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About meBooklover, compulsive book-buyer and blogging about it for over seven 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 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 'Annabel's House of Books' and also where I am Fiction Editor).

While I mostly read contemporary and 20thC literature, I read widely from much genre fiction (crime, SF&F, YA etc) and non-fiction (esp good biographies and popular science/medical books). 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 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 2016, I've already read 87 books (Mid August) and 14 have earned 10/10, they are:
- Asking for it by Louise O'Neill
- The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre
- The Night Manager by John Le Carre
- Only ever yours by Louise O'Neill
- Fever City by Tim Baker
- The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Too Close to the Edge by Pascal Garnier
- The Diet Myth by Tim Spector
- The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
- Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
- My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
- The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain
- To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
- The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I hosted a second Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week on my blog this June 13-19, following a successful first one in 2012.

In 2015, I read 132 books, 15 of which earned 10/10, they were:
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (which was also my book of the year), Irene and Camille by Pierre Lemaitre, Spring Tide by Cilla & Rolf Borjlind, Hotel Arcadia by Sunny Singh, The Long Firm by Jake Arnott, Instrumental by James Rhodes, Young God by Katherine Faw Morris, The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock, The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury, Latest Readings by Clive James, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, Hack by Kieran Crowley, Ross Poldark (re-read) by Winston Graham, The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

My previous Books of the Year:
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, 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, Waterstone's Oxford


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