Profile Image  


From Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom

Age 49

Joined Thursday, September 04, 2008

Home page

Recent Book Activity


4 weeksall time
books registered 4 651
released in the wild 3 648
controlled releases 11 555
releases caught 0 220
controlled releases caught 13 501
books found 5 862
tell-a-friend referrals 0 6
new member referrals 0 6
forum posts 41 2,465

Stats are updated every few minutes.

Extended Profile

I love books and love the idea of releasing them into the wild but don't have much luck with wild releases! Years ago when the BBC did their Big Read, I decided to read the top 100 books in order. I did 100, 99, & 98 then got bogged down in life - so now I'm ready to start again and I've added the rest of the 70s to my wish list. (ETA Oh no, I never ready a single BBC Big Read book in 2012 or 2013 or 2014!!!! but I have read the rest of the 80s, it's just Gormanghast that has held me up. I needed to read book 1 of the trilogy first but they are so big.) Now I've discovered there's a top 200 and after that I'm going to do the 1001 - but I do have a lifetime for that. Big plans!

I have a huge amount of unregistered books at home waiting for me to read them and I still can't resist a library sale so the pile keeps growing. I enjoy surprise roundabouts, so if you're involved in the Favourites, don't look at the bottom because they are listed below.

I've also combined my love of books with my rediscovery of the cinema. I now feel the need to read the book before I see the film. This has happened because I live near Scotland's oldest purpose built cinema which has been refurbished and opened again for business in 2009. I don't care if I'm a month or so behind and don't see the film immediately on its release, it's a wonderful little theatre. They also show classics occasionally so seeing Cary Grant or James Stewart on the big screen is a real treat.

Now I'm going to as many conventions and uncons as possible, I think I will follow the lead of other bookcrossers and add an NSS wishlist. I think the most important thing is I don't like chocolate. So sweetie choices are something chewy - Haribo always goes down well. Check my wish list for books but they are sometimes quite obscure. I try and put foreign authors on here in the hope that overseas bookcrossers can help but it will always be up to date before a convention.

100-85 All read

84. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake - reading next
83. Holes by Louis Sachar
82. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
81. The Twits by Roald Dahl
80. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
78. Ulysses by James Joyce
77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
75. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
74. Matilda by Roald Dahl
73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist by Robert Tressell
71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (audio)
2. Submission by Michel Houellebecq (roundabout)
3. Grown Your Own Month by Month by Jo Whittingham
4. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (book group)
5. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton (spiral)
6. Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre
7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
8. Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (audio)
9. In the Winter Dark by Tim Winton
10. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton (spiral)
11. The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
12. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
13. Icebound by Dean Koontz
14. Dirty Old Man by Moll French (bookray)
15. Ballet Shoes by Noel Steatfeild
16. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton (spiral)
17. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land (bookgroup)
18. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (roundabout)
19. Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride
20. Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
21. Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason (audio)
22. D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton (spiral)
23. Narrow Dog to Carcassonne by Terry Darlington
24. Celebrate the Holidays by The Clever Factory
25. A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
26. Five Give up the Booze by Enid Blyton
27. The River at Night by Erica Ferencik (roundabout)
28. Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra
29. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
30. E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton (sprial)
31. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
32. The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (book group)
33. The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne (short story)
34. Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood (roundabout)
35. Mountain Calls by Mike King (unconvention author)
36. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
37. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton (spiral)
38. The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
39. The Hard Way by Lee Child
40. Together by Julie Cohen (book group)
41. Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store: A Novel by Robin Sloan (roundabout)
42. The Folly: Settle's House of Mystery by Peter Brears and Richard Hoyle
43. Scottish Summer Stories by The Scottish Book Trust
44. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (audio)
45. Holy Island by LJ Ross
46. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
47. Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
48. The Dry by Jane Harper (bookgroup)
49. The Children of Men by PD James (roundabout)
50. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (roundabout)
51. Black Wood by SJI Holliday (uncon bookring)
52. Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke
53. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton (spiral)
54. Exclusion Zone by JM Hewitt (uncon bookring)
55. Drawing the Line by Judith Carter (audio)
56. Hunger Within by JM Hewitt (uncon bookring)
57. Five on Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent (Enid Blyton)
58. The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan (book group)
59. Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
60. The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves
61. Out of the Woods but Not Over the Hill by Gervase Phinn (audio)
62. To the Baltic with Bob by Griff Rhys Jones (audio)
63. The Secret River by Kate Grenville (audio)
64. WTF Knits by Gabrielle Grillo & Lucy Sweet
65. My Favourite Place by Book Week Scotland
66. Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
67. After the Fire by Henning Mankell (audio)
68. Garnethill by Denise Mina
69. The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (roundabout)
70. House of Silence by Linda Gillard (bookring)
71. A Basket Brigade Christmas by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson (roundabout)
72. Too Soon For A Mid-Life Crisis by Rowan Barnet-Murphy
73. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lillian Jackson Braun (bookring)
74. The American Boy by Andrew Taylor (audio) - reading now
75. The Late Monsieur Gallet by George Simenon
76. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (roundabout)
77. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (audio)
78. Thursday's Child by Sonya Hartnett
79. The Lie of the Land by Amada Craig (book group) - reading now
80. Gallows View by Peter Robinson
81. H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton (spiral)
82. Saturday by Ian McEwan - reading next
83. Willow Walk by SJI Holliday (uncon author)
84. Standing in the Shadows by Michelle Spring
85. The House by the Dvina: A Russian Childhood by Eugenie Fraser
86. The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home
87. Shoes Were for Sunday by Molly Weir
88. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Raymond + Hannah: a love story by Stephen Marche (audio)
Days From a Different World by John Simpson (audio)

Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra

January - Submission by Michel Houellebecq (lamilla)
February - Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood (MathGirl40)
March - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (JudySlumps612)
April - The River at Night by Erica Ferencik (Aramena)
May - A Basket Brigade Christmas by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson (Weeder)
June - Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store: A Novel by Robin Sloan (Icila)
July - Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (Marsala)
August - The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (Fifna)
September - Wild by Cheryl Strayed (bookwormess)
October - (Estelle1806)
November - (dark-draco)
December - Why Did you Lie? by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

January - Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (My Favourite)
February - The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (alexotanil)
March - The Minaturist by Jessie Burton (fifna)
April - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Lilykip)
May - The Blue-Eyed Salaryman by Niall Murtagh (Icila)
June - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Billbooks)
July - Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Leahjett)
August - The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman (Lamilla)
September - The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Nataliec7)
October - The Children of Men by PD James (dark-draco)

January - Atonement by Ian McEwan (My Favourite)
February - A Month in the Country by JL Carr (elstaplador)
March - Horse Boy: The True Story of a Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son by Rupert Isaacson (Dark-draco)
April - Under an English Heaven by Robert Radcliffe (Lamilla)
May - Women of the Silk: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama (Fifna)
June - Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach (Icila)
July - The Humans by Matt Haig (My Favourite)
August - Sculptor's Daughter by Tove Jansson (elstaplador)
September - Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (Dark-draco)
October - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Fifna)
November - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (catsalive)
December - Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman (Icila)

January - The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (bluezwuzl)
February - Ignorance by Milan Kundera (Grovalskii)
March - Address Unknown by Katherine Kressmann Taylor (Lilyklip)
April - Room by Emma Donoghue (Icila)
May - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (marsala)
June - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Fifna)
July - Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andrie Makine (andrasthe)
August - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (katrinat)
September - Sarahmangan
October - dark-draco
My Favourite – A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Target for 2018 - 78
Books read in 2017 - 86
Books read in 2016 - 82
Books read in 2015 - 84
Books read in 2014 - 92
Books read in 2013 - 64
Books read in 2012 - 83
Books read in 2011 - 66
Books read in 2010 - 84
Books read in 2009 - 65

Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.