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CollectionsYour library (2,045), To read (756), Currently reading (5), Read but unowned (637), Favorites (219), Ebooks (584), Paper copy on a shelf (1,500), In Omnibus Edition (65), Reference (80), Fiction (1,674), Non-Fiction (870), Knitting (17), Cookery (18), Biography & Memoir (73), Short Stories (42), Poetry (30), Plays (19), Christianity (395), History (546), Philosophy (51), Course books (74), Science (54), Children's & YA (115), Languages (37), All collections (2,743)

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About meMasters degree in history. Bad writer, decent knitter, positively superb procrastinator. Paper shuffler. Weakness for books (obviously) and chocolate biscuits.

About my libraryDominated by history, golden age crime, Terry Pratchett, and PG Wodehouse. There's an awful lot of general fiction in there too. And piles of unread Serious Literature, which I really will get round to reading some day, honestly. (I probably won't.)

In theory, all the books I currently own are listed here. Unlisted ones still keep turning up occasionally, though. (Where do they hide? And are they leading a secret double life with my missing odd socks?)

The majority of my books are the old-fashioned kind, made out of bits of dead tree, and ink, and glue. I do have a few (hundred) ebooks; I prefer paper, but some concessions to the precariousness of my bank balance and the joists under my bookcases are occasionally needed. I have separate collections for paper and ebooks, not because I don't consider ebooks to be proper books (though, to be honest, I don't) but because it's the the only way I'll avoid wasting hours hunting through the shelves for something that only exists on the kindle.

Discarded books? Well, there'll have been a good few thousand that I've weeded or borrowed from the library in the past that I either deleted when I got rid of them or never added in the first place. If having read a book matters to me, then it'll be in my Read but Unowned collection.

Once upon a time, my tags and collections were beautifully organised. These days, I daren't look. I should probably do something about them.

I've invariably got an annual thread in the 75 Books Challenge group, which should be more or less up to date with my reading (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012).

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, 2015 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016, 75 Books Challenge for 2017, 75 Books Challenge for 2018, 75 Books Challenge for 2019show all groups

Favorite authorsBen Aaronovitch, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margery Allingham, Jane Austen, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, John Bude, Agatha Christie, Ann Cleeves, Edmund Crispin, Freeman Wills Crofts, Jennifer Crusie, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Eamon Duffy, Carola Dunn, Jasper Fforde, J.S. Fletcher, Richard Fortey, Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig, Helene Hanff, Georgette Heyer, Tom Holland, Victor Hugo, C. S. Lewis, E.C.R. Lorac, Jill Mansell, Ngaio Marsh, Edward Marston, Daphne du Maurier, A. A. Milne, Iain Pears, Jaroslav Pelikan, Adrian Plass, Terry Pratchett, Barbara Pym, Timothy Radcliffe, Dorothy L. Sayers, William Shakespeare, D. E. Stevenson, John R. W. Stott, Josephine Tey, Thomas Aquinas, Anthony Trollope, Evelyn Waugh, Victor L. Whitechurch, Connie Willis, P. G. Wodehouse, N. T. Wright, Pope Benedict XVI (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBritish Museum - Bookshop, Dartmoor Bookshop, Hatchards, Ken Spelman Rare Books & Manuscripts, Minster Gate Bookshop, South Kensington Books, The British Red Cross Bookshop, Waterstone's Gower Street, Waterstone's Plymouth, Waterstone's Plymouth, Waterstones London (Piccadilly)

Favorite librariesBritish Library, Central Library, Plymouth, Plympton Library, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant - University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Lampeter Campus Main Library, The Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth

Other favoritesThe British Museum

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Real nameCatherine Stead


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Member sinceOct 18, 2007

Currently readingNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Rotherweird: Rotherweird Book I by Andrew Caldecott
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle: Waterstones Thriller of the Month by Stuart Turton

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