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Joined Monday, July 11, 2005
Thanks for stopping by :)
A bit about me: formerly of Sydney, Australia, I've moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to teach for a couple of years. This bookshelf is a shambles, but so is my life at the moment... a current state of happy chaos. Enjoy!
I'm starting up an international bookring for The Inheritance of Loss. Surface will be fine.
I'm a member of the 1001-library. However, I'm in a different country to my books at the moment (Australia). So if there's something you're desperately after, please be patient with me.
I'm taking part in the Set it Yourself Challenge, a brilliant idea initiated by mrsgaskell. Currently I've read 175 of the original 1001 list (and 151 of the 2008 edition and 152 of the 2010 edition).
Please note - all my 'Wild releases' are truly wild... I don't tend to wild release very often because as a high-school English teacher I always have a captive audience for my books! - and I prefer to release only those books which I've read, making it a loooong while between wild releases.
* I'm starting to fall off the bookring/ray ban-wagon. (See notice below.) The one year ban did my bank balance a lot of good & I've been able to splash out a bit more. That, and go to the theatre. Favourites in 2008: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Tim Supple's production, Wharf2Loud's production of Frankenstein, and Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare: review and article).
My name is Miss-Owl, and I am a bookring addict...
so from today, I'm going to kick the habit. You can assist me (please!) by not asking me to join any more rings or rays. Mount Toobie is looming large & the bank balance looking small :) Thanks!
Quote for the day (or at least as long as it takes me to update this):
The moment my attention wanders from the settled order of the written lines to the movable complexity no sentence is able to hold entirely, I come close to understanding that on the other side of the words there is something words could mean.
~ Italo Calvino
Fave reads include:
* A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
* Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
* Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner
* The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene
* The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
* The Thursday Next series - Jasper Fforde
* If on a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino
* Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
* Reading Like a Writer - Francine Prose
* Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
* Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
* Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
* Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
* The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
Books read in 2010:
1. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka (1001, 2008 only)
2. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (1001)
3. A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift (1001)
4. Ender in Exile - Orson Scott Card
5. The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett (1001)
6. The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe (1001)
7. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky (1001)
8. The Successor - Ismail Kadare (1001)
9. Chess - Stefan Zweig (1001, 2008 and 2010 editions only)
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
11. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery (1001, 2010 edition only)
12. Erewhon - Samuel Butler (1001)
13. The Prodigal God - Timothy Keller
14. Schooling - Heather McGowan (1001, original edition only)
15. Fateless - Imre Kertesz (1001)
16. High School Confidential - Jeremy Iversen
17. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton (1001)
18. Timbuktu - Paul Auster (1001 book, original version only)
19. The Sea - John Banville (1001)
20. Small Island - John Banville (1001, 2008 and 2010 editions)
21. We - Yevgeny Zamyatin (1001)
22. White Noise - Don DeLillo (1001)
23. Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller
24. V for Vendetta - Alan Moore and David Lloyd
Books read in 2009:
1. Vathek - William Beckford (1001)
2. The Luxe - Anna Godbersen
3. The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai (1001)
4. The Sea, the Sea - Iris Murdoch (1001)
5. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters (1001 - original version only)
6. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco (1001)
7. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan (1001)
8. Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton (1001)
9. What I Loved - Siri Hustvedt (1001)
10. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (1001)
11. The Crucible - Arthur Miller
12. J Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ - Roger Steer
13. Mountain Rain - Eileen Crossman Fraser
14. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (1001)
15. Honourably Wounded - Marjory Foyle
16. How Proust Can Change Your Life - Alain De Botton
17. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (1001)
18. Lord of the Flies - William Golding (1001)
19. White Teeth - Zadie Smith (1001)
20. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold - John Le Carre (1001)
21. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie (1001)
22. Crooked House - Agatha Christie
23. My Name is Will: a novel of sex, drugs and Shakespeare - Jess Winfield
24. The Fern Tattoo - David Brooks
25. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark (1001)
26. The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene (1001, original version only)
27. Junky - William S. Burroughs (1001)
28. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
29. Amsterdam - Ian McEwan (1001, original version only)
30. After Dark - Haruki Murakami
31. On Love - Alain de Botton (1001 book)
32. God Bless You, Mr Rosewater - Kurt Vonnegut (1001, original version only)
33. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri (1001, 2008 version only)
34. Maus - Art Spiegelman
35. Maus II - Art Spiegelman
36. The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene (1001)
37. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami (1001)
38. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler (1001)
39. The Life and Times of Michael K - J. M. Coetzee (1001)
40. The Princess Bride - William Goldman
41. The Nun - Denis Diderot (1001)
42. Disgrace - J. M. Coetzee (1001)
43. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins (1001)
44. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
45. The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold
46. The Outsider - Albert Camus (1001)
47. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry (1001)
Bookrings/rays I have started:
* The Mysterious Mr Ripley (sent to NeferSand)
* Something Rotten (finished!)
* Jane Austen's Guide to Dating (lost in transit)
* Literary Trivia - completed!
* Perfume (stalled and now completed here with thanks to shpriz1)
* Remains of the Day - completed!
* Across the Nightingale Floor - completed!
* The Messenger - completed!
* The Inheritance of Loss - completed!
* The Messenger (Markus Zusak) - ring the second - now with msjoanna
* Third Man (Graham Greene) - now with jellyfish67
* Unless (Carol Shield) - now with WithoutWings
Special debts of gratitude:
* to hunnyb who got me started in the first place :) and who made me some lovely lovely labels
* to chocolatemummy for my first ever set of wings! - and ajsmom for my second :) - and buffra for my third :)
* to froggirlwendy, semlasson, judygreeneyes, KarenZero, smlwoman, caligula03 & cordelia-anne for their lovely rabcks - in particular to smlwoman who hunted down a very rare Patricia Highsmith compendium, bought it off e-bay & shipped it to me... all to replace my stalled ring!
* to Purple-lilly who kindly sent me a book twice 'cause I didn't make it to my post office box on time :(