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Ann



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: How this board has changed you  Reply with quote

Perhaps this should be in another section so moderators have my permission to move it.
How has being part of this community changed the you  and way you read?
I have loved being able to talk about reading to some others like me who find such pleasure betweent the pages of a book.
I have made some virtual friends and really met a few of you.
I have tried new authors and become aware of some different writers.
The BBC board gave me some new recipes!
It is one of the first places I go when I log on in the morning so it gives me a good start to the day.
It has helped me to take more notice of the quality of the writing of the books I read.

I don't think I shall bother to add a poll to this as I am more interested in your answers than to canvas a general opinion


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Apple



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a brilliant thread! especially considering the points I raised on another post, about this board!

I look in every day, I don't always post but I always have a nosy at whats new and what others have to say, and if I do have an opinion on something thats been posted I will always share it. As I said on Himadri's what you learnt at school thread, I didn't learn much but I have learnt so much here, from simple things like different words - for example when I came to the board it was where I first saw the word erudite and I didn't have the foggiest what it meant, I had to look it up! Embarassed

I have become more aware of different books, read stuff which before I would never have read in a million years, got to know authors who I had never heard of. I would say that was the main thing, I remember my very first thread I posted on the Beeb board when I introduced myself I asked for recommendations and most of the stuff which was recommended I'd never even heard of. I have learnt to appreciate books more and what to look for in a good book rather than just something to read, and I have learnt how to express that in writing in reviews of the different books I have read.

I hope that I am more than just politely tolerated, and that I do post something of interest sometimes! I wouldn't say I have made "friends" the people who I seemed to hit it off with the most don't post any more, also, I am under no illusions that my to the point, blunt say it like it is attitude doesn't always sit well with others on the board and coupled with my quick temper, its not been pretty at times, but I have always admitted and apologised when I know that I am in the wrong and have never bore any grudges or ignored any of the people I have had past disagreements with.

So in short I would say it has changed me because I have learnt more, and learnt differing opinions on the same thing, even if I've not agreed with them, I'm not the same person I was before I joined the Beeb board and my reading tastes reflect this.


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Ann



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Apple, that is a really uplifting answer. I'm hoping that some more here will tell us their opinion - even if it is to say that this board has done nothing for them  Crying or Very sad


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, great thread, Ann!  Here is a quick list, I am sure I will think of more.

Mostly, this board has given me a wonderful place to chat about books - all the more important now that I live somewhere where no one I know talks about books.

I have met a few of you, but not the majority of you, yet you have all become friends -  that may sound sad to people who don't use messageboards, but I do think of you as friends.  There is a real sense of community here.

I have, like most I suppose, discovered all sorts of books I would not have thought of reading otherwise.  I have even come to love science fiction, which I never thought I would - though only the good stuff, still not interested in spaceships and aliens and rayguns and all that!

The board has encouraged me to set challenges for myself, to think more about what I read, to be more aware of the range of books out there, not just the ones I am instinctively drawn towards.

Like Ann, it is, along with Facebook, the one place I go to as soon as I switch my computer on each morning.  I read all the posts, even if I don't join in every forum (though it may seem to everyone else that I do!!), and it's just a place I love being a part of.  As someone who lives alone, in a town where I am still struggling after nearly three years to meet people, this board is hugely important to me, and I love it.

We have had our ups and downs, but for those of us who have worked through them, it has made us stronger, I think, as a community.  Apple, I love the honesty in your post - I know some of the people you especially got on with have left, and that's always hard - I still miss some people a huge amount, and keep hoping they will come back one day.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice idea, Ann. I can't say that my participation here has changed me, but it certainly has influenced what I read, and it continues to be an enjoyable part of my (almost) daily routine.

It fills a gap. Like Evie, I don't have many people in my social, work or family circles with whom I can talk about books. Most don't seem to read much; the ones who do don't seem to read much of what I like. That gap, interestingly, has widened as a result of the influence of Big Readers. Telling your coffee shop cronies you're reading War and Peace or Lolita is a great conversation killer.

I would like to meet other forumites 'in the flesh' one day, but by and large they don't seem to travel to northern Alberta (That's in western Canada, folks!); I can't understand why. If I ever get over to Olde Blighty I'll put out a call for a pub get-together and see who shows up. (And that reminds me, now that you know my real name, feel free to look me up on Facebook)

Anyway....happy to be here.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to come to Canada - unlikely to be anytime soon though!


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Apple



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie Wrote:
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Mostly, this board has given me a wonderful place to chat about books - all the more important now that I live somewhere where no one I know talks about books.


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Joe McWilliams Wrote:
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I don't have many people in my social, work or family circles with whom I can talk about books. Most don't seem to read much; the ones who do don't seem to read much of what I like. That gap, interestingly, has widened as a result of the influence of Big Readers. Telling your coffee shop cronies you're reading War and Peace or Lolita is a great conversation killer.


I can relate to that as well, as I've said on previous posts I'm considered a bit of an oddity at work because I sit and read, and have had the book ripped from my hands by people wanting to know what I am reading, rather than just asking me, my husband doesn't read and considers my books an irritation and something taking up space which could be better used for something else! I do have a couple of friends who I have got into reading but they don't really read what I do, one of them read Wuthering Heights (on my recommendation and loved it) but when I tried to talk to her about it and started going off in depth about it she just looked at me blankly.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting question, Ann: I'm not sure I have a clear answer to this, since whatever change I may have undergone as a consequence of reading & contributing to these boards, that change has been subtle and gradual rather than sudden & dramatic, and is thus quite difficult to specify precisely.

While this board has certainly led me to read a few books I might not otherwise have read, I don't think it has significantly changed my tastes or my literary values. But what it has done has been to enhance my awareness of how others think about books, of how others approach literature. And inevitably, I think, I have absorbed something of other peoples' perspectives, and now look for certain literary qualities, or read in  certain ways, that I previously had not done. But it is difficult being more precise than this, as changes in one's outlook occasioned by contact with others is genrally subtle - so much so that one may not even be consciously aware of some of the changes.



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm away at the moment with not much posting time - someone remind me to post here next week!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
Interesting question, Ann: I'm not sure I have a clear answer to this, since whatever change I may have undergone as a consequence of reading & contributing to these boards, that change has been subtle and gradual rather than sudden & dramatic, and is thus quite difficult to specify precisely.

While this board has certainly led me to read a few books I might not otherwise have read, I don't think it has significantly changed my tastes or my literary values. But what it has done has been to enhance my awareness of how others think about books, of how others approach literature. And inevitably, I think, I have absorbed something of other peoples' perspectives, and now look for certain literary qualities, or read in  certain ways, that I previously had not done. But it is difficult being more precise than this, as changes in one's outlook occasioned by contact with others is genrally subtle - so much so that one may not even be consciously aware of some of the changes.
I can relate to that, as well as it is very gradual and doesn't happen over night I didn't realise I was learning and taking in stuff I was reading on here until I started talking to the people around me, and they didn't know what the hell I was going on about, and even in general conversation I often get comments like "you come out with some fancy bloody words" or "you swalllowed a sodding dictionary!" because I am unconsiously using vocabulary which I have picked up on here and in the books I read.



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