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From Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom
Age 52
Joined Thursday, September 4, 2008
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Extended Profile
I love books and love the idea of releasing them into the wild but don't have much luck with wild releases! Years ago when the BBC did their Big Read, I decided to read the top 100 books in order. I did 100, 99, & 98 then got bogged down in life but I'm back on track now and I've added the rest of the 70s to my wish list. (ETA Oh no, I never ready a single BBC Big Read book in 2012 or 2013 or 2014!!!! And Gormenghast really held me up as I needed to read book one of the trilogy first but they are so big. Now I think Bleak House is going to hold me up). Plus I've discovered there's a top 200 and after that I'm going to do the 1001 - but I do have a lifetime for that. Big plans!

I have a huge amount of unregistered books at home waiting for me to read them and I still can't resist a library sale so the pile keeps growing. I enjoy surprise roundabouts, so if you're involved in the Favourites, don't look at the bottom because they are listed below.

I've also combined my love of books with my rediscovery of the cinema. I now feel the need to read the book before I see the film. This has happened because I live near Scotland's oldest purpose built cinema which has been refurbished and opened again for business in 2009. I don't care if I'm a month or so behind and don't see the film immediately on its release, it's a wonderful little theatre. They also show classics occasionally so seeing Cary Grant or James Stewart on the big screen is a real treat.

Now I'm going to as many conventions and uncons as possible, I think I will follow the lead of other bookcrossers and add an NSS wishlist. I think the most important thing is I don't like chocolate, or coffee and I rarely drink fruit teas. So sweetie choices were something chewy but now they should be sugar-free. I can't help being partial to a Tofifee though. Check my wish list for books but they are sometimes quite obscure. I try and put foreign authors on here in the hope that overseas bookcrossers can help but it will always be up to date before a convention.

100-80 All read

79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens - reading next
78. Ulysses by James Joyce
77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
75. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
74. Matilda by Roald Dahl
73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist by Robert Tressell
71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1. Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh (roundabout)
2. The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion (SSM)



January - Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh (Poodlesister)
February - (cross-patch)
March - (Ythan)
April - (dark-draco)
May - (Valpete)
June - (Mathgirl40)
July - (Mcsar)
August - (Estelle1806)
September - (Fifna)
October - (Paulanni)
November - (Grovalskii)
December - Greenbadger
My Favourite - The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough

January - Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Cross-Patch)
February - Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey (Dark-Draco)
March - The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (Fifna)
April - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (grovalskii)
May - Birdbrain by Johanna Sinisalo (Paulanni)
June - A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (Icila)
July - For Love by Sue Miller (Valpete)
August - The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster (Mcsar)
September - Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Math-Girl40)
October - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (greenbadger)
November - Walking Home by Kelly Winters (Poodlesister)
My Favourite – Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd

Target for 2022 - 81
Books read in 2021 - 69
Books read in 2020 - 69
Books read in 2019 - 112
Books read in 2018 - 99
Books read in 2017 - 86
Books read in 2016 - 82
Books read in 2015 - 84
Books read in 2014 - 92
Books read in 2013 - 64
Books read in 2012 - 83
Books read in 2011 - 66
Books read in 2010 - 84
Books read in 2009 - 65

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