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Member: Canadian_Down_Under

CollectionsYour library (2,073), Currently reading (7), Favorites (51), All collections (2,073)

Reviews57 reviews

TagsLibrary (1,231), Own (573), Kindle (255), History (169), British (151), Biography (110), Autobiography (101), Made into Movie (90), 2011 (86), Mystery (78) — see all tags

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About meI am originally from Canada (Ottawa) but moved to Australia in 1996 to marry my wonderful husband, Graeme. We live in country Victoria with our three cats, Hugo, Kasper and Maggie.

About my libraryI love books. I love the look of them, the feel of them, even the smell of them. So despite my Kindle, I find myself unable to stop collecting the real things.

The books I have included in my library are books that I love, books that I own and books that I want to read. I have not included hundreds of trashy books I read, mostly in my youth, although some of the more memorable ones have been added.

My reading taste tends toward history, biographies, sociology and well written fiction.

My rating system:

* Frightfully bad.
** Sorry I bothered.
*** Enjoyed but did not love it. Might recommend it to a friend.
**** Loved it. Would recommend freely to friends.
***** An all-time favourite. Tell friends they should read it.

My favourite reads from 2014:

A Natural History of Homosexuality by Francis Mark Mondimore
Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott
The Stand by Stephen King
To Sir With Love by E. R. Braithwaite
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

My Favourite Reads from 2013:

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Moab is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
Eight Men and a Duck: An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island by Nick Thorpe
Laura by Vera Caspary
The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

My favourite reads from 2012:

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog) by Jerome K. Jerome
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Leave Her to Heaven by Ben Ames Williams
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
The Bad Seed by William March
The Absolutist by John Boyne
Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
John Adams by David McCullough
So Brilliantly Clever: Parker, Hulme & the Murder That Shocked the World by Peter Graham

My Favourite reads from 2011:

A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
1984 by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Backlash by Susan Faludi
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley
Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity...we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.”
― A. E. Newton



Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Arab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Australian LibraryThingers, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Booker Prize, Canadian Bookworms, French Connection, Language, Let's Talk Religionshow all groups

Favorite authorsLouisa May Alcott, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Bill Bryson, Noam Chomsky, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jasper Fforde, Ken Follett, Stephen Fry, Elizabeth Gaskell, Amitav Ghosh, Ernest Hemingway, Patricia Highsmith, Michael Moore, David Sedaris, Mark Twain, Minette Walters, Sarah Waters, Alison Weir, Edith Wharton, P. G. Wodehouse, Herman Wouk (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites

Favorite librariesGoldfields Libraries - Bendigo

Homepagehttp://www.strikingwood.com.au

Real nameJan

LocationStrathfieldsaye, VIC, Australia

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/Canadian_Down_Under (profile)
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Member sinceAug 2, 2011

Currently readingWhat If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers (3rd Edition) by Anne Bernays
Ultimate French: Advanced: Cassette/Book Package (LL(R) Ultimate Advanced Course) by Living Language
Ultimate Japanese: Basic-Intermediate Coursebook (LL(R) Ultimate Basic-Intermed) by Hiroko Storm
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Word Painting: A Guide to Write More Descriptively by Rebecca McClanahan
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Hi Jan - thanks for the interesting library connection - sounds like we're not that far apart geographically and reading wise :)
Hi, I enjoyed looking through your reading list as well. We do share many reads. I wanted to let you know about a fantastic book I just read called Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It's the best murder/mystery/thriller I have ever read with many red herrings and clues. If you read it, please email me with your thoughts.
Cheers to reading!
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They are a lovely set of feline photographs. Thanks for sharing them. Your cats are beautiful.
Trish
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