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About meI've been a passionate bookworm all my life, often found curled up with a book on the stairs as a child. I'm a pretty eclectic reader but favourites include nineteenth century classics, Eurocrime, history, historical biography, science and travel.

About my libraryBooks catalogued include those in my library and those I've read since 2003. Ratings are generally only given to books for reading, so usually don't include reference or text books.
5-an all-time favourite (last star often added later), 4-excellent; 3.5-good, reluctant to put down; 3-OK, solid read; 2-disappointing, may not have finished; 1-disliked (usually a lot!)
NIL Fiction or NIL Nonfiction = rated books that are Not in Library

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Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Jane Austen, J. L. Carr, Alistair Cooke, Charles Dickens, Sarah Dunant, Margaret Elphinstone, Lisa Jardine, Laurie R. King, Donna Leon, Jan Morris, Patrick O'Brian, Simon Schama, Claire Tomalin, Jenny Uglow, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

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How does 'Don Fernando' by W Somerset Maugham sound for your challenge Will?
Hi Will, Happy New Year!. The RG board is still down today. Maybe you have found us on fb already (though I can't get on fb from work)? It's quite possible that they won't even start trying to fix the fault until Monday, if Charlotte is away until then.
Helen
Hi Will, Thanks for the challenge. I'd like to challenge you to read North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Happy New Year, Shona
Hi Will. Sorry I didn't reply sooner but I see Shona has let you know the board is down. Sam has let Charlotte know who was going to pass it ion. Hopefully it will be back soon.
The forum is down and likely to be for a few days - they do know there is a problem.
Lots of Facebook chat about it :)
Hi Will

Thanks for your challenge. My challenge to you is The Father Brown Stories by G K Chesterton. Regards Beth.
Hi Will

Well you can read it three times if you like....seriously, I apologize, I don't know how that happened, probably a dodgy computer connection which didn't show that it had gone through.

Madeleine
Hi Will, I would like to challenge you to read The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley. I know it is long, but I think you will enjoy it.
love Helen
Hi Will

My challenge to you is The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey. I hope you enjoy it!

Madeleine
Hi Will

My challenge to you is The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey. I hope you enjoy it!

Madeleine
Hi Will

My challenge to you is The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey. I hope you enjoy it!

Madeleine
Thanks for my challenge, Will. My challenge for you is Possession by A S Byatt. It's been on my TBR pile for quite some time and is will be interested to know what you think of it.
Thanks Will.
Thanks for the challenge.
I'd like to challenge you to read The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde. Good fun!
Hi Will, thank you for your challenge. The Shipping News is a great choice. I've had it for years - I went through a phase of collecting all (or nearly all) of Annie Proulx's books. The only reason I didn't read it back then was that I watched the film on the tv & I didn't want to read the book too soon after seeing the film. Of course that was years ago - so it's well time I read it!
My challenge to you is A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon - this is short and sweet, and I hope you enjoy it.
Can we try 11-22-63 by Stephen King, can't see a rating or a tag, fingers crossed :)
My challenge to you is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon because it really made me think and I think you might enjoy it too.
Glad you haven't read it! Hope you enjoy it.
OK I'll have another go! How about Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier? Hope you haven't read it!

Madeleine
OK, hope you haven't read this one! I'd like to challenge you to read Tom-All-Alone's by Lynn Shepherd. I've just read it and loved it, hope you like it too.

Madeleine
Thanks Will, might take a while! I'll get browsing.
Hi Will, thanks for your challenge - I'm genuinely looking forward to reading it. I was like a child in a sweet shop looking through your books! You have so many which I've either loved, or really want to read, but after much deliberation I went for Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant. It's on my tbr pile as well, so I'm also going to try to read it. Hope you enjoy it, Ruth :)
Hi Will

Your "to read" list seems to have disappeared! Any hints as to which books you haven't read?

Thanks

Madeleine
Hi Will. Thanks for your challenge I look forward to seeing what I think of Donna Leon. My challenge to you is Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra.
Wow, Will, I'm really pleased you got to grips with Don Quixote, I do feel a bit bad about it though!! Thanks for this year's challenge, mine to you is Ashenden by William Somerset Maugham. Happy reading. :)

Sam
Ok trying again and I have a back up ;) - my challenge is Can you forgive her by Anthony Trollope. Hope that is ok, Shona
Completely forgot to check ;) Will - off to check again :)
Hi Will, My challenge to you is Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - I think it is a fabulous read and hope you like it too :)
Sounds good thanks Will will be choosing books for you and other folk later in the weekend :)
Thanks Will. I enjoyed the film several years ago so it'll be interesting to compare the two.

Madeleine
Thanks for your challenge, Will. My challenge for you is The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. It's on my TBR pile so will be interested to know what you think of it!
Hi Wil, I have read it but not rated it so could you choose again. If you look under collections on my profile and click the to read list they should be ok - I hope!
Thanks, Shona
Thanks Will - I will read The Sword in the Stone - It looks a beautiful book so can't wait!!
Hi again,
I challenge you to read Catch 22 - I keep meaning to getting round to this one so will try to read too.

Enjoy,
cheryl
Hi Will,
I'm really sorry but I just realised my library wasn't quite up to date. I did start The Children's Book but couldn't get into so I actually left it in Turkey. Could you choose another one for me - sorry to be a pain.

cheryl
Aw I felt bad about DQ - I didn't read it in the end, opted for the graphic novel version. As for 'Paradise Lost' it won't take you long at all. I flew through it as read it more to see what it was about as I'd heard so much about it over the years.
Hi Will, I'd like you to read 'Paradise Lost' by John Milton. :)
Hi Will

As requested a new challenge for you. This time I'll try The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric.

Beth
Hi Will

I'd like to challenge you to Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup.

Beth
hi Will

I'd like to challenge you to read The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruis Zafon. I loved Shadow of the Wind but haven't read this one yet, hope you enjoy it.
Thanks Will for the challenge.

I have the books published so far, strange that they don't seem to be re-issuing them in chronological order though.

I'll get round to choosing my challenge for you soon.
Thanks for your challenge, Will. Look forward to reading it! My challenge for you is Stone's Fall by Iain Pears. I loved it, so I hope you enjoy it, too.
Hi Will, My challenge for you is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon - I loved it and hope you do too, love Shona
How about Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr
Hi Will, I would like to challenge you to read Transgressions by Sarah Dunant
Hi Will
OFSTED looms so am trying to be organised.
Please could you read Shipping News by Annie Proulx because I really liked it
Hi Will,

Thanks for the challenge, not sure how I came by the book but I seem to remember picking it up in my local Waterstones and reading the first few pages and ending up buying it. For your challenge I have decided to go for fiction this year and have chosen 'Middlesex' by Jeffrey Eugenides, I read it a few years back and remember enjoying it very much, a real quirky read. Hope that's ok but if not let me know and I will pick another.

Tess
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Hi Will,
Thank you for my challenge looking forward to starting it. I challenge you The Siege of Krishnapur-JG Farrell.

Nicola x
Hi Will

My challenge to you is English Music by Peter Ackroyd. I read this a few years ago when I picked up a copy in a Charing Cross Road bookshop. I hope you like it.
Hiya, my challenge to you is 'The Blue Afternoon' by William Boyd. Sam x
Hi Will, thanks for the challenge. I challenge you to read Roseanna by Maj Sjowall. I've got this set as well so will be interested to hear what you think of it.

Beth
Thanks so much for the challenge Will. I will enjoy (hopefully) another book set in my own area.
Will, thank you for your challenge. As you know I am a fan of Laurie King, so I will look forward to reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice.
For your challenge, I would like to chose Kept: A Victorian Mystery by J.D. Taylor. It is one that has been on my tbr pile for a while, so I will try to read it too.
Helen
Thanks, Will. Remarkable Creatures sounds promising.

Caroline
Hi Will

We do have different tastes in reading but I was very impressed with your collection. Thank you for choosing Steig Larssons book for me, I can't wait to get started.

I have chose for you Jane Austin, A Life by Claire Tomalin. It's a book that would interest me (believe it or not!) so I would be interested in what you think of it.

Hope you enjoy

Ceri x
Hi Will. My challenge to you is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. One of my favourites.
Thank you (I think) for my challenge, have been a bit scared of the reviews but am now persuaded! My challenge to you is "The Last Witchfinder" by James Morrow, I really liked this one.
Hi Will,
My challenge to you is Miss Garnet's Angel. Not sure if it's your sort of thing but it is my favourite book by Sally Vickers. Hope you enjoy.

Cheryl
Hi Will, I'm going to challenge you to read The Mitford Girls by Mary S. Lovell. It's a book I have had forever and have never got round to reading, so it would be interesting to hear your thoughts on it.

Nicola
Hi Will,

Thanks so much for the challenge. I've read a few Dickens' but not for some time, and I've never read Bleak House. However, I've had it earmarked as one I must read soon, so I'm really pleased to get the challenge!

They have the DVD set of the adaptation in the local library. I nearly borrowed it the other week, but thought that I would wait until I had read the book.

I'm really looking forward to this one!

Thanks again,

Ruth
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Hi Will, Thanks for your challenge - look forward to reading it. A bit of a tome for me to get my teeth into!! My challenge for you is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I loved it, so will be interested to know what you think of it. x
Ironic isn't it that was the one I chose! How about The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende?
Shona x
Not a problem Will - good to be challenged some bigger books as they are often ones that stay on the shelf even though you know you will be interested and may well love!
Thanks, Shona x
I'd like to challenge you to read a slightly shorter book, The City and The City by China Mieville, and will try to read it myself as it is sitting on my tbr pile!
Hi Will,

You have some fabulous books!! After much deliberation, I've chosen Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt for the 2011 challenge. I have it on my tbr, so am also going to try and read it. I hope you enjoy it!

Ruth
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Yes. Don't want to finish it.
Eloquence and learning at every turn...
May I ask what is/are your favourite works of Schama apart from this?
Hi Willoyd,
I see that we are amongst a select band of Thingers already to have a copy of Simons Schama's Scribble. Have you started it yet? I am dipping in here and there, it being the anniversary of 9/11 and all. It is like confectionery for the mind. I just finished his piece on Isaiah Berlin. Wonderful.

Best regards,
Hi Willoyd
I have chosen for the 2010 challenge Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris. Hope this is ok??
Nixy
If you enjoyed Frater's "Chasing the Monsoon", I can highly recommend his book on the South Pacific: "The Torrid Zone".
Hi Will

Thanks for challenging me with the Siege of Krishnapur. I remember either the Book Club or A Good Read was talking about it on Radio 4, and it sounded really interesting and full of humour. Of course, I had to have it, and then I had to have Troubles, then The Singapore Grip, not that I've read any of them yet! Anyway, I suppose what I'm trying to say is that I'm really looking forward to reading it.

My challenge to you is Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. I read it about 8 years ago and found it was one of those books that stayed with me and I didn't realise how much I enjoyed it until I'd finished it. Hope you enjoy it too.

Michaela
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Hi Will,

Thankyou so much for my challenge. I really enjoy non-fiction and I love getting my teeth into huge books so this is the perfect choice. I couldn't resist buying this when it came out as I find Hitler a fascinating character. I'm just glad you didn't challenge me to read Mein Kampf (although I am determined to try and read it one day).

Tess
xxx
Hi Will,

For the 2010 reading challenge I would like you to read 'Dry Store Room No1' by Richard Fortey. I have it on my tbr pile so it will be interesting to hear your views. Hope that's ok.

Tess
xxx
OK Will my challenge for you is The WEll-Beloved. I read it a couple of years ago with my reading group because it had local relevance to us. It will be interesting to see what someone who isn't from the area will think of it.

Thanks
Cheryl
Sorry Will, Crow Country should have had pl. If you don't mind, I'd like to read CC soon, as I've become a bit corvid-fixated of late, and so will read The Cruellest Miles as my 2010 challenge.

ailie
Brilliant choice, Will. The only trouble is going to be holding off from reading it until 2010 :)
Hi Will,

I'd like to challenge you to read Leviathan by Philip Hoare. I've just bought this and so I'll be interested to hear what you make of it.

ailie
Hi Will
Thanks for the challenge have heard great things about this book, I'd like to challenge you to read Crow Stone by Jenni Mills as I've got it too and would like you to talk me into reading it soon :)
Liz x
Hi Will and thanks for your challenge. My challenge to you is Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell. I've had this on my tbr pile for ages and would like to read it as well. Val x
The Blood Detective, Dan Waddell, loved this!
Louise x
The Blood Detective, Dan Waddell, loved this!
Louise x
Hi Will,
Lovely challenge! Mine for you is: 'The Last Witchfinder' James Morrow, very quirky and stayed with me for a long time.
Hi Will,
Thanks for the challenge - is there a specific tag I need to choose yours from?

Cheryl
Thanks Will - had just challenged someone else to this so it was already on my mind! Sounds very promising,Shona
Hi Will. Thanks for the challenge, it certainly looks good. I challenge you to read The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Hope you enjoy it.

Caroline
Hi Will, thank for your challenge. My challenge to you is The Meaning of the Night by Michael Cox.
Thanks for the challenge Will. I have heard so many good things about this book, and have been meaning to get around to it...looking forward to reading it!
xx
Thank you for the challenge Will. I don't see why you shouldn't challenge me to the same book that I challenged you. I have posted on the thread to see if anyone else thinks differently.
Hi Will,

For the 2010 challenge, I have picked All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, for you to read. I thought this was a very moving book - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Ruth
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Hi Will, thanks for your choice. I'm sure I shall enjoy it! Vanessa
lol Will. I wouldn't have minded honestly as it's my 2009 challenge to myself and then again in 2010 as unsurprisingly with Josh having just come along I never got it read. Did you enjoy it? I am DETERMINED to read it in 2010 (watch this space lol). Thanks for your challenge. I still haven't got round to reading the one I challenged you for this year though.
Hi Will, I would like to challenge you to read Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor. It's on my TBR pile, too. Hope you enjoy it! Vanessa.
Hi Will, I'd like to challenge you to read 'Footprints in the Sand' by Sarah Challis and I'll try to read it as well, take care Shona
Hi Will, for your 2010 Reading Challenge I would like to challenge you to read Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe - partly because I know you have an interest in classics, and partly to encourage me to read it too!

Love, Helen
Hiya, for the 2010 reading challenge could you read 'Burning Bright' by Tracy Chevalier. I've been a bit easier on you this year. ;) Sam :)
Will, for the 2010 reading challenge I have chosen The Reader by Bernhard Schlink for you to read. I read it this year and found it tricky, so I'd be interested to know your thoughts.

Nicola
Hi Will, We seem to be doing a lot of apologising to each other!!! It's not a problem at all to rechoose - you have an inspiring library with such a variety of books, it really is a pleasure to look through! I've chosen The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens. I hope that's OK? It was one of many that caught my eye!
Thanks for my challenge. I have read the 39 Steps and really enjoyed Buchan's style of writing. I notice you even have Chaucer in your library - 5 stars too! Very impressive!
Enjoy! Michelle
Hi Will,
I must apologise because I was doing my librarything a few months ago when my computer brokedown. We have just got a new one and are back in the e-world. I hadn't tagged my books as unread before the breakdown! I have done now and have found that now I'm back online people have chosen books for me that I've read. My fault I know!! I have read Wuthering Heights many years ago when I was 17!! I absolutely loved the book! (One of few I think). I would love to read it again but does that count? I must apologise, I have updated my library and am continually doing so, if you would like to choose me something else that that's fine too. Hope it's not too much of an inconvenience. Many Thanks Michelle
Hi Will,
I challenge you to read Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson, I have a couple of hers on my unread pile.
Michelle
Sorry about that Will. And you rated it 5*s as well!

Please can I challenge you to read Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson. It is one on my tbr pile that I have been meaning to read for a while (I enjoyed Human Croquet) - so hopefully I will read it with you!
Diolch. Cymru am byth!
Thanks Will,
My Challenge for you is My Name is Red hopefully for obvious reasons!! I don't think anyone else on the forum has attempted Pamuk and I hope you enjoy.

Cheryl
Hi Willoyd,

Sorry I was away when you joined the boards. I have seen your post that you challenge me to read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. That's great, I have been meaning to catch on up on a few classics for a while now.

I would like to challenge you to read The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis - I have been on a crusade recently to read more women's sci-fi and this book looms large (I read it on holiday last week - I really enjoyed it and OH did too!), and I would love to hear your views on it.
Ok - Challenge part 2 !! Have now changed the viewing screen to see the rated books and I'd like to challenge you to read 'The End of Mr Y' by Scarlett Thomas. Several of the reading group read it for a weekend away and passed on a copy. It does sound good so I'll be reading it with you, love Shona
Hi Will, Would like to challenge you[and me!]to read 'The Conjuror's Bird' by Martin Davies. I have heard good things about it so I hope we enjoy it, love Shona x
Thanks Will, Thanks for you comments on my library and for your pick - a book that has tempted but not jumped off the shelf so it will be good to find out what it is really like. Off to browse your library and pick one for you - all good fun! love Shona x
Hi Will. Thanks for the challenge. I would like to challenge you to read The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac. Hope you enjoy it. Caroline
Hi, thanks for the cahllenge, Smithy gave it me at the weekend away so am intrigued, am doing this fast as its break! My challenge is one I've read and found quirky and interesting: The Last Witchfinder James Morrow. Enjoy
Hi Willoyd,
Thanks for your challenge. I challenge you to read The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber- I really enjoyed this so hope you do too!
Becky x
Willoyd

Thanks for your challenge. Re the 1599 book - I think I just got carried away with my tagging! It's not one I've read yet but am looking forward to it.

I am looking forward to reading Winter in Madrid.

Michaela
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Thanks Will - that was an excellent choice. I am trying to read more Scottish writing than I do and so I will look forward to it.
Hi Will, sorry didn't realise some of your books were read. As you have the second book in the series will you read that instead.

Thank you for the prompt to read Jasper Fforde, he's one of those authors I'm always meaning to read and never seem to get round to.
Hi Willoyd

For your 2009 reading challenge I would like you to read Clerkenwell Tales by Peter Ackroyd. I've had this book for ages so will try and read it next year as well.

Val x
Hi Will - thanks for your challenge...I am looking forward to reading it.

I have picked Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym, for you to read. I have it on my tbr as well, so I will read it too.

Hope you enjoy it!

Ruth x
Hi Will, thanks for you challenge. It's fine to challenge me with a choice I've challenged someone else with. It'll encourage me to read it even more! I shall look forward to it. Vanessa x
Hi Will,

Great choice, this is another of those books I keep meaning to read and never getting round to. I'm sure I'm going to love it.

Tess
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Thanks Will, brilliant choice - you are right, it would remain permanently tucked away! It was one of my dad's favourites so I will enjoy digging it out and savouring :)
Hi Will, I am challenging you to read Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin. I hope that you enjoy it - ailie
hi will
i'd like to challenge you to read The Dante Trap by Arnaud Delalande, happy reading, liz x
Hi Will, I am challenging you to read "Star of the Sea" by Joseph O'Connor for the Reading Group challenge 2009 - hope you enjoy (Saruk)
Will

My challenge to you is for you to read "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy. I haven't read it yet either (having fairly recently acquired it), so will read it next year too.

Hope this is okay!

Michaela
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Hi Will, for the reading challenge I'd like you to read The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez.
Thanks Will. It'll do me good to read it as I can't quite see what folks see in Austen. I've tried and not liked P&P and found Emma okay, so this'll be a good experience. Thank you.
Hi Will,

For the Reading Challenge 2009 please would you read BLOOD RIVER: A JOURNEY TO AFRICA'S BROKEN HEART by TIM BUTCHER. It was one of my favourite books of 2007 and it really opened my eyes to Africa's sad past. Hope you approve.

Tess
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Hi Will, for your reading challenge 2009 I would like you to read The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscales. It's a book which I have on my TBR pile so I shall be interested to know what you think of it. Vanessa
Hi Will, I note that you like non-fiction. It's not something I read a lot of, but I do have some on my TBR pile. So I'm challenging you to read The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl, and I will read it as well, as it's one I have already.

Nicola
Hi Will, I'm going to give you a classic for your 2009 Reading Challenge, in the form of 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes. It'll prompt me to read it as well. Sam
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