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Extended Profile
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, Hamburg, 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
Underdog by Torbjörn Flygt
Moss Witch by Sara Maitland
The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury
Intimations by Zadie Smith

Books read in 2020:

1. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani (AVAILABLE)
2. Entschuldigen Sie meine Störung: Ein Wahnsinnsroman by Jan-Uwe Fitz (AVAILABLE)
3. Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine (AVAILABLE)
4. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (taken to meetup)
5. Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende (taken to meetup)
6. Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile by Adelle Stripe (library book)
7. Steal You Away by Niccolò Ammaniti (AVAILABLE)
8. A Greedy Man in a Hungry World by Jay Rayner (library book)
9. Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth (AVAILABLE)
10. She Rises by Kate Worsley (library book)
11. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (RESERVED for my mum)
12. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (given to my mum)
13. Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From 80s Movies by Hadley Freeman (library book)
14. Liquid by Mark Miodownik (library book)
15. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (sent to CathrineB)
16. Spring by Ali Smith (library book)
17. Das Muschelessen by Birgit Vanderbeke (AVAILABLE)
18. The Unfolding of Language by Guy Deutscher (library book)
19. Brick Lane by Monica Ali (AVAILABLE)
20. Where the Wild Ladies Are by Matsuda Aoko (e-book)
21. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood (AVAILABLE)
22. Cat Person and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian (e-book)
23. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (sent to nefertari)
24. Stars and Bars by William Boyd (AVAILABLE)
25. God Jul by Jonas Karlsson (PC for now)
26. The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude (RESERVED)
27. Watson’s Apology by Beryl Bainbridge (sent to Heaven-Ali)
28. Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi (e-book)
29. Fate by Jorge Consiglio (AVAILABLE)
30. Marie by Madeleine Bourdouxhe (AVAILABLE)
31. Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun (sent to Arvores)
32. Die Damen des Hauses by Susanne Scholl (e-book)
33. A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes (AVAILABLE)
34. Singer in the Night by Olja Savičević (AVAILABLE)
35. Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann (AVAILABLE)
36. Theft by Luke Brown (AVAILABLE)
37. Snow, Dog, Foot by Claudio Morandini (PC for now)
38. The Sellout by Paul Beatty (AVAILABLE)
39. East is East by TC Boyle (AVAILABLE)
40. Inlandet by Elin Willows (AVAILABLE)
41. Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles (e-book)
42. Calypso by David Sedaris (AVAILABLE)
43. Herr Lehmann by Sven Regener (PC for now)
44. Arid Dreams by Duanwad Pimwana (sent to Arvores)
45. Achtsam Morden by Karsten Dusse (PC for now)
46. Skint Estate by Cash Carraway (AVAILABLE)
47. Bryant and May: England's Finest by Christopher Fowler (PC)
48. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (e-book)
49. Bryant and May: Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler (PC)
50. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (RESERVED)
51. The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen (e-book)
52. Holiday Heart by Margarita Garcia Robayo (sent to Heaven-Ali)
53. Summer of Reckoning by Marion Brunet (AVAILABLE)
54. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (e-book)
55. Explaining Humans by Camilla Pang (e-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 (taken to 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 (sent to a friend)
79. Middle England by Jonathan Coe (taken to Northampton Uncon)
80. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (PC for now)
81. The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner (library book)
82. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (library book)
83. Allmen und die Libellen by Martin Suter (library book)
84. Bryant and May: The Lonely Hour by Christopher Fowler (e-book)
85. Black Butterfly by Mark Gatiss (wild-released)
86. Innan frosten by Henning Mankell (given to a friend)
87. My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay (sent to a friend)
88. Sit Down Comedy: Stand-ups Swap the Stage for the Page by Malcolm Hardee (ed.) (e-book)
89. Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart (sent to mcsar)
90. Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal (taken to meetup)
91. Wally Funk's Race for Space by Sue Nelson (AVAILABLE)
92. Lumberjanes vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson et al (borrowed from NubiaLion)
93. Lumberjanes vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson et al (borrowed from NubiaLion)
94. Faust der Tragödie erster Teil by Flix (PC for now)
95. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor (AVAILABLE)
96. The Murder of Halland by Pia Juul (AVAILABLE)
97. Woods etc. by Alice Oswald (AVAILABLE)
98. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (taken to meetup)
99. I’m a Joke and So Are You: Reflections on Humour and Humanity by Robin Ince (PC for now)
100. Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe (sent to a friend)
101. Twas the Nightshift before Christmas by Adam Kay (PC for now)
102. Hings: Short Stories an’ That by Chris McQueer (e-book)
103. Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen (e-book)

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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