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dec 7, 2007, 7:58 am

I'll be first. I'm Cat, 42 from Maryland. I have 2 great kids, a daughter 20 and a son 17. My loves as far as books are Fantasy and only Fantasy,( I am a Harry Potter geek). I LOVE music, mostly 70's and 80's but some of the new stuff aint too bad. Win or lose I am a Baltimore Ravens fan. Yes, I love football. I am the weird one you see screaming at the tv or getting my blood pressure up over a bad call.
I discovered LT a few weeks ago and I think this is the best idea since sliced bread!

Redigeret: dec 7, 2007, 12:28 pm

I'm Nora from Minnesota. I have two great kids with speech impediments - they both bark. I love all types of books, I'm a "promiscuous" reader. I've recently gotten into classical music and am leaning toward Baroque as my favorite. I hate-hate-stabbity-stab-stab sports and I love movies. I'm just as obsessive about movies as I am about books. I have almost 500 movies in my Netflix queue.

Edited: Whoops, forgot a very important point. Married since 1990!

Redigeret: dec 7, 2007, 12:23 pm

I'm Jim, 45, from Maryland. I have a wife ("the wife") and a 17 year old son ("the son") and a neurotic cat ("Thistle, aka Hey Stupid"). I'm pretty broad in my reading habits, to the point of having to endure ridicule from the wife or friends. (Here's a tip. Never take a book on general relativity on a fishing trip with the guys.) I'm a Baltimore Orioles fan (curse you, Peter Angelos!) and less so a Ravens fan. I've also got pretty broad taste in music. Having a 17 year old son tends to broaden one's horizons...Movies, I'm actually relatively narrow. I like action/adventure, scifi, fantasy stuff, but very little comedy or romance or drama, etc.

dec 11, 2007, 7:52 am

Hi, can I join? I'm Patty, 45, from Connecticut. I have a husband of 18 years, who reads weighty books at the beach and thinks "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a feel-good movie. I read mysteries on the beach and think "It Happened One Night" is a feel-good movie.

I also have two kids, a son (14) and a daughter (12). I am usually reading at least two books at one time, and often 4 or 5. (Hey, I don't feel like eating the same thing all day/week long, why should I read the same thing?) My favorite genres are mysteries and memoirs, with some classic literature thrown in. I also try to keep up on the current YA and Juvenile titles for my work.

Music: I love everything. Honestly. Everything. Pop, rock, alternative, country, opera, classical, Broadway, punk, rap, blues, jazz. I don't love heavy metal, but even then there's a few tunes that charm me.

dec 11, 2007, 8:28 am

Welcome to all! Please feel free to post topics about anything and everything. I am sure there are many of us who are in the 40 Something category and I'd like to get a variety of topics going. ( I sometimes have a lot to say)
Anyway, please feel free to post away and pass the word that the 40 Somethings are here..:)

dec 11, 2007, 10:27 am

I'm Beth, 48, from Northern California. I'm an empty nester with three children 19, 21, and 23, all away at school. I have always loved to read but didn't seem to have much time when I was raising kids. I've just recently begun to read regularly again and am really enjoying it. I'll read almost everything but prefer historical and political nonfiction (just finished Mayflower by Nathan Philbrick, mysteries and legal thrillers, and literary fiction.

In my spare time I like to travel with my husband, garden, and cook. I am also attempting to learn Spanish as I tutor ESL students.

Redigeret: dec 11, 2007, 11:16 am

I'll be 40 next week. I've been married for 17 years and have two teenage boys, 14 and 13.

I love to read and always have. This year I've read the most ever, and I'm oh so close to reaching 100 for the year. We'll see.

I blog and review my books at

Some of my favorite movies include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation, Solaris, Immortal Beloved, The Princess Bride, A Knight's Tale, Groundhog Day, The Mission, and the LOTR Trilogy.

dec 11, 2007, 12:58 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm 45 and married 24 years (with a brilliant son, 23 going on 10). Love books, most kinds, partial to poetry, fantasy, epics and anything with a unique plot or method of telling the tale.

I'm a workaholic (there, I've said it) that spends every ounce of spare time writing, reading or researching for my writing... I've two novels in process that are really diverse... and I'm always writing poetry. I also draw, paint and love printmaking when I can find the right equipment.

Nothing published since college, mostly because I spent the first 20 years of my career pretending not to be artistic. That didn't work... so now I make the room in my life for creativity so it doesn't have to sneak in the windows.

3M3m - we have similar taste in movies! I love all of those that you've listed... even groundhog day!

dec 11, 2007, 4:55 pm

Hi, all. I'm 40 (and a half), single and no kids (just a cat), living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm a computer programmer/technician (which means I fix both hardware and software - it's a rare combo), who reads constantly - a new job plus the holidays means I'm reading only 2-3 books a week instead of 6-8. My primary preferred genre is SF (I include fantasy in that), and then spreads out to include romance, history, historical fiction, science, computers, animals, biography, and words-in-a-row. I also cross-stitch and do other crafts (lots - mostly fiber work, also some woodworking and so on).

Music - mostly I listen to (and sing) filk - science fiction folk songs. They're fun! Folk, country, some rock - if it has a story, I like it (but HATE those songs that consist of two lines repeated for 5 minutes! With bangy drums!). Movies - I don't watch much. I like animated stuff - Disney to anime - some drama, some SF and historical, some musicals. Sky High, The Incredibles, Chronicles of Narnia (waiting anxiously for the next one!), Errol Flynn Robin Hood and several other Robin Hoods (but not Men in Tights or Prince of Thieves), Anastasia...

I _love_ LT. I've been trying to get all my books cataloged for - oh, 20 years? I generally managed to catalog one genre and then I'd run out of steam, and have to start over when I started up again because so many books had been added and removed. Now almost everything is in my catalog and I can turn to reviewing and tagging and all kinds of neat stuff! And talking with people from all over the place who think about books the way I do. Yay!

dec 11, 2007, 7:44 pm

For today, I will have to settle for referring you to my LibraryThing profile. But I am here, and will post more soon.

dec 11, 2007, 8:37 pm

>8 villandry: Villandry, wow, that's great we have so many 'movie loves' in common!

dec 13, 2007, 12:10 am


I'm Dan, 41, married, father of an adopted 10-year-old in Montgomery County, Maryland, 20 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. I'm in to many authors such as George Orwell, E.L. Doctorow, David Mamet, Charles Bukowski, Raymond Carver, E.B. White, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, Tom Robbins, Jack Kerouac, Richard Russo and Annie Dillard. Man, that's the short list - you understand that, right?

I love the music of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Ryan Adams and Conor Oberst, also Townes Van Zandt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Genesis, U2 and Led Zeppelin. That is, I love rock 'n roll, but I also love alt-country, folk, blues, jazz, rhythm & blues, soul, funk, and oh my god, yes, "classic rock."

I love the films of Robert Altman, Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, the Coen Brothers, Clint Eastwood and Sean Penn.

The last movie I saw was "Georgia Rule," an underrated film about redemption starring Jane Fonda, Lindsey Lohan and Felicity Huffman.

On TV, I enjoy House. Boston Legal,The Sopranos, Weeds & The Twilight Zone.

dec 14, 2007, 3:24 am

Hi, I'm Nadine, I'm 40. I live in Arizona with my significant other Lee. No kids. I read fairly eclectically and do some reviewing for a local sf/f publication. While both of us like sf/f, I'm the one who reads most of the other stuff, with the exception of the TV reference stuff.
Right now, I'm on a gothic mystery kick, but that's petering out for now, so we'll see what comes up next.
Last movie seen was Stardust.
I like House and Project Runway.

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dec 18, 2007, 8:53 pm

Hi, I'm Mike, i'm a few days short of 41. I live in Virginia with my wife and daughters. The oldest just turned 7, the middle one is two and a half, and the youngest is a few days short of being born. In addition to reading i also enjoy music and movies. I read a variety of stuff, I enjoy SF and history in particular.

The last movie I saw was "The Hulk" which I hated. On tv I like Battlestar Galacticia, My Name is Earl, Dr Who, and The Shield.


dec 19, 2007, 8:23 am

My name is Michael and I am a bookaholic.

I'm 43 and live "down the shore" in New Jersey, but I will always be a Noo Yawkuh.

The most important people in my life are the missus and my two stepchildren, who are three (girl) and sixteen (boy). The missus is a country girl from a long line of farmers.

The last film I watched was Amazing Grace about William Wilberforce and the fight to end the slave trade in England. I collect classic films, mostly black & white. Don't watch much television at all except for historical documentaries.

As for music it's pretty much heavy metal, classical and jazz.

My library says it all for my reading tastes.

Because I am still in uniform there is a lot I will not discuss about myself and family for reasons of PerSec and OpSec (Personal and Operational Security). I have been doing what I do since 1984 and will continue to do so as long as I can keep up with folks half my age.

dec 23, 2007, 8:30 am

I also love Battlestar Galactica and Dr. Who. My family loves sci-fi. We're into Stargate Atlantis as well, and have watched all the Stargate SG-1 episodes. I also enjoy Lost, Heroes, Survivor, and Kid Nation. Thank goodness we have TiVo, or we couldn't keep track of it all.

Can you believe with all that TV, I'm still hopefully going to reach 100 books this year?

dec 26, 2007, 9:13 pm

I'm 42 and live in Virginia currently but who knows where I'll be next. I was born and raised in Connecticut but have also lived for 5 years in New Hampshire and a short while in North Carolina. My husband and I moved to Virginia this past April.

We've been married for almost 10 years - no children but I do have a stepson that lives with his mother.

My favorite genre of books are the Regency era - Jane Austen, of course, but also 20th century authors such as Georgette Heyer, Elizabeth Mansfield and Barbara Metzger. I have ventured into other genres as I love other classics - L. M. Montgomery being another favorite.

I love, love, love 70's & 80's music as well as today's country (the old twangy stuff? Never!).

My taste in movies is all over the board so it would be hard to pick one category. I too have a long Netflix queue. :)

Redigeret: dec 27, 2007, 12:52 am

I'm just about to hit magical 42, and I have to say, I love being in my 40s. I live in the Seattle area, am married (to an ardent book collector) and have a couple of nice cats (no kids, none in the works).

I like a lot of the shows folks have mentioned; addicted to House, and also love Dexter, Weeds, BSG, the new Dr Who and Torchwood, and The Tudors. Love good movies too, and also have a 300-plus long Netflix queue. The last movie I watched was the Futurama movie; before that, The Golden Compass.

I love all sorts of music, from Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg to Ella Fitzgerald to Nina Hagen. Can't stand most of what's currently on the radio, though, so I live and die by the iPod.

I read a little of everything; lately have been very into historic fiction, but I love science fiction, non-fiction of all kinds, and plain old "literature." Right now I'm reading The World Without Us and loving it, and also The Terror - and also loving it. Next on my list is Gould's Bully for Brontosaurus and whatever else I find at Half Price Books.

dec 27, 2007, 12:20 pm

I'm Dottie Jo, I'm 43, and I live in lovely, downtown Levittown, Pennsylvania with my husband of 18 years, my sons (17 & 14 years old), and my 2 dogs Daisy and Indiana. But in my heart of hearts I'm a true New Yorker. Love "The City" - go every chance I get. Mostly to photograph as much of it as possible.

My favorite authors are Stephen King (favorite is The Stand), Tracey Chavalier, Janet Evanovich and Khaled Housseini.

Favorite films are Indiana Jones trilogy, Star Wars series, A Fish Called Wanda, When Harry Met Sally, Lost in Translation, Harry Potter series...and far to many others to name. I am a HUGE movie fan!

Also a HUGE reality TV Amazing Race, Survivor, American Idol, Project Runway, Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars, America's Next Top name it, I watch it! Also loved The Soprano's and Sex in the City.

dec 30, 2007, 10:31 pm

I'm so glad I stumbled on this group! I just turned 47 on Dec 27th so I certainly qualify! I'm married and between the two of us we have four children. My two sons are 26 and 24; my husband has a 19 yr old son and a 16 yr old daughter. We also have two greyhounds - Omaha and Suzie.

After 15 years of accounting, I changed careers to teach math. I still keep the CPA license active, but I don't regret changing careers at all! My bank account is much smaller and I'm much happier!

My hobbies include reading (of course), scuba diving with my sons (my husband hates it), sports (my husband currently coaches and I have in the past), knitting, playing the piano, and a few other things.

As you can see from my library, I read many different types of books. My favorite books of all time are To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, Gone With the Wind, Ender's Game, and Fahrenheit 451.

My oldest son shares my love for books. We're making a concentrated effort to read more books by Georgia authors. It's a very interesting journey.

My husband and I love watching movies and that eats into my reading time occasionally. I will also admit that I love Star Trek (the original series and The Next Generation), The Twilight Zone, and Ghost Hunters. I love my DVR! :)

I'm sure I've told you more than you care to know. I tend to do that from time to time. Just ignore me when you need to. :)

jan 2, 2008, 1:46 pm

Happy New Year everyone! My name is Nancy and I'll be 41 in a couple of weeks. My partner and I have a 2-year old (!) son named Jack. He is very busy and takes up a lot of time and energy for these old mamas.

I tend toward nonfiction books about religion, sociology, memoirs, popular history and some science/nature. In fiction I lean toward crime/thriller/mystery. I'm hoping to read some "higher quality" fiction this year. I moved away from it when I returned to get my college degree a few years ago, and I've been stuck on a brain candy binge since then.

I hope, hope, hope to get Jack to love books as much as I do, but we'll see.

Great to meet you all. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

jan 3, 2008, 2:31 am

I found this group through a friend, but feel somewhat of a charlatan by posting. Is a Forty-Something Emeritus welcome?

What I find particularly interesting is that there is just as much talk about movies as there is about books. There was a time when most movies were book adaptations, but that seems less the case these days. Does anyone besides me think that is unfortunate?

jan 3, 2008, 8:49 am


You have such a way with words. Time for me to break out my dictionary..:)

jan 3, 2008, 5:30 pm

>22 Django6924: I'd think it was more unfortunate if the book adaptations were better. Given many of the movies 'based on books' recently, I'd be just as happy if they'd leave my nice books alone...

Admittedly I'm looking forward eagerly to Prince Caspian.

Redigeret: jan 3, 2008, 6:19 pm

>24 jjmcgaffey:
Well, you do have a good point when it comes to masterpieces. If a book is great, the subject has seemingly found its ideal treatment and is not likely to be improved. (I think this has always been the case with books to movies.) But I think that few movies made from original scripts are usually as good as a movie made from a book that has distinction, but is not really a masterpiece. No one except graduate students in Am. Lit. read "To Have and Have Not" today, but the movie is still immortal, thanks to Bogie and Bacall and "you know how to whistle, don't you Steve?..." The problem with the majority of movies today is that they are based on video games or amusement park rides.

jan 7, 2008, 9:48 am

Hi, I` Nick, I`m in the UK and currently live in the Amber Valley area on the Notts/Derbyshire border, pretty much on the edge of D H Lawrence country - his birthplace is around 45 minutes walk from our house.

Like most people, my musical tastes have changed as I`ve gone through life (punk and rock as a kid, then reggae, jazz, blues etc as I got older). I used to go in for very varied reading matter, but less so now, probably because with a business to run and a small child, it`s difficult to make a space for reading. I do enjoy vintage detective fiction, especially the Sexton Blake stories. At present I`m re-reading my collection of old Sexton Blake Library titles and entering them on LT as I finish each one. Music-wise, generally jazz, blues, reggae, a bit of light classical, some of the `English singer-songwriter` tradition - Steve Harley, Al Stewart, Beatles etc.

My hobbies generally are live music, live theatre and the countryside. Sadly, we no longer live near to a theatre or live music venue, but do have very easy access to the countryside.

I come from the same area as Ned Ludd (Ned Ludd the English historical figure, not the writer), and pride myself on being a bit of a Luddite. Was the last of all my friends to apply for a credit card, and rarely use it even now, don`t have an IPod or MP3, would never have bought a computer if we didn`t need it for work. LT is the only social/recreational-type site I ever use - I did dabble with MySpace and BookGroupOnline, but they never held my interest. In my view, King Canute had the right idea !

jan 7, 2008, 2:22 pm

Hello, I am Stasia and have been a member of LT for going on 2 years. I am 45 and will have been married 20 years in June (very hard to believe!). I have 2 teenage daughters that I am homeschooling (both are high school juniors).

My reading tastes are somewhat eclectic. I read a lot of nonfiction, mainly history and biographies, as well as mysteries, romantic suspense and romances.

I enjoy game playing - both board games and video games. I also like to cross stitch and cook. I am also a serious baseball fanatic!

jan 7, 2008, 7:00 pm

#27 alcottacre - I love baseball too. What team is your favorite? Mine is Boston, of course, being from New England. :)

jan 7, 2008, 7:04 pm

I'm an ex-Midwesterner now based in France. Main interest is in fiction and politics. Recently published a novel called The Contractor.

jan 7, 2008, 8:51 pm

#28 - Sox, Schmox...where I come from real fans love the Orioles! 8^}

jan 7, 2008, 8:54 pm

I'll have to get back to you on that one dr. I do love my hometown teams but I miss the Orioles of old. Rick Dempsey, Eddie know, a winning team. ;D

jan 7, 2008, 8:57 pm

Heh. The good ole days...Brooks, Palmer, Boog...Maybe we need to run Angelos out of town on a rail. ;^}

jan 8, 2008, 8:05 am

#28 jannief: I am a huge Cubs fan, but I will watch anybody play just because I love the game. I also root for other teams as well, most of them in the NL Central and NL East. I am definitely a Senior Circuit fan.

jan 8, 2008, 12:43 pm

Orioles, Cubs, they're all cool. There would only be a problem if you said Yankees. *wink* You know I just HAD to say that. :)

jan 8, 2008, 1:26 pm

Hi, I'm Tracy, 43, from Minnesota. Married for 16 years, no kids, one dog. I've been on LT for just over a year and love it. I was an English major who started down a literary Ph.D. path (early 20th century American) but gave it up when I found I loved to teach but didn't love to write articles. Now I own my own technology-based business and read more than I ever did in grad school.

jan 8, 2008, 2:57 pm

>35 Talbin: *waves at Talbin from the suburbs*

jan 8, 2008, 3:56 pm

#34 jannief: Can't stand the Yankees! (and me originally from Pennsylvania)

jan 8, 2008, 4:51 pm

Good answer! :)

jan 8, 2008, 6:08 pm

>36 Morphidae: *Waves back at Morphidae from Bloomington*

jan 9, 2008, 7:53 am

Anybody but the Yankees!

jan 9, 2008, 7:54 am


jan 9, 2008, 10:55 am

Growing up in Kansas City, my feelings about the Yankees were ambivalent, to say the least. KC was a Triple A farm team for the Yankeesfrom the late 1930s to 1954, and most Yankee greats spent some time playing there, and naturally we had an almost paternal interest in the team. Then KC acquired the Philadelphia Athletics and we grew to hate the Yankees who used our new team as floormats--and always had the dough to buy any good player from the cash-strapped Athletics' owner.

We always booed the Yankees, but I remember one game when Mantle came to bat in the first inning and, left-handed, hit a ball over the outside wall in right field--a prodigious blast. The crowd booed him as he circled the bases and KC was down 2--0 in the first 5 minutes of the game. When he came to bat in the 7th, it was 7--1 and the KC pitcher had been changed, of course, and Mantle was batting right-handed. On the 2nd pitch he hit the ball OVER the light stands in left center field. Those stands were at least 100' high and located behind the 415' mark on the fence. The crowd was silent watching the ball disappear into the night, then broke into applause. You had to honor and respect exceptional achievement like that. (In the papers the next day, there was a picture of the car windshield where Mantle's 2nd home run landed; the distance the ball traveled was reckoned at 625')

jan 9, 2008, 11:35 am

Oh yes, the Yankees as a team - BOO HISS. But individual members and their achievements, definitely admirable.

jan 9, 2008, 11:39 am

For us it was booing Barry Bonds, until inevitably he would hit one out in Qualcomm (San Diego) Stadium... then suddenly the stands were full of Giant fans -- the horror, the horror!

The Yankees domination of the Royals carried into the 70's too, with those playoff series...

jan 9, 2008, 12:31 pm

>44 TeacherDad:

Yes, first the Athletics, then the Royals--it's still the city slickers taking advantage of the hayseeds.

But remember after 2001? The Yankees sort of became America's team--we wanted them to be dominant after the events of 9/11--for a year, anyway.

jan 9, 2008, 1:35 pm

#43 - Agree totally. But as far as George Steinbrenner goes, don't get me started!

jan 9, 2008, 3:23 pm

Plus, they don't seem to be a team these days - just a bunch of individuals with large egos! Yeah, Steinbrenner, we'll leave that alone. :)

jan 9, 2008, 6:54 pm

#47 - Large egos and even larger paychecks!

jan 10, 2008, 1:50 am

and I'd trade checks in a second, even if it meant being a Yankee...

jan 10, 2008, 4:46 am

#49 TeacherDad - Since I am a homemaker, I don't even get a check, so I might trade places even if it meant be a Yankee (but only for a day . . .)

jan 10, 2008, 9:54 am

Yes, well a day's wage as a Yankee beats a yearly salary anywhere else. :p

jan 10, 2008, 10:36 am

To put their salaries in perspective, in 1961 Mickey Mantle became the highest-paid Yankee when he signed a contract for $75,000. This was AFTER a decade of play that saw him win the MVP twice and finish 2nd in MVP voting in 1960. 1961 would be the year, of course, when he had his career high of 54 home runs and might, were it not for injuries, have won the contest with Roger Maris to beat Ruth's HR record.

$75,000 adjusted for inflation would be about $850,000 today--about what an infielder hitting .250 on a second division team makes.....

feb 6, 2008, 9:08 pm

Not that I dislike sports, but I think athletes' salaries outpace their value by about 1,000 times. It's not like they're are saving lives or guiding nations. Mantle's salary was far more realistic than the astronomical sums paid today. I recently heard Terry Bradshaw laughing about the salary he was paid when he was a quarterback compared to what quarterbacks are paid today. Though I'm sure he's still doing rather well for himself these days.

feb 6, 2008, 11:03 pm

"outpace their value" -- to whom?

It's not like society or dieing people are paying them, the people who write the checks decide their value...

feb 7, 2008, 12:30 am

I'm 48, married with one son who's 11. We live in Wellington, New Zealand - fifty yards from where several scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. I work part-time for a web development company, am active in issues around sustainable energy, peak oil and climate change, and write (as discussed at, and in my LT author profile)


feb 7, 2008, 8:42 am

>54 TeacherDad: You are correct that it is the market place's decision about someone's relative worth.

feb 7, 2008, 5:45 pm

Greetings all, I'm a UK bookworm living in the beautiful West Country. 41 racing towards 42, no children, 2 dogs (alias 'Beast1' and 'Beast2'). Married to a non-reader! I'm shy, don't usually socially network but sometimes feel the need for places like this to discuss the books I'm reading.

Favourite genre is horror - love a good ghost story, not keen on blood and guts though. I also enjoy crime, mystery, historical, modern lit, classics, backs of cereal packets etc. Favourite authors are Jonathan Aycliffe and Stephen King. This is a really hard one and ever changing but at the moment, my favourite book is probably The Quincunx by Charles Palliser. I'm currently reading (and loving) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

I also love films (must be a 40-something thing!) - horrors of course, thrillers, old B&W classics such as Hobson's Choice, Blythe Spirit and of course It's a Wonderful Life. I rarely meet a piece of music I don't like so I have somewhat eclectic taste from Ella Fitzgerald & Paolo Nutini to Radiohead and Nikelback.

feb 7, 2008, 9:20 pm

Oooo, The Quincunx! I haven't thought of that one for a while. I'm going to have to hunt it up for a re-read!

Redigeret: feb 7, 2008, 10:56 pm

Hi, I'm Julie from Northern NJ. I'm 46, happily married for 19 years and we have a 14 years old son (eek! puberty!). We also have a great big golden retriever that is convinced he owns us! I love to read mostly historical novels, but am branching out and getting into more romantic stuff, while still trying to keep some "kul-chah" on my reading list at the same time.

edited because I actually put down my wrong age! Does anyone else have trouble keeping track of how old they are? LOL! Often I have to think of what year I was born, and then figure it out!

feb 8, 2008, 8:22 am

Hey! You from Joisey? I'm from Joisey! What exit?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

feb 8, 2008, 12:14 pm

#60 Ha-ha! No idea, I'm closer to the GSP than the Turnpike!

feb 8, 2008, 12:49 pm

I guess i can't keep track -- I've been calling myself 42 (as in my age, not as in talking to myself using that as my name...) since last fall, even tho I won't be until April... maybe I have subconscious fear of the "1" in 41?

feb 9, 2008, 8:08 am

>59 ktleyed:...I never remember my exact age! I have to count back from my birth year (62). I think it's because I don't feel 45. I feel more like I'm 35. or 30. In my head. (My body feels at leat 45!)

feb 11, 2008, 10:16 am

#63 - Yes, our brains and our bodies never seem to be in sync. Sigh!

feb 11, 2008, 8:35 pm

Not a new problem! Cf. Chaucer's Reeve:

"Till we be rotten, can we not be ripe;
We hop away, while that the world will pipe;
For in our will there sticketh aye a nail,
To have an hoary head and a green tail,
As hath a leek; for though our might be gone,
Our will desireth folly ever-in-one:
For when we may not do, then will we speak,
Yet in our ashes cold does fire reek."

feb 19, 2008, 8:43 pm

Hello from Wisconsin... *waves at Morphidae and Talbin from just over the border*

Been on LT for just over a year but it feels much longer. ??? Have been a book hoarder all my life. After many moves and dragging many boxes of the beasts everywhere we go, am trying desperately to rid myself of that particular obsession. Not so good at letting go of them just yet, however. Husband isn't any better at it and hoards just as successfully.

Empty nester 43-year-old with a daughter about to turn 20.

Currently taking part in the Triple-8 challenge. Main hobby loves are reading, photography (flickr occupies most of my online time) but I just dabble as I'm trying to improve with my new camera, writing, crochet, and drinking coffee. :D

feb 29, 2008, 2:39 am

Hello. I'm Mark from Seattle. I'm 46 and discovered LT through a co-worker while I was working in a bookstore a couple of years ago. These days I'm a stay-at-home father of a two-year-old son, which means that my reading time has been drastically reduced.

I read a little bit of everything with an emphasis on literary fiction. Over the past year I've started to read a lot more nonfiction. I think I'm subconciously getting ready for all the questions my son will start asking in a year or so.

feb 29, 2008, 11:02 am

Welcome, Mark, and nice try... but you'll never be ready for all the questions your son will ask!

Remember, it's just like reading to a baby -- it's not that important what you say, it's how you say it; as long as you sound confident, wise, knowledgable, and authoritative, you can make up the answers as you go and they'll believe every word...

mar 1, 2008, 6:32 pm

Amen to that! Unfortunately, the son, who's now almost 18, inherited my - erm - extemporaneous ability and isn't afraid to use it...8^}

mar 6, 2008, 8:46 pm

Hiya. I'm Jacquie from Birmingham, UK and I'm coming up to 45 in May. I'm not working at the moment, but I am studying for a Executive PA Diploma so that I can go out and earn lots of cash in order to fuel my addiction to books.

I read a lot and never seem to get rid of any of my books, not intentionally anyway. Had a bad "moving house" experience last year and lost a couple of boxes of books but I'm trying to recover from my loss.

I'll read anything except romance, pulp romance that is.

Nice to meet you all.

mar 7, 2008, 6:20 pm

I'm Julie from Michigan, 46 divorced, two cats, no kids. I have broad tastes in music, though adore 80s alternative. (Ok, I also like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and that classic 70s stuff, too.)

I have equally broad tastes in books, though to look at my library, you'd think all I ever read is esoteric stuff. I'm also a fan of sweet and quirky romances, fiction of all sorts, sci fi and fantasy, poetry, and a good how-to or self-improvement book.

I work in software sales, and one of these days really need to start my own business!

mar 11, 2008, 1:26 am

Hi I'm Judy from Melbourne (Aust) turning 49 this year so I've only just made it into your group. Married, three kids (all adults now), was a preschool teacher until last year when I finished my Masters and am now a fully fledged librarian.

I read all sorts of things - mostly fiction, and I do enjoy the occasional foray into fantasy / sci fi and horror. I have a notebook full of books I want to read, boxes of books I haven't yet read and shelves of books already read at least once. I don't expect to ever finish them all, so long as I can read the best ones!!

mar 11, 2008, 2:07 am

#71 and 72

Hello Julie and Judy

mar 11, 2008, 7:59 am


mar 11, 2008, 8:25 am

Hi, I'm new. The nick is Lentil and I prefer to use that as I really despise my first name. I'm 49, married, no kids, but two cats who think they are human. I live in Illinois.
I read everything and my books are taking over my house. I like horror, biography, history, you name it.
I also love music. Varied taste there too, like musicals, oldies, some classical, blues, jazz.

apr 16, 2008, 12:58 pm

Hi everyone! I'm Meg from Palo Alto, CA and I just slip under the wire here at 49 - so I guess I can stay for the rest of the year anyway. I'm married (coming up on 20 years) with two highschool aged sons (one off to University of Chicago next year), and I'm an ex-lawyer-turned-writer, with a novel, The Wednesday Sisters, coming out in June. My reading taste tends to mainstream and literary fiction, mysteries, and travel.

And (given all the baseball talk), I'm a Cubs fan.

apr 16, 2008, 1:00 pm

Welcome! Happy to have you hang out with us...even if you are a Cubbies fan!

apr 16, 2008, 7:48 pm


It's been a long, dry spell.

You're not a Sox fan are you, dr? If so, I just don't know if we can be friends. ;-)

apr 16, 2008, 9:40 pm

Nope. Orioles. But my roomie in college was a big Cubs fan. This was back when the O's were decent, so I got to lord it over him on a regular basis...8^}

apr 16, 2008, 11:32 pm

Wow, that's lookin' far back in history... "when the O's were decent"
it's a shame how that franchise has fallen...

but the Cubs? they'll be pitiful for another 100 years...

apr 17, 2008, 8:05 am

The O's were decent? When? Prove it!

Ok..I seem to recall something like a world series win but surely that was another lifetime.

apr 17, 2008, 8:22 am

Sure seems like it...especially after the last couple of games...

Redigeret: apr 17, 2008, 7:24 pm

Welcome megwaiteclayton I'm one of the ER pack awaiting your book. :) Nice to meet you!

apr 20, 2008, 1:25 pm

Nice to meet you, too, KinnicChick!

And TeacherDad, them's fighting words!

apr 20, 2008, 3:44 pm

Hi there , thought this might be a great place to vent , rant and I'm Terri , and I have 9 kids, some of who never leave home , some who keep re-appearing and some who actually moved out!, They range in age from 31 to 12. There are 3 boys , 6 Girls , at 16 they all got ladders and suitcases! I have 3 wonderful grandkids who I spoil rotten to get my mothers revenge!. I read books , with print, pretty much anything. I tend to go in spurts of diff types. At one time I had the largest collection of romances but haven't read one in years, and just recently donated over 2500 to local charities and such( no I don't want any more!!) If I count all the kids books( I read everything my kids read) I read I probably read close to 500 books a year.Most of them mindless pleasure reads. I'm a collector of things, Ty's , Harrod Bears, Plates, Dolls , Charms , Polar Bears, Movies, and Books. The local school loves using my place for scavengar hunts! I live in Alberta Canada and am a die hard TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS fan! I also support the Leyton Orient Football(soccer). I live on 320 acres of Horse Ranch. We have Arabians and Morgans. I recently retired due to medical, darn M.S. , from Search and Rescue in the Canadian North , Inuvik. I tend to live from crisis to crisis , from "omg moments" to "this is not happening moments"!..(might be because of all the kids?). Feel free to vent along with me , sanity is

apr 20, 2008, 3:47 pm

P.S. WAHHHHHH I WANT TO MOVE!!!!!.. WE JUST GOT 5 INCHES OF FRESH SNOW and its still bloody , blasted , grrrr , snowing and yes I know its April, Sob, Sob..Sniff!

apr 20, 2008, 6:19 pm

Heh. Not to rub it in, but it was in the 80's F here in Maryland yesterday...8^}

Welcome to our little group!

apr 20, 2008, 8:32 pm

move over,,,its still snowing turn on the electric blankie , get a hot toddy , start a

apr 20, 2008, 9:59 pm

Welcome mcclean..this is the perfect place to vent, rant, and rave. Snow in April? I'd be crying too. And let me just say wow! 9 kids?! Busy lady. I'm getting ready to have an empty nest and I'm none too happy about it.

apr 20, 2008, 10:53 pm

see mcclean packing bags , 1 pink suitcase 1 blue suitcase , now where am i sending them

apr 21, 2008, 7:53 am


apr 24, 2008, 3:38 pm

Hello I'm Lizz from Florida! I have just joined Library Thing and this is my first message! I just turned 49 (gasp!) and am unsure of how that happened. I KNOW with CERTAINTY that I am still 22 and adorable! I have a 19 year old son, a 33 year old step daughter and 3 grandkids from her. I need to read the way most people need to breathe, I can almost always be found either curled up with a book or on the internet looking for books! I am pretty eclectic tastes, but I just noticed that I haven't listed any of the more serious books here in my library. Better get on that!

apr 24, 2008, 10:49 pm

Welcome mcclean and WeeSmu! mcclean, I know some of your pain... (okay, not much but SOME!) I only have one child (she's 20) who is moving back in next week (just when I was getting used to the empty nest) and being from Wisconsin, I've heard the forecast for tomorrow (snow!) and I'm thinking the whole packing thing sounds like a good idea!

I'm assured that her move is TEMPORARY and they'll (she's bringing a roommate!) be gone again very soon (less than two months...), but I've heard this can happen again and again and again.... :)

apr 25, 2008, 9:43 pm

Welcome mcclean and weesmu, nice to have you, mcclean, what kind of dogs do you have? I am an animal lover, and have 3 dogs myself-2 mini-dachsunds and a chinese crested, we also have a Bengal cat, his name is Miles and he is the newest and youngest addition from my daughter,upon moving back in, may I add. Weesmu, I just returned 3 books to the library on cats that I was looking through with my husband, and we were admiring the Scottish Folds. My cousin owned one at one time but she has so many animals I can't keep track if they are still around. She is an animal trainer for commercials. Mcclean, you sound like you had quite an adventurous life, I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but I think you are the kind of person who can't be kept down.Mary Beth

apr 26, 2008, 9:00 pm

Welcome mcclean and weesmu.

Wesmu, I don't know how you got up to twenty-two, since I believe I was born the same year you were, and I still think of myself as 19. (Never mind my 18- and 15-year-old sons!)

apr 27, 2008, 12:00 am

I'm re-reading my post from the other night and it sounds funny that I said "Nice to have you'" Oh, well, I knew what I meant at the time!MB

maj 12, 2008, 4:33 pm

Here's a question for all you 40-somethingers. Do you think we're different from 30-something readers or 50-something readers?

maj 12, 2008, 7:48 pm

Well, I think we're generally ten years older than the 30-somethings, and on average probably 10 years younger than the 50-somethings...

maj 12, 2008, 10:28 pm

I'm new here and I can't believe I'm 49 - how did that happen...??!! I grew up in northern NJ and moved to CO 21 years ago. Wonderful place to live. Have a husband, a son in high school, a golden retriever and a cat, and a full-time job. Still somehow make time to read - not happy unless I have a book going, Mostly fiction, some memoirs and some non-fiction. Enjoy The Office, 30 Rock, Lost and Battlestar Galactica. Miss the NJ shore but get to Maui most years to get my ocean fix - it'll be CA this year though.

maj 13, 2008, 7:47 am

Welcome coppers! Jump in and get your feet wet. We don't mind at all, in fact we encourage it!

maj 13, 2008, 9:52 am

#98 - TeacherDad - *snort* I like your answer. :)

maj 13, 2008, 12:33 pm

#99 Hi copper, I'm from and still live in northern NJ and have a golden too! Welcome!

maj 13, 2008, 2:19 pm

101 -- thanks, I thought for sure someone would post that it was more of a smartass 20-something comment...

99 -- where in CA?, maybe I can wave to you over a book on the beach...

maj 13, 2008, 10:32 pm

103 - I won't be doing much reading at Disneyland but plan on making up for that on the beach in San Diego (Coronado). Ahhh...

maj 13, 2008, 11:17 pm

Hi, I'm Roger, 44. Live in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, though I grew up in Santa Monica and I'm still a beach kid at heart. Divorced with two sons, 13 and 18. Hey Talbin, I did some time on the PhD path as well...3 years at UCLA studying 19th Century American Lit (Melville anyone?) before I ran screaming. I actually disliked both the pressure to write AND the teaching (what do you say to some business major undergrad when they ask "what's going to be on the final?" "Erm...the books you read?") Turns out I only went to grad school because I just wanted to hang out in college longer and read good books. But nobody wanted to pay me to do that! So now I'm a lawyer (after a stint as a writer and editor for trade publications).

As a lit major I've read most of the classics...both fiction, essays and poetry. (I can still recite the opening lines of the Canterbury the Middle English! I'm such a dork.) Hard to define my recent reading. A lot of non-fiction. Right now I'm reading The First Word. Before that it was High Crimes, about Everest (love adventure and outdoor writing. Before that it was The Kite Runner and Clapton. Sort of all over the place really. I recently discovered David Quammen, a natural history essayist who's spectacular.

Movie wise I love many genres. But my all time favorites are the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood Westerns (I'm a not very closeted Western fan). I don't have TV. Well, I have a TV for watching movies...but I got rid of cable a long time ago. The truth is I can get wrapped up in TV as much as the next person...but I got tired of paying for 800 channels which I was constantly surfing looking for whatever sucked the least. I do miss John Steward and Steven Colbert though. outdoor sports. And Baseball.

maj 14, 2008, 12:36 am

Welcome! I'd be divorced myself, if not deader than dead, if I got rid of the cable...

Dodgers or Angels?

maj 14, 2008, 7:57 am

Welcome rbacklar. I'm not a big tv fan myself..but I make up for that with the internet. As for cable...shoot, if we didn't have cable that would mean my husband would want more attention. That would seriously interupt my computer time. We'll keep the cable.

maj 14, 2008, 8:08 am

#105 - So, what did you think of High Crimes? I've heard it's too good a story to be true from one person, another thought it was written to make Kodas look all good and the bad guys all bad. I had it on my TBR list, then reluctantly took it off since I've got about 80 books on the list without it...

maj 14, 2008, 10:23 am

>105 rbacklar: - Hi, Roger, and welcome. Yes, I know the "I want to read books and I don't want to be in the 'real' world" path to grad school - very well! I'm just not sure why there aren't more paying jobs for people like us! I was a Modernism girl, though - early 20th century American fiction. My way of avoiding writers like Melville and Dickens. ;)

Redigeret: maj 16, 2008, 3:44 pm

I'm Joy from Tennessee. I'm the mom of two - we have potty training & puberty going on in our house. My spouse & I chase after the toddler & we look after the dog & cat. We are a working family that's making it up as we go along.

After wandering the east coast as a military brat, I studied English in college. I originally planned to go on to library school. I changed my mind a year before graduating & took my degree & looked for a job. I got one in a hospital lab and after a couple of years, decided to become a nurse.

With both sides of my brain clicking along, I dive in & tackle most of the problems that present themselves in the course of a day. A bookworm at heart, I take time out to read whenever possilble - which is a challenge these days. Family first, which includes corralling children, walking the dog, attending scout meetings and getting homework done. Not terribly exciting but tremendously rewarding! If nothing else, I'm raising bookworms!

Glad to be here in the 40-something group!

maj 14, 2008, 11:14 am

Welcome Joy!
Puberty AND potty training. That sounds like some form of torture.;)

Redigeret: maj 14, 2008, 12:37 pm

Nah, just waited a looong time between 1 & 2. Pregnancy & Childbirth in your 40's is very different from doing it in your 30's. I nap on the weekends when our little guy naps just so I can keep up with him!

It's all an adventure, don't you know? Or at least an endurance test. :)

maj 14, 2008, 11:04 pm

Yes...I think my 13 year old is about to divorce me due to the lack of cable. TeacherDad--When I was growing up we didn't even get a color TV until my dad got remarried and I was 13. And that only lasted a year before it burst into flames! And I wasn't allowed to watch TV on school nights period. I managed to keep myself busy. My son is unmoved by that story.
Honestly I don't miss TV.

Oh..and Dodgers. I said I live in LA. The Angels are not an LA team ;-) I don't care what they call themselves now. I grew up the Walt Alston/Tommy Lasorda/O'Malley era. My fanhood was cemented in the Garvey/Lopes/Russell/Cey a child my bedroom was plastered with pictures of Ron Cey. I remember when, Giants aside, our real enemies were the dreaded Big Red Machine!

Drneutron--I actually enjoyed High Crimes. It's well written and interesting and if you like "Everest Lit," it's worth the read. I think you have to go into it recognizing that it only tells one side of the central story. If you can keep that in mind it's still compelling. Plus, it uses that central story (two really) as the back bone for a broader look at the state of climbing on Everest.

Talbin, I enjoyed the Modernists as well...that's about where my interest ended...couldn't get my mind around the Post-Modernists...or Post-Modern Criticism. That's when I dropped out...when I realized I wasn't smart enough to understand the criticism I was supposed to be imitating. I love the British Romantics as well. Somewhere I still have my 80 page undergrad thesis on Wordsworth's "The Prelude." Riveting I'm sure!

maj 15, 2008, 12:33 am

Hi all you new folks, I haven't been in here for a while. IMHO, we are definitely different than those older and younger than us. I know I felt different when I was in my 30's and the beginning of my 40's was a shake-up. I wouldn't go back, except for the firm thighs and perky breasts. I really like me 40-something Mary Beth

maj 16, 2008, 12:54 pm

Hi all, I am Anita Meulstee, 45 years, married since 1984, no kids, two dogs, living in Lelystad, the Netherlands. I joined LT in March.

I collect and read awarded Dutch young adult and childrens books. At highschool I lost my love for reading and I still have an slight aversion to the "real literature" I had to read in those years.
My husband was a reader before he got CFS, these days he mainly reads poetry.

maj 16, 2008, 1:18 pm

115 -- I love when we go International! Welcome! Dad was stationed in Germany when I was young, so I'm sure we visited the Netherlands... in fact I remember my mom remarking to a lady on a bus how the German and Dutch languages were very similar and then getting chewed out for the rest of the ride...

113 -- Grew up in Huntington Beach for those important sports team attachment years, so the Garvey, etc boys in blue were my team for a long time, until switching allegiances about the same time Garv came south to the Padres... also still love the Rams of Youngblood, Dryer, Slater, Dickerson...

110 -- good luck to ya! Just the word "diapers" is enough to keep any wild ideas out of our heads (and loins), as well as The Wife's dread of having 4 boys (+ me, and the cat, and the lizards)...

maj 16, 2008, 3:44 pm

Teacherdad, hey, my other half was 53 when our little guy was born. He asked me a few days ago, "Are you sure you don't want to have any more?" My response was a resounding, "NO!" I love my two but the idea of childbirth now is not at all attractive. Now if HE'LL do the pregnancy & childbirth, I'll consider it. hee hee!

maj 16, 2008, 11:20 pm

Hmmm, at 53 my boys will be 25, 21, and 17... so 2 of 'em kicked out and on their own, and the last one getting ready to recieve a key to his bros' pad and a suitcase for his b-day... to me, that means peace and quiet and a greatly reduced grocery bill, so I wholeheartedly agree with your "NO!" -- no matter who's squeezing it out...

maj 17, 2008, 11:02 am

Hi, I'm Steve, 48 and live in Connecticut. I've a wife and two kids, one is a twelve year-old boy and the other one is also blonde, with an enormous nose and likes to roll in horse poop (I'm just following >2 Morphidae:, Morphidae's lead here).

maj 17, 2008, 4:20 pm

# 116 thanks for the welcome!
Dutch and German may sound similair (I agree) but for some (most older) Dutch it is difficult to feel associated with Germany, because of WW II

maj 18, 2008, 11:22 am

#110 Joy, where in TN? I used to live in Nashville, where my hubby grew up. (And welcome, btw.)

maj 19, 2008, 9:31 am

Meg, I live in Chattanooga. I lived in Nashville for about 15 years as well. Thanks for the welcome!

#120- A college friend from South Africa remarked (a very long time ago) that she could understand the German my roommate & I were speaking. She spoke Afrikaans, which is a Dutch derivative. It's interesting to see all of the close cognates between German, Frisian, Dutch. Of course, I can't forget the mulitudinous connections between German & Yiddish. Okay, there you have it. I'm a major language geek.

maj 19, 2008, 4:23 pm

Hi all,

My name is Amy. I am 41, live in Michigan, have 3 kids ages 12,14,16 and I have been married for 23 years. I have been an LT member for quite a while but never had much time to read groups because we home schooled. Things are changing around here though since next year the two youngest will be in school.

maj 20, 2008, 7:53 am

Hello and welcome FAMeulstee, Sandydog1, and SleepyReader.

maj 21, 2008, 8:46 pm

Hi to All.

I'm Linda and live in Bethlehem, PA. I am 55. I joined LT a few months ago at the recommendation of a co-worker. I've been hooked ever since. My library is growing and I am enjoying learning about all these new books and people.

I am a publications adviser at Lehigh University and have held this position for 25 years. My love of words and appreciation of the trials and tribulations that college-age students go through, enables me to be good at my job. I supervise students who pull together the newspaper and yearbook. And, while most days it is glorified babysitting, I cannot think of anything else I would rather be doing.

Because I work long hours, and because at 55 I don't have the energy I once had, my time to read is not as much as I'd like it to be. Still, I manage to read whenever I can.

maj 27, 2008, 9:47 am

Hi everyone! I'm Lisa and I live in Florida. I'm divorced, no kids and I have a new 18 week old kitten who I've fallen in love with!!! I joined LT only a few weeks ago. I love seeing what others are reading. I've added so many books to my TBR list I think I'll die before I get them all read! lol

I've always loved to read, but after my divorce I re-discovered my love of books. I don't drive, due to a degenerative eye disease that is slowly stealing parts of my vision, so I spend alot of time at home either reading books or reading blogs about books. I have a book blog called Books and Cooks and it helps me to feel less cut off from the world. I've met so many nice people from my blog and look forward to meeting more on LT!

maj 27, 2008, 10:07 am

Welcome Lamos! This is a great place!

maj 28, 2008, 8:22 pm

Hi, Amy, Linda and Lisa!

Amy, I went to school in Ann Arbor. I'm going back this summer to read, which I'm really looking forward to.

Lisa, your blog sounds great.

maj 28, 2008, 10:21 pm

Meg - I went to grad school in East Lansing. I suppose we can still be friends...Go Spartans! 8^}

maj 31, 2008, 8:31 am

Thanks for the welcomes!
Meg - visit my blog anytime! :)

jun 3, 2008, 5:08 pm

Opps!! I apologize to all of those I didn't welcome! I sort of skipped over a few posts. I'm so sorry!

Welcome! Here's a peace offering. :)

jun 3, 2008, 6:11 pm

Grabbing a fork and taking a bite of the peace offering! (Hey, I wouldn't want my blood sugar to dip while reading... I might pass out and miss a chapter!)

jun 4, 2008, 11:38 am

Oh my. That cake looks heavenly. And it's my favorite kind... fat and calorie free..... :D

jun 4, 2008, 12:29 pm

That's the great thing about virtual food! Totally guilt free! Dig in!

jun 10, 2008, 3:12 pm

Georgia, I'm getting fatter just looking at that!

jun 11, 2008, 1:14 pm

megwaiteclayton - Oh, no! All the calories and fat were removed! You can have as much as you want! :)

jun 16, 2008, 10:53 pm

If I knew we were having cake, I would not have had the mudslide brownie and ice cream cake! Hi, y'all. Welcome to the group. Has anyone read anything lately that is for our oh-so-divine age group? I am trying to find a pertinent subject for an article for submission to the magazine "More" which is a 40-something targeted mag. My husband met a woman who is an editor for the mag and so I'm scratching my noggin for juswt the right tone and subject. I have looked at the book but it didn't really help. Any thoughts? What would you like to come across when you are turning the pages, or what info would help you at this stage in your life? Thanks for any advice. Mary Beth

jun 17, 2008, 12:42 am

Hello, everyone. Like Django6924 I too feel that I may be a bit out of place here -- I'm turning 50 at the end of August. I live in Sarasota, Florida and have been a single mom for almost 15 years. I have 3 adult children who are in various stages of leaving the nest, and 3 adorable dogs and a fairly stuffy cat. I teach high school and if I can share nothing else with my students I hope I share my love of reading with them. I think I'm getting there as I have 100s of my own books in my classroom and kids are always browsing my shelves. That is so gratifying! The last few years my students have even lent me favorite books of theirs so we can talk about them. Way cool.

About your magazine article, mmignano11 -- I have found life to have gotten a whole lot better since I hit my 40s. The biological rush to procreate is over, my career is well-established, and my kids launched on the world. Like a number of women my age, I finally am discovering time to do some of the things I really want to do -- which in my case, is volunteer work. I am active in CERT (the President's Community Emergency Response Team, which I believe is loosely affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security), and now that I don't have the responsibility of taking care of young children, I have time to indulge in my favorite activity -- reading. I just don't think there are enough articles about how enjoyable this time of life can be.

jun 19, 2008, 9:48 pm

Howdy! I'm Carol from Seattle and I still have a couple of years before I am disqualified from this group. I used to think that I had a ton of books but after joining LT and seeing libraries with thousands of books I am feeling humble...and JEALOUS!

Other then reading I like travelling, chocolate, coffee, the rare sunny days in Seattle, jazz, blues, rock & roll, foreign movies, sudoku puzzles - and I'm on cloud 9 if I can enjoy 2 or more of the above at the same time! My favorite bookstore, Third Place Books, has free music and a great little place called Honey Bear's where I can get a decadent chocolate dessert and a nice cappucino - woo hoo!

No kids, 1 husband, 2 spoiled cats.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you and hearing about what you are reading.

jun 20, 2008, 11:01 am

Well, Hello CarolO! Welcome! Gee, it appears that we share some similar passions. Sudoku, coffee, rock & roll, chocolate, travelling & books. Wow! Do you ever work the USA today Sudoku? I frequently start my morning with the online version. with sudoku & some rock on my ipod - with a cup of coffee at my side, I'm usually good to go!

Glad to meet you here!

jun 20, 2008, 11:35 am

Websudoku is my friend...8^}

jun 20, 2008, 5:28 pm

I used to do paper sodoku but ever since I discovered that I could do it on my Nintendo DS there has been no going back.

jun 21, 2008, 9:11 am

Not a sudoku fan myself, but I found It's an online scrabble community and I am addicted! The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check to see who has taken their turn so I can take mine. It's very cool, not rushed at all.

jun 28, 2008, 6:00 pm

I had to go through a twelve-step program to withdraw for Scrabulous.

jun 28, 2008, 11:50 pm

My 12-step exit from Scrabulous was losing 12 straight times... cured me quick!

jun 29, 2008, 10:43 pm

Hi all! My name is Julia - 44 in Sept. I live in small-town North Carolina. I've lived in the same area all my life, unless you count four years of college 65 miles away. I've been married for 21 years, no kids, 2 cats that hate each other and one dog.
I've always loved to read. I stopped for many years for some reason and have just recently gotten back to it with a fervor. I NEED INPUT!! I still have it in mind that I'll go back and read all the books on the high school reading list.
I enjoy selling stuff on EBay just for fun (and to de-clutter) and I like finding deals on books.
Recently found the author Penelope Stokes - GREAT!! Interested in anything from or about the 1930s and 1940s, Katharine Hepburn and North Carolina.
I just found Library Thing tonight and am very excited about it. I'll try to check in often.
Y'all have a good night.

jun 29, 2008, 11:05 pm

Welcome Julia! I do have one word of caution...this place is highly addictive! Have fun!

jul 1, 2008, 4:42 pm

Hi- My name is Nan and I live in a small town in NE PA. I have been a booklover since I was a child and I love to discuss books with people and find lots of new authors to read.

jul 1, 2008, 4:46 pm

Linda -I only live about an hour from you in Wilkes-Barre and have a daughter who is thinking about looking at Lehigh.

jul 2, 2008, 2:15 pm

Welcome to all! I am quite busy this summer with the summer camp I work with. It's hardly work, but hey...somebody's got ta do it!

jul 4, 2008, 11:46 pm

Hi Nan

What field is your daughter considering pursuing?

Lehigh is a mid-size school. I advise the yearbook and the student newspaper. I find that students fit in the Lehigh atmosphere if they get involved in clubs, groups, organizations and in this way they find a nitche. Other than that, for some freshman, it can be a bit intimidating.

How do you like living in Wilkes-Barre?

jul 5, 2008, 6:54 am

I am 49 & I live in Victoria, Australia. I only just discovered this site by accident. I love it. I have hardly put any books on my home page yet because I like reading all the talk but I will get to it. I have to read constantly & will read almost anything when I get desperate.

jul 5, 2008, 7:46 am

Linda - My daughter wants to either major in Molecular Biology or Biology and then she can go one of two ways either med school or go on for her masters and eventually doctorate and go into scientific research.

jul 13, 2008, 2:08 pm

Welcome, eannie. Don't worry, you'll get it together, just enjoy yourself. Those books aren't going anywhere if they are anything like my books. MB

jul 26, 2008, 5:48 pm

Hi. My name is Mary. I love to read. I would love to join your club. I actually host a book club called The 40 Something Club on the Oprah boards. When I saw your book club I thought it would be cool to join this one. We've been on the O board for almost 4 years. They've recently redone the boards and they look nice. But the boards just aren't want they used to be. What are you guys reading? I'd love to join in. We are reading "East of Eden," for our July/August book. Hope someone answers my post. I love this board.


jul 26, 2008, 5:56 pm

Welcome, Mary. We're all reading different things, and part of the fun for me is passing good tips about books back and forth. Right now I'm reading The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, a nonfiction book about one of the first detectives at Scotland Yard, his investigation of a murder in a country manor, and how that investigation led to a reaction by the English people against invasive investigations by police. Whicher is one of the real people that inspired the detective stories of the late 1800s by Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and others.

jul 26, 2008, 8:02 pm

Hi drneutron. I haven't heard of "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher." I'll have to look it up on Amazon. Does the club read books together?


jul 26, 2008, 8:45 pm

This particular group hasn't, but other groups have. The Green Dragon group does 'em occasionally for scifi and fantasy kinds of books. If you go to the group page and search for book clubs or group read, you'll probably find some that do.

jul 26, 2008, 8:54 pm

Welcome to LT, Mary! I read East of Eden a year or so ago and loved it! I'm currently reading Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

If you like Young Adult Fiction, the "Read YA Lit" group does alot of group reads. "Science Fiction Fans" has done a few group reads that were successful. There's also a group dedicated to group reads called "Group Reads - Literature". They are currently reading Bleak House by Charles Dickens and Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. You can read either or both books. Like drneutron said, there are other groups around that do group reads. I hope you find one you like!

jul 30, 2008, 11:23 pm

>Katharine Hepburn

Come pull up a chair by me, Julia!

And welcome Ann, Linda, eannie, and Mary.

Mary, there is a group reads thread on LT. We've done War & Peace, Middlemarch, and To the Lighthouse. I've been traveling, so not sure what we're reading at the moment, but we definitely discuss.

aug 6, 2008, 7:18 pm

Hi, everyone!

I discovered this group after finding out there's a 30-something group. Decided to look for the 40s. When I saw the thread asking where we got information before the Internet, I knew I'd stumbled on something good. I'll be here about 18 months before looking for the 50-somethings.

A native New Yorker, and I see there are quite a few baseball fans here. I've been a Mets fan since I was 9, so like the Bosox and Orioles fans--of whom there are several--I hate the Yankees. (Maybe I hate them more; I have to live amongst their fans.)

Never married and no kids... don't miss 'em in the least. My career has been mostly non-profits, though I am "between jobs" at the moment. (Which is how I had time to read this entire group in one sitting!) Also volunteer with the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

My taste in books runs mostly to non-fiction--science and technology, a little history, quite a few that would be difficult to categorize. (I only catalog what I own, not what I borrow from the library, so it's an incomplete picture.) I majored in English in college, with a writing concentration, and took Chaucer as an elective because I enjoyed it. I don't read much fiction these days, but I enjoy a good mystery novel now and then, and some poetry when I'm in the mood for short but intense.

When I'm not here reminiscing, you'll usually find me among the Tea! group or Disaster Buffs.

aug 6, 2008, 8:55 pm

Welcome, karen. The door's always open to baseball fans!

aug 7, 2008, 2:01 pm

Welcome from another Tea! lover!

aug 24, 2008, 8:25 pm

Hello, I'm Cynthia. I'm originally from the DC suburbs, relocated to New Hampshire in 1996. Single, never married, dogmom for 13 years before my boy Bert passed away two years ago - I've been taking a break before getting another one.

Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp is one of my favorite books - mostly because I see a lot of myself in it.

I love all kinds of music, but especially live music, and have the pleasure of living 15 minutes away from an excellent small venue, the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH -- where I've seen Suzanne Vega, The English Beat, Little Feat, The Alarm, Colin Hay (of Men At Work), Squeeze (warmup show before their tour last year), Bo Diddley, and many others.

My reading these days tends toward paranormal and historical romance, but as I catalog my books (I have quite a few I inherited from my dad), I keep setting some aside to read - science fiction/fantasy, mostly. I read a lot of SF/F in the 80's when I played D&D on a regular basis.

A pleasure to meet you all.

aug 24, 2008, 11:07 pm

Welcome! You may also want to drop by the Green Dragon. We're mostly fantasy/sf fans in there. Plus, there's mojitos!

Redigeret: aug 28, 2008, 10:02 pm

Welcome fellow Colin Hay fan. :) (and other music... :D)
My bad...

Buddy Guy(!) was just here with Jonny Lang early this week. And I missed it. I'm sure it was great.

aug 28, 2008, 10:14 pm

> 165/166, thanks much for the howdy-doo's. KinnicChick, I hope you've had the opportunity to see Colin live - he's a real entertainer - half the show is storytelling, and if he wanted to try a second career as a standup comedian, I think he'd be quite a success.
He's coming back to the Tupelo next April for two shows, this time.

I sure do wish that there was something out there like LibraryThing that you could use to catalog your music collection. I have a large CD collection - and cassettes and LP's and 45's, as well -and I currently have them all listed on index cards. It would be great to be able to tag and sort them the way we can our books here.

aug 28, 2008, 10:48 pm

> 167 Actually, I DID see him live back when he was with Men at Work. It was one of my first real concerts. I was 16 and out with an older 'man' who had just graduated from high school. We had seats on the floor about 7 rows back for a terrific show. His voice has only gotten better as it has aged like fine wine.

But you're right, I do need to see a more up-to-date show.

Sounds like you have a very organized collection of music!

Redigeret: aug 29, 2008, 11:58 pm

Oh, the cards are organized. The CD's/tapes/records aren't. Piles of CD's line one wall of my living room. My brother told me that if anyone ever broke into my house, they'd leave the computer and the electronics and just take the CD's. They'd clean up.

I started to say I have too many books and CD's and videos, but then thought better of it. I'm not cluttered, I'm just shelf-space-challenged.

But then again, when I was a kid, we had to add a room onto our house to hold all of my dad's books and collections. It was lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on three walls, and then had two long bookcases marching up the middle. He had a sizeable collection of pulp magazines from the 30's and 40's, a postcard collection, stamp collection, a couple hundred jazz records, and of course books. I'd say I have at least 300, probably many more, from that library. To this day I don't really feel at home unless the walls are lined with books.

aug 30, 2008, 7:33 pm

>Welcome, karen. The door's always open to baseball fans!

Well, I don't know about a Mets fan....

Welcome, Karen (from a longtime Cubs fan - who is finally enjoying a good season!)

Cynthia too!

sep 3, 2008, 1:04 pm

Hello, I'm Jayne Pupek, a Virginia native, former social worker, and the author of two books: Tomato Girl and Forms of Intercession. I'm also a wife and mother of three...and I'm 46. Yikes, how did that happen?

In addition to saying hello, I'd like to invite each of you to join me at AuthorChat where I'm available to talk about my novel, Tomato Girl. The link is:

sep 13, 2008, 12:39 am

#171: I keep saying the same thing - Yikes! I am 46 - how did that happen?

Welcome to our group!

sep 13, 2008, 5:24 pm

I haven't posted in this group for several weeks. Leisure time is at a minimum these days! I'll do better. Welcome everyone!

Redigeret: sep 22, 2008, 7:39 pm

Hi everyone--I'm Robin currently living in Chicago western suburbia, although I'll always call myself a 'downstater'. Originally from a farm in central Illinois. Was married once when I was 20 and divorced by 21. That was all so long ago, I call myself 'single', and can't even remember my wedding date! Anyway, I'm 44; no kids; 1 cat (I'm drawing the line at 1 cat..). I read most anything year-round, but prefer curling up in a leather chair in the dead of winter with a good book, a cup of Constant Comment or Earl Gray (my favorites), and one of those instrumental CD's you find on an endcap at Target.

Until a month ago, I was a Commercial Insurance Underwriter, but have since quit my perfectly well-paying career and chucked Corporate America. I still haven't told my mother, and am expecting a new plan to formulate any day now....

In the meantime, I have loads of time to read, write, rearrange my furniture, try new recipes, volunteer, talk to my cat.....

I cancelled my cable too after finding myself, one Friday evening, singing along for the entire half-hour of an infomercial for 70's music---you know the one. The only TV I watch is LOST and Jeopardy, both of which I can, at least for the time being, see with my rabbit ears (yes, I have rabbit ears).

sep 22, 2008, 7:50 pm

Welcome! Looks like a great library you've got there...

sep 22, 2008, 8:09 pm

Jayne, nice to see you here. For everyone else, Jayne's guest post on my blog will definitely make you want to read Tomato Girl. (Lovely cover!)

Robin, welcome. We did the same thing TV-wise for years. We now get more cable (teenage sons - both big readers - begged for The Daily Show and Colbert Report), but are thankfully out of the habit of channel surfing.

sep 22, 2008, 9:14 pm

Hello everyone, I'm Lisa from Phila. I have been reading since first grade and love it. So glad I found this site as well as Bookmooch, and Bookcloseouts. I watch and Netflix as many old classic movies as I read books. I just obtained Forever Amber and The Crimson Petal and the White. I am also a fan of mysteries. I will read just about anything. My favorite classic movies are Sunset Boulevard and Mildred Pierce. Look forward to seeing what others are reading to get new ideas.

sep 23, 2008, 1:02 pm

Thanks for the welcome, Meg and Dr:)
And Hello, Lisa!

sep 24, 2008, 7:50 am

Greetings Robin and Lisa!

sep 29, 2008, 5:00 am

Just found this group while searching the forum for something else. I just became eligible. :-)

I am in Germany, single, no kids and just moved cross-country for a new job. At least, the move helped me to get rid of 27 volumes of National Geogr. Magazine (most of them in English). I tried to give them to one of the schools around here, but since they were in the process of moving themselves, they declined and I finally dumped the boxes into the recycling container. The books were definitely the heaviest part and the most boxes in my move!

I am somewhat into classics this year, tried the war and Peace reading group but the move and its preparations foiled the attempt :-). Currently on the pile are North and South and Kristin Lavransdatter and I will probably get round to Jane Eyre sometime this year.
I actually like to watch TV/DVD. I watch the news, and the odd film on TV, not much else. I am checking out DVDs regularly from our library. Actually, adaptations of all those old classics helped me to get into reading them. Without Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing I'd never found an interest in Shakespeare, probably (might also be the very dated translation that used to be the standard around here). Same with Tolstoy.
Other than that, everything across the board: Action, Sci-Fi, Romance, Historical, Non-Fiction,... Mt. TBR stands at 150 and counting...

sep 29, 2008, 5:47 am

Welcome to all the newcomers. Great to have you in the group!

sep 29, 2008, 3:42 pm

I shall echo alcottacre with a hearty Welcome to everyone!

sep 30, 2008, 12:17 am

Happy Birthday and Guten Tag, Ipanema!

sep 30, 2008, 3:31 pm

Meg (170):

OK, so the Cubbies won their division and the Mets.... didn't. I did get to see a game at Shea a few weeks ago, as it will be torn down and next year there will be a new stadium (with better luck waiting inside, I hope!).

I will be cheering on both the Cub and the Dodgers, happy to see two ex-Yankee managers doing well away from the dreaded ogre Steinbrenner (and sons). Difficult for a Mets fan to like the Cubs--at least those of us who remember 1969. But they played very well this year and after a century they deserve a break.

sep 30, 2008, 3:43 pm

isn't that just like the Mets -- Yankees out, so they blow it too; open a new stadium, but oh, Yankess will be doing that too, so who will even care?

okt 3, 2008, 12:20 pm

Laura -- and this is a cheat, because I'll be 40 within the next week -- but I'm very mature. < g >

One kid -- very new, 3-1/2 months old! -- and a (same-sex) partner. We live in Boston area; she's a scientist, and I'm a librarian / lawyer migrating back to academia.

Can I just say -- I was blasé about turning 25, 30, 35 -- all the other milestones people angst over, I was calm. Pleased, even. I thought, okay, it's just going to get better: More self-confidence, more knowledge of the way things work, etc.

I do not feel that way about the next birthday. I mean, I don't think those things are untrue, but for the first time I get the angsting that some of my friends have done about prior birthdays: I'm too young to be in my 40s! Why are my knees hurting? wtf is this retirement portfolio thing? It's weird how, without noticing it particularly, I began identifying with the parents in commercials rather than the snarky kids. Why did I make all these bizarre choices in my career? Independence, sure, but so many of my friends have a house, financial stability -- and I have a lot of books. I'm 40 and I still don't feel grown-up, exactly! Shouldn't that have kicked in by now?

And so on.

So, I look forward to reading in and learning from this group ...

okt 3, 2008, 12:39 pm

Welcome, Laura! Congrats on the little one! Hope you're getting enough sleep. I'm 45 with a nearly-3 y/o & an 11 y/o. Sleep was a very precious commodity the first year of my little one's life. I really enjoy the fact that he sleeps until 7 on the weekends!

okt 3, 2008, 3:03 pm


OMG--I LOVE the way 'National Geographic yellow' stands out on a bookshelf, and 27 of them---well....I'm almost giddy:) I gasped out loud that you threw them in the trash, but then remembered I did the same thing with 3 boxes of collected fire-king glassware not long ago. I reached a point of being completely ashamed of myself for 'hording' boxes full of stuff that I didn't need, and that hadn't seen the light of day since they were packed away 8 years and 3 moves ago. My sister reprimanded me for not trying to get at least a few $$ by selling them on e-bay (there were some hard-to-find pieces in my collection). I told her it was a 'soul cleansing' sort of thing, and that selling them wouldn't have taught me anything at all. In retrospect, I suppose I should have given them to a homeless shelter to actually use, or given the money from selling them to a soup kitchen or something, but at the moment my heart was telling me to throw them out. Sometimes we have to clean house, both literally and otherwise.

okt 3, 2008, 6:08 pm

robbie, I went through them and pulled out about 15 magazines with interesting articles (one of them an article by Robert Redford on a cross-country ride he did in 1979 or thereabouts). Let's face it: Most of it is not up to date anymore, and even in Germany I will be able to get a photocopy of any article from the next Uni Library... I did think about doing something with them, building a bench or something. But then, like your glassware, they had been sitting in the cellar for ten years. 20 volumes in English and 7 and a half in German. They would have made maybe 1 € apiece on Ebay, but it wasn't worth the hassle and P+P really, shortly before the move.

I had more problems with my parents giving away GEO magazines I loved as a child (GEO is the German equivalent to the NGM)! Those did make a special impression, probably because they dealt with topics closer to my world than America (a farm in the Bavarian mountains, a truckie driving from Hamburg to Tehran, the last trip of German nuclear ship "Otto Hahn", just a few of my highlights).

okt 13, 2008, 10:09 pm

Hello everyone. I'm new here, and fairly new to LT.
I am 40 with a 13-year-old (eek), a widow, and a voracious reader. I'm not particularly choosy, but have a definite leaning toward sci-fi & fantasy. Tolkien and Lewis are the 2 authors I always return to, but I will read almost anything. History, mystery, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, whatever.

I am also a quilter, cross-stitcher, and all around needleworker. Oops, add knitting & crocheting. I also manage the costumes for our church's VBS and other drama events. And I am trying to sculpt in polymer clay--I have 2 orders for Christmas ornaments I need to get busy on.

Umm, no dogs or cats here--my son inherited his father's fur allergy. We have one hamster, and the kid is lobbying for ferrets next. He'll get guinea pigs or nothing.

Redigeret: okt 13, 2008, 10:25 pm

Hi Rita! I'm a quilter too (several tops, but I haven't gotten up the nerve to learn how to actually quilt them yet. And I cross-stitch with my very strongest reading glasses:) I can crochet a mean scarf, but nothing else (I only do straight lines). As for knitting; again, scarves only, on my nifty knitter:) And I WEAR the costumes at church that are made by people like you:)

I have no rodents....

Welcome to LT!

And--did I see another quilter-type name up there somewhere? Hi lquilter!

Redigeret: okt 14, 2008, 10:01 am

>191 robbieg_422: And--did I see another quilter-type name up there somewhere? Hi lquilter!
Yes, but that's my name, not what I do! ("Laura Quilter") In fact I understand that the meaning of the name is actually a transliteration from "Kelteagh" or something like that, and nothing to do with "one who quilts".

I do have an *interest* in learning to quilt, though.

okt 14, 2008, 10:22 am

Oh, and I'll bet you never tire of assumptions like mine:) Sorry about that. Either way--hello!

okt 14, 2008, 9:41 pm

Welcome RitaFaye! Glad to see you here!

I understand the eek about the 13 y/o. My daughter is 11 & I'm either thinking or saying "Eek!" more than I'd imagined.

Quilting as well as cross-stitching, knitting AND crocheting! Wow! I know who to call when I want to try something new to crochet.

okt 15, 2008, 5:06 pm

Thanks for the welcome!

Valleymom--I didn't say I was GOOD at any of these. Well, I'm a pretty good quilter, just really slow. The crocheting I took up while my husband was ill, and I just took up knitting this year. (ADHD does run in my family, although undiagnosed myself my crafts show a pretty good record. I forgot scrapbooking.)

Laura, I love the name and you must be sick of the quilting jokes.

#191--Do you have pets? After my husband passed away, I had my son tested for allergies. Sadly, he had inherited his dad's allergies, so no dogs. But they actually tested him for hamsters and TA-DA, no allergy. So we are approved for rodents here. My mom is not thrilled.

okt 16, 2008, 12:24 am

Yes I have a cat, and actually I forgot that SHE has a rodent of her very own. It's her favorite toy. I was going to add a picture, but apparently I don't know how to do that here....

okt 20, 2008, 6:22 am

Hi. I'm Sharon and I live in Galway, in the west of Ireland. I turned 40 in September.

I'm married to John, almost 12 years. We have two children, Ciarán aged 9 and Emer aged 6.

I will read almost anything. I'd like to read more, but with a full time job and two kids, I get tired.

Like many others, I love cinema. My favourites are anything by David Lynch or the Coen brothers. Last night I saw Summer Hours (L'heure d'été), a French movie, which I really enjoyed.

Great to find this group!

okt 20, 2008, 8:07 am

Welcome Sharon! Great to have you with us.

okt 20, 2008, 1:51 pm

Hi Sharon,

I was in Galway a couple years ago and I absolutely adore Kenny's Bookshop! How lucky you are to live near it!

okt 20, 2008, 3:36 pm

Welcome Sharon! Having two children & a full-time job myself, I wonder how I find time to read. Somehow, I just do helps to keep me sane, so I work at ways to fit it in.

okt 22, 2008, 9:44 am

Hello. New to this site. Still trying to find my way round. That applies to everthing and not just this site! Have just turned 40, originally from Ireland but now living in London. I will read almost everything. Travelling on the tube gives me 2 hrs reading time a day.

okt 22, 2008, 2:04 pm

Welcome edoc and welcome to are going to love it here and soon you won't know what you did before LT!

okt 22, 2008, 11:22 pm

Welcome to the LT and to the fab 40's, edoc.

okt 25, 2008, 7:05 pm

Hi all. I'm new to LT and still finding my way around. I have always been a voracious and rather indiscriminate reader, but I have decided, at 41, to pursue a degree in English Literature, so my reading has been partially dictated by my class reading lists as of late. I live in West Michigan, with my husband and my daughter, 14, and son, 8. I'll have to add to my library between semesters, when I have more time, but I put a few things in to get started.

okt 25, 2008, 10:46 pm

Hi Boo,
Welcome aboard! Hats off to you for going back to school--I keep meaning to do that one of these days:)

Redigeret: okt 26, 2008, 2:07 am

Hi, I'm 43 so I guess that qualifies me for this group. I joined LibraryThing two months ago and regret I hadn't found it earlier. Some groups are very active, and there are groups almost inactive, maybe LT will have to grow larger. I participate in several groups, and the groups I post most in are: "Pro and Con (Religion)" and "". The last group I started myself a week ago, and maybe you can take a look at this new group!

okt 26, 2008, 4:06 pm

Thanks for the welcome, robbieg! Returning to school is hard work, but it should pay dividends for years to come. I encourage you to go for it!

okt 27, 2008, 9:11 am

Welcome Boo and Richard!

Redigeret: okt 31, 2008, 3:59 pm

Hi, I'm Laura. I've been an LT member for a while but let my RL shyness keep me from posting much. One good thing about turning 40 is that it seems to have liberated me from some of that - in RL and online. There is some freedom in being "middle aged" - no one is paying any attention to you.

I have three stepkids, 9, 13 and 15. We also have four cats and an elderly dog. Until recently we had two guinea pigs also, but they went on to the giant timothy hay field in the sky and I've a established a No More Rodents policy.

Other than reading, swapping books on BookMooch, lurking in used bookstores and other book-ish things, I like to play the sims and bake muffins. Why muffins? I don't know. I just do.

okt 31, 2008, 4:19 pm

Happy Halloween Laura and welcome to our group!

Yummm...sim muffins are the best and almost no calories!

Redigeret: okt 31, 2008, 8:07 pm

Hi Laura,
I'm actually pretty shy, too, but seem to voice my opinion easily here on LT:)

Hi Richard!

nov 1, 2008, 2:10 am

MDLady and robbieg_422, thanks for the welcome! I'm currently more active in other groups and by E-mail with other LT-members, but I read what you post here on a daily basis. My book reading time begins to suffer from that.

Redigeret: nov 1, 2008, 12:22 pm

Karen (184) I have been in deep mourning, obviously, so haven't been here for awhile. Thanks for cheering for my Cubbies, though!

And welcome to all the new folks!

nov 1, 2008, 6:37 pm

Welcome everyone! I just celebrated my 2nd Thingiversary. I certainly don't know everything about LT, but I'll be glad to help you if I can.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do. However, I do spend WAY too much time here. If only I didn't have to work, and clean, and cook, and.....

nov 2, 2008, 2:53 am

> 214

I found this group (but didn't join):

nov 2, 2008, 9:06 am

Thanks, Richard. Just what I need, another group to check everyday. :)

nov 2, 2008, 11:41 am

Mmmm... muffins.

re #204 -- Boo, what kind of nut goes back to school @ 40?!?!?

jk, did the same thing myself, kind of looked at it like ok, it's half-time, the first 40 years are over and it's time to start the next 40 years* of life by changing life, career, and going back to school... it's been a blast!

*or however many it turns out to be, knock on wood...

nov 2, 2008, 1:22 pm

Hi Laura and welcome. I agree with you, I become less and less shy (or self-conscious) by the year, being sort of shy myself! There are nothing like teenagers to remind you that no one is paying attention to what you do now that you are over 40. And yes, that is freeing, in a way. My baking weakness is bread, followed by scones (and it's beginning to show up on the scale). That is one of the disadvantages to being over 40. Oh, well!

TeacherDad, I like your half-time idea. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to reassess and change direction.

nov 3, 2008, 1:20 pm

Another shy or formerly-shy 40-something checking in to say welcome to boo, Laura & Richard.

Yes, being in your 40's is liberating...until your preteen decides that your behavior is embarrassing the precious prince/princess.

I like to bake cookie bars. Just one pan to clean. I've recently taken to baking my own granola to avoid my dreaded food allergy of peanuts.

nov 3, 2008, 1:41 pm

Good afternoon to you and thanks for the welcome, valleymom (well, I hope that's right, for me it's evening).

nov 3, 2008, 1:53 pm

until your preteen decides that your behavior is embarrassing the precious prince/princess

I always considered it my job to embarrass my son...8^}

nov 3, 2008, 10:09 pm

Hi, I'm Mary from Pennsylvania and I'm a 40-something, 46 to be exact. I'm a lowercase writer/editor -- that is, I'm a university staff writer/editor, not about to launch the great American novel! After studying literature, I also studied linguistics and now and again have been a teacher of English to newcomers to the U.S. from around the world, which is immensely rewarding. You could say I'm all about cats; I have two wonderful tabby furbabies (no human "skinbabies"). As a 40-something, I'm probably not alone in being a member of the divorced demographic; in the last five years I've had to rediscover myself and remind myself what I really love in life. One of those things is books!!! In the past, I was criticized for "wasting time" reading books. I was asked to move my books to the basement to make room for "more important" items. Part of my "comeback" is reflected in my love of (OK, obsession with) LibraryThing. I have this feeling that perhaps sometime in the next year, I'll approach the 200-book mark and consider becoming a lifer.

nov 4, 2008, 12:54 pm

Grammargoddess, welcome! I studied Literature the first time around. Became a nurse on the second go. I think I'll study linguistics when I retire. I may be eligible for reduced rates on tuition by then! Ha!

I totally understand about the "wasting time" criticism. Been there, done that with husband #1. I was blessed to marry a fellow bookworm the second time around! Out of curiousity, what were the "more important" items? In my experience it was firearms. The ironic part - my ex lost the right to own firearms. I own even more books! And now, my progeny from marriage #1 is a bookworm, too!

nov 4, 2008, 1:38 pm

Thanks for the nice welcome! And welcome to all the other new people in return.

> Boo028 #218 - I love baking bread, too. I used to do it every week but then got out of the habit, I'm not sure why. I should pick it up again, I really enjoyed it.

>valleymom #219 - oh, yes! My stepdaughter just turned 13 and the entire world is excruciatingly embarrassing to her. Most of it seems to be saved for her "real" mom, but I know I have my moments, too. I will say that she's very nice about it - she asked me very politely not to wear my new shirt "in public" when she was with me. Luckily, my husband and I have a sense of humor about it and just accept that we are both terribly un-cool and very, very out of it. :) Perhaps it helps that I was never really cool to begin with.

But teenagers don't have to be related to you to remind you of your un-coolness. I work in an intermediate school (kids 11 - 14) and it was both liberating and depressing to realize that to them I'm an old lady and quite invisible.

nov 6, 2008, 1:23 pm

My daughter is even more embarrassed by her father when he wears his "Road Kill Cafe" t-shirt. She hasn't been embarrassed by my clothing...yet. I can only imagine what that will be like.

This too, shall pass, eh? :-)

Redigeret: nov 7, 2008, 6:18 pm

>my 2nd Thingiversary.

Georgia, I love this! I just looked and realized I passed my 1st Thingiversary a few weeks ago. My bookshelf must be very disappointed that I didn't bring it flowers.

Boo, I'm a bread and scone-maker too. Lemon almond scones are my specialty.

For all you parents of teenagers, they do embrace you again eventually. My oldest (18, so technically still a teenager) has been calling me with questions like, "Do you think I'd like Grapes of Wrath?" Seriously! Of course, he's far enough away to avoid parental-clothing embarrassment now, so maybe that has something to do with it.

nov 11, 2008, 9:39 am

Oh, I can't wait! My 6th grader just requested her first pair of hosiery.

nov 14, 2008, 1:08 pm

Hi, I'm Ernie from Toronto, Canada. I used to read mostly 'classic novels' by the likes of Edith Wharton, George Eliott or Bronte(s), but in recent years discovered 'modern' authors every bit as good, or better, like Sarah Waters and Michel Faber (Victorian ones seem to be a favorite right now). I'm married; my wife particularly enjoys the Philippa Gregory series of Elizabethan novels.
At 45 my mid-life crisis manifests itself as a desire to write that novel everyone is supposed to try once in their life. I've halfway completed a sequel to Sarah Waters' Fingersmith. I haven't written since some horrible short stories when I was (much) younger, and I'd forgotten just how much pleasure you get by writing. People who know me think it's weird - first, for taking such a liking to a book they consider chick lit, and second, cause I work for a bank working with spreadsheets & computers for a living.
I can't wait to finish the book so I can make a proper book out of it. I've figured out how to bind books in the same way hardcovers are bound (so called 'perfect binding'). I printed up some short-stories from a group of amateur writers at and made a really nice bound edition that I sent to Sarah Waters. I even got a lovely thank-you letter from her in return (terrible handwriting!). It's a perk for working at a bank... industrial quality laser printers that do duplex (print both sides).

So, that's me, and I'm happy to be here.

nov 14, 2008, 1:38 pm

Welcome Ernie!

Hmmm, as mid-life crisis go - your wife must be feeling like she dodged a bullet! Lucky her!

nov 17, 2008, 8:05 am

Welcome Ernie! Thanks for the link. Nice of you to share your mid life crisis with us ;)

nov 17, 2008, 4:51 pm

"At 45 my mid-life crisis manifests itself as a desire to write that novel everyone is supposed to try once in their life."

Hmmm. I haven't even written a diary, in all my life. I guess some people aren't meant to write, so that others can write a few novels more.
(Funnily enough, I now write for a living --technical stuff.)

nov 20, 2008, 7:34 am

Hi everyone. I just turned 40 last month and it seemed like a good time to start checking the LT boards, what better than to join the 40-something group!
I'm English but have lived in the USA for the past 20 years with my American hubby. We have 3 teenage children, 2 kittens, 1 dog, and multiple bookcases :)
Nice to 'meet' all you fellow readers!

nov 20, 2008, 8:02 am

Welcome BritAnnia! Thanks for joining our little group and welcome to the wonderful world of 40-something ;)

That's some library you have. I'm an Outlander fan myself. Obsessed, some would say.

Anyway, welcome!

nov 25, 2008, 12:51 am

Welcome Ernie and BritAnnia! Glad to have you here....

nov 25, 2008, 12:58 am

Welcome to all of the newcomers! I hope you enjoy your time here.

dec 12, 2008, 1:28 pm

>Hi, I'm Ernie from Toronto, Canada. I used to read mostly 'classic novels' by the likes of Edith Wharton, George Eliott

Come sit by me, Ernie! I LOVE Eliot. Wharton, too, but esp. Eliot.

And welcome, BritAnnia!

I'm enjoying my last few weeks of being a LT 40-something-er... and looking for the 50-something thread.

dec 12, 2008, 1:42 pm

Just in case anyone (like me) is about to graduate from this group, or already has, I've just started a 50-Something Library Thinger group, as there didn't appear to be one yet. Join me, anyone?

dec 13, 2008, 12:33 am

meg~~not quite ready for 50-something, yet, but we'll miss you. Come back and visit once in a while!

dec 13, 2008, 12:40 am

#237: I am a few years away as well, but with robbieg, hope you will come back and visit now and again!

dec 13, 2008, 1:37 am

Hi everyone! I am Tracie from northern CA. I was really happy to see this group, and chose this as the first one to join. I am fairly new to LT, but think it's really cool. I am 42, but will be 43 in 3 days. I have been married nearly 17 years to a great guy, though sadly he is not a bookworm. We have 3 daughters (10, 13, and 15). I am glad to see a few other sufferers out there of teenage daughters, it makes me feel not so alone! Just so you know, I am one of the more "lame" mothers in the area who allows my oldest no freedom whatsoever. She can't date, ride in cars with other teens, or go to parties where there are no adults present - I am just awful.

Anyway, I went through a big romance phase and read lots of Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Now I'm on more of a thriller phase, reading Baldacci and Greg Iles. I also just started the Twighlight series - my 15 y.o. and I are reading it together. I liked it more than I anticipated.

Aside from reading, working full time, and being a wife and mother, I also love to bake (I read a note about making scones and would love to learn to make those), movies, camping and the beach. I'm looking forward to talking with all of you.

dec 13, 2008, 1:56 am

#240 TracieG: Scones are not hard to do. In fact, here on LT there is a "Tea!" group with a whole thread on scones. It is located here: if you are interested.

Welcome to the group!

dec 13, 2008, 2:00 am

The Green Dragon group also has a scone thread:

Redigeret: dec 15, 2008, 7:51 am

Welcome Tracie! I too was the "lame" mom. When all of the other 13 and 14 year olds were getting their belly buttons and lips pierced my poor pitiful daughter was not allowed. Woe was her. her first "date" date was homecoming in high school. She was 15 and he was 16. 3 years later they were married. Woe was me! But, in all fairness, they are doing great. She is 21 now, no plans for babies anytime soon. She works full time, goes to school part time and they just bought a house. And yes, when she turned 18 she got that lip lasted a day. I talked sense into her and proved without a shadow of a doubt that moms are ALWAYS right!

Again, welcome!

dec 15, 2008, 2:44 pm

Welcome TracieG!

dec 20, 2008, 8:40 pm

Hi everyone, I am Diane from Wellington New Zealand. I turned 40 this year and have just found out about this site, which I think is briliant.

I am an avid reader of anything except science fiction, married with 3 kids (18,12, & 11). Like many in this group my husband is not a reader but does tolerate my book collections.

Aside from working full time and spending time with the family I love to bake (a common element among us), shop, watch movies and spend time with the kids.

I am open to recommendations of any books that have been enjoyed by other readers.

dec 20, 2008, 10:11 pm

Welcome dianestm! I'm sure you'll get lots of ideas, my list of books to get is very out of control since stumbling upon librarything:)

dec 22, 2008, 8:48 am

Welcome dianestm! I noticed that we share Time Traveler's Wife. If you liked it as much as I did, then you will love Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I am sure of it.
Again, welcome to the group!

dec 24, 2008, 1:16 am

Hi MDLady, thanks for the recommendation and the welcome. Will look into Outlander.

dec 24, 2008, 1:38 am

Hi everyone. I am Lori from Victoria, British Columbia and came across Library Thing completely by chance this past summer, and I am slowly working my way through all the amazing topics LT offers for discussion groups. I will be 41 next month and have found Library Thing to be not only an amazing resource for literary information but a fun topic of conversation with complete strangers I encounter in bookstores!

I have a great guy that I have been involved with for 18 years and while he is not a reader by hobby, he understands the draw that a book can have on a reader. I read a wide mix of fiction (mainly modern fiction, historical fiction or mystery) with a fascination for a variety of non-fiction topics, with a preference for scientific or economic related topics (I am not really into memoirs... now that I have said that I will find one that I will read an discover to be truly amazing!).

I am using LT to track my reading history (not what I own) and I am always open to suggestions of new books to read.

dec 24, 2008, 1:50 am

Hmm, Does a 62 yo. fit into this group?
Although as a curmudgeonly old man "any group that would have me as a member, I would not join"

And of course I am bowing to the great 'Cur...' Groucho Marks.


PS. perhaps there should be a "bah humbug" group for us old farts.

dec 24, 2008, 1:58 am

Sorry Group, I misread the Group name. I read it as 40+.
I sincerely apologize for any offence I may have caused.
I tried to delete the message but it seems to have been too late.

I withdraw with my head held low.

Sorry, Guido.

dec 24, 2008, 12:15 pm

> meg~~not quite ready for 50-something, yet, but we'll miss you. Come back and visit once in a while!

I'm thinking of claiming dual citizenship. :-)

Happy Holidays, everyone!

jan 9, 2009, 5:02 pm

Hi everyone,
I am new to LibraryThing and completely gaga over it. I turned 40 last August. I live in Portland, OR, USA but have lived in the Middle East (Mainly Egypt) for many years, returning to the US in 2006. I speak, read and write Arabic and I miss Egypt.

I am newly single and have two teenage sons (17 and 18) and two cats. I am addicted to reading, don't like TV, love music (all kinds), am currently learning to play the Irish harp, and I am working in a financial software project for the city of Portland. Strongly left-wing political views tempered by the long time I've spent living in developing nations. Hm, what else.

Oh, reading tastes. Fiction: "literature" as well as genre (mystery, mostly). I've largely "grown out of" sci-fi and fantasy (except I am keeping my Tolkien fandom) except for reading books that my kids read (His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, etc. but I am drawing the line at Twilight). I am now reading more non-fiction than previously, and for the past year I have had a personal project to read environmental/outdoor/global warming books.

Glad to find this group and overjoyed to find LibraryThing.

jan 10, 2009, 2:33 am

Welcome! Sounds like you are going to love being a LibraryThing-er!

jan 10, 2009, 11:22 am

not quite ready for 50-something...

Hell, I'm not ready for 40-anything, but that didn't stop it from happening!

Redigeret: mar 15, 2009, 1:07 pm

I turn 40 on the 26th of March, *gasps* Can't believe I actually wrote here I am looking for some friendly chats with adults my *gulp* age.
Thanks for having me. Call me Lori.

mar 15, 2009, 10:54 pm

>256 Lori_OGara: Welcome, "Lori"! (Or whatever your real name may be, wink wink.) The water's fine here in 40+ land. You're putting a lot of pressure on me at least to act adult and my age, but I'll give it a try. :) I can definitely pull off friendly. As far as being 40-ish, I have to admit it is still a bummer and a major "ouch" when store clerks call me "ma'am," but I try to let it slide on over.

mar 16, 2009, 11:45 am

Welcome Lori. If it's any help at all, I really don't mind my 40's now that I'm in them. It's just getting over that first hump---it's all good after that:) If I remember correctly, 30 was MUCH harder on me (...and everyone around me; I cried and cried---real tears!)

mar 16, 2009, 12:59 pm

Welcome Lori! You really shouldn't get too bummed about turning 40. I hear it's the new 30 :)

mar 16, 2009, 1:07 pm

I've heard it's the new 25!

mar 16, 2009, 4:22 pm

I'll take 25, I cried real tears too roddieg! I hated turning 30! I believe I am taking 40 a bit better, at least the water works aren't flowing yet. :)

mar 16, 2009, 7:25 pm

Hi! My name is Donna and I'm 47 living in the great state of Virginia. I have a son who will be 19 years old at 11:30 tonight. I picked up reading again after I got divorced and found out my ex-fiance cheated on me. I read a 200 page book the other day in one hour and my son came in and said, "Mom, I don't think that's healthy!"

mar 16, 2009, 11:08 pm

Hi Lori and Donna, welcome!

mar 17, 2009, 2:02 pm

Welcome, Lori & Donna!

Lori, don't expect any of us 40-somethings to be any sort of good examples of "real adults." We are all still busy figuring it all out & having as much fun as possible in the meantime!

Donna, I understand about speedreading. I call it devouring a book. I do it as often as my time permits! In which part of Virginia do you reside? I lived there & graduated from high school many, many years ago.

mar 17, 2009, 3:16 pm

#264 valleymom: I live in Pulaski which is in the southwestern part of Virginia. It's about 20 miles from VA Tech in Blackburg and 30 miles from Roanoke. I used to live in Dayton but I tell 'ya, I prefer the mountains anyday.

mar 17, 2009, 4:31 pm

Welcome Ophlia! A bottle of wine and "Thelma & Louise" is good, too, I've heard....but I'm not sure it's healthy, either...:)

mar 28, 2009, 7:31 am

A belated welcome to the group, Lori & Donna!

mar 29, 2009, 6:58 pm

Thanks for the welcome!

mar 31, 2009, 6:21 am

I'm Kim, 42, from the land of Aus. The year I was 40, I discovered Blogging, Librarything, Bookcrossing and had a serious Spinal Cord Injury from an "out-of-the-blue" Spinal Stroke. Funny enough, it would have seemed far more serious if I had not joined LT and BC and if I had not been a reader. I find novels a comfort, an escape and sometimes (depending on the writing) an achievement ;-)
Since joining LT, I've discovered "Literature" and I tend to persist with a book more because of good writing. Before, I think I would have gone "ho hum, please give me some Action, Fantasy, Sc-Fi or a Historical Fiction". Although, some books from these genres are also "Literature" ;-)

I've been married for over 20 years to the same man, who is such a good friend that he will get in another wheelchair, go for long rolls around parks with me at my height, pace and make me laugh. In our 20s and 30s we were keen water-skiers, snow-skiers, dirt-bike riders and horse-riders. Now we are keen swimmers and local theatre goers. I'm fortunate enough to live in the capital city with some great galleries and museums and I try to get to most of the exhibitions.

We have 3 great teenage kids, who might have their moments, but on the whole are happy, do ok at school, enjoy their sports and help around the house (usually on only the 3rd ask!). We also have a menagerie of a Beagle, a white flop eared rabbit, a guinea pig, a tank full of cold water fish and an aviary of small Australian parrots.

mar 31, 2009, 8:48 pm

Welcome to the group Kim and VERY belated welcomes to Lori & Donna!

apr 6, 2009, 10:41 am

Greetings all! I am "recently qualified" for this group as of about 2 weeks ago. I'll admit, I had a tough time clicking on the leave-this-group button for the 30-somethings.

I'm an expat American (NJ raised, but considered DC "home" after about 9 years there) living in Scandiland for over 7 years now, with a few other stops between and along the way. TV: current faves include Battlestar (no, haven't seen the end yet!), The Office, Chuck, and, forever and ever will be The Simpsons. Music: largely Brit and US indie-ish pop - Maxïmo Park, The Maccabees, Franz Ferdinand, etc., two-tone ska (Bad Manners, The (English) Beat, The Specials) plus other 80s (The Cure, Smiths...). Books: really runs the gamut - school lit faves like Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, to sci fi, alt history/reality, cyberpunk, and recently reading a fair amount of YA lit and graphic novels (I say it's to recommend to students, but there's some really great stuff out there regardless). Ach - I'll stop there!

Redigeret: apr 6, 2009, 12:07 pm

Welcome ljbwell! I agree with you about YA lit. I'm reading Inkdeath right now:) And Happy Birthday!

apr 9, 2009, 5:18 am

Hello to each! My name is Dave/David/Deej/Deejay/Djay* and I'm a 42 y/o confirmed bachelor. Wouldn't inflict me on anyone, it just wouldn't be fair. Besides books, my main things in life are Manchester City football club, Anime and Japanese rock music.

This year, I'm trying to branch out on my reading habits as I usually stick to just Fantasy and Sci-Fi to the exclusion of all else. Hopefully I can find some good tips on exploring new works from my fellow 40-something's here.

*Delete as applicable

apr 9, 2009, 9:14 am

If you're looking to expand your reading horizons, take a look at some of the threads in the 2009 75 Books Challenge group. Seems like I add one or two to the TBR pile every few days based on somebody's review.

apr 9, 2009, 9:44 am

I started a 999 challenge and added a few different categories for myself to pick up on. Read one of Stephen Fry's books and he ended up with a category all to himself.

jun 20, 2009, 7:42 pm

Hello! I am Michelle; I will soon turn 43. I am 9-years married to a college professor of Russian and Eastern European politics and culture and we have a 7-year-old son. I am a former university administrator who now does academic editing (dissertations, journal articles, etc...) while at home raising my son. We have two strange dogs (a white Lab and an Italian Greyhound) and live at the beach in New Jersey. Love, love, love to read - especially history and historical biography, historical fiction, English literature from the 1930-40s and books about Chinese and Indian diaspora. We travel a lot for long periods of time, so I recently bought a Kindle for practical reasons (we like to use only carry-on luggage and my books were taking over precious space). It was against my better judgment (I really prefer to have a physical book whenever possible), but I really love being able to travel with 10 books that take up the space of a notebook. In addition to reading and travel, I am also into running, yoga, cooking/baking, and music.

Redigeret: jul 6, 2009, 9:50 am

Hi everyone! I'm Carrie and I will be 40 (cringe) tomorrow. I'm married (20 years in October) to a wonderful man and we have 2 young men, 19 and 21 and as of May 12th a bouncing baby grandson! (double cringe) I also have my furry family, Bones (my Jack Russell Terror) and Clyde (the Boss, obviously a cat!) I work in a fairly large hospital in the Anesthesia department as their pharmacy tech. (We have a satalite pharmacy in the operating rooms) I am a LPN but haven't work as one for many years.
We live in a very small town in Pennsylvania. Our high school graduates between 25 and 40 kids a year.
I have always loved reading. I can remember spending summers with my cousin and her complaining because I was always reading my aunt's books. I was devastated when I was in sixth grade because I wasn't allowed to be a library helper, I had to be in seventh grade. I prefer mysteries and romance with some paranormal and classics thrown in for flavor but I will try anything.
My challenges that I am taking part of in this site are:
The 75 book challenge for 2009 (54), The US Presidential challenge (Still on Washington) and reading all of King books in order in the King's Dear Constant Readers group. (Now reading Cujo)

Redigeret: jul 19, 2009, 3:54 pm

Welcome Djay, Michelle and Carrie! I've been gone for a while, and it's nice to see new faces my first stop back in.

Carrie, I'm from one of those small towns, only in Illinois. (30 in my graduating class). I'm in the Chicago area at this moment, but am moving back downstate to Tuscola, IL in a few weeks. Any downstate IL librarythingers here?

sep 5, 2009, 6:04 pm

I grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois - not there anymore. Moved to Southern California. Traded in those spring tornadoes for earthquakes; ice and snow for desert heat. HA!!

Redigeret: okt 12, 2009, 1:41 pm

Hello all,

I'm Stefanie from Southern Ontario in Canada. I turned 40 in September and am obviously a late bloomer reading about everyone else's life. My kids are 6, 4 and 2 and I have a full time job as a teacher librarian in our local public school. So although I don't have time for much...I read for a half hour or so before I fall into a dead sleep at 9:30 once the kids are asleep, but I love reading and that's what I make time for.

I read almost everything, but really like Arthurian and female based fantasy, Historical Fiction, Classics, Poetry. I also indulge in a little candy floss and read a Norah Roberts trilogy every summer. My latest favourites have been Guernsey Potato Peel and Still Alice. I'm really pumped waiting to read (Audrey Niffenegger's) newest.

I love how this site has helped my find new books and helped me remember the books I want to read. The 40 year old brain sieve is a large problem with me of late.

okt 13, 2009, 8:45 am

Welcome to 40-Something Librarythingers...and welcome to 40.
It's not so bad.
we seem to like the same genres so if you don't mind I added you to my interesting libraries, so I can browse your books.


okt 24, 2009, 7:44 pm

I'm Shannon. I won't be forty until February, but I like to get a jump on these things.

I live in Chicago with my partner of 7 years and two beautiful daughters via adoption--2 and 4 years old. I have a PhD in American literature specializing in 1870-1920, but didn't look for a full-time academic job after I finished it because my first daughter came home a month later. So for about five years, I've been adjuncting, writing freelance nonfiction and being Mama Shannon.

I've recently finished my first novel, however, and am suddenly half-way through the second (a sequel to the first) and have another 4-5 of them swimming in my head. They are all interrelated, though not a series. (It is historical, family saga with a queer twist, though so far it seems to have general audience appeal.) I'm looking for an agent so I can sell the first and justify the time I'm spending on this. I love it. Never tried it before now and feel I have finally found my niche.

As for reading, I enjoy many things, but have a soft spot for excellent general fiction. I have read so much nonfiction over the years and years of graduate school that novels have become a huge treat.

Here are the places I've lived, in order: Honolulu; Dallas; Kansas City (Mo side); Oxford, UK; Princeton, NJ; San Fernando, Trinidad; Washington, DC, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Chicago.

Of those, I liked Oxford and Washington best, but I was two when I left Honolulu or it would probably win hands down. And I'm enjoying Chicago, but have only been here a year.

Redigeret: nov 1, 2009, 1:53 pm

Shannon, congrats on finishing a novel! I've just "finished" my third enough to send it to my agent, which means it's nowhere near finished but is well under way. :-) First time I've been paid before I write (for a book, anyway) - which is a little daunting. I THINK I wrote what my synopsis said I was writing...

Our paths ought to have crossed somewhere, too: I've lived in DC (MD and VA), KC (but KC side), Princeton, and Chicago. As well as LA, Baltimore, Nashville, Palo Alto, and Ann Arbor.

nov 10, 2009, 8:35 am

Hi. I have been a LibraryThinger for a while now but just discovered this group. I am 43 and will be 44 in January. I have been married for nearly 20 years to my honey and we have four kids - 17, 15, 13 and 9. Yes, three teenagers! The oldest two of the children are boys and the younger two are girls. They are all good kids and do well in school and mostly enjoy reading. We are the uncool parents and don't let them do ANYTHING that everyone else does according to them.

I love to read and have ever since I was little. I think that reading helped me survive my childhood! I read just about everything althought sci-fi and romance are not really my favorites. I also love music and listen to just about everything. I love movies, too and have nearly 500 movies in my Netflix queue. Unlike many on here, I am pretty much addicted to TV but I think that is a leftover from that childhood I mentioned earlier. I have been slowly trying to wean myself off though and, of course, most of the time the kids take over the TV so I don't watch nearly as much as I could.

We live right outside of Philadelphia but I love the beach and wish I could live there. My youngest tells me that when she grows up she is going to live at the beach and I can live with her. It would definitely be nice!

nov 10, 2009, 10:42 am

Wellcome to LT. The beach is nice except for days like today when a hurricane/tropical storm blows in.

jan 5, 2010, 2:53 pm

Well I want to say Hi and Welcome to everyone!! Now I am going to introduce myself. I forgot I had joined this group and I never noticed this thread before.

I have been a LibraryThinger for just over a year. I enjoy reading mainly to escape reality is why I like to read. I am 41 and will be 42 in April. I have been happily married for 20 years (this past Oct. was our anniversary). I have 2 wonderful and trying young adults, 19 & 17(soon to be 18). I consider them young adults because they are at the end of their teen age years, especially my daughter.

I read just about any types of books and am always looking for new books and authors to try. I do read romance, mystery, and fiction. I love to watch movies and if it is based on a book I usually like to read the book first. I am addicted to certain tv shows such as: NCIS, NCIS Las Angeles, CSI and a few others. I love to play our Wii especially the Wii fit or Wii fit plus.

I live outside Philadelphia near the Delaware border. I love the area because it is close to both Delaware and NJ.
Well that is all for now. I look forward to seeing everyone around LT and the threads.

Happy Reading All!!


jan 13, 2010, 1:56 pm

Hi everyone,

my name's Sascha and I'm new to this group. I'm 40, live in germany, never married, no children - and that's ok.

I like to read since five or six years now. Before that I was only doing a lot of "unhealthy stuff"...but that's another story ;-)

As for reading, I try to find the happy medium between the classics and newer books.

If there's something you want to know about me, just ask :-)

jan 14, 2010, 8:53 am

Hello to everyone, new or 'old.' Just wanted to jump in and wish all of you a very Happy New Year.

Happy reading!

jan 29, 2010, 11:16 pm

I would like to put a challenge out there to all my 40-something LT'er friends to try a genre that they are totally unfamiliar with before they have another birthday. I will be 50 in November, so I will read a book in a new genre before November 1st. I think we could start a new thread for this if anybody is interested. I wanted to keep it a fairly simple challenge since I have many things going on as I am sure everybody on this thread does. If anyone would like to read more than one book in more than one genre, fine, but I thought to keep it simple we would make it one. We could let the group know by naming the genre first, and then the book we've chosen if it takes a bit to find one. Then we could each do a small review, even 25 words would be fine, just enough to inform others how we found stepping out of our comfort zone. Also, we should reach out to others in the group for suggestions, so if you see somebody is choosing a book in your favorite genre, let the group (and that person) know on the thread up to 5 suggestions you might have. I thought we would keep it to 5 for simplicity, and also try not to have genres repeated for suggestions, unless a person specifically requests more suggestions. Anybody interested? I'll create a thread for responses and then it can be for the selections, etc.

jan 29, 2010, 11:22 pm

Here is the new thread for selecting a new genre, stating your book selection, making suggestions, and a review. Read as many books as you want, but at least one in a genre new to you!

feb 25, 2010, 5:17 pm


Tears!??? For turning 40? Did I really read that above? I suppose that's possible for some but really, nobody should let a silly thing like an age number give them such palpitations!

After seeing my husband through a brain tumor 8+ years ago, we celebrate every single one of the birthdays now with joy and pride. I am 45 happy years old!!! And he'll be 45 in June. And we will not shed a single tear (well maybe from happiness...) about how old we are.

But I do enjoy this group! Welcome to all of the newbies. I don't check in nearly often enough. There were over a hundred new messages since my last visit...


apr 5, 2010, 11:22 pm

Hi, all -

I'm a 43-year-old independent book publisher living in the D.C. metro area. My small press is called, Atticus Books. We specialize in literary fiction - and we're all of 2 months old, with two novels under contract for 2010, and more to come.

I first joined LibraryThing in September 2007, but haven't been active for the last 18 months. I look forward to engaging in discussion with fellow book fanatics and writers alike.

Feel free to check out my library and drop me a line.

Dan Cafaro