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From Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland
Age 65
Joined Friday, January 31, 2003
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If someone would just hand her a book, life would be perfect! (That's our dog Bell, only allowed on the sofa when invited, but looking as if she owns it.)

I'm a full-time mother, part-time student living in Dublin (Southside, for locals). I'm studying English Lit. with the Open University, which is definitely good for preventing brain rust. It also gives my girls a chance to laugh at me when they have their summer holidays, and I'm still studying. (ETA: Goodness - I might have finished this degree now - strange thought! Results not out until mid-late December, so not counting on anything yet.)

My book tastes are a bit eclectic: sf/fantasy, children's and YA, 19th Century novels and some mysteries. Some of my favourite authors are Diana Wynne Jones (who tops two categories), Lois McMaster Bujold, Megan Whalen Turner, and Jane Austen. Luckily the kids are both bookworms too, and we share a lot of favourites.

Just finished reading: (Updated 9/11/05)(Will do LJ comments soon!)

To Weave a Web of Magic
Peter and Wendy, J.M. Barrie
The Story of the Amulet, E. Nesbit
Poison, Chris Wooding
Black Juice, Margo Lanagan
The Wooden Sea, Jonathan Carroll
Ptolemy's Gate, Jonathan Stroud
The Harvest Tide Project, Oisín McGann

Currently reading:

The Seven Towers, Patricia C. Wrede

About to read:

Dragon Rider, Cornelia Funke
The Gate of Gods, Martha Wells ... on its way to me, I hope! (Oh please, oh please...)

My rings and rays:

Going round the world!

Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones Now on its way
Hexwood, by Diana Wynne Jones
Calypso Dreaming, by Charles Butler, AKA BC's Steepholm
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
84 Charing Cross Road
Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart
Deep Secret, by Diana Wynne Jones Read the comments and then PM me if you'd like to join - I'm organising a new ray.
Deep Secret The new ray!
Sorcery and Cecelia Closed and back with me. Check out the entries if you want to see why I'll never send another book to Bluebird24/glowingdove.
Sorcery and Cecelia - the replacement copy.

My Wish List Very small, and mostly very out-of-print. Thanks to Cliff1976!


Still struggling a bit with the new status system, but I'm using "Permanent Collection" to mean books I'm keeping, but will usually loan. I'll loan anything at all to my pals (and almost everyone with whom I've traded or loaned books has become a pal to some extent), most things to people who appear to be active and be good about passing on rings and rays and returning loans, and won't loan anything out to the TINY proportion of members who are black holes for books. Other than that, An Post has just put up its rates, making surface mail almost as expensive as air mail. It just doesn't make sense for me to post off a heavy book to the States if it was published there!

Yes, this is all as boring to me as it would be to anyone else who might bother to read it, but I guess it's no harm to have it down here.

Finally, my bookshelf is getting less representative of my reading tastes as I register books for donating to charity shops or church fetes. Getting a head start on that by working on the Race to a Million Challenge too! Just because something's here doesn't mean I've read it, and certainly not that I like it.


'The thing I hadn't bargained for about hero business, ... is how terribly embarrassing it is. ... what they mean by "iron nerve" is the same as "a thick skin." You have to learn not to notice how silly you feel.'

From Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones.

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