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Saturday, August 25th, 2001
3:14 pm
[otome]
Long time, no talk...
Long time since I wrote! Anyways, Hi. I'm reading a really neat book called "The Golden Compass," by Philip Pullman. I used to be reading a book called "Lirael," by Garth Nix and I finished it. It's pretty good... Also, there's this other book called "A heartbreaking work of staggering genius," but I don't know the author and I wanna read it!! Can anyone who's read it tell me if it's good or not? Thanx!

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, August 7th, 2001
11:35 am
[mintygirl]
free books (or nearly)
i'm trading some books! i don't need any of these back. if anyone wants to trade with me, let me know.
Sunday, August 5th, 2001
10:36 am
[otome]
Me again...after a LONG time...
Hey! I finished reading the book "Lirael." I heard that it has a book coming after it called "Abhorsen," but I dunno... Can anyone tell me if it's good or not?
Also, my friend told me to read a book called "A heartbreaking work of staggering genius." I forget who writes it, but she says it's good. Can anyone tell me what it's about and if it's good or not?
See ya!
-Mariam

Current Mood: happy
Friday, July 13th, 2001
12:05 am
[mntrout]
US Postal Service rate changes
We've been talking about 3rd Class/Book Rate for sending to each other, so I thought I'd check it out a little. My foreman's wife is a Postal Route Carrier and told me to look on www.usps.com/ as opposed to /.gov for the information we'd need. According to The Federal Agent, what we're interested in is now called Media Mail. It's reallyreally cheap.

Those of you so inclined can even buy postage online to print out on your 'puter -- you don't even have to go to the Post Office any more (but you all've seen the commercials and knew that already, didn'tcha?)
Saturday, July 7th, 2001
9:31 pm
[bethien]
oh, p.s. -- if you want reviews of a particular book just e-mail me about it. :)
9:29 pm
[bethien]
my booklist (paperbacks that I'm willing to loan out but I'd like back):

I am a collector of books. I'm addicted to going to bookstores, in fact. If you like children's literature/ historical fiction you've come to the right place *grin*

-Any of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books
-Any of L.M. Montgomery's novels,
- and most of Louisa May Alcott's books (I own most of these 3 authors, they are my favorites) :)
"A Night to Remember" by Walter Lord
"All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy
"April Morning" by Howard Fast
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand
"Bridget Jones' Diary" by Helen Fielding
"Cider House Rules" by John Irving
"Confederates in the Attic" by Tony Horwitz
"Finishing Becca" by Ann Rinaldi
"Look Away" by Harold Coyle
"One of Ours" by Willa Cather
"The Coffin Quilt" by Ann Rinaldi
"The Journals of Lewis & Clark"
Jane Austen's "Emma", "Mansfield Park", "Lady Susan, The Watsons & Sandition" (unfinished works), "Northanger Abbey", "Persuasion", "Pride and Prejudice" ==
"Agnes Grey" by Anne Bronte
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte
"Shirley" by Charlotte Bronte
"Villette" by Charlotte Bronte
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens


I will post some books I'd like to borrow later :)

Current Mood: blah
Friday, July 6th, 2001
12:51 am
[mntrout]
An added bonus you might be interested in....
I've been a Barnes & Noble Readers' Advantage Club Member for some time now. In the future, I'll try to post the highlights from each monthly newsletter, if you're all interested. Let me know what you think, one way or the other. Here's a little taste from this month's newsletter.

If anyone wants to know more about something in particular from the newsletter, I'm more than happy to paste in whatever you'd like or email bits of it to you.


Anne Tyler's Once Upon a Time

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Anne Tyler has earned her honors imagining the "once upon a time" for the lonesome souls of Baltimore and beyond, and her latest is no exception. She took the time to answer some of our questions, via email, about her characters, Baltimore, and her new novel, Back When We Were Grownups.

A Conversation with Peter Mayle

Having delighted us with tales of the South of France in books like A Year in Provence and Encore Provence, Peter Mayle now takes his readers beyond the hills of his adopted home to food fairs and festivals only the French could cook up. In our interview, Mayle gave us some real French lessons as we discussed his latest project, local flavor, and food, glorious food.

The Great Gatsby

Perhaps one of the most visually compelling classic book covers of the 20th century, the original art for F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has not only captured the imagination of readers but may also have inspired the author himself. Delve into the historical mystery behind those ethereal eyes, and learn how they may have helped shape one of our most beloved works of literature.

Romance, with Jude Deveraux

When we speak of romance, the name of Jude Deveraux is sure to enter the conversation. With 26 New York Times bestsellers to her name, Jude Deveraux has become one of the most beloved names in romance writing today. In this exclusive Q&A, Jude Deveraux talks about her latest, The Summerhouse, her unlikely start, and her unstoppable success as a writer.

Jeffery Deaver, Janet Evanovich, Neil Gaiman, and John Sandford

Whether you're relaxing in the sand or lounging in your backyard, you've got all summer long to enjoy some good beach reads. Wherever you go, we've asked the authors of books we think you'll want to along about their own plans for summer reading. Find out what Jeffery Deaver, Janet Evanovich, Neil Gaiman, and John Sandford have on their bookshelves.

New Reeve memoir, Disney Jumps for Moon, and Randall's Wind Sweeping Bookshelves

Christopher Reeve shares wisdom and experience in his new memoir, Disney jumps for the Moon, and Alice Randall's The Wind Done Gone sweeps the bookshelves, in another look inside the book business.

Eight Great Titles You Can Preorder Now

This July and August, get a taste of Envy with Sandra Brown, or focus your aim on Linda Howard's Open Season. Find out what's Next from Michael Lewis, or travel back in time with Stephen Ambrose. These great books and more are all available for preorder now.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2001
8:16 am
[chappell]
A problem
I ran across a problem over the weekend that may mean I have to abandon the book club. About 90 percent of my books are hardback. I had no idea. I steal a lot of them from my mother, who prefers hardbacks, so I guess it shouldn't be too surprising.

I'm going to dig around tomorrow and list the paperbacks I do have, and see if I have enough to warrant being a member.
1:24 am
[mntrout]
List
It's almost done. I've finished typing it up, now I'm just being retentive and putting it in alphabetical order by author. Apparently I've lost some of my books over the years. Thirteen pages long, in a modified Old AMA bibliography format. This is the first time I've ever tried to list them all, and I've discovered that I have really boring taste in books. Cutelin, expect me to finish it before I go fishing this weekend.
Thursday, June 28th, 2001
1:56 pm
[preggers]
Books
Does anyone have any Ann Rice books?
1:47 pm
[datawais]
I am looking for The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan to borrow and read :)

Anyone up for a trade? :)
Wednesday, June 27th, 2001
5:16 pm
[craam]
I updated thebooklist..it's here

keep those book lists coming!
Tuesday, June 26th, 2001
3:08 pm
[estuans]
The Standard 'Hi' Message and Survey and Whatnot...
Hi! I'm Rick and I just joined the Book Club...Yeah, I guess that's about it. Now for the survey:

What is your name?

Rick Fernando.

Who are your favorite authors?

Let's see...James Ellroy, Raymond E. Feist, Michael Crichton, to name a few.

Which of these genres do you prefer reading? (pick all that apply): Mysteries, action, non-fiction, historical, humor, biographies, autobiographies, plays, romance, sci fi, women's fiction.

I like pretty much anything, but I like Sci-Fi and Fantasy the best. I also like mysteries and humor.

How long does it take you to read a book (on the average)?

On average, probably about a week...but I've been plugging away at "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" slowly and surely for about three weeks now ^^.

Are you willing to have more than one exchange partner?

Sure, as long as it doesn't get wackily out of hand.

Are there any books that you've been wanting to buy, but have not had the chance to (this way someone who has that book could exchange with you)?

Oh yeah...I don't have close to enough money to buy all the books I'd like to read.

Well, that's about all for now!
3:14 pm
[craam]
I found a book I want to read:

The Girl from Purple Mountain by May-Lee Chai and Winberg Chai

I'm not sure but i think it just came out..just in case anyone happens to have it..
Monday, June 25th, 2001
12:23 pm
[datawais]
An idea
Me and my boyfriend were talking about how he trades tapes/CDs around the country and there was a very good idea in how they do it.

There are some books I own that I'd be more than happy to lend out, but I'd like them back. So I was thinking when we send them out, why not include with the book a self addressed, stamped return envelope?

Book rate is very reasonable, if you want to wait a little longer for a book to arrive, and priority mail is not all that much more.

Just a thought :)

Also-- Should we list what we have and are willing to trade? Those entries could be placed in "memories" for perusal of everyone in the group, similar to package gang with their surveys.
2:32 am
[six2]
s u r v e y
What is your name?

King Arthur...um no oops, David

Who are your favorite authors?

That's a toughie. J.R.R. Tolkein, Douglas Adams, Neil Stephenson, William Least Heat-Moon, whatever author I happen to be reading at the moment.

Which of these genres do you prefer reading? (pick all that apply): Mysteries, action, non-fiction, historical, humor, biographies, autobiographies, plays, romance, sci fi, women's fiction.

tech sci fi/fiction/action, humor, historical, occational mystery, travel

How long does it take you to read a book (on the average)?

A long time. I like to let them simmer in my brain.

Are you willing to have more than one exchange partner?

Maybe. I'm a little unreliable, and I'd just get one swap going to start. I don't have too many books also, and I do like to hang on to the ones I do have usually. I often go back and reread the best stuff. But I have some humor around I could share at the very least.

Are there any books that you've been wanting to buy, but have not had the chance to (this way someone who has that book could exchange with you)?

Yeah, some of the William Least Heat-Moon series, perhaps.

BTW - Right now I'm slowly working on The Professor adn the Madman (simon winchester). Very good!
Sunday, June 24th, 2001
6:07 pm
[craam]
Thanks to everyone who has emailed me some suggestions and requests to allow them to post. I've allowed posting for everyone who is a member as of right now. I haven't written back because I was checking my email with telnet, so I couldn't actually answer

mntrout, I got your email as well, and I think your idea is great! He asked if I wanted a list of all of the books he was willing to trade. I'm not saying everyone has to do this, because maybe you have thousands of books, but I am going to try and make a list of most of my books..i think this would be an easier way to figure out who to trade with. Maybe I, or mizbehavin can make up a quick webpage listing all members and the books they own/are willing to trade.

Brandi, what do you think of this? I think it might be a good idea to try and so it would be less random for trading? I dunno, something to think about.

Thanks for the great suggestion mntrout!

Current Mood: optimistic
10:06 am
[otome]
The survey thingie
What is your name?
Mariam

Who are your favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling, Garth Nix, Kyoko Mori, Madeline L'engle

Which of these genres do you prefer reading? (pick all that apply): Mysteries, action, non-fiction, historical, humor, biographies, autobiographies, plays, romance, sci fi, women's fiction.
Fiction, Humor, Plays, Romance, Women's fiction

How long does it take you to read a book (on the average)?
Two weeks

Are you willing to have more than one exchange partner?
I guess. :-)

Are there any books that you've been wanting to buy, but have not had the chance to (this way someone who has that book could exchange with you)?
I'm not sure who the author is, but the book's called "Memoirs of a Geisha." My friend let me read part of it and I like it, so I want to go out and buy it sometime.

Current Mood: awake
Saturday, June 23rd, 2001
5:49 pm
[otome]
The usual "Hi" message.
Look at this message. ^^ It's the coolest! -

Hi!!

- See? ^^ Isn't it great? Sike, sike... I'm just saying I've joined the community and that's that. Okay? Bye now!

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, June 22nd, 2001
3:33 pm
[craam]
Thanks to all of you who have already filled out the surveys! :)

However, most of you haven't filled out the survey and we need your input in order to get the pairing and exchanging underway! Here are the questions again:

What is your name?

Who are your favorite authors?

Which of these genres do you prefer reading? (pick all that apply): Mysteries, action, non-fiction, historical, humor, biographies, autobiographies, plays, romance, sci fi, women's fiction.

How long does it take you to read a book (on the average)?

Are you willing to have more than one exchange partner?

Are there any books that you've been wanting to buy, but have not had the chance to (this way someone who has that book could exchange with you)?
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