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From Meare, Somerset United Kingdom

Age 118

Joined Friday, April 28, 2006

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Extended Profile

Apologies if I have been silent. This has been due to family illness and bereavement, however 'normal' service should be resumed shortly; meanwhile it may still be a little patchy as I attend to family business for a few more weeks.

I have three passions (besides the DH and family);

gardening (when the weather allows);
reading (even more when the weather does not allow gardening!);
and our animals (any and all weathers).

I also enjoy walks in the country; good food and wine; evocative scents ranging from beautiful flowers or after-rain garden to ocean breeze or woodsmoke/bonfires; jewellery; artisan craft ~ especially wood and glass; and too many other things to mention in the woefully short amount of time I seem to have!

I am happy to swap for wishlist books from availables and/or TBR as funds allow. As I (along with most other Bookcrossers I know) seem to have a large TBR pile, I'm happy to quickly read a book from TBR if I can fit it in.
I also like the serendipity of RABCKs and NSS events. [Hint, I often find some of my 'wishes' whilst looking for NSS books, so do please check my lists.]
I am back on RABCK dot com since it has restarted, otherwise please pm for my details if required.

Please also note that some of the books on my shelf are from my DH who (not so) secretly shares my bookshelf and occasionally some specifically picked up for releasing by my sister (rainbow3) when she has no access to the internet.

My current Wish List is here on Bookcrossing (however, see below).

I had intended to run down Cliff's wishlist and just use the Bookcrossing one but I am still maintaining Cliff's wishlist (though not always in so timely a manner!). I am (normally) one of the "wingless" brigade, so there are things I cannot do, however, I do extensively use the Global Bookcrossing facility. Both wishlists were up to date 25 March 2015, but only the Bookcrossing one has been regularly updated since then.

Currently reading : Dr H E Stanton; The Plus Factor
And :
And : JoJo Moyes; Still Me
And : Val McDermid; The Mermaids Singing (Book Club)

Books read in 2018

Tasha Alexander; Death in a Floating City; February 2018
Augusto de Angelis; The Murdered Banker; February 2018
Louis de Bernieres; The War of Don Emmanual's Nether Parts; May 2018
Stephen Booth; Secrets of Death; March 2018 (Book Club)
Laura Childs; Blood Orange Brewing; April 2018
Jeremy Clarkson; Don't Stop me Now; March 2018
Vince Cross; My Story, Blitz; June 2018
Nick Drake; Tutankhamun; April 2018
Kaitlin Dunnett; Scone Cold Dead; April 2018
Julian Fellowes; Belgravia; June 2018 (Book Club)
Alan Furst; The Spies of Warsaw; January 2018
Patrick Gale; Notes from an Exhibition; May 2018 (Book Club)
Christine Green; Death in the Country; April 2018
Charlaine Harris; Shakespeare's Landlord; March 2018
Charlaine Harris; Shakespeare's Champion; March 2018
Charlaine Harris; Shakespeare's Christmas; March 2018
Charlaine Harris; Shakespeare's Trollop; March 2018
Charlaine Harris; Shakespeare's Counselor; March 2018
Robert Harris; Pompeii; January 2018
Robert Harris; Conclave; July 2018 (Book Club)
J A Hazeley & J P Morris; The Husband; January 2018
Jonas Jonasson; The Hundred year old Man who Climbed out of a Window and Disappeared; April 2018 (Book Club)
Shelley Klein; The Book of Senior Moments; May 2018
Norah Lofts; The Kings Pleasure; January 2018 (Book Club)
Julia London; The Devil Takes a Bride; June 2018
Julia London; Wicked Angel; June 2018
Edward Marston; Shadow of the Hangman; February 2018
Nancy Martin; Murder Melts in your Mouth; April 2018
Robin Paige; Death at Glamis Castle; January 2018
Julia Quinn; The Lost Duke of Wyndham; June 2018
Julia Quinn; Mr Cavendish I Presume; June 2018
Kathy Reichs; Bare Bones; January 2018
Douglas Starr; The Killer of Little Shepherds; February 2018
Edmund De Waal; The Hare with Amber Eyes; March 2018 (Book Club)
Margaret Woodhouse; Know your Cat's Purr Points; February 2018

Book Rings / Rays / Boxes joined in 2017 / 2018

Shakespeare's Christmas hosted by kiki66 joined 30/1/18; arrived 22/3/18; read 23/3/18; sent 23/3/18
Pompeii (Robert Harris) hosted by cassandra2020 joined 5/2/17 arrived 20/1/18; read 26/1/18; sent on 27/1/18

Read it, Swap it, Leave it hosted by Plum-Crazy joined 30/1/18;
Wrap it up Bookbox Round 2 hosted by Nataliec7 joined 30/1/18;
World of Crime bookbox hosted by Plum-crazy joined 18/10/17; (arrived 22/1/18; sent out 27/1/18)

Challenges joined in 2018

Authors A-Z challenge Joined 1/18

Book Boxes started in 2017 / 2018

Cosy Crime / Mystery Bookbox started 1/18; returned home 4/18.
Crime / Mystery Bookbox started 10/17; returned home 2/18.
Random Bookbox started 10/17; returned home 5/18.

Books read in 2017

Peter Ackroyd; The Limehouse Golem; October 2017 (SIY42)
Cecelia Ahern; Lyrebird; November 2017 (SIY42)
Jeffrey Archer; Best Kept Secret; May 2017 (Book Club)
Trisha Ashley; The Magic of Christmas; December 2017
Scarlett Bailey; Just for Christmas; December 2017
Mary Balogh; More than a Mistress; January 2017
M C Beaton; The Wicked Godmother; April 2017
Anne Berry; The Hungry Ghosts; January 2017 (Book Club)
Robin Blake; A Dark Anatomy; February 2017 (SIY39)
Stephanie Bond; 3 Men and a Body; June 2017
Rhys Bowen; Her Royal Spyness; October 2017 (SIY42)
William Boyd; Any Human Heart; March 2017 (SIY39)
Lilian Jackson Braun; The Cat who went Bananas; March 2017
Andrea Camilleri; The Paper Moon; March 2017
JoAnna Carl; The Chocolate Cat Caper; January 2017
JoAnna Carl; The Chocolate Bear Burglary; April 2017
Eve Chase; Black Rabbit Hall; August 2017 (SIY41)
Tracy Chevalier; Falling Angels; August 2017 (Book Club)
Laura Childs; Chamomile Mourning; September 2017
Jenny Colgan; Looking for Andrew McCarthy; July 2017
Nicola Cornick; Claimed by the Laird; January 2017
Lisa O'Donnell; The Death of Bees; January 2017 (SIY39)
Mark Douglas-Home; The Sea Detective; May 2017 (SIY40)
Carola Dunn; Dead in the Water; April 2017
Carola Dunn; Styx and Stones; April 2017 (SIY40)
Carola Dunn; Rattle His Bones; May 2017 (SIY40)
Carola Dunn; To Davy Jones Below; May 2017 (SIY40)
Carola Dunn; Buried in the Country; June 2017 (SIY40)
Kaitlin Dunnet; Kilt Dead; January 2017
Gillian Flynn; Gone Girl; February 2017 (SIY39)
Jasper Fforde; One of our Thursdays is Missing; May 2017 (SIY40)
Jasper Fforde; The Woman Who Died a Lot; July 2017
Karen Joy Fowler; The Case of the Imaginary Detective; January 2017
Karen Joy Fowler; We are All completely Beside Ourselves; September 2017 (SIY41)
Diane Gaston; Bound by a Scandalous Secret; February 2017
Philip Glenister; Things aint what they used to be; November 2017 (SIY42)
Michele Giuttari; The Death of a Mafia Don; January 2017 (SIY39)
Kate Grenville; The Secret River; December 2017 (SIY42)
Kate Griffin; The Glass God; August 2017 (SIY41)
Gabrielle Grillo; WTF Knits; October 2017
Mohsin Hamid; Exit West; June 2017 (Book Club)
Erin Hart; Haunted Ground; October 2017 (SIY42)
Susan Hill; The Beacon; February 2017 (Book Club)
Victoria Hislop; The Thread; August 2017
Wendy Holden; Gifted and Talented; January 2017 (SIY39)
Virginia Ironside; No! I don't want to join a Bookclub; December 2017 (Book Club)
Sherrilyn Kenyon; Fantasy Lover; August 2017
Michael Kinsley; Old Age a Beginners Guide; June 2017 (SIY40)
Margo Lanagan; Black Juice; March 2017 (SIY39)
Daniel Mason; A Far Country ; October 2107 (Book Club)
Donna Leon; Acqua Alta; August 2017
Andrea Levy; Never Far From Nowhere; February 2017 (SIY39)
Debbie Macomber; Sweet Tomorrow; February 2017
Jillian Madison; Damn you, Autocorrect!; March 2017
Jill Mansell; Nadia knows Best; June 2017
Hilary Mantell; Every Day is Mothers Day; July 2017 (Book Club)
Henning Mankell; The Dogs of Riga; November 2017 (SIY42)
Henning Mankell; Italian Shoes; January 2017
George Mann; The Executioners Heart; March 2017
Edward Marston; The Railway Detective; April 2017
Edward Marston; The Excursion Train; April 2017 (SIY40)
Andrew Martin; Death on a Branch Line; April 2017 (SIY40)
Holly Martin; Christmas at Lilac Cottage; September 2017
Delilah Marvelle; The Perfect Scandal; November 2017
Carole Matthews; The Chocolate Lovers Wedding; September 2017
Robin McKinley; Sunshine; January 2017 (SIY39)
Charlotte Mendelson; Almost English; April 2017 (Book Club) (SIY40)
Ted Meyer; The Butt Hello and other ways my cats drive me crazy; February 2017
Derek B Miller; Norwegian by Night; February 2017 (SIY39)
Rick Mofina; Vengeance Road; September 2017 (SIY41)
Mike Nicholson; Grimm; March 2017 (SIY39)
Maggie O'Farrell; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; September 2017 (Book Club)
Maggie O'Farrell; Instructions for a Heatwave; November 2017 (SIY42)
Robin Paige: Death at Gallows Green; May 2017 (SIY40)
Robin Paige: Death at Daisy's Folly; June 2017
Robin Paige; Death at Devils Bridge; August 2017
Robin Paige; Death at Rottingdean; August 2017
Robin Paige; Death at Whitechapel; August 2017
Robin Paige; Death at Epson Downs; August 2017
Robin Paige; Death at Dartmoor; December 2017
James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge; Step on a Crack; July 2017 (SIY41)
Zoe Pilger; Eat my Heart Out; October 2017
Terry Pratchett; Witches Abroad; January 2017
Janice Preston; The Governess's Secret Baby; February 2017
Caro Ramsey; Dark Water; February 2017 (SIY39)
Imogen Robertson; Anatomy of Murder; February 2017 (SIY39)
Donal Ryan; The Spinning Heart; March 2017 (Book Club)
Lynn Shepherd; Tom All Alone's; September 2017 (SIY41)
Nicholas Sparks; The Notebook; January 2017 (SIY39)
LaVyrle Spencer; The Hellion; January 2017
Rosie Thomas; Constance; July 2017 (SIY41)
Rose Tremain; Trespass; November 2017 (SIY42)
Adriana Trigiani; Rococo; June 2017 (SIY40)
Christos Tsiolkas; The Slap; November 2017 (Book Club)
Bruno Vincent; Five on Brexit Island; October 2017
Wendy Lyn Watson; Scoop to Kill; May 2017
Julia Williams; Coming Home for Christmas; October 2017 (SIY42)
Tad Williams; Tailchaser's Song; December 2017
Katherine Woodfine; The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow; March 2017 (SIY39)
Various; Once Upon a Regency Christmas; June 2017 (SIY40)
Various; Stolen Moments; November 2017
Various; Wedding Vows, I Thee Wed; December 2017

Book Rings / Rays / Boxes joined in 2016 / 2017

Tailchaser's Song (Tad Williams) hosted by weeder joined 16/4/17; arrived 31/10/17; read December 2017
Pompeii (Robert Harris) hosted by cassandra2020 joined 5/2/17

World of Crime bookbox hosted by Plum-crazy joined 18/10/17
Wrap it up bookbox hosted by Nataliec7 joined 26/9/17 (arrived 10/11/17; sent out 15/11/17)
Mixed authors bookbox hosted by Diane-Fraser joined 22/7/17 (arrived 8/9/17; sent out 13/9/17)
Chicklit box hosted by Charlotte 1924 joined 16/4/17 (arrived 22/6/17; sent out 26/7/17)
Easy reads bookbox hosted by HerbertLooby joined 10/4/17 (arrived 29/4/17; sent out 3/5/17)
Glorious Genres bookbox hosted by T_richardson_x joined 8/2/17 (arrived 6/3/17; sent out 10/3/17)
Wrap It Up bookbox hosted by Nataliec7 joined 11/16 (arrived 30/3/17; sent out 5/4/17)

Challenges joined in 2017

SIY42 (13 : 5 any time on tbr / 5 from unregistered plus 3 Book Club (5/5/3)) Completed.
SIY41 (10 : 5 any time on tbr / 2 from unregistered plus 3 Book Club (5/2/3)) Completed.
SIY40 (15 : 6 any time on tbr / 6 from unregistered plus 3 Book Club (6/6/3)) Completed.
SIY39 (18 : 8 any time on tbr / 7 from unregistered plus 3 Book Club (8/7/3)) Completed.

Books read in 2017 : 102
Books read in 2016 : 108
Books read in 2015 : 102
Books read in 2014 : 80
Books read in 2013 : 87
Books read in 2012 : 81
Books read in 2011 : 75
Books read in 2010 : 73
Books read in 2009 : 70
Books read in 2008 : 60

(I now keep all my previous reading lists in a personal spreadsheet).

The weather in the area for me: (Since Weatherpixie seems to have dived over the horizon, I've been trying for another weather forecast, though none I've tried seem to work on here. I'll keep trying periodically).

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