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About meI'm a 51 year old accountant living in Hertfordshire about 30 miles north of London, with my husband, 12 year old son, dog and cat. I work part-time at the moment. I'm quite addicted to doing courses with the Open University on a range of subjects and I'm currently doing an English Literature degree. I like travel and one of my favourite hobbies is planning holidays.

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About my libraryA mixture of literary fiction, some fantasy and science-fiction, and non-fiction particularly history, travel and science. I've included my husband's books as well (unless I think I would never read them in a million years) and my son's books but only where I have actually read them. I don't like crime, thrillers, horror or chick lit and I read very few biographies or autobiographies.

My latest thread for 2014 thread is here:

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Author Theme Reads, Booker Prize, Gothic Literature, LibraryThing Gatherings and Meetups, Literary Centennialsshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, William Dalrymple, Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig, Georgette Heyer, China MiƩville, Philip Pullman, Shaun Tan, Anthony Trollope, Jo Walton (Shared favorites)

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She just loves tearing up toilet paper! Actually she was sitting there quite happily. She'd obviously done it hours previously so I didn't see any point in telling her off.
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Was it something you said? - Nina
I've been meaning to reach out to you for the longest time ... funny coincidence indeed!
The more the merrier, so if you can make it on Tuesday 2nd, that would be great. If not, Wednesday 3rd should be fine.

Excellent! Let me know how the reading of it goes, whether it seemed worth it?

Happy weekend!
Rhian if you flew to Langkawi you could hire a car at the airport for about 25 quid a day and driving there is very easy.
Car rentals are not expensive Rhian and may be fine for travelling to places like Pinang (there is a highway from Kuala Lumpur north straight to the island - it has a causeway) or to drive down to Melaka or Singapore. There are toll roads for which you would need either a car or cash. KL to Johor is about 9 quid. Fuel is very cheap. I wouldn't use a car to drive around Kuala Lumpur as it is an acquired skill. They drive on the same side of the road as us which helps but the number of motor cycles in town can be a bit disconcerting. Taxis are not so expensive or you could book a tour driver for not a lot either. The LRT train will get you round KL ok also. Flying domestically is not expensive. If you fly Air Asia and plan a little early you could fly to Pinang, Langkawi or Singapore say for GBP20 or so.
I just saw this today. I don't know whether to trust it or not but thought you might be interested:
Hello, Rhian, I just wanted to make sure I wished you Happy Holidays and I saw my last message. My daughter would be amused to see I put her age at 190!
Hello Rhian,
Just wanted to wish you Happy Christmas. Today is slightly chilly and partly sunny here in New Jersey.We are getting ready to open presents as my kids are older now (25 and 190 and they like to sleep in the morning instead of rising at 5 am. That only stopped last year, though! Have a wonderful day! Mary Beth
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My kitty Miles looks a lot like this kitty, but he has a distinctive white triangle on his rear leg, and is not quite as brown,or a different shade of brown but his markings are the same.
Hi Rhian, I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, although I know I am late on that! I was here on your threads the other day to do so and got so caught up in reading that I never did so. I had a wonderful time on your threads, nice people, interesting discussions, good photos, a nice time in all! It's funny how different threads just seem to have a different flavor to each depending on who the host is. I just love LT! I have met so many nice people on here, and I love hearing about the different lives we all lead.I know we share a great love for our furry friends and my female puppy momma Lyla is weaving in and out under the computer desk, leaning hard on my legs but it took me a minute to realize she was telling me she wanted to go out! Sometimes she looks at me like I can be so thick!So, it's time to start the process of taking 6 dogs out since we don't have a fenced in yard. I know, crazy but there is always something else to spend the money on...Mary Beth
If you need anything for 19th century course let me know. I don't claim any brilliant insights but happy to share what little I can.
I see you're a fellow OU student. What courses have you done? My favourite was 19th century novel though inalsonenjoyednthe now defunct a210.
Hi Rhian,

My list of English working-class fiction is longer than I had thought, although it's not that varied author-wise (multiple books by the same author). I would be happy to send my Excel spreadsheet to you. The first tab is my list of American working-class fiction, compiled from a few different sources. The second tab is English and the third is Other, which currently contains one Irish and many Scottish, but no Welsh yet. I should add that the English tab could include Welsh authors, in error. I'm not sure. The non-American portion is the least strong at this point, as I'm not familiar with most of the authors.

I think your category is fascinating and I look forward to following your progress. It would be wonderful if you could let me know what you discover as well. I'm actually thinking of starting a book blog that focuses on this literature exclusively...for the 7 people who would be interested. Ha!

Also, have you read A Ragged Schooling by Robert Roberts. It's an autobiography/memoir, but may relate to your interests. It takes place in the early 20th century and chronicles his childhood, growing up in a working-class family.

If you'd like my spreadsheet, please feel free to send my your email address, via PM, and I'll send it.

Take care,
Hi, I'm In the 75 book challenge also. I was looking at your pictures and noticed the beautiful dogs. They have such pretty faces, eyes and coats. What breed are they? I co-habitate (I was going to say own, but that would not be strictley truthful!) 4 American Bulldogs and 2 mini-dachsunds, myself. They bring a great deal of joy to our life. We seem also to have a great deal of books in common,many of which I have read. If you want to, check out my library. Well, off to wake my hubby who is sleeping through his alarm! MB
I'm always interested to hear of 75 group members this side of the Atlantic, and you're probably not that far from me, about 25 miles maybe? I sometimes get trains through Bishops Stortford to Cambridge/Norfolk (where my partner's mum lives)
Hello Rhian - thanks for visiting my 75 thread - can you share your 75 thread link so I can return the favour?
Hello Rhian

I'm a member of the 755 challenge group. I read your post on Becky's thread regarding the loss of your dog.

I'm sorry about this. Dogs are so special.

Glad to be of service! I didn't get around to reviewing it when I read it, but I seem to remember that I wasn't all that impressed. Hope that it's more to your liking.
Hi ReeC,

Thank you so much for adding my novel, The Book to your wishlist! After you've had a chance to read it, I would be so happy to hear what you think.

Thanks again,
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