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CollectionsYour library (1,262), To read (179), Favorites (16), Currently reading (3), Read but unowned (199), read (662), fiction (600), 2015 reading (102), non-fiction (76), children's/YA (57), Canadian (57), in translation (96), classic fiction (77), crime fiction/true crime (225), fantasy (80), historical fiction (46), horror (40), science fiction (32), e-book (110), Australia (28), Africa (26), Scandinavia (66), Poetry (17), Memoir/bio (27), 2016 reading (68), drama (4), Religion (6), History (15), Science (6), All collections (1,477)

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About meI don't remember a time when books weren't an important part of my life. Most of my early memories are of my father reading to me. He read me wonderful books: tales by Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton's Noddy & Big Ears stories, Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses, A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh books, and lots of Dr. Seuss stories. We took a lot of walks, my dad and I, and he would recite poetry while we strolled. Very early on, before school age, I knew William Blake's Songs of Innocence, as well as Kipling, Tennyson, and Hardy. I was very well and very lovingly taught, and to this day, decades later, books are still my best friends.

About my libraryMy library is mostly fiction. I have a lot of classic fiction from my university days, a growing collection of Scandinavian crime fiction, every book ever written by Agatha Christie, and a hodgepodge of modern works. I have a long-standing love for works about African wildlife, politics, and South African fiction. I read more non-fiction as I grow older. In recent years I have become interested in the early history of Australia, and in Australian literature. I love true crime and true life travel adventures. I enjoy biographies and memoirs, usually about/by people involved in the preservation of wildlife, or members of the British Royal Family.

A list of favourite books appears on most profile pages, so I am adding my own list. What it says about me, goodness only knows. In alphabetical order by author.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Gerald Durrell: The Authorized Biography by Douglas Botting
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Autobiography by Agatha Christie
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
My Family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel L. Everett
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories by Alexander McCall Smith
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
As For Me and my House by Sinclair Ross
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Paddle to the Amazon by Don Starkell
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, All Writers Considered, 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, Books Read in 2016, My favourite books, University literature

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Real nameAllie

LocationChurchill, Manitoba, Canada

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/ahef1963 (profile)
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Member sinceJul 5, 2012

Currently readingThe Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes
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