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About meRetired chartered librarian, I have a degree in English Lit and a NVQ level 3 in management studies. I worked in university, FHE college and secondary education.


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About my libraryI have a very eclectic taste in books; I prefer books which are plot driven, I'm not very appreciative of 'beautiful writing', although I have read and enjoyed much of what is known as the Western canon.

For many years I kept a record of my reading in a collection of exercise books, which I began when I was 14. My LT library is an attempt to list all the books I've ever read in the past 50 plus years. I was prompted to do this because the exercise books are now beginning to fall apart and I wanted a more permanent listing of my reading. Books I actually own are listed in the collection 'On My Shelves'.

Ratings:
½ or 1 mean I absolutely hated it
1½ or 2 mean I didn't enjoy it although others might
2½ or 3 mean it was ok but I won't re-read
3½ or 4 mean I really enjoyed it, might re-read it
4½ or 5 mean it was brilliant, it's on my favourites list and I've probably re-read it several times

Top Five of 2013
1. London Belongs to Me - Norman Collins
2. Call for the Dead - John LeCarre
3. Hope and Glory - Stuart Maconie
4. Glittering Images - Susan Howatch
5. Wilkie Collins - Peter Ackroyd

Top 10 of 2014 (in A/Z order)
The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Come, tell me how you live by Agatha Christie
Hungry Hill by Daphne DuMaurier
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Starlight ) by Stella Gibbons
Westwood )
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch

I have read 134 books this year. 2015's target is 140.

2015 LIST (A/Z ORDER OF AUTHOR)
Uncommon Danger - Ambler
The Finger and the Moon - Ashe
Sharpe's Waterloo - Cornwell
Queen's Play - Dunnett
A Week in December - Faulks
A Question of Identity - Hill
Berlin Noir - Kerr
Stepford Wives - Levin
The Blackhouse - May
Paying Guests - Waters

I've read 164 books this year!

2016 I re-read many of my books with a view to downsizing, and disposed of about 200 volumes. I have read 107 books this year.

BEST BOOKS OF 2016:
The Cazalet Chronicles (5 vols) - E J Howard
End of the Chapter - N Blake
How to be a Tudor - R Goodman
Howards End is on the landing - S Hill (R)
The Soul of Discretion - S Hill
Big Sleep and other novels - R Chandler (R)
Rule Britannia - D DuMaurier (R)
Watership Down - R Adams (R)
Dying Light - S MacBride

2017
The downsizing project has been completed, I've had to double-up my non-fiction on the shelves but my fiction books are now in one complete A-Z sequence, and the listings under "On My Shelves" should now be accurate. It's only taken me 10 years...!

Books read in 2017 = 105

BEST BOOKS OF 2017 R = RE-READ

Jane Eyre - C Bronte (R)
What a Carve Up! - J Coe (R)
The Manchurian Candidate - Condon
Howards End - E M Forster (R)
Jacobs Room is full of books - S Hill
Lost Horizon - J Hilton (R)
The Russia House - LeCarre
A Legacy of Spies - LeCarre
Scatter the Bones - S MacBride
The Secret History - D Tartt (R)
A Country Child - A Uttley (R)

2018
I've decided to re-read all of Ngaio Marsh Rory Alleyn books, in order of publication. Completed November 2018

Books read in 2018 = 116 at 30/12/18

Best Books of 2018
Re-reads:
Rebecca (F)
Death in Ecstacy (F)
Regeneration trilogy (F)
Flight from the Enchanter (F)

New titles:
Park Life (NF)
Road to Little Dribbling (NF)
Book of Forgotten Authors (NF)
20thC Yokel (NF)
Wildflowers of Britain (NF)
The Galton Case (F)
The Dark Chronicles (F)
The Eagle has landed (F)
The Kings general (F)

2019
I began a re-read of Iris Murdoch's novels, but abandoned it after about twelve books. May continue it in 2020.

106 titles read this year - a slow year for several reasons.

Best of year list:
New books:

Cassandra Darke - Simmonds
Middle England - Coe
Eagle of the Ninth - Sutcliff
Comforts of Home - Hill
Rich: the life of Richard Burton - Bragg
Living with the Gods - Mac Gregor

Re-reads
The Bell - Murdoch
The Unicorn - Murdoch
The Go-Between - Hartley
The Moving Finger - Christie

2020 reading
A very strange year, with a lot of comfort re-reading.
45 books at 28/5/20

Provisional Best Books:
Four Days in June - I. Gale
A Dying Fall - E. Griffiths
Dance hall of the Dead ) T. Hillerman
Listening Woman )
The Stand (uncut version) S. King (R)
How was it for you - V Nicolson
The Magus - J Fowles

Favorite authorsMargery Allingham, Eric Ambler, Geoffrey Ashe, Pat Barker, E. F. Benson, Lyn Birkbeck, William Blake, Emily Brontë, Marion Campbell, John le Carré, Philip Carr-Gomm, Lewis Carroll, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Helen Clare, Wilkie Collins, Susan Cooper, Cassandra Eason, Stewart Farrar, Mike Fletcher, Alan Garner, Stella Gibbons, Marian Green, Roger Lancelyn Green, Thomas Hardy, Reginald Hill, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Geoffrey Household, Ronald Hutton, Sandra Ingerman, Glennie Kindred, Rosamond Lehmann, Penelope Lively, Olivia Manning, Ngaio Marsh, Caitlín Matthews, John Matthews, Daphne du Maurier, Teresa Moorey, Iris Murdoch, C. E. Murphy, Edith Nesbit, Andre Norton, Emma Restall Orr, Elsie Jeanette Oxenham, Barbara Pym, Ian Rankin, Ian Rankin, Phil Rickman, Malcolm Saville, Dorothy L. Sayers, Elen Sentier, Posy Simmonds, Mary Stewart, Rosemary Sutcliff, John Sutherland, Elizabeth Taylor, Kate West, Charles Williams, R. D. Wingfield (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBFI Filmstore, Black Gull Books, Blackwell Charing Cross Road, Bookseller Crow on the Hill, British Museum - Bookshop, Copperfield Books, Daunt Books - Marylebone, Forbidden Planet - London, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), Grant and Cutler Ltd., Heffers Bookshop, Morden Hall Park Secondhand Bookshop, Much Ado Books, National Portrait Gallery, Owl Bookshop, Oxfam Books, Kingston upon Thames, Oxfam Bookshop (Bloomsbury St, London), Skoob Books, South Bank Book Market, Stanfords, Tate Britain Shop, The Astrology Shop, The Atlantis Bookshop, The Beckenham Bookshop, The Open Book, The Pantiles Bookshop, Tome Books, Treadwell's, Waterstone's Gower Street, Watkins Books

Favorite librariesBangor Library - Llyfrgell Bangor, Bangor University, Main Library / Prifysgol Bangor, Y Brif Lyfrgell, British Library, Horniman Museum and Library, St. Paul's Cathedral Library, The London Library

Other favoritesCity Lit, The British Museum, Oxfam - Beckenham

Favorite publishersShire Publications

Favorite listsBest Arthurian Fiction, Childhood Favorites, Favorite Childhood Books, Modern Arthurian Fiction, Summer Reads 2014, Top British Books

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Real nameMargaret

LocationCroydon, UK

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Member sinceAug 4, 2006

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