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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi all

We have archived and closed the previous general chat which was a really rather huge thread. It can still be found here https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Please continue conversations here!

P.S If you really hate this and it doesn't work let the mods know because I can change things back


message 2: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Good idea and thanks for providing the link to the old thread Heather!


message 3: by Pink (new)

Pink Haha, part 2! We do all like to talk!


message 4: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Pink wrote: "Haha, part 2! We do all like to talk!"

Indeed! :)

Thanks Heather for setting it up. Hope this helps people who were missing notifications.


B the BookAddict (bthebookaddict) | 8315 comments Chrissie, the health alarm sounds like a good solution.


message 6: by Joan (new)

Joan Thanks Chrissie for suggesting this, and thank you Heather, Greg for setting it up.


message 7: by Esther (new)

Esther (eshchory) | 1314 comments Ohh! More space to chat ! *stretches out in the new space*
Thanks Heather!


message 8: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Joan wrote: "Thanks Chrissie for suggesting this, and thank you Heather, Greg for setting it up."

Now let's see if it helps!


message 9: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie B the BookAddict wrote: "Chrissie, the health alarm sounds like a good solution."

Bureaucratic rules are giving me trouble.


message 10: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) Life is quite overwhelming for me at the moment. I'm still reading quite a lot, though not so much as usual. I have a hard time concentrating. I'm not reviewing anymore, or very rarely, not even for my blog, which I normally love doing. Participating in some groups can be quite difficult, although I still like writing here on AAB because I see most of you as friends :) I'm just doing what I can, without obsessing too much on reading, reviewing, challenges, etc. I'm still doing all of this, but at my own pace.


message 11: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Oh, Marina, I do hope life clams down for you!!!!!! I like that kind of life too - boring and calm is good.


message 12: by Chrissie (last edited Oct 17, 2017 03:29AM) (new)

Chrissie Heather, you wanted feedback about if the shorter thread would work better for email notifications. I DID get a notification for this!!!!!!!!! Let's hope this continues.


message 13: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Chrissie wrote: "Heather, you wanted feedback about if the shorter thread would work better for email notifications. I DID get a notification for this!!!!!!!!! Let's hope this continues."

So glad Chrissie!! :)


message 14: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ I did too, and like Chrissie often wasn't receiving notifications.

Marina, sending you many hugs and positive thoughts.


message 15: by Greg (last edited Oct 17, 2017 04:14AM) (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Marina wrote: "Life is quite overwhelming for me at the moment. I'm still reading quite a lot, though not so much as usual. I have a hard time concentrating. I'm not reviewing anymore, or very rarely, not even fo..."

I definitely see many on AAB as friends too Marina! I think doing what you can at your own pace is good. :) Take care of yourself, and hopefully over time your concentration will come back so that you can do all the reviewing for your blog that you enjoy!


message 16: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 700 comments Take care of yourself Marina. Sending "hugs":to you.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

I have had similar, Marina. In fact I think I was off reading for about 2 years and I've only just got my reading mojo back! I hope you feel better soon and do keep posting on the chat threads even if you can't concentrate on the books


message 18: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Marina, thinking of you . Take care of yourself.


message 19: by Joan (new)

Joan Marina - thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I count your on-line friendship as an honor - and I hope your pep comes back soon.


message 20: by Pink (new)

Pink Ah Marina, I'm sorry to hear that life is overwhelming at the moment. We're all here, for book chat, or whatever you need.


message 21: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Greg wrote: "Marina wrote: "Life is quite overwhelming for me at the moment. I'm still reading quite a lot, though not so much as usual. I have a hard time concentrating. I'm not reviewing anymore, or very rare..."

I can't add anything else to what Greg and others have already said. Take care of yourself and feel free to comment as much or as little as you feel up to.

I pulled back from much of my online involvement when my dad got sick and am still finding my way back to the enjoyment I once had in it - so don't worry if it takes you a while.


message 22: by dely (last edited Oct 17, 2017 10:39AM) (new)

dely | 5214 comments Take care of yourself, Marina. This is much more important than everything else. Blog, GR and reviews can wait.


message 23: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon (alice_poon) Take care of yourself, Marina. It's only natural to let our own circumstances set the pace of reading and reviewing for us.


message 24: by B the BookAddict (last edited Oct 17, 2017 12:25PM) (new)

B the BookAddict (bthebookaddict) | 8315 comments Marina, I have a lot on my mind at the moment and have not read or reviewed a book in ages. But I still come here every morning to hang out with my AAB friends. You don't have to read/review - sometimes I just do the Lit Hist thread entry and then lurk around in all the others.

When life overwhelms sometimes, it's good just to be in the company of friends.


message 25: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) Thank you all, you're such great people and friends ♥♥♥

I'm taking it easy right now. For instance, yesterday I had to stay in bed all day because my sleep is very troubled and I was so tired when I got up that I had to go back to bed after a few hours. Luckily I haven't had any work requests for the last two days, but I know this is going to change soon and I want to relax till I can.

I love you all.


message 26: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Marina, sleep as much as you can, while you can. Sleep repairs.

I am sending you best wishes and hugs.

Feel free to talk to us if this lightens your burden. It helps to get problems off your chest. I am always wondering how much to ask. On the other side one doesn't want to intrude. YOU know what you want to say best.


message 27: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) Thanks Chrissie, that's very kind of you. While I don't feel confident enough to talk about the core of my issues, talking with you all is always very comforting because you're all so supportive. That's what really matters to me. I can feel that you really do care.


message 28: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Marina wrote: "I can feel that you really do care. ."

I know at least I do. We all dare to say to each other what we don't say to others. In my view, you don't need to s-e-e a person if you share ideas and thoughts with them. I tend to assume people are not lying, but maybe I am gullible.


message 29: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13415 comments Mod
We are really chatterboxes!!!!


message 30: by Pink (new)

Pink Marina and Chrissie, I think we all have a very special sort of friendship here. Despite not seeing each other in real life, we often talk and share our lives more often with one another. I genuinely care for all my AAB friends and have found plenty of support myself over the past few years.


message 31: by Angela M (new)

Angela M I just received a weird scam message on Goodreads from someone asking me to reply to get millions of dollars to give to widows who need it . Just wanted to give you guys the heads up in case you received it too.
I blocked the user and flagged it to Goodreads.


message 32: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Pink wrote: "Marina and Chrissie, I think we all have a very special sort of friendship here. Despite not seeing each other in real life, we often talk and share our lives more often with one another. I genuine..."

Yes, me too.


message 33: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments Pink wrote: "Marina and Chrissie, I think we all have a very special sort of friendship here. Despite not seeing each other in real life, we often talk and share our lives more often with one another. I genuine..."

Ditto for everything you have said.
In "real life" I also don't talk so much about myself and I am a pretty reserved person. I don't think I'm an introvert, but I never talk about myself and my life with anyone.


message 34: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon (alice_poon) B the BookAddict wrote: "Marina, I have a lot on my mind at the moment and have not read or reviewed a book in ages. But I still come here every morning to hang out with my AAB friends. You don't have to read/review - some..."

Thinking of you, Bette! I hope you come out of your reading slump soon. But take all the time you need :)


message 35: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon (alice_poon) Pink wrote: "Marina and Chrissie, I think we all have a very special sort of friendship here. Despite not seeing each other in real life, we often talk and share our lives more often with one another. I genuine..."

I agree, Pink. Although I don't comment and share as often as others, just being a part of this group has been a great comfort to me.


message 36: by Angela M (new)

Angela M To me too! I remember how much love and support I got when my mother passed away from this group of caring friends!


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Bette, my thoughts are also with you. :)

Marina, hope you're taking good care and that things are improving.

Let me echo how great this group is at emotional support. When my son died, AAB was a crucial part of helping me recover. I cherish my friendships here, and even when I'm not posting much, I know I can always come back here and be welcome.

On a lighter note, check out this link about organizing your books:

http://lithub.com/the-definitive-way-...


message 38: by Pink (new)

Pink Thanks for posting that link Terri, it made me chuckle!


message 39: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Love that , Terri ! Thanks.


message 40: by B the BookAddict (new)

B the BookAddict (bthebookaddict) | 8315 comments Love that link, Terri.

I must say I recently had my largest bookcase organised in the perfect (for me) way. Then I've had to pack it all in boxes for the move. But before packing, I very smartly photographed each shelf. Now when I unpack it, I can put it back just how I liked it!


message 41: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments B the BookAddict wrote: "Love that link, Terri.

I must say I recently had my largest bookcase organised in the perfect (for me) way. Then I've had to pack it all in boxes for the move. But before packing, I very smartly p..."


This is so clever! Which is the perfect way for you to organise the bookshelves? I want to change the way mine is organised, but it's too much thinking so I always postpone it.


message 42: by Joan (new)

Joan B what a great idea!


message 43: by Joan (new)

Joan Terri - thanks for making me smile


message 44: by Greg (last edited Oct 18, 2017 04:38PM) (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
I still haven't set up any bookshelves in the new house. Once things are under control, I hope to set up floor to ceilimg shelves in one of the rooms. But there's so much else to do in the house - it could be quite a while!


message 45: by Joan (new)

Joan Hmm, I wonder what it’s like to have things under control.


message 46: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7684 comments Mod
Joan wrote: "Hmm, I wonder what it’s like to have things under control."

:)


message 47: by Chrissie (last edited Oct 18, 2017 10:08PM) (new)

Chrissie B the BookAddict wrote: "Marina, I have a lot on my mind at the moment and have not read or reviewed a book in ages. But I still come here every morning to hang out with my AAB friends. You don't have to read/review - some..."

Bette, I sure hope things improve for you to!


message 48: by Chrissie (last edited Oct 18, 2017 10:07PM) (new)

Chrissie I seem to be a bit different than others of you.

When I have problems I read more and more and more. I escape through books. My "solution", which is really NO solution, is to stick my head in a book (or I should say plug my ears into an audiobook) AND get myself outside. Physical exercise and fresh air do wonders; I advocate walks in the country, digging up weeds, moving stones, raking, lugging out pine needles and pine cones into the woods. I swear by physical exercise; you get tired and you see how pretty you have made the patch of earth you have been working on. Then you can go in and read a book and you have appetite at your next meal and you sleep better at night. In this way I ignore what is upsetting me, although it is always there in the back of my mind. The problem is put in a better proportion to other things in your life; it doesn't drown you..


message 49: by Joan (new)

Joan Chrissie your approach works for me too. For the past month I had been really messed up with a pinched nerve affecting my hip and leg - but the dog still needed to be walked and I always felt better when walking. I call her my personal trainer because she keeps me moving.


message 50: by Chrissie (last edited Oct 18, 2017 10:45PM) (new)

Chrissie Joan, so sorry to hear you have ben having trouble with a pinched nerve. Ouch! You seem stubborn like me. If something hurts or is difficul,t do it anyhow. When I got that hole in my cheek, I took my morning walk anyhow. I just stuck a bandage on top. I do tend to carry things too far.

Clearly, we both believe in exercise out in the fresh air, I am not talking about putting yourself in a gym-hall or a motion-bike. Space around you, fresh air and pretty views and a dog beside you gives you perspective. Dogs are invaluable.

Sure dogs get you mad sometimes too. Yesterday there was a large stick sitting outside the wire fence surrounding out property. Oscar wanted to have that piece of wood. So while I was raking he manged to drag it through the wire netting, ripping the netting from the pole it was attached to. My dear husband has been grumpy ever since. This is not so strange since he has to fix it. I could not possibly fix it! Dogs are great but also a pain in the butt too. I couldn't live without a dog.


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