Hey Bonnie!! I'm here!! As a rather Short Time member of Book Buddies, and someone who has been missing from Essencia for awhile, I'd love to get back in touch with everyone again!!! Sign me up, O Fearless Leader!!
9/19/07 8:22 AM
Thanks for telling me about book buddies. I would love to be part of it. I can't promise to be able to read every book - but what ones I can get here downunder I would certainly read and join in :)
Sally from Oz
9/20/07 4:40 PM
This is great but then you are always rallying us back together. I have only been lurking on the Oprah site. between the inavailability of specific books, work and school. I have not even been on my blog in sometime. I will try and read along here when I can.
9/20/07 7:41 PM
So glad you did this Bonnie, and I see some of the starter members are here. You have been so missed. ... All of you.
I was truly shocked to see Oprah delete us all. Oh well! Time to move on. Bonnie, I love the blog.
I am sure everyone knows me but here goes for any that does not. I am Gerry from Florida. I have two children, a son and a daughter, both long gone from home ... One grand daughter who is the greatest. I am having her and two of her friends for the weekend. Love those teen agers. They keep me young.
I live with my Fur Baby "Ganesha". Islanders, you remember that name? ..... She is a toy poodle that will be one year old next month. What a delight she is. She filled a special place in my heart when I lost my beloved "Rouge". I still work but retirement is in my soon future. I am a financial manager for the DOD. Presently my job is consuming too much of me.
I just got back from a cruise to Alaska. I flew into Vancouver and met Teddy (some of you will remember her from the island) at Starbucks for a short visit before boarding the cruise ship. Teddy is a sheer delight. What a treat to get to meet her. The cruise was wonderful, I did lots of things and had the time of my life. Now vacation is over.
I look forward to reading lots of good new books with all of you. I am currently reading "A passage to India" and I am reading the Harry Potter series. I am reading book 2 and loving it. I am watching each one of the movies after I finish the book. It is so much fun being a child again and dwelling in fantasy land. I bought the complete set so Please .. No-one tell me how it ends. :}
Enough from me. Let's get started having as much fun as we use to have. No camels on the blog. Owen Meaney has kept a special place in my heart.
[Note from Bonnie: No camels? No camels on this blog? Umm, we really MUST explain our camel joke to all the newcomers. Somebuddy? Anybuddy?]
Thanks for letting me drift along here.
9/20/07 8:16 PM
Hi and Welcome.
Are you the Kelly that just recently joined the Classics Club?
I am looking forward to getting to know you. Fresh out of university, that is teriffic. Good luck with wherever your future takes you. It is a bright spot on the Horizon for you. So you like a lot of fantasy? A genre I have not ventured in much. That will be an interesting topic of conversation.
9/20/07 8:33 PM
Oh, yes, that is me. I joined and then my dog died and it distracted me from that group. I should be back for October's discussion, though.
I love fantasy, it's my thing. :) Everyone should try it once in a while. Lots of my friends are scared of the whole genre, but there are really things for everyone.
9/20/07 11:04 PM
Responding to Scamper:
Hi there! Congrats on your healthy eating goals! Metabolism stinks, as if people didn't have enough to worry about in their lives! Welcome to the group! I can't place you, so I am not sure if we have ever 'met'.
9/20/07 5:55 PM
Stephanie, you need to bottle how it is you manage to do all the things you manage to do! Glad to see you are joining in!
9/20/07 5:57 PM
Kailana said... Stephanie, you need to bottle how it is you manage to do all the things you manage to do!
Boy do I second that.
Stephanie, you amaze me.
You remind me of the song "I am woman, hear me roar." Go girl.
You make me feel or wish one that I am young again.
How is the job hunt going?
9/20/07 8:28 PM
Welcome. You have sure been busy. Congratulations on the weight loss. They has to be really hard.
I would love to read Trollope. I have several on my TBR list and want so much to read him. What books has your group read and how are you going about reading theem?
Thanks for the information.
9/20/07 8:22 PM
Nice to see your lovely Dutch posts again. So you are a blogger too? Man am I ever behind the times. I just do not comprehend how you all find the time. Or do I just make everything difficult?
9/20/07 8:25 PM
Hi Bonnie and All Book Buddies,
I'm glad you set this up. I am fed up with Oprah as well and have moved the Classics Club book discussions to Yahoo groups.
I can't beleive Harpo deleted all of our book clubs without prior notice and there will be no way to retreive our old messages. That's unaceptable in my book!
Just a heads up that I won't be able to participate much for awhile due to family problems/ obligations, but I do want to be a member and see my old book buddies.
It was a sheer delight to meet Gerry, as well.
9/21/07 12:24 AM
Thank you so much, Bonnie for inviting me here. I sure have missed you & everyone else. I recently tried to get into the Essencia site at Oprah's, but it said I had to sign in once again, or something to that effect. I didn't have time... Anyway, life gets in the way of the fun stuff, so I am slowly getting back to my reading & sketching again.
I purchased the Sony aReader at a great price. It's a portable, digital book. I also got with the purchase, 100 free classic books, so I read 1 book about 700 pages in 1 week. LOL!! I never read that fast before! Someone mentioned Balzac. I also downloaded his books. You can also see pictures & listen to music. The costs of the books are less money & you get the books right away from the Connect Bookstore. However, I did buy 1 book, The 3-Apple-A-Day Plan by Tammi ...? Anyway, it's a great book. I finally weighted myself, & lost 2 pounds. You can order from Amazon. Also, I've been doing interval training. Sprint for 1 minute & walk slowy for 1 minute. Warm up for 2 minutes, then alternate fast, slow, 5-6 times. Warm down 1 minute. This is just wonderful that we can FINALLY post links. I hated not to be able to post this on the Oprah's site.
While I was away, I was sending watch design ideas to 1 of the watch company's owners. He liked my ideas & designs. I've been too chicken to send my other designs to another owner.
I hope everyone is doing well.
I love the image of the sailboat, water & land as I used to go sailing & it reminds me of our Island party getaway, which was a blast!!
9/21/07 12:58 AM
Greetings from India!!
Hi everyone! Good to see you all. I am not sure I know how to post yet, I will only see once this is published.
I would love to read with you all again. I have been reading on my own and not discussing it, which I REALLY want to start.
I look forward to chatting with you all again.
9/21/07 7:10 AM
Oh my, where did my post [it was a COMMENT] on here go? I don't think I deleted it. Oh well, ya'll seem to have gotten it at some point.
I've been off the Oprah boards for a few days (my birthday, my brother-in-law's birthday, and not being able to get on a couple of nights) and when I got back on the PM function was gone. When/if it comes back up, I'll send the members of those 3 groups a PM.
Hehe, I just read your other post to me. I don't mind giving my email out on here if I need to because I can leave it up for a day or two then delete the post. I also thought I saw your email posted over in the Oprah boards somewhere so I could just email you mine. Let me know if you need it. I do have a blogger account under neco.
PS Oh wow, so many post from people I remember on the old boards!
PPS Gerry, I am reading the Harry Potter books too. And I'm on the 2nd book as well. Coincidence? lol We'll have to trade notes on what we think.
9/24/07 2:47 AM
I am quite pleased that Bonnie has set this up. It was good to read the introductions to help refresh my memory of who each person is.
I don't read as much as some of you, but I love to read and the online clubs have been a terrific way for me to broaden my types of reads.
I live in Topeka, Kansas. I am 59 years old and the mother of 3 adult children. My oldest son died unexpectedly August 4 at the age of 29. It has been difficult to cope with our loss. I am thankful that I also have two other adult children ages 24 and 27.
At first I had problems concentrating enough to read, but I am now ready and looking forward to reading along with the Book Buddies. I haven't posted my reads and at a later date this is something I might do. I look forward to finding out what our selections are.
I appreciated the information posted about the Sony EReader. I enjoy books on CD and am considering trying to use an MP3 player for books. Does anyone listen to books that way?
9/24/07 5:55 AM
My friend Emily is very busy, but I'll let this link be a sort of introduction until she gets on here and posts something about herself ... just so you know there is a real person behind that name Emily in the list of participants.
I would love to join your book reading group! However, I am currently finishing up our report for national accreditation. It must be in by October 18, so as you can imagine, if it's not a picture book, I'm not reading it right now. Once my report is in, I'll be back. There is so much I want to read!
9/27/07 4:59 PM