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From Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom
Joined Thursday, August 18, 2005
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[Update July 2022:] I'm taking a break from posting books to people (except for the people in Cfreckle's birthday group). Let me know if I've agreed to send you something and you haven't received it, I might have forgotten! Thank you to all the kind bookcrossers who have sent or given me books over the years :)

I read in English, German, Swedish and (sometimes) French.

Here's a list of stuff I like (for Secret Santas, exchanges and whatnot):
wishlist books, funny books, popular science, post-1990 German literature and fiction (in German or English), Swedish literature and fiction (preferably contemporary, in Swedish or English), whodunnits (don't mind whether they're cosy or gritty, as long as they've got a sense of humour)
chocolate with nuts in (NOT white chocolate, Cadburys or American-style chocolate) or just nuts (I love nuts)
spiced or unspiced black tea; mint, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and/or fruit infusions
gloves in bright colours (size small), bookish/polyglot/funny postcards for my office wall, scarves, soap, stripy socks (UK size 6), wildflower seeds (if you're sending from the UK)

Here's a list of stuff I DON'T like:
alcohol, coconut, coffee, green tea, liquorice, romance novels, sport, true crime, any book described as "harrowing".

Reading now:
Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics by William Donaldson
Spoon Fed: Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food is Wrong by Tim Spector (library book)

Books read in 2022:

1. James Acaster's Classic Scrapes by James Acaster (given to my daughter)
2. The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone (sent to yorkshire-lass)
3. London Rules by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
4. Joe Country by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
5. Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies by The Secret Barrister (sent to Catarinaanna)
6. Över gränsen by Oline Stig (SV e-book)
7. Mrs Mohr Goes Missing by Maryla Szymiczkowa (given to Heaven-Ali)
8. Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald (sent to winner of Tea and Mystery Sweepstakes)
9. Slough House by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
10. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry (PC)
11. Exit by Belinda Bauer (sent to Plum-crazy)
12. Han tänkte på dem som färger by Johanna Thydell (SV, wild-released)
13. Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt / My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman (SV AVAILABLE, EN sent to Sparkish)
14. Ulf gråter by Martina Montelius (SV e-book)
15. A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (sent to mcsar)
16. Var du lycklig farmor? by Malou von Sivers (SV, wild-released)
17. Hurdy Gurdy by Christopher Wilson (sent to katisha50)
18. Angels by Marian Keyes (AVAILABLE)
19. Alla vill bara gå hem by Daniel Sjölin (SV, given to a friend)
20. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor (AVAILABLE)
21. The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt (sent to crimson-tide)
22. American Hotel by Sara Stridsberg (SV, given to a friend)
23. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders (sent to crimson-tide)
24. What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (given to rahar109)
25. The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
26. Psycho-Logical: Why Mental Health Goes Wrong and How to Make Sense of It by Dean Burnett (AVAILABLE)
27. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami (sent to crimson-tide)
28. Die Tochter des Schmieds / The Blacksmith’s Daughter by Selim Özdogan (DE e-book, EN sent to dacejav)
29. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (e-book)
30. The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili (sent to dacejav)
31. The Drop and The List by Mick Herron (library book)
32. Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes (AVAILABLE)
33. Don’t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli (sent to yorkshire-lass)
34. Unter Weibern by Susanne Fischer (DE library book)
35. Bad Actors by Mick Herron (borrowed from my mum)
36. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (borrowed from my mum)
37. Darm mit Charme / Gut by Giulia Enders (DE PC for now / EN AVAILABLE)
38. Lussiferda by Karin Tidbeck (SV, taken to meetup)
39. Åtrå by Bodil Malmsten (SV, taken to meetup)
40. Poseidon’s Gold by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
41. Country of the Blind by Christopher Brookmyre (AVAILABLE)
42. Last Act in Palmyra by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
43. No Shame: A Queer Life in Suburbia by Tom Allen (given to my daughter)
44. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (AVAILABLE)
45. Time to Depart by Lindsey Davis (RESERVED for my mum)
46. Knackningar by Johan Theorin (SV, borrowed from a friend)
47. A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020 by David Sedaris (PC)
48. The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield (AVAILABLE)
49. Exit Music by Ian Rankin (to be registered, AVAILABLE)
50. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (AVAILABLE)
51. Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper by Donald Henderson (library book)
52. And Away by Bob Mortimer (PC)
53. The First Bad Man by Miranda July (AVAILABLE)
54. The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes (library book)
55. Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus (borrowed from LyzzyBee)
56. Jag ser allt du gör by Annika Norlin (SV, e-book)
57. The Great Silence by Doug Johnstone (e-book)
58. The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales from the Periodic Table by Sam Kean (library book)
59. One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown (RESERVED for my dad)
60. Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter about People Who Think Differently by Steve Silberman (library book)
61. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (RESERVED for Megmac)
62. Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake (library book)
63. Poor Things by Alasdair Gray

Books read in 2021:

1. The Lady Killer by Masako Togawa (sent to Edwardstreet)
2. Miroloi by Karen Köhler [DE] (PC for now)
3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (e-book)
4. Wir haben Raketen geangelt by Karen Köhler [DE] (PC for now)
5. A Short Gentleman by Jon Canter (AVAILABLE)
6. At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald (unregistered, given to Heaven-Ali)
7. Skios by Michael Frayn (AVAILABLE)
8. Carol by Patricia Highsmith (given to Heaven-Ali)
9. Underdog by Torbjörn Flygt [SV] (PC for now)
10. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman (PC)
11. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (sent to dark-draco)
12. Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth (AVAILABLE)
13. Schellenmann by Philipp Böhm [DE] (e-book)
14. I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek (taken to meetup)
15. Slow Horses by Mick Herron (unregistered, sent to my mum)
16. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (sent to earthcaroleanne)
17. I Love You More Than You Know: Essays by Jonathan Ames (AVAILABLE)
18. Altes Land by Dörte Hansen [DE] (PC for now)
19. Temporary by Hilary Leichter (to be registered)
20. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (e-book)
21. The Plague and I by Betty MacDonald (unregistered, given to Heaven-Ali)
22. The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas (given to MegMac)
23. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (borrowed from my mum)
24. Rancid Pansies by James Hamilton-Paterson (AVAILABLE)
25. I Don't Expect Anyone To Believe Me by Juan Pablo Villalobos (sent to HI77)
26. The Shortest Way to Hades by Sarah Caudwell (AVAILABLE)
27. Der Untergang des Abendkleides by Ella Carina Werner [DE] (e-book)
28. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin (e-book)
29. We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler (AVAILABLE)
30. Töchter / Daughters by Lucy Fricke (DE e-book; EN translation given to Heaven-Ali)
31. What's Not To Love? The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer by Jonathan Ames (AVAILABLE)
32. Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen (sent to sweepstakes winner)
33. Drama Queen: One Autistic Woman and a Life of Unhelpful Labels by Sara Gibbs (e-book)
34. Dead Lions by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
35. Just William by Richmal Crompton (AVAILABLE)
36. The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch (AVAILABLE)
37. The Wooden Overcoat by Pamela Branch (given to Heaven-Ali)
38. Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart (taken to meetup)
39. Shadows in Bronze by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
40. Watermelon by Marian Keyes (AVAILABLE)
41. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit (sent to Panzeranzi)
42. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (sent to russbaum)
43. Nordisk Fauna [SV] / Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren (both AVAILABLE)
44. Venus in Copper by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
45. Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford (sent to Sparkish)
46. The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle (sent to russbaum)
47. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (PC for now)
48. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (sent to estelle1806)
49. Women and Power by Mary Beard (PC for now)
50. Moss Witch by Sara Maitland (AVAILABLE)
51. All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye by Christopher Brookmyre (e-book)
52. Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott (e-book)
53. Lost Time by Catharine Arnold (AVAILABLE)
54. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (AVAILABLE)
55. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (sent to Katisha50)
56. Real Tigers by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
57. Spook Street by Mick Herron (given to my mum)
58. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley (sent to my Secret Santa partner; forgot to journal it so no link)
59. A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone (sent to yorkshire-lass)
60. The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun (sent to echode)
61. False Value by Ben Aaronovitch (given to rahar109)
62. Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre (AVAILABLE)
63. Lost for Words by Edward St Aubyn (e-book)
64. Spark by Naoki Matayoshi (e-book)
65. Der Pfau / The Peacock by Isabel Bogdan (both sent to friends)
66. Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It by Oliver Burkeman (PC)

Books read in 2020: 68

Books read in 2019: 103

Books read in 2018: 53

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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