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From Meare, Somerset United Kingdom
Age 120
Joined Friday, April 28, 2006
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In these strange Covid-19 times, I am only sending out to those willing to receive books via post. I am happy to receive books though be warned, it may be a few days before they are journaled as they will be quarantined for a period before opening.

I have three passions (besides the DH and family);

gardening (when the weather allows);
reading (even more when the weather does not allow gardening!);
and our animals (any and all weathers).

I also enjoy walks in the country; good food and wine; evocative scents ranging from beautiful flowers or after-rain garden to ocean breeze or woodsmoke/bonfires; jewellery; artisan craft ~ especially wood and glass; and too many other things to mention in the woefully short amount of time I seem to have!

I am happy to swap for wishlist books from availables and/or TBR as funds allow. As I (along with most other Bookcrossers I know) seem to have a large TBR pile, I'm happy to quickly read a book from TBR if I can fit it in.
I also like the serendipity of RABCKs and NSS events. [Hint, I often find some of my 'wishes' whilst looking for NSS books, so do please check my lists.]
I was on RABCK dot com until it ceased, however, for anyone wanting to send me something as a surprise, please contact rainbow3 who holds my address at all times.
This is courtesy of the RABCK Address Contacts forum thread.

For NSS I like to receive : BC supplies (or wings!); candles (particularly scented t-lights); gardening supplies (plant ties, plant food etc.); and as can also be seen above, I am fond of most nature themes (particularly butterflies, cats and flowers) and I appreciate hand crafted items.
Sweetie choices : Preferably dark chocolate (Divine, Green & Blacks, Hotel Chocolat (specific fave at the moment is Tiddly Pot (dark)) – but not Thorntons chocolate, like either nuts or fruit in chocolate too (though not together!); high cocoa milk chocolate ok too.
Books from my wishlist (up to date 20-11-20); Favourite genres : crime / mystery (not gory or horror); cosy mysteries; fiction and historical romance (though I seem to have quite a few of these at present!).

Please also note that some of the books on my shelf are from my DH who (not so) secretly shares my bookshelf and occasionally some specifically picked up for releasing by my sister (rainbow3) when she has no access to the internet, so my shelf does not accurately reflect my own reading.

My current Wish List is here on Bookcrossing (however, see below).

Cliff's wishlist now completely disused so I am just using the Bookcrossing one. I am (normally) one of the "wingless" brigade, so there are things I cannot do, however, I do extensively use the Global Bookcrossing facility. Wishlist was up to date 20 November 2020 and has been regularly updated since then.

Currently reading : Dr H E Stanton; The Plus Factor
And : Robert MacFarlane; The Wild Places
And : Fiona Shaw; Tell it to the Bees (Ray)
And : Carole Lawrence; Edinburgh Dusk (K)
And : Robert Galbraith; The Cuckoo's Calling (Book Club Dec book)
(Book Club (Mar-Jul + Oct - gone virtual!))

Books read in 2020

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Zikora; October 2020 (K)
Renee Ahdieh; Flame in the Mist; June 2020
Hania Allen; Clearing the Dark; January 2020
Donna Andrews; Owls Well that ends Well; January 2020
Margaret Atwell; Oryx and Crake; March 2020 (Book Club)
Fredrik Backman; A Man Called Ove; August 2020
Fredrik Backman; Us Against You; November 2020 (Book Club)
Mary Balogh; Then Comes Seduction; February 2020
Mary Balogh; Someone to Honour; February 2020
Belinda Bauer; Blacklands; May 2020
John Baxter; The Most Beautiful Walk in the World; February 2020
MC Beaton; Intrigue; January 2020
MC Beaton; Deception; January 2020
MC Beaton; Refining Felicity; July 2020
MC Beaton; Perfecting Fiona; July 2020
MC Beaton; Enlightening Delilah; July 2020
MC Beaton; Finessing Clarissa; July 2020
MC Beaton; Animating Maria; July 2020
MC Beaton; Marrying Harriet; July 2020
MC Beaton; The Marquis Takes a Bride; August 2020
Benjamin Black; The Black Eyed Blonde; April 2020
Rhys Bowen; What Child is This; November 2020 (K)
Steve Burroughs; A Cast of Falcons; April 2020
Christi Caldwell; In Bed with the Earl; November 2020 (K)
Andrea Camilleri; The Shape of Water; March 2020 (rr)
Andrea Camilleri; The Patience of the Spider; May 2020
Tracy Chevalier; The Edge of the Orchard; April 2020 (Book Club - Loan)
Tracy Chevalier; A Single Thread; October 2020 (K)
Lucy Clarke; The Sea Sisters; January 2020
Colin Cotterill; The Merry Misogynist; January 2020
Amanda Cross; The Theban Mysteries; February 2020
Shelley Day; The Confession of Stella Moon; June 2020
Anne Donovan; Buddha Da; July 2020 (rr)
Jane Fallon; Tell Me a Secret; January 2020
C A Fletcher; A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World; October 2020 (Book Club rec. K)
Lucy Foley; The Guest List; October 2020 (Book Club rec. K)
Karen Joy Fowler; We are All Completely Beside Ourselves; August 2020 (Book Club rec. K) (rr)
James Frey; My Friend Leonard; May 2020
Mike Gayle; Half a World Away; July 2020 (Book Club August K)
Cathy Glass; My Dad's a Policeman; January 2020
Iris Gower; Dream Catcher; November 2020
Jasmine Guillory; The Proposal; June 2020
Matt Haig; Reasons to Stay Alive; March 2020
J Paul Henderson; The Last of the Bowmans; September 2020
Georgette Heyer; Devils Cub; June 2020
Jennifer Hillier; Creep; August 2020
Victoria Hislop; Cartes Postales from Greece; October 2020
Ruth Hogan; The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes; May 2020
Ruth Hogan; The Keeper of Lost Things; October 2020 (K)
Khalid Hosseini; And The Mountains Echoed; July 2020 (Book Club)
Linda Howard; Midnight Rainbow; January 2020
Elizabeth Hoyt; Darling Beast; September 2020
Mark Jackson; The Revenge of Colonel Blood; April 2020
Michael Jecks; The Chapel of Bones; April 2020
Alice Jolly; Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile; August 2020 (Book Club August rec. K)
Penny Jordan; The Sheikhs Bride; March 2020
Toshikazu Kawaguchi; Before the Coffee Gets Cold; October 2020 (Book Club rec. K)
Alan Kelly; Help me Rhonda; June 2020
Diana Killian; Verse of the Vampyre; March 2020
Shelley Klein; You Know you're past it when ...; February 2020
Andrew Lane; Young Sherlock Holmes Death Cloud; September 2020 (rr)
Andrew Lane; Young Sherlock Holmes Red Leech; October 2020 (rr)
Stephanie Laurens; What Price Love; May 2020
Stephanie Laurens; Impetuous Innocent; May 2020
Carole Lawrence; Edinburgh Twilight; November 2020 (K)
Ann Lethbridge; A Regency Courtesan's Pride; September 2020
Laura Levine; Murder has Nine Lives; March 2020
Johanna Lindsey; A Loving Scoundrel; September 2020
Isobel Linton; False Pretences; August 2020
Julia London; The Ruthless Charmer; March 2020
Julia London; The Beautiful Stranger; March 2020
TC LoTempio; Claws for Alarm; January 2020
Leonard Low; The Weem Witch; November 2020
G M Malliet; In Prior's Wood; June 2020
George Mann; Ghosts of Manhattan; June 2020
Sujata Massey; The Bride's Kimono; November 2020
Karen Baugh Menuhin; Murder at Melrose Court; November 2020 (K)
Laura Imai Messina; The Phone Box at the Edge of the World; September 2020 (Book Club Oct K)
David Michie; The Dalai Lama's Cat; August (Book Club Sept K)
Richard Montanari; The Violet Hour; May 2020
Liane Moriarty; Nine Perfect Strangers; March 2020 (Book Club - April)
Jojo Moyes; the One plus One; April 2020
James Nally; Alone with the Dead; November 2020
Maggie O'Farrell; I Am, I Am, I Am; April 2020 (Book Club - May)
James Patterson; The McCullagh Inn in Maine; January 2020
Ann Pearlman; The Christmas Cookie Club; October 2020
Stephanie Perkins; My True Love Gave to Me; February 2020
Jodi Picoult; A Spark of Light; August 2020 (Book Club rec. K)
Clare Pooley; The Authenticity Project; August 2020 (Book Club rec. K)
Julia Quinn; Everything and the Moon; April 2020
Julia Quinn; Brighter than the Sun; April 2020
Caroline Roberts; Christmas at Rachel's Pudding Pantry; January 2020 (Book Club Secret Santa)
Deborah Rodriguez; The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul; September 2020
Deborah Rodriguez; Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul; September 2020
Knud Romer; Nothing but Fear; October 2020 (rr)
Judy Rose; Is that Spaghetti on the Ceiling?; April 2020
Michele Scott; Murder by the Glass; March 2020
Joan Smith; An Infamous Proposal; August 2020
Susie Steiner; Missing, Presumed; September 2020
Heidi Swain; Mince Pies and Mistletoe at The Christmas Market; January 2020
Jodi Taylor; A Symphony of Echoes; April 2020
Jodi Taylor; A Second Chance; May 2020
Jo Thomas; Escape to a French Farmhouse; August (Book Club rec. K)
Doreen Tovey; Cats in the Belfry; April 2020
Amor Towles; Rules of Civility; July 2020
Anne Tyler; The Accidental Tourist; August (Book Club rec. K)
Nury Vittachi; The Feng Shui Detective; January 2020
Jesmyn Ward; Sing, Unburied, Sing; January 2020
A W Wilson; Accidental Hitman; May 2020
Various; Sherlock Holmes School for Detection; July 2020
Various (Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Mia Ryan); Lady Whistledown Strikes Back; July 2020
Various (Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Mia Ryan); The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown; June 2020

Book Rings / Rays / Boxes joined in 2019 / 2020

Tell it to the Bees (Ray) hosted by greenbadger joined 16/7/20; (arrived 12/11/20;
Debut Novel Bookbox hosted by Plum-crazy joined 1/20; (arrived 10/7/20; sent out 28/7/20)
What the Reviewers Said Bookbox hosted by Nataliec7 joined 10/ 19; (arrived 10/1/20; sent out 16/1/20)
World of Crime Bookbox (round 3) hosted by Plum-crazy joined 12/19; (arrived 6/12/19; sent out 8/1/20)

Challenges joined in 2020

Authors A-Z challenge Joined 12/19;

Book Boxes started in 2019 / 2020

Already Crossed bookbox started 6/20;
Cosy mystery bookbox started 5/20;
Random Bookbox started 6/20;
Crime / Mystery Bookbox started 6/20;
Random Bookbox 3 started May 2019; arrived home 9/1/20
Crime / Mystery Bookbox started 4/19; arrived home 11/3/20

Books read in 2019

Cecelia Ahern; Lyrebird; January 2019
Hania Allen; The Polish Detective; July 2019
Louise Allen; An Earl Beneath the Mistletoe; November 2019
Lucy Ashford; Twelfth Night Proposal; November 2019
Trisha Ashley; Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues; October 2019
Kate Atkinson; Case Histories; February 2019
Mary Balogh; A Christmas Promise; May 2019
Fredrik Backman; Britt-Marie was Here; March 2019 (Book Club)
Mandy Baggot; One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill; October 2019
Richard Benson; Blackboard Blunders; January 2019 (Book Club)
Elizabeth Beacon; A Regency Rebel's Seduction; March 2019
M C Beaton; Emily goes to Exeter; January 2019
M C Beaton; Minerva; June 2019
M C Beaton; The Taming of Annabelle; June 2019
M C Beaton; Deirdre and Desire; June 2019
M C Beaton; Daphne; June 2019
M C Beaton; Diana the Huntress; June 2019
M C Beaton; Frederica in Fashion; July 2019
Lilian Jackson Braun; The Private Life of The Cat Who; August 2019
Lilian Jackson Braun; The Cat Who Wasn't There; October 2019
Steve Burrows; A Siege of Bitterns; February 2019
Steve Burrows; A Pitying of Doves; May 2019
Sheila Connelly; Monument to the Dead; April 2019
Raphael Cardetti; Death in the Latin Quarter; March 2019
Stephen Clarke; A Year in the Merde; May 2019
Nicola Cornick; Deceived; January 2019
Nicola Cornick; Confessions of a Duchess; February 2019
Amanda Cross; Sweet Death, Kind Death; January 2019
JP Delaney; The Girl Before; December 2019 (Book Club)
Carola Dunn; Mistletoe and Murder; March 2019
Sarah Dunnakey; The Companion; August 2019
Esi Edugyan; Half Blood Blues; April 2019
Harriet Evans; Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero; October 2019
Shamini Flint; Inspector Singh Investigates Singapore School of Villainy; March 2019
Katie Fforde; Wild Designs; July 2019
Marina Fiorato; The Glassblower of Murano; October 2019 (Book Club - Loan)
Anne Frasier; The Body Reader; December 2019
Joanna Fulford; Christmas at Oakhurst Manor; November 2019
Diane Gaston; A Regency Gentleman's Passion; October 2019
Mike Gayle; The Man I Think I Know; September 2019
Mary Gibson; Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts; July 2018 (Book Club)
Mario Giordano; Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions; January 2019
Vanessa Greene; The Little Pieces of You and Me; January 2019
Elly Griffiths; The ZigZag Girl; March 2019
Michele Giuttari; A Florentine Death; December 2019
Paula Hawkins; Into the Water; November 2019 (Book Club)
Sarah Hawkswood; Ordeal by Fire; June 2019
Sarah Hawkswood; Marked to Die; July 2019
Roger Highfield; Can Reindeer Fly; November 2019
Nick Hornby; Juliet, Naked ; March 2019 (Book Club)
Dale Hurst; Lust & Liberty; October 2019
Adrian Hyland; Gunshot Road; December 2019
Daisy James; Mistletoe & Mystery; November 2019
Erica James; Duchess in Love; June 2019
Erica James; Hidden Talents; February 2019
Kathleen Jamie; Findings; June 2019 (Book Club - loan)
Rachel Joyce; The Music Shop; February 2019 (Book Club)
Marguerite Kaye; The Captains Christmas Proposal; November 2019
Marguerite Kaye/Bronwyn Scott ; Invitation to a Cornish Christmas; December 2019
Philip Kerr; Gridiron; April 2019
Lisa Kleypas; Someone to Watch over Me; July 2019
Andrew Lane; Fire Storm; August 2019
Stephanie Laurens; A Comfortable Wife; November 2019
Elsie Lee; Prior Betrothal; June 2019
Johanna Lindsey; Fires of Winter; April 2019
Johanna Lindsey; Home for the Holidays; December 2019
Michael Malaghan; It Shouldn't Happen to a Writer; April 2019
Michael Malaghan; The Master Musician's Secret; April 2019 (Book Club - loan)
Sara Manning; Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend; March 2019
Christopher Matthew; The Old Man and the Knee; September 2019
Amanda McCabe; Running from Scandal; September 2019
Kasey Michaels; How to Tempt a Duke; December 2019
Heather Morris; The Tattooist of Auschwitz; March 2019
Jojo Moyes; Silver Bay; April 2019
Magdalen Nabb; Death of an Englishman; February 2019
Charity Norman; See you in September; October 2019 (Book Club - Loan)
Mary Nichols; The Viscounts Unconventional Bride; June 2019
Maggie O'Farrell; The Hand that first held Mine; May 2019
Agnes Owens; Gentlemen of the West; March 2019
James Patterson / Ricard DiLallo; French Kiss; February 2019
James Patterson / James O. Born; Malicious; February 2019
James Patterson / Shan Serafin; Come and Get Us; February 2019
Caro Peacock; A Corpse in Shining Armour; July 2019
Philip Pullman; Northern Lights; August 2019 (Book Club)
Barbara Pym; An Academic Question; January 2019
Julia Quinn/Eloisa James/Connie Brockway; The Lady Most Likely; October 2019
Julia Quinn; Ten Things I Love about You; December 2019
Julia Quinn; An Offer from a Gentleman; July 2019
Ian Rankin; A Cool Head; July 2019
Stella Rimington; Secret Asset; June 2019 (Book Club)
Craig Robertson; Cold Grave; February 2019
Melinda Salisbury; The Sin Eater's Daughter; November 2019
Robert Seethaler; A Whole Life; January 2019
Bronwyn Scott; Unwrapping his Festive Temptation; November 2019
Darren Shan; Tunnels of Blood; August 2019
Allan Shepherd; Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time; August 2019
Graeme Simsion; The Rosie Result; October 2019 (Book Club)
Alexander McCall Smith; Emma; August 2019
Alexander McCall Smith; The Best of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency; September 2019
Zadie Smith; Martha and Hanwell; August 2019
Michelle Styles; Viking Warrior, Unwilling Wife; June 2019
Jodi Taylor; Just one Damned Thing after another; December 2019
Marco Vichi; Death and the Olive Grove; January 2019
Christie Watson; The Language of Kindness, The Nurses Story; May 2019 (Book Club)
Rachel Wells; A Cat Called Alfie; May 2019
Levison Wood; Eastern Horizons; September 2019 (Book Club)
A J Wright; Striking Murder; May 2019
A J Wright; Elementary Murder; May 2019
Yrsa Sigurdardottir; Ashes to Dust; December 2019
Various (Scottish Book Trust); Rebel; April 2019

Book Rings / Rays / Boxes joined in 2018 / 2019

World of Crime bookbox (round 3) hosted by Plum-crazy joined 12/19; (arrived 6/12/19; sent out ?/1/20)
What the Reviewers Said hosted by Nataliec7 joined 3/19; (arrived 16/7/19; sent out 31/7/19)
Read it, Swap it, Leave it hosted by Plum-Crazy joined 30/1/18; (arrived 12/1/19; sent out 16/1/19)
World of Crime bookbox (round 2) hosted by Plum-crazy joined 2018; (arrived 25/2/18; sent out 27/2/19)
Mix and Match Bookbox hosted by Ythan joined 6/11/18; (arrived 21/12/18; sent out 25/1/19)
Favourite Lines Bookbox hosted by mysteriousmummy joined 6/11/18; (arrived 11/2/19; sent out 27/2/19)

Challenges joined in 2019

Authors A-Z challenge Joined 1/19; Almost complete (2 missing) 12/19.

Book Boxes started in 2018 / 2019

Random Bookbox 3 started May 2019;
Crime / Mystery Bookbox started 4/19;
Random Bookbox 2 started 9/18; arrived home 5/3/19

Books read in 2019 : 109
Books read in 2018 : 84
Books read in 2017 : 102
Books read in 2016 : 108
Books read in 2015 : 102
Books read in 2014 : 80
Books read in 2013 : 87
Books read in 2012 : 81
Books read in 2011 : 75
Books read in 2010 : 73
Books read in 2009 : 70
Books read in 2008 : 60

(I now keep all my previous reading lists in a personal spreadsheet).

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