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From Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom
Age 51
Joined Thursday, September 4, 2008
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Extended Profile
I love books and love the idea of releasing them into the wild but don't have much luck with wild releases! Years ago when the BBC did their Big Read, I decided to read the top 100 books in order. I did 100, 99, & 98 then got bogged down in life but I'm back on track now and I've added the rest of the 70s to my wish list. (ETA Oh no, I never ready a single BBC Big Read book in 2012 or 2013 or 2014!!!! And Gormenghast really held me up as I needed to read book one of the trilogy first but they are so big. Now I think Bleak House is going to hold me up). Plus I've discovered there's a top 200 and after that I'm going to do the 1001 - but I do have a lifetime for that. Big plans!

I have a huge amount of unregistered books at home waiting for me to read them and I still can't resist a library sale so the pile keeps growing. I enjoy surprise roundabouts, so if you're involved in the Favourites, don't look at the bottom because they are listed below.

I've also combined my love of books with my rediscovery of the cinema. I now feel the need to read the book before I see the film. This has happened because I live near Scotland's oldest purpose built cinema which has been refurbished and opened again for business in 2009. I don't care if I'm a month or so behind and don't see the film immediately on its release, it's a wonderful little theatre. They also show classics occasionally so seeing Cary Grant or James Stewart on the big screen is a real treat.

Now I'm going to as many conventions and uncons as possible, I think I will follow the lead of other bookcrossers and add an NSS wishlist. I think the most important thing is I don't like chocolate, or coffee and I rarely drink fruit teas. So sweetie choices were something chewy but now they should be sugar-free. I can't help being partial to a Tofifee though. Check my wish list for books but they are sometimes quite obscure. I try and put foreign authors on here in the hope that overseas bookcrossers can help but it will always be up to date before a convention.

100-80 All read

79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens - reading next
78. Ulysses by James Joyce
77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
75. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
74. Matilda by Roald Dahl
73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist by Robert Tressell
71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1. The Last by Hanna Jameson (roundabout)
2. X by Sue Grafton (sprial)
3. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (roundabout)
4. The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
5. Still Me by Jojo Moyes
6. The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
8. The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
9. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen
10. Almost Love by Louise O'Neill (roundabout 2019)
11. The Distant Echo by Val McDermid
12. The Ladybird Book of The Hangover by JA Hazeley & JP Morris
13. The Ladybird Book of Dating by JA Hazeley & JP Morris
14. Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton (spiral)
15. 1612 The Lancashire Witch Trials by Christine Goodier
16. A Good Hanging and other stories by Ian Rankin
17. A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
18. Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey (roundabout 2020)
19. Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
20. Sleep by CL Taylor
21. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
22. Out of Bounds by Val McDermid
23. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
24. Last Breath by Karin Slaughter
25. The Flood by Ian Rankin
26. The Kill Crew by Joseph d'Lacey
27. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (2020 roundabout)
28. The Stornoway Way by Kevin MacNeil
29. Lockdown by Peter May
30. The Guga Hunters by Douglas S Murray
31. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (audio) - unfinished - recording broken
32. Crowdie and Cream by Finlay J MacDonald
33. Where Would I be Without You by Guillaume Musso (roundabout 2019)
34. The Last Families on St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford
35. Birdbrain by Johanna Sinisalo (roundabout 2020)
36. The Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver
37. Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton (spiral)
38. The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong by Michael Cawood Green (uncon author)
39. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (roundabout)
40. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
41. The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
42. Rip Van Winkle and other stories by Washington Irvine
43. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
44. The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor (uncon author)
45. Rebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey by Ian Rankin
46. Scottish Murders by Judy Hamilton
47. Scottish Urban Myths and Ancient Legends by Grace Banks & Sheena Blackhall
48. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - reading now
48. Pine by Francine Toon
49. The House by the Dvina: A Russian Childhood by Eugenie Fraser
50. The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
51. Songs of a Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult (roundabout)
52. The Mother of All Christmases by Milly Johnson
53. The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
54. The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
55. February's Son by Alan Parks

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (roundabout 2020)

The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor

January - Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Cross-Patch)
February - Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey (Dark-Draco)
March - The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (Fifna)
April - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (grovalskii)
May - Birdbrain by Johanna Sinisalo (Paulanni)
June - A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (Icila)
July - Valpete
August - Mcsar
September - Math-Girl40
October - greenbadger
November - Poodlesister
My Favourite – Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd

My favourite - The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Dark-Draco - The Postman by David Brin
Valpete - The Power of One by Bryce Courtney
Mcsar - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
originalslicey - The Nickel boys by Colson Whitehead
Math-Girl40 - Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Icila - The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggars
Lamilla - Almost Love by Louise O'Neill
dutch-book - The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83¼ years old by Hendrik Groen
Fifna - The Last by Hanna Jameson
Estelle1806 - Where Would I be Without You by Guillaume Musso
greenbadger - The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Cross-Patch - Normal People by Sally Rooney

January - The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (Aramena)
February - Bear Town by Fredrick Backman (Valpete)
March - Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (mcsar)
April - Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson (Math-Girl)
May - Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (Estelle1806)
June - Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (Lamilla)
July - We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Icila)
August - Lachlan's War by Michael Cannon (Fifna)
September - An Imaginary Life by David Malouf (Arvores)
October - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (dark-draco)
November - Insomniac City by Bill Hayes (caroline-M)
December - Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra (earthcaroleanne)

January - Submission by Michel Houellebecq (lamilla)
February - Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood (MathGirl40)
March - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (JudySlumps612)
April - The River at Night by Erica Ferencik (Aramena)
May - A Basket Brigade Christmas by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson (Weeder)
June - Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store: A Novel by Robin Sloan (Icila)
July - Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (Marsala)
August - The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (Fifna)
September - Wild by Cheryl Strayed (bookwormess)
October - Songs of a Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult (Estelle1806)
November - The Byerley Turk: The True Story of the First Thoroughbred by Jeremy James (dark-draco)
December - Why Did you Lie? by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

January - Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (My Favourite)
February - The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (alexotanil)
March - The Minaturist by Jessie Burton (fifna)
April - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Lilykip)
May - The Blue-Eyed Salaryman by Niall Murtagh (Icila)
June - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Billbooks)
July - Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Leahjett)
August - The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman (Lamilla)
September - The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Nataliec7)
October - The Children of Men by PD James (dark-draco)

January - Atonement by Ian McEwan (My Favourite)
February - A Month in the Country by JL Carr (elstaplador)
March - Horse Boy: The True Story of a Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son by Rupert Isaacson (Dark-draco)
April - Under an English Heaven by Robert Radcliffe (Lamilla)
May - Women of the Silk: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama (Fifna)
June - Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach (Icila)
July - The Humans by Matt Haig (My Favourite)
August - Sculptor's Daughter by Tove Jansson (elstaplador)
September - Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (Dark-draco)
October - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Fifna)
November - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (catsalive)
December - Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman (Icila)

January - The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (bluezwuzl)
February - Ignorance by Milan Kundera (Grovalskii)
March - Address Unknown by Katherine Kressmann Taylor (Lilyklip)
April - Room by Emma Donoghue (Icila)
May - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (marsala)
June - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Fifna)
July - Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andrie Makine (andrasthe)
August - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (katrinat)
September - Not Fade Away by Jim Dodge (Sarahmangan)
October - Son of the Circus by John Irving (dark-draco)
My Favourite – A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Target for 2021 - 82
Books read in 2020 - 69
Books read in 2019 - 112
Books read in 2018 - 99
Books read in 2017 - 86
Books read in 2016 - 82
Books read in 2015 - 84
Books read in 2014 - 92
Books read in 2013 - 64
Books read in 2012 - 83
Books read in 2011 - 66
Books read in 2010 - 84
Books read in 2009 - 65

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