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message 1: by Meranda (new)

Meranda (msl87) To get the group going, and get everyone discussing, I thought a little questionnaire about yourself (and your books of course!) would help!

Name:
Where are you from?:
Age (optional!):
Married? Kids?:
Occupation:
Hobbies (other than reading):

What book got you hooked on reading?:
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!):
Favorite series of all time:
Worst book you've ever read:
Favorite author:
Favorite genre(s):
Least favorite genre(s):
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest:
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!):

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book:
A Recent Bestseller:
A Book for a non-reader:
A Classic:
A not-so-well-known-book:

Where is your favorite place to read?:
How often do you read?:
Where do you get your books from?:
Where do you get your recommendations from?:



message 2: by Meranda (last edited Aug 05, 2009 01:05PM) (new)

Meranda (msl87) I'll start!

Name: Mandy
Where are you from?: Tampa, FL
Age (optional!): 22
Married? Kids?: No, and no!
Occupation: Resource Analyst Specialists (although in October I will be training to become a Registered Yoga Teacher!)
Hobbies (other than reading): Yoga, Spinning, Going to the beach, Bucs football and Rays baseball

What book got you hooked on reading?: The Babysitters Club series
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): The Catcher in the Rye
Favorite series of all time: Harry Potter
Worst book you've ever read: Wicked by Gregory McGuire
Favorite author: J.K. Rowling, Chris Bohilijain
Favorite genre(s): Chick-lit and Contemporary
Least favorite genre(s): Sci-fi or Graphic Novels
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest: The Road by Cormac McCarthy (for some reason, I always pick up something else to read!)
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!): War and Peace

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book: If Democrats had any Brains they'd be Called Republicans by Ann Coulter (all of her best articles complied into one book!)
A Recent Bestseller: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A Book for a non-reader: Harry Potter
A Classic: The Catcher in the Rye
A not-so-well-known-book: The Ivy League Series by Diana Peterfreund

Where is your favorite place to read?: the beach
How often do you read?: at least an hour everyday
Where do you get your books from?: Bookmooch and the library
Where do you get your recommendations from?: Goodreads


message 3: by barutiel (last edited Aug 05, 2009 05:35PM) (new)

barutiel Name: Danusia
Where are you from?: Kluczbork, Poland
Age (optional!): 23
Married? Kids?: no,no
Occupation: biology student
Hobbies (other than reading): running, writing letters, mountains hiking, traveling, taking photos

What book got you hooked on reading?: Eureka street
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): Never cry wolf
Favorite series of all time: The lord of the Ring
Worst book you've ever read: Historian
Favorite author: Farley Mowat
Favorite genre(s): fantasy, sciensce fiction, non- fiction
Least favorite genre(s): .....
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest: the wizard first rule
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!): African stories

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book: Five Quarters of the Orange
A Recent Bestseller: The Road
A Book for a non-reader: The Land of Laughs
A Classic: Breakfast of Champions
A not-so-well-known-book: Never cry wolf

Where is your favorite place to read?: my room , near window
How often do you read?: whenever I have time
Where do you get your books from?: bookstore, library
Where do you get your recommendations from?: Goodreads


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Name: Erin
Where are you from? British Columbia, Canada
Age (optional!): "Dirty Thirty" this winter!
Married? Kids?: Nope and Nope (unless the fiance counts as a child?)
Occupation: Early Child Care Educator Assistant Status
Hobbies (other than reading): Kickboxing, trailblazing, painting, writing, sociology...

What book got you hooked on reading?: I call it "the pink bubblegum book" I wish I could remember the title
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): (Seriously?) Alice and Wonderland, 3rd edition
Favorite series of all time: Women of the Otherworld
Worst book you've ever read: That is debatible
Favorite author: Umm this is ever changing... Right now: Kelley Armstrong
Favorite genre(s): Historical Romance, Paranormal
Least favorite genre(s): Anything involving time travel
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest: ? Ask me in a few months... I just joined
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!):

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book: Bitch! by Elizabeth Wurzel
A Recent Bestseller:
A Book for a non-reader:
A Classic: Beowolf
A not-so-well-known-book:

Where is your favorite place to read: Umm, usually the bath tub, but lately snuggled into my comfy new bed is better
How often do you read: When I am not too tired and when I have time, and when studying does not take first place
Where do you get your books from: Friends, Family, library, internet?
Where do you get your recommendations from: usually whatever I think looks good, tried doing the reading list thing... like Globe and Mails top ten best sellers ect... not my thing, lately Good Reads...

Don't worry I will be back to edit this... lol, it is late and the wine with dinner was really delicious! lol


message 5: by Susanna (new)

Susanna (jb_slasher) Hey, everyone! It's awesome to be here :)

Name: Susanna
Where are you from? Finland
Age: 22
Married? Kids? no guy, no kids
Occupation: student (during the summer I'm working as a postal worker)
Hobbies: movies, writing

What book got you hooked on reading? The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
Favorite series of all time: the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Worst book you've ever read: Waiting Period by Hubert Selby Jr.
Favorite author: Stephen King
Favorite genre(s): horror, historical fiction
Least favorite genre(s): poetry
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest: the Dark Tower series by Stephen King
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!): Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Recommend to us...
A Non-fiction Book: Band Of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
A Recent Bestseller: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
A Book for a non-reader: 300 by Frank Miller
A Classic: War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy
A not-so-well-known-book: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

Where is your favorite place to read? outside
How often do you read? every day
Where do you get your books from? library, internet
Where do you get your recommendations from? GR, library blog, local paper reviews


message 6: by Aunt Re (last edited Aug 13, 2009 06:06AM) (new)

Aunt Re Name: Re (short for Marie)
Where are you from?:Just outside DC area in VA.
Age (optional!): Timeless
Married? Kids?: Yes and Yes
Occupation: right now, volunteering. just lost my job as a library page due to budget cuts :(
Hobbies (other than reading): exercising, especially running, gardening and writing snail mail letters

What book got you hooked on reading?: the first one I ever picked up as a young child
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): tough one, not sure I can do that
Favorite series of all time: The Boxcar Children because their lives were so different from mine
Worst book you've ever read: Historian
Favorite author: Maeve Binchy for her sweetness and entertaining way of wrapping a series of individual lives into an intertwining and fascinating story.
Favorite genre(s): Literature
Least favorite genre(s): Sci-Fi
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest: I've got a stack of them
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!): The Enneagram by Palmer

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book: Three Cups of Tea by Mortensen
A Recent Bestseller: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by Wroblewski
A Book for a non-reader: Evening Class by Binchy
A Classic: East of Eden by Steinbeck
A not-so-well-known-book: Little Bee by Cleave

Where is your favorite place to read?: any place!
How often do you read?: Every chance I get, every single day. It's like breathing.
Where do you get your books from?: Libraries and book sales
Where do you get your recommendations from?: Friends,Good Reads and Book Reviews in the paper


message 7: by Kate (new)

Kate (kateksh) Name: Kate
Where are you from?: Massachusetts
Age (optional!): Apparently I am now over 40 . . .
Married? Kids?: Married (14 years next week) 3 sons
Occupation: Lawyer
Hobbies (other than reading): politics, gardening, scrapbooking, discovering things w/ my kids

What book got you hooked on reading?: I remember Jack London's Call of the Wild distinctly but I'm sure I read long before that . . .
Favorite book of all time The Reader
only pick one!):
Favorite series of all time: I don't have one!
Worst book you've ever read: I'll have to think on that one
Favorite author: only one? Currently Ann Patchett
Favorite genre(s): Memoir, non-fiction social science and education, a good mystery, mythology, literary
Least favorite genre(s): Romance
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest: The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!): Ulysses

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book: State Boys Rebellion
A Recent Bestseller: The Shack
A Book for a non-reader: Nineteen Minutes, maybe?
A Classic: Portrait of a Lady
A not-so-well-known-book: Three Little Words (memoir of a girl who grew up in foster care . . .)

Where is your favorite place to read?: My bed or the beach
How often do you read?: Daily
Where do you get your books from?: Library, Book of the Month Club, swaptree.com . . .
Where do you get your recommendations from?: Goodreads, Bookmarks, NYT Book Review, NY Review of Books, The Week magazine book reviews



message 8: by Trey (last edited Aug 30, 2009 05:36PM) (new)

Trey (toughhouserook) Name:Trey
Where are you from?:Atlanta
Age (optional!):Relatively young, but old enough to have learned from my mistakes
Married? Kids?:No and No
Occupation:Fulltime fun enthusiast, parttime fire fighter
Hobbies (other than reading):guitars, kayaking, yoga

What book got you hooked on reading?:no idea, been at it since I could remember
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!):thinking...1984?
Favorite series of all time:n/a
Worst book you've ever read:currently 2666, couldn't finish it
Favorite author:Dostoevsky
Favorite genre(s):I like them all except...
Least favorite genre(s):romance
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest:I don't know what TBR is :)
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!):Ulysses

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book:To A Young Jazz Musician
A Recent Bestseller:The Book Thief
A Book for a non-reader:The Screwtape Letters
A Classic:Lord of the Flies
A not-so-well-known-book:Report from Engine Co. 82

Where is your favorite place to read?:In a comfy spot
How often do you read?:just about daily
Where do you get your books from?:right now the library, so much cheaper!
Where do you get your recommendations from?:anywhere and everywhere, I make a point to attempt to read anything someone tells me to. I have found some true gems this way and new authors I would have never attempted.

*Edited to say that the similarities of there posts is pretty funny. I wrote mine before reading the others, and was surprised to find repeats in nearly everyone's answers!


message 9: by Margarette (new)

Margarette | 10 comments Name: Margarette
Where are you from?: currently Texas, mostly California
Age (optional!):
Married? Kids?: yes,yes
Occupation:
Hobbies (other than reading): Movies, walking, grandkids

What book got you hooked on reading?: Can't remember, it's been so long ago.
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): Grapes of Wrath.
Favorite series of all time: Harry Potter
Worst book you've ever read: Twilight
Favorite author: John STeinbeck
Favorite genre(s): Mystery
Least favorite genre(s): Romance
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest: Brisingr-Eldest
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!): The Hour I First Believed

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book: Three Cups of Tea
A Recent Bestseller: Guernesy Literary Potato Pie Society
A Book for a non-reader: Animal Farm
A Classic: Pride & Prejudice
A not-so-well-known-book: A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.

Where is your favorite place to read?: Anywhere
How often do you read?: Every chance I get. every day.
Where do you get your books from?: Friends, book stores, on line
where do you get your recommendations from? Friend, book clubs, on-line.







message 10: by Lauli (new)

Lauli Hello! Just joining the group, so I'm introducing myself.

Name: Laura
Where are you from?: Argentina
Age (optional!): 25
Married? Kids?: Nope
Occupation: English teacher
Hobbies (other than reading): Watching films, listening to music and singing (not very active !)

What book got you hooked on reading?: Mmm, shouldn't probably say this but... "Little Women" when I was about 6!
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): Oops, too hard! I love "The Great Gatsby" by Scott Fitzgerald, "Anna Karenina" by Tolstoi and "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by García Márquez
Favorite series of all time: "The Lord of the Rings"
Worst book you've ever read: That's easy, "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
Favorite author: William Faulkner
Favorite genre(s): Gothic
Least favorite genre(s): Anything connected to sport
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest: "Don Quixote"
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!): Definitely "Ulysses", but I'm scared to death!

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book: "Free Play" by Stephen Nachmanovitch
A Recent Bestseller: "On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan
A Book for a non-reader: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
A Classic: "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brönte
A not-so-well-known-book: "The Time of the Hero" by Mario Vargas Llosa

Where is your favorite place to read?: My bed
How often do you read?: Every day, whenever I get a chance (including buses, queues, waiting rooms and toilets)
Where do you get your books from?: Bookshops
Where do you get your recommendations from?: Friends, teachers and reviews.

I am looking forward to taking part in group discussions. Unfortunately, I come from Argentina, and many books are not available here (for instance, I couldn't find The Gargoyle anywhere) but I will do my best to keep up!


message 11: by Julia (last edited Dec 02, 2009 12:53AM) (new)

Julia (jujulia) Hey everyone, after leaving the 144-books-a-year group (just not realistic for me at all....:-), i'm happy to have found you, also for the group discussions which i'm looking forward to....

Name: Julia
Where are you from: Salzburg, Austria
Age (optional!): 33
Married? Kids?: No
Occupation: work at university, plus i'll probably be a student forever.....
Hobbies (other than reading): Playing my guitar and yelling to it, hiking, cooking, tasting nice wine or beer, learning languages and preparing journeys

What book got you hooked on reading?: Oh wow, that's a difficult one.....a book you'll maybe know: Anne of Green Gables, but otherwise some German classics like Trotzkopf or Nesthäkchen (as far as i know they were not translated....)
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Worst book you've ever read: Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code
Favorite author: Italo Calvino, Milan Kundera, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jane Austen, John Irving, Paul Theroux.......
Favorite genre(s): contemporary fiction, Victorian, travel lit
Least favorite genre(s): horror and i'm not too much into mysteries and crime novels
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest:Ulysses
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!): Ulysses and Os maias de Eca de Queiroz
Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book: Bombay. Maximum City by Sukehtu Mehta
A Recent Bestseller: The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Book for a non-reader: anything by John Irving
A Classic: Don Quixote
A not-so-well-known-book: Waves by Eduard von Keyserling
Where is your favorite place to read?: The bathtub
How often do you read?: Every day, while commuting and at least an hour before i go to bed
Where do you get your books from?: library and amazon
Where do you get your recommendations from?: Goodreads, friends, uni, magazines, bookshops......




message 12: by Kellyflower (new)

Kellyflower Name:Kelly
Where are you from?: originally from the Buffalo NY area, but have lived in NC for the last 18 yrs
Age (optional!): 38
Married? yes Kids?: yes , two boys
Occupation:
Hobbies (other than reading): quilting

Some of these I'm gonna have to think about lol

What book got you hooked on reading?:
Favorite book of all time (only pick one!): The Road
Favorite series of all time:
Worst book you've ever read:
Favorite author:
Favorite genre(s): at the moment it's YA
Least favorite genre(s):
What book has been on your TBR pile the longest:
Long/Difficult to read book that you want to tackle (someday!):

Recommend to us....
A Non-fiction Book:
A Recent Bestseller: The Winter Garden
A Book for a non-reader:
A Classic:
A not-so-well-known-book:

Where is your favorite place to read?: Bedroom
How often do you read?: everyday
Where do you get your books from?: Library
Where do you get your recommendations from?: goodreads


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