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CollectionsYour library (2,379), Wishlist (13), Favorites (186), Reviewed (338), A stack (1,491), B stack (771), C stack (930), Canada (254), Europe (161), Commonwealth (95), Global (413), Read 2012 (114), Read 2013 (143), Read 2014 (150), Read 2015 (79), Checklist (137), Shortlist (534), jatc (120), bea (266), bcp (186), Currently reading (7), All collections (2,393)

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TagsBritish mystery (441), British literature (284), bea (271), British fiction (216), Biography (194), be (188), bc (187), History (175), Canadian (162), Read 2014 (150) — see all tags

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About my libraryWith a few exceptions, my physical library is constantly changing. Every time we move 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 no longer 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. Although I read all kinds of material I particularly enjoy history, the classics, natural history, biography, 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 other groups, I will be participating in:
   • Club Read 2015
   • 2015 Category challenge

Completed challenges:
   • Commonwealth challenge
   • Europe Endless challenge
   • Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction challenge
   • 2014 Category challenge

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 187 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.

Groups2014 Category Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge, Cats, books, life is good., Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, Club Read 2015, Commonwealth Challengeshow 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, Stuart Neville, George Orwell, Beatrix Potter, Peter Robinson, Vita Sackville-West, Ian Sansom, Dorothy L. Sayers, Carol Shields, Muriel Spark, William Trevor, 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, Waterstones 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)

Favorite lists1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, The Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

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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 readingThe Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
Clouds of witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
Eating dirt : deep forests, big timber and life with the tree-planting tribe by Charlotte Gill
Princess Elizabeth's spy : a Maggie Hope mystery by Susan Elia MacNeal
Portobello : a novel by Ruth Rendell
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