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About meBooklover, compulsive book-buyer and blogging about it for over five years - do visit 'Annabel's House of Books' - 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, but if I see something interesting I have to buy it! I aim to read around 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 'Annabel's House of Books' and also where I am Fiction Editor).

I mostly read contemporary and 20thC literature. I also like crime novels and I'm not averse to a good biography or a bit of SF or other genre fiction occasionally. I have a good reference library too being a bit of a quiz fiend. Since having a child, I've developed a love of older children's and young adult books - auditioning them for my daughter perhaps, but I believe the best children's novels are every bit as good as adult ones! The best of my daughter's books are included, 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'.

This year I've read 111 books (as of mid November). 10/10 highlights so far are:

- The Explorer by James Smythe (re-read)
- Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
- Bedsit Disco Queen by Tracey Thorn
- American Sycamore by Karen Fielding
- Into the Trees by Robert Williams
- Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
- This Boy by Alan Johnson
- Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler
- The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (illus Chris Riddell)
- Trickster's Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand (illus Chris Riddell)

In 2013 I read 106 books; 13 earned 10/10. They were:
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (re-read); Mrs Bridge by Evan S Connell; The Explorer by James Smythe; Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M.Delafield; Magda by Meike Ziervogel; Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann; The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (re-read); The Great Gatsby (re-read); The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers; Alex by Pierre Lemaitre; Glaciers by Alexis M Smith; The Humans by Matt Haig; Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo - my Book of the Year!

My 2012 highlights were:
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey; The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson; Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr (re-read); The Bottle Factory Outing, and Sweet William by Beryl Bainbridge; My Policeman by Bethan Roberts; A monster calls by Patrick Ness; Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt; The Darling Buds of May by HE Bates

In 2012 I also hosted a BERYL BAINBRIDGE READING WEEK & my ongoing 'Reading Beryl' project has its own page on my blog

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, Sebastian Beaumont, 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, Richard Russo, Marcus Sedgwick, Anne Tyler, 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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