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From Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom
Joined Thursday, August 18, 2005
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I read in English, German, Swedish and easy French.

I help to keep a few local book swap shelves stocked, so the books on my Bookcrossing shelf are not representative of my taste.

Here's a list of stuff I like (for NSS and whatnot):
BBC radio, Berlin, Birmingham, biscuits, books in translation, cake, comedy, crisps, fingerless gloves, films, flapjacks, Germany, herb and fruit teas (bags, not loose), Japan, languages, London, Manchester, maps, musical history/biography, nuts, olives, owls, panettone, podcasts, popular science, quirky comics, rainbows, red pandas, Scandinavia, scarves, short stories, soap, socks and wishlist books (obviously).

Here's a list of stuff I DON'T like:
alcohol, coconut, liquorice, romance novels, true crime.

Reading now:
Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics by William Donaldson
Innan frosten by Henning Mankell
The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner (library book)
Allmen und die Libellen by Martin Suter (library book)

Books read in 2019:

1. Bryant and May: The Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler (library book)
2. Milkman by Anna Burns (taken to London meetup)
3. Fellside by M.R. Carey (PC for now)
4. Bryant and May: The Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler (e-book)
5. Bryant and May: The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler (e-book)
6. Flat Earth News by Nick Davies (taken to London meetup)
7. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (taken to London meetup)
8. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (taken to London meetup)
9. What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness by Jon Ronson (taken to meetup)
10. Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (given to LyzzyBee)
11. I Love Dick by Chris Kraus (taken to meetup)
12. The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart (sent to crimson-tide)
13. Blandings Castle by P.G. Wodehouse (permanent collection)
14. Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong (library book)
15. Speak by Tore Janson (taken to meetup)
16. Bryant and May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler (library book)
17. The Dinner by Herman Koch (taken to meetup)
18. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (taken to meetup)
19. Bryant and May: London's Glory by Christopher Fowler (library book)
20. Diamond Star Halo by Tiffany Murray (taken to meetup)
21. God natt min älskade by Inger Frimansson (borrowed from my Swedish teacher)
22. Long Road from Jarrow: A Journey through Britain Then and Now by Stuart Maconie (library book)
23. Bryant and May: Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler (library book)
24. Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss (library book)
25. Bizarre Romance by Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell (library book)
26. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (taken to Leeds meetup)
27. Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Cawardine (library book)
28. Where I'm Reading From by Tim Parks (given to LyzzyBee)
29. Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan (taken to Leeds meetup)
30. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (given to my mum)
31. The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (taken to meetup)
32. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell (taken to meetup)
33. Gold of Our Fathers by Kwei Quartey (library book)
34. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (library book)
35. Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich (taken to meetup)
36. Emergency Questions: 1001 Conversation-Savers for Any Situation by Richard Herring (permanent collection)
37. Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal (wild-released)
38. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas (taken to meetup)
39. Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams (library book)
40. Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne Du Maurier (library book)
41. Lust by Geoff Ryman (taken to meetup)
42. Thank You for the Days by Mark Radcliffe (taken to meetup)
43. Swiftly by Adam Roberts (taken to meetup)
44. Heartburn by Nora Ephron (taken to meetup)
45. The Extra Man by Jonathan Ames (library book)
46. Transcription by Kate Atkinson (taken to meetup)
47. Never Mind by Edward St Aubyn (taken to meetup)
48. Bad News by Edward St Aubyn (taken to meetup)
49. Some Hope by Edward St Aubyn (taken to meetup)
50. Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn (taken to meetup)
51. At Last by Edward St Aubyn (library book)
52. Chasm: A Weekend by Dorothea Tanning (taken to meetup)
53. Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth (library book)
54. The Spies by Luis Fernando Verissimo (library book)
55. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker (taken to meetup)
56. The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro (taken to meetup)
57. Die 13 1/2 Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär by Walter Moers (wild-released)
58. How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb (taken to meetup)
59. Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes (e-book)
60. Bryant and May: Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler (taken to meetup)
61. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch (e-book)
62. Educated by Tara Westover (e-book)
63. There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (taken to meetup)
64. Mislaid by Nell Zink (library book)
65. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (RESERVED for Northampton Uncon)
66. The Master Key by Masako Togawa (library book)
67. Herkunft by Sasa Stanisic (RESERVED for a friend)
68. Hometown Tales: Birmingham by Maria Whatton and Stewart Lee (library book)
69. Sweet Days of Discipline by Fleur Jaggy (taken to meetup)
70. Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up by Tom Phillips (e-book)
71. Jag är Zlatan by Zlatan Ibramovic and David Lagercrantz (sent to a friend)
72. The Education of Hyman Kaplan by Leo Rosten (e-book)
73. Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (e-book)
74. Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante (library book)
75. Ending Up by Kingsley Amis (library book)
76. Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik (library book)
77. Injury Time by Beryl Bainbridge (taken to meetup)
78. Ein Auftrag für Otto Kwant by Jochen Schmidt (RESERVED for a friend)
79. Middle England by Jonathan Coe (RESERVED for Northampton Uncon)
80. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (RESERVED for NubiaLion)

Books read in 2018:

1. Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin (wild-released)
2. Winter by Ali Smith (PC for now)
3. Bitterfittan by Maria Sveland (unregistered; given to a friend)
4. A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray (given to LyzzyBee)
5. Let It Bleed by Ian Rankin (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
6. Dead Souls by Ian Rankin (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
7. Theft by Finding: Diaries Volume 1 by David Sedaris (given to sakirmo)
8. Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
9. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer (taken to Bordeaux Convention)
10. Memento Mori by Muriel Spark (taken to meetup)
11. Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
12. Anagrams by Lorrie Moore (taken to Bordeaux Convention)
13. The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
14. The Bachelors by Muriel Spark (unregistered)
15. Untold Stories by Alan Bennett (taken to meetup)
16. The Movie Doctors by Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo (permanent collection)
17. It's Only a Movie by Mark Kermode (permanent collection)
18. The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz (taken to meetup)
19. De kommar att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar by Johannes Anyuru (sent to lunacia)
20. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (taken to meetup)
21. The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark (given to katisha50)
22. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (unregistered, given to NubiaLion)
23. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (sent to Sparkish)
24. Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
25. Färjan by Mats Strandberg (sent to Elis-fromSweden)
26. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
27. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar (unregistered; given to NubiaLion)
28. The Go-Away Bird: Stories by Muriel Spark (unregistered)
29. The Diet Myth by Tim Spector (e-book)
30. English Passengers by Matthew Kneale (wild-released)
31. The Long Utopia by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett (e-book)
32. Headlong by Michael Frayn (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
33. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall (given to Poodlesister)
34. Sawn-off Tales by David Gaffney (taken to Ipswich Uncon)
35. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (taken to meetup)
36. Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark (taken to meetup)
37. Eating for England by Nigel Slater (taken to meetup)
38. The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson (wild-released)
39. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (given to my mum)
40. Bryant and May: Off the Rails by Christopher Fowler (e-book)
41. Smile by Raina Telgemeier (unregistered, given to NubiaLion)
42. Der Schwarm by Frank Schätzing (sent to coco7 for Mainz Convention)
43. Kometen kommer by Tove Jansson (given to a friend)
44. Bryant and May: The Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler (taken to London meetup)
45. Die linkshändige Frau by Peter Handke (sent to coco7 for Mainz Convention)
46. Factfulness by Hans Rosling et al. (unregistered, PC for now)
47. Alberta empfängt einen Liebhaber by Birgit Vanderbeke (sent to coco7 for Mainz Convention)
48. Såna som du ska inte va här by Marika Carlsson (sent to babelfisk)
49. Curriculum Vitae by Muriel Spark (taken to meetup)
50. 24 Hour Party People by Tony Wilson (given to LyzzyBee)
51. The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett (PC for now)
52. The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
53. Disobedience by Naomi Alderman (taken to meetup)

Books read in 2017: 72 (no target)

Books read in 2016: 61 (out of a target of 65)

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)

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