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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 50 years old, twice divorced, two grown children and one in her mid-teens, unemployed, living with my son, and subsisting on the joys of friendship with the characters I've met in the pages of great novels, or of interesting lives. Very few people in real life are as alive to me as great characters from fiction.

About my libraryMy library has a bit of everything. Classic literature, fantasy, science fiction, crime novels, lots of Pratchett, Gaiman, Grahame Greene, Jose Saramago, all the Harry Potters, lots of Gerald Durrell and Agatha Christie.

And here are some of my favourite books:
Canadiana (I am a proud Canadian citizen and resident.)
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- As For Me and my House by Sinclair Ross
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
- The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

- Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
- My Family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell
- Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- Autobiography by Agatha Christie
- Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
- No Previous Experience by Elspeth Cameron

Classic Literature
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- The Stranger by Albert Camus
- Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Young Adult Fiction
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Goodnight, Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
- I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Dystopia/Horror not already listed
- Jingo by Terry Pratchett
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre by H.P. Lovecraft
- The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Everything Else
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
- Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
- Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago
- To Serve them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield
- Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy
- Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
- The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Groups50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, Agatha Christie, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Canadian Bookworms, ReadaThing

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Mark Billingham, Maeve Binchy, Bill Bryson, Agatha Christie, J.M. Coetzee, Douglas Coupland, Gerald Durrell, John Fowles, Neil Gaiman, Graham Greene, James Herriot, James Joyce, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen King, D. H. Lawrence, C. S. Lewis, H. P. Lovecraft, Gwyn McVay, Iris Murdoch, Terry Pratchett, Peter Robinson, José Saramago, Dorothy L. Sayers, Alexander McCall Smith, Wallace Stegner, Miriam Toews, Patrick White, Laura Ingalls Wilder, John Wyndham (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresThe 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

Currently readingThe Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King
Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo

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Just a heads up to say I've finished adding books to the Novel Cure list, all 742 of them, if you'd like to take another look.
Wow! Your review clinches the deal. The Autobiography will be my next bedside book. And absolutely add me as an LT friend. I'll add you as well :)
Hi there! A few of your reviews popped up in the "Connection news" section of my homepage so I stopped by your profile. We share quite a few books, apparently (over 100)! Glad to see Microserfs on your list of favourites; that's my favourite Coupland book and figures quite prominently on my own list of all-time favourites. :) And thanks for the reminder (via your list) to get to Agatha Christie's autobiography sooner rather than later!

Have a good evening!
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