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About me"The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them" — Samuel Butler

Cat-sympathizer, reader and writer.

Interests include:the Second World War; the English Civil War; Gothic, especially vampire fiction; browsing second-hand bookstores and coming away with a bag of books that I wasn't going to get.

You're Les Miserables!

by Victor Hugo

One of the best known people in your community, you have become
something of a phenomenon. People have sung about you, danced in your honor, created all
manner of art in your name. And yet your story is one of failure and despair, with a few
brief exceptions. A hopeless romantic, you'll never stop hoping that more good will come
from your failings than is ever possible. Beware detectives and prison guards bearing

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About my libraryThis library mostly represents my reading over 2009 to the present, though not everything.
My ratings system is personal and not systematic. It's mostly based on how much I liked a book and enjoyed reading it, but doesn't represent a review.

I try not to include any books that I really dislike, so although my ratings may sometimes look low, in context, three and a half stars is pretty high!

Pictures in my gallery are hanging on the walls of my virtual library -- though not necessarily all at the same time.

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My 5-Month Challenge:

December Challenge:

Groups50 Book Challenge, A Quieter LibraryThing, Ancient China, Cats, books, life is good., Club Read 2011, Fairy Tales Retold, Fans of Joyce Carol Oates, Geeks who love the Classics, Girlybooks, Japanese Cultureshow all groups

Favorite authorsNadeem Aslam, Vicki Baum, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Louise Erdrich, Ursula Hegi, Victor Hugo, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Bruno Schulz, Leo Tolstoy, Edith Wharton (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresFoyles (old Charing Cross branch), Waterstone's Cambridge

Favorite librariesBritish Library, British Museum - Paul Hamlyn Library

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Member sinceMar 9, 2009

Currently readingWorldly Goods: New History of the Renaissance by Lisa Jardine
The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Creation of the Modern World 1776-1914 by Gavin Weightman

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