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CollectionsYour library (1,134)

Reviews692 reviews

TagsRead (983), UK (472), USA (231), tbr (123), Germany (76), France (59), Italy (41), Read more than once or will read again (33), Spain (33), Russia (28) — see all tags

MediaNot set (2), Book (1,131), Paper Book (1,073), Audiobook (11), Ebook (13), Unknown (1)

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About meSince I could read I've never been without a book on the go and reading novels and travel books is a big part of what I do. I am part of a book group in the North West of England, which constantly encourages me to widen my reading. I currently work in the NHS and I am trying to adjust to life back in Manchester, after spending a year travelling in our VW camper van. You can read about the trip at:

About my libraryI always have itchy feet and want to travel and books are an affordable way to do this. I have set myself the challenge of reading at least one book set in each country in the world. The book does not have to be written by a native of the country, although this is preferable. I am finding this quite challenging for some countries.
I have used the UN list of countries and added Kosovo since I started and included Palestine (total 195), although this is not in the UN list. I have current either read or have on my to be read (tbr) pile books set in 112 of these 195 countries. I have concentrated on Europe, as this is where I live initially. The list by continent is below. In February 2013, my tally was:
Africa - Read or tbr 21 out of 53
Asia - Read or tbr 24 out of 45
Europe - Read or tbr 41 out of 48
North America (including the Caribbean)- Read or tbr 11 out of 23
Oceania - Read or tbr 6 out of 14
South America - Read or tbr 9 out of 12

I use Library Thing to keep a record of what I have read and what I have yet to read. I have recently updated my books, so everything I have read since 1992 is now in my library. We live in a small flat and don't have much room to keep lots of books and we try and ensure the clutter never gets too much. Library Thing is one way to retain a book shelf, even if it is virtual. I find Read It Swap It excellent to swap books after I've read them.

GroupsA Quieter LibraryThing, Atheist Fiction, Bits for Brits, Books that made me think, Fans of Russian authors, Happy Heathens, Reading Globally, Travel and Exploration literature, Undiscovered Gems

Favorite authorsFannie Flagg, Graham Greene, John Irving, Magnus Mills, Geoff Nicholson, Rachel Seiffert, Anne Tyler (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresCeilidh Place Bookshop, Stanfords, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

Favorite librariesBroadwalk Library


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LocationManchester, England

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 15, 2007

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