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Member: bibliobeck

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About meCurrently reading:

Just finished (I've been a bit lax about keeping a record):

I'm going for the 50 book challenge again this year!

Here is a list of everything I've read/listened to (love my Kindle!), to date in 2012
and here is a list of everything I read in 2011
My goal this year is to try to equal last year's 61 books.

2010 = 42 books
2011 = 61 books
2012 = ???

I've decided to list a favourite quote from each book (hopefully I'll be able to find one per book!)

1. ‘You can’t afford to carry scars that aren’t yours to heal' from 'The Calling' by Alison Bruce

2. 'I say in my talks it takes two things to make it happen again, a new Hitler and social conditions like in the thirties. But that’s not true. It takes three things: the Hitler, the conditions … and the people to follow the Hitler.’ ‘And don’t you think he’d find them?’ ‘No, not enough of them. I really think people are better and smarter now, not so much thinking their leaders are God.' from 'The Boys From Brazil' by Ira Levin

3. 'Doing something bad on purpose is worse than doing it by mistake. You can mend a mistake but on purpose doesn't just break you, it breaks the whole world bit by bit like the scissors on the rock. I didn't want to be the one who broke the whole world' from 'Pigeon English' by Stephen Kelman

4. 'No problems are temporary until they are over. All problems are potentially permanent' from Tony & Susan' by Austin Wright

5. "There are many different types of rain, and England is famous for all of them. There are showers that start with a light drizzle, then build up to a steady pour. Then there's rain that begins drip drip, gets heavy, then stops, then starts and stops and starts again. Then there's sudden rain that starts quickly when it's sunny, like its only ambition is to make a rainbow and once it's done that, it stops" from 'A Cupboard Full of Coats' by Yvette Edwards

6. "Oft-times I’ll hear a scraping of paper, as if the books are conversing amongst themselves. The sound of knowledge being shared and expanding in the air." from 'The Bones of Avelon' by Phil Rickman

7. "Exciting, yes. That’s what life is supposed to be." from 'Amador Lockdown' by Coral Russell

8. "If you’re like me, you know that sometimes retail therapy is the only thing that will mend a broken heart, calm jangled nerves or soothe your wounded pride." from 'Big Girls Bounce' by Lulu Dean

I've read and reviewed the following for Early Reviewers:

Read and reviewed for Member Giveaway

Read and reviewed for Harvill Secker (Random Books)

Read and reviewed for Dorling Kindersley

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I'm a teacher of Psychology. I love a good bargain and spend more time than I should hunting down good second-hand books. I'm enjoying Asian fiction. at the moment, but my knowledge is limited so any sugestions are always welcome.

About my libraryEver increasing...

I have an eclectic mix of books, but I especially enjoy fiction, psychological and supernatural horror , the Victorian period, the Tudors, a twisting thriller, a good ghost story, cook books, tales from foreign lands, learning something new and old favourites from childhood.

I'm not keen on hardback books unless they have some special attribute but I love a good paperback and I'm not afraid to bend the spine (although bending the corners of pages is a no-no!). I'd never say never, but as things stand the thought of an electronic reader leaves me cold.

Good job I never actually did say never as I got a kindle for Christmas 2010 and I'm already in love with it...I think it loves me too, especially as I'm keeping it warm in a hot pink cover. Books wherever I go: when I'm not reading it, I'm listening to an audiobook Bliss!

'If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need' ~ Cicero, 55BC

Groups50 Book Challenge, Amazon's Kindle, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Brits, Early Reviewers, Ghost Stories, Past and Present, Hobnob with Authors, Most Disturbing Books, ReadaThing, Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night

Favorite authorsJohn Ajvide Lindqvist, Kelley Armstrong, F. G. Cottam, Denis M. MacEoin, Sophie Hannah, Kazuo Ishiguro, Stephen King, Natsuo Kirino, Miyuki Miyabe, Karin Slaughter (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresThe Book Barn, Waterstone's Yeovil

Favorite librariesChard Library

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Real nameBecky


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Member sinceNov 16, 2006

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I enjoyed The Mall very much indeed - I see The Ward will be followed next year by the third in the 'Downside' series, The New Girl. Coming from the UK you are used to horror stories set in familiar settings but I must admit part of the appeal of The Mall is that it is set right here in Johannesburg, in the Northern suburbs where I live, and features South African shops. Most South African popular fiction is set inCape Town so its a thrill to find a book set right here in Jozi.

I don't review books for a living but it is part of my job and, believe me, I know how incredibly lucky I am. The Mall was actually a review copy and I see I neglected to write it up. Oh dear. With limited space for book reviews though our papers tend to go for more literary works and rather turn their noses up at thrillers, mysteries and anything which might be considered 'easy to read'.

Thanks for replying and for telling me about the new SL Grey.

Dear Becky,

it's so nice to find someone who also enjoys Jonathan Aycliffe amd FG Cottam, not to mention Leather's supernatural series and the mysterious Quincunx. I see you liked the end of The Waiting Room? I agree with you that Cottam's endings are the weakest point of his books but personally feel the end of The Waiting Room was particuarly unsatisfactory. I see you also read Adam Nevill - I certainly enjoyed his latest book. Strange about Leather though - his supernatural trilogy was wonderful yet his other adventure type books bore me. I am so pleased to have found your collection and am going to add it to interesting libraries. Cheers.
Thanks for the great review!
Thanks so much! We appreciate it.
hi bibliobeck,
just wanted to thank you (as I did in the topic thread) where you recommended [Dark Matter] to me. It really does sound perfect for me.

though we only have 36 books in common, it seems we have very similar tastes. I will have to comb your library for some new finds.

I also have been getting into Asian fiction. My favorite of recent years was [Battle Royale]. Written some 10 or 12 years ago (I mention this because I see you have [The Hunger Games], which it is similar to) it is chilling, violent and relentless -- is sooo much a better story than that previously mentioned book.

well, is kind of crazy here at work and my lunch time is over. will take a look at your library soon.

thanks again,
magnumpigg (Ansley)
Thanks for letting me know! Hope you enjoy the book. Oh yeah, and I like your profile pic too! :)
Oh bummer! Well, at least you know Matt is right.

So out of curiosity, what masterpiece of modern cinema were you going to watch?

I'm surprised there isn't already some sort of European version of Netflix, offering DVDs to your mailbox and streaming content on-line. That must be good news for your video stores. Here anymore they are few and far between. One of the giants, Hollywood Video is out of business and the other giant, Blockbuster has a lot fewer stores than they used to.

It is sad to see, especially knowing that bookstores will likely go the same way sooner rather than later.
Thanks Bibliobeck, and sorry for not answering ´til now, but I honestly didn´t see your message. I just finished The Small Hand, and I liked it, but maybe not as much as her other books. I don´t think anything she´ll write will be on par with The Woman in Black which was the first Susan Hill story I read. I actually have a vague memory of having seen it on the telly ages ago, and, shamefully enough, it scared the shit out of me.
Hi Becky,

Thanks for the recommendations. The Jonathan Aycliffe looks especially interesting. The Miyuki Miyabe also looks good. I have been on the lookout for good new horror; all my favorite horror authors have either taken a break or switched genres. Stephen Gregory went to Hollywood to write screenplays and hasn't been the same since coming back. Phil Rickman only seems to write procedurals now. Kim Wilkins switched to fantasy. And Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, and Caitlin Kiernan don't write as much any more. Owl Goingback is kind of hard to find. I had to send away for Crota, and still have send away for his other books. It never fails, be an award winning horror author, and it takes a bloodhound to track down your works. My favorite horror, but then again not really horror, book is still The Girl in the Swing. It's still hard to believe it came from the same man as Watership Down.

I love to chat about books, but I don't want to monopolize your comment section, or your time. If you would also like to, let me know and I'll use the email link instead.

Hi Becky,

I still haven't gotten far into the book, but it has grabbed me from the beginning. I really like the tone of the book, it is very engaging. It is always a good sign when seredipity strikes; I found Out in a small library discard sale a day after I started reading Grotesque. I was pleased.

As much as I enjoy Asian Cinema, I am shamed to say I haven't read a lot of Asian fiction, just the Ring books. But I usually go on a jag when I find something new I like, so if I run into something good I'll give you a shout. I, also, would welcome any suggestions that you have.

I read your review of Grotesque. While I have just started on the book, I think it is spot on.
Hi B-Beck~ That's good to know about Cottam. I am particularly fond of dark and scary vs gory and bloody, so his work might be up my alley. Atmospheric and creepy rate high with me :) I'll let you know what I think of the other two Langan books - keeping my fingers crossed I like them more than the first one - and congrats for finishing! Janet
Hi Bibliobeck~ Thanks for the comment. I must be a glutton for punishment because I'm reading Audrey's Door right now, and then plan to read The Missing by Langan. Just something about sequels that compels me to read them. I see that you have F G Cottam as a favorite author. I just ordered one of his(?) books from amazon. Cottam's work looks interesting! Janet

LibraryThing contacted me and indicated you were one of the winners of the Early Reviewer Giveaway. Please send me your e-mail address (mine is, and I'll send you a copy of the e-book.

Thanks for entering the giveaway,


Hi Bibliobeck,

I just saw your response in regards to my question on the "Bump in the Night" board. Thanks for the recommendations for Naomi's Room I will definately check it out.

Thanks for your reply. I'll definitely keep on searching for freebies. Actually my son told me recently that he had heard of somewhere that offers free books so I'll have to look into that a bit harder and I'll definitely let you know if I come up with anything. It's great to have other 'booky' people to chat to about all these things. I didn't realise you were quite that close! I'm actually in Plymouth so probably about as far away as it's possible to get but still be in Devon, but it's really good to gather up a few more Brits on this site. Everyone I have chatted to so far has been lovely but I do feel a bit in the minority when they all start going on about some book that hasn't been published over here yet or something they've seen on TV that I've never heard of.
Hi Becky. I've just added you to my interesting libraries - hope you don't mind me having a bit of a browse. To be honest, I first became aware of you because of a question you posted on the ER site (I've only just signed up with ER and have been promised my first book so very excited about the whole thing). You asked whether anyone knew of any publishers in the UK who do ER copies and I just wondered whether you'd ever got an answer to your question and knew of anyone? I'm still trying to get my head around the idea that there are people out there who actually give books away - can hardly believe it!
Best wishes
Hello and welcome to 40-Something Library Thingers! Please feel free to start topics. I have run out of ideas..:)
Hi bibliobeck,
Have just seen your message in the thread answering mine about the 'Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural' series published by Wordsworth.As its a time since you posted(sorry for the delay in answering) I thought that it would be best to get back to you on your own page.
Anyway the titles that I own already are The Bell in the Fog & Other Stories by Gertrude Atherton,The Bishop of Hell & Other Stories by Marjorie Bowen (Really good this one) The Crimson Blind & Other Stories by H.D.Everett (another good one) A Night on the Moor & Other Tales of Dread by R.Murray Gilchrist,Couching at the Door by D.K.Broster and The Right Hand of Doom & Other Tales of Soloman Kane. There are others in this series but I haven't got them.If you go to Wordsworth's web site you can view the whole list.
Hope this is of help and again regrets for not picking up earlier.
Let me know if I can be of any more help.
Best wishes
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