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message 1: by Kara, TBR Twins (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3965 comments Welcome, new members! Please stop in and introduce yourselves. We're looking forward to getting to know you.

If you don't know where to start, feel free to answer these questions:
- Where are you from?
- What kinds of books do you like to read?
- How did you find our group?
- What's your reading goal?


message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 4 comments Hello!

I'm Sarah, and I'm from the United States. I enjoy nearly all genres of books, with the exception of horror and most romances.

My goal is to read a minimum of one book each month. Currently, I'm in university, so this book cannot be a required book.

If you have any book recommendations, I'd love to hear from you! Friend request me, as well. I'm looking for a nonfiction book to read at the moment. Any thoughts?

Thank you,
Sarah


message 3: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments Welcome to the group, Sarah!

What types of nonfiction books have you enjoyed in the past? What sorts of things are you interested in learning about?


message 4: by Alex (new)

Alex Shelby (jynxmecrazie) | 277 comments Hi!
My name is Alex. I am from Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. My favorite genre is mystery/thriller, but I also really like memoirs and true crime.
I found your group when I was looking at a member's GR page to find new books to add, and saw it.
My reading goal would be to branch out a bit. I want to read some classics or other genres I usually wouldn't. I am a creature of habit though, so we'll see! ;)


message 5: by Sarah (last edited Dec 04, 2015 10:09AM) (new)

Sarah | 4 comments Thanks, Cassandra!

I've enjoyed philosophical, historical, and biographical books. I'm also interested in learning more about political issues on both on national and international level. Regardless of political stance, I'd be interested in learning the different views of prominent political figures throughout history and in the present day.


message 6: by Kara, TBR Twins (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3965 comments Welcome, Sarah and Alex!

Sarah, have you read Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln? It's one of my faves.


Bookwormwisewoman | 3 comments Hallo I am from the Uk. I will try most genres. I have started to look at challenges to make my reading more diverse. No idea how many books I will read next year.


message 8: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments hi Sarah hi Alex welcome to the group!


message 9: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments Apparently, despite the fact that I like nonfiction and politics, I don't have many recommendations from that area. You'll have to let me know if you find anything good! I did add Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln to my to-read list.

A couple recommendations:
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China. This is the memoir/history of a family who is well-positioned in Chinese history to cover (in three generations) the end of the warlord period, communism under Mao, and the author's own experience of being one of the first Chinese women to be allowed to study abroad in the re-opening of China under Deng Xiaoping.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. This book isn't perfect, but Malala's story is powerful and I learned a lot about the history and current state of affairs in Pakistan.

And, if you're interested in larger-than-life figures in technology, I'd recommend reading either Steve Jobs or Elon Musk: Inventing the Future. Jobs and Musk are similar enough that you can read about either and feel pretty satisfied, unless you're super interested.


message 10: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Alex wrote: "Hi!
My name is Alex. I am from Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. My favorite genre is mystery/thriller, but I also really like memoirs and true crime.
I found your group when I was looking at a member'..."


Please check out our Recommendations thread!


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 4 comments Thanks for the welcome, Blagica!

Cassandra, thank you for the recommendations. I have Team of Rivals! The other four are books I'd be very interested in reading. Thank you again!


message 12: by Paola (new)

Paola T | 4 comments Hello guys. My name is Paola and I'm really excited about this challenge group. Regarding my reading preferences I don't have any particular ones. My favorite author is Maurice Druon but you can find me reading anything. My moods dictate my reading preferences. Greetings!


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 4 comments Kara wrote: "Welcome, Sarah and Alex!

Sarah, have you read Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln? It's one of my faves."


Thanks, Kara! I'm planning on reading that next.


message 14: by Abakkali (new)

Abakkali Dina | 3 comments Hii !! I'm Dina from Morocco . I enjoy reading fictions , romance , mystery and fantasy. I read 27 book this year -until now- and I'm thinking about reading 40 book next year :D


message 15: by Megan (new)

Megan (ReadingRover) | 1 comments Hi I'm Megan. I'm from New York. I'm a pretty broad spectrum reader. I'll read just about anything that even slightly peaks my interest. I love YA! Some of my favorite authors are James Patterson, Rachel Cain, and Cassandra Clare. There are so many books that I love that I have a hard time choosing a favorite but Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger is definitely one of them. I look forward to checking out the challenges.


message 16: by Donna (new)

Donna N | 1 comments Hi, I'm new to this site. Enjoy reading but barely make the time. Would like to challenge myself to read more in 2016. I found some of my favorite and/or recent reads and rated them. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know. Thanks.


message 17: by Maria (new)

Maria (smariastefani) | 64 comments Hi! I'm Fani. I'm from Indonesia and I enjoy any kind of books, but mostly fiction. I found your group when I'm searching for a suitable book club. My reading goal for next year is around 50-70 books! i look forward to the challenges :)


message 18: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra | 5832 comments Welcome to the group, everyone! I encourage you to dive into whatever seems interesting, and if you have any questions about the group or Goodreads in general don't hesitate to reach out.


message 19: by Meg (new)

Meg (medicasali) | 1 comments Hi everyone! My name is Meg and I'm new to the group. I've been on Goodreads for awhile but have only just discovered the motivational factor in joining groups. The past couple years I haven't been reading as consistently as I used to so I've been enjoying getting back into it. I like to read all kinds of genres, fiction and non-fiction. Please feel free to also add me as a friend! Can't wait to get to know some members!


message 20: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Clarke | 6 comments Hieveryone! My name is Rachel I'm from the UK. I love all to read all kinds of books.i found the group through browsing. I am unsure of how many books i want to read but i want to read as many as possible


message 21: by Carri (last edited Dec 07, 2015 04:01PM) (new)

Carri | 316 comments Hi! I'm Carri, and I am from Indiana, USA. I love all genres of books, with the exception of horror. I am very excited to be part of this group. I am a empty nester, and have recently taken a leave from work. This will be a fun way to help pass the extra free time, during the long, cold winter months. Please feel free to add me as a friend! Looking forward to getting to know you all.


message 22: by Bücherhäschen (last edited Dec 07, 2015 03:10AM) (new)

Bücherhäschen (usagimono) | 69 comments Hello I'm Krissie. I'm from Austria

I like to read mystery/thriller and YA books, but I won't say no to other books. In fact I end up liking most books, that were recommendet to me, although they were not in my favourite genre.

Actually I was looking for a challange für 2016, and I ended up here xD

If I had the time my goal would be to read 100 books. Since I don't, I think I'll stick with 40-50 this year. Any recommednations are welcome :)
And feel free to add me as a friend :)


message 23: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments good morning and welcome to everyone I have missed! I look forward to getting to know you all and reading some new books along the way.


message 24: by Cubi (new)

Cubi | 11 comments Hi, I'm Cubi from England. I let my reading drop this year but recently got back into it by re-reading A Series Of Unfortunate Events. I'm saving adding any books to my goodreads account for 2016 as a fresh start.

Normally I enjoy either YA Dystopias or YA LGBT+ as genres but I'm open to reading anything. I am an aspiring author myself so the more inspiration I can get the better.

My goal for this year is just one book a month but I will hope for more. I will have to borrow most of the books I read as I've been banned from buying too many books to add the the growing collection.


message 25: by Winter, Group Reads (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4556 comments Cubi wrote: "Hi, I'm Cubi from England. I let my reading drop this year but recently got back into it by re-reading A Series Of Unfortunate Events. I'm saving adding any books to my goodreads account for 2016 a..."

Welcome :) I'm from Norway, not that far off :)
I love Dystopias, any particular you recommend?


message 26: by Anna (new)

Anna (annamariaa) Hello! Im a 15 year old girl from Sweden. I love books (obviously). Im a huge fangirl och im really really really love Rick Riodan and Jk Rowling. I usually read YA. My goal is 4 books a month.
//Anna


message 27: by Winter, Group Reads (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4556 comments Welcome fellow neighbour ^^

That's a great goal!:)


message 28: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ferrell | 27 comments Hi everybody, I'm Kevin. I'm from the eastern shore of Md, but I travel extensively (primarily the east coast) with my job. While travelling, I listen to audiobooks, and read ebooks when I'm not driving. I can read/listen to 2 books at once without getting lost, so it works out pretty good. I can listen to just about any book, but i have completed some audiobooks that, if I were actually reading them, I probably wouldn't have finished. I will shoot for 75 this year, but it might prove to be a lofty goal.


message 29: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Kevin wrote: "Hi everybody, I'm Kevin. I'm from the eastern shore of Md, but I travel extensively (primarily the east coast) with my job. While travelling, I listen to audiobooks, and read ebooks when I'm not dr..."

Kevin, I'm like you. I usually have 1 audio book, 1 fiction book, and 1 non-fiction book going at the same time. I find the same thing with Audio books, if I had to read them on the page, I wouldn't finish them. Right now I have a whole bunch going at the same time.
Welcome to the group, and I hope you get to your goal.


message 30: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Hi all the new members! We are so glad to have you all here. Please join in the challenges. The best thing about this group is no one is keeping score, so don't hesitate to jump in!


message 31: by Alex (new)

Alex Shelby (jynxmecrazie) | 277 comments Kevin wrote: "Hi everybody, I'm Kevin. I'm from the eastern shore of Md, but I travel extensively (primarily the east coast) with my job. While travelling, I listen to audiobooks, and read ebooks when I'm not dr..."

Have never gotten into audio books. Maybe I should give one a shot though.


message 32: by Patricia (new)

Patricia (patea) | 167 comments Hi Alex, hi Kevin,
I'm listening to my first audiobook now (that's if I don't count the story tapes from childhood). It's Jack London's White Fang, read by John Lee. I picked it up from my library's very limited selection.
I'd be interested in some recommendations, too.


message 33: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2365 comments Welcome Patricia to the group.

I love audiobooks and so does my computer of late. I can't play them on my computer at the moment because when I do the middle piece on the CD plate which holds it in place pops out of its socket and jams the cd in the slot. Not helpful!


message 34: by Tabea (new)

Tabea (belovedpages) | 63 comments Hey :) I'm Tabea, I'm from Germany but I am currently living in the UK. I like a lot of genres but especially YA, General - and Historical Fiction and Drama. My goal for 2016 is going to be 60 books to try and counteract my evergrowing TBR list :) I feel like the abundance of charity shops here is making my reading more diverse as I am picking up books I wouldn't normally buy. Feel free to send me a friend request and happy reading everyone :)


message 35: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ferrell | 27 comments Alex wrote: "Kevin wrote: "Hi everybody, I'm Kevin. I'm from the eastern shore of Md, but I travel extensively (primarily the east coast) with my job. While travelling, I listen to audiobooks, and read ebooks w..."

I got hooked on audiobooks back when XM had their Book Radio channel. Years after they axed the channel, I found the Overdrive Media app for my cellphone, and rediscovered "reading" while driving. I've read 93 books so far this year, and probably 88 have been audiobooks. I just recently stole my wife's Kindle, so now I have access to ebooks from the library, as well.


message 36: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (last edited Dec 08, 2015 08:16AM) (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments Oh how exciting welcome you audiobook readers! the last book I listened to was actually The Lovely Bones it was read by the author and was fabulious! Doctor Sleep read by Will Patton was good as well


message 37: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ferrell | 27 comments Patricia wrote: "Hi Alex, hi Kevin,
I'm listening to my first audiobook now (that's if I don't count the story tapes from childhood). It's Jack London's White Fang, read by John Lee. I picked it up from my library'..."


Hi Patricia! I use the Overdrive Media app, both on my cellphone and PC, to access ebooks and audiobooks from my library. My local library gives me access to digital material available from any library in my home state of Maryland. In addition, I pay $27 yearly for an out of state membership at Fairfax County, Virginia library, and that gives me access to their digital material.

Living in Belgium, I'm not sure how that would work for you...but its all done over the internet, so I don't see why you couldn't access libraries outside of your country if you chose to. You may even have access to enough digital material within your own country to keep you busy for years.

I've been using Overdrive for about a year and a half, and never had any problems. It has always been safe and stable for me. In addition to Overdrive, there are other platforms available for digital material...

The 3M Cloud Library, Axis360, and OneClickDigital are said to be quite popular as well. It may take a little detective work, but there is a vast amount of digital material available.

Note: I have NO connections to any of the above apps.


message 38: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ferrell | 27 comments Zara wrote: "Welcome Patricia to the group.

I love audiobooks and so does my computer of late. I can't play them on my computer at the moment because when I do the middle piece on the CD plate which holds it i..."


Hi Zara,

The Overdrive Media app would help your situation, as well. You could stop using CDs, and just download the digital audio.


message 39: by Patricia (new)

Patricia (patea) | 167 comments Kevin, thanks very much for these helpful tips! I will certainly have a look into the apps. I wonder, does the Overdrive Media app require internet connection when listening to the books (do you download them into your gadget or do you listen via a streaming)?

I did actually find a few audiobooks via the library in my hometown (abroad), so I'll have another look on their 'shelves' once I've finished the current book. I have some trouble concentrating when listening to a reading, so I'll see if this new discovery sticks with me definitely.

Thanks, Blagica, for your recommendations! I'll see if I can find 'Lovely bones' via the library. King might be too spooky for me ;-)

I'm curious, do you, the challenge group members, add audiobooks onto your goodreads shelf?


message 40: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments I do add them to my self but I add the paper back equivalent because I did the lets turn pages challenge and needed the page numbers but if you go into other editions you can select the audiobooks version, P.S I love You is another one I listened to if you are into romance it was cute.


message 41: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ferrell | 27 comments Patricia wrote: "Kevin, thanks very much for these helpful tips! I will certainly have a look into the apps. I wonder, does the Overdrive Media app require internet connection when listening to the books (do you do..."

Patricia, the Overdrive app does not require data once you've downloaded the book to the app. It does require quite a bit of data to download, so I do all my downloading over wifi. I keep 4-6 titles on my cellphone so i don't have to burn my data downloading a book when wifi isn't available. Once my lending period is up, the app will automatically return the book to the library, but I always return them as soon as I complete them.


message 42: by Carolina (last edited Dec 12, 2015 05:46AM) (new)

Carolina | 6 comments Hi! My name is Carol! I'm really into mystery fiction, fantasy, biographies and pretty much any type of book that was made into a movie or adapted to tv. I just love comparing them - not to decide which is the best necessarily, but getting different views on the same characters, diverse interpretations, for example.
I'm currently reading the third book of the Millennium Series "The a Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest", "Mildred Pierce" by James M. Cain (I intend to later watch the HBO miniseries, which I heard is exquisite) and re-reading Harry Potter (just started "The Chamber of Secrets") - it's been a whole new experience, there's so much I didn't pay attention to as a child/teenager.
My reading goal is of 40 books for 2016, I'd appreciate any recommendation!


message 43: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (last edited Dec 08, 2015 11:46AM) (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments hi Carol welcome we have a challenge that runs to the end of December that is from the page to the screen feel free to join us.


message 44: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (last edited Dec 08, 2015 03:13PM) (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments Hi Courtney welcome! I like true crime so maybe we can do a buddy read for a mystery novel. I usually set my goal to 10 above last years goal so it will be 160 for me.


message 45: by Carolina (new)

Carolina | 6 comments Blagica wrote: "hi Carol welcome we have a challenge that runs to the end of December that is from the page to the screen feel free to join us."

Will do so, thanks!


message 46: by Tanya (new)

Tanya (tiggerrd) | 47 comments Hi! I am Tanya (like Tanya Tucker, not Tonya Harding). I have two kiddos that I like to read books with, so I have a mix in my finished updates that go from picture books (my younger daughter is trying to complete the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge) to young adult (my teen reader keeps me posted on all the latest there, though she is not much of a fan of all the dystopian ones), and I try to read selections from 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die along with as many currently published books I can find available from our local library.

This past year I worked on the 2015 PopSugar reading challenge and when the 2016 list was published, I sought a goodreads group that was completing the challenge and so here I am---looking forward to meeting people here and sharing book recommendations.


message 47: by Winter, Group Reads (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4556 comments Welcome Tanya!

I'm doing the complete 1001 books you must ... Started this year, so far 41 down ^^ maybe we can team up on some buddy reads next year to get some of those classics read? I knnow some of us are reading Shirley in January, so feel free to join in or on any other for that sake :)


message 48: by Prerana Patil (new)

Prerana Patil (preranaupatil) | 43 comments Hi everyone! I am Prerana. I am from India.
I am new to goodreads and still trying out things here...
I love to read and the major reason to join Goodreads and the group especially was that over the years I realised I read less and less due to work pressures, family etc. etc.
I am hoping the group and my challenge(still working on it!) will help me get back to reading!
I love trying out new books/genres but mostly read fiction, biographies, mystery novels and anything anyone recommends :)
looking forward to meeting new people, reading new books and sharing experiences with you guys!!

happy reading. :)


message 49: by Winter, Group Reads (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4556 comments Welcome! :)

I read my first Indian novel this year: The Home and the World, loved it!

This is a great group:) have fun on goodreads!:)


message 50: by Susana (new)

Susana Bargiela (susanab) Hello! I'm Susana and I live in Slovenia. This year I read something between 60-70 books and I hope to read more in 2016.

I don't like family sagas, too violent stories (abuse, alcoholism, etc) and romance. I mostly read fiction but I sometimes add non-fiction books to my list.

You can add me as a friend if you wish :)


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