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Share your passion for books

To get to know each other and share our passion for books we'd like you to share a book memory, write a couple of lines, what it meant to you, did a book change your life? Why do you always re-read the same book, which is you best book and why. What you share can be anything and everything. You are what you read and we want to get to know you.

(Don't forget to add your team name when you share)


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message 6: by Lisa (last edited Mar 01, 2016 02:38PM) (new)

Lisa (skottiesgerl) | 94 comments Hello,
I am Lisa from Team "Hello Kitty". The first book I can remember reading without being forced was in the 4th or 5th grade. I picked up the book "Tiger Eyes" by Judy Blume in our school library. I couldn't even tell you why, I wasn't into reading for fun or anything and I don't remember regularly checking out books. Anyway I fell in love with it. I continued to read every now and then but was not completely addicted to books Until around 2009 when my then boyfriend (now husband) wanted me to ride in a golf cart and watch him play golf....ahhh sooo much fun yeah right, so of course I asked him to stop at the Grocery Store thought I would grab a magazine or something but I ended up buying a paperback titled "The Other Daughter" by Lisa Gardner. Let me tell you I was hooked from page one! My boyfriend throughout the day would say something like wow did you see that shot?" And I would respond with "sssshhhhhhh I'm trying to read!" That book relit my flame for reading and I have been a die hard reader ever since.
I used to believe I only wanted to read serial crime novels. The more gruesome and descriptive the better but somehow over the years I have broadened my interests. I enjoy a variety of books now. Crime (fiction or true), Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Smut, Romance, Historical fiction, Biographies..... I guess now I would have to say if the synopsis grabs my attention I will try it. I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhanger endings. (to be honest on more than one occasion I may have gotten to the end of a book with a cliff hanger and if the next book isn't out yet and available for purchase I may have cussed a bit and created new cuss words.!)
something funny about me. I own a kindle and a Nook and even though I do all of my reading on the two devices I still buy the books in hard back..why? you ask well simply put, because I hate owning air! (when I buy the books they must be hard back I hate paperbacks! I will only buy a paperback if it is the only format available ).
Thanks for listening. Good luck all


message 7: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 01, 2016 02:42PM) (new)

I'm Schuylar from Team Happy Feet. I remember my 2nd grade teacher reading Goosebumps to the class and I remember that the first Goosebumps book that he read, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, got me interested in reading chapter books. I have always liked reading, but that book sent me towards Goosebumps and then harder and harder books.


Lisa - (Aussie Girl) | 1170 comments Lisa - Aussie Girl from Team Muppets. Hello fellow book lovers!

I've been reading since forever and some of my fondest memories are my late mother taking me and my younger sister to the library when I was about 6. My funniest memory is from Year 9 in school, eons ago. I had discovered Troubadour "Bodice Rippers" so when our English Teacher said we could bring a book in for "quiet" reading time I saw an opportunity. Behind the covers of some dusty tome was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss, a giant in romance reading at that time and quiet racy by those days standards. I'll never forget an enraged English teacher snatching the book from my mortified hands , declaring it nothing but "soft porn" and being marched to the Principal's office for a lecture on what constitutes English Literature. I often wonder what she would think of the content of today's romance novels.

So although I still love romance I read everything and anything. Enjoy the challenge everyone.


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Rosina Rosina from Team Happy Feet

I first started reading when I was 3 and played school all the time. when I finally got to school I was more advanced than the others kids so the for 3 grades I spent my time in the library 5 hours a day reading and reading.
somedays I never made it off the floor right where I had found a book to read. My love for reading started there in the library. I had an adult library at age 11. I remember reading lots of English authors when I was young Enid Blyton, Norah Lofts, Jean Plaidy.
I love to read anything. My favorite genres are historical fiction, mystery, urban fantasy.
I really don't have a favorite book and I very rarely re read a book. I have many favorite authors and series. Favorite authors Jennifer Robson, Kate Morton, Susanna Kearsley.
I also tend to read in binges, I will read only urban fantasy for 6 months and then flip to war fiction.
I love books and talking books.


Lisa - (Aussie Girl) | 1170 comments Rosina, I also read heaps of Enid Blyton and Jean Plaidy when younger, in fact I think the world that EB created in her Enchanted Wood series really kick started my imagination and I still love reading historical fiction thanks to Jean Plaidy.


message 11: by Catherine (last edited Mar 02, 2016 04:49PM) (new)

Catherine | 128 comments Hi..I'm Catheirne...from Team Cars

I love a lot of different types of books....I love romance most of all...historical romance in particular. I think to date..my favourite is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon...

But...I have recently branched into ya/dystopian...which is VERY new to me. I love classics, although I haven't read all that many..

I grew up with my mum reading Beatrix Potter to me, and read all Laura Ingalls Wilder series, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, Little Women series, and then started reading mysteries...Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys. I also started reading the Black Stallion series.... I love books about animals...and also read the whole All Creature Great and Small series.

Then for a long time I didn't read much of anything...because the telly was a "new" thing for me...new in that it was available whenever I wanted....don't get me wrong...I had a few favourite programmes...but telly was limited to me...I was encouraged to read or do something crafty..like sewing or knitting...and then all my reading was school requirement...and we all know how that goes!! I didn't want to read anything. But a friend of mine got me reading again...and I haven't looked back.

I do only like real books....but I love mystery, romance, brit lit, humour, historical romance, young adult, thriller, and books that take me to far away places....


message 12: by Catherine (last edited Mar 01, 2016 08:06PM) (new)

Catherine | 128 comments Lisa - (Aussie Girl) wrote: "Rosina, I also read heaps of Enid Blyton and Jean Plaidy when younger, in fact I think the world that EB created in her Enchanted Wood series really kick started my imagination and I still love rea..."


I've read a few Jean Plaidy books....have you read any Victoria Holt? Same author :) you and I have a couple favourite authors in common :)


message 13: by Annika (last edited Mar 02, 2016 12:01AM) (new)

Annika | 1412 comments I'm Annika from Team Batman. Technically this is something I don't remember, but has been told to me.

When I was in first or second grade our teacher had story time, where she would read a book for all of us. All the students gathered on the floor around her desk entranced by the story. So did I ... for about 10 minutes. Then I (apparently) stand up and announces that "I'm fed up about this rubbish, can we do something else now?"
Understatement of the year - I had no patience to sit still and read when I was younger. (That sure has changed) ;-)

I admire teachers for not strangling their students sometimes - and the ability to not burst out laughing when they say or do something outrageous - as kids are prone to do.


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Lauri Saplad (otwlauri) | 529 comments Aloha! I'm Lauri from Team Mario Bros. I don't remember learning how to read, I've just always known how. I went to Kindergarten already knowing how to read & consequently was bored & disruptive in class. Thank goodness for independent reading time & the library. Books have gotten me through some very tough times. I remember discovering Isabel Allende's Eva Luna & The House of the Spirits. They were pure magic for me.
I read & re-read all of Jean Auel's Earth's Children series over and over again, especially The Clan of the Cave Bear, Part 1 of 2. Books are special, they really are magic.


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Eldarwen | 3558 comments Yes, Enid Blyton! I read so many of her books when I first started reading. I used to raid the school library every Wednesday together with a couple of classmates and we made our way through all the Enid Blyton books that we could get our hands on - and then there was Fury, and Lassie, etc, etc.
Ah good times :-)

Anyway, I'm Eldarwen from Team Peanuts. My fondest childhood memory in relation to books (apart from library raiding in school during school hours *grin*) was that twice a year during winter and summer sales, my mum took me to a bookshop where she allowed me to pick out 3-4 books that she'd pay for me, and then I always grabbed a few extra that I paid for with the pocket money I'd carefully saved up for that purpose. The preferred series at the time: Walter Farley's Black Stallion.


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Sarah Twiggs (twiggssl) | 357 comments Hello fellow readers! I am Sarah from team "Doctor Who." Like many, I don't remember when I first started reading, but I know it was early on. I remember reading the "Golden Books" with my parents when I was little and making the noises of the animal that were on the back. I also remember in elementary school, we used to have book fairs. I would sit down with my mom and we would circle the books I wanted to get - it was my favorite time of the year!

My favorite childhood book was "The BFG." We read it in fourth grade and I remember loving the fantasy of it. The friendly giant was a bit of an undersog/outcast, and it made me want to root for him because he was so nice - I think that was my first real lesson and has stuck with me ever since.

As I grew older, I've developed a love for A LOT of different kind of books. My all-time favorite "older" book is "The Great Gatsby."


message 17: by Lakshmi (last edited Mar 02, 2016 08:39AM) (new)

Lakshmi Kalarikkal (ultranahshedidnt) | 62 comments Hello! I'm Lakshmi from Team Mario Bros, I started reading when I was about 6 when I was on a road trip with my family, (and not the fun kind. So, keep from getting bored out of my mind my father bought me eight issues of Tinkle, (now you might be wondering how I know all this considering I was six at the time-it's because this story is told on my every birthday, every time I go out with friends and/or bring them home, my mom says, "it seems like only yesterday when Manoj-my dad-bought her 8 tinkle comics.") Tinkle is a collection of comics, each copy has about 4 series' that are continued and about a million new characters. I finished all 8 in the first 12 hours, now since I had literally nothing else to do and each copy was about 150 pages long it's not a big thing unless you consider the fact that I was 6 and had just learned to read. So there began my obsession with reading.


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Allison | 252 comments Hi! I'm Allison from Team Simpsons. I've loved reading ever since I first learned, but one of my favourite book memories is reading the book Superfudge by Judy Blume. I read it for the first time when I was around 8 or so, and loved how silly and light-hearted it was. For at least a few years after that, whenever I couldn't sleep or had a bad dream that I couldn't shake, I would read the entirety of the book (I was a bit of a skimmer) to distract myself so that I could go back to sleep. Worked like a charm :)


Lisa - (Aussie Girl) | 1170 comments Catherine wrote: "Lisa - (Aussie Girl) wrote: "Rosina, I also read heaps of Enid Blyton and Jean Plaidy when younger, in fact I think the world that EB created in her Enchanted Wood series really kick started my ima..."

I have read Victoria Holt but many years ago and in the last five years I read her Daughters of England series under the name Philippa Carr - following a series of ladies from the one family through English history. A bit old fashioned now though.

Love reading through all the stories from kindred spirits.


message 20: by Catherine (last edited Mar 02, 2016 04:46PM) (new)

Catherine | 128 comments Lisa - (Aussie Girl) wrote: "Catherine wrote: "Lisa - (Aussie Girl) wrote: "Rosina, I also read heaps of Enid Blyton and Jean Plaidy when younger, in fact I think the world that EB created in her Enchanted Wood series really k..."


I've only read one of her Philippa Carr books...called The Changeling.

Have you read Outlander series?


Lisa - (Aussie Girl) | 1170 comments Yes, that's part of the series.

Definitely read every Outlander plus the Lord John books. I actually liked the first four books in the series the best, since they have got bigger with all the historical detail sometimes it detracts from the actual storyline. But that just me I guess.


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Catherine | 128 comments Lisa - (Aussie Girl) wrote: "Yes, that's part of the series.

Definitely read every Outlander plus the Lord John books. I actually liked the first four books in the series the best, since they have got bigger with all the his..."


I have read all of them too...but not all of thr Lord John series yet....onky 1 so far. Have you watched the series? I've only seen 4 or 5 episodes...:( I really want to get the dvd :)


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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo (wwwgoodreadscomAnneMolinarolo) | 72 comments Hi from Team Glee.


I remember going to the old Orpheum Theater with my mother and my best friend to see “Gone With the Wind” ’in the summer of 1969. I was so excited to see my first grown up film. I can see the maroon curtains unveiling the movie screen as the lights dimmed. Not a sound could be heard, but the opening strains of music and there was Tara! I was smitten. Laura and I sat through the second showing too. Exhausted, but roiled up was I when I got home. On my lonely supper plate laid my very first copy of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind! Needless to say, I wolfed down supper and went to my room and began reading the book that I’ve had a love affair with since that summer day.

I was 12 years then. And I read the novel each year.

I Incorporated this story into my review.


Lisa - (Aussie Girl) | 1170 comments Catherine wrote: "Lisa - (Aussie Girl) wrote: "Yes, that's part of the series.

Definitely read every Outlander plus the Lord John books. I actually liked the first four books in the series the best, since they hav..."

Yep, watch the series too... only not as good as the books IMHO. I like Sam H who plays Jamie but I'm not so keen on the actress who plays Claire.


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Carol | 57 comments Hello, I'm Carol from Team Peanuts.

I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading. When I was younger (many moons ago), relatives always got together and decided who was buying what book for birthdays and Christmas.

I can remember when I was about 8 or 9 being given a set of five hardback books of classics and reading them so much that they fell apart. They had read covers with black spines and the author and title written in gold.

I used to use my brother and sister's tickets for the library so that I could have 9 books instead of 3. I was at the library so often that the librarians used to keep books to one side for me and I was on first name terms with most of them. I am now a librarian and my TBR list just keeps getting longer and longer. Now that I have an ereader as well I can read all over and always have a book to hand. My work library ticket has over 40 books issued to it and my ereader has over 1500 books on it.

My favourite book of all time has to be Jane Eyre, I have read it so many times and am on my 6th copy as the book always falls apart from being read so many times.


message 26: by Karen ⊰✿, Avaricious Reader (last edited Mar 04, 2016 01:10AM) (new)

Karen ⊰✿ | 2911 comments Oh I love this thread. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy :)
Thanks UNO Pixie! (and in case you are wondering, no, the Pixie isn't me!)

I'm Karen from Team Muppets and my earliest book memories are with my grandparents. My grandmother had all her books from when she was a child (Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre etc.) in a crawl space in the garage and it was like going into a magical cave to get a book to read while we stayed there for the school holidays. Most of the books had inscriptions and I still own them. I love opening up a cover and seeing the beautiful script writing. I also have books from my grandmother on the other side which are much older... I think the oldest inscription is about 1910. They all have a particular smell too. It isn't exactly pleasant but makes me happy. haha. That is why those books always have a special place in my heart and I have re-read them endlessly.


message 27: by Ashley (last edited Mar 03, 2016 02:37AM) (new)

Ashley | 449 comments I'm Ashley from Team Doctor Who.

One of my earliest memories is Mum reading to me at night! In particular Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair books. I was so excited when we bought a new one at Kmart!

I was always so sad when I had to go to sleep...she admitted many years later that she would sneak back into my room and keep reading the book.

I also remember sneaking into the library room in kindy when no-one was looking. Never got caught ;)

I used to reread books HEAPS before I discovered Goodreads. Now the only books that I've reread in the last couple of years are Harry Potter. It's great because I've discovered so many new books but I just really want to read some of my old faves again...it's a tough life being a reader!


message 28: by Ashley (new)

Ashley | 449 comments Schuylar wrote: "I'm Schuylar from Team Happy Feet. I remember my 2nd grade teacher reading Goosebumps to the class and I remember that the first Goosebumps book that he read, [book:The Werewolf of Fever Swamp|8657..."

I'm surprised that you had them read to you! We had to have a note from our parent's in primary school allowing us to borrow them. I just started rereading them this year :)


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♛Vanessa♛ ϟ Novel Nerd Faction (novelnerdfaction) | 86 comments Nice to meet everyone!

I'm Vanessa from Team Glee.

My fondest reading memories involve my Granny. She would read a book every single day. Mostly romance novels. She could read so fast! She would take me to the used book store every week and buy me as many books as I wanted. Then she would take me to the mall and take me to all of the bookstores in the mall. Then we would go to Books-A-Million and then stop by Sam's Club to check out the books there. It was a full day event and we went every weekend when I was a child up through high school. It really cemented my love for reading and for books in general. When we weren't out buying books we were talking about them. I would hang out at her house and we would read our books, bake cookies, and chat about our books. We had so many inside jokes about the books that we read and we talked about them and laughed for years. I hope to be the same kind of grandmother and share my love of books with the ones that I love.


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Eldarwen | 3558 comments I love that so many of you have ties to your grandparents when it comes to books! Like a really long run of bookworms in a family hehe.


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Karen ⊰✿ | 2911 comments Eldarwen wrote: "I love that so many of you have ties to your grandparents when it comes to books! Like a really long run of bookworms in a family hehe."

I agree. Just shows what an impact reading to your kids (and grandkids) can have


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Mary-ellen (missy666) | 545 comments Hi I'm Mary-Ellen from Team Muppets.

I remember reading a lot of Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Famous Five when I was young, but two stand alone books really stood out for me: The Velvet Room and My Wolf, My Friend. I remember reading these by torchlight with the blankets pulled over my head and staying up until 3am because I couldn't put them down. These books had a special place in my heart. So I was pretty horrified when years later my mother gave these books away without consulting me. It was like losing my best friends. I recently paid about $100 (yes you can think I'm crazy) to replace The Velvet Room - it was that expensive because I had to get the one with the exact same cover I had as a child. The magic of this book for me was the velvet room of the title: a circular alcove with plush, velvet covered seats and a library of books ... I don't think it gets better than that for a young booklover...

Happy reading!


message 33: by Bebe20018 (last edited Mar 04, 2016 05:03AM) (new)

Bebe20018 | 329 comments Hi everyone! I'm Bernice from Team Glee.
I think my love affair with books started as a child because of my mother. She always seemed to have a book in her hand. She had a bookshelf crammed with used books, mostly romance novels. Give it up for Harlequin, woowoo! hands in the air!!

My fondest memory is my first RIF experience. I could not wait until that day arrived. The mobile truck pulled up to the school and we got to line up to go outside to go through it. I don't even remember which books I chose but I remember feeling really happy because I got a free book all to myself, that was for my pleasure only. Nothing to do with schoolwork.

My mother and Reading Is Fundamental cemented it for me. Reading and books will always be a part of my life.


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Andrea (deja05) | 237 comments Hi! I'm Andrea from Team Star Trek. I can't quite remember when I got into reading but my family are all big readers. It must have rubbed off from them and I was also always a curious child with a big imagination. When I was a teenager we moved and I had to learn English. I read a lot then, and the first books in English that I read and loved were the Lioness series from Tamora Pierce and Sabriel from Garth Nix. Reading books in English really helped me learn the language faster. When I got to university I didn't have a lot of time to read for pleasure but the two books I re-read a few times then were The Edible Woman and Pride and Prejudice. Now that I have finished school I have a lot more free time to read which is great!


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Melissa | 1034 comments Hi everyone! I am Melissa from Team Princess :):)

I have loved to read all my life. I remember when I was younger reading The Babysitter's Club and Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew were my favorite books in middle school and I think I have read all of them at some point.

I got away from reading for a little while in high school but Twilight got me back in. I know there are mixed feelings about this book but for me it was what got me back into reading. So it will hold a special place in my heart for that reason alone.

I love to read trilogies and series because when I fall in love with a character this allows me to have a longer time in their world. My favorite series is Darkfever - I just love every book and I have read them all 3 times. The world, the characters, the plot, the twists - it all just works perfectly together. Whenever I begin the first book, the real world just fades away and there I am in Dublin with Mac.

I have two daughters both of whom love to read as well. My older daughter is 12 now and she is beginning to read books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent which I love!! It is so nice to be able to share my love of reading with them both and see my daughter's reaction to the storylines in books I have already read.

My all time favorite series though is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - I'm sure I don't have to explain why!!!! :):)

I have recently read a bunch of historical fiction books and that is quickly becoming a favorite genre. If anyone is looking for recommendations in that genre I strongly recommend: The Magician's Lie, Secrets of a Charmed Life and anything by Kristin Hannah

Happy Reading everyone!!!


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Melissa | 1034 comments Ashley wrote: "Schuylar wrote: "I'm Schuylar from Team Happy Feet. I remember my 2nd grade teacher reading Goosebumps to the class and I remember that the first Goosebumps book that he read, [book:The Werewolf of..."

That is interesting!! We weren't read Goosebumps out loud but they were in the school library and we were able to take them out without a note. :)


message 37: by Daphne (last edited Mar 04, 2016 09:15AM) (new)

Daphne (daphnesm) | 221 comments Finding my way here from the Yellow Brick Road and Team Oz.

The book that was most intense and long lasting for me as a child and still affects me as an adult is Where the Red Fern Grows. I cried for weeks after I finished it. It truly felt as if I had lost Little Ann and Big Dan as surely as if they had been flesh and blood. I suppose that book is a big reason why I grew up to be so involved in animal rescue and protection. Also, a true love of nature and the wild things in it. I like to think that LA and BD helped saved the many 100s of dogs and wolfdogs that have come through my home for rehabilitation and care through the years.


Avid Reader and Geek Girl (avidreaderandgeekgirl) | 1571 comments Team Princesses

My childhood book I loved was Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, it was passed down to me from my mom. It's a great book for pre-teen girls, although I didn't have the same problems as Margaret- more like the opposite it was still relatable, I recently re-read it and somehow it still resonates.


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Suzanne | 1953 comments Greetings from the Yellow Brick Road (Wizard of Oz)

I did love the Oz books as a kid - but my go-to books all growing up were the "Little House" series. I read, and re-read them SO much. Even as an adult, they are probably some of my favorites, because of that emotional attachment to the characters. I think those and Harry Potter are the two series I never tire of.

I still love books and I'm SO grateful they are easily available.


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Ashlee | 261 comments Hi I'm Ashlee, from "Team Princesses". I can't say that there is just one book that changed me or made me the avid reader that I am. However, my fondest memory is of my mother taking my brother and I to participate in the Summer Reading program at our local library. It was always a competition between my brother and I to see who could read the most books and get the most prizes. I can remember reading 2 or more books in a day, in the summer, as a teenager. Now, an adult and teacher, I try to instill this same love of reading in my students. Oftentimes, this is the most difficult part of my job.


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Kelsi | 210 comments Hi, I'm Kelsi from Team Wizard of Oz.

Harry Potter was a series I grew up with. My biggest memory of this is going to the midnight opening for book 5 at my local bookstore. I finished that book by the next morning! The series has always been and will remain close to my heart. I did a full re-read of the series a couple of years ago and will probably do another one now that the new book is coming out.


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Eldarwen | 3558 comments Melissa wrote: "Hi everyone! I am Melissa from Team Princess :):)

I have loved to read all my life. I remember when I was younger reading The Babysitter's Club and Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew were my favorite books in..."


*sigh*Barrons*sigh*


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Dima | 338 comments Hello, Nice to meet every one here!!! I am so excited to discover all of the activities and discussions that goes on on GR. I had no idea! Who needs dumb facebook with the silly trolls when they can come here and interact with intelligent well read people? Not me!!

I'm Dima from team Hello Kitty. I don't remember a day of my life that I didn't like reading a book (except of course for my school books which I hated even looking at them) I used to read so much that my parents used to prohibit me from reading any books not related to school during the school year. So I used to borrow romance books and put them under my school book and pretend to be doing homework/studying and I would read for hours. haha.
I read for a lot of Arabic writers (since Arabic is my first language) like Naguib Mahfouz, Youssef Al-Sebai يوسف السباعي, Ihsaan Abdulqdous إحسان عبد القدوس, Nizaar Qabbani نزار قباني, Ghadda Al-Samman غادة السمان. I also read translated books by Russian authors like Nikolai Gogol, and Maxim Gorky

Then when I moved to the US and learned English.... and worked at a library for five years .. I was like a kid at a candy store. haha. I loved every minute of it. Some of the books that I read in the past I really liked were: The Master and Margarita, The Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series ,The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Giver series. to name just a few that come to mind as I type this.
Lately I have been more into the mystery and thriller or fantasy/ sci fi genres.

Sorry for the long post. I guess I got carried away a little :)


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Melissa | 1034 comments Eldarwen wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Hi everyone! I am Melissa from Team Princess :):)

I have loved to read all my life. I remember when I was younger reading The Babysitter's Club and Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew were my f..."


I'm definitely re-reading those again in the near future :)


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Ashlee | 261 comments Melissa wrote: "Hi everyone! I am Melissa from Team Princess :):)

I have loved to read all my life. I remember when I was younger reading The Babysitter's Club and Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew were my favorite books in..."


I LOVED "The Babysitter's Club"...it was the first series I ever started collecting. Now, I can't even count how many different series I have collected in my 32 years.


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Melissa | 1034 comments Ashlee wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Hi everyone! I am Melissa from Team Princess :):)

I have loved to read all my life. I remember when I was younger reading The Babysitter's Club and Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew were my f..."


Me too!!! My book shelf is so full I love it.


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Melissa | 1034 comments Ashlee wrote: "Hi I'm Ashlee, from "Team Princesses". I can't say that there is just one book that changed me or made me the avid reader that I am. However, my fondest memory is of my mother taking my brother and..."

The good old days of laying on the couch in the air condition devouring book after book. It's so sad when adulthood gets in the way of that now!!


Avid Reader and Geek Girl (avidreaderandgeekgirl) | 1571 comments Suzanne wrote: "Greetings from the Yellow Brick Road (Wizard of Oz)

I did love the Oz books as a kid - but my go-to books all growing up were the "Little House" series. I read, and re-read them SO much. Even as a..."



I loved the Little House series, my mom read them to me, before I was able to read them myself.


Avid Reader and Geek Girl (avidreaderandgeekgirl) | 1571 comments Ashlee wrote: "Hi I'm Ashlee, from "Team Princesses". I can't say that there is just one book that changed me or made me the avid reader that I am. However, my fondest memory is of my mother taking my brother and..."

I LOVED the Summer reading programs at the library, I did them and ripped through books, I always won at least twice a summer!


Avid Reader and Geek Girl (avidreaderandgeekgirl) | 1571 comments Kelsi wrote: "Hi, I'm Kelsi from Team Wizard of Oz.

Harry Potter was a series I grew up with. My biggest memory of this is going to the midnight opening for book 5 at my local bookstore. I finished that book b..."


I read Harry Potter in middle school, I got the books for holidays.


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