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CollectionsStockcheck (814), Your library (3,275), To read (1,591), Read but unowned (474), Wishlist (6), Favorites (9), Book Group Reads (67), Children's/YA Books (210), 5 Star Books (108), Prize-winners (58), Desert Island Books (4), Daughter's Books (3), All collections (4,358)

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About meBooklover, book-buyer and blogging about it for over 8 years - do visit 'AnnaBookBel' - see the link below. A materials scientist by training, I worked in industry for ages before belatedly becoming a mum at 40, and am now working as a school Lab Technician.

About my libraryI buy far too many books, my unread now outnumber my read ones, it's a nice struggle! I aim to read over 100 books each year, and to review most of the books I read - Do let me know what you think, (expanded reviews and comment are on my blog 'AnnaBookBel' and also where I am Co-Editor).

While I mostly read contemporary and 20thC literature, I also read widely from much genre fiction (crime, SF&F, YA etc) and non-fiction (esp good biographies and popular science/medical books). I believe the best children's novels are every bit as good as adult ones too! The best of my daughter's books are included in my collections, alongside my own childhood favourites still on the shelves.

Books I've read but not kept are only included where they're important, as part of a series, or I've reviewed them - these are tagged 'not kept'.

In 2017, I've read 32 books so far, and these have earned 10/10. They are:
- The Wall by William Sutcliffe (YA)
- 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
- Spook Street by Mick Herron
- Mooncop by Tom Gauld (graphic novel)
- Learning to Drive by William Norwich
- The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard (memoir)
- An English Guide to Birdwatching by Nicholas Royle

I hosted a second Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week on my blog in June 2015, following a successful first one in 2012.

My previous Books of the Year:
2016 - Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
2015 - Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
2014 - Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
2013 - Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo
2012 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Groups37 oldies in 2011 challenge, Bloggers, Children's Fiction, Detectives, Fairy Tale Readers, Folio Society devotees, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Ladybird Ladybird, ReadItSwapIt, Undiscovered Gemsshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Paul Auster, Beryl Bainbridge, Iain Banks, Nicola Barker, Nina Bawden, Lawrence Block, Christopher Brookmyre, John le Carré, Raymond Chandler, Tracy Chevalier, Lauren Child, Jonathan Coe, Michael Connelly, Amanda Craig, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sally Gardner, Laurie Graham, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Russell Hoban, Alice Hoffman, Nick Hornby, Elmore Leonard, David Lodge, Ian McEwan, Paul Micou, Magnus Mills, Richard Russo, Marcus Sedgwick, Salley Vickers, Evelyn Waugh, Angela Young (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBlackwell's Oxford, Mostly Books, Oxford University Press Bookshop, The Bookstore, Waterstones Oxford


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