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TagsCrime Fiction (1,470), British (1,319), Fiction (1,245), Children's (592), American (429), Speculative Fiction (220), Australian (215), Peacock (146), Poetry (115), Books on Books (100) — see all tags

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About meI simply enjoy reading. Where I like an author I tend to read all the works written by that author. I particularly enjoy reading crime fiction and twentieth century british female authors. As well as reading, my other interests can be determined from my books - cooking, knitting and gardening - but I also enjoy listening to and playing music (I have not yet felt the need to put my music (neither sheet nor CD) into librarything...). And then there are the two cats (grown up versions of the one in the picture). I also enjoy spending time in bookshops - just looking for that odd book or three, which may have something to do with the increasing size of my library...

About my libraryMy library only shows books that are actually currently on my bookshelves (well, to be truthful, some are in piles waiting to go on a bookshelf...), perhaps I should have said - books that I physically own. I also show the cover for the specific edition that I own. For the very occasional e-book (which I have included only when that is the only edition available) I show the art-work for that e-book (or an image with a link to the web-address) rather than an image of the paper edition. I do not show the books that I used to own - as I decided that they did not hold enough interest for me to keep them, nor do I show my 'wish list' which sits in my head until I enter a bookshop - preferably a second hand bookshop, and if I am lucky... Every now and again I try and permanently remove some books to make space for new ones but usually end up getting a new book shelf (which means working out where another book shelf can actually fit in the house). Whilst there may be some books that have not yet been read, in general if a book is in the library it has been read.



Favorite bookstoresBook Lore, Canty's Bookshop, Gaslight Books, Hill of Content, Howard Bolton Bookseller, Reader's Feast Bookstore


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Hi Caesia

The browsing is the great thing, isn't it? I'm very envious of your knitting books! I'm still adding what's on my shelves but keep getting sidetracked by the books I keep bringing into the house....I'm not supposed to be buying any more...

Happy reading

Thanks! Nice to know others are using the covers too. And thanks for the comment on my review, as well.

Thank you for spotting my wish list of bookshops around the world; I do add to it from time to time whenever I come across somewhere that might make for an interesting visit - should I ever visit that part of the world. I hope to vist Oz again in 2014 or 15 depending on children/wife/finances etc so if it's still there then I'll make the pilgrimage.

I can recommend as a source of interesting libraries, bookshops and bookshelves; I think I've probably spotted several of my targets on that site.

Are you a member of the Penguin Collectors Club? I see you have several of their publications- I can recommend it if you're not.

Hi there! I am very impressed by your library, I have been exploring it, and we share 454 books!
We have a set of four Maggie and Simon DVDs. They each have eight seasonal menus and are presumably assembled from various series. I did love the program - there is a real chemistry between the two of them, though I have to say the camera work is not always the best. A lot of curremt TV cooking shows are deplorable in that regard. Far too much of the celebrity chef's face and not enough of what he's actually doing. The best show I ever saw was Ian Parmenter, who presumably knew what he was about because his day job was a TV producer. The next best was Chef Korma. No personality whatsoever, but very clear demonstrations.

I have almost finished listing the cookbooks. Just about to get to my precious Time/Life Richard Olney volumes. I wish I'd bought more at the time. Couldn't believe my luck a few years ago when I picked up half a dozen in mint condition for $18 each!

Derrick has also just listed Lobscouse and Spotted Dog. I told him not to tag it as a cookbook. It is a companion to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, and the authors claim to have tested all the recipes, including the one for rats in onion sauce. However, I see it as being like Nanny Ogge's Cookbook, informative but (unless plannig a theme party perhaps) not likely to be actually used.
It's not actually dajashby, it's his wife Christine. I'm adding the cookbooks - he's not allowed to in case he tags them incorrectly - and I am struck by how often you will have a book too. There are quite a few other book in common as well, possibly because you also are a completeist; get onew Terry Pratchett, get all Terry Pratchetts.

We are still adding books, of which there are around 2,000, but I expect there will be more similarities especially with twentieth century British female authors. Our general interests are perhaps more divergent. We also have two cats, one of whom I hate with a passion - unfortunately I cannot imagine the vet agreeing to put him down just because he's a fat, lazy, malicious bully. We are not notably musical, I'm afraid.

Anyway, just thought I'd say hello.
Your book, That Summer sounds great - I'll look out for it. I'm slowly reading my way through Proust's first volume of In Search of Lost Time. The heat here has been amazing. Yesterday was our first "catastrophic" fire weather day, although where we are the drought has made sure there isn't much fuel around. Today is much cooler, but humid. It's going to be another hot summer.
Sadly in term-time I am parted from almost all of my books. This term the lovely Penguins are boxed up in my room in Sheffield (as they have been for most of the summer, as we have had the builders in) but I did manage to smuggle a box of Viragos into the car. It is quite distressing not being able to lay hands on something when you want it - I have ended up buying multiple copies of some things just because I *needed* to read them and they were in the other city!

Restrained book buying is not going too well so far - there are several excellent book stalls on the market (which I can see from my bedroom window) and a few very good second hand shops 2 mins walk away. Today I have already spent £6 on 5 old Penguins, and yesterday there was a David Gentleman Design book I just had to get... Oh dear!
I wish so much that I had decided to scan all my books as I added them! For the last 500 or so I have been doing just that, but prior to that I was either adding them with no cover at all (the horror!) or merely taking a picture of them with my digital camera. I still think this was better than nothing, but one day I hope to go back and do them properly. Sadly I am now back in Cambridge and hence scanner-less (it technically belogns to my mother...). I am going to try and be as restrained with my book-buying as possible so as not to build up too mcuh of a backlog for my return to Sheffield!

Good to hear from you.
Benson is a great writer both with his 'Mapp & Lucia' stories and also with his Ghost stories (although the latter may not be to your taste) I also agree that the DVD's capture the stories very well indeed.I don't know if you are aware of an additional book called 'Fine Feathers and Other Stories',selected by Jack Adrian and published by Oxford University Press. The interesting thing about this volume is that in addition to a 'rare' Mapp & Lucia tale,there are a couple of earlier Lucia- type characters.
Catherine Shaw is of particular interest to me as the stories are largely set in Victorian Cambridge(one of my favorite places to visit). The one you mention that I have just entered,is also strongly tied in with Heffers Bookshop. (again my very favorite shop) The only book of Shaw's I haven't read in fact is the one that you have read.
Jim Kelly is good isn't he. I like it that he writes about the Fens and Ely,which is close to Cambridge of course. he attended a book-signing which I attended just last week.
Caesia, tomorrow night (Sun 14th June) will have an Arthur Upfield telemovie on ABC. Apparently there was a true crime drama he was involved in (supplied the plot) before he became more famous for his writing? Just saw on abc website.

*grin* Lucky you. My boy used to start from the nose and work his way back so that often all I found was the tail. But he used to toss them around the kitchen for a while first (to tenderise them?) and twice I found the corpses up on the kitchen bench.

Sadly his ratting days are over as he has broken all but one of his canine teeth so he has taken to gardening instead and either sits on the weeds I am trying to pull out or he bites my hand because he wants his chin scratched.

His sister nags ... enough said! But they are getting old and need reassurance which I am happy to give them - just not ALL of the time.
I was just re-reading your comments about your cats and their rodent catching abilities. When he was young the boy used to bring his rats in alive but sometimes paralysed and I used to have to put them down - not a fun job.

Then one day I came home from work and found a whole bowl of bananas had been thrown onto the floor and all with killer bites just below the stems. From then on the rats were always very dead when he brought them home. He had obviously been practising.
I really like those Penguin Buchans you have: those are some of most attractive editions.


Messpots (John Buchan fan)
I also have two Burmese cats but they are getting old - 15th birthday in September. The used to go out on the town when they were young and bring me rats (the boy) and mice (the girl, who is much smaller). But now they sleep most of the time and they are always in my bed when I wake up in the morning. Nice; like couple of mink-covered hot water bottles.
Letting you know that I really enjoyed the Arthur Upfield book "Death of a Lake". Quite powerful stuff, particularly in how the wildlife responded to the water going.
It's a shame only 2 titles appear to be in print (and then at order-in). Am looking forward to finding more in 2nd hand stores and ebay. It's nice to have a new author to collect 2nd hand as it lessens the budget guilt.
The tagging looks like it's taking off :-)
Hi from another Aussie. We seem to share the same taste in both reading and cats. Burmese?
Hiya, re the tagging for cover art. I do it a little bit, especially with the older editions if there's an art them. Makes it easier to look at the Pan's vs Fontana Christies.

I bought my first Arthur Upfield today. The only one in Reader's Feast Bookstore. I suspect others will take a while to track down.
That's fine as it's always good to add challenges when I 2nd hand book shop :-).
I got Death of a Lake which I started on the train home. Am enjoying it. Very nice use of language and the landscape evoked is so topical. Thanks for the find!
Actually I meant to add, I'm glad you mentioned Upfield. I'd seen references to his work last year and was meaning to look out for his books. Your mention was a very topical reminder !
Hi there, thanks for the cover art comments. I'll look forward to seeing your Pan Arthur Upfield covers increase over time. Will you be tagging them as such?
Isn't it funny how we have 230 books in common, and that's not enough for us to be on either of our "Members With... " lists? :-)
Hi Caesia
The fires are heartbreaking. What terrible news every day. We're in a part of NSW that is at low risk from those fire-storms because there isn't any fuel load where we live. So we're fine. Do you have that choking smoke where you are? It's spread 400km north-west leaving a pall on the landscape.
Hello Caesia, we share 220 books! I was browsing through my library and looking at The Sea Garden and then looked it up on LT and noticed you had it too. Not too many have it here. I'm afraid my book collecting is getting a bit ahead of my book reading! So many recommendations, a danger and a delight of this blessed site.

I'm looking forward to browsing through your library. I think we have similar tastes - oh no...more recommendations! :-)
Thanks for the info on A.L.Barker.
Don't worry about the 'proof reading', I've just had to go back to one of my friends on the web and send my regrets that I have given him some book details that I had already sent to him a couple of messages ago! Both things are very easy to do.
Speak to you soon.
Nice to hear from you again. and also glad that you have managed to enter all of your books. It's quite surprising just how many seem to lurk in odd and forgotten places.
With regard to your question about "online books",now that is difficult and one that I have not come across before.My immediate feeling would be -yes,enter them,as otherwise you will not have the authors complete works. However if you want a more complete answer,perhaps you would let me know the author you mean (and their books both actual and online)and I will try to help more.
I was interested to hear about A.L. Barker,a name not previously known to me. I'll have to give them a try.
All the best
Hi, I've just found your library today. I do agree about the covers - I too have put all my covers on, and enjoy viewing my library as it really is. There is a 'warts-and-all' aspect to it, though, as I often have to scan my covers in and some of my copies are rather ancient!

I look forward to having a look at yours.
Hi Caesia,
It was a pleasure browsing through your library. It's much more interesting when all the books have covers...I wish more people did it. Particularly like your vintage juvenile and mystery editions.
Hello again Caesia,
Thanks for the list of Australian authors which I shall find very useful. They are all new to me apart from Paul Temple.
Regarding British writers,on looking through your Library,you seem to have quite a fair selection already,however here goes.☞ Edmund Crispin is a 'classic' writer,best known for "The Moving Toyshop" (this takes place in Oxford),Andrew Taylor with his two (main)series of English murder mysteries, Jill Paton Walsh whose latest (and I think best) book is called "The Bad Quarto",Sarah Cauldwell who wrote only four books (but what a four) before her premature death.The books are funny without being silly if you know what I mean,and feature a team of young barristers.I don't know if you like Historical mysteries,but if you do then I can recommend "THe Meaning of Night"by Michael Cox,and The Matthew Shardlake series by C.J.Sansom (three books so far)
Hope that helps,but if you need any more do let me know.
Best wishes.
Hello Caesia,
Nice to hear from you again and to be able to view your excellent library. Thanks for deciding to make it public so that other members can see your collection. As you so rightly say,we seem to share quite a large number of books,622 at the moment.
Now I have had a chance to have a look at your books,I can see a load of them are of interest to me and so I hope you will not mind if I return the compliment of adding you to my list of 'Interesting Libraries' too.
I note that one of your tags is 'Books about Books' and you may in turn be interested to see mine tagged in the same way.
If you can recommend any Australian Crime Fiction apart from Arthur Upfield,who I know well and collect,although not always easy to get hold of here,I would be grateful to you.
Best wishes and do keep in touch.
He He! Laughed at your last comment! Good reading.
Hi Caesia

Thank you! So did you check out the author cloud. Often a good way to get a quick overview!

We have been a bit over-the-top buying children's books these last eight years!! I have 3 children, 14, 11 and 8 and our last child is a reluctant reader, so we throw books at her!! I also started LT straight after being a little bit obsessive about the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge, printing out lists, ticking off what books we had as it were, so that explains the rather intensive tagging. We are far away from convenient libraries, so we purchase rather a lot.

Your library is increasing by the day, I see! Good work!
Cataloguing is so addictive! I have more to go of the old stuff in the house which won't have ISBN's.

Have fun.
I'm just dropping in to say you've appeared on my top50 similar libraries, and how much fun I've had zooming through you're collection. My library doesn't include my more youthful reading obsessions, but you have plenty authors I remember reading but no longer have! You also have some authors I've never read, but look veerrry interesting! What a busy post Christmas time you had!
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