Joined Sunday, July 17, 2005
Currently Reading: Various Books for a Bookring.
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I only add people to my friends list if I have met them in person, just my way of keeping track of who I have met and who I have yet to meet. The exception to this rule would be if we had both attended the same Conventions/Unconventions. See the bottom of my profile for the only one I've attended so far. I consider all Bookcrossers my friends, I just like to do things a bit differently with my friends list. I know it won't make sense to everyone but it does to me. :)
I'm a member of the Aberdeen, Scotland Bookcrossing Meetup group. We meet on the 4th Monday of the month (date may vary in December) at the Belmont Cinema Cafe (OBCZ) at 7.30pm. See homepage above for more details. If you are interested just come along and join us. Or if you would like me to organise a mini-meetup (not at the usual date/time/place) just let me know :)
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1001 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE (2006 VERSION)
1001 Books I've already read, on my to be read pile or bookrings/rays I'm waiting for to arrive.
7). The Red Queen - Margaret Drabble (read)
26). Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer (read)
42). Atonement - Ian McEwan (tbr)
46). Fury - Salman Rushdie (read)
48). Choke - Chuck Palahniuk (tbr)
52). The Devil and Miss Prym - Paulo Coelho (read)
81). Amsterdam - Ian McEwan (read)
89). The Hours - Michael Cunningham (read)
92). The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy (read)
93). Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (read)
109). Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood (tbr)
116). The Reader - Bernhard Schlink (read)
129). Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (tbr)
133). The Shipping News - Annie Proulx (tbr)
134). Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh (tbr)
142). The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields (read)
153). The Crow Road - Iain Banks (read)
159). Black Water - Joyce Carol Oates (tbr)
163). Hideous Kinky - Esther Freud (read)
165). Wild Swans - Jung Chang (read)
172). Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord (tbr)
183). Possession - A.S. Byatt (read)
187). Sexing the Cherry - Jeanette Winterson (read)
196). A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving (tbr)
199). Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood (tbr)
205). Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey (read)
213). The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy (tbr)
220). World's End - T. Coraghessan Boyle (read)
238). The Cider House Rules - John Irving (tbr)
243). Perfume - Patrick Suskind (read)
250). The Bus Conductor Hines - James Kelman (tbr)
256). The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera (tbr)
272). The Colour Purple - Alice Walker (tbr)
283). The Comfort of Strangers - Ian McEwan (read)
288). Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (tbr)
295). Smiley's People - John Le Carre (read)
320). Interview With the Vampire - Anne Rice (read)
367). I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou (tbr)
375). Slaughterhouse-five - Kurt Vonnegut (read)
379). The Godfather - Mario Puzo (tbr)
390). Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick (read)
411). Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys (tbr)
450). The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark (read)
472). Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (tbr)
481). The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham (read)
494). The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien (Books 1, 2 & 3 - tbr)
503). Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan (read)
518). Casino Royale - Ian Fleming (tbr)
527). Foundation (Book 1 of 3) - Isaac Asimov (read)(Don't have books 2 & 3)
529). A Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (tbr)
535). The Third Man - Graham Greene (read)
537). Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake (tbr)
559). The Plague - Albert Camus (tbr)
587). For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway (tbr)
594). At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien (read)
603). Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier (read)
608). Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (read)
610). The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (tbr)
619). Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (tbr)
622). Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner (tbr)
632). The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers (tbr)
660). The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett (tbr)
667). All Quiet On The Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque (tbr)
695). The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie (read)
699). The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (read)
726). The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton (tbr)
728). Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence (tbr)
731). The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West (tbr)
743). The Thirty-nine Steps - John Buchan (read)
752). Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton (read)
769). The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy (Books 1,2,3&6 - tbr)(Don't have books 4-5&7-9)
780). Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (read)
781). The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read)
790). The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells (tbr)
791). The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells (tbr)
796). The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells (tbr)
797). The Time Machine - H.G. Wells (tbr)
804). The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read)
809). The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (tbr)
820). The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (read)
821). The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy (read)
825). The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (read)
831). Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (read)
833). The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James (read)
846). Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (read)
863). Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (read)
883). A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (read)
887). North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell (read)
891). Villette - Charlotte Bronte (tbr)
892). Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell (read)
900). Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell (tbr)
901). The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte (tbr)
904). Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (tbr)
905). Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray (read)
913). A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (read)
918). Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (tbr)
925). Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper (tbr)
930). Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott (read)
931). Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (read)
932). Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen (read)
936). Emma - Jane Austen (tbr)
938). Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (read)
940). Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (tbr)
942). Castle Rackrent - Maria Edgeworth (read)
970). Candide - Voltaire (read)
974). Fanny Hill - John Cleland (read)
983). Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift (tbr)
1000). Metamorphoses - Ovid (tbr)
Bookrays, Bookrings and Book Spirals I've Started:
* Hideous Kinky By Esther Freud (1001 Book)
* Perfume By Patrick Suskind (1001 Book)
* Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1001 Book)
* Animal Instincts By Alan Titchmarsh
* Bad Cat By Jim Edgar
* Mr. MacGregor By Alan Titchmarsh
* Rosie By Alan Titchmarsh
* The Last Lighthouse Keeper By Alan Titchmarsh
* The Human Mind By Robert Winston
* Wildlife Traveller: Scottish Islands By Richard Rowe
* The Diary of a Young Girl By Anne Frank
* Love and Dr. Devon By Alan Titchmarsh
* Only Dad By Alan Titchmarsh
* The Wisdom of Yo Meow Ma: A Spiritual Guide to Living a Better Life: An Ancient Chinese Philosopher Cat By Joanna Sandsmark
* Steve & Me: My Life with Steve Irwin By Terri Irwin
* Psychic Cats By Theresa Cheung
* The 5th Horseman By James Patterson
* The 6th Target By James Patterson
* 7th Heaven By James Patterson
* 8th Confession By James Patterson
* 9th Judgement By James Patterson
* Cats' Miscellany By Lesley O'Mara
* Dead and Gone By Charlaine Harris
* Dead in the Family By Charlaine Harris
* Dead Reckoning By Charlaine Harris
* Deadlocked By Charlaine Harris
* The White Queen By Philippa Gregory
* Grey By E. L. James
* Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland By Gerald Clarke
* Regions of the Heart: The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves By David Rose and Ed Douglas
* A Little Bit of Everything VBB (Round 3, Now Complete)
* 1001 Bookbox (Round 1, Travelling)
If you'd like to join any of the above rays, rings, spirals or bookboxes just let me know. :)
Bookrings/rays/boxes I've joined:
- Little House in the Big Woods By Laura Ingalls Wilder (Started by SMURPHIE) = Arrived 19.12.07 - Finished Reading 6.1.08 - Returned in Person 12.1.08
- The Third Man By Graham Greene (1001 Book) (Started by MISS-OWL) = Asked for my address on 24.8.08 - Arrived 6.10.08 - Finished 20.10.08 - Posted 21.10.08
- Cranford By Elizabeth Gaskell (1001 Book) (Started by STARFLASH) = Asked for my address 28.10.08 - Arrived 12.11.08 - Finished and Posted 7.1.09
- Fury By Salman Rushdie (1001 Book) (Started by SHNEDWARDS) = Asked for my address on 9.10.08 - Arrived 26.11.08 - Finished 27.2.09 - Posted 4.3.09
- The Portrait of a Lady By Henry James (1001 Book) (Started by ANGELA861) = Asked for my address 5.12.08 - Arrived 13.12.08 - Finished 13.4.09 - Posted 14.4.09
- A Book For Christmas - 2008 UK Only (Started by LUCY-LEMON) - I received Possession by A.S. Byatt, from lucy-lemon :) Went into jsmeltser's 1001 Book Box.
- Secret Santa - 2008 International (Organised by PEACHY93722) - I received A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, from Ilios :) Went into soffitta1's Film Themed Book Box.
- World's End By T. Coraghessan Boyle (1001 Book) (Started by SPYTHERE) = Asked for my address 29.12.08 - Arrived 19.1.09 - Finished 18.4.09 - Posted 20.4.09
- Toronto at Dreamer's Rock and The Berlin Blues By Drew Hayden Taylor (Started by NORTHERNLIGHTS) = Asked for my address on 6.1.09 - Arrived 26.1.09 - Finished 21.4.09 - Posted 22.4.09
- The Red Queen By Margaret Drabble (1001 Book) (Started by SUPERTALYA) = Asked for my address 2.4.09 - Arrived 4.4.09 - Finished 27.5.09 - Posted 28.5.09
- Twilight By Stephenie Meyer (Started by LUNACIA) = Asked for my address 13.7.09 - Arrived 17.7.09 - Finished 3.8.09 - Posted 4.8.09
- New Moon By Stephenie Meyer (Started by LUNACIA) = Asked for my address 21.10.09 - Arrived 28.10.09 - Finished 4.11.09 - Posted 12.11.09
- Eclipse By Stephenie Meyer (Started by LUNACIA) = Asked for my address 24.10.09 - Arrived 27.10.09 - Finished 10.11.09 - Posted 12.11.09
- Bookmark/Postcard Bookring (Started by JUNEQUEENSLAND) = Posted my bookmark and postcard on 28.10.09. Received mine from annenz Nov 09.
- Breaking Dawn By Stephenie Meyer (Started by LUNACIA) = Asked for my address 17.2.10 - Arrived 25.2.10 - Finished 1.3.10 - Posted 2.3.10
- Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance By Wendy Leigh (Started by FLOSSIE771) = Asked for my address 24.2.10 - Arrived 27.4.10 - Finished 27.5.10 - Posted 28.5.10
- Film Book Box (Started by SOFFITTA1) = Asked for my address 25.1.10 - Arrived 29.1.10 - Finished Reading 20.6.10 - Posted 21.6.10
- 1001 Book Box (Started by JSMELTSER) = Asked for my address 27.8.10 - Arrived 9.9.10 - Posted 13.9.10
- Paperback Book Swap (Send 1 book receive 36 books) = Received details, 27.4.10 - Got all six participants, 18.10.10 - Received Book 1, 29.5.10. Book 2, 30.7.10. Book 3, 11.8.10. Book 4 (3in1), 22.9.10.
List of Books Received:
1) Picnic At Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay
2) Lazarus and the Hurricane - Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton
(Books 1 & 2 have gone into Dodau's First Line Bookbox)
3) 8th Confession - James Patterson(Now travelling as part of my spiral)
4) We Are Not Afraid - Seth Cagin & Philip Dray(Released at my local obcz)
4) Old School Tie - Paul Thomas(read and released obcz)
4) The Guards: A Novel - Ken Bruen(read and released obcz)
- 1001-Library Book Box (Started by SOFFITTA1) = Asked for my address 8.1.11 - Arrived 14.1.11 - Posted 17.1.11
- UK First Line Book Box (Started by DODAU) = Asked for my address 5.2.11 - Arrived 11.2.11 - Posted 17.2.11
- Everything Is Illuminated By Jonathan Safran Foer (1001 Book) (Book 1 started by UNWRITTENLIBRA = Stalled) (Book 2 started by EVABLUE) = Arrived 25.1.11 - Finished 18.2.11 - Posted 21.2.11
- 31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell (Started by LUNACIA) = Asked for my address 27.2.11 - Arrived 8.3.11 - Finished 21.3.11 - Posted 21.3.11
- The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (Started by PELL) = Asked for my address 26.7.11 - Arrived 18.8.11 - Finished 14.9.11 -> Posted to melissahuxley 20.3.12
- Fifty Shades Trilogy By E. L. James (Started by RRRCARON) = Book 1 arrived 24.10.12 - finished 2.11.12 - posted 6.11.12, Book 2 arrived 24.11.12 - finished 4.12.12 - posted 6.12.12, Book 3 arrived 8.12.12 - finished 14.12.12 - posted 7.1.13
- Sookie Stackhouse Spiral (Started by ADRIENNE10) = Asked for my address for books 1&2 24.1.11 - Books 1&2 arrived 3.2.11 - Books 1&2 given to rainbow3 in person 28.4.11 - Book 3 arrived 9.4.11 - Book 4 arrived 13.6.11 - Books 3 & 4 given to rainbow3 in person 21.7.11 - Book 5 arrived 28.7.11 - Book 5 given to rainbow3 in person 7.8.11 - Books 6 & 7 arrived 22.9.11 - Book 6 finished 23.10.11 -> posted 7.11.11 - Book 7 finished 3.12.11 -> posted 20.6.12 - Book 8 stalled, bought and read own copy. Received book 10 as a rabck from pinkoeria (2012). Bought and read my own copies of books 9,11&12 (2013).
- Faythe Sanders Shifters Spiral By Rachel Vincent (Started by VAMPIREQUEEN) = Book 1 arrived 23.11.12 - finished 10.12.12 - Book 2&3 arrived 7.3.13 - book 2 finished 14.3.13 - book 3 finished 17.3.13 - Books 1&2 posted 18.3.13 - Book 4 arrived 30.3.13 - finished 5.4.13 - books 3&4 posted 8.4.13 - Books 5 & 6 arrived 30.5.13 - finished reading book 5 on 6.6.13 - finished book 6 on 9.6.13 - posted books 5&6 on 10.6.13
- Divergent Trilogy By Veronica Roth (Started by VEKIKI) = Asked for my address for Books 1&2 on 27.3.15, Asked for my address for Book 3 on 13.5.15, Book 3 arrived 22.2.16, Finished reading Book 3 on 8.3.16, Books 1 & 2 have stalled for now, Posted Book 3 on 14.9.16
- Random UK Book Box (Started by STUBEE) = Asked for my address 1.6.16, Arrived 27.6.16, Posted 30.6.16
- Our Zoo By June Mottershead (Started by FREUJU) = Asked for my address 2.8.16, Arrived 6.8.16, Finished Reading 14.8.16, Posted to new reader Sept 2016
- First Sentences Virtual Bookbox ROUND 11 (Started by COLLECTORKERRI) = Completed 2.9.16
- 1001-listed Books VBB (Organised by B0EKENTROL) = Completed 16.11.16
- The Egyptologist By Arthur Phillips (Started by BOOKWORM-LADY) = Asked for my address 22.11.16, Arrived 28.11.16, Posted 5.1.17
- The Buddha in the Attic By Julie Otsuka (Started by EPONINE38) = Asked for my address 20.12.16, Arrived 6.1.17, Finished 12.1.17, Posted 17.1.17
- Wrap It Up Bookbox *UK Only* (Started by NATALIEC7) = Asked for my address 29.12.16,
Arrived 5.1.17, Posted 10.1.17
- Cipher 1-10 Bookring (Started by RODESPRINGBAL) = Waiting for my turn.
- Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Book Box (Organised by CAITLINE92) = Waiting for my turn.
Ellon probably derives its name from the Gaelic 'Eilean' meaning island and the town's historical significance is based on its situation at the ford on the River Ythan(pronounced eye-than). The town is located at a point where the river is low enough to be forded and so for many years it was the main crossing point for traffic going to and from the Buchan area. The New Inn Hotel, located opposite the river, was previously a changeover point for horses pulling coaches between Aberdeen and Peterhead. The town was the main settlement of the Pictish province of Buchan before 400BC and in the Middle Ages the Celtic Mormaers and then the Norman (Comyn) Earls of Buchan held court and dispensed justice at the Moot Hill. This site is now marked by a monument beside the Market Street car park. Ellon was one of the places burned in the harrying of Buchan in 1308, following Robert the Bruce's defeat of the Comynes near Oldmeldrum.
The ruins of Ellon Castle can be seen from various parts of the town. The castle was formerly known as the ancient fort of Ardgith and a number of castles have been built on this site. Sadly, the castle is not currently open to the public, although the impressive Deer Dykes (12 foot high walls) around the castle grounds can be seen from Castle Road.
The area around Ellon has been turned into a rich agricultural area through hard work and innovation as told in the words of many traditional 'bothy' ballads. The River Ythan also bought commercial importance to Ellon through the use of shallow drafted boats from Newburgh, operating a shipping service into the Meadows in Ellon until about the 1950s.
Since the 1970's Ellon has grown rapidly. The advent of North Sea Oil and the associated demands for new development to house incoming workers saw the town grow rapidly and its role change from a traditional market centre for the surrounding rural area to a commuter town for Aberdeen. Today, the majority of the town's residents are employed outwith the town and look to Aberdeen for many shopping and leisure services and activities. The thrust of the Strategy for the town is to ensure a more sustainable future for the town with a better balance of work, life and leisure, building on the many attributes, qualities and opportunities the town presents.
Ellon now provides an ideal base for visitors wishing to visit National Trust and Historic Scotland properties in the area, as well as being close to magnificent beaches and coastal villages. The town is also a good centre for bird watchers with several estuary sites, inland lochs, and cliff nesting sites nearby.
Places of Interest
The Old Bridge: Known as the 'Auld Brig' this category A listed building built in 1793 stands to the east of the new road bridge and is open to pedestrian traffic.
Moot Hill Monument: The site of the court of the Celtic Mormaers and the Norman Earls of Buchan is located next to the Riverside car park and today is marked with a small monument and seating area.
Ellon Riverside Park: The riverside area is easily accessible to the public and includes a footpath which runs alongside the river for the length of the town. A wealth of wildlife is found in this area, including herons, salmon, trout and even the elusive otter. The river was previously a rich source of pearll mussels and one pearl found in the river was of such high quality that it was presented to King James VI and now forms one of the brightest jewels in the Scottish Crown.
Places I've Released Books In (In person):
Kintore, Aberdeenshire---------------Ventura, California
Peterhead, Aberdeenshire------------Basingstoke, Hampshire
Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire------------Leeds, West Yorkshire
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