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CollectionsYour library (2,276), To read (981), To re-read or re-attempt (59), Currently reading (21), Read but unowned (385), Favorites (234), Ebooks (311), Paper copy on a shelf (1,969), In Omnibus Edition (32), Reference (81), Fiction (1,369), Non-Fiction (1,081), Biography & Memoir (89), Short Stories (35), Poetry (41), Plays (32), Christianity (669), History (625), Course books (77), Science (88), Children's & YA (104), Languages (50), All collections (2,692)

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About meMid-30s postgrad student of church history, and occasional bookseller. If I'm not reading, studying, working, eating or sleeping, I'm probably cooking, writing, or at church.

About my libraryIn 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 holding my missing odd socks and biro caps hostage?)

Most of my books are the old-fashioned kind, made out of bits of dead tree, and ink, and glue. I do have a few ebooks (okay, a couple of hundred, but there's no way that counts as a lot of books), which are a separate collection as well as in My Library. This is not because I don't consider them 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.

Old books? Well, there'll be a good couple of thousand books or more that I borrowed from the library or weeded before 2007 that I haven't added, either because I don't remember them, or because they were of ephemeral interest. If I spot a book and think "I've read that!", and if having read it matters, then I may add it to my library. Likewise, while some of the books I've weeded since 2007 are still in my Read but Unowned collection, much (though not all) of the ephemera has gone; however, if it's a book that actually matters to me, it's still here.

Once upon a time, my tags and collections were beautifully organised. *reminisces* These days, I daren't look.

I've got a much-neglected thread in the 75 Books Challenge group, which should be more or less up to date with my reading even if it's highly unlikely to entertain anyone. (2013's thread is here, and 2012's is here.)

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Agatha Christie, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Almack's, Ancient History, Anglophiles, Archaeologyshow 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, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Eamon Duffy, Richard Fortey, Neil Gaiman, Helene Hanff, Georgette Heyer, Victor Hugo, C. S. Lewis, Ngaio Marsh, 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, St. Thomas Aquinas, A. W. Tozer, Anthony Trollope, Evelyn Waugh, P. G. Wodehouse, N. T. Wright, Tom Wright, Pope Benedict XVI (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBritish Museum - Bookshop, Dartmoor Bookshop, Ken Spelman Rare Books & Manuscripts, Minster Gate Bookshop, The British Red Cross Bookshop, Waterstone's Gower Street, Waterstone's Piccadilly, Waterstone's Plymouth, Waterstone's Plymouth

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


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Member sinceOct 18, 2007

Currently readingThe Imitation of Christ (Penguin Classics) by Thomas A Kempis
Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope
Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
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Like - my wishlist developed from the British Museum as well!

CatyM--- Thanks for your excellent review of Dorothy Sayers' "Are Women Human?"

Your review prompted me to post the quote from Sayers on "detective fiction from the 'woman's point of view'" to several folk, including LT members "devenish" (of Northamptonshire), & "GirlMisanthrope" (of Seattle, USA).

What a delight Sayers is! Have you read her "The Mind Of The Maker"? If not, I think you might well enjoy it.

Good fortune to you, in your various (reading & non-reading) adventures.

All The Best, ---"j.a.lesen"
Hi Catherine : ). Spotted a comment by you in one of the classics' threads that you are presently reading The Small House at Allington. Another Trollope fan here ... had to drop by.

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This is where it would be handy to have a 'Like' button!
LOL! Sorry my book starts earlier than yours :)
OK! I have already read the Foreward, so I am stopped just before chapter 1.
The Foreward in mine is by George Seaver, a biographer of Cherry's.
Mercy, Caty! I am impressed to pieces by your scholarly reading. In theory I would like to follow you into the Ancien Régime and from there to Eastern mysticism. In practice, it's not going to happen. But I was once a Bible and Religion major with a wonderful church history professor who made friends' first year of seminary easy because they had already studied the required work and more. Hard to believe that that was 45 years ago.
I've loved your recent posts and look forward to following you through the next stages!

Thanks ever so much for your kind comments posted on my thread. It means a lot to me.

You're are welcome! I do hope you enjoy them. : )
Hey Caty, thanks for being my Santa and choosing three excellent books. Received them today. I really appreciate your choices. The Camus novel I have read half a lifetime ago (as a teenager), and I'm looking forward to rereading it now. Also looking forward to the Garcia Marquez. And guess what, I have already started in Purge as I am very curious about it. I had never heard of it. This is a good thing about Santathing, that you someone makes you discover an entirely new author. So thanks a lot!
Of course! I've found it interesting for awhile, but I am never good about keeping my connections up to date. Too much time spent gabbing in the threads! :)
Catherine, or may I call you Caty? You are a talented and kind individual. You have my undying gratitude for posting that lovely graph of the books I've read this year on my thread. Thank you, my friend.

Hi! I love the photos of your books. I too am running out of space. I've now resorted to taking them to work and stacking them in cabinets in my office. My local library sells the books that people donate. They have a large table and the books are .10 for a paperback and 3 for $1.00 for hard covers. I tell you, it is a rather dangerous and wonderful place!

Congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page.

All the best,

Thanks Catherine! Since Feb huh? Gosh!
Thanks Catherine! A job well done! :-D
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