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Jive-Monster

From -- Somewhere in Derbyshire, Derbyshire United Kingdom

Age 46

Joined Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Home page www.rabck.com

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Welcome to the Jive-Monster bookshelf


Letters left for my personal challenge - The Author Alphabet Challenge
N - V - X - Y





My Current Read
Big Stone Gap
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Books Read Over the Years

Books I've read in 2010(Click on a title, this will open a new window)


The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Book Lover – Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack
Poppy Shakespeare – Clare Allan
The 13th Apostle - Richard Heller
The Flood - David Maine



Books I've read in 2009 - Total 56 (Click on a title, this will open a new window)


Want to Play? - P.J.Tracy ( † )
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener - M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet - M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death - M.C. Beaton
Starter for Ten - David Nicholls
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County - Tiffany Baker
The Poe Shadow - Matthew Pearl (DNF)
Cherry Ice - Jill Laurimore
Incompetence - Rob Grant
13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
The Other Hand - Chris Cleave ( † )
The Difference a Day Makes - Carole Matthews
Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
The Memory Game - Nicci French
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
Mr. Toppit - Charles Elton
Mr. Timothy - Louis Bayard
Silver Bay - Jojo Moyes
Dustbin Baby - Jacqueline Wilson
Crow Lake - Mary Lawson
Nobbut a Lad - Alan Titchmarsh
Eat, Drink and Be Married - Eve Makis
Mrs Kimble - Jennifer Haigh
The Orchard on Fire - Shena Mackay
Nun Plussed - Monica Quill
For One More Day - Mitch Albom
Good in Bed - Jennifer Weiner
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
Grace and Favour - Caroline Upcher
How to Talk to a Widower - Jonathan Tropper
Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
Earthly Joys - Philippa Gregory
Entertaining Angels - Joanna Bell
Silk - Penny Jordan
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging - Louise Rennison
Strip Tease - Carl Hiaasen
The Woman Who Walked into Doors - Roddy Doyle
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People - Farahad Zama
By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept - Paula Coelho
In Silence - Erica Spindler
The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
The Mathematics of Love - Emma Darwin
Fearless: No. 5 - Kiss - Francine Pascal
The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith
Notes From an Exhbition - Patrick Gale
Housewife Up - Alison Penton-Harper
Double Act - Jacqueline Wilson
Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
A Quiet Belief in Angels - R.J. Ellory
Love and Other Four-Letter Words - Carolyn Mackler
Burkwoodii - Edward Parrott
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery ( † )
How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints) - Kathy Lette



Books I've read in 2008 - Total 56


Patty Jayne's House of Curl - Lorna Landvik
Bad Girls - Jacqueline Wilson
The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
Getting Rid of Matthew - Jane Fallon
Across the Nightingale Floor - Liam Hearn
Too Perfect - Julie Ortolon
The Pirate's Daughter - Margaret Cezair-Thompson
War Crimes for the Home - Liz Jensen
Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
PS, I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaasen
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
Love in the Present Tense - Catherine Ryan Hyde
Addition - Toni Jordan
The Alexander Ciper - Will Adams
The Memory Box - Margaret Forster
An Awfully Big Adventure - Beryl Bainbridge
The Bad Mother's Handbook - Kate Long
Jack and Jill - James Patterson
Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin
The Cure for Death by Lightning - Gail Anderson-Dargatz
The Sound of Laughter - Peter Kay
Dancing with Eva - Alan Judd
Burning Bright - Tracy Chevalier
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons - Lorna Landvik
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris ( * )
Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
The Food of Love - Anthony Capella
Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood (DNF)
The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
Portrait in Sepia - Isabel Allende
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire (DNF)( † )
Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes - Collette Rossant (52)
Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas (51)
Travels in the Scriptorium - Paul Auster (50)
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett (49)
Jamilia - Chingiz Aitmatov (48)
Jemima J - Jane Green (47)
Before I Die - Jenny Downham (46)
Whistling for the Elephants - Sandi Toksvig (45)
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (44)
How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff (43)
Housewife Down - Alison Penton Harper (42)
Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel (41)
Me and Mr Darcy - Alexandra Potter (40)
12 Monkeys - Elizabeth Hand (39)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards (38)
Oblivion - Josephine Hart (37)
Witch Child - Celia Rees (36)
The Bone Magician - F.E.Higgins (35)
The Red Tent - Anita Daimant (34)
The Three Day Rule - Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees (33)
The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman (32)
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (31)
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (30)
The Loop - Nicholas Evans (29)



Books I've read in 2007 - Total 47


Shopaholic and Baby - Sophie Kinsella (28)
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne (27)
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven - Fannie Flagg (26)
Skipping Christmas - John Grisham (25)
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming (24) ( † )
Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl - Tracy Quan (23)
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly (22)
Skellig - David Almond (21)
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Questions (20)
Hold On - Alan Gibbons (19)
A Little Zit on the Side - Jasper Carrott (18)
The House at Riverton - Kate Moreton (17)
The Angels of 9/11 - Caitlin Walsh (16)
The Last Templar - Raymond Khoury (15)
A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon (14) ( † )
Kiss the Girls - James Patterson (13)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged Thirteen and Three-Quarters - Sue Townsend
The Book of Dave - Will Self (12)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell (11)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K.Rowling (10)
The Changelings - Jo Bannister (9)
My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time - Liz Jensen (8)
The Brief History of the Dead - Kevin Brockmeier (7)
Sign of the Cross - Chris Kuzneski (6) ( † )
The Island - Victoria Hislop (5)
The Post Box at the Crossroads - Alan Bates (4)
Bridge to Terabithia (3)
Tell No One - Harlan Coben (2)
The Girls - Lori Lansens (1)
Love is a Four Letter Word - Claire Calman
Riding in Cars with Boys - Beverly Donofrio
Lucky You - Carl Hiaansen
Gone With the Windsors - Laurie Graham
The Book With No Name - Anonymous
The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
The Man Who Ate the 747 - Ben Sherwood
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
The Malice Box - Martin Langfield
Remember Me - Mary Higgins Clark
A Wayne in a Manger - Gervase Phinn
This Book Will Save Your Life - A.M. Homes
Blue Shoes and Happiness - Alexander McCall Smith
The Ballad of Lee Cotton - Christopher Wilson
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets - Eva Rice
The Death and Life of Charlie St.Cloud - Ben Sherwood
Sam's Letters to Jennifer - James Patterson
The First Casualty - Ben Elton
Don't Tell Mummy - Toni Maguire
The numbers in brackets are the books I've read since I started my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. Books that counted toward this challenge were ones that I hadn't read before.

Books I've read in 2006 - Total 46


Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (non BC, borrowing off a friend)

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate - Alexander McCall Smith
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson (I've finished it!!!)
Babyface - Fiona Gibson
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby
Long Way Round - Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ( † )
The Beach - Alex Garland
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom - Louis Sachar
The Last Black Cat - Eugene Trivizas
Deception Point - Dan Brown
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman ( † )
Northern Lights - Philip Pullman ( † )
Along Came a Spider - James Patterson
The Little Friend - Donna Tartt (DNF)
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka
Change the World 9 to 5 - Various
The Big Over Easy- Jasper Fforde
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
Cromartie v. The God Shiva Acting Through the Government of India - Rumer Godden (DNF)
The Boy Who Lost His Face - Louis Sachar
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S.Lewis
The Magician's Newphew - C.S.Lewis
Arthur & George - Julian Barnes
While I Was Gone - Sue Miller
What's the number for 911 - Leland Gregory
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Shut Up He Explained - Kate Lardner
Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Desert Children - Waris Dirie
Enough to Make a Cat Laugh - Deric Longden
The Public Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman - Sue Townsend
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less - Jeffrey Archer
The Confessions of Max Tivoli - Andrew Sean Greer
Desert Dawn - Waris Dirie
Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
Billy - Pamela Stephenson
Desert Flower - Waris Dirie
Playing Sardines - Michelle Roberts
The Discovery of Chocolate - James Runcie
Is It Me?? - An Autobiography by Terry Wogan
Alice's Adventures, Further Memoirs of a Cat - Alice
Having it and Eating it - Sabine Durrant
Property - Valerie Martin
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
Let's Meet on Platform 8 - Carole Matthews
The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracey Chevalier



DNF = Did Not Finish

( † ) = Not registered with Bookcrossing
( * ) = Library Book
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My Book of the Year

My Favourite Book of 2010 (so far)...

My Favourite Book of 2009...Breaking Dawn
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My Favourite Book of 2008...Skinny Dip
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My Favourite Book of 2007...Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
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My Favourite Book of 2006...Tuesdays with Morrie
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Audiobooks I've Listened To

Audiobooks Listened to in 2008 (Click on a title, this will open a new window)


The Songs of the Kings - Barry Unsworth
Lucky Man: A Memoir - Michael J. Fox
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire



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Bookrings/Bookrays

Bookrings/Bookrays I'm hosting
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

Bookrings I'm participating in
None at the minute. Want to get down Mt. TBR this year!


Bookrings I've hosted that are now complete


The Pirate's Daughter
Before I Die
The Last Black Cat
This Book Will Save Your Life
The Girls
Shopaholic and Baby
My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time




Bookrings I've read and sent on


Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason
The Book Thief
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven: A Novel
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Riding in Cars with Boys
Lucky You
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate: The Sunday Philosophy Club
What's The Number for 911?


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Challenges

Personal Reading Challenge
Okay, it's time for a new challenge.
I've been inspired by CollegeLady to work my way through the alphabet by author surname.
I'm starting it from today - 12th August 2008.

The Author Alphabet Challenge
If it's PINK I've done that letter.
A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z


A = The Cure for Death by Lightning - Gail Anderson-Dargatz
B = An Awfully Big Adventure - Beryl Bainbridge
C = The Pirate's Daughter - Margaret Cezair-Thompson
D = The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
E = Burkwoodii - Edward Parrott
F = The Memory Box - Margaret Forster
G = Earthly Joys - Philippa Gregory
H = Skinny Dip - Carl Hiassen
I = Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
J = Dancing with Eva - Alan Judd
K = The Sound of Laughter - Peter Kay
L = The Bad Mother's Handbook - Kate Long
M = Love and Other Four-Letter Words - Carolyn Mackler
N =
O = Too Perfect - Julie Ortolon
P = Jack and Jill - James Patterson
Q = Nun Plussed - Monica Quill
R = Love in the Present Tense - Catherine Ryan Hyde
S = I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
T = How to Talk to a Widower - Jonathan Tropper
U = Grace and Favour - Caroline Upcher
V =
W = Bad Girls - Jacqueline Wilson
X =
Y =
Z = Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin



Warm Thoughts in January Challenge 2009


Sand and Slingbacks - Georgina Newberry
Blue Butterflies of the Lycaenopsis Group - J.N.Eliot and A.Kawazoe
The Fifth Summer - Titia Sutherland
The Butterfly House - Marcia Preston
Safe Harbour - Danielle Steel
The Beach - Alex Garland
A Safe Harbour - Benita Brown



Read 52 books in 52 weeks - completed
19th May 2007 - 18th May 2008.


Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes - Collette Rossant (52)
Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas (51)
Travels in the Scriptorium - Paul Auster (50)
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett (49)
Jamilia - Chingiz Aitmatov (48)
Jemima J - Jane Green (47)
Before I Die - Jenny Downham (46)
Whistling for the Elephants - Sandi Toksvig (45)
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (44)
How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff (43)
Housewife Down - Alison Penton Harper (42)
Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel (41)
Me and Mr Darcy - Alexandra Potter (40)
12 Monkeys - Elizabeth Hand (39)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards (38)
Oblivion - Josephine Hart (37)
Witch Child - Celia Rees (36)
The Bone Magician - F.E.Higgins (35)
The Red Tent - Anita Daimant (34)
The Three Day Rule - Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees (33)
The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman (32)
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (31)
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (30)
The Loop - Nicholas Evans (29)
Shopaholic and Baby - Sophie Kinsella (28)
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne (27)
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven - Fannie Flagg (26)
Skipping Christmas - John Grisham (25)
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming (24) (Non BC. Part of a James Bond Boxed Set)
Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl - Tracy Quan (23)
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly (22)
Skellig - David Almond (21)
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Questions (20)
Hold On - Alan Gibbons (19)
A Little Zit on the Side - Jasper Carrott (18)
The House at Riverton - Kate Moreton (17)
The Angels of 9/11 - Caitlin Walsh (16)
The Last Templar - Raymond Khoury (15)
A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon (14) (Non BC. Lent to my by a friend)
Kiss the Girls - James Patterson (13)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged Thirteen and Three-Quarters - Sue Townsend
The Book of Dave - Will Self (12)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell (11)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K.Rowling (10)
The Changelings - Jo Bannister (9)
My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time - Liz Jensen (8)
The Brief History of the Dead - Kevin Brockmeier (7)
Sign of the Cross - Chris Kuzneski (6) (Non BC. Lent to my by a friend)
The Island - Victoria Hislop (5)
The Post Box at the Crossroads - Alan Bates (4)
Bridge to Terabithia (3)
Tell No One - Harlan Coben (2)
The Girls - Lori Lansens (1)



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Permanent Collection

I do lend out my PC books, but please take into account the following points before you PM me your request.

* They will only be lent to Bookcrossers that I've had previous contact with
* Non-smokers (sorry if this upsets some of you)
* Must be journalled as soon as they arrive
* Must be returned to me in the same condition it was received
* Must be journalled as soon as it goes back in the post to me

These rules are only for my PC books. I apologise now if they seem strict, but I am really fond of these books.
If you can cope with the rules look at my bookshelf and PM me



Garden-King OBCZ

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There’s an OBCZ at the local garden centre Garden King which is on Park Road (B5353) in Newhall. They've got very friendly, knowledgeable staff and are pro-Bookcrossing. In fact, the manager is a Bookcrosser too. Why not go and take a look? Be warned though – the bookshelf does move around!!!


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Want to find more OBCZ's?.
Netstation has compiled a comprehensive list of worldwide OBCZ's.

The Worldwide OBCZ Finder is here


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Brilliant Bookcrossers

These Bookcrossers have done something wonderful for me - a RABCK, supplying books for my various OBCZ, trades, help with HTML - all sorts of stuff really. But mainly they're just Brilliant Bookcrossers.

waderwoman * house-elfdobby * Plum-crazy * Dembir * TheDunedan * jenny72 * Sterile * madmadge * DoveiLibri * Wandering-B * 1lilbookworm - for designing my logo * barby-girl * texaswren * secretariat * sailorarby * Tori58 * Moem – the patience of a saint! * symphonicca * lukutuoli * katrinat * shnedwards * Netstation * molekilby - for introducing me to vistaprint


I just want to say to all of you -
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Birthday Buddy

My birthday buddy is queenfrog and celebrates it on 7th August.
Queenfrog shares her birthday with Billie Burke who played Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz.




Designed by Jive-Monster

I decided to have a go at designing some bookmarks and TexasWren has kindly put them on her website for me.
There are some cheeky ones here and some with Ballycumber on here.




Local Bookcrossing Meet-Ups

The very first BC Meet-Up for the Burton/Swadlincote/Ashby area happened on Saturday 7th June. It was very well attended and the weather stayed pleasant, so we sat outside and watched the world go by.

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From left going clockwise there is: Elphaba71, littlewitch99, Noodle99, Jive-Monster (me), QAQueen, angellica, ReetPetite, waderwoman and then last but by no means least, house-elfdobby


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Favourite Quotes


"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" - anon




Other Stuff

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As well as Bookcrossing, Mr Monster and I also jive, hence the name - Jive-Monster.
I have been known to combine the two and leave books at venues across the Midlands.





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Guestbook

Hey - look!! I've got myself a guestbook.
I'd really appreciate it if you took a minute to drop in and leave a message.
Thanks!!


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