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message 1: by Bren (new)

Bren (hyperfocus) | 6 comments Mod
Hey! Introduce yourself here so we can all get to know how awesome you are!

Some ideas for what to include:

1. Name, age, and general location (only what you're comfortable sharing!)
2. Your favorite book as a child, and favorite book now.
3. What genres you read the most of.
4. Why children's lit is important to you, and/or how literature has affected your life.
5. What author would you most like to meet, or have you met any before?
6. Three random facts about your personality or life.
7. Link to your social medias so we can be friends EVERYWHERE! Youtube, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram?
8. Anything else you want to share with the group. =)

message 2: by Bren (new)

Bren (hyperfocus) | 6 comments Mod
I'll kick this off -

1. I'm Bree, I'm 22, and I live in WA State!

2. As a child I was completely in love with a book by Andrew Clements called "The School Story". It was about a girl named Cassandra who posed as an adult and got a novel she wrote published. I must have read it 20 times, I still practically have some parts memorized. To this day that book gives me warm fuzzy feelings, and Andrew Clements is a huge inspiration behind my wanting to write a middle grade novel someday.

3. I read adult fiction, literary fiction, memoir, some YA, and children's literature of course! I am trying to branch out into more genre fiction (fantasy and sci fi to be specific) but I'm treading lightly because I don't take to them quite as naturally now as I did when I was younger.

4. I... I can't even answer this right now (and I wrote the question! Guh). Eventually there's going to be a separate thread for this, and I'll share my stories then. =)

5. I can't narrow it down to one, but I'd say Stephen King, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Madeleine L'Engle, Sue Monk Kidd, Chris Cleave, and John Green? Among many others. Gah. It's such a list.

6. I have a cat who is my best friend, her name is Miya, and she follows me EVERYWHERE. I am an audiobook narrator for Audible. I have over 30 food allergies. Yayyy.

Twitter: @thebreemae
Instagram: @thebreemae

message 3: by Cacky (new)

Cacky Clay | 3 comments 1. Hi guys! I'm Cacky, I'm twenty-three, and I live in the deep south east coast, which is a fine and lovely place.
2. As a kid, Charlotte's Web was my favourite book ever, even though now it doesn't seem like the kind of book I would have been into at that age. My favourite book now would be a tie between Til We Have Faces, and Les Miserables.
3. I read mostly fantasy, and fiction. Right now, however, as a new adult in book crisis, I'm currently trying to figure out what kind of books I actually even like anymore. I grew up and my taste has changed, but so far I haven't figured out quite how.
4. Children's literature is so important to me because it is such a vital and growing time in a person's life, and kids need good stories and characters!
5. I would love to meet C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, since the question didn't specify that the authors had to be alive.
6. I'm afraid of cotton balls, I used to have a british accent, and I love the ocean.

message 4: by Bren (new)

Bren (hyperfocus) | 6 comments Mod
6. I'm afraid of cotton balls, I used to have a british accent, and I love the ocean.
Wait back up explain the british accent.

message 5: by Cacky (new)

Cacky Clay | 3 comments Bree wrote: "6. I'm afraid of cotton balls, I used to have a british accent, and I love the ocean.
Wait back up explain the british accent."

Honestly, there isn't much I can say in explanation. It was a pretty legit accent, even british people thought so. I had it from age six to age seventeen, and there are literally no explanations except that I always wanted to be british or maybe watched too many british movies growing up.

Many have queried, Bree. Many have queried.

message 6: by Ochuole (last edited Jan 23, 2015 09:08AM) (new)

Ochuole (OhSheReads) (ohshereads) | 8 comments Mod
Click here to see how excited I am about FOREVER YOUNG BOOKCLUB! :

1. Hey y'all! Ochuole here. I'm 28 and presently residing in lovely North Carolina.

2. I have too many childhood favorites to list them all but the ones I re-read the most include : Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. Then, HARRY POTTER CAME AND CHANGED MY LIFE the summer before 6th grade...!

3. Right now, I'm in a weird transitional phase with my reading. I've spent the past 2 1/2 years reading primarily New Adult once the genre took off in 2011. Before that, I read Adult & Literary fiction primarily from High school through college. Now, I'm dabbling in the Young Adult genre, although I'm not very satisfied. In childhood, I adored Classics and Children's Lit of course :-)

Now, I think I'm slowly making my way back towards Children's Lit, Classics and Adult/Literary fiction, with some New Adult thrown in there because I really do love it. I will still read the occasional Y.A however.

4. Children's Lit saved my life. Simply put. As an immigrant to the U.S at the tender age of 7 in 1994, children's books saved me, gave me a feeling of solace & belonging, fueled my imagination, taught me, opened me up to so much and I will forever be grateful and appreciative.

5. I'm so weird about authors. I'm definitely NOT a fangirl type. I admire and love so many but I don't particularly care or yearn to meet any of them...However, I would never say no to J. K. Rowling. Because...Yeah.

6. I love change. I don't really like food that much. I'm more of a beverage lover. I throw a mean dinner party tho...


message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 4 comments 1. Jessica, 26, from Wisconsin
2. My favorite book as a child/tween were definitely the Fear Street series by R.L. Stine, I also loved Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons and of course Harry Potter. I don't really have a favorite book not but I' getting into more Adult Fiction and hoping to read some really great books soon!
3. I'm getting too old for YA ha so I think I just read a lot of Adult Fiction. I do love historical fiction and true crime also.
4. Children's lit is important because it was the gateway to my love of reading. There are amazing children's books out there that I can't wait to introduce to my daughter as she grows up.
5. I would love to meet JK Rowling, RL Stine, and Robert Munch.
6. I love film and movies, I'm a brony haha, my favorite food is sushi
7. I'm boring ha my IG is mostly just pictures of my daughter and my tweets are just movie/tv/location updates lol

message 8: by Matthew (new)

Matthew (mpalka) Matthew, 20, Central Southern New York State!

2. A few of my favorites books include All Dr. Seuss books, Hatchet and Brian's Winter Series, Roald Dahl, Goosebumps, and the Giving Tree, which I remember really well.

3. Hmm. Let's see. Personal growth/self-improvement, nature and survival, dystopian novels, sci-fi (Halo Game Series). My favorite book right now is The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle. I got this list off the Nerdfigher Ning Bio I made:

Neil Gaiman(Good Omens for sure), Terry Pratchet, Gary Paulsen, Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Elmore, John Maxwell, Douglas Adams, Veronica Roth, Mira Grant, Shel Silverstein, Neil Pasricha, Walter Moers (City of Dreaming Books), Michael Crichton, Neil Tyson (Cosmos), John Green

4. Oh my...I think children's literature is extremely important to me because kids don't always get the opportunities to travel and entice their curiosity and wonder. Books help them go places when they have nowhere to go. They can live a thousand tales. It's similar to how I feel about video game stories, actually. Seeing the Universe complexly using your imagination or just stepping into another person's story. Books have made me more curious and thoughtful and inspired to learn as much as I can and to enjoy the ever-present game of knowing and understanding all that is.

5. I'd like to meet Tim Elmore because a leadership organization called National FFA introduced me to his Habitudes Books at a leadership camp during the summer of 2009. I created my first mission statement there. He uses images to teach leadership habits and attitudes. I even started my own journal of leadership images. I have read every single book and seen every image.

6. I have twelve different themed journals.
I have over 100 DVDs (2 hrs each) of home videos. Sort of vlogging before Youtube was even a thing, which is neat.
And I'm really into youth leadership and have been a state officer for NY FCCLA twice and been involved sice 2007


8. Me in a Nushell: Photographer, Youtuber, Reader, Journaler, Bass fisherman, gamer, greyhound owner, youth leader (FCCLA), Nerdfighter, and vocal jazz/choral singer.

Also, my made-up DFTBA initialism on the Ning: Dauntlessness Fixes Thinking Bad Assumptions

message 9: by Matthew (new)

Matthew (mpalka) Cacky wrote: "Bree wrote: "6. I'm afraid of cotton balls, I used to have a british accent, and I love the ocean.
Wait back up explain the british accent."

Honestly, there isn't much I can say in explanation. It..."

You so strongly wanted it that you got it. Hmm. Neat!

message 10: by Finbarr (new)

Finbarr (fionnbharr) | 2 comments Greetings all!

1. Finbarr, 37, Ireland.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia.
3. Non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, horror.
4. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein
5. Living author: Stephen King; dead author: H.P. Lovecraft.
6. Enneagram type: 5w4 - The Iconoclast; I enjoy Folk Metal; The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe pops into my thoughts daily.
7. Twitter: @CogitoCogito
8. The book that has impacted me most is Man's Search for Meaning

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl

message 11: by Matthew (new)

Matthew (mpalka) Man's Search for Meaning! I have been wanting to read that. That quote reminds of the end of As A Man Thinketh. We are the captain of our hearts no matter the circumstances and no one can take that away from us.

message 12: by Finbarr (new)

Finbarr (fionnbharr) | 2 comments Matthew wrote: "Man's Search for Meaning! I have been wanting to read that. That quote reminds of the end of As A Man Thinketh. We are the captain of our hearts no matter the circumstances and no one can take that..."

I like that, I'll have to check out the book!

message 13: by Matthew (new)

Matthew (mpalka) Go for it! I highly recommend it. Powerful and short read.

message 14: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Robson (AwakeAndReading) | 1 comments 1. I'm Rachael, I'm 23, and I live in New England.
2. I have always had multiple favorite books! Some that have stayed constant from childhood until now include A Wrinkle in Time, Inkheart, Emily of New Moon, anything by Roald Dahl or Louisa May Alcott, anything by E. Nesbit... Everyone on this board has mentioned at least one of my favorites! :)
3. My favorite books are usually children's literature, YA, or classics. I like nearly every genre, except maybe westerns. And I don't usually love sci-fi.
4. At the moment, kidlit is important to me because I plan to be a youth services librarian. But then, you could also say my love for kidlit is part of why I decided to study library science...
5. I have seen Jane Yolen speak. !! But I didn't get to actually meet her. Same with Tony DiTerlizzi. Most of the authors I would love to meet are dead. :( But they include Madeline L'Engle, C. S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Robin McKinley, Kate DiCamillo, and L. M. Montgomery.
6. I work in my local library; I drool over well-designed costumes; I infinitely prefer listening to talking.
7. Youtube:
8. I'm so excited. :3

message 15: by GaryT1965 (new)

GaryT1965 | 1 comments Hi everyone, I'm Gary.

I live in Glendale Queens, New York.

I'm a big fan of very funny children's books. :-)

Farty Marty - A Heartwarming Tale of Farts and Friendship (Justin Johnson Short Story Series 7) by Justin Johnson The Adventures of Reginald Stinkbottom (Funny Picture Books for 3-7 Year Olds) by Sophia J. Ferguson The Day My Fart Followed Me To the Dentist by Ben Jackson

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