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From Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom

Age 48

Joined Thursday, September 04, 2008

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4 weeksall time
books registered 5 594
released in the wild 0 596
controlled releases 2 443
releases caught 0 202
controlled releases caught 4 400
books found 2 771
tell-a-friend referrals 0 6
new member referrals 0 6
forum posts 24 2,206

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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.

Also - I don't read my emails every night. I spend enough time on the computer at work without doing the same at home. So please don't harass me if I don't respond to emails immediately. My address in on if you are that desperate to get a book in the post.

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 - reading now (and probably for a while)
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 - reading now
12. The Memory Keeper's Daughter (audio) - reading now
13. Icebound by Dean Koontz
14. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton (spiral)
15. Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride
16. Dirty Old Man by Moll French (bookray)
17. The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


January - Submission by Michel Houellebecq (lamilla)
February - (MathGirl40)
March - (JudySlumps612)
April - (Aramena)
May - (Weeder)
June - (Icila)
July - (Marsala)
August - (Fifna)
September - (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 - (Nataliec7)
October - (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

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

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