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I am a kayaking, hashing, dog-walking, knitting, reading (which goes without saying?) midwife.
My last adventure was attending Interhash in Chiang Mai then whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Mae Taeng River with Siam Adventures (highly recommended).
I live in a soggy but picturesque little village on Dartmoor in Devon with my hubby and two dogs. (Our son has fled the nest).
Bookcrossing UK Unconvention, Birmingham, 30 June to 2 July 2006 - I was there!!

I have many books gathering dust, just waiting to be liberated, on bookshelves and in higgledy piggledy piles by the bedside. I like to buy a trashy novel to devour whenever I go on holiday or face a lengthy journey by train, plane, boat, coach or someone elses car.

Books read in 2009
"Affinity" by Sarah Waters
"Dragon Tears" Dean Koontz
"Not without my Daughter" Betty Mahmood
"The Housekeeper" Melanie Wallace
"Nop's Hope" Donald MCaig
"Wild Seed" Octavia Butler
"Dreams from My Father" Barack Obama
"Book of the Dead" Patricia Cornwell
"Devil Bones" Kathy Reichs
"Crisis" Robin Cook
"Women on the Case" ed Sara Paretsky

Books read in 2008
"The Kite Runner" Khaled Hosseini
"Cell" Stephen King
"The Book Thief" Markus Zusac
"Silent Boy" Torey Hayden
"The Good Guy" Dean Koontz
"A Life Inside" Erwin James
"Keeping the World Away" Margaret Forster
"Cold Light" John Harvey
"The Grave Tattoo" Val McDermid
"No Country for Old Men" Cormac McCarthy
"Forever Odd" Dean Koontz
"About a Boy" Nick Hornby
"Life Sentences" Alice Blanchard (probably the worst book I've ever read)
"Two Caravans" Marina Lewycka
"Dragonsblood" Todd McCaffery
"The Grass is Singing" Doris Lessing
"I Know This Much Is True" Wally Lamb (and probably the best I've read!)
"The Tenderness of Wolves" Stef Penney
"The Friday Night Knitting Club" Kate Jacobs
"Labyrinth" Kate Mosse
"Memory Keeper's Daughter" Kim Edwards
"From Baghdad with Love" Lt Clnl Jay Kopelman
"A widow for One Year" John Irving
"the Abortionist's Daughter" Elizabeth Hyde
"The Name of the Wind - The Kingkiller Chronicle: book 1" Patrick Rothfuss
"The Dead" James Joyce
"The Sunflower Forest" Torey Hayden
"Beneath the Bleeding" Val McDermid
"White Ghost Girls" Alice Greenway

Books Read in 2007:
"The Pact" Jodi Picoult
"Coyote Blue" Christopher Moore
"The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox" Maggie O'Farrell
"The Shadow in the North" Philip Pullman
"The Tiger in the Well" Philip Pullman
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" Jean-Dominique Bauby
"The Tin Princess" Philip Pullman
"Rachel's Holiday" Marian Keyes
"Persuasion" Jane Austen
"Eragorn" Christopher Paulini
"Fledgling" Octavia E Butler
"Arthur and George" Julian Barnes
"Damaged" Cathy Glass
"Blindsighted" Karin Slaughter
"The Cat Who Came in from the Cold" Deric Longden
"Madame Doubtfire" Anne Fine
"Hornet's Nest" Patricia Cornwell
"Black Notice" Patricia Cornwell
"Anansi Boys" Neil Gaiman
"Blacklist" Sara Paretsky
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" JK Rowling
"Two in a boat - a marital rite of passage" Gwyneth Lewis
"Once" Morris Gleitzman
"Lisey's Story" Stephen King
"A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" Marina Lewycka
"Half of a Yellow Sun" Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"The Divide" Nicholas Evans
"Storm Queen" Marion Zimmer Bradley
"Blue Dahlia" Nora Roberts
"Red Lily" Nora Roberts
"Black Rose" Nora Roberts
"Sea Swept" Nora Roberts
"Inner Harbour" Nora Roberts
"Rising Tides" Nora Roberts
"Chesapeake Blue" Nora Roberts
"Beautiful Child" Torey Hayden
"Flesh and Blood" Jonathan Kellerman
"Twilight Children" Torey Hayden
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" Khaled Hosseini
"Cloud Atlas" David Mitchell
"Somebody Else's Children" Torey Hayden


Books Read in 2006:
"Blood Shot" Sara Paretsky
"Deadlock" Sara Paretsky
"Notes on a Scandal" Zoe Hellor
"Ursula, Under" Ingrid Hill
"Velocity" Dean Koontz
"Bloodsucking Fiends" Christopher Moore
"Pay it Forward" Catherine Ryan Hyde
"The Time Traveller's Wife" Audrey Neffenegger
"Midwives" Chris Bohjalian
"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
"The Gunslinger" Stephen King
"Others" James Herbert
"Stranded" Val McDermid
"Birdman" Mo Hayder
"Snow Crash" Neal Stephenson
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" Lionel Shriver
"Frankie and Stankie" Barbara Trapido
"Tokyo" by Mo Hayder
"April Shroud" by Reginald Hill
"Mister Monday" by Garth Nix
"Nobody True" James Herbert
"False Memory" Dean Koontz
"The Drawing of the Three" (vol.2 Dark Tower s.) Stephen King
"Beyond Black" Hilary Mantel
"Hard Time" Sara Paretsky
"Before I say Goodbye", Ruth Picardie
"Cosmonaut Keep" Bk 1, Engines of Light series, Ken MacLeod
"Midnight" Dean Koontz
"Lightening" Dean Koontz
"The Bad Place" Dean Koontz
"A Town Like Alice" Nevil Shute
"Dark Light" Bk 2, Engines of Light Series, Ken Macleod
"The Night Rider" Tom Ingram
"One Pair of Hands" Monica Dickens
"Tunnel Vision" (a quick reread) Sara Paretsky
"Aftermath" Peter Robinson
"The Snow Goose" and "The Small Miracle" by Paul Gallico
"Expendable" James Alan Gardner
"Plain Truth" Jodi Picoult
"Under Plum Lake" Lionel Davidson
"Ice Road" Gillian Slovo
"The Wastelands" Dark Tower III by Stephen King
"Laura Blundy" Julie Myerson
"Wizard and Glass" Dark Tower IV by Stephen King
"The Vanished Man" Jeffery Deaver
"McCarthy's Bar" Pete McCarthy
"Under the Frog" Tibor Fischer
"Pigs In Heaven" Barbara Kingsolver
"Stardust" Neil Gaiman
"Brazzaville Beach" William Boyd
"The Virgin Blue" Tracey Chevalier
"Engine City" Engines of Light book 3 by Ken Macleod
"Wolves of the Calla" Dark Tower V by Stephen King
"Sky Burial" by Xinran
"Close Range" Annie Proulx
"The Sixth Lamentation" William Brodrick
"Bad Men" by John Connolly
"The Ruby in the Smoke" Philip Pullman
"Q & A" Vikas Swarup
"Clay's Ark" Octavia E Butler


What books do I like?
I have loved Science Fiction/Fantasy since I discovered Isaac Asimov's "I Robot" on a dusty bookshelf in the attic of a big country house my grandmother was housekeeper for and 'borrowed' it (aged about 9yrs). I used to go to the library and read every yellow jacketed Gollancz book I could get my mitts on. I also enjoy horror and any good fiction that someone recommends. I have since discovered the 'Thriller/Detective' genre since I chanced on a book by Val McDermid (was a freebie from Cosmopolitan magazine called Blue Genes).
Books I have read and loved: Gormenghast trilogy, World according to Garp, The Poisonwood Bible, The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time, The Grapes of Wrath. Favourite authors include Christopher Moore (who I was introduced to by bookcrossing!), John Steinbeck, Val McDermid, John Irving, Sara Paretsky, Sheri S Tepper, CJ Cherryh, Octavia Butler, Barbara Kingsolver, Neil Gaiman, Dean Koontz, Raymond Briggs, James Clavell. Umm, that's all I can think of off the top of my head - must be heaps more. Bear in mind that my filing system is corrupt.

Book Ratings
I have struggled with rating books - but with a little help from Scism, via Woosang, I am nicking this wonderful system listed below and hope they don't mind too much. (thanks guys!)

Thanks to Scism for this:

10: Excellent, at the top of its category. This book has impacted me deeply, challenged me profoundly, or has simply been a pure delight to read.
9: Great book - just a nitpick stands between it and a 10.
8: Good, solid book that I would recommend to others.
7: Good book, but it didn't grab me in a big way.
6: Decent, but not my type of book.
5: Only OK.
4: Barely worth reading. The line between taking itand leaving it is very thin.
3: Maybe somebody else would like this. I didn't.
2: Has major problems. I don't recommend it.
1: It's hard to imagine anyone liking this book.


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