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I'm sapiens, the group's creator. I'm 17 (almost 18) and I wanted this group to be a place for anyone under middle-aged to come and talk about their favorite books, and get other young(er) peoples' input on everything from the merits of Harry Potter to applications of Dante's works.

Please don't be shy!

Apr 1, 2007, 10:28 am

Hi! Thanks for starting the group. I'm 20, and have pretty eclectic taste in books. Generally I go for urban fantasy (both adult and YA), dystopias, books on mysticism, historical memoirs, and some mainstream fiction (stuff like Jodi Picoult... what genre is she?). I'm curious as to what kind of books the other people here like.

Apr 1, 2007, 10:48 am

22...almost 23 here...mostly read fantasy, but I'm branching out more as I get older. Right now I'm about to plow my way through Dickens' Pickwick Papers. I've also recently started buying books from my younger days, i.e., Hatchet, Wrinkle in Time and so on and so forth.

Love Stephen King's Dark Tower series, without a doubt, the best series I've read (IMHO, void where prohibited, so on and so forth). I'm still looking for one more of the Science Fiction and Fantasy mags that had the original printings of the Gunslinger, but I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for it.

And by the by, I just recently rediscovered that I need only one more book for a complete set of the original Hardy Boys books, so if anyone has an extra copy of #38, Mystery at Devil's Paw...it's the only one I've been missing for at least 7 or 8 years.

Apr 1, 2007, 11:13 am

This looks like an interesting group - thanks for the invite.

I'm 28 lean towards sci-fi and fantasy in my reading tastes, although I've been known to pick up crime novels, children's books, the odd classic...whatever looks interesting.

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Apr 1, 2007, 12:09 pm

I hope you don't mind me adding myself. I'd love to be a part of a book discussion group and I'm under 30! I love children's books, and occasionally stray into adult. I haven't posted all of my books, but am posting them as I read them going forward.
I've just finished reading The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing and was really disappointed. It's so different from the MT Anderson's Feed, and now I wish I'd waited for it to come out in paperback, so I didn't spend so much money on it!

Apr 1, 2007, 9:28 pm

Hey! My name is Briana and I'm, well, heh 16. The young 'un. But I do like books beyond my age. My tastes are so far out, from the smutty romance novels to Kurt Vonnegut to Beatrix Potter! I also like non-fiction, especially about Henry VIII and his family. They're just so darn interesting! I love the history in Henry's bastard child Mary (Bloody Mary ring a bell?) and Jane Boelyn. I'm a sucker for drama!

Some of my other loves drift to music, and I can appreciate any genre. I sing opera myself. Also love outdoorsy stuff, camping, hiking, bike trips, canoeing, kayaking... I am a camp counselor at a Girl Scout camp in the summer. Kind of explains it. Traveling also brings me out of my ruts in life!

What have I been reading recently? Well, I'm just getting back from Spring Break in Florida, so I've been into Sarah Dessen's beautiful teenage summer romances. My favorite is Keeping the Moon.

Thanks for making this! It's sure to be interesting.

Apr 2, 2007, 12:03 am

I'm really glad there's so much interest in this group. Feel free to invite anyone you know.

bmjaspers: ebay is a beautiful thing. The s&h sucks, but I've found books being sold for a dollar.

saramoohead: Of course I don't mind!

AlaskaYoung: Do you read fiction about Henry VIII and company, too? If so, I've stumbled upon some great novels by Philippa Gregory about them. My favorite is The Queen's Fool. You might want to check it out.

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Apr 2, 2007, 10:00 pm

Hey all,

This was a great idea for a group!

As for me, I'm 24 and will read just about anything. But I tend to reach first for historical fiction (both smutty and serious) and literary fiction, although I like Jodi Picoult as well.

I'm curious to hear from the fantasy people--a lot of the mainstream fiction that I've liked has had fantasy elements. In fact my favorite historical novels actually usually have some sort of supernatural/sci-fi angle. I'm beginning to suspect that I'd really enjoy fantasy, but I don't know where to start. Any recommendations would be welcome.

Look forward to hearing about all of your favorite books!

Apr 2, 2007, 10:45 pm


Welcome aboard! I'm a fan of historical fiction, too, but a while back I found and fell in love with Patricia A. McKillip's novels. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is absolutely wonderful, and though the history aspect isn't what you'd expect, you get a lot of talk of the history of Eld (which sounds a lot like Europe in the Middle Ages).

Do you have any recommendations for a fellow history buff?

Apr 2, 2007, 11:20 pm

#8 - A lot of people have started into fantasy with either the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter series. I've enjoyed both. I also like George R.R. Martin, Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan (although he's hanging by a thin line, the ending to the Wheel of Time series had better be spectacular)...I guess I could go on and on. Actually, being into 'istorical type fiction, you might want to have a try at Tim Powers The Anubis Gates, about time travel back to 17th? century London. Harry Turtledove has also written some alternate histories based in fantasy worlds, but I've only read one, so I can't comfortably recommend them. Anyway, you might also check out the Green Dragon group here, as they are sure to be able to offer more (and likely better) recommendations.

Apr 3, 2007, 10:21 am

Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan were my staples all through college. (I didn't mention: I'm 27.) Loved the epic hugeness of those books, the intericate details and the interior crises of the main characters.

I love historical books as well, mostly fiction though. As I said, I mostly read books for young readers, and there's The Lady Grace Mysteries by "Grace Cavendish" that are set in Queen Elizabeth's court.

I do like Jodi Picoult. My Sister's Keeper was great, and Vanishing Acts, too. I just finished The Pact, but wasn't as excited about that one.

Apr 3, 2007, 11:53 am

8: The kind of fantasy you'll like really depends on the writing style you prefer. Tolkein is too dense and descriptive for me; same with Robert Jordan. I much prefer more straightforward authors like Mercedes Lackey. And my favorite type of fantasy is urban fantasy, which takes place in the modern world. If you tend to like historical fiction, though, you might prefer the depse and descriptive epic-style fantasy. What historical novels with supernatural angles have you read?

11: I think My Sister's Keeper is my favorite Jodi Picoult book so far, though Keeping Faith runs a close second.

Apr 3, 2007, 12:42 pm

Hi everybody, I am 28 so I guess that makes me one of the elders here (sigh). Thats ok...I read just about anything, but am most likely to pick up a mystery or thriller. I really enjoy novels with a female protagonist, but once again I will read anything. I like sci fi and fantasy, but sometimes have a hard time getting into it. Same actually goes for romance. I love nonfiction as well. My absolute favorites are Gone with the Wind and Ender's Game, kinda far apart as far as genre goes, but oh well.

Apr 3, 2007, 1:10 pm

I'm 23, which I guess puts me in the middle here. I'm finishing my last semester of college, which means my reading is a bizarre mix of books for class and what I like to refer to as "brain candy" which encompasses anything I don't have to think too hard about. The best book I've read this year is Crime and Punishment with One for the Money and Winesburg, Ohio as close seconds.

Apr 3, 2007, 3:35 pm

Hi everyone,
I'm 24 and tend to read all over the spectrum. I'm currently reading my way through Harry Potter for the first time.

I enjoy fantasy (but not if it's too derivative), dystopian sci-fi, historical fiction (especially ancient), and anything weird like Chuck Palahnuik or Mark Danielewski. Oh, and I read history and archaeology textbooks for fun.

bmjaspers, I'm with you on the Dark Tower. I extol its virtues to everyone I know. Have you read the comic books? They are fantastic and fit so well with the novels (and I'm not a comic book person).

Apr 3, 2007, 3:47 pm

Looks like I have a lot of fantasy recommendations to get me started.

My favorite Jodi Picoult is Keeping Faith. It's the first one of hers that I read, and the one that kept me reading her, even though nothing has ever quite lived up to it. My second would be My Sister's Keeper. Zcannon, we're flipped :) Truthfully, haven't been as impressed with her last two, although she's never bad...Maybe I'm getting used to the formula of the BIG ISSUE that gets worked out through family drama, topped with a twist. Still, as commercial women's fiction goes, I think she's the best.

We should start some new threads.

Apr 3, 2007, 9:54 pm

#15 paghababian, I actually am reading the comics, the first ones I read in years...I was very tempted to snap up some of the variant covers, too...but they don't quite fit into my budget. And I'm also finding comic books tempting to collect simply because they seem to dovetail so well with fantasy books.

And actually, the Dark Tower set me on to reading a lot of other King books...The Stand was also great (and makes an appearance in the Dark Tower books, Wizard and Glass, if I remember right)...heck I even have the pop-up version of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

Apr 4, 2007, 10:55 am

bookishy - Naomi Novik is writing some good books based around the Napoleonic wars. They're kind of fantasy/alternative history, based on the idea of what might have happned if dragons were real. They're a very good series of books and she's just been nominated for a Hugo for the first one, Temeraire.

Apr 4, 2007, 2:20 pm

Archerygirl - Now that you mention it, I've heard of Naomi Novik before, but forgot her name before I could get my hands on her books. Thanks for the recommendation.

For anyone else who likes historical fiction with a supernatural twist, Judith Merkle Riley is the most underrated and under-read author I know. The Master of All Desires is one of the most entertaining books I've ever read. And its best character is a 400-year-old talking head with a grudge on his shoul...er...nose. Seriously, I hate that not a lot of people read her. My friend's favorite of hers is The Serpent Garden. They always have a touch of romance, too, for those of us who like that.

Apr 4, 2007, 8:43 pm


This was a great idea for a group! I just turned 22 and will read just about anything; although lately, I've been drifting towards fiction. I just finished Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen, this was such a fantastic book about the consequences for our actions--she is an amazing writer. I've also gotten into reading Jodi Picoulet so far I've read My Sister's Keeper and The Pact but, Vanishing Acts and her new book Nineteen Minutes looks good too.

Edited: Apr 9, 2007, 2:45 pm

Hey I'm Sydney and thanks for starting this. It seems really cool. I was thinking about starting one like it.
Now that I know the ages of people in this group I'm sort of afraid to tell you guys my age....
Anyways....I love to read. I jusr finished The Work and The Glory Series and before that I read The Lord of the Rings. I am now starting to read War and Peace, for fun.
I love Edgar Allen Poe (even though people think he's a freak).
Some other books I like are Abarat, Ender's Game, Twilight, and New Moon.

Apr 6, 2007, 12:54 pm

Hi! I also like this group idea, since a lot of LT members are quite a few years older than me.

I'm 21 and I too read most things. I really will read just about anything. My particular current favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction, and lately I've also been into reading plain old history. I especially love English history and books based on that, and deep, complicated, descriptive fantasies. I also like the "classics". Predictably, I'm a literature and history major at college, currently a junior. My favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sharon Kay Penman, Stephen King, and Edith Wharton.

Looking forward to participating in the discussions around here!

Apr 6, 2007, 1:30 pm

What uuuuuup?

I'm 27 (I suppose that in a few, you'll be booting me?), I'll basically read anything with words on it.

I'm from New York, where's everyone from?

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Apr 6, 2007, 2:36 pm

I'm 28 in July and still find myself reading a lot of YA lit. I used to teach 8th grade English, so I'm sure that has something to do with why. I am originally from Illinois about half an hour from St. Louis but have been living in Lawrence, KS since '02.

Apr 6, 2007, 2:43 pm

I just moved to Utah from California

Apr 6, 2007, 2:45 pm

My older sister has lived in Salt Lake for about ten years now. I would love to be able to move out there some day.

Apr 6, 2007, 4:11 pm

Hello, all! Guess I just barely pass into the second half of the group according to age, which is fine by me. I'm 23 and a Californian. (Nope, it's not really all that sunny. At least, not right now. 70 degrees, though.)

A lot of what I read is put into different genres. They tend to be literature (classics), fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. Some of the fantasy is considered YA. (I actually pronounce it "yah" - does anyone say the letters "YA"? I've no idea how it's said properly. Help me out?) Usually, the books I read are published by TOR/ORB, Subterranean Press, Penguin (also Viking, Blume, and Firebird, all of which are branches of Penguin), Crown, Three Rivers Press, Harper Collins, and Scholastic (can't forget the HP books!).

Between July and September, the book releases I'm eagerly looking forward to are Jasper Fforde's First Among Sequels, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Charles de Lint's Promises to Keep. Without reading these books, I already know I'll love them, which is why I'm going crazy with the waiting.

#4 archeyrgirl:
You want a cross between crime novels and classics? I immediately thought of one I have called The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte, though Jasper Fforde provides many as well. I love that kind of book!

#6 AlaskaYoung:
Try being related to him and then it's not so interesting. :) I do take long glances of books on him, though.

#9 sapiens:
I've read a few by that author. I consider her books one-day reads. My favorite was Alphabet of Thorn.

#11 saramoonhead:
Perhaps you've tried the category called historical fiction? I have an author to recommend: Rosalind Miles.

#23 suge:
I've been eying this group for days. Never thought I'd see you here. Having read previous posts by you, your intro cracked me up. Really nice. :)

#26 & 27:
I've lived in Utah, but moved when I was four. I have lots and lots of relatives there, though. The place is swarming with them. (Tehe! They're not bees, though!)

Edited: Apr 6, 2007, 5:30 pm

I love it in Utah. It just that I lived in California for almost 10 years. Before that I lived in Flordia and Arizona.

Apr 6, 2007, 5:31 pm

Wow! Now you just need to live in the north. I love California.

Apr 6, 2007, 5:36 pm

#30- Yeah I'm not sure if that will happen....
I love California too! I miss being close to the beaches

Edited: Apr 6, 2007, 5:44 pm

#31 be_safe:
I can't see myself leaving the water. When I visited Utah last (two-in-a-half years ago), one thing I couldn't stand was leaving the bay for the smell of the Salt Lake. It stinks! I know the bay does, too, but I'm rather used to it, and it smells sort of homey. (Yuck, that must sound bad, what with our marshlands! It's just that I've lived in the same city most of my life.)

Apr 6, 2007, 5:48 pm

#32 Kerian
Yeah I couldn't either, until my mom told me and my family that we were moving to Utah. I get to go back out there this summer to vistit and I'm excited about that. The same is with me. I lived in one city the 10 years I lived there, which is most of my life.

Apr 6, 2007, 5:57 pm

#33 be_safe:
No wonder you don't want to say you're age. Well, you are after all, being safe. :) Congrats on joining a book website! I have a sister maybe your age, and I can't get her to touch a single book!

Edited: Apr 6, 2007, 6:01 pm

#34 Kerian
Well I am proud to say I am the youngest one here, I am only 14. I love books. My mom makes jokes aobut my own personal library is better than our local one. My username atcually comes form one of my favorite books.

Apr 6, 2007, 6:08 pm

#35 be_safe:
That's clever. Now I've thought up a username I should have taken instead of this one. Oh well!

Apr 6, 2007, 6:15 pm

#36 Kerian
Hey thanks!! Yeah it's from the book Twilght by Stephenie Meyers. I got to meet Stephenie Meyers in person. She's really neat

Apr 6, 2007, 7:38 pm

This is a great idea for a group!

I'm 21, currently working on an MA in Classics, so my free reading time is a bit limited. Right now my school reading consists largely of Latin poetry :).

I like all sorts of books, especially historical fiction and nonfiction. During the school year I read mostly YA stuff (Kerian--I pronounce the letters Y A). I also love dystopian fiction, and I like fantasy but find that I'm not reading as much of it as I used to.

I've never read any Jodi Picoult, but I keep eyeing My Sister's Keeper in the bookstore. If only I had more time!

Apr 6, 2007, 8:00 pm

Hey, I'm 27, and have no reading pattern! I've read lots of Jodi Piccoult, but think I'm getting a bit bored of the formula now.

Am I the only Brit?!

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Apr 7, 2007, 3:24 am

I'm from Illinois, near Chicago.

#28 Kerian
I read my first McKillip book when I was about 12, and recently picked it up again and got a couple of her more intriguing works. I just started Alphabet of Thorn, and had to put it down literally within a few hours due to a new book assigned for my English class. She's one of my favorites for brainless reading, especially when I'm in a fantasy mood.

#39 LadyN
I haven't read much by Jodi Picoult, but I ran into the same problem with the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. I love his writing, but after a point I just couldn't read his books because I could predict the plot and I recognized even the "new" characters. It was quite frustrating.

I've just started A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. Anyone else read it?

Apr 7, 2007, 7:38 am

I'm from New Jersey, go to college in Massachusetts, and spend some of my time also in Wolverhampton, England, where my boyfriend lives, so I'm all over the place.

#42 - I totally agree with you about Redwall. I really did like the first few and kept going for a while, but you're right, they get very predictable. I really don't like that.

Apr 7, 2007, 9:23 am

#28: I pronounce the letters in "YA." But normally when I'm speaking I say "young adult" (because I'm afraid people won't know what YA means).

#35: You can always change your username.

#42 and #43: I had the same problem with Redwall. My dad used to read me those books when I was a kid, but after awhile we both got tired of them because they had gotten so predictable.

I'm from New Hampshire, by the way.

Apr 7, 2007, 12:30 pm

#44 zcannon:
I'd say among fantasy readers, the term is safe to use. Otherwise, I know book people who just didn't get it. I had to explain it to them. They do remember now that I've told them, however.

Apr 7, 2007, 12:48 pm

Tunarubber: I actually live about 15 minutes from Lawrence. Small world!

Edited: Apr 7, 2007, 4:01 pm

#42 - I've heard fantastic things about A Prayer for Owen Meany - it's definitely on my to read list. I loved The Cider House Rules (but NOT the film - he left all the good bits of the book out of the screenplay!)
Anyway, let my know what you think of Owen Meany...

Still enjoying The Book Thief!

Apr 7, 2007, 3:52 pm

#47 I can't say that I loved The Cider House Rules, but it wasn't what I expected. Although, the only thing I was going on was the title and the fact that it had been made into a movie, which I was thinking had Ben Affleck or someone like him in it, but that was totally offbase (I never have seen it). I probably wouldn't have ever picked it up except that I was running out of reading options, with no bookstore, awaiting some books my mom had shipped to me. I actually ended up finishing it in 2 or 3 days as I had a lot of free time at that period.

Oh, and I'm from Cincinnati, OH.

Apr 7, 2007, 4:01 pm

And, on a last note, I'll concur on the Redwall series, though Mossflower and Martin the Warrior will both always have a place in my library.

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Apr 7, 2007, 4:44 pm

hey all. i'm 22, living in the north east of england. i used to read a lot, but have really slacked off over the last few years, since i got the internet at home, i'm afraid. i read a LOT of science fiction and fantasy - philip k. dick is one of my favourite authors. LOVE the harry potter series (doesn't everyone?), but also read quite a bit of other stuff - a lot of anne tyler, milan kundera, p.g. wodehouse and a few others. all my family are great readers, and i'm the youngest of 4 kids, so there were loads of books around the house , and i kinda picked up a bit of everthing. my dad's big into comics as well, so i ended up picking up some of them too. i like some serious ones(maus) but mainly go for the funnie, such as bill watersonand jules feiffer. i read a couple of the redwall books when i was younger. i enjoyed them, but i wouldn't have said they were anything special. read the da vinci code, and quite enjoyed, though it's kind of a guilty pleasure - many of my more literary friends make fun of me for it

Apr 7, 2007, 7:19 pm

#6: Have you seen the new movie with Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor about Beatrix Potter? It's called Miss Potter and it's an indie movie I believe, but I found it quite charming. It's a feminist love story.

Apr 8, 2007, 7:03 pm

I'm a 17 year old senior from the Chicago area, and quite frankly, I love books. Unfortunately, school has killed any passion I might have had for classic literature...I'm really trying to give it a second chance, but the curse of active reading has really made it difficult.

I'm more into modern popular fiction, ie. Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Steve Alten, Peter Benchley, JK Rowling, and Anne Rice. But if anyone could give me a few book/author suggestions, I'd really appreciate it. I love horror/mystery/thriller novels, but I'd be willing to try just about anything...except for romance novels! Romance novels can get a bit too cheesy for me.

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Apr 9, 2007, 12:53 am

Hi my name is james I just turned 14. And I love reading!!!
I like a variety of books. But mysteries are my favorite.
Thanks for starting the group. I'll definately be watching this one!

Apr 9, 2007, 4:19 am

G'day everyone, it took me a while from joining to post, but here I am! I'm 25, and as a graduate English Literature student, I read nearly anything and everything I can get my hands on. I don't have a particularly favourite area that I read constantly in, except that I'm not as familiar with fantasy/sci-fi, and I don't normally read 'popular' books.

More specifically, my favourite writers are - J.M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Jane Austen, R.L. Stevenson, C.S. Lewis, George Eliot, Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe....a bit of everything really!

As a kid I was a Nancy Drew fanatic too; I haven't added my collection to my online list yet, but every now and again I like to indulge in the occasional fixation.

At the moment I'm juggling The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, The Constant Gardener by John le Carre and psyching myself to read The Drawing of the Three, the second of The Dark Tower series. I'll always have a couple (if not 10!) books in mid-read.

Apr 9, 2007, 11:08 am

#53 jimmy93

Yeah someone my age!!!!

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Apr 9, 2007, 8:25 pm

24 here... and I'll read anything that's available. But my favorites are the classics like To Kill A Mockingbird, My Antonia, Catch-22, anything by Emile Zola. Like #52, I hated being forced to read the classics in school. Now, going back and re-reading them I have a newfound appreciation for them.

I also have a weakness for history books, having a history degree and working at the state Historical Society. Schlesinger, Mark Twain, and the odd little one-off books published by historical sites/societies.

I'm also fond of Harry Potter, John Irving (Owen Meany I read in a HS philosophy class and by the time I finished it, I couldn't wait to thank the teacher for making us read it), David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Hunter S. Thompson, all sorts of kids books, and Groucho Marx to name a few. And like a couple of others I've seen, I also had a weakness for Nancy Drew. Also the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift. I've got boxes and boxes full of them, some from the 30's and some from last year.

I guess it's all a bit eclectic. Right now I'm reading Hemingway's Chair by Michael Palin. Next up is a biography of Gregory Peck.

Apr 9, 2007, 10:20 pm

My name is Michael, and I'm 25. I'm a fanatic for many writers. Too many to list in forum post. I'd like to say hello to everyone though. Where is this party, and will there be whiskey.

Apr 9, 2007, 10:25 pm

#57 finalbroadcast:
As the youngest members are 14, I hope not. :)

Apr 9, 2007, 10:47 pm

#57 & 58

Well we can't forget about the older people in this group......:)

Apr 9, 2007, 10:54 pm


Older person in the group says: I've never touched the stuff, and no plans to.

Apr 9, 2007, 10:59 pm

# 60
But can you speak for eveyone????

Apr 9, 2007, 11:07 pm

#61 be_safe:

Likely, I stand alone on that, so to answer you, absolutely not. I'm odd for my age in that way, but certainly not ashamed.

Apr 9, 2007, 11:12 pm

#62 Kerian

Oh I understand, don't get my wrong on that. I was just wondering how you would react becasue some people wouldn't be willing to say that.

Apr 9, 2007, 11:21 pm

#63 be_safe:
Wouldn't admit to...? Not drinking when of age?

Apr 10, 2007, 5:21 am

#39 LadyN: You're not the only Brit :-) Living in South-East England here, until next summer anyway.

#28: Keiran: I love Jasper Fforde :-) Thanks for the rec on the The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte - I'll be adding that to my wishlist :-)

Apr 10, 2007, 5:29 am

#65 - Hurrah!!!! Someone who's awake when I am!!

Nice to meet you archerygirl!

I'm still on The Book Thief, cos I spend too much time looking on here, and it's getting in the way of my reading! Doh!

Apr 10, 2007, 9:15 am

I'm 27 and Irish, though currently living in Germany.

As for what I read, well my last bookbuying trip netted me: Agincourt, The Engines of God, A Talent for War, Specials: Tally, The Three Richards, Wrong Kind of Blood, The Birth of Venus: A Historical Novel and The First Crusade: A New history which makes 3 history, one detective, two science fiction, one YA and a historical novel. Sounds about my typical eclectic mixture.

I'm reading 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear at the moment and really enjoying it.

Apr 10, 2007, 11:37 am

#67 Scorbet
Whereabouts in Germany are you living?

Apr 10, 2007, 11:43 am

#65 archerygirl:
I can't believe you got his name to link! I started a group a few months ago called Fforde Ffans on that author and his works. His name's never linked when I've tried it. (Fforde Ffans is open to visitors and new members, by the way!) Glad you liked the book suggestion on Charlotte Bronte. I found it to be a very interesting book.

Apr 10, 2007, 11:44 am

#68 sapiens

I work in Frankfurt am Main, but live just outside it in Offenbach.

Apr 17, 2007, 5:46 pm

Steph, the party can start now. I'm here.

For the rest of the group...

I'm Caitlin. I'm 17 (I'll be 18 in... 13? days).
My favorite book (of the moment, before we discuss it in English) is A Prayer for Owen Meany. It's amazing.

Apr 18, 2007, 12:10 pm

Happy birthday early, Caitlin.

Apr 23, 2007, 12:42 am

i'm 27 and i absolutely love to read....i am constantly reading....i have a very eceletic library, and I love it all....eventually I will finish every book in my house....


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22 years old and from Halifax, Nova Scotia. That's in Canada for anyone drawing a blank. I'm mostly a classics kind of guy. However, I enjoy recent literary fiction just as much. I also switch it up sometimes with a little sci fi, but it has to be good sci fi. No time for bad books. I like the John Irving comments, he's one of my favourites. A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Cider House Rules are both fantastic, but my favourite of his is The World According to Garp. Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended to anyone, especially if you liked Owen Meany. Garp is better, and it uses Irving's patented style. I would know his writing any day. Garp kind of falls through the cracks a little bit compared to Irving's other works. This might be because it is a little more R rated than some of his others. Although Irving never holds back. It's all done in good taste and for a purpose though, and shows very realistic characters in an unforgettably strange story that you still somehow believe could have happened.

Apr 24, 2007, 9:41 pm

Hi all! I'm 22 and just finishing up a BA in Classical Archaeology. I read a lot of classics and ancient history for school, but I also have a history minor and plan to get an MA in Museum Studies or Historic Preservation, so I also looooove nonfiction about American history. I'm currently reading Gilded City: Scandal and Sensation in Turn-of-the-Century New York by M.H. Dunlop, which is very entertaining.

On the rare occasion that I read fiction, it's usually a mystery. My favorite mystery authors are Agatha Christie, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Patricia Wentworth, and Sharyn McCrumb. Obviously, I like old mysteries about ghostly lights and nosy spinsters!

My favorite author of all-time has to be Edith Wharton, and my favorites of her novels are The House of Mirth and The Custom of the Country. I also like childrens' authors, particularly E. Nesbit, Maud Hart Lovelace, and the Trixie Belden series.

Apr 25, 2007, 5:55 am

Hi! I'm Anna aka bluesalamanders. I'm 25 and I'm 1 year away from my second bachelor's degree, a BFA in Jewelry Design (and I am SO ready for it to be over - though I never thought I'd see the day when I didn't want to go to school anymore). I live in the US, Michigan specifically.

I read mostly fantasy and science fiction. My favorite authors include Robin McKinley on the fantasy side and, a recent addition, John Scalzi on the SF side. My favorite books are Sunshine by Robin McKinley and The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner.

I also enjoy YA fiction, the occasional mystery, and a few other things here and there. You can see what I've read so far this year here.

Apr 25, 2007, 12:38 pm

I make jewelry, too, but don't have a degree in it. :)

Apr 25, 2007, 12:44 pm

Kerian -

Most people who make jewelry don't have a degree in it. I'm not sure how much this degree is worth (well, I know how much I've paid for it...) but...well, there we go.

What kind of jewelry do you make?

Apr 25, 2007, 12:54 pm

Nothing like what my mother makes. I've made many bracelets and necklaces, and have made only one pair of earrings since they're tough for me. Right now, I like to use fresh water pearls or... Hmm, lost the word. Crystal Innovations? S_______ Crystals? Something like that! :) I've made magnetic jewelry, as well. Also, I have a handicapped friend who has trouble with her hands, so I always make her jewelery with clasps that are easier for her to use.

Apr 25, 2007, 1:10 pm

Swarovski? Yeah. Cool. I do bead stringing, wirework too.

I'm learning gold- and silversmithing at school (and, now, at work, woo! :).

Apr 25, 2007, 1:15 pm

Yes, that's the word! I used to do more beading, but got interesting in other things. I've used wire, but not in a while. Do you have to use fire with that? (The gold and silversmithing)

Apr 25, 2007, 1:39 pm

Kerian -

Mostly the things I do require a torch (fire), but not always. I recently got a book that was entirely about how to make things using cold connections (that is, no fire) - Making Metal Jewelry, and it has some very neat projects in it.

Apr 26, 2007, 1:14 pm

#51. I hadn't heard about it. I'll look it up on imdb... and if I can find it, I'll rent it. It sounds interesting.

Apr 27, 2007, 3:41 am

Hey! I'm 14 (yay, other people my age here!) and I live in Australia. I'm new to the group here and I have a fair few comments from previous posts, but after a while I kinda forgot which message they were in. ;)

#6 - I also find anything to do with the Tudor family interesting, but more Henry VIII's wives, children and other relatives. I like the historical fiction because whilst it's suitable for all ages, nothing is "dumbed down" like most YA fiction (which I really hate. Just because we're teenagers, it doesn't mean we can't spell or understand more complicated styles of writing, that are actually interesting. Sorry if that offends anyone. Just an opinion)

#7 - I recently read Queen's Own Fool and really enjoyed it! Are there any others by those authors that you have enjoyed?

#13 - I ADORE Gone With the Wind! It's my favourite book to date, closely followed by Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca. I have annoyed my entire grade so much with random stuff from GWTW. See my username!

#79 - I'm quite the opposite, I've only made earrings, nothing else!

Other random stuff from messages I can't remember the number's of;

- I really enjoy Agatha Christie books and have read so many now, out of the 70 or so that she wrote I've been able to get my hands on about 50 or so from libraries, but will most likely have to buy the rest!

- I used to be a major Nancy Drew fan as well, I had the computer game and everything, however my local library didn't have more than about 20 of the books. At the end of my "Nancy Drew phase" I stumbled across a library that had about 70 of the books. Twas a pity.

- I loved the movie Miss Potter, at my christening, my grandfather gave me a Beatrix Potter/Peter Rabbit Bookshelve, and every year on my birthday from then on he'd give me one of the books. I think he gave me all the remaining ones when I was 10.

And I've forgotten the rest! =) But those above 3 were relevant to some messages!

Apr 29, 2007, 9:16 am

Hi everyone! I'm 27, live rather close to mcglockin (#74) although I'm in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, a very small but beautiful town on the Bay of Fundy. I'm a school librarian for grades Primary through to 12, so I read a lot of young adult novels which is fun. My favourite books include The Book Thief, Twilight, Outlander (my token smutty historical romance, lol), the Silverwing trilogy, Vimy by Pierre Berton, Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, The Red Tent, and Great Expectations. I usually read fiction but when I read nonfiction it is generally either military history or armchair travel.

This group has an interesting premise, and a lot of eclectic tastes. I look forward to some good discussions! :-)

May 16, 2007, 6:40 pm

I'm glad you created this group! I'm 18 and am basically heading out of the YA grouping. I still love YA fiction and everything, but that's okay. When I go to LT topics most of the people discussing are 30-somethings and 40-somethings, but when I go to a board for teens or whatnot, most of them are much younger than me! I've been looking for a group just like this!

At this point in my life I have very set categories into which most of my books fall into, but I don't read much modern 'grown-up' fiction yet (lol) I'm sure that will be changing over the next few years...

May 17, 2007, 1:39 pm

hi there! nice to meet you.

May 17, 2007, 2:23 pm

Welcome, Hollerama. :)