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From Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom
Joined Thursday, August 18, 2005
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***PLEASE TAKE MY AVAILABLES! If you see something you want on my AVL shelf, send me a PM and let me know, and I will send it to you. I'm happy to send within the UK and maybe overseas if the book isn't too big.***

I read in English, German, Swedish and French.

Here's a list of stuff I like (for Secret Santas, exchanges and whatnot):
wishlist books, funny books, popular science, books in translation, post-1990 German literature and fiction (in German or English), Swedish literature and fiction (preferably contemporary, in Swedish or English), whodunnits (don't mind whether they're cosy or gritty, as long as they've got a sense of humour)
chocolate with nuts in (NOT white chocolate, Cadburys or American-style chocolate) or just nuts
spiced or unspiced black tea; mint, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and/or fruit infusions; bags, not loose please
gloves in bright colours (size small), bookish/polyglot/funny postcards for my office wall, scarves, soap, socks (UK size 6)

Here's a list of stuff I DON'T like:
alcohol, coconut, coffee, green tea, liquorice, romance novels, sport, true crime, any book described as "harrowing".

Reading now:
Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics by William Donaldson
Darm mit Charme / Gut by Giulia Enders

Books read in 2022:

1. James Acaster's Classic Scrapes by James Acaster (given to my daughter)
2. The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone (sent to yorkshire-lass)
3. London Rules by Mick Herron (RESERVED for my mum)
4. Joe Country by Mick Herron (RESERVED for my mum)
5. Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies by The Secret Barrister (sent to Catarinaanna)
6. Över gränsen by Oline Stig (SV e-book)
7. Mrs Mohr Goes Missing by Maryla Szymiczkowa (given to Heaven-Ali)
8. Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald (sent to winner of Tea and Mystery Sweepstakes)
9. Slough House by Mick Herron (RESERVED for my mum)
10. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry (PC)
11. Exit by Belinda Bauer (sent to Plum-crazy)
12. Han tänkte på dem som färger by Johanna Thydell (SV, AVAILABLE)
13. Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt / My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman (SV AVAILABLE, EN sent to Sparkish)
14. Ulf gråter by Martina Montelius (SV e-book)
15. A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (sent to mcsar)
16. Var du lycklig farmor? by Malou von Sivers (SV, AVAILABLE)
17. Hurdy Gurdy by Christopher Wilson (sent to katisha50)
18. Angels by Marian Keyes (AVAILABLE)
19. Alla vill bara gå hem by Daniel Sjölin (SV, given to a friend)
20. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor (AVAILABLE)
21. The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt (sent to crimson-tide)
22. American Hotel by Sara Stridsberg (SV, given to a friend)
23. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders (sent to crimson-tide)
24. What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (given to rahar109)
25. The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis (RESERVED for my mum)
26. Psycho-Logical: Why Mental Health Goes Wrong and How to Make Sense of It by Dean Burnett (AVAILABLE)
27. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami (RESERVED for crimson-tide)
28. Die Tochter des Schmieds / The Blacksmith’s Daughter by Selim Özdogan (DE e-book, EN sent to dacejav)
29. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (e-book)
30. The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili (sent to dacejav)
31. The Drop and The List by Mick Herron (library book)
32. Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes (AVAILABLE)
33. Don’t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli (RESERVED for yorkshire-lass)
34. Unter Weibern by Susanne Fischer (DE library book)

Books read in 2021:

1. The Lady Killer by Masako Togawa (AVAILABLE)
2. Miroloi by Karen Köhler [DE] (PC for now)
3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (e-book)
4. Wir haben Raketen geangelt by Karen Köhler [DE] (PC for now)
5. A Short Gentleman by Jon Canter (AVAILABLE)
6. At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald (unregistered, given to Heaven-Ali)
7. Skios by Michael Frayn (AVAILABLE)
8. Carol by Patricia Highsmith (given to Heaven-Ali)
9. Underdog by Torbjörn Flygt [SV] (PC for now)
10. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman (PC)
11. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (sent to dark-draco)
12. Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth (AVAILABLE)
13. Schellenmann by Philipp Böhm [DE] (e-book)
14. I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek (taken to meetup)
15. Slow Horses by Mick Herron (unregistered, sent to my mum)
16. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (sent to earthcaroleanne)
17. I Love You More Than You Know: Essays by Jonathan Ames (AVAILABLE)
18. Altes Land by Dörte Hansen [DE] (PC for now)
19. Temporary by Hilary Leichter (to be registered)
20. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (e-book)
21. The Plague and I by Betty MacDonald (unregistered, given to Heaven-Ali)
22. The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas (given to MegMac)
23. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (borrowed from my mum)
24. Rancid Pansies by James Hamilton-Paterson (AVAILABLE)
25. I Don't Expect Anyone To Believe Me by Juan Pablo Villalobos (sent to HI77)
26. The Shortest Way to Hades by Sarah Caudwell (AVAILABLE)
27. Der Untergang des Abendkleides by Ella Carina Werner [DE] (e-book)
28. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin (e-book)
29. We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler (AVAILABLE)
30. Töchter / Daughters by Lucy Fricke (DE e-book; EN translation given to Heaven-Ali)
31. What's Not To Love? The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer by Jonathan Ames (AVAILABLE)
32. Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen (sent to sweepstakes winner)
33. Drama Queen: One Autistic Woman and a Life of Unhelpful Labels by Sara Gibbs (e-book)
34. Dead Lions by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
35. Just William by Richmal Crompton (AVAILABLE)
36. The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch (AVAILABLE)
37. The Wooden Overcoat by Pamela Branch (given to Heaven-Ali)
38. Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart (taken to meetup)
39. Shadows in Bronze by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
40. Watermelon by Marian Keyes (AVAILABLE)
41. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit (RESERVED for Panzeranzi)
42. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (sent to russbaum)
43. Nordisk Fauna [SV] / Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren (both AVAILABLE)
44. Venus in Copper by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
45. Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford (sent to Sparkish)
46. The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle (sent to russbaum)
47. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (PC for now)
48. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (sent to estelle1806)
49. Women and Power by Mary Beard (PC for now)
50. Moss Witch by Sara Maitland (AVAILABLE)
51. All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye by Christopher Brookmyre (e-book)
52. Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott (e-book)
53. Lost Time by Catharine Arnold (AVAILABLE)
54. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (AVAILABLE)
55. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (sent to Katisha50)
56. Real Tigers by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
57. Spook Street by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
58. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley (sent to my Secret Santa partner; forgot to journal it so no link)
59. A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone (sent to yorkshire-lass)
60. The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun (sent to echode)
61. False Value by Ben Aaronovitch (given to rahar109)
62. Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre (AVAILABLE)
63. Lost for Words by Edward St Aubyn (e-book)
64. Spark by Naoki Matayoshi (e-book)
65. Der Pfau / The Peacock by Isabel Bogdan (both sent to friends)
66. Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It by Oliver Burkeman (PC)

Books read in 2020: 68

Books read in 2019: 103

Books read in 2018: 53

Books read in 2017: 72 (no target)

Books read in 2016: 61 (out of a target of 65)

Books read in 2015: 65 (no target)

Books read in 2014: 73 (no target)

Books read in 2013: 60 (no target)

Books read in 2012: 100 (out of a target of 89)

Books read in 2011: 88 (no target)

Books read in 2010: 83 (out of a target of 100)

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