Hi, I'm Vikki
I live in London & work in west end theatre (I say work - I mostly sit in dark corners reading by torchlight to be honest). I am also a part-time student, studying physics & applied maths with the OU.
I'll read anything I can get my hands on, but I particularly like fantasy & comedy. I also read a lot of non-fiction, again anything that catches my eye - Science, maths, biography, history, sociology... whatever. My wishlist reflects this eclectic taste, but is always kept up to date :)
Please don't make assumptions based on my bookshelf here - most of it is obtained specifically to cross so doesn't indicate my personal preferences
My interests, outside of reading, geeking & theatre, are pretty general - sunny days, sitting in parks, chilling out with my friends. I'm quite into arts-n-craftsy stuff too, embroidery, knitting, hands sewing, bookbinding - whatever strikes my fancy that day really!
There are photos of the stuff I make (as well as general assorted musings) on my blog - Why not take a look?, though it's rather a while since I updated it
Oh, and I need caffeine like most people need oxygen.
BOOKCROSSING & ME
I'm definitely up for trading (be that books, postcards, craft tips, gossip - whatever), so please feel free to PM me with any requests. I do post Internationally as often as I can manage so you don't need to be UK based.
I'm a member of the 1001 library.
My birthday buddy is Prachitulshan in Delhi, a fellow theatre lover whose birthday is April 12th.
If you see me at a meet or con please come over to say hello. I am - deceptively - painfully shy; I have so many times spotted someone I know from the forums but not been brave enough to go up and introduce myself - which I curse later of course. I may come across as loud and brash and full of confidence, but I'm not (just full of rum mostly), so please please be braver than I am and introduce yourself
I also oversee The Death of Books' shelf, to help deceased books on their way to a final resting place in that great sky-library.
HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING & NSS
I love to participant in the holiday gift giving (and Summer gift giving too) and Not So Secret gift giving that goes on amongst various groups of bookcrossers. Thank you so much those of you who have sent me wonderful gifts in the past - and I hope that those of you who have received parcels from me enjoyed them.
A few ideas for things I may like are below (I feel a bit greedy writing, but have found similar lists on others profiles really useful)
* wooden thread spools; you know when you buy sewing thread, it comes on a plastic spool? In the old days (and still these days, occasionally) those used to be wooden. I want them :) I'm only interested in the middle bit, that you'd normally throw away once the thread was finished - so if there's thread on it I'll use it, but if you want to use it yourself, go for it and send me the remains once you're done! Wooden spools from ribbon, yarn, twine or whatever else are also good - any size, shape, and condition is great.
* fabric patches - the sort you might sew on to a blanket (since that's what I'll do with 'em). Swimming badges, scout badges, patches with band logos - anything like that which you're done with :)
* BC supplies - I always particularly need Book plate labels and tiny spine stickers - 'official' or home made are fine.
* anything handmade, coz there's nothing better in the world than a handmade present
...or you could check out my Blog or Pinterest for more inspiration
* wishlist books... My wishlist is always up to date.
If anyone needs an address to send things to me - well, first off, thank you! - you can get the address from rabck.com
Also, I try to keep a vague eye on my weight and don't eat too many sweets or treats, so maybe skip the chocolate and sugar-stuff :)
Reduce Mt TBR Challenge
My resolution is to stop buying more books than I can read - therefore each month I tally my books and aim to reduce the number each time. I am allowed to buy/gain new books (I'm too realistic to try not to!), but the idea is to buy less than I read... In effect, I try to lose books like other women try to lose pounds...
- January 1st 2010 TBR pile - 119 books tall...
- Jan 1st 2011 - 54 books tall
- Jan 1st 2012 - 65 books tall (dammit)
- Jan 1st 2013 - 52 books tall
- Jan 1st 2014 - 42 books tall
A year off while I undertook a year long reading challenge...
- Jan 1st 2016 - 54 books tall...
- Feb 1st - 52
- March 1st - 50
- April 1st - 49
- May 1st - 47
- June 1st - 46
- July 1st - 42
- Aug 1st - 41
- Sept 1st - 37