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mrbaggins1

From Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa

Age 62

Joined Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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I am currently reading The Book of Lost Things - John Connoly

I am proudly South African and work for a leading literacy NGO in Johannesburg (also known as Jozi or Egoli - The City of Gold)

I am a father and a grandfather and have no idea how a grandfather is supposed to behave! (My daughters think I’m weird in any event.) I live in sin with my heart girl in the Westdene/Melville area of Johannesburg which is like a little village hidden in this big city.

I have a wide variety of interests, love reading, keep journals, and is an absolute Formula 1 motor racing fanatic. My current passion is photography and I walk the streets of inner Jozi most weekends discovering the magic of a city in transition. I have quite an eclectic taste in music as well in what I read, from horror to non-fiction. I also have great admiration for the visionaries, maniacs and wide-eyed dreamers of this world for whom the impossible becomes possible and write about them sometimes on my blog - Dreams, Schemes & Themes - mrbaggins1.livejournal.com/

My avatar is my English Bulldog, Mr Baggins Gandalf of Noble Look, who I loved to bits. He sadly passed away on 7 June 2010. He was a noble, proud and stubborn animal and is most probably chasing the angels around in heaven.

The books in my PC reflects my taste in reading and is not available for trade, they are very precious to me.

There are very few active bookcrossers in South Africa but I keep on releasing books on occasion with the hope that they will be read and enjoyed by someone somewhere.

NOTE: Through my work I come into contact with a large variety of books, mainly children's literature but also the occasional samples/donations that can't be used within the ambit of what we do. These I will release from time to time marked as "trawled books". I will not release junk, only those that I feel will be suitable standard for bookcrossing.


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BOOKS READ 2013


1. Hollywood - Charles Bukowski
2. Cold Stone Jug - Herman Charles Bosman
3. Wool - Hugh Howey
4. Mafeking Road - Herman Charles Bosman
5. Killing for Profit - Julian Rademeyer
6. First Shift: Legacy - Hugh Howey
7. Red Tape and White Knuckles - Lois Pryce
8. Second Shift: Order - Hugh Howie
9. Dog Heart - Breyten Breytenbach
10. Third Shift - Hugh Howie
11. Surfacing - Margaret Atwood
12. Do Androids Dream of Electic Sheep? - Philip K Dick
13. White Horse - Alex Adams




The following is my "To Be Read" books. These are not all registered but only a reminder for myself to stop buying. If there is anything you want please let me know. I'll then move it up, read it, and release it if it's not a borrowed book or one I've promised to someone else. This is starting to scare me - QUOT LIBROS, QUAM BREVE TEMPUS!

BOOKS TO BE READ


1. The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
2. Holy Guacamole - Nancy Fairbanks
3. Underground London - Stephen Smith
4. At Last - Edward St Aubyn
5. The Boy With No Shoes - William Horwood
6. Android Karenina - Leo Tolstoy & Ben Winters
7. Being Emily - Anne Donovan
8. Henry Lawson Short Stories - Henry Lawson (PC)
9. The Arcanum - Janet Gleeson (RABCK)
10. Ghost Train to the Eastern Star - Paul Theroux
11. The Prince of The Marches - Rory Stewart (PC)
12. My Friend the Mercenary - James Brabazon
13. The Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake
14. The Olive Readers - Christine Aziz
15. The Way to Paradise - Mario Vargas Llosa
16. Unseen Academicals - Sir Terry Pratchett (RABCK)
17. Transition - Iain Banks
18. Journal - Helene Berr
19. The Library of Shadows - Mikkel Birkegaard (RABCK)

21. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (RABCK)
22. The Human Stain - Philip Roth (RABCK)
23. Necropolis: London and It's Dead - Catherine Arnold
24. The Sum of Our Days - Isabel Allende
25. Nine Lives - Dan Baum (RABCK - Swap)
26. 2666 - Roberto Bolano (RABCK)
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29. Hunting Pirate Heaven - Kevin Rushby (RABCK)
30. Sarah Waters - Fingersmith
31. Moon Palace - Paul Auster (RABCK)
32. Street Blues - Andrew Brown
33. King Leopold's Ghost - Adam Hochschild (RABCK)
34. The Crossing - Cormac McCarthy
35. How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found - Sara Nickerson (RABCK)
36. The Map and The Territory - Michel Houellbecq
37. How to Live Off-Grid - Nick Rosen
38. Zen Dust - Antony Osler
39. The Urban Food Revolution - Peter Ladner
40. Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life - Howard Sounes
41. In One Person - John Irving
42. A Veil of Footsteps - Breyten Breytenbach
43. Die Blou van Onthou - Marita van der Vyver




BOOKS READ 2012


1.Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain
2.Soul Music - Sir Terry Pratchett (RABCK)
3. 11.22.63 - Stephen King
4.Driving Like Crazy - PJ O'Rourke
5. Feniks - Deon Meyer
6. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
7. Spoor - Deon Meyer
8. 13 Uur - Deon Meyer
9. The Brooklyn Follies - Paul Auster
10. Proteus - Deon Meyer
11. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
12. 7 Dae - Deon Meyer
13. Mystic River - Dennis Lehane
14. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
15. Spud - Learning to Fly - John van de Ruit
16. Infanta - Deon Meyer
17. Tanglewreck - Jeanette Winterson
18. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King
19. The Music of Chance - Paul Auster
20. Where Men Win Glory - Jon Krakauer
21. Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski
22. Entanglement - Stephen Boykie Sydley
23. Wie Met Vuur Speel - Deon Meyer
24. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
25. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collims
26. Onsigbaar - Deon Meyer
27. Moxyland - Lauren Beukes
28. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
29. Platform - Michel Houellebecq
30. Orion - Deon Meyer
31. Die Tyd Van die Kombi's - Koos Kombuis
32. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
33. Lighthousekeeping - Jeanette Winterson
34. People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
35. Post Office - Charles Bukowski
36. Almost Moon - Alice Sebold
37. Last Night at Twisted River - John Irving
38. Women - Charles Bukowski
39. Winter Journal - Paul Auster
40. Lanzarotte - Michel Houellebecq
41. Travels in the Scriptorium - Paul Auster
42. Sunset Park - Paul Auster
43. Lois on the Loose - Lois Pryce
44. Pulp - Charles Bukowsi




BOOKS READ 2011


1. Bones of the Moon - Jonathan Carroll (RABCK)
2. Candy Girl - Diablo Cody (RABCK)
3. Under the Dome - Stephen King
4. Blackbird House - Alice Hoffman
5. Motel of Mysteries - David Macaulay (Bookray)
6. The Call of the Weird - Louis Theroux
7. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
8. Boneshaker - Cherie Priest
9. Cloudsteet - Tim Winton
10. White Apples - Jonathan Carroll
11. The Secret of Lost Things - Sheridan Hay
12. Outwitting History - Aaron Lansky
13. Castles in the Air - Sheridan Hay
14. Room - Emma Donoghue
15. The End of Mr Y - Scartlett Thomas
16. Tinkers - Paul Harding
17. Rant - Chuck Palahniuk
18. Portrait with Keys - Ivan Vladislavic
19. Scar Tissue -Anthoney Kiedis (RABCK)



BOOKS READ 2010


1. Making Money - Terry Pratchett
2. The Death of Bunny Munro - Nick Cave (Bookray)
3. Outside the Dog Museum - Jonathan Carroll
4. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
5. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (RABCK)
6. The World and Other Places - Jeanette Winterson.
7. The Bang-Bang Club - Greg Marinovich & Jao Silva
8. The Absence - Bill Hussey (Bookray)
9. Dina's Book - Herbjorg Wassmo (Bookray)
10. Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto (Bookray)
11. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (Bookray)
12. Maus I & II - Art Spiegelman (Bookray)
13. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith (Bookray)
14. Resident Alien - Rian Malan
15. Bonk - Mary Roach (Bookray)
16. Un Lun Dun - China Mieville (Bookray)
17. Willard and his Bowling Trophies - Ricard Brautigan (Bookray)
18. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith (Bookray)
19. The Mole People:Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City - Jennifer Toth
20. A Case of Exploding Mangoes - Mohammed Hanif (Bookray)
21. The Glass Painter's Daughter - Rachel Hore (Bookray)
22. Scream Queens of the Dead Sea - Gilad Elbom (Bookray)
23. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop - Lewis Buzbee
24. Horns - Joe Hill
25. Kiwis Might Fly - Polly Evans (Bookray)
26. Field Guide to the Apocalypse - Meghann Marco (Bookray)
27. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much - Allison H Bartlett (Bookray)
28. The Ghost in Love - Jonathan Carroll
29. Dirt Music - Tim Winton (Bookray)
30. Replay - Ken Grimwood (Bookray)
31. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove - Christopher Moore (RABCK)
32. Ten Seconds From The Sun - Russell Celyn Jones (Bookray)
33. From Jo'burg to Jozi - Holland & Adams (RABCK)
34. 84 Charring Cross Road - Helene Hanff (Bookray)
35. A Pound of Paper - John Baxter (RABCK)
36. Silk - Alessandro Baricco (Bookray)
37. The Cutting Room - Louise Welsh (RABCK)
38. Javatrekker - Dean Cycon (Bookray)
39. The Stone Gods - Jeanette Winterson
40. The Poison That Fascinates - Jennifer Clemment
41. A Lion Called Christian - Bourke & Rendell
42. The City of Dreaming Books - Walter Moers (Bookray)
43. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle
44. The Traveler - John Twelve Hawks
45. Drawing Blood - Poppy Z Brite
46. In the Devil's Garden - Stewart Lee Allen
47. Road Fever - Tim Cahill
48. Budding Prospects - T. Coraghessan Boyle (RABCK)
49. Zoo City - Lauren Beukes
50. Life - Keith Richards
51. The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb


BOOKS READ 2009


1. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
2. Stiff : Curious Life of Cadavers - Mary Roach
3. The Brutal Art - Jesse Kellerman
4. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
5. Pigs in Heaven (Bookray) - Barbara Kingsolver
6. Blind into Baghdad(RABCK) - James Fallows
7. Marley & Me - John Grogan
8. Short History of Tractors in Ukranian(Bookray)- Marina Lewycka
9. Break No Bones - Kathy Reichs
10.Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugresic (Bookray)
11.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon (Bookring)
12.The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
13.The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson (Bookray)
14.Pergrine - William Bayer (Bookray)
15.On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan (RABCK)
16.Six Feet Over - Mary Roach (Bookray)
17.The Powerbook - Jeanette Winterson
18.Dreams From My Father - Barack Obama (Bookray)
19.The Darwin Awards 3 - Wendy Northcutt (RABCK)
20.No Matter How Much You Promise - Edgardo Yunque (Bookray)
21.The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield (Bookray)
22.Exquisite Corpse - Poppy Z Brite
23.The White Masai - Corinne Hofmann (Bookray)
24.The Sound of Building Coffins - Louis Maistros
25.Don't Stop Me Now - Jeremy Clarkson (Bookray)
26.The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein (RABCK)
27.Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Chist's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore
28. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (Bookring)
29. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murukami (Bookring)
30. Hemingways Chair - Michael Palin (RABCK - Swap)
31. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson (Bookring)
32. Man in the Dark - Paul Auster (Bookring)
33. By Any Means - Charley Boorman
34. Atomised - Michel Houellebecq
35. The Icarus Girl - Helen Oyeymi (Bookring)
36. There's a Hippo in my Cistern - Pete May (Bookray)
37. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
38. Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk (Bookring)
39. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (Bookray)
40. The Brief History of the Dead - Kevin Brockmeier (Bookray)
41. Low Boy - John Wray (RABCK)
42. Don't Try This at Home - Friedman & Witherspoon
43. Coyote Blue - Christopher Moore (Bookray)
44. Night Train to Lisbon - Pascal Mercier (Bookray)
45. The Wooden Sea - Jonathan Carroll (Bookray # 37 most travelled book)
46. Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson (Bookray)
47. Written on the Body - Jeanette Winterson
48. Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore (RABCK)
49. The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster (Bookray)
50. Playing the Enemy - John Carlin
51. The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle (Bookray)
52. Moon Called - Patricia Briggs (Bookray)
53. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris (Bookray)
54. Foreskin's Lament - Shalom Auslander
55. Buddha Da - Anne Donovan (Bookray)
56. High Fidelity - Nick Hornby (RABCK)
57. Sleeping in Flame - Jonathan Carroll
58. The Body Artist - Don DeLillo (Bookray)
59. Just After Sunset - Stephen King
60. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy (RABCK)
61. Dark Echo - FG Cottam
62. Cooked - Jeff Henderson (Bookray)
63. Star Gazing - Linda Gillard (Bookray)
64. How I Became a Nun - Cesar Aria (Bookray)
65. Op die Agterpaaie - Dana Snyman
66. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest - Stieg Larsson
67. Mendel's Dwarf - Simon Mawer (Bookray)
68. Getting Up: Thoughts on Falling - Andrew Miller
69. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Shaffer & Barrows (Bookray)
70. The Muse Asylum - David Czuchlewski (Bookray)
71. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
72. The Child in Time - Ian McEwan (Bookray)
73. Story of the Eye - Georges Bataille (Bookray)
74. Three Cups of Tea - Greg Morteson (Bookray)
75. The Clothes on Their Backs - Linda Grant (Bookray)
76. The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd (Bookray)
77. Blood Sucking Fiends - Christopher Moore(Prachitulshan)
78. Desert Flower - Waris Dirie (Bookray)
79. Notes from an Exhibition - Patrick Gale (Bookray)
80. Crash - JG Ballard (Bookray)
81. Fluke - Christopher Moore (Bookray)
82. Pagan Babies - Elmore Leonard (RABCK)(Sfogs NZ)
83. The Selected Works of TS Spivet - Reai Larsen (Bookray)



BOOKS READ 2008


1 The Trouble With Africa Robert Calderesi
2 Flying Dutch Tom Holt
3 Mongo - Adventures in Trash Ted Botha
4 The Black Book - Orhan Pamuk
5 Faust Among Equals Tom Holt
6 The Discomfort Zone Jonathan Franzen
7 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
8 A Son of the Circus John Irving
9 Island Michael Lymon
10 I Want my Life Back Steve Hamilton
11 Duma Key Stephen King
12 The Piranha Club - Power & Influence in F1 Timothy Collings
13 Skull Sessions Daniel Hecht
14 Need Nik Cohn
15 Fear Nothing Dean Koontz
16 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer
17 The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana Umberto Eco
18 Adrian Mole - From Minor to Major Sue Townsend
19 Dances with Devils Jaques Pauw
20 Heart Shaped Box Joe Hill
21 On Writing Stephen King
22 In Black and White Craig Ray
23 Graceland Chris Abani
24 20th Century Ghosts Joe Hill
25 The Snakebite Survivors' Club Jeremy Seal
26 La Chamade Francoise Sagan
27 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
28 Sexing the Cherry Jeanette Winterson
29 The Passion Jeanette Winterson
30 Darkmans Nicola Barker
31 Bonjour Tristesse Francoise Sagan
32 The Quarry (BX Pretoria) Damon Galgut
33 Bone in the Throat Anthony Bourdain
34 Art Objects Jeanette Winterson
35 Mr Vertigo Paul Auster
36 Gentlemen & Players Joanne Harris
37 How I Spent my Summer Holidays (BX Canada) WO Mitchell
38 Novel About my Wife Emily Perkins
39 Leaving Microsoft to Change the World - John Wood
40 Oracle Night - Paul Auster
41 Darkness Visible - A Memoir of Madness - William Styron
42 Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
43 Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels
44 Lunar Park - Bret Easton Ellis
45 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
46 American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
47 Lost Boy Lost Girl - Peter Straub (BX Germany)
48 I am the Messenger - Markus Zasuk
49 Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurdardottir
50 The Train of Salt & Sugar - Licinio de Azevedo
51 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle David Wroblewski
52 Less Than Zero (BX USA) Bret Easton Ellis
53 Ronnie Ronnie Wood
54 The Book of Illusions Paul Auster
55 The Debt To Pleasure (BX UK) John Lanchester
56 A Spy in the House of Love Anais Nin
57 The Places In Between Rory Stewart
58 The Bookseller of Kabul Asne Seierstad





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