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CollectionsRead in 2014 (29), Currently reading (1), Read in 2012 (44), Read in 2011 (79), Read in 2010 (159), Read in 2013 (47), To read (68), Your library (483), Read but unowned (303), Wishlist (38), Watchlist (27), All collections (856)

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Tagshistorical fiction (109), non-fiction (104), fantasy (102), crime fiction (89), 01 (87), romance (82), 02 (75), police procedural (72), tbr (68), humour (66) — see all tags

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About meI'm in my mid 20's and have been a bookworm for as long as I remember. I have a honours degree in Building Science and have just completed my BA in Classics. I love animals and volunteer at the local SPCA shelter with the feline team, which I love. Being a Kiwi who grew up rurally, I'm a big sports fan and while I'm currently only an arm chair traveller that will change. One day.

My 11 in 11 challenge thread begins here.
My 12 in 12 challenge thread starts off here.
My 2013 Categorical Challenge kicks off here.

About my libraryMy library is primarily crime/mystery fiction, historical fiction, fantasy and chic lit with a healthy dose of non-fiction. I buy as many books as possible and I keep them all. I also make good use of the public library, generally when I can't afford pretty new shinys. If I find an author I like I'll often read as much of their work as I can get my hands on.

Notes on my collections:
- My Library Collection lists the books I own.
- The To Read Collection is my Mount TBR and all books are from my Library Collection.
- My Wishlist Collection has the books that I intend to buy at some point.

My rating system is:

* Didn't like it.
** Didn't particularly like it, but has some good features.
*** Average. In many cases a 'fluff' read.
**** Very good, I just have a couple of small quibbles.
***** Excellent. Loved it.

A book with no rating is probably a book I read awhile back and can't remember well enough to rate. A one star rating is the lowest meaningful rating.

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Cats, books, life is good., Crime, Thriller & Mystery, FantasyFans, Happy Heathens, Historical Fiction, New Zealand Thingamabrarians, Non-Fiction Readers, Romance - from historical to contemporaryshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Jennifer Crusie, Sara Donati, Diana Gabaldon, Georgette Heyer, Michelle Holman, Robert Jordan, Susanna Kearsley, George R. R. Martin, Nora Roberts, Brandon Sanderson, Kamila Shamsie (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresUnity Books

Favorite librariesCentral Library, Wellington City Libraries, Karori Library

Real nameAlana

LocationWellington, New Zealand

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceFeb 1, 2010

Currently readingDangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold

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Hello, I was just checking on how you liked the book selection I made for you for santathing. If you have a moment please let me know. I hope all is well.

Hi Alana,

I'm Jenn - nittnut on 75ers. I currently live in Colorado. My husband is considering a job in Wellington. We honestly don't know much about New Zealand. Lisa thought you might give me some impression of what it would be like for us to live there. I have 3 kids (14, 9 and 6) who would need to go to school. We have no idea of where we would be living. We do know that the job would be right downtown.

Anything you can think of would be great. I think it would be such a great opportunity for my family - especially the kids - to live outside the USA for awhile.

Southernkiwi I am glad you like the books. I think you will enjoy them, they are some of my favorites, I also would have liked to have gotten you The Deviners by Libba Bray but I didn't quite have enough to get you that one as well, but I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good book. Please let me know what you think of the books after your done reading them. Have a great new year!!
Kerry (avataikh)put me on to you as a someone who might be interested in doing an Asia/Pacific book swap for this Christmas. My idea was that, for those interested, I would allocate people a person each to give a book to, they would message their person a list of 10 (or 20 or 50) books that they wouldnt mind losing from their collection, and the person would message back their choice, or a list of their preferences. So everyone would send and everyone would receive one book.
Would you be keen? There are about 7 each from Aus and NZ that I am contacting, plus one in Malaysia.
Message me back by 10 November if you are interested!
Thanks, Megan
Hi again Alana! Have had a busy last week, to say the least (will tell you on my thread!), so I still have some 250 pages to go on "The little friend" before being ready to dive into "Things fall apart". I'll set up the group today, but it might be a few days into april before I start reading the book. Hope you're still up for it :)

Hi Alana!

April is approaching and I'm looking forward to reading "Things fall apart" with you :) It's rather short, so I expect it'll just be a week or so. Will you be up for it in the beginning of april, or should we wait a week or two? Basically, I'm just asking to know how to pace my reading for the rest of march - so I'm not in the middle of some brick when you're chomping on the bit to get started!

I hope you enjoy "The Interpretation of Murder" - it was a random library grab for me a few years ago, and I ended up really liking it. It seemed to fit your reading interests pretty well, I had to do a bit of searching to remember the name of it. Now it's on my re-read list again. So many books, so little time... I hope the other books show up soon! Last year it took until the end of January for all of my books to show up, I was pleasantly surprised to get mine so early this year!
Hope you enjoyed your SantaThing books - thanks for picking mine out, they're great!

Even your normal pace of "a little more than a book a week" is something I can't to do. It's nice to know people like you. I'm inspired. My average is one book a month and my friends call me well read.. tsk tsk.. =)

Many thanks Alana!

By the way, how were you able read 160 books in a year? I envy you! =)


I do hope you enjoy the books, Alana! I used your 11 in 11 challenge as a guide to help me select books you might like. Have a very Happy New Year!
You're welcome! I hope you enjoy the Jane Austen mysteries if you're able to get hold of them.
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