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CollectionsYour library (2,177), Wishlist (17), Favorites (162), Reviewed (283), A stack (1,410), B stack (639), C stack (764), Canada (250), Europe (163), Commonwealth (97), Global reading (396), Checklist (140), Shortlist (71), Jatc (350), 2012 (114), 2013 (143), 2014 (146), Currently reading (4), All collections (2,194)

Reviews283 reviews

TagsBritish mystery (405), British literature (277), be (186), bea (185), Biography (175), British fiction (174), History (168), Canadian (158), bc (147), Read 2014 (146) — see all tags

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Recommendations213 recommendations

About my libraryWith a few exceptions, my physical library is constantly changing. Every time we move - and we move often - the collection I own is severely reduced. I wish I still had every book I ever owned and a home big enough to hold them! My collection in LibraryThing contains books that are either currently in my possession or that I have read recently but do not own. I have probably read thousands of books before I joined LibraryThing that are not listed. In recent times I have tried to remember to add a tag indicating the year I read the book but have been inconsistent. Some were re-reads. Although I read all kinds of material I particularly enjoy history, the classics, biography, natural history, travel, feminist literature, and mysteries.

If you drop by, feel free to leave a message. I'd love to hear from you.

As well as hanging out in various groups, I will be participating in:
   • Club Read 2014
   • 2014 Category challenge

In addition to my Wishlist collection I use LibraryThing Lists feature for my wishlist of Virago Modern Classics:
   • Virago Modern Classics

Completed challenges:
   • Commonwealth challenge - completed 2013
   • Europe Endless challenge - completed 2013
   • Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction challenge - completed, ongoing

I'm trying to keep track of the countries where my reading has taken me. Not all the books are in my library.
These are the 186 countries visited so far. The list includes Antarctica, which doesn't show on this map.

My ratings:
Obviously, my personal taste is the crux of the rating. Although it's difficult to rate books that are essentially different, my rating simply indicates how much I enjoyed them or how memorable they were. I also consider if I would recommend the work, and to whom.

5 ★ The crème de la crème
4.5 ★ Excellent read, will be remembered and highly recommended
4 ★ Very good, a book I enjoyed, will remember, and can recommend
3.5 ★ Above average, enjoyable
3 ★ Average, might be forgotten in the mists of time
2.5 ★ Below average but finished
2 ★ It was a slog to finish this one
1 ★ Pathetic, not recommended

Groups2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Commonwealth Challenge, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Mac Users at LibraryThingshow all groups

Favorite authorsElizabeth von Arnim, Kate Atkinson, Jane Austen, Colin Bateman, H. E. Bates, Alan Bennett, E. F. Benson, Pierre Berton, Michael Bond, C. Alan Bradley, Charlotte Brontë, Agatha Christie, Deborah Crombie, Robertson Davies, Colin Dexter, Michael Dibdin, Gerald Durrell, Gwynne Dyer, Kim Echlin, E. M. Forster, Dick Francis, John Galsworthy, Jane Gardam, Elizabeth Gaskell, Germaine Greer, Christopher Hitchens, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Joyce, Margaret Laurence, D. H. Lawrence, Laurie Lee, Henning Mankell, W. Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Denise Mina, W.O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, George Orwell, Beatrix Potter, Peter Robinson, Vita Sackville-West, Ian Sansom, Carol Shields, Muriel Spark, Anthony Trollope, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAudreys Books, Greenwoods' Bookshoppe, Munro's Books, Otter Books, Pack Rat Annie's Used Books, Russell Books, Waterstone's Belfast Fountain

Favorite librariesEdmonton Public Library - Strathcona Branch, Grant MacEwan University - City Centre Library, Linen Hall Library - Belfast, Northern Ireland, Scott Polar Research Institute Library, University of Alberta Libraries - Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta Libraries - Rutherford Library (Humanities and Social Sciences)

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Real nameVivienne

LocationBritish Columbia, Canada

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/VivienneR (profile)
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Member sinceMay 23, 2007

Currently readingA Christmas secret by Anne Perry
Descent: A Novel by Tim Johnston
Thereby hangs a tail by Spencer Quinn
The hockey sweater by Roch Carrier

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