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CollectionsYour library (827), Currently reading (3), To read in 2014? (73), To read (715), Read but unowned (414), Review copies (35), Favorites (49), Classics (125), Children's & YA (188), Read in 2006 (23), Read in 2007 (41), Read in 2008 (42), Read in 2009 (55), Read in 2010 (71), Read in 2011 (60), Read in 2012 (54), Read in 2013 (42), Read in 2014 (42), All collections (1,241)

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Tagstbr (709), fiction (574), adapted for the screen (341), romance (203), humour (191), fantasy (179), young adult (158), autobiography (151), family (106), classic (96) — see all tags

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About meI'm a 27 year-old English lass from the beautiful Peak District. I was at university in lovely York, but left before I could graduate thanks to various health problems. Now I'm back home with my family and our two cats, Millie and Domino. My mum and I have just left our second-hand bookshop, Book End, behind after four and a half years of working together. I have a thing for chocolate chip muffins and minced beef and mushroom stroganoff (not at the same time).

I have a book blog called 'Book Addicted Blonde' (previously 'Musings of a Bookshop Girl'), a mixed bookish bag of reviews, memes, bookshop stories and general chatter. You can find it here:

Watched: Masters of Sex season 2, on 4oD
Ate: Mash and baked beans, coffee
Listened to: Op.39, No.7 (Waltz) - Brahms
Bought: Sane New World by Ruby Wax, Only Lovers Left Alive on DVD

A few of my favourite books:
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs - Jeremy Mercer
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Warm Bodies / The New Hunger - Isaac Marion
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
Biblioholism - Tom Raabe
Notes from a Big Country - Bill Bryson

2014's reading:
1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black
2. Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter 1) - Jeff Lindsay **
3. Casino Royale (James Bond 1) - Ian Fleming
4. Opium: Reality's Dark Dream - Thomas Dormandy
5. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
6. Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
7. Lightning Rods - Helen DeWitt
8. A Note of Madness (Flynn Laukonen 1) - Tabitha Suzuma **
9. Kiss Me First - Lottie Moggach
10. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson **
11. Screen Burn - Charlie Brooker
12. Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian - Scott Douglas
13. The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer **
14. Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co. - Jeremy Mercer **
15. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Peculiar Children 1) - Ransom Riggs
16. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee **
17. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
18. The Library of Unrequited Love - Sophie Divry
19. The New Hunger (Warm Bodies 0.5) - Isaac Marion **
20. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
21. Robin Ince's Bad Book Club - Robin Ince
22. The Double - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
23. Life Support - Tess Gerritsen
24. Bossypants - Tina Fey
25. Damned (Damned 1) - Chuck Palahniuk
26. Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon
27. Doomed (Damned 2) - Chuck Palahniuk
28. Boys Don't Knit (Boys Don't Knit 1) - T.S. Easton **
29. Lisey's Story - Stephen King**
30. Geek Girl (Geek Girl 1) - Holly Smale
31. Lullaby (Watersong 2) - Amanda Hocking**
32. The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave 1) - Rick Yancey
33. How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran**
34. A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of being Struck by Lightning - Gretel Ehrlich
35. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore**
36. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (TFoHaT 1) - Carrie Ryan
37. Ghost World - Daniel Clowes
38. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
39. A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood
40. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
41. Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter 1) - Thomas Harris**
42. And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks - Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs
43. Ketchup Clouds - Annabel Pitcher

** = favourites of the year so far

About my libraryI have a bit of everything in my library - fiction, science, classics, biography, history, you name it! I have a tendency to fall hopelessly in love with fictional characters so if there's a brooding (anti)hero in it, it's probably a keeper. I have FAR too many unread books on my shelves, but that never stops me buying more. I made a collection of 'Read but unowned' books, which will hopefully continue to get bigger as I try to donate books I won't reread to our local Mind charity shop. I used to keep a vague wishlist on here too but stopped because it was too difficult to maintain; I now keep it on Amazon instead, so that I can add and delete things fast, no matter where I've acquired them. :)

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, 2013 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Booker Prize, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Books on Books, Booksellers, The 12 in 12 Category Challengeshow all groups

Favorite authorsCharlie Brooker, Bill Bryson, Jeremy Clarkson, Kay Redfield Jamison, Deric Longden, Daphne du Maurier, Caitlin Moran, Chuck Palahniuk, Rainbow Rowell, J. K. Rowling, Tabitha Suzuma, Oscar Wilde, John Wyndham (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBook End, Bookstore Brierlow Bar, Minster Gate Bookshop, Oxfam Bookshop - Low Petergate, York, Scarthin Books, Waterstone's Chesterfield, Waterstone's Leeds, Waterstone's Meadowhall

Favorite librariesBakewell Library, Chesterfield Library, University of York - JB Morrell Library (JBM)


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Real nameEllie

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Member sinceJan 28, 2008

Currently readingWorld War Z by Max Brooks
The Pleasures of the Damned: Selected Poems 1951-1993 by Charles Bukowski
Woolgathering by Patti Smith

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Happy sixth Thingaversary, Miss Eleanor Potten!
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oh how lovely!
Thanks so much for such a heartfelt comment! I'm glad you enjoyed Perks of Being a Wallflower as much as I did, and I too cannot wait for the movie! I just read your profile and I am so jealous that you own a bookstore! I could spend days in a bookstore, much to the chagrin of my friends. I'm going to have to check out your library for some good reads!
I've liked all of Truman Capote's writings. They're all just good reading, such brilliant stuff. Wasn't "A Christmas Memory" unforgettable? If you like gruesome, I remember "Hand carved Coffins." My favorite short story of his is "Children On Their Birthdays." Your blog is really nice.
Not as in shaggy feet farther? But I overstep the bounds... ;) (I read those books years back, and what comes back most often is the imagery from the first book of the trilogy - descriptions of the natural environment and the pleasure taken in the preparation and indulgence of meals). It really is very pretty.
Sorry I'm just getting back to you we had a death in the family!! I see you do have a bit of everything in your library. I have a broad range of taste in books and music!! My sister lives in London England.
Eek, sorry it took a couple days to respond...I was spending a long weekend with some of my college friends in a lake-side cabin, which is another way of saying "No Internet!"

James McAvoy is a beautiful, beautiful man, and Atonement really is fantastic. I think it honors the book nicely, which is a rarity nowadays. And I desperately want to steal Kiera Knightley's green dress, even though I wouldn't have any plausible excuse to wear it!

I've had that emotional knock-out with a couple other books too...A Prayer For Owen Meany comes to mind, although that dealt more with anticipation of how the story was going to come together. I haven't read it for about 4 1/2 years now, but I remember being completely satisfied with the ending, which is incredibly rare. I also remember being hit over the head with an emotional hammer after reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I only read it once because I wasn't sure if I had the courage to read it again. It's absolutely beautiful, but I need to prepare myself mentally before I pick it up!

We still try to discipline the cats, but with the new kitten, it's getting very difficult. I can't count how many times I've had to chase him off the lid of the garbage can, or how many times I've had to spritz him with a water bottle to keep him from attacking the other cats. And besides, his face is so adorable and (seemingly) innocent that I can't stay mad at him! That little devil...he knows EXACTLY what he's doing, and my family and I are helpless to prevent it.

I found out this weekend that one of my favorite used/antique book stores is going out of business next year! It was the most beautiful, mysterious book shop I've ever seen. It was located in a back alley, which made it hard to find, and it had so many rooms and hidden nooks and crannies that I could easily have spent a couple hours extra hours exploring the hidden places. And they had some fantastic antique furniture/writing paraphernalia, like a manual typewriter from 1917 or artifacts relating to local history. (The bookshop was in Evanston, home of Northwestern University & the Northwestern Wildcats, and it had an actual stuffed bobcat head wearing a Northwestern football helmet. Intriguing, and a little unnerving!)

I popped into Barnes & Noble this afternoon, and my sister practically had to drag me out by my hair, kicking and screaming. Now that I'm done reading, books just look all the more enticing, and I wanted to spend the afternoon picking through the bargain bins, or drooling over the leather-bound journals, or taking advantage of the "Buy 2, get 1 free" sales. But my sister just isn't a reader like I am, and she was tired of shopping by that point, I think.
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