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From Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom
Age 41
Joined Thursday, May 01, 2008
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1. A Thousand Splendid Suns
2. The Art of Travel
3. Love in the Time of Cholera
4. Half a Yellow Sun

1. Les Miserables - finished
2. The Book Thief - finished
3. Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong’o - finished
4. Secret Life of Bees - finished
5. The Accidental Vampire - finished
6. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas - finished
7. The Corrections - currently reading
8. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
9. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
10. The Secret Scripture
11. Kiwis Might Fly: Around New Zealand on Two Big Wheels
12. Feng Shite: A Little Book of House Messing

In July I went along to my first Bookcrossing Group (Leeds - 14 July), I took along 2 books:
- Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan
- Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down
and picked up 2 books:
- The Teatime Islands: Adventures in Britain's Faraway Outposts - finished
- Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch
Have to admit though, I'm a tad disappointed because it has taken 6 months for one to be journalled and the other still hasn't! Am I getting BC etiquette all wrong?

I have also recently joined a book club at work and am trying to persuade my friends to join Bookcrossing....!

Book 1 – Life of Pi - finished
Book 2 – A Thousand Splendid Suns – finished and now an International Bookray
Book 3 – To the Lighthouse – finished
Book 4 - Love in the Time of Cholera - finished and now an International Bookray
Finally, I’m tracking 1001 books, although it’s clearly a long way to go!

READ (43)
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
2. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
4. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
5. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
6. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
7. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
8. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
9. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
10. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
11. The Crow Road by Iain Banks
12. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
13. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
14. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
15. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
16. Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
17. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
18. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
19. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
20. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
21. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
22. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
23. Animal Farm by George Orwell
24. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
25. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
26. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
27. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
28. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
29. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
30. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
31. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
32. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
33. Candide by Voltaire
34. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
35. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
36. Love in the Time of Cholera by García Márquez
37. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
38. Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
39. Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
40. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
41. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
42. The Virgin Suicides
43. Never Let Me Go

1. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
2. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien
4. Atonement
5. Thursbitch
6. The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi
7. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
8. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
9. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
10. Summer by Edith Wharton
11. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
12. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


Bongalonga’s Rainbow challenge - finished 12 January 2010
Red - My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk - finished
Orange - Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris – finished
Yellow - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - finished
Green - Green Baize Road by Alexandra Connor - finished
Blue – The Blue Edge by Carlos Eyles - finished
Indigo - Indigo by Christine Weston - finished
Violet - Violets are Blue by James Patterson - finished

And a gift from my Dad: Some Other Rainbow by John McCarthy and Jill Morrell - finished


Sheepseeker's 5-5-5 challenge (read 5 books from five countries on each of the five continents).

Asia (all finished)
Russia - Lost Cosmonaut by Daniel Kalder - finished
China – Fried Eggs with Chopsticks by Polly Evans - finished
Singapore - When Singapore Was Syonan-to by N.I. Low - finished
Thailand - Kingdom of Make-Believe: A Novel of Thailand by Dean Barrett - finished
India - Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul - finished

Europe (all finished)
England – Great Expectations (Penguin Popular Classics) by Charles Dickens - finished
Ireland – A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle - finished
Scotland – Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh - finished
Norway – Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder - finished
Italy – The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - finished

The Americas (all finished)
USA - Rise and Shine: A Novel by Anna Quindlen - finished
Venezuela - The Dolphin People by Torsten Krol - finished
Island off coast of South America - Selkirk's Island by Diana Souhami - finished
Unnamed small South American country – The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman by Louis de Bernieres - finished
Peru - Incas - The Puma’s Shadow by A B Daniel - finished

Oceania (all finished)
Papua New Guinea - Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones - finished
Australia - Drink Me : A Memoir of a Relationship by Skye Rogers - finished
Antarctica - Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing - finished
New Zealand – A Land of Two Halves by Joe Bennett – finished
Pitcairn - Coconut Chaos by Diana Souhami - finished

Africa (all finished)
Kenya and Tanzania - No Man's Land: An Investigative Journey Through Kenya and Tanzania by George Monbiot - finished
Egypt – Warlock by Wilbur Smith - finished
Rwanda – A Sunday at the pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche - finished
Zimbabwe – The Leopard Hunts in Darkness - finished
Tanzania – Tales from Tanzania by Scott Balows - finished


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