probably other stuff, too) in my 2018 reads.

Here's my thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279590

47Kassilem
Edited: Jan 8, 10:55pm Top

Hello Fellow Readers! My name is Melissa. I'm 27 and work in a regenerative medicine laboratory as a Quality Analytics Manager. This year marks my 8th year on ‘LT 75 Books Challenge’! My, how time flies when your reading good books. :) My goal this year is to increase my involvement on other’s LT threads. 2018 is going to be my social year. Outside of reading, I enjoy writing, hiking, sleeping, and cross-stitching. I'll be attempting to include some talk about those things here this year.

On the reading front, if you enjoy the genres fantasy, historical fiction, GLBT, science fiction, and/or romance, then you are in the right place. All kinds of genres may pop up at some point, but those 5 genres hold lordship over any other due to their sheer numbers.

If that all sounds good to you, you can find my thread HERE

48Oberon
Dec 30, 2017, 9:54pm Top

I am Erik. My 6th 75 Book Challenge Thread is up: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279613

I am a lawyer in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am married with three children, all of whom play soccer so much of my reading takes place on the sidelines of practices and games.

My interests are: archaeology, travel, history, art, theater, soccer and fishing. Over the course of the year all will certainly make an appearance on my thread.

Most of the books will be non-fiction but I am no means adverse to a good novel or the occasional book of poetry. There are just so many topics that I want to learn more about that I gravitate to the non-fiction. Of course, graphic novels will remain a chunk of my annual reading too.

I look forward to another great reading year here at LT.

49MickyFine
Dec 30, 2017, 10:23pm Top

I'm Micky, 31, and this is my 8th year with the 75ers. I'm a collections librarian for the public library system in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and as a result I read a solid chunk of non-fiction as I select it for work every day. The rest of my reading is a wide mix of genres but there's usually a healthy dose of romance, fantasy, YA, and historical fiction in the mix. In addition to books, I'm likely to discuss life events (sometimes featuring The Boyfriend), whatever I'm watching on TV, and my cat, Smee. Posters and lurkers alike are welcome. Come visit me!

50Narilka
Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 11:26pm Top

Hi everyone! I'm Narilka (aka Gale) and have been on LT since 2009. This will be my first time joining the 75 book challenge and I admit I'm a little intimidated by how active you all are :) I got to 74 books in 2017 so feel hopeful on the challenge side. By day I'm an IT Project Manager. By night I'm an avid fantasy and science fiction reader, with the occasional mystery and memoir thrown in. I review every book I read and love hearing what others thought of the same book. There is nothing worse than finishing a great book and having no one to chat with about it! I share my life with a husband and 4 cats. Other interests include movies, hiking and I'm starting to teach myself photography. If I take any photo's I'm proud of I may share them.

Edit - My thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279629

51RandyMetcalfe
Dec 31, 2017, 8:50am Top

I'm Randy and this is my seventh year in the 75 Books Challenge. Last year I didn't quite make it, but I've got high hopes for 2018. I live in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, which is not such a bad place to live. Especially because we've got a great public library and an even better independent book store, both in easy walking distance of our house. I'd describe my reading range as eclectic, though I tend toward literary fiction. I usually write short reviews of each book I read and post them on my thread.

You can find my thread here http://www.librarything.com/topic/279650

52SandDune
Dec 31, 2017, 9:20am Top

I'm Rhian and I'm a 56 year old accountant working as the Finance Manager of a local charity which provides support to children and adults with learning disabilities. I live about thirty miles north of London with my husband (aka Mr SandDune), who is Assistant Principal at a local secondary school, and our 17 year old son (aka J), who attends the same school. There's also our 5 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Daisy, and 14 year old cat Sweep. I'm originally from Wales rather than England, so I do have an interest in all things Welsh (although I can't speak the language - at least only a few words) and I tend to get huffy if people call me English rather than Welsh! I read mainly literary fiction, classics, science-fiction and fantasy, but I have been trying (and enjoying) some crime recently. I tend to avoid horror, chick-lit and thrillers. I belong to a RL book group which has been going since 2000, and I also try to keep up with some of the challenges going on on LT, with varying degrees of success.

Apart from reading I love travelling, eating out, and going to the theatre, and over the last few years I've been gettting more and more interested in politics and environmental issues.

My 2018 thread is here:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/279496

53FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 9:22am Top

Hello old friends, welcome new friends!
I am Anita Meulstee (54) from Lelystad, the Netherlands, for over 33 years happely married to Frank.

This is going to be my 10th year in the 75 Books Challenge. After some very bad reading years (2013 & 2014), I am back reading full speed and have read a record of 452 books last year. I read (almost) everything.

My 2018 thread

54fuzzi
Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 9:36am Top

>1 drneutron: thanks for setting up the group again!

Hi! I'm fuzzi, and I've been a member of LT since mid-2011, and of the 75 Book Challenge group since 2012.

I'm in my late 50's, married to the same wonderful guy for 37+ years, mother of two, and GRANDMOTHER of an adorable little girl. I love animals, have five cats (3 feral, 2 inside), a sweetheart of a dog, and two aquariums. I am an avid birdwatcher, and tinkerer in water and flower gardens. I plan my gardens to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other fauna.

I'll read almost anything, though I avoid books with occult, graphic violence or sex, and horror themes. I'll read a book by Georgette Heyer, followed by an Alistair MacLean, then top it off with an Aaron Becker or Hal Foster (think Prince Valiant). I do read non-fiction that interests me, including Bible commentaries, science books, and nature guides.

One requirement I have for myself is to review every book I read, so my 75 Book Challenge is full of NON-SPOILER reviews. That thread is here:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/279504#6300676

By nature and occupation I'm "all about" organization, so I'll generally have several threads going, but my main one is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#6300727

Please feel free to stop by!

55AMQS
Dec 31, 2017, 6:31pm Top

Happy New Year!
I'm Anne, 47. I am an elementary school teacher librarian in a little Colorado mountain school. My husband Stelios and I have two daughters: 16 and nearly 19. All of us have tottering piles of books in nearly every room of the house.

This is my 9th year in this wonderful group. I read mostly fiction, and a LOT of children's literature. I "discovered" audiobooks a few years ago, and always am listening while commuting to work.

My 2018 thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279706
Please visit!

56PawsforThought
Jan 1, 12:16pm Top

Hi all,

I'm PawsforThought (or Paws for short) and this is my 6th year on LT. I've had a pretty bad reading funk for a few years, but it seems like I got my mojo back about halfway through 2017. Hopefully it'll stay that way through 2018, and I'm hoping it'll be a really good year, both reading-wise and otherwise.

Feel free to visit my thread, which you can find here.

57Donna828
Jan 1, 12:40pm Top

Hello! I am starting off the new year with this wonderful group for the ninth year of book bullets and conversation. I have been a member of LT for over ten years but it took me awhile to find my Happy Place here with the 75ers. My reading genres have expanded with suggestions from friends here. I have learned to like some science-fiction and am reading more nonfiction than I used to.

My husband and I will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary mid-year. We have three children and six grandchildren which I gladly share with my visitors. My thread is open. Come read about my first finished book of the year over here. Happy Reading, Everyone!

58rosylibrarian
Jan 1, 1:04pm Top

Hello! My name is Marie and this is my ninth year with the 75ers. I'm 30, and an academic librarian living in South Carolina with my husband of six years. However, in a few short months we are moving to eastern England thanks to the U.S. military. As an Anglophile, I am delighted, so my thread will probably be a reflection of stress/all things Great Britain. We belong to a tiny dog named Finn and a giant cat named Neko. I read eclectically, to say the least, so there's something for everyone.

My thread can be found here. Happy 2018!

59Chatterbox
Jan 1, 1:46pm Top

Back for a ninth year with this group, which has added fuel to the fire of my bibliomania... (that's right, I'm blaming you all for part of this! I'm Suzanne, mid-50s with another birthday looming in precisely a month to my horror and dismay, but maybe I'll get a book as a gift? My life pretty much revolves around reading. With occasional forays into the world of work, of course. I'm a journalist, focusing on business and finance; have written one book, ghost-wrote two others, the most recent of which appeared last spring. Nothing on the horizon though, and work is scarce (I freelance); my last good contract evaporated just over a year ago. Last year was a struggle; I hope this year will be less of one. But -- there are always books? I am the property of three cats, Molly (15), Cassie (13) and the relatively recently adopted Sir Fergus the Fat (5), who after 18 months is finally settling into the idea that he has a permanent home and won't be tossed out onto the street; he has not had a good time in life until now. We all live in Providence, RI, whence I decamped 4 1/2 years ago after realizing that a lifetime spent living in big, exciting cities (London, Brussels, Tokyo, New York, even Toronto) was not conducive to my financial wellbeing. But I still spend several days a month in New York, and am an Amtrak fixture. (Confess to loathing Megabus with an abiding passion.)

I read serious but accessible non-fiction, and try to shepherd the non-fiction challenge from one month to the next (come visit!!). My other reading tastes are very eclectic. I re-read favorite books from decades ago; I delve into classic fiction and serious literary works (though I have an aversion to magical realism that dates back to my first encounter with Marquez, aged 15, in an IB English class...) I love mysteries, at least ones built around a great puzzle, and read a lot of contemporary fiction. I reserve a lot of scorn for "me too" books, whose authors just jump on some kind of popular bandwagon. Oh, and the sole legacy of my latest ex-bf is that he won me over to audiobooks. Which are great for the times I have migraines and reading just hurts too much. Finding the perfect combination of narrator and book is wonderful. That said, an audiobook is a very different experience than reading with your eyes -- something about absorbing the shape of the letters and the way the make up words and the way those form a sentence is compelling and vivid, a kind of synesthesia! -- so if you see lots of audio on my lists, you'll know the migraine devils are visiting.

Meanwhile -- here's the link to my thread. http://www.librarything.com/topic/279748#

I confess I'm much better at lurking than posting on others' pages, but will try to improve on that this year, so folks don't think I'm a ghost...

60jnwelch
Jan 1, 1:56pm Top

Thanks, Jim!

I'm Joe. I'm mostly retired now (still keeping my hand in at the office a bit), and enjoying the heck out of my enlarged free time. I'm a former bookstore manager and read a lot of different genres, with fiction, mysteries, graphic novels and poetry probably topping the list. My first books of this year are Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey, Bella Poldark (the last in the Poldark series by Winston Graham) and the second Sandman Omnibus, collecting Neil Gaiman's groundbreaking series.

My 2018 thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279781

61souloftherose
Jan 1, 3:31pm Top

I’m Heather and this is my 9th(!) year in the 75 Book Challenge Group. I'm in my midthirties and live in a small town to the northwest of London in the United Kingdom with my husband and our rescue cat, Erica. When I'm not reading (or working) I'm probably crocheting or knitting and catching up with some good TV programmes.

I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction (including children's/young adult books) as well as a good spattering of crime/historical/other fiction. A fair number of the books I read are older books - I particularly enjoy 18th and 19th century fiction, golden age detective novels and fiction from the first half of the 20th century. I read mainly for pleasure and relaxation/stress relief - I do occasionally try to take myself out of my comfort zone by reading contemporary literary fiction and I also started to read some books about the Bible (specifically the Hebrew Bible/Christian Old Testament) last year - so there will probably be a bit more of that although as the latter are not exactly light reading it takes me a while to get through them.

Last year I read 165 books - I don't have a specific target for this year other than the perpetual resolution to make a dent in the TBR piles.

My 2018 thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279818

62kgodey
Jan 1, 4:46pm Top

I'm Kriti, a 28-year-old software engineer. I work from home in a small town in Ohio and I'm a homebody so I live a pretty quiet life. This is my eighth(!) year with the 75 Books Challenge group. I'm not the most talkative person, but I really enjoy being part of this group and try to keep up the best that I can.

I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, some non-fiction and general fiction. I review some books on my blog, Just a World Away, and you can see a full list of this year's reviews on my thread. I don't have many goals or categories – I just read what I want, although some of my reading is driven by the review copies I receive from publishers. My husband and I also watch a movie together every single day. I try to review all those on my blog as well and my thread also contains links to those posts.

This group is getting far too big for me to keep track of everyone so feel free to post on my thread if you're interested in the kind of stuff I read and I'll return the visit.

My thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279188

63jayde1599
Edited: Jan 1, 5:14pm Top

Hello my name is Jess. I am a special educator from Maine. I have been on LT since 2008. After a two-year break, I am back joining the 75ers. I am not sure that I will be able to keep up and post, but I will try.

I read a variety, but lately I tend to favor, fantasy, YA, non-fiction, and graphic novels. I thank this group for adding to my wish list!

Here is a link to my thread
2018thread

64hairballsrus
Edited: Jan 1, 5:40pm Top

Hi, I'm Paula and I've been on LT forever. I'm 50 and I live with my husband Chris and six kitties (Harry, Yum Yum, Ms. Adorable Dearheart (aka Spike), Jitterbug, Mike Meowski, and Sherpa)in north Texas.

Urban fantasy, paranormal and science fiction are my "go to" genres. Favorite Fantasy author: Terry Pratchett Favorite Science Fiction author: Connie Willis.

My thread can be found here

65scaifea
Edited: Jan 1, 5:34pm Top

I'm Amber, a one-time Classics professor turned stay-at-home parent/lady of leisure. I spend my time sewing, knitting, baking, volunteering at my son's school library, and, of course, reading. This is my ninth year amongst the illustrious 75ers.

My reading life is happily governed by lists, which means that I read a healthy variety of things across various genres.

I'm 42 going on 12 and live in Wisconsin with my husband, Tomm; our 9-year-old son, Charlie; and our two dogs, Tuppence the Border Collie and Mario the Golden Retriever.

My thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279839

66alcottacre
Jan 1, 5:38pm Top

Hello, everyone. I am Stasia and have been a member of this group since its inception in 2008. I have not been as active in the group the past 5 years since I decided at age 50 to go back to school and finally achieve that elusive college degree, something I could never have done without the encouragement of my family and my real life and LT friends.

No idea how much reading I will get done this year and I am setting up no goals. I am just going to take it as it comes. Come visit me here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279814 to learn all about board games - and an occasional book or two.

67Storeetllr
Edited: Jan 1, 7:04pm Top

Hi, I'm Mary, a transplant from Southern California who ended up retiring in Colorado where it is much colder in winter than I am happy with. But sunny. Really sunny most of the year. It is sometimes even sunny when it's snowing out.

Anyway, I live with Nickel, a 16-year old African Grey parrot, and Rosie, a 24-year old Mexican Red-Headed Amazon, and my interests are reading (natch), writing, gardening, photography, and genealogy.

I've been a member of the 75ers since 2011, and I look forward to another great year of sharing our reading pleasures (and disappointments) in 2018 and am always thrilled with visitors to my thread. I hope you will stop by and say hi! http://www.librarything.com/topic/279874

68Copperskye
Jan 1, 6:43pm Top

Hi All! I’m Joanne. I’m in my late 50s and live in Colorado (NJ transplant 30 years ago) with my husband, a golden retriever named Skye, and a grey and white cat named Boomer. I also have a son who is a LA teacher in northern Colorado. I left the work force last March when my telecom job moved to the east coast (Yay!, perfect timing, I was so ready!). I do some volunteer work - pet therapy with Skye at a local hospital, and with a group that provides therapeutic riding therapy for the disabled.

2018 will mark my 10th year on LT and my 9th year in this great group (holy smokes, where does the time go??). I don’t usually make it to 75 books but no one cares except me (2018 will be the year!). I read mostly literary fiction and mysteries with some non-fiction and memoirs thrown in for variety. Since I no longer have a commute, I don’t listen to audio books anymore, but I’m trying to figure out a solution to that.

I have one of the quieter threads, but I love visitors and hope you’ll stop by and say hi!

Here’s the link to my thread - http://www.librarything.com/topic/279873

69pursuitofsanity
Jan 1, 7:36pm Top

Hi all! I'm Maggie, mid-30s Bostonian neuroscientist/psychiatrist and constant reader. I've been on LT for about 10 years, but haven't used the message board/group functions much. I want to be a little more social in my reading, and I read 72 books last year, so 75 seemed attainable. And thus, here I am.

I read a lot of literary fiction, thrillers, short fiction, and non-fiction that is both medically related and not. I'll also be reading a bunch of mental illness memoirs this year as part of a medical humanities project that I am working on.

I'm always open to suggestions. Please feel free to stop on by my thread, introduce yourself, and help me figure out how to get the most out of this group.

Here's the link: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279878

Looking forward to talking with you all.

70BLBera
Edited: Jan 2, 3:38pm Top

I'm Beth and I teach English at my local community college. I read mostly fiction, mostly by women. My tastes are pretty eclectic. I do read a lot of literary fiction, and lately I've become interested in dystopian fiction. Mysteries tend to be my escape reading.

I like to travel and cook and spend time with my four-year-old granddaughter, who is mentioned at times in my thread. :) Her name is Scout, and she is a joy. She gets read to a lot and has a nice vocabulary.

Stop by and lurk or post. I love visitors.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/279999

71Oberon
Jan 2, 11:44am Top

Beth - where is the link to your thread?

72CDVicarage
Jan 3, 7:06am Top

Eek! I've started my thread here without posting to the introductions thread.

This is my seventh year taking part in the 75 Challenge, and although I've always managed to do the 75 part easily, I haven't been very successful at keeping a thread going. I'm determined to take part more this year and post more than I lurk.

We moved to Cheshire, where my husband is Rector of a lovely mediaeval rural church, just over a year ago and are enjoying living in the country, close to my daughter and her new-ish husband. I was made redundant from my job as an AV/IT technician at the local secondary school two and a half years ago and, although I thought I wasn't ready to retire I am enjoying it.

In an attempt to broaden my reading I am taking part in the PopSugar Reading Challenge, and I've already encountered some categories/genres that I just don't do!

73tangledthread
Jan 3, 10:56am Top

At last I'm home and have started my thread:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/280188

This year it looks like I'm starting out with a lot of fiction, but that's only because most of those are the selections for my IRL book group for the first quarter of the year.

74maggie1944
Jan 3, 11:29am Top

Hi, I'm here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279334

Hopefully, you could stop by and say hi. I've been around here longer than I can remember just now, but I do love the reading and the chatting about reading. I've struggled the last couple of years with eyes and attention deficits and have not read half as much as I've read on other years. But if I only read 12 books in a year, it is still a good thing.

75fuzzi
Jan 3, 6:31pm Top

>60 jnwelch: nice to see you!

You will LOVE Bella Poldark, I think. My opinion is that it's the best of the series.

76owlie13
Jan 3, 7:42pm Top

New to the group, but not new to LT! I just had my 11-year Thingaversary. I'm Elaine, from Washington State. I work as a Project Director for a company that does data management and statistics for medical research - will have my 31-year anniversary there in March. Looking forward to retirement in about 2 years. Have been reading since I was 2 years old - at least that's what my parents always told me. Looking forward to the group and the challenges!

77rretzler
Edited: Jan 4, 10:03pm Top

I'm Robin (54), a CPA, with a small tax practice which I run out of my home. I'm married to Ed (54), and we have two sons, Beckham (16) and Keegan (almost 13). We have 4 cats - Picasso (12), the senior cat, and 3 kittens, Mycroft, J'Zargo and Bandit (8 months). Both boys are very involved in travel soccer and other activities, so a lot of my reading is done while waiting for them to finish an activity before moving on to the next. We live in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

I've been on LT for 7 years and a part of the 75'ers group for most of them. Some years I manage to post the entire year and others not; this year I posted but did not visit much, so my goal is to post and visit the entire year.

I read a variety of genres, but I mainly concentrate on mysteries (those of the British and/or Golden Age variety), science fiction (I can't resist a good dystopian book), and middle grade (with the boys.) I try to read a few bestsellers and also a classic or two to make up for my lack of an education in the classics while growing up. I'm reading through the Newbery, Hugo, and Nebula awards. I am always reading at least one book and listening to another while I run errands.

My 2018 thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/280133

78jnwelch
Edited: Jan 4, 5:08pm Top

>75 fuzzi: Thanks, fuzzi. Yes, I'm about halfway through Bella Poldark and loving it. She's in Rouen with Maurice - uh-oh. :-)

79foggidawn
Jan 4, 4:53pm Top

Hi! This is my 11th year on LT and 8th year in the group. I'm a collection development librarian for a medium-sized library system in north central Ohio. I read a lot of children's and teen books, a good bit of fantasy, some inspirational fiction, some memoir/biography, some mystery, and anything else that catches my fancy. This year I'm challenging myself to read some classics that I own but have never gotten around to reading. On my thread, you can find out more of my likes/interests, a list of some favorites from 2017, a picture of my dog, and more! (How's that for enticing visitors?) Hope to see you there!

http://www.librarything.com/topic/279849

80Arifel
Jan 6, 2:33pm Top

Hello! I'm Arifel, or Adri. I'm from the UK though I've spent most of the last few years living in a couple of different cities in Asia, studying and now working in International Development. I've always been a big reader but my fiction reading struggled while at university; I fell back in love with fiction (especially SFF) in a huge way two years ago, and I've been effectively glued to my ereader ever since. This year I'm actually trying to dial back my reading quantity in favour of increasing my enjoyment, reading more widely and hopefully getting better at writing reviews too.

I'm a new LT member - my account was apparently registered in the middle of last year but I only got into the site once I learned about Santathing. My first 75 book thread is over here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/281039 - I'm still getting my bearings on the site but feel free to stop in and say hi and I'll be sure to check out your threads too!

81irishbob06
Jan 7, 1:06am Top

Hi all! I’m Robert. I live in Utah with my fiancee and our two pups, Aspen (a 6-year-old husky) and Teton (an Aussie/husky puppy I woke up to on Christmas). I’m an eclectic reader, but have recently gravitated towards scifi/fantasy, adventure (both fiction and nonfiction) and biographies. In addition to reading, I enjoy hiking, skiing, and adventuring out-of-doors.

My thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/281114

82streamsong
Jan 7, 10:31am Top

Hi I'm Janet and I've been a member of LT since 2006.

I live in the gorgeous mountains of western Montana along with my elderly golden retriever, horses and a pair of cats.

I retired from my job as a technician in a research lab at the end of 2016 and am enjoying getting to do all the things I didn't have time for while the job got in the way.

I'm a pretty eclectic reader. I pick away at the 1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die list as well as trying to read globally. I belong to a local bookclub and literature seminar as well as the online Outside & Beyond bookclub and have just joined the PBS/New York Times 'Now Read This' online bookclub. I also enjoy mysteries and the occasional science fiction or fantasy book.

About half the books I read are non-fiction.

I'm looking forward to a year of adventures - both in my reading, and in my outdoor hobbies.

Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279851

83SirThomas
Jan 7, 12:31pm Top

Hi, my name is Thomas and I am 56 years old. I live in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Whenever I have time, I love to read.
Last year I had a lot of fun with my books this group. I hop, I can continue this.
My 2018 thread is here: (Sir)Thomas is reading again

84calm
Jan 8, 8:04am Top

Hi I'm calm and I have been a member of LT and the 75ers since 2009. I live in West Wales with two cats and a houseful of books. Last year I wasn't very chatty and I can't make any promises for this year either; though I do lurk on a number of threads.

Last year I read a lot of fantasy series, some sf and historical fiction mixed in with a little bit of other fiction and 2 or 3 non fiction.

Thread - https://www.librarything.com/topic/281227

85HanGerg
Jan 9, 4:02pm Top

Hi, I'm Hannah, LT member and 75er since 2011. I live in Lincoln, UK with my husband and young son. I'm a full time mum although gradually getting back into being a self-employed art teacher and artist as well - there's normally a lot of art chat and pictures of current projects on my thread. I love to read Sci-Fi but I try to keep up a varied diet of all kinds of other stuff too - my big ongoing reading project is reading 150 books, 1 for each of the years 1865-2015, most of them selected from the Guardian list of 1000 books everyone must read. I wasn't around much last year but I'm aiming to be much more present this year. My thread can be found here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/280187

86alsvidur
Jan 14, 7:39am Top

Hello! I'm Emilie. I live in metro-Detroit with some cats, house rabbits, and a partner. I spend most of my time at one of my jobs or studying for yet another degree. I work in veterinary medicine with small animals and also train a racehorse or two. School has taken up almost all of my free time, so I'm not reading quite as voraciously as I have in the past. If I muster the energy to read, it will not be a 'thinker'. I stick with a lot of chick lit and YA. I love good and/or nostalgic juvenile fiction or a well-illustrated children's picture book. I collect pony books but don't read a lot of them lately - maybe I will try to catch up to The Black Stallion challenge group this year. About 1 out of every 5 books is a non-fiction animal book or textbook. I also enjoy history and classics, but my brain usually needs a break. This also means I am not terribly chatty or coherent, but I enjoy lurking on other threads.

My thread can be found here. Welcome!

87sirfurboy
Jan 18, 7:06am Top

I didn't post an intro here so I will fix that now.

Hi, I am Stephen, or Sir Furboy. I live in Aberystwyth, on the west coast of Mid Wales. My hobbies include walking, cycling, kayaking and surfing (obviously), although these days I mostly just surf in my kayak. I also like languages, and for a while now have been trying to learn one new language a year. Last year it was Greek (which turns out to be one of the hardest to learn yet, but I made good progress). This year I intend to learn Spanish.

I have been on Librarything since 2009, and have usually taken part to some extent in the 75 books challenge. Some years I read more than others, with my record in any one year being 253 books, but other years considerably less.

My favourite genres are Historical, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult and Coming of Age stories, but I am happy to read others. I tend to have an aversion to reading a book just because it is "clever" or "deep". I like clever and meaningful books, but only as long as they are first and foremost good stories.

88lycomayflower
Jan 22, 4:10pm Top

I'm a little late to the party this year, but:

Hello! My name is Laura, and this is the eleventh year I've kept an LT thread tracking and reviewing my reading. I read pretty widely, but I'm most likely to read romance, memoir, mysteries, YA, sci-fi, fantasy, and literary fiction. I'm in my mid-thirties, recently worked as an editor, am married to a fellow reader, and carry on living in the south (it's been the majority of my adult life now) despite constantly missing winter and wanting to move back north (I grew up in north-east Pennsylvania). When I'm not reading, I like to do photography, write, crochet, bowl, swim, and watch TV. I also keep a bookish blog at https://wonderatsix.blogspot.com/. Please feel free to talk to me there or here on LT. I love a good bookish conversation! My 2018 thread is here.

89curioussquared
Feb 5, 2:09pm Top

I'm super late to this, but better late than never! I'm Natalie. I've participated in the 75 book challenge before, but I don't think I've fully participated since 2012, when I was in school -- just too busy since then. I've been keeping track of my reading since 2008, but I'd like to be a little more mindful about it, instead of just keeping a list, so I think this will be one way to do that. I'm in my mid-twenties and spend my days doing communication work for an HR consulting firm in Seattle.

When I'm not working or reading, you can usually find me spending time with my boyfriend and our retired racing greyhound, Skeletor, or playing board games with friends, or spending time with my family and helping with my parents' new puppy. Feel free to join me on my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/280251

91tymfos
Edited: Mar 7, 12:47am Top

I just realized I never introduced myself this year. Hello, everyone!

I'm Terri, almost 60 and back in school (online Masters program in Library Science) and working full time now in a library in western Pennsylavania. It amazes me that I'm starting a new career, and I'm older than my Dad was when he retired.

I've been on LT and in this group since mid-2009. Yikes! Time flies. There are so many good people here on the 75!

I actually managed to read 75 books last year, despite being back in school. (Of course, I counted my textbooks and the leadership books I read for a seminar . . .and a lot of audio books listened to. . .) Really, the quantity of books isn't a big deal here, but I'm one of those people who can't let a goal or a deadline go unmet if at all possible.

I'm not getting around the threads too much this year, but I'm keeping up my thread and still reading. Last February (first month in my full-time job) I read 0 books. That's right, ZERO. This February, I actually managed to read 7.

These days, I don't have the time or energy for deep literary tomes. I'm living mostly on mysteries. I have always loved mysteries, from the time I was in elementary school. I still have fond memories of the school library, and one corner section of shelving where several of my (then) favorite mystery writers' books were. I guess it's memories of libraries past that have fueled my audacity to become a library director at my age.

What better place for me to hang out online than Library Thing?

Oh, my thread is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279803

92MGovers
May 20, 12:58pm Top

A bit late to join, but nevertheless, here I am for my ninth year in a row with LT and the 75'ers.
I'm Monica, a 50+historian living in Flanders, Belgium and work as an archivist. Apart from gardening and cooking, I enjoy reading world literature, classics, historical fiction, non-fiction and new novels. In between, I like to read detectives and mysteries.
I'm looking forward to renew my friendship with old friends and to meet new people. You can find my thread here here.

93mahsdad
May 22, 2:04am Top

Never too late. :) Coming over to check out your thread.

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