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Member: Canadian_Down_Under

CollectionsYour library (2,182), Currently reading (13), Favorites (57), All collections (2,182)

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About meI am originally from Canada (Ottawa) but moved to Australia 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 2015

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin by Joe McGinniss
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Foreigner by Larry Shue
The Fixer by Joseph Finder
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

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
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Night Listener: A Novel by Armistead Maupin
Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
The Life and Loves of a She Devil by Fay Weldon
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
This House of Grief by Helen Garner

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)


Favorite librariesGoldfields Libraries - Bendigo


Real nameJan

LocationStrathfieldsaye, VIC, Australia

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/Canadian_Down_Under (profile)
/catalog/Canadian_Down_Under (library)

Member sinceAug 2, 2011

Currently readingWhat If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers (3rd Edition) by Anne Bernays
Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies by Sol Stein
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
The Second World War, Volume 2: Their Finest Hour by Winston S. Churchill
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