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Monday, July 28, 2008

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Recent Book Activity


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4 weeksall time

books registered:13783
released in the wild:5574
controlled releases:1181
releases caught:058
controlled releases caught:1172
books found:1146
tell-a-friend referrals:00
new member referrals:08
forum posts:0727

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Extended Profile


I am a British person who has moved from the UK to China.

"The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them" - Samuel Butler

To say that I am a book fanatic is an understatement. I love to read and be surrounded by books. In the past I very rarely bought books new, most of mine came from charity shops which I love. In the UK I spent many years volunteering at local charity shops so that I could sort, price and organise their books.

My release list is not a true reflection of my taste as I have released some books that crossed my path/ got for say 20p each, but had I have no interest in reading myself. I also got loads of 'cast off's' from the charity shops.

I first discovered bookcrossing via an OBCZ when I lived in Chepstow, UK. At first I just released a few books that I had read, then used it to clear space on my shelves when I got new books. Knowing that it is possible to track the books made it easier to part with them.

I have recently moved from the UK to China. I had a big clear out, and had to cull my books but could not bear to part with all of them - there are many people who think that I am crazy for paying to ship my library across to the other side of the world (about 1000 books) - they just do not get it! The thing I like about bookcrossing is that I know that there will be bookcrossers who will read this and think 'yes, that is what I would do'.

I am usually open to book trading. If you spot anything you might like on my AVAILABLE list, send me a private message, and depending on the size of book and where you are, I may be able to send it to you. I ask is you journal the books and release them once read. All books on the available list will be eventually released as a wild release, RABCK, bookray etc. However, since moving to from the UK to China I have to be stricter about posting books as the postal costs are of course much higher. Sending a book to someone may not therefore be a possibility.

I have too many favourite genres and authors to list. I love to read, and am willing to try anything (though I am not keen on sport or poetry). I am particularly fond of science fiction, historical novels, horror, crime, the classics and a bit of chick lit when I do not need my brain to work too much. I also like to read non-fiction; particularly history (especially European or military history), travel, science and biographies of important figures from history. Since moving to China I am also keen to read any nonfiction about Chinese history or culture.

I do enjoy reading vintage books as I like wondering where the book may have been before, so have no problem in receiving old and tatty paperbacks; it is what is inside that counts.

I am trying to work my way through the list of 1001 books to read before you die, but keep getting distracted by other books. I think that one of the best things about joining bookrays/rings or choosing titles from the 1001 list is that I have stumbled across some books and authors that I would have otherwise not heard of.

In the past I only tended to put books on my wishlist if they are a part of a series that I have been reading, or by a particular author I like. Since moving somewhere where there is not an English language bookshop on every street I have started to list more books that I have an interest in reading. These include books from the 1001 books to read before you die list that sound interesting, books recommended by a friend or that I have heard about elsewhere. I am always happy to receive books, am always willing to try something new and different to what I normally read, and I will release it when finished with.

I do RABCKs and sometimes if I am about to release a book I will see if I can find someone who specifically wants it, or suprise someone found on RABCK.com.

Number of 1001 books read: 158

Books registered by other bookcrossers TBR: 1 (including 0 rings/rays)

"There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written" - Oscar Wilde

Challenges:
1. Read 10 '1001 Books to read before you die' books this year
2. LUCIA challange 2010
3. Set It Yourself Reading Challenge Jan to March 2011 group progress page
4. The Sixteenth Set It Yourself Reading Challenge (SIY#16), April to June 2011 group progress page

Bleak House Read-A-Long
The Historical Fiction Bookclub INACTIVE
First Sentences Virtual Bookbox Round 3
First Sentences Virtual Bookbox Round 4
First Sentances Virtual Bookbox Round 5
British 1001 library book box forum
Film Virtual BookBox EU version FINISHED
Europe only: Pay it forward book relay
Scifi international VBB

Some of the bookrings/rays that I am hosting:I list my bookrings/rays at The Bookring Directory!
SPIRAL: The No.1 Ladies Detctive Agency series of book. pm me if you are interested in joining.
SPIRAL: the the Catherine De Medici trilogy by Jean Plaidy COMPLETE
RAY: The Goldsmith's Wife by Jean Plaidy COMPLETE
RAY: St Thomas's Eve BY Jean Plaidy COMPLETE
RAY: The Sixth Wife by Jean Plaidy COMPLETE
RAY: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. S. Fitzgerald.
RAY: Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
RAY: The Godfather by Mario Puzo 1001 book STALLED
RAY: Crash by J.G Ballard 1001 book COMPLETE
RAY: The Stars Like Dust by Isaac Asimov
RAY: Fanny Hill by John Cleland 1001 book
RAY: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 1001 book
RAY: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 1001 book
RAY: Georgy Girl by Margaret Forster COMPLETE
RAY: Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther COMPLETE
If there is one you fancy joing feel free to pm me about it.

Bookrings that I am awaiting:
Bread and Chocolate by Philipa Gregory
Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury 1001 book


Bookrays that I am awaiting:
The Shipping News by Annie Prolux
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Infected by Scott Sigler
Stardoc series by S L Viehl
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
The Twins by Tessa de Loo
Tyranopolis by AE Van Vought
Have Spacesuit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann 1001 bookray


"Books are no substitute for living, but they can add immeasurably to its existence" - Mary Hill Arbuthnot

Books read in 2014:
1. The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
2. The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
3. World War Z
4. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua - ebook
5. Daphnis and Chloe by Longus
6. Cocktails for Three by Sophie Kinsella
7. Longburn by Jo Baker
8.
Chasing Darkness by Robert Crias
9. The minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Books read in 2013:
1.
The Raging Quiet 1st sentences VBB
2. When we were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
5. Becoming Strangers by Louise Dean
6. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
7. MASH by Richard Hooker
8. Easy Silence by Angela Hutch
9. House of Sound and Fog by Andre Dubus
10. Cusp by Robert A Metzger
11. The Taking of Pelham 123 by John Godey
12. Extinction by Ray Hammond
13. The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
14 First Emperor of China and his entombed Terracotta Army
15. O Pioneers by Willa Cather
16. Summer by Edith Wharton
17. The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin
18. Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami
19. Journey to the West - Volume 2 by Wu Cheng'en
20. War With The Newts by Karel Capek
21. The Tenko Club
22. The Great Gatsby
23. The Penelopeoid by Margaret Atwood
24. The boy in the striped pajamas
25. The Saturday Big Tent Party by Alexander McCall Smith
26. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
27. A Case of Conscience by James Blish">

Books read in 2012:
1.
Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson RABCK to me
2. The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham BOOKRING
3. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins RABCK to me
4. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham RABCK to me
5. The White Queen by Philipa Gregory RABCK to me
6. The Door Into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein RABCK to me
7. Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys
8. Night of the Crabs by Guy N. Smith
9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
10. The gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov RABCK to me
11. The Running Man by Stephen King
12. Unless by Carol Shields RABCK to me
13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
14. Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres first sentances VBB
15. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
16. Uncle Silas by J.S FeFanu BOOKRING
17. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson SciFi VBB
18. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
19. Peony in Love by Lisa See RABCK to me
20. Kitchen confidential by Anthony Bourdain
21. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters RABCK to me
22. Steel Beach by John Varley Sci-Fi VBB
23. A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin
24. The Conjurer's Bird by Martin Davies first sentances VBB
25. Being Dead by Jim Crace
26. Farewell my Lovely by Raymond Chandler RABCK to me
27 The Whale Road by Robert Low
28. Meat by Joseph D'Lacey BOOKRING
29. Yet more Penguin Science Fiction Stories RABCK to me
30. Nanny Goat, Nanny Goat by Pauline Waugh
31. Singer from the Sea first sentances VBB
31. They came from Baghdad by A. Christie
33. Fatal North by Bruce Henderson first sentances VBB
34. Waterfall by Margaret Drabble
35. Pastoral by Nevil Shute
36. Lost Horizons by James Hilton
37. The Year the Dragon Came by Sang Ye
38. Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
39. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber 1001 library book
40. The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca west
41. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe R1001 book ABCK TO ME
42. Single in the City by Wu Shuping
43. Van Gogh's Bad Cafe by Frederic Tuten
44. Talking About China III by Lisa Carducci
45. All we loved by Siri Hustvedt 1001 book RABCK to me
46. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1001 book
47. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey ist sentences VBB
48. The Generals Daughter by Nelson DeMille
49. House Atreides by Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson
50. Life on the Mississipi by Mark Twain 1001 book
51. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel 1001 book
52. Journey to the West - Volume 1 by Wu Cheng'en

War With The Newts by Karel Capek


Books read in 2011:
1. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson RABCK to me
2. Cell by Stephen King TRADE
3. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 1001 book RABCK to me
4. Wyoming Trail by Cheryl Moskowitz RABCK to me
5. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
6. The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
7. Destry Rides Again by Max Brand RABCK to me
8. Bleak House by Charles Dickens 1001 book READ ALONG
9. Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
10. Psycho by Robert Bloch
11. The Children of Men by P D James
12. Smith of Wootton Major by Tolkien BOOKRING
12. JavaTrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee by Dean Cycon BOOKRAY
14. Cancer Ward by Alexsander Solzhenitsyn 1001 book found in OBCZ
15. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
16. The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
17. The Nick of Time by George Alec Effinger
18. In the Teeth of the Evidence by Dorothy L. Sayers
19. Geta by Donald Kingsbury
20. Seven by Antony Bruno
21. The Last Tycoon by F Scot Fitzgerald
22. I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
23. The Rebels by John Jakes
24. Tip on A Dead Jockey by Irwin Shaw
25. The African Queen by C S Forester
26. The Tunnels of CuChi by Tom Mangold & John Penycate
27. Insiders Kuala Lumphur
28. Excursion to Tindari by Andrea Camilleri
29. Mr Vertigo by Paul Auster 1001 BOOK RAY
30. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels 1001 book box
31. Perfume by Patrick Suskind 1001 BOOK
31. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 1001 BOOK
32. The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino 1001 BOOK RAY
33. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 1001 BOOK BOX
34. At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels of Terror No. 1 (H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus) 1001 BOOKRAY
35. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? BOOKRAY
36. Eva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen 1001 BOOKRAY
37. Tropical Connections by Susie Vereker BOOKRING
38. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson 1001 BOOKBOX
39. Made in America by Bill Bryson
40. The Kite Runner
41. Walking Edinburugh
42. Edinburugh Insight Guide
43. To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A Heinlein
44. Rome by Dana Facaros
45. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 1001 book
46 Shosha by Issac Bashevis Singer
47. Tik-Tak by John Sladek
48. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami 1001 library book
49. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 1001 library book
50. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 1001 book
51. The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
52. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
53. I am Legend by Richard Matheson
54. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 1001 library book
55. Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
56. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
57. In Watermenon Sugar by Richard Brautican 1001 library book
58. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
59. White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
60. Eleanor the Queen by Nora lofts
61. Famous Chinese Women by Hong Ziping
62. Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follet
63. Politically Correct by Chip Tsao
64. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce RABCK to me
64. American Gods by Neil Gaiman BOOKRING

Books read in 2010:
1. The Italian Woman by Jean Plaidy RABCK
2. Lisey's Story by Stephen King RABCK
3. Twighlight by Stephanie Meyer BOOKRING
4. The Little House by Philippa Gregory BOOKRAY
5. Queen Jezebel by Jean Plaidy
6. Blood Lure by Nevada Barr VIRTUAL BOOKBOX
7. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
8. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates VIRTUAL BOOKBOX
9. The Comfort Of Strangers by Ian McEwan 1001 BOOKRAY
10. Dry Rot and Daffodils by Mary Mackie
11. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Walters 1001 BOOKRAY
12. Up Till Now by William Shatner from OBCZ
13. Warriers #1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter RABCK to me
14. The Goldsmith's Wife by Jean Plaidy RABCK to me
15. Babyville by Jane Green
16. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1001 BOOKRAY
17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak BOOKRAY
18. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink 1001 BOOKRING
19. Katherine by Anya Seton
20. The Truly Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
21. Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
22. Checkout: A life on the Tills by Anna Sam
23. Honourable Intentions by Gavin Lyall from OBCZ
24. The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham
25. Bicentenial Man by Issac Asimov.
26. A House to Let by Charles Dickens BOOKRING
27. Animal Farm by George Orwell from OBCZ
28. The Known World by Edward P Jones BOOKRING
29. Movern Callar by Alan Warner 1001 BOOKRING
30. Chess by Stefan Zweig BOOKRAY
31. Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine first sentances VBB
31. Crown of Aloes by Norah Lofts
32. Restoration by Rose Tremain UK F ilm VBB
33. Manners for Women by Mrs Humphry
34. I'm Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti UK films VBB
35. The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke
36. Martha and Hanwell by Zadie Smith
37. Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes First sentances VBB
38. Death in the Bunker by Ian Kershaw
39. Letters from Four Seasons by Alistair Cooke
40. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger First Sentances VBB
41. De Sade's Valet by Nikolj Frobenius
42. St Thomas's Eve by Jean Plaidy
43. An Education by Lynn Barber
44. March by Geraldine Brooks
45. The Ganymede Takeover
46. The End of The Affair by Graham Greene 1001 BOOK
47. The Sixth Wife by Jean Plaidy
48. Erewhon by Samuel Butler 1001 BOOKRING
49. Light Thickens by Ngaio Marsh found at OBCZ
50. Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille 1001 BOOKRING
51. Queen Lucia by E.F. Benson
52. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
53. Georgy Girl by Margaret Forster
54. Song of the Buffalo Boy by Sherry Garland pay it forward EUR RABCK
55. Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther
56. The Postman Always Rings Twice 1001 Book, pay it forward EUR RABCK
57. Fateless by Imre Kertesz 1001 bookray
58. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
59. The Girls by Lori Lansens
60. If I should Die by Rupert Brooke from OBCZ
61. The Lottery by Maria Edgeworth from OBCZ
62. Under the Garden by Graham Greene from OBCZ
63. According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge
64. The Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin from OBCZ
66. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
67. The Blood Price by Jon Evans from OBCZ
68. The Angel by Patrick McGrath from OBCZ
69. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie pay it forward EUR RABCK
70. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
71. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
72. Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood 1001 BOOKRING
73. Absolutely Faking It by Tiana Templeman BOOKRAY
74. England Made Me by Grahame Greene BOOKRING
75. Second Hand Heart by Catherine Ryan Hyde
76. The Choice by Susan Lewis
77. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
78. Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan
79. The Swedish Cavalier by Leo Perutz 1001 BOOKRAY
80. The Rituals of Infinity by Michael Moorcock
81. Under The Dome by Stephen King
82. The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark 1001 BOOKRING
83. Stalin's Nose by Rory Maclean
84. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan



Books read in 2009:
1. A short History of nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
2. Newton's Madness: further tales of clinical neurology by Harold L Klawans
3.The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber
4. The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neil
5. The Timewaster Lettes by Robin Cooper
6. Mary Anne by Daphne duMaurier
7. Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke
8. The Stars Like Dust by Isacc Asimov
9. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
10. Forever Free by Joe Haldeman
11. Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
12. The Worst Case Scenario survival handbook by Jennifer Worick
13. A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous
14. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
15. Ruined City by Nevil Shute
16. Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
17. The First Casualty by Ben Elton
18. The Atlantis Syndrome by Paul Jordan
19. Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
20. Hunting Unicorns by Bella Pollen
21. Tell Noone by Harlan Coben
22. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
23. Marshmellows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson
24. Great Ocean Liners by Ian Dear
25. Man and Wife by Tony Parsons
26. Lets Meet on Platform 8 by Carole Matthews
27. Great Tales from English History by Robert Lacey
28. The Miricale at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
29. Sex and the City by Candice Bushnell
30. Sanctuary by Nora Roberts
31. When Flesh begins to Creep by Judith Gorog
32. The Man in the Picture: a Ghost Story by Susan Hill - found at OBCZ
33. The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
34. Legacy of the Stars by John Gregory
35. How Opal Mehta got Kissed, got Wild and got a life by Kaavya Viswanathan
36. The graduate by Charles Webb 1001 book
37. Myself When Young by Daphne DuMaurier
38. The Hound of the Baskerviles by Spike Milligan
39. The Invasion of the Moon: the story of Appollo 11 by Peter Ryan
40. Vulcan by Kathleen Sky
41. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
42. Overheard by Mark Love
43. Washington Square by Henry James
44. Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro
45. Hideously Kinky by 1001 book
46. Millais and the pre-raphaelites by Michael Robinson
47. Angels and Faires (Worlds Greatest Art)
48. Trek to Madworld by Stephen Goldin
49. The Trellisane Confrontation by David Dvorkin
50. Rembrant by Wilhelm Koehler
51. Three Tales by Gustave Flaubert - found at OBCZ
52. Einsteins Monsters by Martin Amis - found at OBCZ
53. Djinn Rummy by Tom Holt
54. Pistols at Dawn by Georgette Heyer
55. A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
56. The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy
57. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
58. An Innocent Traitor: a novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir
59. Portent by James Herbert
60. Daughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist
61. Property by Valerie Martin - found at OBCZ
62. Guns, Germs and Steel: A History of everybody for the last 13,000 years by Jared Diamond - found at OBCZ
63. Until the Real Thing Comes along by Elizabeth Berg
64. Past Mortem by Ben Elton
65. The Bad Mother's Handbook by Kate Long - BOOKRING
66. The Good Earth by Pearl S.Buck
67. Small Island by Andrea Levy
68. Why I hate Flying by Henry Mintzberg - found at OBCZ
69. The Origins of the Universe for Dummies by Stephen Pincock
70. The Philadelphia Experiment by Charles Berlitz - found at OBCZ
71. Hell is Too Crowded by Jack Higgins - found at OBCZ
72. Eats shoots & leaves by Lynne Truss
73. Reservoir Dogs by Quinten Taratino - found at OBCZ
74. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. S. Fitzgerald
75. Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood - found at OBCZ
76. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers 1001 library book
77. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King - found at OBCZ
78. The World According to Mimi Smartypants
79. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer BOOKRING
80. Phoenix in The Ashes by Joan D.Vinge - found at OBCZ
81. The little black book of red tape
82. The Awakening by Kate Chopin 1001 BOOKRAY
83. The Professor's House by Willa Cather 1001 library book
84. Waterland by Graham Swift 1001 library book
85. Christine by Stephen King found at an OBCZ
86. The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by R. Heinlein BOOKRAY
87. Evelina by Fanny Burney 1001 library book
88. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
89. Madame Serpent by Jean plaidy
90. Pride and Prejudice and zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith BOOKRING
91. Asimov's Mysteries BOOKRAY
92. Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange started BOOKRAY
93. Redliners by David Drake TRADE
94. The last Templer by Michael Jenks RABCK
95. Crash by J.G Ballard 1001 book TRADE
96. The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman BOOKRING
97. Diary of a Demented Housewife by Niamh Greene
98. Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom found at OBCZ
99. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding RABCK
100. Behold the Man by M. Moorcock BOOKRAY
101. The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick BOOKRING
102. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey RABCK
103. Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett As Sherlock Holmes by David Stuart Davies BOOKRING
104. White Teeth by Zadie Smith 1001 book



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