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From Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom
Joined Thursday, August 18, 2005
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Extended Profile
***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.

I help to keep a few local book swap shelves stocked, so the books on my Bookcrossing shelf are not representative of my taste.

Here's a list of stuff I like (for NSS and whatnot):
BBC radio, Berlin, Birmingham, biscuits, books in translation, cake, comedy, crisps, fingerless gloves, films, flapjacks, Germany, Hamburg, herb and fruit teas (bags, not loose), Japan, kanelbullar, languages, London, Manchester, maps, musical history/biography, nuts, olives, owls, panettone, pepparkakor, podcasts, popular science, postcards, quirky comics, rainbows, red pandas, Scandinavia, scarves, short stories, soap, socks, speculaas, whodunnits, and wishlist books (obviously).

Here's a list of stuff I DON'T like:
alcohol, coconut, liquorice, romance novels, true crime.

Reading now:
Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics by William Donaldson
Dans les bois éternels by Fred Vargas [FR]
Schwitters by Ulrike Draesner [DE] (e-book)

Books read in 2021:

1. The Lady Killer by Masako Togawa (to be registered, disappeared into daughter's room)
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 (AVAILABLE)
15. Slow Horses by Mick Herron (unregistered, sent to my mum)
16. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (AVAILABLE)
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 (AVAILABLE)
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 (AVAILABLE)
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 (AVAILABLE)
39. Shadows in Bronze by Lindsey Davis (RESERVED for my mum)
40. Watermelon by Marian Keyes (AVAILABLE)
41. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit (AVAILABLE)
42. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (sent to russbaum)
43. Nordisk Fauna [SV] / Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren (AVAILABLE)
44. Venus in Copper by Lindsey Davis (RESERVED for my mum)
45. Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford (AVAILABLE)
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 (AVAILABLE)
49. Women and Power by Mary Beard (PC for now)
50. Moss Witch by Sara Maitland (AVAILABLE)

Books read in 2020:

1. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani (sent to kirstykat)
2. Entschuldigen Sie meine Störung: Ein Wahnsinnsroman by Jan-Uwe Fitz (AVAILABLE)
3. Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine (sent to loribee)
4. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (taken to meetup)
5. Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende (taken to meetup)
6. Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile by Adelle Stripe (library book)
7. Steal You Away by Niccolò Ammaniti (AVAILABLE)
8. A Greedy Man in a Hungry World by Jay Rayner (library book)
9. Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth (AVAILABLE)
10. She Rises by Kate Worsley (library book)
11. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (RESERVED for my mum)
12. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (given to my mum)
13. Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From 80s Movies by Hadley Freeman (library book)
14. Liquid by Mark Miodownik (library book)
15. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (sent to CathrineB)
16. Spring by Ali Smith (library book)
17. Das Muschelessen by Birgit Vanderbeke (AVAILABLE)
18. The Unfolding of Language by Guy Deutscher (library book)
19. Brick Lane by Monica Ali (AVAILABLE)
20. Where the Wild Ladies Are by Matsuda Aoko (e-book)
21. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood (sent to jax987654321)
22. Cat Person and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian (e-book)
23. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (sent to nefertari)
24. Stars and Bars by William Boyd (sent to ReetPetite)
25. God Jul by Jonas Karlsson (PC for now)
26. The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude (sent to Soozreader)
27. Watson’s Apology by Beryl Bainbridge (sent to Heaven-Ali)
28. Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi (e-book)
29. Fate by Jorge Consiglio (AVAILABLE)
30. Marie by Madeleine Bourdouxhe (AVAILABLE)
31. Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun (sent to Arvores)
32. Die Damen des Hauses by Susanne Scholl (e-book)
33. A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes (AVAILABLE)
34. Singer in the Night by Olja Savičević (AVAILABLE)
35. Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann (AVAILABLE)
36. Theft by Luke Brown (AVAILABLE)
37. Snow, Dog, Foot by Claudio Morandini (unregistered, given to Heaven-Ali)
38. The Sellout by Paul Beatty (AVAILABLE)
39. East is East by TC Boyle (AVAILABLE)
40. Inlandet by Elin Willows (AVAILABLE)
41. Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles (e-book)
42. Calypso by David Sedaris (AVAILABLE)
43. Herr Lehmann by Sven Regener (AVAILABLE)
44. Arid Dreams by Duanwad Pimwana (sent to Arvores)
45. Achtsam Morden by Karsten Dusse (PC for now)
46. Skint Estate by Cash Carraway (sent to ReetPetite)
47. Bryant and May: England's Finest by Christopher Fowler (PC)
48. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (e-book)
49. Bryant and May: Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler (PC)
50. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (sent to Florence71)
51. The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen (e-book)
52. Holiday Heart by Margarita Garcia Robayo (sent to Heaven-Ali)
53. Summer of Reckoning by Marion Brunet (AVAILABLE)
54. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (e-book)
55. Explaining Humans by Camilla Pang (e-book)
56. The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury (sent to bookfrogster)
57. I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (AVAILABLE)
58. Intimations by Zadie Smith (sent to Flutterbies9)
59. In A Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu (sent to safrolistics)
60. Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth (unregistered, given to my daughter's friend)
61. Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession (unregistered, given to a friend)
62. The Problem with Men by Richard Herring (PC)
63. Ramble Book by Adam Buxton (PC)
64. The Goldblum Variations by Helen McClory (unregistered)
65. Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias by Pragya Agarwal (given to LyzzyBee)
66. Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett (unregistered; sent to my mum)
67. Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen (AVAILABLE)
68. Sloot by Ian McPherson (sent to Xarodoc)

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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