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Subject: Mid-Year Meeting!
Date Posted: 6/5/2010 11:20 AM ET
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It's June! Half of 2010 is already over and it's the perfect time for a meeting of the minds; the best minds on the planet, of course. ;-)

How is everyone doing with their challenges? Any problems? Is it more challenging than you'd originally thought it would be? Or, is it not challenging enough for you?

Is there anything new you'd like to see happening in our forum? Tell us about it! We all love new things!

Is there anything you need to rant about? Did someone mail you a crappy, moldy book? Now is your chance...rant away!

Do you have any suggestions? About anything at all...like always use a bookmark so you don't dog ear the pages and always chew with your mouth closed. Anything else?

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 11:58 AM ET
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Well, let's see.  I've read 57 books so far this year, and only 9 of them were on my challenges lists!  So...yes, I'm getting sidetracked, but it's okay.  Reading needs to be guided by the mood, not by a strict list.  At least, not for me.  The book I'm reading now will be #10 for the challenges.  And I expect to finish all three, but it may be December 31st!

I also just want to say what a fun, intelligent, evil group this has turned out to be!  You have made me acquire Cornwell, and Chadwick (just bought The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion for my Kindle) and many other titles.  I shall have a gigantic TBR pile for the rest of my days, and I cheerfully blame this group!

Now...I have to spend $2,287 on new books for my library by June 15th.  Do I have a cool job or what?  Is it any wonder I get sidetracked??

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 1:24 PM ET
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When I first saw the title of this thread I thought someone wanted to have an actual meeting!!!  Wouldn't that be fun?!

I'm acutally a little behind in where I wanted to be with my reading this year - I've only read 25 books so far and I was hoping to hit 75 but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.  Life (or rather my daughter's life) has kind of gotten in the way lately.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 2:48 PM ET
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I have read  89 books so far this year. I have 11 books to read for my challenges.  I have waded deeply in to historical mysteries and am thoroughly enjoying it. I would love to do a "Historical Hunks challenge but have no Idea how to  set up categories for such a thing. 

Like Daphne I would love to meet up.  But since the major bath remodel I would have to sell my unborn grandchildren to do so. Bathrooms are expensive! 

I have no beefs, to speak of.  Mr. Letty is very very busy and the kids are all moved out, except the one who lives down stairs who I hear at times and rarely see between work and school.  I wouldn't even know they were here if the food didn't disappear, and of course the cell phone bill, and the odd damp towel left thrown over the shower curtain rail. AARRRGGHHH

Today it is raining and I am alone in the house and why I am on this computer instead of reading just shows how addicted I am to this place.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 6:03 PM ET
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Give or take a few, I've read about 40 books this year - 6 for the first challenge and 9 for the second.

I so enjoy talking to you all, and laughing with you all, that we could discuss just about anything - the price of eggs in Brazil - and it would be interesting.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 6:21 PM ET
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If I can even count any more after yesterday (concentration went out the window with the loss of Harley), I figure I've read only about 45 books so far this year and only 19 were for the three HF challenges!!

This forum is marvelous. As I've said before, this is the greatest bunch of women I've ever had any discussions with - love you all.

I have absolutely no beefs or complaints and right now, in my state of mind, I have no suggestions. Maybe we should just go with adage of "if it works, don't fix it"!wink

Subject: No rants just not enough time to read
Date Posted: 6/5/2010 6:25 PM ET
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I don't participate in challenges because I would have to be in at least a half dozen.  I've read or listened to about 30 books but they are divided into Fantasy, Science Fiction, History, Thrillers, Mysteries and Christian (I hope the Bible Counts) and Historical Fiction.  Thanks to these forums, I've tried some new authors.  My Historical Fiction authors are normally Patrick O'Brien and C.S. Forrester.  I like Historical everything.  I read Elizabeth Peters and Laurie R. King for Historical Mysteries.  I read WEB Griffith for Historical Military Fiction.  I read Eric Flint's 1632 series for Historical Fantasy/Science Fiction.  Then I read Cussler's Isaac Bell for Historical Thrillers.  I've read Cussler, listened to Agatha Christie, Keith Douglas and Marion Zimmer Bradley, read and listened to the Bible.  Then I throw in the odd Dorothy Gilman and Lillian Jackson Braun.  It  has definitly been a fruit salad type of reading year for me.

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 6:29 PM ET
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I've read 30 books this year as well, most but not all were h/f.  I've got one book left in the #1 challenge and I am in process of reading that one.  I believe I am well over halfway through challenge #2 although some of those are overlaps (yeah, I know I'm asking for the wet noodle treatment here).  It has been a real pleasure to get to know everyone here (new and old posters) and to laugh and joke and discuss most any old thing. 

 

This year has been especially tough for me as I have been looking for a new job; having left my old one rather unexpectedly.  It's been theraputic to have somewhere to go to and connect with friends.  I have certainly had a lot more time to read!!

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 8:36 PM ET
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I have 4 book left to read for the HF2 Challenge, 4 left for the HF1 Challenge,  1 left for the HF Mystery Challenge, and 6 remaining for the Classics Challenge. I didn't think I would get so close to completion so soon, but everyone here makes it fun. Overall my total fiction book tally for all genres is 62.

Here's some beef! My beef is that I am now thoroughly addicted to reading challenges! (lol) But please, don't rush to save me!

Cheryl, I wish you the best of luck. I agree this is a great place to forget one's troubles for a little while.



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Date Posted: 6/5/2010 8:57 PM ET
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Vicky, I could never do your job.  It would be too hard to be surrounded by books all day long and not be able to read them!

Jerelyn, I know exactly what you mean about being addicted to this place.  I can laugh out loud AND learn here.  I could spend lots of time just reading older posts and a lot of the time it's more entertaining than whatever book I'm currently reading.  I find it ironic that I could have more time for reading if I wasn't on PBS all the time.  

I didn't keep track of how many books I read this year, but I know for sure that it's not anywhere near the number of books I received.....  I would work on that, but I'm HERE instead!!!!  No challenges for me yet.  

And yes, someone DID mail me a really crappy, moldy, swollen, stinky book!!!!  I was going to recycle it, but then felt bad because it was, well, a book and it has words in it that I wanted to read.  After a month or two, I sucked it up, pulled it out of the envelope, cracked it open, and let loose a big cloud of gray funky-smelling fungus powder!  I hope they recycle that book into something nice....

I better go reheat some leftovers for dinner...  and I'm going to take it out of the Pyrex container first.  =)



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Date Posted: 6/5/2010 11:23 PM ET
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I would LOVE to havea HF gathering!

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 12:29 AM ET
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Well  . . . I do love all the recs on this forum! I now have more books on my TBR than I can probably read in 5 years :-)

What I miss - the mini challenges from last year.

I love "read-togethers" because I like learning from other POVs. The Sunne in Splendour read together was excellent.

Shannon - sorry to read about your crappy book - hope it is an anomoly for you on this site

I am on track with both of the challenges I am participating in.

I have read in the neighborhood of 37 books so far this year - less than last year but kids and work have taken more of my time this year which leaves less time for reading. Someday . . . .

 ETA: How many more weeks until blueberry season? Mimi's blueberries are making my mouth water :-)



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Date Posted: 6/6/2010 2:06 AM ET
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Shelia... I found this on E-How  Blueberry-picking season depends on the geographical location of your blueberries. Although blueberry bushes grow year round, the time of year you will see the most blueberries on the East Coast is during the summer months. Blueberries begin to ripen as the weather gets warmer in May, and they continue to ripen until about September. Although it is possible to pick blueberries at other times of the year in United States locations like Florida and California, many of the blueberries that will arrive at your grocery store during the winter have been held in temperature-controlled storage since they were picked in the summer. To date, most blueberries are grown commercially in Maine and Michigan, despite the weather limitations.

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Date Posted: 6/6/2010 6:47 AM ET
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This is my favoirtie foum well along with games (yes I am a bit of a game's jumkie, but there a far worse things I could do). I have read 67 books so far this year, finished the mystery and thriller challenge, I have 2 books to finish on your HF1, 4 books on historical mystey mini challenge.  I have tired lots of new authors, my wish list has grown my book cases are bulging but I am enjoying my self. Some of my favorite books tthis year are

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

Murdurous Procession by Ariana Franklin

A Place Beyond Courage  and Love Knot by Elizabeth Chadwick

Silverborne by Patricia Briggs

Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 6/6/2010 9:34 AM ET
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Sheila, Blueberry season in Jersey starts this month. The Blueberry Festival should be next weekend or the weekend after. I miss living there this time of year, lol.

Amerigo, I like your ticker thingy at the bottom of your post. I may have to steal that idea!!

I havent had much time for reading this year so far. It has been a very stressful few months  at work, lots of changes and short staffed. Between that and kids sports, plays and just general running around, I havent had much time. PLus, the house we are renting right now is small and no where to escape for some quiet time, which is most of my stress. We are moving in a few weeks (again!!) but this time just to the other end of town. The house is twice the size of this one AND will have a fourth bedroom that I can use as a library. So, after the move I plan on hiding alot!! wink

I got one bad book this year. It was an old library book (hard back) and when I opened it, the back cover was coming off.  But I got dozens of good books!

I love PBS and these forums, I dont get many chances to be on here. I am also in the camp of getting way more books than I could possibly read. My DH would like for me to get rid of some since he isnt looking forward to moving 70 plus boxes of books for the fourth time in two years. I told him to hire a moving company!



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Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:09 AM ET
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Good for you, polbio, the moving company sounds like a great idea! I had to get rid of many,many books when we moved last year, but it didn't take me much time at all to build the collection back up again. You young mothers are sooo busy with kid's activities that I don't see how you can read at all. My daughter is in the same boat. Me- I would just drop exhausted into bed every night. I don't see how you do it. You all have my greatest admiration!!

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:20 AM ET
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Ooops! I didn't mean to make it sound like I was requesting a RL meeting! Oh, that would be so great though!

I've decided to rant this morning! I've been requesting older books from my reminder list and no one will accept and mail them. They sit there "waiting for member" for weeks! I might end up buying these books that have plenty of copies available here just because watching them sit is driving me bonkers.

One of my last requests timed out until all 3 of the copies were gone. Annoying!

I really, really wish PBS would place member's account on vacation hold if they haven't logged in for a while, or even after just one request has timed out. That would save a lot of annoyance for people.

Okay, deep breath. My rant is officfially over. Thank you for listening! :-D

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:39 AM ET
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Valli I agree with you I have had this happen quite often lately, I know not everyone checks their computers everyday but if the aren't responding to requests their accounts should go on hold until they contact TPTB and ask for it to be taken off hold.  This happened to me in April there were just 2 copied in the system both timed out, and then someone posted a third I ordered that one and she accepted it only to send it weeks late and It came the day it was to go missing.  I have given up and had bought it at Half Price book by this time. ARRRGGHH!   It was the last book in a series of four.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:48 AM ET
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I feel like I'm doing pretty good on the challenges, except for the mystery one. I've been reading lots of mysteries lately (IT'S JEANNE'S FAULT!), but none of them have qualified for the challenge. I have books ready for each of the categories except for one set here in the U.S. I do have one requested for it though.

On the alphabet challenge, I have 10 letters left to read and I already have books pulled for all of those letters. On the other challenge, I have 4 categories left to finish and I have books ready for these too. I actually found 4 books that will work for the category and a letter I need in the alphabet, so that will help a lot. ;-)

While I was looking at the list of books I've read this year, I realized that I have more DNF's than usual and I haven't been reading nearly as much non-fiction as I usually do.  I also usually work in a few classics and I haven't read any at all this year! I'm not going to worry about what I haven't read or what I should be reading though; I'm just going to enjoy my reading.

I am so glad we started doing challenges! I feel like they force us to expand our reading tastes and they bring us together. With the challenges, everyone has a common bond!

Sheila, I miss the mini-challenges too! It's funny that you should mention them when just yesterday I was thinking that mid-year would be an excellent time to do one. Stay tuned.....  :-D

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 11:09 AM ET
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I agree, Letty! The last time it happened to me, I was requesting 2 books in a trilogy. I got the 3rd book right away. Great, but I couldn't read it because books one and two were in limbo for weeks. It took a while, but I finally got copies of all three books.

Now, I am again in the exact same situation! I have requested the books in a trilogy. Book 3 has already been mailed. Books one and two are "waiting for member". It's only been a couple of days for these, but I don't have high hopes that they will be mailed soon.

It is so, SO!! annoying!

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 6/6/2010 11:17 AM ET
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Which trilogy are you looking for?

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 11:30 AM ET
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I've been having a lot of requests time out as well, sometimes they are older books, sometimes a book with few copies available.  It would be nice if members would put their shelves on hold if they aren't going to answer requests in a timely manner.  I have one right now that I am pretty sure is going to time out even though I got a notification from PBS that it was available.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 11:46 AM ET
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I recently posted some books and a lot of them were on someone's wishlist and no one was accepting them.  I just sit here and stare at the date and time when they will finally time out so I can finally drag the kids to the post office.  

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 12:04 PM ET
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Polbio, I'm trying to get Persia Wolley's Guinevere trilogy. I posted in the "Is this on your shelf?" thread so if anyone here has it, maybe they will see my post and let me know!

I just read McKenzie's "Queen of Camelot" and now I'm craving more good books about Guinevere.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 3:53 PM ET
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Polbio, I got the idea for the ticker from another member at PBS, so please, steal away!  They have tickers for all occasions. Some are really cute.  PM me if you have any problems putting the ticker into your forum signature.

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