Introduce Yourself Thread #4
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I am 53, just turned last Sunday, so not quite 53 and a week. I remember when that was such a big deal -- being 7... and a half... or a quarter. LOL I live in West Virginia and am disabled. My home is stuffed with books. Anyone visiting knows immediately that I love to read. I enjoy going to book sales, especially sales that benefit charities. Even though I have been a LibraryThing member since 2007, I only just found this group. It always seems to take me a while to "get there" but I always do eventually and that is all that matters in the end! (I have been reading the Pet Peeves thread and apologize for any punctuation or grammar errors up front and will reserve a copy of "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" at the local library ASAP.)
Looking forward to chatting!
I've always been a big reader but usually borrowed books from the library until a couple of years ago when my husband built a beautiful, quite large bookcase that covers an entire wall in the living room (which is now a library). It's a nice room so I want only hard cover books in the bookcase, and those can be expensive. So I love going to used book sales. I also find places on the Internet where I can win books.
E-books are not for me!
I purchased a Kindle this summer and I love it! I can take dozens of books with me inside me purse! I can read when the electricity goes out (I bought a lighted cover). When I fall asleep reading (with no lights on) it turns itself off after 5 minutes. I thought buying an electronic reader would stop me from collecting books, but now, they are just in a different form!
Yes, sure, I wish Steve a warm welcome, old chap that he is.
I turn sixty next year. According to two doctors, I'm already eighty-five.
I may skip the 60-year-old LTers group altogether, average my ages and join the 70-year-old-LTers group!
But, you guys are still a lot of fun to hang around with.
Oops. Soon 62. How the time has flewn.
Read mostly romances and newsmagazines. Don't watch television. NPR junkie. My canine companion, Bert, passed away 5 years ago; I want another dog, but since he was very challenging (escape artist and self-mutilator, set off by thunderstorms - broke three teeth taking apart a window, and later his jaw, trying to get out of the crate), I'm waiting until I can give one the attention he needs.
Until then, I'm going to lots of music shows. There is a great venue about 10 minutes from my house - Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH - maximum seating is about 225, very intimate, and most musicians who play there love the room, and tend to come back. I saw Bo Diddley there shortly before he passed - as well as Leon Redbone, Steve Forbert, Peter Wolf (of J. Geils Band), the English Beat, the Alarm, Little Feat - and tons of other acts. If you're in the southern NH area, check it out. Also: a second Tupelo Hall has been opened in White River Junction, VT, with a bit more capacity - a little over 300. And for those of you who don't have a lot of money for a night out - they're both BYOB establishments. Website = TupeloHall.com
I'm 51, although I feel about 12 inside, most of the time. Some mornings I feel more like 81, but that's just some arthritis I've developed.
I've been married to the same man for 31 years (not all roses, some thorns too!), have two (somewhat) grown children (one at home, one away) as well as a dog and two indoor cats. The outdoor cats vary, depending on what strays find out that there's food to be had at the last house on the right. :D
I enjoy gardening, and am an avid 'birder' and photographer. I also like to sing. I don't care much for television, or even most movies, so after my computer time, I have a lot of time to READ!
My reading interests are varied, from soup cans to news magazines to catalogs to comics and, of course, to BOOKS. I love books, they are my friends! I rarely get rid of any of them, unless I come across someone who needs a book more than I do.
I've probably bought and given away more copies of the same books than most people: when I've moved long distance, I've found it necessary to trim down my collection, which is very, VERY hard. Then I have to rebuild it, slowly, as I recall what stories I want at hand, again.
Currently I am enjoying exploring the world of mysteries (Laurie King, Stuart Kaminsky, etc.), with a touch of classics (Kim is on my short TBR list and I'm currently reading Mansfield Park), comics (always, my beloved Elfquest series), and some new things I've not read before. I recently reread the Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series after a number of years, and reread The Outsiders one evening in the last month. I have been reading the Bible in the last decade, and have developed a desire to learn more about it.
Whew! Sorry for the long introduction...might be the extra coffee I drank earlier today (I was sleepy).
Anyway, I'm looking forward to conversing with y'all, from the fair state of North Carolina. :)
Our daughter married into a family with the opposite structure. Her mother-in-law was so delighted to finally have another female around!
I'm 57, live in Croydon, UK and took early retirement from my job as a school librarian last year - best decision I ever made! I have two kids, 1d and 1s, daughter is getting married next year so I'm already looking for a mother of the bride outfit that won't make me look/feel stupid :)
Past week or so I've been trying to edit my LT collection as I realised I've got loads of duplicate titles - bad idea as I keep coming across titles I haven't read in years and suddenly getting the urge to re-read them - as if my to read pile isn't big enough ;)