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Trades and RABCK's

I love sending RABCK’s and am happy to trade as well, finances permitting (I like sending books on a journey but sometimes it does get a bit expensive, especially to far flung places). That said, please ask and if I can, I will. Some of the books on my shelf have been bought from the library sale to release in the wild, and are not my cup of tea really, so my bookshelf is a bit of a mish mash. One day I will get around to registering all my favourite books, some of which I can't bear to part with like Buddha Da by Anne Donovan and Behind the Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson



Birthday buddy!


My birthday buddy is the lovely carole888– looking forward to sending her a RABCK! Thanks to chich for organising this!







Will fashion a little list below of those that were on wish list that have been fulfilled/are being fulfilled by hook or by crook! Thank you to everyone who has fulfilled one of my wishes at one time or another!

My ex-wish list - THANK YOU!

Accidents in the Home - Tessa Hadley - bought Jan 2007 in the RSPCA Charity Shop
My Best Friend's Girl - Dorothy Koomson Very kindly sent to me by katelovescats 3rd February 2007 - thank you!
One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson - on loan from library and loving it! 1 April 2007
Queen Mum - Kate Long - bought for me by my lovely son for Mother's Day!
Spin Cycle - Zoe Strachan - this one arrived through the post this morning (19 Oct 2006) from valer1e as a Bookring hosted by Drusillamac - thank you!
The Island - Victoria Hislop - sent to me as a RABCK by AmyAlice - THANK YOU!
The Man Who Ate a 747 - Ben Sherwood - kindly sent to me Sept 29th 2006 by tempestsans - thank you! Read it and loved it! 4th Jan 2007
The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson - borrowed from library 17/2/07
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell - found this one in my Christmas Stocking (2006) from the long suffering Mr House-ElfDobby! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! BUY IT NOW! COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN AND MIGHT HAVE TO READ IT AGAIN!
>Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks - bought a copy at the library sale to keep<
This Book Will Change Your Life - A.M. Homes - borrowed from library 17/2/07 - oh this was a fantastico book!
Watch Me Disappear - Jill Dawson - Spotted on my wish list and very kindly RABCK'd to me by the lovely pumpkin-head. THANK YOU!
Yesterday's Houses - Mavis Cheek - bought it last night (4th Jan 2007), couldn't resist!
Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer - amazingly my friend brought it round the day I put it on my wish list! It was found abandoned on a plane she was working on! THANK YOU!
Giving Up The Ghost - bought it for 99p with a copy of The Times 10/4/07
The Book Thief - sent to me by KimKerry as a RABCK - Thank you!



RABCK Thank you's 2008!

Many thanks to Kayellbee , lellie, ArabellaFigg, nikkilovesbooks,
NICNIC2, canongatebooks, Yinny, Molyneux, Elphaba71, Plum-crazy, Carole888, Cross-patch, Kittyreads, Jive-Monster, the-pilots-wife, madmadge



RABCK Thank you's 2009!

Many thanks to Rossella05, lucy-lemon, Mallary, Carole888, milly1401, Brujula, contraforsa, glenystasmania, Dusties,maid-of-kent,ApoloniaX



RABCK Thank you's 2010!

Cinderess, Carole888, Plum-crazy,
Skyewriter,
canongatebooks,
nattabee . ekke,
target="_blank">nattabee . karen07814




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Books read 2008




Books read 2009





Books read 2010




Currently reading…… Man Walks into a Room by Nicole Krauss - Library book>









Challenges I'm in/have been in


Secretariat's You're Such An Animal Challenge 2007
KarmelK's You've Got An Angel 2007
DragonGoddess' What's In A Name Challenge 2007
KimKerry's January 2008 Heart & Soul Challenge
Firegirl's The 4 Elements March 2008
fotomiep's It's All In The Family Challenge 17 March - 14 April 2008
KateKintail's Annual Tartan Day Challenge 2008
KarmelK's You've Got An Angel 2008
RockDg9's The The Challenge November 2008
bookcsuk's In Honour of ... Challenge April 2009
waderwoman's Silver Celebration Challenge June 2009
KarmelK's You've Got An Angel 2009



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HOSTING INT'L BOOKRING A Lifetime Burning by Linda Gillard, April 2010

earthcaroleanne
kinedi
the-pilot's-wife <----------- book is here August 2010
Wandering-B
kobie03


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HOSTING INT'L BOOKRING Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard, April 2010

earthcaroleanne
the-pilot's-wife <------------ book is here August 2010
mrbaggins1



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HOSTING INT'L BOOKRAY Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey From Down Under To All Over by Geraldine Brooks


Breeze553 <------- book has arrived safely 17 June 2009
Nu-Knees
WelshHelen
AnglersRest <-------- book is here 23 November 2009 BOOK SEEMS TO BE STUCK HERE 17 April 2010 - apologies to all - STALLED! August 2nd 2010 and still no movement :(
lauraloo29
glade1
istop4books
Secretariat <---- please skip, Secretariat has her own copy now 14/3/10
klaradyn
Carole888




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HOSTING INT'L BOOKRING The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, 26 DECEMBER 2007

Jive-Monster
Kerriou
Cally-c
SazzyMCH
AceofHearts
Gringuitica has asked to be skipped
Spoiledrotten
Shausha not doing bookrings at the mo - skipped
UnwrittenLibra
Scrutiny
AgdaAgulina
Ipsu STALLED <------- Book is here 2 November 2008 - update - book is still here 6th March - have pm'd other participants to let them know that the book probably won't be coming their way now
Isabelopes asked to be skipped - has read book 14/11/08
Moonwoolfskip please - no reply to pm's
billhookbabehas read it
WelshHelenhas asked to be skipped
Plum-crazyis waiting for the book - has managed to get a copy now 22/9/09
house-elfdobby is fed up because the book has STALLED





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HOSTING INT'L BOOKRAY - Blue Slipper Bay by Wendy K Harris, 25 OCTOBER 2008



Brujula
Special1165
lellie
Brookler
kobie03
pammykn
WanderingB
Lisagt <-------- book is here 11 September 2009
Carole888



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HOSTING INT'L BOOKRING The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows, 26 DECEMBER 2007

waderwoman
Cross-patch
Kerriou
mucker28<------- to be skipped
JudeK
Tarna
Icila
chich
amidabutsu
rhythmbiscuit
deadsteen
300dogs
Ilios
Cocobarks
daniellechonody
imawinn2
lucy-lemon
Cinderess
the-pilots-wife
lilac-lovely

The book is back with me 2nd August 2010, picking up a couple on the way, both bookcrossers, and non-bookcrossers! It's completed its journey around the world - thanks to everyone who joined in for making it successful! I have plans for it ......







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HOSTING INT'L BOOKRAY The Spare Room by Helen Garner (courtesy of canongatebooks), NOVEMBER 28 2008


sheepette
angelamurdoch
wanderingstar8
Icila
MarcThomas
princess-peapod
labmomnm
catbot <------ book is here June 2009 - and has completed its journey round the world - thanks to everyone who joined in for making it successful!

Thanks to everyone for joining in!






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Books read 2007

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell - LOVED IT!
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer - LOVED IT!
Yesterday’s Houses – Mavis Cheek - SO-SO...
The Girls – Lori Lansen - ENJOYED IT LOTS!
The Brief History of the Dead – Kevin Brockmeier - LOVED IT!
My Best Friend’s Girl – Dorothy Koomson - ENJOYED IT LOTS!
Accidents in the Home – Tessa Hadley - SO-SO
Notting Hell - Rachel Johnson - LOVED IT!
This Book Will change Your Life - A.M. Homes - LOVED IT SOOOO MUCH!
The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson - STRANGE, BUT GOOD!
The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger - LOTS OF FUN - LIKE UGLY BETTY!
Midnight Cactus - Bella Pollen - REALLY ENJOYED IT
One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson - LOVED IT! But then I usually love all her books....
The Island - Great book - well worth reading!
The PoisonWood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver - Eventually finished it, liked it, but wouldn't rush to read it again
Watch Me Disappear - Jill Dawson - enjoyed it, but strange spooky story
Queen Mum - Kate Long - easy peasy read, v. non-demanding for tired old brain
Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult - liked it, but her stories are beginning to get a bit samey now, all the courtroom drama etc. but I still enjoyed it
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards - it was ok, but not fantastic - lovely cover though!
Crazy as Chocolate - Elizabeth Hyde - LOVED it and have sent it off to thing-1 as a surprise RABCK 4 May 2007
The First Assistant - Clare Naylor & Mimi Hare - quick read, quite enjoyed it
A Lifetime Burning - Linda Gillard - LOVED IT! Hunt down a copy for yourself and see! Thanks for letting me part of this bookring magicjessnrach!
Digging To America by Anne Tyler - glad I only borrowed it from the library - it was a bit dull and not a patch on A Lifetime Burning
Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes - As expected, this didn't disappoint! Really cheered me up in fact! Shame about the next one.....
The Adoption - Dave Hill - YAWN. From start to finish. Why I persevered is anyone's guess - I just kept expecting something to happen. And nothing did. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
The Daydream Girl - Bella Pollen - well I loved her other two books but this one wasn't quite so entertaining, a bit boring to begin with but ok I guess
Liars and Saints - Maile Meloy - a RABCK sent to me by the lovely barby-girl who saw that I'd left my copy out in the rain! Really enjoyed it!
A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon - loved it!
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell - great book, very evocative.
The Story of You - Julie Myerson - one of my favourite authors and I wasn't disappointed (much) - it dragged a bit in the last third of the book, but it was still a good read
Arlington Park - Rachel cusk - interesting but mundane tale of Desperate Housewives
The Laments - George Hagen - it was quite entertaining but in the end I found it a bit long and drawn out
Be Near Me - Andrew O'Hagan - loved the setting of this book as I grew up in this area of Scotland - great book, looking forward to finding some of the author's other stuff
The Limits of Enchantment - Graham Joyce - Loved this book, really fascinating!
Forgive Me - Amanda Eyre Ward - great book, read it very quickly
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - apart from what happened to me, it was FANTASTIC!!!!
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen - Paul Torday - Hmm. Salmon Fishing in the Yawning if you ask me. Strange book, bits of which were quite funny esp. the exchanges between Alfred and his frosty wife, but all in all I found it a tad boring, having no interest in salmon (bar eating it obviously)- why did I buy it? Who knows? Will release in the wild I expect
Could It Be The Perimenopause?! - Quite possibly I think after reading this because I am SO crabbit
The House At Riverton - Kate Morton - quite enjoyed it in a gentle sort of way, nothing earth shattering. Felt like I was in an episode of Upstairs Downstairs much of the time - will probably RABCK this
The Mermaid & the Drunks - Ben Richards - OK. Had potential of great book but writing a bit dreary and didn't bring the characters or the counbtry to life enough for me
Not Buying It - Judith Levine - call me shallow if you like but this book had a little too much depth for me, and was low on frivolity - I would have liked to see for example photographs illustrating the story, maybe of the places she went to to save money (v. US centred), and of her in her thrift store gear! Disappointing for a shopaholic in need of help like me!
Climbing High - A Woman's Account of Climbing Everest - Lene Gammelgaard - fascinating book - almost made me want to start climbing!
Talk to the Snail - Stephen Clarke - hilariously funny and possibly quite accurate at times!
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby - very moving book
The Angels of 9/11 by Caitlin Walsh - RABCK'd to me by lottiotta - thank you v.v.v.v. much! I loved this book, very moving and uplifting
The Extra Large Medium - Helen Slavin - This started off well, and I was intrigued by the fact that she could talk to the dead, but in the end I got so confuddled about who was alive and who was dead that it sort of lost it's momentum - I should read it again really but I can't be bothered
Lorelei's Secret - Carolyn Pankhurst - Gave up - couldn't get into this one at all
But Inside I'm Screaming - Elizabeth Flock - well this is certainly not a cheery book, don't read it if you are already feeling scunnered!
The Safrron Kitchen - Yasmin Crowther - great book, really enjoyed it
Sunbathing In The Rain - interesting read
Flying by Henry Sutton - this guy has got to either have been cabin crew, trained cabin crew, married cabin crew or slept with cabin crew to know this much! I flew as crew for 22 years and I've met ALL these people!
One Red Paperclip - Kyle MacDonald - what a fabulous adventure! I'd love to do something like this...now what can I trade???! Husband?!
Aplace Called Here - Cecilia Ahern - this was probably a great idea in her head, but on paper it was a bit muddled and confusing. A bit disappointing but a beautiful cover!
How To Kill Your Husband - Kathy Lette - it's not gripping me at the moment, hopefully it will get better - oh it's tres, tres boring. I've stopped reading it. Husband still alive!
Further Under The Duvet - Marian Keyes - Loved it, she makes me laugh and cheers me up!
Everyone Worth Knowing - Lauren Weisberger - It was good, but not as good as The Devil Wears Prada, and not a patch on Ugly Betty! (even though that's a TV show!)
The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood - glad I finally got round to reading it!
Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom - Ooooh many tears shed on this little book - I really enjoyed reading it, it made me take stock of what is most important in my life and not to leave things till its too late
Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz - I did indeed find Thomas most odd - bit too scary for me
Emotional Geology - Linda Gillard - Really enjoyed this book - just as much as A Lifetime Burning but in a more gentle way - not so many twists and turns, or disturbing themes - sending a copy to classicfox
The Last Station - Jay Parini - I didn't know anything about Tolstoy when I started this book - I do now! An enjoyable read, thanks Canongate! Sending off to my US pal, KImKerry
The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak - I absolutely LOVED this book, and can't get the story out of my head. For someone who was rubbish at history at school, it has sparked off an interest in me and made me want to find out more about this period in history - thanks for sharing KimKerry - I'm planning to start a bookring with it
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostove - AT LAST! FINISHED! A bit too much full on history and facts for me, and not enough story - was determined to finish it though and I did enjoy some bits of it!



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It is never too late to be what you might have been - George Eliot
Quote on a lovely bookmark given to me by KimKerry

Proverb of the month - September
Never speak ill of a dead hen - old English proverb dating back to the 15th century

Proverb of the month - November
Beware of resting a bologna sausage on a radiator - old European proverb

Proverb of the month - December
Kind words butter no parsnips - kindly submitted by the Wonderful Waderwoman!






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