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I did put my first book up a few years again - let it in a hotel in Italy and then forgot all about it! Is it still there? I left it on the bookshelf of Excelsior La Terrazza, Garda, Italy. If you are the area why not check?

Was just thinking about this book and then a couple of days late I found a bookcrossing book at work. So decided to revisit the concept and put a few more books around and see what happens.

For those who might be interested my most up-to-date wish list is here

Julia's Amazon UK wishlist

Alongside books and other things, I like chocolate, fudge and marzipan (rather than sweets) and stationery.

What have I read?


The Clinic by Jonathan Keller


1979 by Val McDermid

Forensics by Val McDermid

A Few of the Carol Jorden books

Absolute Proof by Peter James
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Still life by Val McDermid
Vox By Christina Dalcher
Stories to make you smile by Fanny Blake
The Cutting Edge by Jeffrey Deaver
The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney
Easy Peasy puppy squeezy by
The Thursday murder club by Richard Osman
Rebel ideas by Malcolm Gladwell
The guest list by
Still life By Val McDermid
Doctor Who 12 doctors 12 stories


The Winner by David Baldacci
Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver
The Burning Chambers by Kate Moses
A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks
Small Steps by Louis Sacher
The Closers by Michael Connelly
Cardturner by Louis Sacher
Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson
The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver
Living with Time to Think: The Goddaughter Letters by Nancy Klein
Star Trek The Lost Years by J M Dillard
Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Comet Sweeper by Claire Brock
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
King of Ithaca by Glyn Iliffe


A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks



Well I seem to have stopped adding books in 2013, I know we were in Wales in July when I read Gone Girl. (Today is 1st January 2015!!)

I will add books as I think of them to 2014

The One Thing by

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Xmas files by


The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
The Enchanted Archive by Gillian Bradshaw
Booksurfers: Treasure Island by David Gatward
Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
A place called Freedom by Ken Follett
The last day on Earth by RM Allison
The God Equation and other Stories by Michael AR Co
Forgot to add stuff
Lost Relic by Scott Mariani
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Time Traders by Andre Norton
Mammoth book of sci-fi
Necropath by Eric Brown
The Lake House by James Patterson
ANTIDOTE by Malorie Blackman
Saucer:The Conquest by Stephen Coonts
Requiem by Michael Jan Friedman and Kevin Ryan
Amity and Sorrow
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


The Phoenix Conspiracy by Richard Sanders
Sanctus by Simon Toyne
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Great Selling Skills by Bob Etherington
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula K Le Guin
A Dream of Belonging by Janina Bauman
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith
Flyte by Angie Sage
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
Hawk of May of Gillian Bradshaw
Kingdom Of Summer of Gillian Bradshaw
Ishmael by Barbara Hamley
Winter Shadow by Gillian Bradshaw
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Vimana by Mainak Dhar
Lord of Light by Roger Zelanzy
The Bottle Factory by Beryl Bainbridge
Something Borrowed by Paul Magrs
The Help by by Kathryn Stockett
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherman
The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
Conjugal Rites by Paul Magrs
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessel
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver
Lionboy by Zizou Corder
Undone by Michael Kimball
The Expats by Chris Pavone
Perfect people by Peter James
The Amber Heart by Catherine Czerkawska
Population Zero by L M Mallery
The Female Male by Joanne Russ

What have I read?


Nickolai of the North by Lucy Daniel Raby
My Ear at his Heart by Hanif Kureishi
Room by Emma Donaghue
Treasure Islands by Pamela Stephenson
City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
Simisola by Ruth Rendell
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgewick
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Who moved my cheese? by Spencer Johnson
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
The Present by Spencer Johnson
Tell It To The Bees by Fiona Shaw
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter
Body of Glass by Marge Piercy
The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
Victory by Susan Cooper
I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore
The Time of the Reaper (Reapers #1) by Andrew Butcher
Elidor by Alan Garner
Body of Glass by Marge Piercy
The Slave Harvest (Reapers #2) by Andrew Butcher
Pop Co by Scarlett Thomas
Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy
Sunstorm by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Algebraist by Iain M Banks
The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan
Poke the Box by Seth Godin
The Cemetery of Secrets by David Hewson
Superfreakonomics by Stephen J.Dubner and Steven Levitt
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
Secrets of the eBay Millionaires by Greg Holden
Finding Poland by Matthew Kelly

What have I read?


A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin
The Furthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin
Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Dust by Elizabeth Bear
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer
Artemis Fowl - The Artic Incident by Eoin Colfer
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
Lost Light by Michael Connelly
Pyramid by Tom Martin
The Crystal Skull by Manda Scott
Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
Warsaw 1920 by Adam Zamoyski
The Contract by Gerald Seymour
Timeriders by Alex Scarrow
Book Of Souls by Glenn Cooper
There's an Egg in My Soup: and Other Adventures of an Irishman in Poland by Tom Galvin
A Small Case for Inspector Ghote by H.R.F Keating
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
At Close Quarters by Gerald Seymour
The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie
The Woman in the Fifth by Douglas Kennedy
The Evil Seed by Joanne Harris
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
The Sand Daughter by Sarah Bryant
The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs
Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho
Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith
The Secret Cardinal by Tom Grace
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

Then stopped tracking for a while.

Birds without Wings by Louis de Berniers


Murder at the ABA by Isaac Asimov
A Friend of the Earth by T.C. Boyle
Chasing The Dime by Michael Connelly
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Certain prey by John Sandford
Bad Faith by Gillian Philip
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia E Wrede
Engleby by Sebastian Faulks
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
On Chesil Beach
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Dragonory by Pie Corbett
Stamping Butterflies by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Tell No One by Harlan Coben
The Hammer of God by Arthur C Clarke
Eva by Peter Dickinson
Rookery Blues by Jon Hassler
The Christian and the Pharisee by Dr RT Kendall and Rabbi David Rosen
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann
Footprints in the Sand by Sarah Challis
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami
Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey
Now Wait for Last Year by Philip K Dick
Next by Michael Crichton
Kingdom by Tom Martin
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
The Twits by Roald Dahl
The Shack by Wm Paul Young
Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris
Snow Falling on Cedars
Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchet
K-PAX III by Gene Brewer
Clockwork by Phillip Pullman
Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho
The Xenocide Mission by Ben Jeapes


A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry
The Last Testament by Sam Bourne
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
The Abortionst's Daughter by Elizabeth Hyde
Deucalion by Brian Caswell
The Fifth Mountain by Paul Coelho
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Air by Geoff Ryman
Five Sugars Please by John Hegley
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lweycka
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Edited by George Mann
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Revelation by Bill Napier
The Sixth Lamentation by William Brodrick
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka
Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Does Anything Eat Wasps? by New Scientist
Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay
Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories by Garth Nix
The Five people you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
City of the Sun by Sarah Bryant
The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy
Petrified by Barbara Nadel
The Ancient One by T. A. Barron
The Photograph by Penelope Lively
Magyk by Angie Sage
Chindi by Jack McDevitt
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Country of the Blind by HG Wells
In Bear Country by Brian Payton
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Microserfs By Douglas Coupland
Shattered Icon by Bill Napier
The Discovery of Chocolate by James Runcie
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
The Lucifer Code by Michael Cordy
2041 edited by Jane Yolen
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Books/Bookrings I have and am reading/about to read!

Sleepers of Mars by John Wyndham


Times Eye - Stephen Baxter
Letters Between a Father and Son: Early Correspondence Between V.S.Naipaul and Family -
Spock Must Die! - James Blish
Animal Dreams - Barbara Kingsolver
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Why don't penguins' feet freeze? by Mick O'Hare
The Waiting Time by Sara Banerji
K-PAX by Gene Brewer
Coast to Coast by Jan Minshull
The Angel of Nitshill School by Anne Fine
The chicken gave it to me by Anne Fine
Varjak Paw by SF Said
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
Fantastic Voyage 2 - Destination Brain by Isaac Asimov
Quirky tales by Paul Jennings
Last chance to see by Douglas Adams
Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Azimov
The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Siberia by Ann Hallam
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
The Captains' Honour by David Dvorkin
Two Lives by Vikram Seth
The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman
The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C Clarke
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
The Third Secret by Steve Berry
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman
The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury
Christ the Lord by Anne Rice
Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald
Oceans of Venus by Isaac Asimov
The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman
A Door into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
The Lure by Bill Napier
Tales From The White Hart by Arthur C Clarke
K-PAX II by Gene Brewer
Serenity:Those Left Behind by Joss Whelan
Elephantoms by Lyall Watson
Superstate by Brian Aldiss
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Electric God by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Them Bones by Howard Waldrop
Despatches from the Home Front: War Diaries of Joan Strange 1939-1945
The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

Winter 2006-ish

Coffee Trader - David Liss
The Island - Victoria Hislop
The Pianist - Wladyslaw Spilman

Autumn 2006-ish

Cornelia Funke - Dragon Rider
Mineko Iwasaki - Geisha of Gion
Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha
Malorie Blackman - Eye for an Eye, Knife Edge, Checkmate
Benjamin Zephaniah - Refugee Boy
Kit Pearson - A Handful of Time

Summer 2006-ish

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - my favourite this year
Bertice Berry - Redemption Song
Malorie Blackman - Noughts and Crosses
Robin Cook - The Godplayer
Sarah Waters - The Night Watch
Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Lives of Bees
Malcolm Price - Last Tango in Aberwystwyth
George Mikes - How to be an alien

Previous to Summer 2006-ish
As I think of them

The Time-Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - my favourite last year
David Baddiel - the Secret Purposes
All the Dan Brown books
All the Sarah Waters books
Quite a few Terry Pratchett
Quite a few of Isaac Azimov - esp. liked the Robots series
Quite a few Arthur C Clarke
Quite a few of
Donna Tart - The Secret History
Ann Patchett - Bel Canto
Lian Hearn - The Tales of the Otori Trilogy: "Across the Nightingale Floor" , "Grass for His Pillow" , "Brilliance of the Moon".
Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials Trilogy: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
Gillian Bradshaw - "The Beacon at Alexandria", "Render Unto Caesar"
JRR Tolkien - "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings"
The Wind Singer, Slaves of Mastery, and Firesong by William Nicolson

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