I found Outlander in late 1993, possibly early 1994, when I was doing a search on the Barnes & Noble website for something to read. I have loved time travel stories since I was a kid, so it was a no-brainer. And of course, I was hooked. Fortunately, Dragonfly was already available to read next, and Voyager arrived not too long after. Then I fell into the waiting line with everyone else - eagerly anticipating the next book. I've re-read them many times since. This magical series just grows better with each read.
Don’t know when but it seems I’ve been reading Diana’s books since she was first published and haven’t stopped
Way back when the internet was young, I belonged to a chat group for menopausal women. There was a discussion going on about "who is your fictional boyfriend". There were so many mentions of Jamie Fraser that I finally had to track the man down! And I've never regretted it.
A fellow RN gave it to me in 1991. She said it was too long for her and she didn’t get the time travel. I was immediately hooked and remain so today.
Outlander was a featured selection of the Doubleday Book Club in 1997 or 1998. I was immediately hooked!
I found "The Fiery Cross" at a car boot sale in 2000 for £1 the week after my husband died. Realised it was a series and started from the beginning. Outlander took me to another world and helped to heal my grief.
I bought myself the first three books Christmas of 93. Voyager had just come out I think and that's when I discovered Gabaldon's work.
"What's a compuserve?" thx Alex krislov! that made my day :)
Picked up the first four books in the series at a yard sale years ago, because they looked interesting. They sat in my TBR pile for years. Somehow just never got around to them, but never got rid of them, either. The first time I saw a commercial on Starz for the show, it clicked, "That's that book I've had forever! I need to read it before the show comes on!" So glad I did.
I picked up Drums of Autumn while at the library in 1998, thought it looked interesting. It didn't take me long to realize this book was a continuation of a longer story. I immediately went to the library asked for Outlander and have been desperately in love with Clair and Jamie ever since. 20 year love affair that I read over and over again, the show is just icing on top ☺️
Second generation Irish and Scottish.Started reading very early.Big close families on both sides and learned so much about their fairytales and history. Spent many hours in public libraries. As my children started high school I started buying books in Barnes and Noble. At one of their buy2 books and get one free I discovered Diana Gabladon..Needless to say I read them all.Did not watch the tv show until middle of season 2 and of course I love it.reread the first three books between s2-3 and will reread drums of autumn after end of s3. Love them both. .At 70 the stories bring back lifelong beautiful memories
First read as "Cross stitch" many many years ago in New Zealand.
Every time a new book is released I start the series over...
I'm a Revolutionary War era reenactor. My friend has been telling me for years to read the series. I bought the first book in May to bring with me on a cruise. Been reading them ever since, via the library.
Started 5 years ago and got to #6...then started watching Outlander and will save the rest for between seasons. NOW I have a PERFECT idea of what they look like and I LIKE how they look. Thanks Diana an the casting folks!
Was told about the books by a co-worker, but didn't read them until after I watched the show. I loved the 1st book so much, I read them all back to back, and over again. I appreciate the show adaptation even more after reading the books!
Was told about the books by a co-worker, but didn't read them until after I watched the show! Loved thec1st book so much, I read them all back to back, and love the adaptation th TV as well!
Started listening December 2015 when I heard about the TV show and remembered friends talking about the books in the 90's. Since Dec. 2015, I have listened to the big books 5 times and the smaller books at least twice, some more. I have never been this obsessed with a set of books before. I am planning to take vacation time around release of book 9 (whenever that is) to listen.
I too have been reading these books all along, until the 8th book...when she said she was finished. I read till the middle and haven't read the ending because I didn't want the story to end. (I could now finish it I guess! hahaha) Thank you Diana for great hours of read!!! Now my kids are getting involved and I feel so proud I keep nagging! :)
I remember now reading Outlander when it first came out & loving it. I didn't come across it again until the storyline picked up in the US. (I have no memory of which book that was). As a teenager & college student I had convinced myself that American History was boring so I didn't finish the book. Fast forward to 2014. The book was out again because the show was going to open in summer of that year. I bought it and as I read it, I began to remember bits and pieces from my first reading. Fortunately the sequels were also available and I had read them all by the end of 2014. I had to be cajoled into watching the show however. The ads on TV pictured a man with long, dark hair in a pirate's shirt and that was not at all what I saw in my mind's eye. A friend already deep into the show convinced me that the ad was incorrect, that I should give it a chance. I have read all of the books, including the LJG books, at least 3 times, have watched both seasons innumerable times, some episodes over and over. My fear is that I won't live to read books 9 and 10 so I won't learn about the story of Jamie's ghost!!
I bought at a Heart Association resale store. My friend recommended it. It took me a while to start because I thought it was a romance novel. I read it a couple of times before I realized there were more books to the series. Outlander is my favorite one. Have read it about 5 times now. I stopped in the middle of the 8th book because I thought it was the last. Did not want the ride to end. Finally read it and went on to the 9th. I have learned a lot of history reading the series. Thank you Diane.
I first read Outlander when it came out in 1991. I owned a bookstore at the time and had ordered it because the hero's name was Fraser, which is one of my family names. When it came in, I set it aside, shelved the rest of my weekly order, and finished the day. Locked the door at 8 pm and sat down in the back with a cold beer, put my feet up and opened the book. When I next looked up, it was 11 pm! I have been hooked ever since and have read the entire series multiple times. I met Diana at a booksellers convention the next year and had her sign my first edition copy of Outlander. Someday, I will get her to sign the rest of them.
Thank you Diana , outlander has been a major part of my life for the last 15 years. I had all the paperbacks and since the TV show have reread them on my kindle. I am madly in love with JAMMF but equally imagine myself as Claire and try to aspire to her values and knowledge as a healer and herbalist . I really can't wait for book nine but don't want the story to end.
I was terribly ill in grad school and a friend recommended Outlander to keep me company when I was up all night. I read the first four books while trying to sleep in the bathtub because I felt too sick to leave the bathroom (Best. Escape. EVER.), and snapped up the next four as soon as each one was published. Have gotten my sister hooked now, I think she kinda hates me for it... :->
Had the honor of reading paragraphs on Compuserve on my old TSR80. Read the book in 92. Then realized I had read some paragraphs before.
I heard about Outlander as a book series about 2 years ago but started reading the books about 8 months ago after another friend had me watch the first two seasons of the show. I devoured the books and am now eagerly awaiting book 9 and watching season 3 on STARZ.
I discovered the shortly after my grandma passed away about 2 years ago. After I binged the show in 3 days I discovered the books and read the first one in a week and the rest is history. Thank you Diana for the welcome distraction from my grief❤
I was part of the old CompuServe group and remenber the early post. I envy those who are disovrtying her books because they don't have to wait years like us old timers did.
First discovered Outlander in early 1990's in San Francisco bookstore on my lunch hour. Hooked from the very first chapter. Have read some books a half dozen times. Thank you Diana Gabaldon for keeping me entertained and spoiling me with plots and descriptions.
I read the books in a little over a month right before my fourteenth birthday last year because that's when my mom finally let me read them. She's never read them but she's not really interested in Outlander cause she doesn't like to sit still for long. They really are lovely books and the TV series is great too (even if I have to close my eyes sometimes). Anyways Sam and Cait are so funny! I envy Diana for creating such an amazing story.
Since 1998, and it gave me some of the best friends in the world!
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I first found Cross Stitch in the Gift Shop at Culloden Battlefield. Two minutes after Jamie's first appearance I was in love. Funny because when I first started reading the books Jamie and Clare were in their 20s. Now they are older than me. Fantastic series of books and I can't wait for the next one.
Just LOVE them
I have read since Cross stitch first published in UK. I have all print copy of the books, on Kindle and audio books. Just a bit of a fan.
I first read Outlander in 1994 when a teacher colleague recommended it to me. She warned me to wait until Thanksgiving of that year so I'd have plenty of time to read, "Or else you won't get any grading done." She was right! I can't imagine what my life would've been like these past 20 years without having Jamie and Claire as part of it.
I was a young mom of 2 very active boys? Shy and an introvert and books were my refuge. Voyager was the first one I came across, realized thetd were previous ones and I was hooked. Loving the series as a different interpretation of the characters I have grown to love. I still return to the books over and over again.
I picked up Outlander on September12, 2001...I ran a bookstore but no one was shopping that day. Needless to say it was a great comfort to find Diana's books.
I first read Outlander as a paperback but the rest in hardback. When I bought my 1st kindle, purchased all the books again. Including the Companion and all Lord John books.
I first read it in translation in hardback in 1992 or thereabouts.