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Originally Posted by annekevdbroek View Post

Does anyone else do paperbackswap.com or library sales? Or, where do you get your books?

Do you read other stuff too - magazines? When I say I read constantly, I mean that I read obsessively. I'll read the side of a cereal box, ketchup packet, or shampoo bottle if I am sitting still and no other reading material is available.
There are several of us who are at paperbackswap.com. If you look at the December Book Challenge thread you can see a small discussion about PBS. It's a great place, isn't it?

I read a lot too. When I'm at home I usually eat breakfast and dinner while I'm reading a magazine. It's a habit from my childhood days. I think my daughter has inherited it. She can't seem to eat without looking at a book either.
post #42 of 287
I do paperbackswap too, as well as the library and we have a really great (cheap!) used book store here. You wouldn't believe some of the finds I've gotten from there! Animal, Vegetable, Miraclefor less than $2 last year, for example!

Mags, I also read Nat'l Geo and I just got (for Christmas) a subscription to Natural Health. I've only read a couple of issues prior, so I hope it was worth it.

I'll make my goal at 52, one/week. Should be doable since I usually read much more than that!
post #43 of 287
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Does anyone else do paperbackswap.com or library sales? Or, where do you get your books?
Yeah, library sales! That's where I get most of my books. I check out a lot from the library, too.

ETA: Yep, I read magazines, too. One reason I didn't read too many books last year was that DP got me a subscription to The New Yorker. I also subscribe to Natural History.
post #44 of 287
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Originally Posted by annekevdbroek View Post
Does anyone else do paperbackswap.com or library sales? Or, where do you get your books?

Do you read other stuff too - magazines? When I say I read constantly, I mean that I read obsessively. I'll read the side of a cereal box, ketchup packet, or shampoo bottle if I am sitting still and no other reading material is available.
I get nearly all of my books from the library. A lot of what I read is on the best-seller list, so I have to wait a while. Right now, I'm prob waiting on 10 or so books.
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I do paperbackswap. I just started reading fiction again on a regular basis. I will make my goal at 30. We'll see how it goes.

#1 Knit Fast Die Young by Mary Krugar.
Oooohhh...a fiction book that revolves around knitting. How fun! I've read one before(not sure if it was that author) and it was fun to read about my other obsession. Ahhh, my two obsessions colliding.
post #45 of 287
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Much lower goal for me this year since I totally blew it last year.

I'm going to go with 18 books for 2008. I'd have to go back to see how many I actually read in 2007 - I think 10, maybe 11.
You can do it, Beth!you know, pretend you're the tree). If you only do book club books, that's 11 right there! Have you started The Stolen Child yet?

#2 The Secret History by Donna Tartt

In 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. About six college students in New England, an elite group studying Greek. Secrets abound and much drama and tension.. I liked it. A sort of a mystery -- though you know what happened from almost the first page, you don't know why or very many of the details...
post #46 of 287
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That's my smilie. I made it



I've started The Golden Compass ... I'm about 5 or 6 chapters into it, and I'm hooked so far!

I started the new semester yesterday:

British Detective Fiction, with 8 novels
Topics in Shakespeare, with 7 plays
GLBT Lit, with 9 novels

(Plus Senior Seminar & Adv Writing for English majors (I'm shooting for a nervous breakdown this semester ) ... so that's about a quarter of my goal right there.
post #47 of 287
I'd love to join you if I may!

My goal for 2008 is to read 26 books.

My question........do you count books you re-read? I'm going to re-read The Grapes of Wrath.....does that count?
post #48 of 287
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I read a lot too. When I'm at home I usually eat breakfast and dinner while I'm reading a magazine. It's a habit from my childhood days. I think my daughter has inherited it. She can't seem to eat without looking at a book either.
This is totally my dd.
post #49 of 287
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You can do it, Beth!you know, pretend you're the tree). If you only do book club books, that's 11 right there! Have you started The Stolen Child yet?
I'm glad someone has faith in me! Though I'd be back pedaling on that since, no, I have not started it yet.
post #50 of 287
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That's my smilie. I made it



I've started The Golden Compass ... I'm about 5 or 6 chapters into it, and I'm hooked so far!
I didn't know you made it. I love that new smiley. *points to signature*

Stick with the Golden Compass and the two other books in the series. It's worth it.
post #51 of 287
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My question........do you count books you re-read? I'm going to re-read The Grapes of Wrath.....does that count?
Absolutely.
post #52 of 287
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That's my smilie. I made it
Thanks NCD! Thats my favorite one now. Also points at sig.

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GLBT Lit, with 9 novels
Wow, that's a class, how awesome! Do you know which ones your reading yet? I'll be keeping my eyes on your blog for these!

As for the where do I get my books question. Most of mine come from the library unless it's something I know I want to buy. I've also gotten some books at mass book sales. I need to look into PBS also
post #53 of 287
I used to have a bit of a book-buying addiction. I couldn't walk into a bookstore without buying something. But a couple years ago when DH and I started taking a closer look at our expenses, I realized how much money I was spending a month on books.

And that's when I discovered the library. Duh, huh? There is no book I can't get from the library, thanks to interlibrary loan! So I get all my books from there, and I only purchase a book if I know it's something I'll want to reference/read again later. I've saved sooooo much money that way.

I like the idea of paperbookswap, but as long as I can continue using the library for free, I like the idea of that better.
post #54 of 287
Started this morning and now completely hooked on Twilight (Meyer)!
I have sooooooooo many things to do today, but I keep on telling myself "Just one more chapter... just one more... just one more chapter..."


DSD (14 yo) is reading along with me, and she has this nervous tick and glazed over look on her face as well. I think she brought the book to work this morning, even though we both know she won't have a chance to read there.

Is this even healthy?.. :

P.S. Completely in love with Edward, I think I'm kicking my DP of seven wonderful years out...
post #55 of 287
I buy a lot of used books, which makes me feel better about spending money on them. (Powells.com has quality used books.) I also re-sell books back to a local bookstore for store credit.
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Absolutely.
Cool!
post #57 of 287
Finished Buddha Mom last night, very centering and just what I needed. A lot of emphasis on the value of homemaking, passing spirituality on to your children, simplifying, and doing whatever works for you to keep your home tranquil and loving.

Hopefully tonight I'll finish When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution Very enlightening indeedy. Lots of stories about coal mining, zinc processing plants, London smog, LA smog, the effects of industry on the environment and our health, and how long it took for anyone to actually admit that there were long term consequences on human health from all the pollution. I've got another chapter or two to go on this one.
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Wow, that's a class, how awesome! Do you know which ones your reading yet? I'll be keeping my eyes on your blog for these!
I just looked at my syllabus and looks like Dr. Goshert cut 3 books from the course in order to spend more time on the 6 that remain:

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rite Mae Brown
Faggots by Larry Kramer
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
Angels in America I & II by Tony Kushner
Rolling the R's by R. Zamora Linmark
The Child by Sarah Schulman
post #59 of 287
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Does anyone else do paperbackswap.com or library sales? Or, where do you get your books?

Do you read other stuff too - magazines? When I say I read constantly, I mean that I read obsessively. I'll read the side of a cereal box, ketchup packet, or shampoo bottle if I am sitting still and no other reading material is available.

I'm on paperbackswap and we get (borrow) lots of books from the library.

And yep, I read everything. I read at an "early" age and my mom says that when we were in the car I'd read every single sign we passed. I think I still basically do that, just not out loud any more...
post #60 of 287
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I'm glad someone has faith in me! Though I'd be back pedaling on that since, no, I have not started it yet.
Well you've got an extra week now! I haven't started either, but it sounds like people are enjoying it. Cathe, you read it, didn't you? The Stolen Child?

#3 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

Won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. story of a woman's life from birth (1905) til death (mid-90's.) One of those books where there are certain paragraphs that you just want to copy down cause they are so cool. Other times I felt like I was just plodding through...
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