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From Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom
Joined Thursday, August 18, 2005
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Here's a list of stuff I like (for Secret Santas, exchanges and whatnot):
wishlist books, popular science, whodunnits with a sense of humour. I read in English, German, Swedish and (sometimes) French.
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), 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
Funny Ha Ha: 80 of the Funniest Stories Ever Written, Selected and Introduced by Paul Merton

Books read in 2023:

1. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (taken to meetup)
2. Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche (given to LyzzyBee)
3. Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith by Mark E. Smith and Austin Collings (taken to meetup)
4. The Secret Life of Fungi by Aliya Whiteley (given to wyldetwo)
5. Black Hearts by Doug Johnstone (library book)
6. Animal Vegetable Criminal by Mary Roach (taken to meetup)
7. The Lonely Century: A Call to Reconnect by Noreena Hertz (library book)
8. Morden på Österlen: döden går på visning by Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson [SV] (AVAILABLE)
9. Star Island by Carl Hiaasen (given to my mum)
10. What Just Happened?! Dispatches from Turbulent Times by Marina Hyde (library book)
11. Amongst Our Weapons By Ben Aaronovitch (sent to russbaum)
12. Hello World: How To Be Human in the Age of the Machine by Hannah Fry (library book)
13. Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet (taken to meetup)
14. Ödelagda städer by Merethe Lindström [SV] (AVAILABLE)
15. Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin (taken to meetup)
16. O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker (AVAILABLE)
17. Uncle Fred in the Springtime by PG Wodehouse (PC)
18. Little Gods by Anna Richards (taken to meetup)
19. Fruit by Brian Francis (given to my daughter)
20. The Book of Phobias and Manias by Kate Summerscale (library book)
21. The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmell (taken to meetup)
22. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (library book)
23. Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope, Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper (taken to meetup)
24. Overloaded: How Every Aspect of your Life is Influenced by your Brain Chemicals by Ginny Smith (library book)
25. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (taken to meetup)
26. The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc (library book)
27. Why the Germans Do It Better: Notes from a Grown-up Country by John Kampfner (wild-released)
28. House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild (wild-released)
29. The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman (borrowed from my mum)
30. Quirkology by Richard Wiseman (wild-released)
31. Curious by Rebecca Front (library book)
32. The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by AJ Jacobs (to take to charity shop)
33. I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke (library book)
34. Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (AVAILABLE)
35. The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson (library book)
36. The Bloater by Rosemary Tonks (taken to meetup)
37. Brouhaha by Ardal O'Hanlon (library book)
38. How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life by Thomas Gilovich (AVAILABLE)
39. The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen (library book)
40. This Is Your Mind On Plants by Michael Pollan (taken to meetup)
41. The Body on the Beach by Simon Brett (library book)
42. The Opposite of Lonely by Doug Johnstone (library book)
43. My Mess Is A Bit Of A Life by Georgia Pritchett (library book)
44. How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee (taken to meetup)
45. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson (library book)
46. Winter’s Gifts by Ben Aaronovitch (library book)
47. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen (given to my mum)
48. This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes (taken to meetup)
49. The Moose Paradox by Antti Tuomainen (library book)
50. A Man Named Doll by Jonathan Ames (AVAILABLE)
51. The Orchard on Fire by Shena Mackay (AVAILABLE)
52. Låt den rätte komma in / Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (both AVAILABLE)
53. Perfect Sound Whatever by James Acaster (PC until I’ve finished listening to all the music mentioned in it)

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 (taken to meetup)
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 taken to meetup)
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 (given to 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 (taken to meetup)
49. Exit Music by Ian Rankin (unregistered)
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 (given to 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 (given to 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 (AVAILABLE)
64. Spoon Fed: Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food is Wrong by Tim Spector (library book)
65. Snap by Belinda Bauer (sent to russbaum)
66. London Bridge is Falling Down by Christopher Fowler (library book)
67. What Happens Now by Jeremy Dyson (taken to meetup)
68. March of the Lemmings by Stewart Lee (PC)
69. How We Are Translated by Jessica Gaitán Johanesson (given to Heaven-Ali)
70. An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel (given to my mum)
71. Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux (to take to charity shop)
72. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (given to my daughter)
73. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman (AVAILABLE)
74. Blott on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe (AVAILABLE)
75. Outraged: Why Everyone is Shouting and No One is Talking by Ashley “Dotty” Charles (AVAILABLE)
76. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (AVAILABLE)
77. A Dying Light in Corduba by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
78. Field Notes From a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary by Esther Woolfson (library book)
79. The Book of Koli by MR Carey (RESERVED for russbaum)
80. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (to go to charity shop)
81. Three Hands in the Fountain by Lindsey Davis (given to my mum)
82. Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (taken to meetup)
83. Migrän by Arne Dahl (AVAILABLE)

Books read in 2021: 66

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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