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From New Ferry, Merseyside United Kingdom

Age 36

Joined Friday, July 21, 2006

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Hello, I'm RD I'm 26 and I love books.

NOTE: I ALWAYS reply to PMs so if you have tried to contact me but have not recieved a response please email

As my TBR pile is now vastly outweighing my AVLs feel free to check out my TBR and request any book which isnt ring or ray to be reserved for you after I've read it, if you are: a) trading b) a previous trader/ RABCK giver or recipient or simply c) my mate!

During 2007 I really struggled to BC as much as I would like, hopefully this will change in the new year.

My Top Ten All Time Favourite Books In No Particular Order Are:

Cry, The Beloved Country - Alan Paton
Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte
The Time Travelers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Norwegian Wood - Haruki Marukami
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Fall On Your Knees - Ann Marie Macdonald


A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett (!!)

I FINALLY have a wishlist at Cliffs!!
My Wish List

I used to read voraciously as a little girl, but now that I'm older, time gets shorter and books get longer, but since joining bookcrossing, I've noticed that I'm more likely to turn the TV off and get through Mt TBR. Since I joined, I've been struck by the kindness of other bookcrossers and their willingness to give RABCK's to strangers. If I can repay the favour, its all cool. Another Bookcrosser said on the forum that she became inundated with rude demands for books, and that's kind of scary, but I am happy to do fair swaps, and the person who initiated the trade must send first!

So far I have traded with: Mr Mustard, sudoku girl, SwanofKennet, Skribble, GingerBoy, DianeO, dolph1n Annodyne, caffcaff, dsc

I have been RABCKed by : flambard, Iojima (twice), pumpkinhead, katisha50, laura0141, angellica, rahar109, AngelChild, weebly, scotsbookie, Zab, ekranda, valerief, chocolatemummy with NSS's from AnglersRest, Purplerose, WormyOne, heathwitch,

I have RABCKed including NSS'S - notingnothing(twice), Wormy One (x3) Jellybaby531, caffcaff, VauxhallCrosser, tontowilliams, ellamegalast, Caroline080 and I RABCKed angellica too but it got lost in the post :(

If you have RABCKd me and I've forgotten you, feel free to PM me and rant about my rudeness! :-)

Books read July 2006-December 2006

Conversations With God Book 1 - Neale Donald Walsch (sensational)
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall (disappointing)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (weird)
Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd (moving)
Gods In Alabama - Joshilyn Jackson (superb)
Man Bites Dog - Adam Ford (funny)
Diary Of A Manhattan Call Girl - Tracy Quan (patchy)
A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby (darkly comic)
Hunting Unicorns - Bella Pollen (pleasant)
Night - Elie Wiesel (heartbreaking)
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (typical Atwood)
Spies - Michael Frayn (dull)
Short History Of Tractors in Ukrainan - Marina Lewycka (mixed feelings)
Blood, Sweat and Tea - Tom Reynolds (entertaining)
The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde (Literary Comedy - Unusual)
Lost In A Good Book - Jasper Fforde (Inferior Sequel)
Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino - (some incredible prose, but a tad pretentious)
31 Songs - Nick Hornby (enjoyable hours read)
The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd (poetic)
Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs (addictive)
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett (intelligent and romantic but disatisfying)
The Crimson Petal And The White - Michael Faber (enjoyed)
Human Traces - Sebastian Faulks (non BC - TOO SCIENCEY!!)
The Family Way - Tony Parsons (great readers holiday)
City Of God - Paolo Lins (Disappointing)
What I Loved - Siri Hustvedt (Favourite Book of 2006, Excellent)

Books read

Jan 2007

Until I Find You - John Irving (enjoyable yet flawed) - I have started a bookring for this
The Fourth Hand John Irving (ditto)
Man And Boy - Tony Parsons (nice light reading)
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman (good fun)
Man And Wife - Tony Parsons (similar sequel)

Feb 2007
The Abortionists Daughter - Elizabeth Hyde (great)
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris (amusing autobiographical anecdotes)
How To Be Good - Nick Hornby (the weakest of his I've read)


A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (Intriguing)
A Good Man In Africa - William Boyd (great prose)
The Highest Tide - Jim Lynch (elegant descriptive prose, poor characterisation)
Wicked - Gregory Maguire (intelligent and whimsical at the same time)

Read very few books between April and September due to long illness


Anyone Out There - Marian Keyes (Fun)
Watermelon - Marian Keyes (The first in the Walsh Series)
Interpreter Of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri (ok,but was expecting more)


The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory (Excellent)
Rachels Holiday - Marian Keyes (disappointing)
The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory (Not as good as its predecessor, but still great)
The Constant Princess - Philippa Gregory (you've got to feel for Catherine Of Aragon)
The Queens Fool - Philippa Gregory (really good take on the Mary/Elizabeth rivalry)
The Virgins Lover - Philippa Gregory (weakest so far of hers)
Angels - Marian Keyes (the best of the Walsh sister books)
The Other Side Of The Story (the worst of the Keyes' I've read)
Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married - Marian Keyes (Enjoyable)
Dry - Augusten Burroughs (Not as good as Running With Scissors)
Tales Of The City - Armistead Maupin (Frothy)
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood (Odd)

Bookrings/Rays Currently With me:

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