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From Meare, Somerset United Kingdom
Age 122
Joined Friday, April 28, 2006
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Extended Profile
Covid-19 increased again in this area but I've had the next booster and no recurrence of Covid and I am still sending out books via post. I am always happy to receive books, but it may be a few days before they are journaled.

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(s), 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!); scented t-lights; gardening supplies (plant ties, plant food, seeds etc.); and as can also be seen above, I am fond of most nature themes (particularly butterflies, dragonflies, cats and flowers) and I appreciate hand crafted items.
Sweetie choices : Preferably dark chocolate (Divine, Green & Blacks, Hotel Chocolat {specific fave is Tiddly Pot [dark]}) ; high cocoa milk chocolate ok too; like either nuts or fruit in chocolate (though not together!) – but preferably not Thorntons chocolate or white chocolate.
Books from my wishlist (up to date 15-1-22); Favourite genres : crime / mystery (not gory or horror); cosy mysteries; fiction and historical romance.

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. I also have a few books I have not managed to finish (rarely, but it does happen to us all) which are also listed.

My current Wish List is here on Bookcrossing (however, I do have a more involved list which is not on Bookcrossing but only on my flash drive! so it may be worth asking).

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 15 January 2022. I did check through the older books on the wishlist (which still seem to be around but only in paperback format) in January 2022, so they are still included on the list.

Currently reading : Robert MacFarlane; The Wild Places (rr)
And : Chris Jagger; Talking to Myself (Loan)
And :
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And : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Americanah (Book Club recommend)
And : Brit Bennett; The Vanishing Half (Book Club) (Mar 2020 – June 2021 - virtual! due to Covid19)

Books read in 2022

Donna Andrews; The Hen of the Baskervilles; September 2022
Fredrik Backman; My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry; March 2022 (K)
Elizabeth Bailey; The Captain's Return; May 2022
M C Beaton; Death of a Hussy; February 2022
Rhys Bowen; In Farleigh Field; February 2022 (K)
Rhys Bowen; The Tuscan Child; February 2022 (K)
Rhys Bowen; The Victory Garden; March 2022 (K)
Emily Brightwell; Mrs Jeffries Plays the Cook; June 2022
Frances Brody; Kate Shackleton's First Case; October 2022 (K)
Frances Brody; A Murder Inside; October 2022
Helen Brooks; Christmas at his Command; January 2022
Grace Burrowes; How to Catch a Duke; May 2022
Candace Camp; The Marriage Wager; March 2022
Mavis Cheek; Mrs Fytton's Country Life; April 2022 (Book Club Loan)
Marianne Cronin; The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot; January 2022 (Book Club)(K)
Carola Dunn; The Case of the Murdered Muckraker; February 2022 (rr)
Martin Edwards (edited by); Miraculous Mysteries; June 2022
Monica Ferris; Crewel World; March 2022
Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain; A Little Yuletide Murder; January 2022
Katie Flynn; A Mistletoe Kiss; November 2022
Lucy Foley; The Guest List; September 2022 (Book Club)
Luz Gabas; Palm Trees in the Snow; June 2022 (K)
Mike Gayle; Brand New Friend; January 2022
Caroline Graham; Death in Disguise; May 2022
Elly Griffiths; The Crossing Places; January 2022
Tim Healey; The World's Greatest Crimes of Passion; November 2022
Anne Herries; Counterfeit Earl; April 2022
Helen Hoang; The Kiss Quotient; July 2022 (K)
Alice Hoffman; The Bookstore Sisters; October 2022 (K)
Faith Hogan; The Ladies Midnight Swimming Club; November 2022 (K) (Book Club recommend)
Ruth Hogan; Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel; September 2022
Richard Hull; Excellent Intentions; August 2022
Kazuo Ishiguro; Klara and the Sun; August 2022 (Book Club)
Anna Jacobs; Persons of Rank; May 2022
Chris Jagger; Talking to Myself; September 2022 (Loan)
Jane Johnson; The Sea Gate; September 2022
Rachel Joyce; Perfect (Book Club recommend) (K) *dnf
Linda Kavanagh; Still Waters; March 2022
Mary Beth Keane; Ask Again, Yes; April 2022 (Book Club)
Linda Kier; The Three Mrs Wrights; February 2022 (K)
Erin Kinsley; Found; March 2022 (K)
Edith Layton; False Angel; April 2022
Gayle Leeson; The Calamity Cafe; March 2022
Eva Leigh; My Fake Rake; April 2022
Laura Levine; Death of a Neighbourhood Scrooge; August 2022
Jo Lovett; The House Swap; June 2022 (K)
Torquil MacLeod; Meet Me in Malmo; October 2022 (K)
Christine Merrill; Regency Rogues - Disgraceful Secrets; May 2022
Anchee Min; The Last Empress; October 2022 (Book Club recommend)
Ada Moncrieff; Murder Most Festive; August 2022
Bob Mortimer; And Away; January 2022 (Book Club Loan)
Barbara Nadel; Last Rights; January 2022
Bella Osborne; The Library; February 2022 (K)
Delia Owens; Where the Crawdads Sing; July 2022 (Book Club)
Sharon Owens; The Tea House on Mulberry Street; January 2022
James Patterson & Jen McLaughlin; The McCullagh Inn in Maine; January 2022 (rr)
James Patterson and James O Born; Manhunt; June 2022
Janice Preston; Return of Scandal's Son; March 2022
Janice Preston; Saved by Scandal's Heir; March 2022
Hazel Prior; Away with the Penguins; July 2022 (K) (Book Club recommend)
Hazel Prior; Call of the Penguins; September 2022 (K) (Book Club recommend)
Eileen Putman; The Perfect Bride; April 2022
Hannah Reed; Mind Your Own Beeswax; July 2022
Kathy Reichs; Bones are Forever; May 2022
Nicholas Rhea; Heartbeat : Constable on the Prowl; January 2022
David Roberts; Sweet Poison; January 2022
Peter Robinson; Gallows View; October 2022 (Book Club loan)
Leila Sales; Tonight the Streets are Ours; March 2022
Sathnam Sanghera; The Boy with the Topknot; February 2022 (Book Club SS)
Margot Lee Shetterly; Hidden Figures; July 2022
Stephen Shieber; Being Normal; June 2022
Lemn Sissay; My Name is Why; May 2022 (Book Club)
Karin Slaughter; The Good Daughter; June 2022
Karin Slaughter; The Unremarkable Heart; June 2022
Adrian Spalding; The Reluctant Detective; May 2022 (K)
Adrian Spalding; The Reluctant Detective Goes South; June 2022 (K)
Dr H E Stanton; The Plus Factor *dnf
Jo Thomas; Finding Love at the Christmas Market; January 2022
Mark Watson; Contacts; April 2022 (Book Club Loan)
Ashley Weaver; Death Wears a Mask; November 2022
Sophie Weston; Yesterday’s Mirror; January 2022

Book Rings / Rays / Boxes joined in 2022

Christmas Bookbox; Hosted by greenbadger; joined 1/11/22
Mixed Fiction Bookbox; Hosted by Poodlesister; joined 29/10/22
World of Crime Bookbox; Hosted by Plum-crazy; Joined 17/1/22 (arrived 20/4/22; sent out 16/5/22 (delayed by Covid))

Challenges joined in 2022

The 'The' Challenge : - 20 in the year (5 in January; 4 in February; 2 in March; 1 in April, 1 in May, 3 in June, 1 in July, 0 in August, 3 in September, 2 in October) Reached target in September!! so, now over target.
SIY#62 Oct to Dec 22 : - 8 from tbr; 5 unregistered; 5 Book Club (1 from tbr; 5 unreg; 3 from Book Club )
SIY#61 July to Sept 22 : - 8 from tbr; 5 unregistered; 5 Book Club (7 from tbr; 3 unreg; 5 from Book Club )
SIY#60 Apr to June 22 : - 8 from tbr; 5 unregistered; 6 Book Club (8 from tbr; 4 unreg; 5 from Book Club)
SIY#59 Jan to Mar 22 : - 8 from tbr; 5 unregistered; 4 Book Club (8 from tbr; 5 unreg; 3 from Book Club)

Book Boxes started in 2022

Already Crossed Bookbox Round 4 started 2/9/22
Random Bookbox Round 5 started 23/7/22
Crime / Mystery Bookbox Round 6 started 9/6/22

Returned from 2021 (now all home) and 2022:
Already Crossed Bookbox Round 3 started 1/Feb/22; arrived home 2/7/22
Random Bookbox Round 4 started 8/11/21; arrived home 16/6/22
Crime / Mystery Bookbox Round 5 started 2/11/21; arrived home 27/4/22
Already Crossed Bookbox Round 2 started Feb/21; restarted 7/21; arrived home 13/1/22
Cosy Mystery Bookbox Round 3 started Jan/21; arrived home 11/1/22 (but only because I delayed its return)

Books read in 2021

Cecelia Ahern; PS, I Love You; June 2021 (K)
Donna Andrews; The Real Macaw; January 2021
Donna Andrews; Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos; January 2021 (rr)
Kate Atkinson; Shine Pamela! Shine!; November 2021 (K)
Frederik Backman; Anxious People; December 2021 (Book Club) (K)
Camille Baker; Have We Met; June 2021 (K)
Mandy Baggot; One Christmas Star; February 2021
Mary Balogh; Someone to Trust; June 2021
Chloe Benjamin; The Immortalists; May 2021 (Book Club)
Mary Brendan; A Wanton Bride; October 2021
Jim Butcher; Storm Front; April 2021
Jim Butcher; Full Moon; May 2021
Octavia Butler; Kindred; April 2021
M R Carey; The Girl with all the Gifts; March 2021
Cathleen Clare; A Delectable Dilemma; February 2021
Imogen Clark; The Last Piece; April (K)
Imogen Clark; Postcards from a Stranger; May 2021 (K)
Imogen Clark; Postcards at Christmas; May 2021 (K)
Lucy Coleman; Summer in Provence; April 2021 (K)
Victoria Connelly; The Beauty of Broken Things; June 2021 (K)
Victoria Connelly; The Book Lovers; September 2021 (K)
Colin Cotterill; The Coroner's Lunch; January 2021
Michael Crichton; Eaters of the Dead; April 2021
Christina Dalcher; Vox; July 2021 (Book Club)
Jeanne M Dams; The Body in the Transept; July 2021 (K)
Jeanne M Dams; Trouble in the Town Hall; August 2021 (K)
Jeanne M Dams; Holy Terror in the Hebrides; September 2021 (K)
Barbara Davis; The Keeper of Happy Endings; September 2021 (K)
Martin Edwards; Gallows Court; December 2021
Kirsty Ferry; Christmas on the Isle of Skye; November 2021
Margaret Forster; Lady's Maid; October 2021
Mike Gayle; All the Lonely People; March 2021 (Book Club rec.) (K)
Paula Tanner Gerard; A Father for Christmas; November 2021
Elizabeth Gilbert; City of Girls; August 2021 (Book Club)
Linda Gillard; The Memory Tree; April 2021 (K)
Robert Goddard; Dying to Tell; June 2021
Abbie Greaves; The Silent Treatment; January 2021 (K)
Erin Green; From Shetland with Love; August 2021 (K)
Elly Griffiths; The Stranger Diaries; July 2021
Matt Haig; The Midnight Library; May 2021 (Book Club rec.) (K)
Kate Harrison; The Secret Shopper Unwrapped; December 2021
Emily Harvale; Christmas at Wynter House; January 2021 (K)
Carl Hiaasen; Hoot; January 2021
Victoria Hislop; One August Night; October 2021 (K) (Book Club)
Khalid Hosseini; Sea Prayer; October 2021
W H Hudson; A Shepherd's Life Impressions of the South Wiltshire Downs; February 2021 (K)
Clare Hunter; Threads of Life; October 2021 (Book Club rec.)
Ana Johns; The Woman in the White Kimono; April 2021 (Book Club rec.) (K)
Lauren Juliff; How Not to Travel the World; April 2021 (Book Club)
Marjan Kamali; The Stationery Shop of Tehran; March 2021 (Book Club rec.) (K)
PL Kane; Her Husband's Grave; November 2021
Jon Katz; A Dog Year; November 2021
Vaseem Khan; Murder on Elephanta Island; December 2021
Freda Lightfoot; The Promise; September 2021
Jane Lotter; The Bette Davis Club; December 2021 (K)
Helen Macdonald; H is for Hawk; November 2021(Book Club Loan)
Yamen Manai; The Ardent Swarm; August 2021 (K)
Abigail Mann; The Lonely Fajita; October (K)
Jill Mansell; Sheer Mischief; March 2021
Edward Marston; Deeds of Darkness; March 2021
Edward Marston; Dance of Death; March 2021
Edward Marston; The Enemy Within; July 2021
Peter May; The Blackhouse; May 2021 (K)
Alexander McCall Smith; The Department of Sensitive Crimes; December 2021
Ian McEwan; Machines Like Me; September 2021 (Book Club)
Carole Mortimer; Lady Arabella's Scandalous Marriage; April 2021
Jojo Moyes; Night Music; March 2021 (Book Club) (K)
James Nally; Dance with the Dead; February 2021
Michelle Obama; Becoming; November 2021 (Book Club)
Edna O'Brien; Mrs Reinhardt; October 2021
Beth O'Leary; The Switch; March 2021 (K)
Ann Patchett; The Dutch House; January 2021 (Book Club Secret Santa)
James Patterson; Cross Kill; October 2021
Tasmina Perry; The Singles Table; December 2021 (K)
Elizabeth Peters; The Seventh Sinner; January 2021
Kevin Powers; The Yellow Birds; May 2021
Hazel Prior; Ellie and the HarpMaker; March 2021 (Book Club) (K)
Julia Quinn; Brighter than the Sun; November 2021 (rr)
Helen J Rolfe; Coming Home to Heritage Cove; January 2021 (K)
Sally Rooney; Normal People; June 2021 (Book Club)
Patricia Scanlan; Coming Home for Christmas; November 2021
Lisa Scottoline; Everywhere that Mary Went; July 2021
Elif Shafak; Honour; February 2021 (K)
Nick Spalding; Logging Off; June 2021 (K)
Robin Stevens; Mistletoe and Murder; February 2021
Eva St John; The Quantum Curators and the Faberge Egg; November 2021(K)
Karen Swan; Christmas in the Snow; December 2021
Denise Grover Swank; Deadly Summer; September 2021 (K)
Victoria Tait; Fowl Murder; August 2021 (K)
A K Turner; Body Language; January 2021
Nicola Upson; Angel with Two Faces; December 2021
Marco Vichi; Death in Florence; April 2021
Tracy Anne Warren; At the Duke's Pleasure; March 2021
Martha Waters; To Love and to Loathe; November 2021
Wendy Webb; Daughters of the Lake; January 2021 (K)
Rochelle B Weinstein; This is Not How it Ends; August 2021 (K)
Zadie Smith; Intimations; December 2021

Book Rings / Rays / Boxes joined in 2020 / 2021

Christmas Bookbox; Hosted by greenbadger; Joined 3/10/21; arrived 20/12/21; sent out 21/12/21
Mixed fiction bookbox; Hosted by etripney; Joined 27/1/21 (this host seems to have stopped responding so think this box has disappeared)
UK Crime bookbox; Hosted by kinedi; Joined 6/1/21; arrived 29/3/21; sent out 1/4/21
UK alliteration bookbox; Hosted by dolph1n; Joined 6/1/21; arrived 19/2/21; sent out 26/2/21

Challenges joined in 2021

Authors A-Z challenge Joined 1/21; Completed for the first time ever!

Book Boxes started in 2020 / 2021

Already Crossed Bookbox Round 2 started Feb/21; restarted 7/21;
Cosy Mystery Bookbox Round 3 started Jan/21;
Crime / Mystery Bookbox Round 5 started 2/11/21
Random Bookbox Round 4 started 8/11/21

Returned :
Crime / Mystery Bookbox Round 4 started 21/5/21; Returned home 26/10/21
Random Bookbox started 6/20; Returned home 22/10/21
Already Crossed bookbox started 6/20; Returned home 6/1/21
Crime / Mystery Bookbox started 6/20; Returned home 6/1/21
Cosy mystery Bookbox started 5/20; stalled 7/2020

Books read in 2021 : 96
Books read in 2020 : 121
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).

My very first unconvention 2021.

And lastly,

visited 36 states (16%)
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visited 34 states (68%)
Books gone to these states of the USA

Both book maps last updated to December 2018 but these have obviously not been updated for a while.

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