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From Townsville, Queensland Australia

Age 35

Joined Friday, January 30, 2004

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Extended Profile

Hi! I'm a research student in Queensland, Australia who loves to read!! I also enjoy running, playing boardgames, travelling, and baking.

My bookshelf is a fairly accurate example of my reading tastes as I very rarely buy books solely to release.

I'm willing to trade for available books on my bookshelf, but can rarely send books overseas. It doesn't hurt to ask, though.


I can never decide how to rate books, so from now (16/05/06) on I'm using the following ratings, poached from Scism's and catsalive's profiles. :-)
10: Excellent, at the top of its category. This book has impacted me deeply, challenged me profoundly, or has simply been a pure delight to read
9: Great book - just a nitpick stands between it and a 10
8: Good, solid book that I would recommend to others
7: Good book, but it didn't grab me in a big way
6: Decent, but not my type of book
5: Maybe somebody else would like this. I didn't
4: Only OK. Barely worth reading. The line between taking it and leaving it is very thin
2-3: Has major problems. I don't recommend it
1: It's hard to imagine anyone liking this book


I've been inspired by stormon to read a book by an author originating from every country in my lifetime. This is how I'm going so far:

Bookrings/rays I have joined:
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury
The Lily Theatre by Lulu Wang (On its way to taniazed)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult (On its way to Zapcat2003)
Princess Sultana's Circle by Jean P. Sasson
Princess Sultana's Daughters by Jean P. Sasson
The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
Wacousta by John Richardson
Wind, Sand & Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Booker Prize Ring of Books

The website for the Booker Prize Ring of Books will be shut down at the end of July 2012. I no longer have the time to maintain it, or to convert it to the new Bravenet format. However, I have records saved of the contributors and bookring participants for all of the books, so please contact me through Bookcrossing if you need any information.

As most of the books have stalled (some of them with me), if you are in possession of any of the books and want to move them along, I would suggest contacting the book owners and returning the books directly to them.

The progress of the books is listed below:
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (currently with Lillyanna)
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (currently with tania-in-nc)
The Bone People by Keri Hulme (TBR by tantan)
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer (currently with jazz-ee2)
The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens (no longer available)
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (currently with tania-in-nc)
The Famished Road by Ben Okri (Copy 1) (currently with zzz)
The Famished Road by Ben Okri (Copy 2) (currently with tania-in-nc)
G. by John Berger (currently with jazz-ee2)
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker (currently with tantan)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (on reserve with tantan)
Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (currently with dospescados)
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (journey complete)
How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman (currently with peggysmum)
In A Free State by V.S. Naipaul (TBR by tantan)
Last Orders by Graham Swift (Copy 1) (TBR by tantan)
Last Orders by Graham Swift (Copy 2) (currently with tania-in-nc)
Life and Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee (currently with Jenatleisure)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (currently with Lillyanna)
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (TBR by tantan)
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (currently with Lillyanna)
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (currently with Lillyanna)
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (currently with tantan)
The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis (currently with tantan)
Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey (Copy 1) (currently with jazz-ee2)
Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey (Copy 2) (currently with Lillyanna)
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle (currently with tantan)
Possession by A.S. Byatt (Copy 1) (TBR by tantan)
Possession by A.S. Byatt (Copy 2) (TBR by dospescados)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (currently with zzz)
Rites of Passage by William Golding (currently with Jenatleisure)
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth (TBR by tantan)
Saville by David Storey (currently with tania-in-nc)
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally (TBR by tantan)
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch (currently with tantan)
The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell (currently with peggysmum)
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (currently with Jenatleisure)
Vernon God Little by D.B.C. Pierre (on its way to Lillyanna or Jenatleisure)

Bookrings/rays I have started: (My rings and rays are always open, and as such are also constantly subject to changes in shipping orders. Please always check the order before sending on. Feel free to PM me if you would like to join for any of the books).
The member in pink either has the book, or should soon receive it.

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
chirel (Finland)
RoryG (Finland)
GlasgowGal (Glasgow, UK)
katayoun (Tehran, Iran)
brewster13 (Manitoba, Canada)
rubyjules (Vermont, USA)
spaceystacey (New Jersey, USA)
kab113 (New York, USA)
Suefitz (California, USA)
platypussj (England)
Helly77 (England) *skipped*
Saoirse (Texas, USA) *skipped*
Loopylou127 (NSW, Australia)
Sabavana (NSW, Australia) *skipped*
Fleebo (NSW, Australia) *skipped*
Back to tantan in Queensland, Australia!

Geisha of Gion: The Memoir of Mineko Iwasaki, with Rande Brown
tqd (NSW, Australia)
e-i-pi (NSW, Australia)
Loopylou127 (NSW, Australia)
groovyjoss (VIC, Australia)
Jubby (NSW, Australia)
Tasamina (SA, Australia)
gypsyrose02 (WA, Australia)
Enidq (Illinois, USA)
Ilios (Florida, USA)
Ramya (New Jersey, USA)
dospescados (New York, USA)
Mokona (Michigan, USA)
Bibliocrates (Alabama, USA)
azuki (Florida, USA)
Mytilus (UK)
kubchen (Ireland)
Hero (Ireland)
Dei (Singapore)
sally906 (NT, Australia)
Pixette (NSW, Australia)
Back to tantan in Queensland, Australia!

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
***currently seems to be lost***
fushmush (NSW, Australia)
jubby (NSW, Australia)
TramGirl (VIC, Australia)
greenfrog03 (Washington, USA)
portable-solace (Texas, USA)
KatieDeMaio (Arkansas, USA)
raquelsita (California, USA)
Sidney1220 (Virginia, USA)
MazieNH (New Hampshire, USA)
tabyorky (England)
Melanie2474 (ACT, Australia)
Back to tantan in Queensland, Australia!

The Binding Chair by Kathryn Harrison (Please note: This book has been 'found' by an 'Anonymous Finder' in Wales. I'm hoping that it will eventually make its way into the hands of someone who I can PM about possibly continuing its bookring journey. Until then, happy travels!)
Loopylou127 (NSW, Australia)
FieryFairy (Wales)
scotsbookie (Scotland)
bookmaniac70 (Bulgaria)
EarthAngel (Canada)
nvangel2073 (Nevada, USA)
Amaranta20 (Washington, USA)
Neuilly (Maine, USA)
juliebarreto (Hawaii, USA)
Back to tantan in Queensland, Australia!

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