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CollectionsYour library (1,131), To read (86), Favorites (8), Read but unowned (176), read (503), fiction (392), 2015 reading (74), non-fiction (24), children's/YA (30), Canadian (30), in translation (76), classic fiction (39), crime fiction/true crime (179), fantasy (53), historical fiction (19), horror (31), science fiction (14), e-book (63), Australia (13), Africa (14), Scandinavia (58), Poetry (14), Memoir/bio (10), Religion (3), History (6), Science (3), All collections (1,323)

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Tagsfiction (452), 20th century (249), 21st century (190), English fiction (165), crime fiction (161), American fiction (92), e-book (87), in translation (79), 2015 reading (74), Agatha Christie (1890-1976) (67) — see all tags

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About meI don't remember a time when books weren't an important part of my life. My earliest memories are of my father reading to me, mostly from Beatrix Potter, and from Enid Blyton's Big-Ears and Noddy books. When we took walks together, which was often, he taught me to recite poetry by heart, and William Blake's Songs of Innocence is where he started.

Now I'm 51 years old, twice-divorced, sharing a house with my adult son, and still needing daily doses of reading time to keep me sane. I work retail, and in my spare time I read, paint, reluctantly go to the gym, spend too much time on the computer, and am learning to speak Spanish, which is fun.

About my libraryMy library is mostly fiction. There are a lot of classics, a healthy collection of whodunnits, a growing pile of Swedish crime fiction, interspersed with science fiction, fantasy, best-sellers, and young adult literature. Religious studies was my minor in university, and I have a lot of books on that subject, as well as works on wildlife, biographies and memoirs, travel writing, and tomes about hominid anthropology, mostly out-of-date now.

Favourite books (in alphabetical order):

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Autobiography by Agatha Christie
Armadale by Wilkie Collins
As For Me And My House by Sinclair Ross
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Don't Speak, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel Everett
I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
July's People by Nadine Gordimer
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
My Family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell
My Traitor's Heart by Rian Malan
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Nun's Story by Kathryn Hulme
The Stranger by Albert Camus
To Serve Them all my Days by R.F. Delderfield

Groups100 Books in 2015 Challenge, List Five Books Parlour Game, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Maeve Binchy, William Blake, Bill Bryson, Agatha Christie, J. M. Coetzee, Wilkie Collins, Douglas Coupland, Charles Dickens, Gerald Durrell, John Fowles, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Gaskell, Phoebe Gilman, Nadine Gordimer, Graham Greene, James Herriot, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Joyce, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen King, E. L. Konigsburg, D. H. Lawrence, C. S. Lewis, H.P. Lovecraft, Henning Mankell, L. M. Montgomery, Iris Murdoch, R. K. Narayan, Jo Nesbø, Ann Patchett, Terry Pratchett, J. K. Rowling, José Saramago, Dorothy L. Sayers, Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Patrick White, Laura Ingalls Wilder, P. G. Wodehouse, John Wyndham, Markus Zusak (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresColes - Lynden Park, The Brantford Bookworm

Favorite listsAllie's List of Books I Want To Read, My favourite books, University literature

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Real nameAllie

LocationOntario, Canada

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJul 5, 2012

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