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When I joined this group towards the beginning of the year, I had no idea how it would affect my reading. I think many of the other members would agree with me. I have skipped around a little on the Group page looking at the other groups and none of the other groups really appeals. I am only a member of one other group and the rest of you on this group don't really seem like 'joiners'. So, I would like to get comments from you all, who have become such an important part of my reading, about which group you think I should join next year. Obviously, this would be in addition to whatever challenge group you're all joining because I can't do without you now!
You are funny!! I dropped one group because it was nowhere near as informative or as much fun as this group. I checked out three others and found they were more about "outside" activities than reading and related information (like interesting sites to visit to augment reading). I still check out the group list on occasion, but haven't found another as interesting as this one is!
I'm only in "Name That Book"...I figure everyone has a book or two they can't quite remember. Other than that, most of the forums seem lack a whole lot of...well...content.
I'm wondering about next year...what level of challenge are people thinking of doing? Much as I'd like to haunt all 'Challenge' threads, one is about all I can find time for. I've somewhat gotten to know people here and have a gauge their general reactions. It would be nice to still read what they have to write.
Agreed, that's why I opened this topic!!! I would like to see a lot of the same names and their reading next year!!
Speaking of name that book. A friend mentioned a book which was a study of civilizations and the cycles they go through. He seemed to remember that there were 7 or 8 cycles they went through before tanking. Any ideas?
Well, I'm game for anything up to about 150 books. Beyond that, I don't think I'd get it done. However, the actual challenge is not as important to me, so I'm just as happy if everyone says, "Hey, let's do 76 next!"
As for the book, unless it Quigley's book The Evolution of Civilizations, it doesn't ring a bell. I have that one in my physical library, but not LT, as I haven't opened it, yet. Can't tell you a thing about it other than the title and the blurb. Someone gave it to me because the author is supposedly just a bit curmudgeonly and I tend to like that (*smile*) but I've heard he's also a conspiracy theorist, which is a bit of a turn-off, so the book has moldered for years.
Edit for some typos. I'm a bit under weather and not typing too well today. :-)
I'd join a 75 or 100 book challenge just for the challenge, but as I'd like to keep track of you all, I'll join whatever the group decides. Beyond 100 probably isn't achievable for me given time constraints. At least until retirement, anyway! 8^}
I move we start up 75 Book Challenge In 2009 when the time comes. Anyone doing a partial year challenge that carries over from 2008 could easily link their old challenge thread to a new thread in the 2009 group.
of course I want to know what everybody here reads in 2009!
75 or 100 challenge, does not matter to me.
I'm trying for 100 this year and not sure I can make it but I, too, would like to keep up with the people we've been talking to this year--I got so many Ideas for reading and so much encouragement that I would hate to lose that--so I'm game for either 75 or 100.
I can handle failure--just not well! ;-)
I am also doing the 999 challenge for next year--those books will count on this challenge as well. It is just a way to organize my reading to cover more thoroughly some areas I want to explore.
A couple of months ago I bought Collapse by Jared Diamond (of Guns, Germs and Steel fame) which is about how societies fail or succeed. I don't know if that's the book you are talking about because I haven't read it yet. If you do find out the title of the book you are looking for I'd like to know--I might like to read two books on the subject to "compare notes."
Hello to all.
I'm very interested in continuing with this group. I've joined others but, honestly, I don't check messages. They simply are not as interesting as this group of what feels like friends to me....
drneutron...I agree with you...more than 100 is a stretch. I have such a darn self-imposed neurotic need to complete something I start that I fear aiming for 100 would be pressure. But, if the majority go for 100 than I'll tag along and try not to be so driven and hard on myself if I don't meet the goal.
MusicMom...you made me smile with your comment that you can handle failure -- just not well...
I can relate!
And I'm with you--if we keep it 75--then 100 becomes a bonus and we can go out a buy a new book to celebrate!
There should be no pressure—the whole point of this is fun.
Let's go with drneutron's suggestion and keep it at 75.
I like that idea too. I think that I'd rather challenge myself to read different kinds of books next year - books that stretch me - rather than to try to read more books. All of you have expanded my reading horizons a lot, so now I'm excited to tackle my much-more-interesting TBR pile. But no matter what the goal, I want to keep up with what all of you are reading so my TBR pile keeps growing!
MusicMom - I'm interested in the 999 group, so if I do join another group, that may be the one that I join. I like the idea of being somewhat purposeful about the types of books I'm reading.
Ok, so I guess this means no one is going to do the 500 book challenge with me for next year :(
I really enjoy this group (and I dropped several over the course of the year to concentrate on it) and hope we will continue again next year. I am with drneutron - why not just start a 75 Book Challenge in 2009? Everyone can just move over to that one when the time comes. I would really hate to lose both the intelligent conversations (for the most part) and comraderie we have in this group.
I'm also with the 75 Book Challenge for 2009. This year I will probably get to 100 but most years I read roughly 70's or 80's. I think to commit to 100 would be stressful.
I am new to this and picked this group for my own thread (over the 50 book challenge, although I've joined both at avaland's encouragement) because I'd already read more than 50 when I joined. So although I knew a few of you from other groups, I'm just getting to know more of you through the books you're reading and your posts. I can already see that this means I'll be spending less time in other groups.
As for the numbers, I'm not in it so much for the challenge as for a way to keep track of the books I read, find out about other books that might interest me, and have the chance to talk about books with other people who enjoy talking about them intelligently. And that's the way I'll probably look at it next year, whatever the number.
Sounds like a plan. If nobody else does it, I'll make a new group for the 09 challenge sometime towards the end of December and post in this year's group when I do.
I also love the 75 books group with its well-read members and the kindred spirits I've had the pleasure of interacting with! I look forward to joining the 09 challenge. I also love Reading Globally which has enhanced my reading experience for 2008 tremendously. Beyond that, I've derived pleasure and great recommendations from Girlybooks.
Hmmmm, I never noticed the Reading Globally group. It sounds like something to consider.
I, too, want to stay with this group - whatever it is we are going to call ourselves - 75, 100, 1 Billion Challenge or whatever. The only other group that gets me excited at all is the Go Review That Book group. I like the suspense (shows you how limited my life is) of waiting to see what a stranger is going to pick for me to read.
Well, if for no other reason than the planning that went on hear for the last few posts, I am glad I started this thread. I will be in on another 75 challenge. I read 87 last year and hoped to stretch to 100 this year but, alas, my time got focused on other pursuits too much.
What is the 999 and 888 Group?
I like the idea of the Reading Globally Group as I have seen some really interesting books posted to the 75'ers threads who are also members of that group, especially from rachbxl. If I do this group, I may use books already in my library but unread as of yet to fulfill the titles.
I gave a little thought to starting a group called Reading Nationally with the same mission but focused on each of the 50 states.
As for the numbers, I'm not in it so much for the challenge as for a way to keep track of the books I read, find out about other books that might interest me, and have the chance to talk about books with other people who enjoy talking about them intelligently. And that's the way I'll probably look at it next year, whatever the number.
I heartily concur with rebeccanyc's sentiments. Especially for someone such as myself who is married to a nonreader, having this group has been such a blessing! I do not know what I would do without it at this point.
Thanks Fourpawz2, I remember you were one of the positive comments I got about that. If I get a few others who are also interested, I will start a group. My heart will still be in the 75'ers but I can cheat a little and post my comments in both groups.
888 group for for 2008. 999 will do the same thing for 2009--but will be a bigger challenge because the number is bigger. The idea is that you choose 9 books to read in each of 9 categories of your choice which will equal 81 books for the year. You are allowed to have 9 "crossover" book--i.e. books that fit 2 categories--to bring that total down to 72 if you wish. You don't have to pick everything at once and are allowed the change out choices--but they should fit your category.
Categories can be anything you wish. Because i'm doing this to ehlp me be more focused on my reading i will have some very specific categories I want to explore in depth but I am also making some more generic categories so I can make choices of new things I discover. One person doing this has suggested a category of "Because i want to read it!" which sounds like a good "catch-all category. I have looked at some of the the 888 threads and I don't think the discussions are as in depth as here so i will be posting my reviews on my 75 challenge and just keeping track on the list--if discussion picks up next year I will post same review both places.
I lurk in Reading Globally to get ideas and I belong to the Civil War Group because that will be one of my categories next year.
I started in several other groups but I will have to cut down next year because I have found that I'm spending too much reading time on groups that don't add that much to my reading pleasure--even though they are very nice people. This group--thanks to the one who suggested it to me!--is a treasure trove of good ideas and good "conversation.
#20 & #23--I would think a Read Nationally would be harder than Read Globally unless the goal is to read a book with a plot set in each of the 50 states. Looking at the "how to figure out where a book is from discussion" in the other thread, it seems that emphasis is placed on the cultural differences. I wouldn't think a Vermont author would be easily distinguished from a New Hampshire author culturally.
It might be fun to do the "set in 50 states" thing, though. A nice twist might be to do it as a journey—i.e., read in an order of contiguous states that took you through the U.S. as on a driving trip with no back-tracking...Hawaii could be last or first.
Edit: Hmmm, the no back-tracking might be annoying because of New York bottling up New England...means you'd have to do NE in one shot. :-)
Like others, the numbers aren't important to me, while the interaction with all of you is. I'm game to stay in the group next year. My reading tends to be more genre-based than many of you, but I enjoy reading about all the other books you are reading. There's no way I can keep up with all the 75 Challenge threads, so I tend to read those who read some of my books, figuring that means that our tastes probably have something in common. It's been an education!
Like ronincats, I can't keep up with everyone's thread here, but I love this group. As an empty nester (at least part-time), I, too, have only a few outlets to talk about books and authors. This group has been fantastic because we've sort of unanimously agreed to disagree if we can't find a commonality about a book or an author. To me that means I then get this internal nudge to rethink my position and maybe try the work again.
I like TadAD's notion of Reading Nationally, and offer the option of taking a route (i.e., Route 66) through the states, or perhaps in order of admission. I do think it should be state by state, although the notion of time zones is also appealing.
Great ideas from both TadAD and Prop2gehter on a REading Nationally group. I thought of the trouble with distinguishing between some states in the NE. What I thought would be a solution would be that any connection to the state would be sufficient, ie, author was from state, local author, plot set in state, non-fiction about the state; non-fiction about famous person from the state (William Penn-Pennsylvania).
But I also like the idea of a route (like the famous 66) through the states. I guess if we structured the opening of the group loosely, everyone could define for themselves what Reading Nationally meant. What do you guys think?
If you want unstructured to pull in a lot of people, I don't see anything wrong with making it as loose as you please. If you look at the 888/999 groups, the terms of the group are so free-form that a user could define their reading list to be almost anything one chose.
You could simply say, "Make your first post a definition of what constitutes 'covering' a state, then your goal is to 'cover' all 50 states, bonus points for territories and possessions."
If you did that, I'd probably go ahead with a road trip; the idea appeals to me for some reason. I think I'd start in Maryland, where I was born, and end in New Jersey, where I live now just for a bit of real-life symmetry.
Douwe Osinga's site has a U.S. map widget just like the one the Reading Globally folks are using for world reads, so people could keep track.
Oh good! I just found this thread, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who was "worrying" over losing this group come next year! I'm happy with the 75 goal; its attainable but still a challenge (for me, anyway). Although, I sort of loved TadAD's comment early in the thread in which he said it should be called the 76 Book Challenge. That made me smile. I also liked the Billion Book Challenge. Hey, we could take the compiled numbers of books read by the Group's participants and have THAT be the magic number. REally, like you all, I don't care so much about that as about staying together.
>22 alcottacre:: Especially for someone such as myself who is married to a nonreader - Stasia, I am really with you on this one. My husband kind of reads, but not at all in the same way as I do and we have totally, totally different taste.
Aside from the book nudging, this is the only group I'm really actively in on LT - I've seen the others mentioned but my reading is so sprawlingly random that none of the 'genre' groups really appealed - and you guys are all so friendly and fun to talk to as well. I'd join any group that had you all in it like a shot.
I may struggle with "reading nationally".... I was going to suggest I could read something from each of the English counties, but actually, I generally prefer reading American lit :-) Although you probably wouldn't know it fro this year's list....
#31 Rachael: My husband and I have been married for a little over 20 years now and in that time, I have seen him read exactly 2 books. I have to make up for him, which is why I read so many!
#31 + #32 I have a similar problem in that I live with my best friend and she absolutely does not read, therefore cannot understand why I always need to be reading and why I own quite so many books!!!
She took 3 books for a two week holiday last year and didn't manage to finish any of them and still hasn't even attempted to finish them!! I can't remember how many I took and yet I had to read hers as well cos I finished mine. Thankfully, I am able to read while there are outside distractions such as music or the TV, otherwise we would have major fallings out as I would just have to be in my bedroom the whole time.
Add me to the group. My husband never reads. (we just celebrated anniversary number 19) He doesn't say too much about my reading. I can read in the car and with the TV blaring in the background. He has accepted the fact that if we are driving long distances that I will bring a bag of books and if I need to buy more to get me through...well that's just a fact of life. He has even quit grumbling when I buy books. I try and be good and use the library but it's so hard. ;)
When we got married 23 years ago, the wife wasn't that much of a reader - just an occasional romance or thriller. Since then I've managed to expand her horizons a bit. She's picked up my habit of reading in bed most nights and has started to read more mysteries and sf/f than she ever did. Of course, it helped that I got her hooked on the various Star Trek TV series over the years!
My partner reads some political, medical and WWII books. He watches tv A LOT. I don't!
Since combining our items three years ago when I moved into what was his house, I know he has a difficult time understanding my book obsession. He would rather check a book out from the library. On the other hand, I like the idea of buying books and sequestering myself in a quiet room surrounded by these possessions...
I give him credit though because he does listen to me when I tell him about a fascinating book I'm reading.
My husband isn't an obsessive reader like I am (there seems to be a theme here, doesn't there), but he does like political thrillers. He usually has some book sitting on his nightstand. Nevertheless, its nothing like me. And I have to chuckle when he's in between books, cruising the stacks in our house - our 5,500+ books - and he can't find a thing to read.
Being an unstoppable force of literary evangelism, I frequently pick up books for him at thriftstores, though I don't often point them out to him; that would ruin it. Rather, he occasionally will happen upon one of them, as he did the other day regarding a fly-fishing book by James Prosek (Joe and Me). "Where did this come from?" he asked with genuine bafflement, as in, how did a book about FISHING (his obessive hobby) magically appear in our house? In any case, he read it, loved it, wished aloud for another by the same author, to which I coolly replied, "Oh, you mean like THIS ONE?!" and handed him another book by James Prosek (Fly-Fishing the 41st).
Anyway, God bless my husband: he let's me buy hundreds upon hundreds of books, and every once in awhile, one found book finds him.
I will probably continue with my plans to start a non-challenge book log/journal group as I'm uncomfortable under the challenge umbrella. I'm hoping to lure some longtime LTers who have not been logging their reading in the way we have (I expect you all to come visit!). I think the 50 Book Challenge group rolled over from 2007 into 2008, that's when Cariola/Deborah thought to start this one for those who were interested in the greater challenge. So, it seems logical that you all will 'roll over' into a 2009 group. These groups have become great communities unto themselves, don't you think? And as s they grow large, it seems also logical that such groups would reproduce.
***Anyone can look at the group's 'zeitgeist' page and see which other groups we are all in.
>17 akeela: akeela, I'm going to take your declaration of love for the Reading Globally group as an indirect compliment as I started the group back in 2006. Of course, I started it with purely selfish motives, but I'm pleased it has offered others as much as it has offered me. People don't realize that it takes some work and maintenance to keep most groups fresh and interesting, it doesn't always happen spontaneously. And each group finds its own energy level.
>31 FlossieT: FlossieT, l loved your phrase 'sprawlingly random' - I'm am so with you on that. However, it hasn't stopped me from joining all the genre groups even though I am a less frequent visitor these days. When I first came on to LT, I had a lot of reading history to talk about, but now that I've done that, I have less to offer on a regular basic because I am so sprawlingly random, as you say. Also, after more than two years in LT, the topics start to cycle ...
I am always refining the list of groups I'm a member of or 'watch'.
I wanted to add that my husband (who is my 2nd) is every bit the reader that I am. This has its challenges also:-)
the question is.......was the 1st one a reader and did you get rid of him because he wasn't?? Which is easier in the marriage stakes, a reader or a non-reader?
While I enjoyed the challenge and loved the support of my fellow 75ers, I used this as a navigational aid to keep me on track of my reading as well as a goal encourager. I found that if I listed the next two or three books that I intended to read that kept me on track with getting TBR books done as well as my wishlist books from the library. I found that I kept getting more and more books and never read them. Now that's not a bad thing but I get books because I want to read them and feel bad that they just sit there. I would probably use a log/journal group but I think I would continue using the 75 book challenge because I would miss all of you.
I never thought of it but I could always start a private group just for my journal/log type entries and use the 75 group for my encouragement fix. HHMM
I'll start a new thread for next year's 75 Book Challenge - I have had so much fun recording what I've read this year. I have been a serious reader since I was VERY young, but have never recorded what I've read in a year before now.
I'm also in the 888 challenge and signed up for the 999 challenge.
I just discovered, much to my dismay and general feeling of inadequacy, that there is a 250 Book Challenge. Amazing. I just have too much going on in my life to reach that number. 75's not really a challenge - I reached it September 24th - but it's a confortable place to record books and continue with all the nice folks I've met here.
Onward to 2009!
It's interesting to see the discussion above about the "challenge" aspect of this group, because from the first time I entered and read some threads, I didn't see "challenge" anywhere but in personal notes on individual threads. Congratulations issued on reaching the "goal," but always support no matter how many books were read, because all the discussion was about books and authors and related stuff, like how similar our libraries seemed or how cold the weather was (which prompted discussion about where it was colder or warmer). Every time I enter the group, I feel like I'm going to meet with some friends to share some time and good feelings.
>42 cal8769: would the 'private comments' field on a book's page in your library serve a similar purpose? I think it should be avoided using something deemed 'group', whether public or private, for individual purposes.
I think the point is that the challenge is for each individual--not a contest between us. I like the encouragement we give each other here and seeing what y'all are reading. I also like like keeping a journal of what I've read so I can review the year and keep my reading balanced (i.e. "randomly sprawling" across many genres!)
One thing I'm learning is that I don't need to put pressure on myself to meet a goal nor do I need to beat myself up if I don't make it. That is a hard lesson for me--and one I wished I had learned years ago. I'm also doing the 999 challenge next year and I intend to read 81 books in 9 separate categories--but I've given myself permission to take longer than a year to do it if I need to--I want to read those books. I'm not interested in "winning" a challenge if takes the pleasure out of it because of the pressure.
>40 lunacat: the ex did read a little but didn't value it like I did. In fact, he criticized it (probably out of his own insecurities). It wasn't his lack of interest in books as much as it was general incompatibility and his interest in his boss's wife;-)
I'd like to nudge Book Nudgers as a complementary LT group. A number of posters here are already members there too. The idea is to post a photo of a pile of your "to be reads" (tbr's) and invite other LT'ers to nudge one towards you explaining why they think you should read it. Book Nudgers has only been going a fortnight but is now the fifth most active group. Take a look and join if you fancy being a nudger or a nudgee.
all due respect to what is probably another great book group here on LT, but the book nudgers sound like what we already do here. I have found that to be true about almost any other group suggested so far!
The doc will start us off in the New Year and it sounds like we will have most of our faithful and will likely develop a lot of new friends along the way, just like this year
My husband watches a lot of TV too, while he watches I have my laptop or a book.
He used to be a reader too, but when he got ill his reading capabilities went down, in his worst years he managed to read some poems in a whole year :-(
But he has read some books this year, even took a library book too, so I hope he is getting back, not as much reading as I am doing now ;-)
>49 blackdogbooks: Actually, it's like this group and like all of LT. But it's sort of has a game-like feel, kind of fun. How long-lived it will be, who knows. If this group fills all one's literary social and or intellectual needs then one has no need for other groups, I suppose.
>38 avaland:, Stasia, my tastes felt even more random when I noticed others comparing "shared" books and considering 90ish to be low.... The most I share with anyone at the moment is 147 (and that person has a nearly-12k book library!).
I may have a bit more of a nose around the groups in the new year - but for now I prefer to limit my exposure to new reading suggestions in case the thought of all those books I don't have time to read gets too much to bear!
I intend staying with this group for 2009. I don't particularly like the word "challenge", but I don't think this group takes itself too seriously, so the word does not bother me.
I call my thread a Reading List. I expect to read between 75 and 100 books in 2009, in about 15 categories.
I think this group is flexible enough to contain anyone's approach to reading and listing their reads. So glad I found this group, I have resigned from all the others except my Book Group and ER.
Here's to 2009 with a great group of people!
So glad you will be here in '09. This group is fun and stimulating. Expect to get more ideas of new things to read than you will ever have time for--it keeps it exciting!
BTW If you feel like you won't make the "goal'--just "borrow" a few from alcottacre; no one will ever notice! ;-)
> 54 MM, I have this image of Stasia carrying a huge stack of books as she staggers out of the library unable to even see the door!
>55 alcottacre: Stasia, you wouldn't even notice if I snagged a couple of your books!
#56 TT: That's what book bags are for (of course, I have been known to stuff my book bag and then still have to carry the other books, lol).
Yes, I would - what if they were some of my favorites?
Oh, my! Do you do a recount on a regular basis? I guess I'd better sneak in to night and replace the ones I borrowed! ;-)
#59 MusicMom: Stop, thief! Stop Book Thief! Wait a second, that sounds like a good name for a book. Hmmm, wonder where I left my copy :)
hmmm. I know where mine is, but I haven't read it yet. Maybe I should dig it out and try it. Amazing how every idea leads to --another book to read!
Wow! thank you! Just what I needed--another book to add to the TBR! You just want me to be as buried in TBRs as you are--because I said you could read your out instead of depending on us to rescue you? LOL
I forgive you--because of your good advice I added it to my library wish list and won't have to buy it.
Yes, you have found out my nefarious plot - I want everyone as buried in TBRs as I am!! Ha Ha Ha Ha (while pulling on my villainous mustache). Misery loves company.
I don't know that I would define being buried by TBR's as misery!!!!!!!!!! lucky maybe, to have so much to look forward to!
> 38 Lois, I finally found my way back here - there are so many threads to visit... Pls do, by all means, accept it as a huge compliment! I've thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from many of the threads you've started.
For me the most fun thread, among those you started, was Which Female Author is your “True Literary Soulmate. I still have it starred in the hopes that more people will add to it! Though, I must say, it's pretty funny and almost "complete" as is.
I've only just stumbled on the 75 Challenge group this morning. I've known you existed and have seen lots of comments referring to the group, but never checked it out for myself.
I joined LT in March, and found several of the genre groups that matched up with what I had been reading. But part of the reason I was attracted to LT in the first place was because I wanted to expand my reading horizons. It has done that. ;-) I still visit the genre groups periodically, but don't spend much time there anymore. I've joined the nonfiction and global reading groups, and am beginning to spend more time scoping out what those folks are reading - and getting tons of good suggestions. I've signed up for the 999 challenge and from there eventually ended up here.
I'd like to join in for 2009. I usually read 2 or 3 books per week, so 75 in a year isn't really a challenge. However, I'm not in alcottare's league either. (No 500 book challenge for me, thanks.) My informal goal will be 150 books - but I'm not going to get too worked up about the exact numbers. I'll be watching for the 2009 group to be started - see you then!
Glad to have you with us! Be wrned, though. This group does nothing to shrink the pile of books waiting to be read...8^}
Yes, yes, the more the better......the better to make miss alcott's continent into a planet, or star, shich eventually implodes into a black hole, which she can read her way out of anyway.
And yes, Pam, I agree, we need a new picture. I9 am sure the doc will get something very appropriate in starting us out in the new year. I would also like to suggest to the doc that, instead of a kitchen, we should have something a bit more masculine this year. We had the kitchen for a year, this year it's the guys turn. I would like to suggest that our gathering place this year be -- The Garage!!!!
I think it should be in an outdoor kitchen. Fire up the grill, men! What's more masculine than a man flipping a big steak over open flame. Hehehe
Wow, what a fantasy. To be trapped in a room full of books and have to read your way out. Oh wait, I'm almost there!
*shoves Mount TBR back*
What a great picture! Which makes me think the gathering place for next year should be called "The Book Nook". Neither masculine nor feminine.
All those in favour say: "Aye!"
"the kitchen" is in our houshold a man's place (as I am a terrible cook), the domain of my DH ;-)
Love that photo!
I should dig out my old photos, as I remember well, there should be at least one of me reading, when I was 10 or 11 years...
Further enhancing my reputation as psychotic... when I was little, we lived overseas a lot - my dad is in oil exploration and was posted abroad a fair bit, plus it was in the days of very generous resettlement allowances so we used to move very cheaply and then have holidays to even more exotic places.
At my wedding, my father's speech included a long montage, which he had evilly produced on the enormous colour roll-printer at work (ah, those happy days pre-PowerPoint), of me "enjoying the sights" at St Catherine's monastery in Egypt, on safari in Kenya, viewing the Buddhas in Sri Lanka - etc etc - all pictures of me against a backdrop of beautiful scenery or historically/culturally significant sites with - I'm sure you've guessed this by now - my nose firmly planted in a book.
(In my defence, all I can say is that at least in the picture at St Catherine's, the book is the Lion Children's Bible and I was definitely reading the story of the Burning Bush.)
Anita, I may have to steal your idea and pop one or two up on my profile next time I go home and have access to my mum's albums....
Edit to eliminate an erroneous homophone
I think whichever one of you said you were going to start the group for next year, you ought to get to it. That person is the one who writes the group description and posts the picture (Cariola started this particular group). It will give you a few weeks to set up your threads, get comfy on a message board or kitchen thread, and attract new blood. Perhaps you could just copy and paste Cariola's group description to the new group and just edit it?
>66 akeela: actually, I think the idea came from norhrt4me and I just started a new thread with it. It was pretty hilarious (it was in the Girlybooks group).
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