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Hi everyoneMy name on ama was rosina52..I love to read but since I developed sleep apnea my concentration is short..I love crime and mystery..I am a fan of Patricia Cornwells and Tammi Hogg and love the Kathy Reichs series..I live in melbourne..
Hi Rosy, 52...48 Does this mean you're getting younger? What's your secret? I too, like a bit of mystery in my life. Have you tried Minette Walters? I really enjoyed her early ones, like 'The Scold's Bridle.' I know a little bit about apnea - one of my family suffers. Have you tried short stories? There are some really good anthologies around, even some devoted to crime and mystery. See what's available at your library.Cheers, Sandra
PS Anthologies are also a good way to discover new authors. Often, they've written novels, too.
Hi everyone, you know me as Nasho on AMA. I am a typical messer-upper ! I made a new profile for this site, and accidentally hit a wrong button and it's been replaced with my Google + profile. Anyone reading this can you let me know how to get it back or make another one - please ! I'm an avid fan of crime scene investigation books and therefore read a lot of Jeffery Deaver. For a romance with a difference and some action, I read Nicholas Sparks.
Thank to sanmac for setting this up. I posted fairly regularly on the AMA site as jaywalker and I'l be posting on here as I'm an avid reader of any good novels, biography, social history and Scandinavian and British crime writers. I guess I'm the type who prefers a bit more serious comment and discussion than a FB page offers. I'm not decrying the AMA FB page but this is more my personal style and I hope to see a few old friends from there on here too.
Joan, I think you may have to unjoin (is that a word?) this group on Google+Then when you post a comment, be careful and ensure that it's posted under blogger, like mine and Jaywalker.I have a Google+ account but it's for family only and I don't want it available to the public.Sorry, that's about all I can think of to help.
Hi - my name -well you know me as Madeleine on AMA - here I have got a bit more elaborate with my name. I live in Brisbane. I have led a very boring life amongst library achives (academic) for many years and forgotten how to read for enjoyment - hope I soon recapture that skill.....
Third try. Hi all,I'm Leonie - AMA name `Belongtolastcentury'. Like a few others I am more comfortable with and prefer this type of discussion forum to others on offer and see books and other interest areas as a great focus for an exchange of ideas and opinions. Currently transitioning to some sort of poverty stricken semi-retirement and intend to make more time for reading of my choice - nothing work related. These days I probably prefer non-fiction - history, culture, religion, health...geez even a bit of politics/philosophy/psychology. But also enjoy a good novel and am drawn to well researched family sagas and smart/even slightly dark humour.
Thanks Camelia for your suggestion. I'll look into it again and see if I can put it right tomorrow. I'll get more involved with this group as the old favourite closes in June. Still spending far too much time there. Looking forward to hearing names of good books that I soon will have more time to read....Joan
Hi, I’m Sanmac. I am a voracious reader and passionate about books, so far only the ink and paper kind but I think I will succumb to the temptation of the e-reader sometime. I love bookchat across all genres and am a member of 4 bookclubs, one of which I host. I work and in my spare time I am studying for a degree in literature. (It’s on my bucket list.) If there’s anything to reincarnation, I’d like to come back as a book reviewer. To read all day and be paid for it is my idea of heaven. I’m not much of a writer, but I’m prepared to work on it.Cheers, Sandra
Hello to all ( ex Johnen)
Hi, I am Moi, formally May2359. I have no idea how I became Moi, but I agree that the photo is from my collection of possums. I am an avid reader, love movies, theatre and live music. It is quite obvious that I do not like technology
Hello I'm Sylvia and I live in England. I was introduced to this site by a member of the Friendsreunited "Book Lovers Group". I'm still fairly slow at finding my way around the new site so must apologise for delays in responding to comments! :)
Hi Sylvia I was on FR too and annoyed when it changed its format so much. I look at it every now and then but it seems to have lost its oomph! Hope you enjoy this site.
Hi Jaywalker,I feel there must be many more FR members who have become disenchanted by the new format. Like you I do sign in occasionaly but I also look at Amazon for reviews on specific books. I'm off to the library soon to check out some authors I've not read before!
Ron Lang.... was ronnjlang in AMA
Hi Ron. I remember your wicked SOH. Because you have joined us, you can sign in under 'followers' to make posting easier. Tell us about yourself and what you've been up to since AMA. Welcome.
G'day book-lovers! I'm an Aussie with Russian and Estonian parentage. I love to travel and eat which is just as well as I'm a chef by trade. I have a diploma in Comprehensive Writing and have been published in a few Australian magazines and newspapers; mostly short stories and biographical pieces. My dream is to write the 'Great Australian Novel'. (I have part-manuscripts all over the place!!!)My problem is I can't put down others books long enough to pen my own to completion. I have a massive interest in Arthurian legends and medieval period pieces. I love fantasy but it has to be believable and meld somehow into our own world.Thus, I love George RR Martins' "Song of Ice and Fire" series and Tolkiens' works go without saying. Recently I've been feverishly devouring Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" and "Mayfair Witches" trilogy. Anything that grabs me from beginning to end will suffice. I rarely put a book down once I start but have to mention the ill-fated "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom as one of the most contrite and cliched pieces of junk I ever attempted! I hate to retire an unfinished book but this one really deserves to go on the DO NOT READ bucket list!Favourite authors, apart from the above mentioned, are Tim Robbins (what a whacky guy!), Australia's David Ireland and Tim Winton, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Mary Stewart. (Did I mention Anne Rice?)I look forward to chatting to like-minded readers and hearing about writers unknown to me. I promise to give honest feedback on all I read so you can trust me, I am after all a writer (lol)
Hi Marina. Welcome!It will be great to have reviews and recommendations from a writer's perspective and, perhaps, read some of your pieces. BookwormLive will soon have a page for writers!You are not alone in your love of the fantasy genre. Several of us are also fans and we have voted Tolkein #1
Have you noticed that we have new 'followers'? You may remember them from AMA. Welcome Joy and Birdy!
Hello and welcome, Marina. Unfortunately, I can't debate the fantasy or vampire genres with you as they are not my personal cup of tea but I'm sure we'll find something in common at some point. I'm a devourer of mystery/crime novels, particularly the UK and Scandinavian authors, and NOT the grisly forensic American type. I also read a lot of historical and literary biography and novels by writers such as Anita Brookner, Penelope Lively, Jane Gardam, Kate Atkinson etc.
Just for fun go to http://www.listchallenges.com/kaunismina-bbc-6-books-challenge.The BBC believes that most people have read only 6 of the 100 books listed. How many have you read ?
I've read 47 but a lot of them were from school and university Lit reading plus teaching English Lit for 40 years. Surely a lot would depend on what age you are.
Agree with you, Jaywalker. So many of these titles were mandatory high school texts.
It is obvious, because we frequent this website, that we all enjoy books. Are you aware that amongst us there are people who enjoy books so much that they make collecting books a hobby which in turn becomes a major part of their lives ? They frequent sales, antiquarian book shops, surf the net to find their next addition. For some there is more in the chase than the reading.Very soon you will be meeting some of the collectors from within these pages. If you feel that you also have a collection which may be of interest to our readers please go to :https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZZKZNV7
INTRODUCING the first of our collectors : LYNNETTE.Don't be shy in asking questions, Readers. Part of collecting is the pleasure of sharing your interest with others.Lynnette has collected over 75 cookbooks over the past 20 years. She has three favourites , all by Manu Feidel ( from My Kitchen Rules), whom she admires so much that she has named her pet goldfish Manu.It would appear that she has a Donna Hayes book or two in her collection as Lynnette also enjoys taking photos of her baking successes - recent ones being Snickerdoodles and a Black Magic Cake with Raspberry Coulis and Cream - and always beautifully presented with her other passion, Blue Willow China.Lynnette is also a Francophile, thanks in part to Mary Moody's books, and has a trip planned in 2016.Question please Lynnette : Are you planning on taking extra luggage to bring some new books home from Paris ?
Hello, Lynnette. How do you arrange your cookery books on a shelf ? Are they in the kitchen?
NUMBER 2I have some in the kitchen..I have some in the bookcase and I have my most recently purchased eithin eady reach on the coffee table. .If I had not found new homes for some I would have collected triple the current 75 !No particular order on the shelves..perhaps by size...!
Just seeing how this works!
I am not sure how much I will find to bring home..but am sure I will find a way to get all back..no worries !
INTRODUCING NUMBER2 !Number2 was given the book "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die " for Christmas 2008. At that time she just flicked through it, having only read about 20-30 of the books listedIn 2009, she found herself studying Soviet Law for one semester at university which got her hooked on the Russian classics - think Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov, Tolstoy . Once she'd had enough of them she revisited the "1001 Books" and checked another 10 or so off the list. From that point on she got hooked!The Book reinvigorated Number2's love of reading. She had been a very fast reader as a girl but struggled to find books she really liked, never having had a favourite genre or author. Rather, she just enjoyed books which were beautifully written. While she hasn't enjoyed all of these books (in fact has absolutely hated some), the Book has provided Number2 with some direction. She has read books she wouldn't have ordinarily read and has stumbled on some books that are truly inspirational. Number2 also stated that she enjoys the feeling of accomplishment when she's conquered another one. Her reading has slowed down a little of late - too much time in front of a computer screen at work and renewed efforts to get through some new releases - but she always, always, has at least one book from the list on the go at all times. As she is trying to keep her collection manageable, she has kept approx 100 books. The others, once read, get ticked off and then passed on.Number2 states that if her house was on fire, she 'd have to grab the 1001 Book because she has filled it with comments and articles on each of the books that she has read. Then she would grab her Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Queen and golf collections, but more on them next time...
Number2 , how do you source your books ?
The Lifeline bookfests are a goldmine! The $9.95 Penguin classics series has also helped significantly!
INTRODUCING THE OFFSPRING.The Offspring collects all things Audrey Hepburn including coffee mugs, DVDs, movie posters, t shirts, stationary and fashion accessories. She also owns over twenty books; some biographies and tribute pieces, as well as plays and novels which were later adapted to film format featuring MS Hepburn ( Think War and Peace and Breakfast at Tiffany's ). This Collector gets much joy from seeing the written word transform to the big screenThe Offspring's interest was ignited after watching the movie Roman Holiday in which Ms Hepburn starred alongside Gregory Peck. From there, she enjoyed reading about Audrey's early childhood experiences growing up in war torn Belgium, and later her work as the Ambassador for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.She also highly recommends, when next visiting Rome, undertaking the self guided walking tour where Roman Holiday was filmed, and warns that one must be prepared for numerous gelati and vino stops.Offspring, when are you taking me to Italy ?
INTRODUCING..........THE MUPPETThe Muppet's reading interests are eclectic ......and perhaps a little eccentric. He has been collecting books about the ologies since his teens : astrology , numerology, kinesiology, angelology - for which he offers no apology.Jostling for space on his book shelves are reads he has been collecting for 40 odd years on the eastern philosophies, accupuncture, meridians, flower essences, reincarnation, I -Ching and a myriad of spiritual health books .He also subscribes to numerous medical newsletters and journals, so no, you wouldn't be wrong if you thought he was a bit of a hypochondriac.To compensate, he has also collected the full set of Lillian Jackson Braune feline detective books , "The Cat Who.....". Remember, before the prevalence of internet this was no mean feat. Apparently, there is a companion cook book but The Muppet states that part of the fun of adding to his collection is searching second hand book or antique book shops, particularly in country towns.When I asked The Muppet what would he save first if the event of a major house fire - his books or his significant other - he pleaded the fifth amendment.
INTRODUCING JOYJoy's mother used to borrow Catherine Cookson novels from the local library which instigated Joy's passion for historical romance. Joy states that it is only recently, many years later, that she has regifted these books to make room for her latest interest : Jeffrey Archer novels, a combination of political intrigue with a sprinkling of romance. Those of you who know Joy will not be surprised by this at all. She makes no bones about being deeply motivated by politics and has a highly developed social and moral compass. These days Joy doesn't have as much spare time to read. She does fondly remember her favourite autobiography being "Married To A Bedouin" by Marguerite van Geldermalsen, a New Zealand lass who travelled with a girlfriend overseas in the late 70's, only to fall in love with a Bedouin, setting up home and raising their family in a cave. I suspect this indicates that Joy still likes her romance, don't you ?
My mother-in-law used to read Catherine Cooksons novels and would leave them here for me to read; they got a bit samey but that was about 20 years ago and I have moved on!The first Jeffrey Archer book I read was "Kane and Abel" which I did enjoy and went on to read a few others but not his recent ones. My husband read the trilogy of his prison novels which he found very interesting. They are waiting on the bookshelf for me to read one day!
Thanks for the intro Edna (Moi) and Hi Sylvia, I did enjoy reading Catherine Cooksons novels, but that was in another era and we move on dont we. I can recommend the trilogy of Jeffrey Archers Prison Diaries, as it was quite an insight, and really enjoyed reading them. I have just ordered on line the Malala Yousafzar book, "I am Malala" which I have been told is very good and even funny in parts. So will make time to read this special book.
Welcome Joy!I have just written out a post and it has not been published again!
2nd attempt!I’ve just seen a clip on TV showing Malala being interviewed by some students. They were obviously very much in awe of her. Let us know how you get on with the book Joy.I buy quite a few 2nd hand books from charity shops here in the UK. I tend to take donations of clothes etc. in and end up browsing the shelves and coming out with a book or two or in Saturday’s case three!They are: “Case Histories” by Kate Atkinson - I read One Good Turn on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it so was keen to find another in that series. It features the private detective Jackson Brodie and as One Good Turn was set in Edinburgh where my husband is from I could relate to it quite well.Two authors not read before but the first pages appealed to me:“Olive Ketteridge” by Elizabeth Strout and winner of a Pulizter prize.“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid, short listed for the Man Brooker prize 2007.