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CollectionsYour library (2,640), To read (1,169), PRIORITY TBR (179), To re-read or re-attempt (58), Currently reading (9), Read but unowned (395), Favorites (234), Ebooks (596), Paper copy on a shelf (2,073), In Omnibus Edition (68), Reference (95), Fiction (1,683), Non-Fiction (1,159), Biography & Memoir (111), Short Stories (46), Poetry (45), Plays (31), Christianity (692), History (647), Philosophy (60), Course books (77), Science (89), Children's & YA (113), Languages (50), All collections (3,101)

Reviews127 reviews

TagsFiction (1,560), @Second-hand (581), Christianity (556), Kindle (493), History (480), Crime/Mystery (447), Literature (359), Historical Fiction (224), Chick Lit (198), Golden Age (198) — see all tags

MediaNot set (18), Book (3,082), Paper Book (2,821), Audiobook (3), Ebook (169), Other (1)

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Recommendations20 recommendations

About meMid/late 30s. Bookseller. Bad writer, slightly better chorister and historian, passable knitter, positively superb procrastinator. Weakness for books (obviously) and chocolate biscuits.

About my libraryDominated by history, theology, golden age crime and PG Wodehouse. There's an awful lot of general fiction in there too. And piles of unread Serious Literature, which I really will get round to reading some day, honestly. (I probably won't.)

In theory, all the books I currently own are listed here. Unlisted ones still keep turning up occasionally, though. (Where do they hide? And are they leading a secret double life with my missing odd socks?)

Most of my books are the old-fashioned kind, made out of bits of dead tree, and ink, and glue. I have a few ebooks (okay, a few hundred, but there's no way that counts as a lot of books). I have separate collections for paper and ebooks, not because I don't consider ebooks to be proper books (though, to be honest, I kind of don't) but because it's the the only way I'll avoid wasting hours hunting through the shelves for something that only exists on the kindle.

Discarded books? Well, there'll have been a good few thousand that I weeded or borrowed from the library that I've either not added, or deleted when I got rid of them. If having read a book matters to me, then it'll be in my Read but Unowned collection.

Once upon a time, my tags and collections were beautifully organised. These days, I daren't look. I should probably do something about them.

I've invariably got an annual thread in the 75 Books Challenge group, which should be more or less up to date with my reading (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012).

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, 2015 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, Agatha Christie, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Almack's, Ancient Historyshow all groups

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dante Alighieri, Margery Allingham, Jane Austen, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Edmund Crispin, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Eamon Duffy, J. S. Fletcher, Richard Fortey, Neil Gaiman, Helene Hanff, Georgette Heyer, Victor Hugo, Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, C. S. Lewis, Jill Mansell, Ngaio Marsh, Edward Marston, Daphne du Maurier, A. A. Milne, John Henry Newman, Iain Pears, Jaroslav Pelikan, Adrian Plass, Terry Pratchett, Barbara Pym, Timothy Radcliffe, Dorothy L. Sayers, William Shakespeare, D. E. Stevenson, John R. W. Stott, Josephine Tey, Thomas Aquinas, A. W. Tozer, Anthony Trollope, Evelyn Waugh, Victor Whitechurch, P. G. Wodehouse, N. T. Wright, Tom Wright, Pope Benedict XVI (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBritish Museum - Bookshop, Dartmoor Bookshop, Hatchards, Ken Spelman Rare Books & Manuscripts, Minster Gate Bookshop, South Kensington Books, The British Red Cross Bookshop, Waterstone's Gower Street, Waterstone's Plymouth, Waterstone's Plymouth, Waterstones London (Piccadilly)

Favorite librariesBritish Library, Central Library, Plymouth, Plympton Library, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant - University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Lampeter Campus Main Library, The Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth

Other favoritesThe British Museum

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Real nameCatherine Stead


Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceOct 18, 2007

Currently readingPhineas Finn by Anthony Trollope
Introduction to Christianity, 2nd Edition (Communio Books) by Benedict XVI
The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar
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