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Welcome new members

Jun 1, 2023, 12:58 pm

One of the other groups I belong to has a post to welcome new members so I thought I would start the same for this group. I've tried to send a message to any new members I've been notified of since I became administrater. That's only been one member who is (Taa Daa) Oystergrrl. But I see that there have been some others that I have missed.

So welcome to:

If you would like to reply and tell us more about your likes, dislikes, or any other information I'm sure we would be interested.

Jun 5, 2023, 5:00 pm

Absolutely interested! Thanks>1 gypsysmom:

Jun 13, 2023, 11:29 pm

Welcome to our new people!

So that they might get to know us a little bit, as well... I'm a librarian in Calgary, Alberta. I've been on LT for 10 years now, I think! Not active the entire time, that probably started in - I think it was - 2016 when shelfari shut down.

I have three cats (one is now 20-years old). I also volunteer for a no-kill cat rescue.

Reading - my current favourite genre is mystery/thriller. Historical fiction used to be my favourite, and it's still up there. I like most everything (including nonfiction), except romance, westerns, and some fantasy.

Jun 14, 2023, 11:30 am

>3 LibraryCin: Thanks for posting. I'll do one too.

Jun 14, 2023, 11:44 am

Since LibraryCin had the great idea of posting a brief bio here I'll do the same.

I joined LT in 2011 after seeing a post about it on BookCrossing of which I was an avid member at the time. I liked the fact that I could post all the books I read on LT as opposed to only ones that I owned on BookCrossing. For the last few years I have not done much BookCrossing (you know that pandemic thing put a crimp on leaving books in public places) so I've become more active on LT. That's why when there was an opening for an administrator of this group I volunteered. Canadian literature is something I am passionate about. We have such wonderful writers here. I love finding new ones and reading new books by old favourites.

I am much like LibraryCin in that I like all types of genres although most romances are a pass. I too read a lot of mysteries and historical fiction but I also like to read science fiction, especially now that so many women are writing in the genre.

I am married but we don't have any children so our dog is our surrogate child. In fact my screen name was picked because at the time we had a lovely Border Collie named Gypsy. She's no longer with us but we have a sweet rescue dog who probably has some Border Collie and who we call Kootenay after our favourite place to visit in BC.

I've been retired for almost 9 years now but before that I worked for the federal government as a research scientist. I thought I would have more time to read when I retired but it seems my days fill up with other stuff and I do most of my reading just after breakfast and just before bed. Between audiobooks and paper books I manage to get through about 120 books a year. There's still too many books and too little time!

Jun 22, 2023, 9:09 am

Hello! My name is Cécile!

I joined LT in 2006: it was finally a way to have a detailed list of books I've read that I started when I was 11... I was not a strong reader back then (especially in English) and this was a way to keep plodding; it turned my life around and I became an avid reader in both French and English.

I'm a translator by trade, and practised for decades, now I do governance work but really, I'm impatiently waiting for retirement which will come in under 5 years (yey!). I have an amazing daughter who is a professional harpist (check out her album at www.kyraharp.com) and my little feline buddy, Set.

I read mostly fiction, but I'm game to try most anything. This year, my aim is to read more in French, more authors from around the world, more books on my shelves and at least 75 of 'em! Oh, and I love adventures... travelling, discovering, trying New Things (30 so far this year!).

Always a pleasure reading You All!

Jun 22, 2023, 12:05 pm

>6 Cecilturtle: Bonjour Cecile. Thank you for your bio. I've been retired for almost 9 years now and I have enjoyed every day. I'm especially glad I didn't have to work during the lockdown phase of the pandemic. I applaud you for reading outside your native language. I studied French in school and took oral French classes after school was done but I am in no way fluent. I am thankful that there are great translators like yourself to bring great literature to those of us who are monolingual.

Jul 6, 2023, 11:18 am

Pocket bio: Retired humanities teacher, residing in Tlaxcala, Mexico, with two dogs and six indoor cats. Passionate about literature, history, philosophy, classical music and opera, jazz, cinema, and similar subjects. Nostalgic guy. Politically centrist. BA in American Studies from Yale; MAs in English and Education from Boston University. Born in northern New Jersey. Have lived and worked in San Francisco, Chicago, northern Nevada, northeast Wisconsin, South Korea.

Jul 6, 2023, 5:58 pm

>8 PatrickMurtha: Welcome to the group and thanks for letting us know a little about yourself. You've really gotten around. I hope you have travelled in Canada. When you were in Wisconsin you must have pretty close to the border.

Jul 6, 2023, 9:17 pm

^ Only Montreal and Quebec, alas, and that was a long time ago!

Jul 7, 2023, 12:14 pm

>10 PatrickMurtha: Well, you still have time. Canada is not going anywhere even with all the forest fires. There will still be lots of beautiful places to explore.

Jul 7, 2023, 6:15 pm

^ I now do my traveling virtually, but enjoy it not less. In addition to books and articles, I use YouTube videos and Google Images to get a sense of places.

With my eight animals to take care of, I don’t get far from my house in Tlaxcala! But that’s OK.

Jul 15, 2023, 5:33 pm

HilaryJS has just joined this group. I sent her a private message asking her to come and tell us a little about herself (I'm assuming Hilary is female but I could be wrong).

Set 17, 2023, 1:31 pm

rbmackeen is a new member of the group. I sent a message to welcome him/her to the group. Hope to hear more soon.

Set 18, 2023, 8:08 am

I always enjoy hearing about new members. And finding out what they are reading....often leading to lengthening my wish list!

Out 22, 2023, 5:20 pm

We have another new member, Sensory from Montreal. As always, I have messaged him/her and invited them to post here to tell us themselves.

Out 24, 2023, 3:34 pm

Hello, good to be here!

I've worked for a non-profit organization for 25 years in Montreal, and live with one cat and one husband. :D

My favourite reads are mysteries/thrillers, but I will read fantasy and science fiction. I also like creepy books; I'm a big fan of The Historian. Books that I don't love will be ones where children and/or animals are hurt in some way. Just can't handle those so I just avoid them.

I'm starting to down-size somewhat so I will need to rely on the library more - not a bad thing. I read mostly paper books and there's nothing better than going home with a fresh library book.

Out 24, 2023, 3:57 pm

>17 Sensory: Bienvenue! Welcome, Sensory!

Out 24, 2023, 4:25 pm

>17 Sensory: I have one dog and one husband I might be able to cope with more than one dog but certainly not more than one husband.:)

I use my local library for most of my reading but sometimes I just can't wait for the holds. That explains why I just picked up a copy of The Circle by Katherena Vermette at one of the local independent bookstores here in Winnipeg. Plus, she's a local author and I do like to support local writers by buying actual copies of their books.

Hope you enjoy the group!

Nov 29, 2023, 12:30 pm

Welcome to our newest member, goaliegirl40. I've messaged her (I think I can assume this member is female with a screen name like that) to welcome her and invite her to come here and introduce herself. It's nice to see our group growing.

Mar 18, 5:05 pm

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Hey there.

I'm 45, I used to write when I was a child, my first book I completed when I was 11, but it was lost to time. I had a difficult teenage life, and I used to write poetry to my girlfriends at the time. Very endearing. As I grew older, reality bit hard, and I had to work normal jobs to survive, and writing at the time seemed like an impossible endeavour to pursue, so I stopped writing and joined "the real world" as they say.

Well, 9/11 happened, and soon after, I lost my job. I sold everything I had and moved to Costa Rica with a group of friends and ended up partying like crazy and having the time of my life... until we ran out of money.

We met these dutch guys who taught us how to sell adult material online... which started my 15 years of fast cars, women, and debauchery of all sorts. Once I sobered up from that, I realized how much dating had changed, and was to change, as dating apps and online dating took over so fast. Completely changed society. That's when I had to write my first book about the experience, "City of Singles." It wasn't much of a success commercially, but it lead me to having my first child and first real relationship with a woman.

At that point, I quit the adult business and went into senior caregiving for disabled seniors, and an administrator role at a construction company. I loved the normal life of being a father to a toddler and working my cruddy 9-5, it was great. Well, COVID happened, and I wasn't about to trust the government with my health and a rushed "magic juice" when my neighbour at the time ended up needing surgery to remove part of his guts from taking the magic juice, so I refused it... lost my jobs and was pretty much on the verge of homelessness. So, I did what any respectable writer-at-heart does: I became an alcoholic and finished my 2nd novel, "The Shitkickers."

I learned how to print the books myself, and I did, and even glued them together and such, sold them outside of liquor stores in Kelowna in -14c weather, made just enough money to survive the winter until they removed the "magic juice" restrictions that wouldn't allow me to work a normal job. I think struggled to survive in the post-COVID world.

Well, here I am now, just released my 3rd book, "Black Eye Friday" but I find myself in a bit of a pickle. Because I was banned everywhere online for saying I will never take the "magic juice", I now have no way of actually reaching out to other Canadians. I'm basically like a ghost, I don't even exist. So, I'm trying to find places to show off my work and prove to the world that you can survive, despite every intention of this country trying to erase that I exist.

Definitely hard to survive in Canada when you don't conform and you never bought a home, I'm living in a shack at the side of the highway near Vernon, I have mice, a leaky roof, I go periods of time where I starve from a lack of food, and I need alcohol just to make it through the day sometimes, but I'm still alive and still writing. Hope I can find somewhere to share my work, but I'm pretty pessimistic with the state of Canada and how everything needs to be so woke just to get on the CBC.

Thanks for listening to my Ted Talk!

Jul 17, 12:42 pm

Welcome to our newest member, tannerl. I've sent a welcome message to him/her/them. I hope we'll find out more about this member.