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Musings, Memories and Miscellany from our MoM’s

Today our Featured Member of the Month is: Geri (geejay). Geri was named MoM in November 2010.

My name is Geri. I’ve been with PBS since September 2008. I’m a MoM, TG, BDA and BIA. MoM is Member of the Month. That’s something very special to me since other members voted for me to have that honor. TG is Tour Guide. People write with questions and problems they have a PBS. Most are new members and just need a bit of help over a bump in the road. BDA and BIA mean Book Data Approver and Book Image Approver. That’s looking at edits and images that have been submitted by members and saying yeah, good job or oh, no that needs to be fixed and then fixing it. Those two things are earned positions. You actually take a test to become a Tour Guide. I wasn’t sure I’d pass but did with no trouble. A proud day for me!

I actually stumbled on to PBS when I was looking at my book recommendations on Amazon. Someone was singing the praises of PBS there, I found the site and never looked back. When I joined I had almost 1,000 books on the shelves to read! I’m different than most members in that I’ve managed to get rid of about half the books I had. The majority of folks bemoan the fact that they have more books than ever. Now, instead of buying a new series, an author I’ve never read before I ‘ll order the first book in the series and if I like it keep going. Don’t like it, no problem someone at PBS will want the book. Maybe not today but eventually. And I don’t have a series of books that I’m sorry I bought.

My reading days began when my aunt taught me to read around two years old. I remember reading the newspaper when FDR died. At that time there weren’t many children’s books available. I did read comic books. Donald Duck and Little Lulu were my favorites with a host of others. Then a library was opened within walking distance of our house! Oh the joy! Oh the wonder the first time I ever went to the main Detroit Public Library. At the time you walked in the door and saw shelves and shelves, stacks and stacks of books, floors of books!

When I was in grade school I read every book in the library from aardvark to zoology. I loved the biographies and history! I regretted not living during the Revolutionary War. I was ready to fight for freedom. Never thinking about taking a bath of course.

Currently I’m reading Laced by Carol Higgins Clark, Kingsbridge Plot by Maan Meyer. Embers by Laura Bickle and rereading The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. I’m reading that on my Kindle. Something new for me.

We have a Kindle discussion forum on PBS and even have a way to trade a book with other members of the PBS Kindle group.

The great thing about PBS is that if you have a book preference be it hardcover, paperback, audio or eBook you can find something here!


If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us here.  Your nomination will not “expire”–anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who’s helped you in the Forums, who’s been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows–one of them might be YOU!

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