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About my libraryJammed full!

Here are my top ten of 2013 in no order:

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Second Life of Amy Archer by R.S. Pateman
Forgive Me by Lesley Pearse
Someone to Watch Over Me by Madeleine Reiss
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell
Darkside by Belinda Bauer

Here are my top ten of 2012:

1. Blow on a Dead Man's Embers by Mari Strachan
2. Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide
3. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
4. The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
7. Her Giant Octopus Moment by Kay Langdale
8. Gold by Chris Cleave
9. The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall by Paul Torday
10. The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas

Here are my top ten of 2011, in loose order, and my favourite non-fiction book of the year:

1. The Collaborator by Margaret Leroy
2. The Unseen by Katherine Webb
3. Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano
4. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
5. The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
6. House of Silence by Linda Gillard
7. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
8. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
9. The Secrets Between Us by Louise Douglas
10. The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler

1. Hidden Lives by Margaret Forster

Here's my top ten of 2010, in order: -
1. The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson
2. Balthazar Jones and The Tower of London Zoo by Julia Stuart
3. The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella
4. The Debutante by Kathleen Tessaro
5. Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
6. Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan
7. Villa Serena by Domenica de Rosa
8. Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain
9. Time's Legacy by Barbara Erskine
10. Room by Emma Donoghue

And my top ten of 2009, in order: -

1. Star Gazing by Linda Gillard
2. A Lifetime Burning by Linda Gillard
3. Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard
4. In Search of Adam by Caroline Smailes
5. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
6. The Love of My Life by Louise Douglas
7. Ferney by James Long
8. Reading in Bed by Sue Gee
9. Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
10. The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

And my top ten of 2008, in order: -

1. Crippen by John Boyne
2. The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
3. The Outcast by Sadie Jones
4. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
5. The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
6. The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
7. Point of Rescue by Sophie Hannah
8. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
9. Daphne by Justine Picardie
10. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

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Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Tracy Chevalier, Chris Cleave, Linda Gillard, Maureen Lee, Clare Morrall, Kate Morton, Lesley Pearce, Caroline Smailes (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresWaterstones Sheffield Orchard Square

Favorite librariesCentral Library (Sheffield, UK)

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Thank you for your challenge Nic. The Pull of the Moon was one of my SS books this year, so I am looking forward to reading it.
Thanks for the challenge. I hope I enjoy it too.
Hi Nicola.

Many thanks for the challenge - what a great idea, and very original as challenges go! Like you, it's a book I've had a while, but, whilst absolutely fascinated with their history, it's one of those books I've always had something demand to be read before it. This should be the prod I need to give it priority for a change!

Great challenge, thank you x
Thanks Nicola - sorry for the inconvenience. I do hope to get a copy of Reading in bed when I'm in the Uk so I will read that too if I get it.
Hi Nicola,
Sorry to say but the book you have chosen is on my wishlist not my TBR pile. Can you choose again from either the books with the unread tag or from my to read collection.

Sorry and thanks
Thanks for the challenge Nic :) I've read a couple of Mike Gayle's books, and enjoyed them a lot, so I'm looking forward to this one!

Thanks Nicx, I have always enjoyed her writing and so I will look forward to reading another one and this has actually been sitting on the 'read soon' shelf in my bedroom!!
love Shona x
Thanks, Nicx - look forward to reading it! xxx
Great review for the The Upright Piano Player, Nic. My friend has just passed on Cath Staincliffe's novel which sounds great too.
Hi Nic,
the book i have chosen you for the 2010 challenge is Vinegar Hill - Manette Asay. Hope this is ok??
Nixy x
Hello Nicola, thanks for contacting me and I'm glad you enjoy my blog. I've had a quick look at your library and see you think Can any Mother Help Me? is too heavy to read through in one go. I'm currently reading it - one letter at a time and finding it works well like that, but agree it's too much to read without breaks in between. It's fascinating to see how these women lived through the war years.
Thanks for the challenge, Nicola, I'm looking forward to it. I'm challenging you to read Blood, Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds. I love reading his blog and think this should be a good read.

Hi Nicola,

Thanks for the challenge, my dads wife gave me this book as she enjoyed it so much, I'll look forward to reading it. For your 2010 challenge I would like you to read 'Burnt Shadows' by Kamila Shamsie. I'm really looking forward to reading this one myself so I will definately join you. Hope that's ok.

I'm still going to try and get round to Restless.........

thanks for getting me off to a start with your challenge. I know I'm going to look forward to this and it will be great to read it with you.

My challenge to you is to read Footprints in the Sand by Sarah Challis. I read it a few years ago and I think/hope you might enjoy it.

ailie x
HiNicola. Thanks for your challenge really looking forward to reading this. My challenge to you is Books,Baguettes and Bedbugs by Jeremy Mercer. I seem to remember you bought this on my recommendation so hope you enjoy it. Val x
Hi Nic. Thanks for my challenge. I would like to challenge you to The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliott.
Thank you for the challenge, and if you think its great am sure I will too!
My challenge to you is: Crossed Bones by Jane Johnson, I really liked it, hope you do to!
Louise x
Hi Nicola,
Thanks for the challenge. I've chosen Tipping the Velvet for you. I was the first book by her I read after watching the tv series and I loved both. Hope you enjoy.

Hi Nic, thank you again for your challenge, which I am very much looking forward to!

I have picked Girl In a Blue Dress, by Gaynor Arnold for you to read for the challenge. I have this on my tbr, so will try and read it as well.

Hope you enjoy it!

Hi Nic. Thanks for your choice. It'll be interesting to see if it matches up to others' estimation.

There were a couple of books we share that I was very tempted to challenge you with (I didn't think anybody else would have Forever Liesl on their list!!), but decided to go with one that I had at least read. I really enjoyed Tim Butcher's 'Blood River' earlier this year, and hope you do too (it's a bit slimmer than my challenge to you last year, although the Harry Thompson is one of my all-time favourites).
Hi Nic, thanks for the choice and I will plan to read it early to compare with you. Can I challenge you to 'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax' by Liz Jensen as I fancy reading it myself!
love Shona x
Thanks for your choice Nic, for my challenge would you read 'Blood Ties' by Sam Hayes. Sam :)
Hi Nicola
Thanks for the challenge, I read and enjoyed Star Gazing a couple of months back and got A Lifetime Burning from Linda Gillard herself ...she swaps her books on risi.
I'd like to challenge you to read The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia - I read it earlier this year and it'll make my 2009 top 10 I think, hope you enjoy it, liz xx
Hi Nic.

Thanks for the challenge. I had a feeling you might you choose that one as I know how much you loved it. I am looking forward to it. I would like to challenge you to read The Underground Man by Mick Jackson. A book that my OH and I both enjoyed very much and hope to read it again one day, if my tbr ever goes down.

Hi Nicx, I'm going to challenge you to The Palace of Strange Girls by Sallie Day. It has such a fascinating title and it's on my TBR pile. Hope you enjoy it!
Thanks for your challenge, Nicx. Look forward to reading it. I will be challenging you soon.
OK, I said I wasn't going to do this until next week, but, as you've got me started ... I('d like to challenge you to read The Company of Liars by Karen Maitland.

It's a book I have been meaning to read all year; also one I hope you will enjoy, Nicola.

Love Helen
Many thanks indeed for visiting my blog and especially for doing so regularly - I feel honoured. Feel free to comment if you feel inclined, and help yourself! Glad you all had fun doing that meme.

I recently bought the Judy Blundell too - very stylishly produced book - I hope the story is great too, but it might be a while before I get round to reading it.

Hi Nicola, saw your link to my blog post on My life in books I have read via Reading Group Online. Thank you! I thought your answers were great. That was a good meme wasn't it - one worth doing again next year perhaps...
Hi Nicola, I've just read and reviewed This is How and can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. Is it anywhere near the top of your TBR pile yet? Lol! It's always so refreshing hearing what you make of books that we've both read. No rush though. ;-)
I work at one of the museum's in York - it is brilliant!

Even if I hadn't been to the launch, I think I'd have picked up Tell It To The Bees anyway. Must have made a mint for Waterstones, since it was in the 3 for 2 offer, so everyone at the launch bought three books!
Just want to say hi to someone else who has Tell It To The Bees (and an Azumange Daioh icon!). Did you go to the book launch in York too?
Hi Nicola, sorry to have taken so long to get back to you. Thanks for adding my library to your interesting list, we do seem to have plenty in common. But you also have a lot of lovely looking books I don't have so I hopefully will be taking a lot of ideas to add to my wishlist from your shelves too.

I haven't been to the Waterstones you mentioned, I don't get into Sheffield very often, Meadowhall is about the closest I have been for awhile. I do like that Sheffield has a lot of second hand bookshops to browse though so always make sure we stop at a couple if we are passing through.

I hope we get to chat more often and swap recommendations. And I saw you met Booksloth, she will encourage you to lots of lovely books too.
Oh, that thing about cats having staff really rings true! And I'll let you into a little secret now - I have a dear LT friend who shall remain nameless, who admitted to me not long ago that his TBR pile runs into 4 figures!!! He does have over 11,000 books catalogued here so I suppose it's proportionally no worse than ours but it ceratinly makes me feel a lot better every time I think about it!
Now I KNOW you're someone I want to hear from! A 600 high Mount TBR! And here am I feeling bad about my 200+ one. It makes me feel bad because I really do want to read all the books I own and I do try to do my best, but I can buy so much faster than I can read. I'm all stocked up for a siege, should I ever get one.

And I'm a bit of a coward about dog books - I'm always afraid the dog will die at the end (as happens in so many of them) so I don't buy as many of them as you might think. I haven't read the one you mentioned yet. My husband and I have also just 'adopted' two cats from our daughter who recently split up with her boyfriend and now lives in a flat where cats aren't allowed. This is my first experience of the cat world and I'm still getting used to how different they are from dogs!
I'm sorry - I must warn you I'm a very bad influence when it comes to buying books. It's because I've got no will power myself and if I can't resist buying then I don't see why anyone else should either. What makes it worse is that I used to smoke until 6 or 7 years ago so now every time I think of a book I want I tell myself I can afford it now I'm a non-smoker. That only works up to a point; I'm sure I spend much more now on books than I ever did on cigarettes! I'll definitely be bumping The Outcast up that pile too. And because you have a 'dogs' tag I'm assuming you're also another dog-owner/lover. Do you have dogs of your own? I have a beautiful black lab who is the love of my life (don't tell the rest of the family) and who now has quite a few friends on LT.
Hello there - that was nice of you - and thanks for thinking my library is 'interesting'! We do have quite a few books in common and you also have quite a lot that are on my mental wishlist. And you're another Brit too! We're a bit of a minority group here so it's always nice to meet another one. I really like the look of your top ten too - there are several in there I really like and the ones I don't have are all ones that look interesting. I see you've got The Outcast at number 3; I've had that one waiting to be read for ages now - should I move it a bit nearer the top of the pile?
Hi Nicola, lovely to make contact and meet another book junkie. I shall be looking at your library in more detail soon. I see you've rated The Reader only 2 stars - I was going to promote that one up my reading pile given the film is out soon ... should I bother - or just watch the film?
P.S. I have a bookish blog - do come and visit
Hi Nicx,
thanks for my challenge! I'm challenging you to read Room for a Single Lady by Clare Boylan as it's on my unread pile to and hopefully this will encourage me to read my copy!!
-x- Michelle
Hi Nicx,
I challenge you to read The Red Tent - I loved it.

Hi Nicx.
I'm going to challenge you to read what I regard as one of the half dozen best novels (although based strongly on historical fact) I have read in the past five years:

This Thing of Darkness, by Harry Thompson.

Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for the challenge Nicx - I will let you know when I get to it! My challenge to you is American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield, one that I recently bought so perhaps, if things work out, we can read it roughly the same time. Sally
Hi Nicola
I'd like to challenge you to read The Great Stink by Clare Clarkas I've got it to on tbr and it sounds good. liz x
Hi Nicx thanks for adding me and sending a challenge. I'm going to challenge you to read Marley and Me Life and Love with the World's worst dog. I've got this as well and will try to read it with you.
Hi Nicx, I'd like to challenge you to read The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas.
Hi Nicola,

I'm glad you challenged me to read Recipes for Cherubs - I'll look forward to readng it.

I would like to challenge you to read Runemarks by Jooanne Harris; this is a book I've been meaning to read for over a year (I started it with Michaela last November, but it got put aside and never picked up again!)
Hi Nicx,
Thank you for my challenge. I have chosen The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall for your challenge- I loved this book and the sequel to it! I hope you like it too.
Becky x
Hi Nicx.
I'd like to challenge you to read The Other Hand by Chris Cleave for the Librarything 2009 Challenge. A book I very much enjoyed and I hope you do too.
Caroline xx
Hi Nicx,

For the Reading Challenge 2009, please would you read THE CHILDREN WHO LIVED IN A BARN by ELEANOR GRAHAM. I have this on my tbr pile and will join you in reading it. Hope that's ok.

I challenge you to read Empress Orchid by Anchee Min I loved this book!
Hi Nicx

I challenge you to read "The Blood Doctor" by Barbara Vine. As with others, I've chosen a book that neither of us appear to have read, and will try and read it alongside you so we can compare comments etc.

Hope this is okay.

Hi Nicx, I have picked The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, for you to read for the 2009 challenge. I read this book this year and absolutely loved it, so I hope you do too!
Ruth, xx
Hi Nicx, for your 2009 Reading Challenge would you read 'Oranges are Not the Only Fruit' by Jeanette Winterson. It's a one I own as well. Sam xxx
Hi Nicx,

Some fab books to choose from!

My 2009 challenge to you is to read A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson. I'm so jealous that you have it! I hope that you enjoy it - ailie x

(I might just have to treat myself so that I can read it along with you)
Hi Nicx, I would like to challenge you to read Frangipani by Celestine Hitiura Vaite. Seeing it on your librarything list reminded me that I also have it on my TBR pile! I also have Tiare, the sequel. I shall be interested to know what you think of it. Vx
Hi Nicx, Am getting in early so i have a good choice!!!
Can I challenge you to read 'Burning Bright' by Tracy Chevalier ... I plan to read it as well as I've not read a Chevalier novel for a while, love Shona x
thanks Nicx - I'd forgotten I had that book and, looking at the review, it isn't my usual kind of read, which makes it even more exciting! I'll look forward to reading it and hopefully we'll be able to read it together.

ailie x
Thanks for the challenge Nicx. I am genuinely looking forward to reading Road to Paradise.

Hi Nicx

Thanks for your challenge! I've never read any of her books before, so this will be a new author.

I'll challenge you once you've got your books logged on.

Thankyou Nicx, I'm really looking forward to this one.

Thanks Nicola ... an interesting looking read and one I have been tempted to move up my list, thanks Shona x
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