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From Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Joined Thursday, August 18, 2005

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4 weeksall time
books registered 6 1,277
released in the wild 9 1,119
controlled releases 0 342
releases caught 2 452
controlled releases caught 1 281
books found 1 502
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new member referrals 0 5
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Stuff I like for NSS etc.: wishlist books, book tokens, crisps, cake, biscuits, nice soap, fruit or herb teas (preferably in bags rather than loose), Bookcrossing labels, Swedish things, rainbow things, scarves, gloves (size small), socks (UK size 6)
No thanks to: alcohol, coffee, coconut, liquorice, white chocolate, brown or beige things, plastic stuff

***Note to self: I still owe the Supply Store £1.***

Hello! Hallo! Bonjour! Hej!

If you think your PMs aren't getting through you can e-mail me at shnedwards at gmail dot com
You can write to me in English, Deutsch, français or svenska.

Reading now:
Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics by William Donaldson
Der Schwarm by Frank Schätzing
Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North by Robert Ferguson
Bitterfittan by Maria Sveland

To be read soon:

Books read in 2017:
1. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (taken to Oslo Convention)
2. Neither Nowt Nor Summat: In Search of the Meaning of Yorkshire by Ian McMillan (PC for now)
3. A Book for Her by Bridget Christie (taken to meetup)
4. Wool by Hugh Howey (taken to Oslo Convention)
5. Walking Away by Simon Armitage (given to LyzzyBee)
6. Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle (given to LyzzyBee)
7. The Pie at Night by Stuart Maconie (given to LyzzyBee)
8. Shift by Hugh Howey (taken to Oslo Convention)
9. The Accidental Office Lady by Laura Kriska (wild-released)
10. Dust by Hugh Howey (taken to Oslo Convention)
11. The Making of Mr Hai's Daughter by Yasmin Hai (taken to meetup)
12. Content Provider: Selected Short Prose Pieces 2011-2016 by Stewart Lee (PC for now)
13. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (taken to Oslo Convention)
14. The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (taken to Loughborough Uncon)
15. Alys, Always by Harriet Lane (wild-released)
16. The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth about the Nordic Miracle by Michael Booth (unregistered; given to a friend)
17. Les enfants terribles by Jean Cocteau (taken to Oslo Convention)
18. New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani (taken to Oslo Convention)
19. Hedda Gabler and Other Plays by Henrik Ibsen (taken to Oslo Convention)
20. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (taken to Oslo Convention)
21. Ban this Filth! Letters from the Mary Whitehouse Archive by Ben Thompson (ed.) (wild-released)
22. Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body by Sara Pascoe (given to a friend)
23. Dead Men's Boots by Mike Carey (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
24. Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy (taken to Oslo Convention)
25. Sacred Country by Rose Tremain (taken to meetup)
26. Kickboxing Geishas: How Modern Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation by Veronica Chambers (taken to meetup)
27. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman (taken to Loughborough Uncon)
28. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (sent to suedo)
29. Who Will Run The Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore (taken to Oslo Convention)
30. Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson (wild-released)
31. All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman (given to a friend)
32. My Dining Hell: Twenty Ways to Have a Lousy Night Out by Jay Rayner (given to a friend)
33. Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness by Jon Ronson (given to my mum)
34. How To Be Both by Ali Smith (taken to meetup)
35. Hanteringen av odöden by John Ajvide Lindqvist [SV] (borrowed from a friend)
36. The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell (library book)
37. 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang (sent to winner of sweepstakes)
38. Birds of America by Lorrie Moore (wild-released)
39. Naive. Super by Erland Loe (wild-released)
40. Red Shift by Alan Garner (sent to winner of sweepstakes)
41. Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry by BS Johnson (wild-released)
42. Thicker than Water by Mike Carey (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
43. Sidetracked by Henning Mankell (library book)
44. Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot (given to MegMac)
45. The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono (permanent collection)
46. Willard and his Bowling Trophies by Richard Brautigan (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
47. Den femte kvinnan by Henning Mankell [SV] (AVAILABLE)
48. The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
49. Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
50. Dad, the Donkey's on Fire by Ian McMillan (wild-released)
51. With Nails by Richard E. Grant (wild-released)
52. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf (given to LyzzyBee)
53. Populärmusik från Vittula by Mikael Niemi [SV] (given to a friend)
54. The Power by Naomi Alderman (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
55. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
56. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
57. Sommarboken by Tove Jansson (unregistered, personal collection)
58. A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
59. One Step Behind by Henning Mankell (taken to Loughborough Unconvention)
60. The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov (taken to meetup)
61. Brandvägg by Henning Mankell (AVAILABLE)
62. Autumn by Ali Smith (AVAILABLE)
63. Hatchet Job by Mark Kermode (permanent collection)
64. Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians ed. by Robin Ince and Johnny Mains (AVAILABLE)
65. Winter Garden by Beryl Bainbridge (AVAILABLE)

Books read in 2016 (target: beat last year's total of 65 (and foreign-language total of 11)):
1. Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh (taken to meetup)
2. Like Life by Lorrie Moore (given to Heaven-Ali)
3. White Corridor by Christopher Fowler (reserved for now)
4. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (given to samrana and juliako)
5. Den vita lejoninnan by Henning Mankell [SV] (RESERVED for a friend)
6. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (given to samrana and juliako)
7. Oh Dear, Silvia! by Dawn French (wild-released)
8. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (given to my mum)
9. Amazing Disgrace by James Hamilton-Paterson (taken to meetup)
10. The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer (taken to meetup)
11. Vicious Circle by Mike Carey (sent to dark-draco)
12. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (unregistered for now; on DH's TBR pile)
13. Sindbad le marin by Anon [FR] (borrowed from LyzzyBee)
14. Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould (sent to linguistkris)
15. Harriet Said... by Beryl Bainbridge (given to my mum)
16. Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas (taken to Salcey Forest meetup)
17. Mr Wrong by Elizabeth Jane Howard (wild-released)
18. Smut by Alan Bennett (wild-released)
19. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami (wild-released)
20. The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson (unregistered, given to my mum)
21. Deeds Not Words by Katherine D'Souza (bookring for Birmingham Unconvention)
22. Eleven Minutes Late by Matthew Engel (sent to Poodlesister)
23. Die Erfindung des Abschieds by Friedrich Ani [DE] (AVAILABLE)
24. The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante (taken to Salcey Forest meetup)
25. Meet Mr Mulliner by PG Wodehouse (wild-released)
26. Timoleon Vieta Come Home by Dan Rhodes (wild-released)
27. The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills (wild-released)
28. Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay (wild-released)
29. The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett (unregistered, Robbie-Rabble to read)
30. 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World by Craig Hamilton, Jon Bounds, Jon Hickman et al (unregistered, for Unconvention raffle prize)
31. The Black Country by Kerry Hadley-Pryce (unregistered, for Uncon raffle prize)
32. Nice Work by David Lodge (unregistered, for Unconvention raffle prize)
33. Ethel and Earnest by Raymond Briggs (taken to Uncon)
34. In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan (sent to Bloedengel)
35. Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin (wild-released)
36. Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin (borrowed from my mum)
37. NW by Zadie Smith (wild-released)
38. Burley Cross Postbox Theft by Nicola Barker (wild-released)
39. Four Stories by Alan Bennett (taken to meetup)
40. The Laments by George Hagen (taken to meetup)
41. Number 11 by Jonathan Coe (RESERVED for Birmingham Unconvention)
42. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood (RESERVED for Birmingham Unconvention)
43. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (RESERVED for Birmingham Unconvention)
44. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (RESERVED for Birmingham Unconvention)
45. Strandloper by Alan Garner (RESERVED for Birmingham Unconvention)
46. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (RESERVED for Birmingham Unconvention)
47. Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann by Jonas Jonasson [SV] (AVAILABLE)
48. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (wild-released)
49. Leave it to Psmith by PG Wodehouse (PC)
50. The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson (taken to meetup)
51. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe (taken to meetup)
52. Owning Up: The Trilogy by George Melly (borrowed from my dad)
53. The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (library book)
54. A Game of Hide of Seek by Elizabeth Taylor (borrowed from LyzzyBee, for book group)
55. The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler (RESERVED for Caterinaanna)
56. A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson (borrowed from a friend)
57. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (RESERVED for Oslo)
58. Stalin Ate My Homework by Alexei Sayle (given to LyzzyBee)
59. The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex by Mark Kermode (PC for now)
60. Grunts by Mary Roach (PC for now)
61. Barrel Fever by David Sedaris (taken to meetup)

Books read in 2015: 65 (no target)

Books read in 2014: 73 (no target)

Books read in 2013: 60 (no target)

Books read in 2012: 100 (out of a target of 89)

Books read in 2011: 88 (no target)

Books read in 2010: 83 (out of a target of 100)

Here's a list of stuff I like:
Weird stuff
Funny stuff
Foreign stuff (in the original for German, Swedish or French, in translation for everything else)
Gay/lesbian/bi/genderqueer/intersex stuff.
Did I mention weird stuff?
Stuff set in the following cities: Manchester, London, Berlin, Birmingham
Stuff relating to languages and linguistics
Combinations of the above

Also, I collect stamps for albatrosses.

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