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CollectionsI Really Want To Read... (155), Wishlist (811), To read (182), Currently reading (2), Kindle Sample (Read & not interested) (16), Already Read (687), Reference/non-fiction (56), Abandoned (58), Gone (84), I'd like a nice copy of... (9), Your library (634), Owain's Library (67), All collections (1,898)

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About meI love cake and books. I also like cooking of dubious standard, the seaside, writing, knitting, dancing around the kitchen for no reason, photography, and stockpiling books as if they would help us to survive a nuclear winter. I like hoovering, I have a phobia of chewing gum, and I really have never seen Star Wars.

I have a BA in Theology, and an MA in Holocaust Studies. One day when I am old and of more flexible means, I may go back to university and do a PhD. I currently work in university administration, and it makes me happy to be around people who have a thirst for learning.

About my libraryHelp! I have too many books! No, wait... I don't have enough books! I'm a bibliophile, and I'd be a shameless bibliomaniac if funds and space allowed.

The first book I loved was called The Big Red Bus. I remember very little, except that the bus went along a road, fell into a hole, and went CLUNK. Almost twenty-five years later, both of my parents and my older sister can still recite the entire book by heart.

The situation has escalated somewhat since then. There are no more bedtime stories and no more demands for excessive re-reading of the same book, but the love of the written word goes on and on.

I think Sylvia Plath got it right when she said "I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want." That's no reason to stop trying, though.

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, Anglophiles, Blog the Book, Book Nudgers, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Brits, Graduate Students, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, ReadaThing, Tea!show all groups

Favorite authorsIsabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Philippa Gregory, Gabriel García Márquez, Irène Némirovsky (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBlackwell Bristol, Bookstore Brierlow Bar, British Heart Foundation Books & Music Shop - Clifton, Foyles, Much Binding, Oxfam Bookshop, Scarthin Books, The Last Bookshop

Favorite librariesBristol Central Lending Library, Clifton Library, Redland Library

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LocationBristol, United Kingdom

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Member sinceFeb 2, 2010

Currently readingFeral Youth by Polly Courtney
Winter of the World (Century Trilogy 2) by Ken Follett

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"....and stockpiling books as if they would help us to survive a nuclear winter."

Love this line in your about me section! I've always said I want enough to see me through an apocolypse.

All the best!

Elizabeth
Thank you for trying to Angel Slimmer's Cook Book for me!
Mooched that for you - I'll let you know when I get it

Cheers
Donogh
Hi pokarekareana

Just to let you know I've mooched Dylan Thomas : Under Milk Wood for you. The owner has accepted and advised they will send in two weeks.

Steve
Hi Jen,

The SantaThing books finally arrived yesterday!! After leafing through Strange Pilgrims, I recall having read that book before. No problem as it's due for a re-read. I remember it being a great book with one particular story that I just loved. It'll be fun to read it again.

The Karen Armstrong book will be nice to delve into as well. That book will take me a bit of time, though.

Thanks so much,

Madeline
Hi Jen, I noticed you are the only other Librarythinger to have Iby Knills book 'Woman without a number' - well I don't have my copy yet, but have just ordered it. I had the privilege of hearing her speak about her life last night and was very moved. I imagine you came to her story because of your studies.

Best
Caroline
Hi Jen!

I haven't gotten my SantaThing books yet (as everyone else), but I did peek today to see what they were. I love them! Don't worry about Like Water for Chocolate being removed because I'd already read that book. However, I very much like Gabriel Garcia Marquez but have never read Strange Pilgrims. In addition, I was intrigued by author Karen Armstrong in some book reviews written here on LT by CitizenJoyce. I've been wanting to try out books by that author.

Your book choices for me were right on the money. Now I only have to wait for them to arrive! Thank you so much for your excellent choices for me.

Wishing you a most delightful holiday season and a terrific 2011!

Regards from Rockville, Maryland

Madeline

P.S. I'll let you know when the books arrive.
So glad you like them. I was hoping I managed to get it right :)
Just thought I'd let you know that every time I notice your kiwi-song name I go around humming or singing the pretty melody (depending on my whereabouts) all day and have to make a real effort to supplant it with some other song before it drives me completely nuts.

I wonder how many other LT-ers are similarly afflicted. ;-)
Jen,
Thanks for trying. I'll keep looking I guess.
Missy
Pokarekareana,
Thanks for snagging the Spook book for me. I'm artemisathene on BM. If you need to take your time in sending I understand I just sent a box to England last month and it took up my entire budget, and I sent it by sea. Thanks again for grabbing the book I'm collecting the series and I'm loving it.
~ Missy
Thanks! I'll go mooch it now! :) So happy! :)
Found my book, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. I looked the other day and couldn't find it, but it was in the row of books BEHIND the front row of books....lol
Just wanted to tell you that I found it and am starting it now. :) I'll send it when I finish.
Nancy
Hurray!!! Thank you thank you thank you about getting the two books for me!!! No problem whatsoever about reading Woman in White prior to sending. You can hold on to Being Emily and send both at one time if you wish. I don't think it should cause a problem with your points b/c what you can do is list them and I will mooch them from you just as soon as you get them and then you can just hit the delay button for them both and hold off mailing till you are done reading. That should save you $ on the postage. :)

I'll go find the Balzak book and put it on the top of my stack. :) I'm over halfway through with the book that I am currently reading so I should be able to get to it soon enough to tempt you away from working on your thesis...lol. Just kidding!

Thanks so very much!!
Nancy

Thanks for trying!!!
Darn!
Oh well, that is how things go. Hey, I posted a msg to you on the angels thread of Bookmooching group. If you didn't get the Balzak book, let me know.
Hugs,
N
Yes. Yes, it is. You should be stationary, so your books can be read.
Impending House Move Doom? Haven't you moved enough yet? :)
Thank you so very much!!!
Hmmmm...interesting comment on Wiesel...I am pages from finishing Dawn and I am starting to see what you mean! Night was fantastic but Dawn has been a bit slow. I liked his general premise on the theme of the book but he does seem to draw things out a bit and it does seem slow and repetitive. Definitely not as gripping as Night was.
I'm kinda wanting to move on to another book right now, but I feel like I need to finish the trilogy in it's entirety before I do....nothing like reading a book when you aren't in the mood for it! Sigh.

I will definitely check out the books that you mentioned! I'm always up for a recommendation!

Am definitely okay with the points for mooching the book from you. Sounds great.
Thanks for everything and enjoy the book!
Hi Pokarekareana,
Are you a fellow Kiwi with a name like that? Regardless, you have many of my favourite books in your library. I will follow your collection with interest.
Ohhh! I live near Darley Dale, over Matlock way. We used to call Scarthin 'The Bookshop of Dreams' and my friend and I would go there on the train and spend hours and hours scouring the place from top to bottom, stopping for a piece of cake and a cup of tea in the middle! And another friend who drives (hallelujah!) used to pop us across to Brierlow Bar every once in a while - plenty of bargains to be had there... Obviously all this doesn't really happen any more since I practically live in my own bookshop now! It's become our second home really, but I've still got the buying bug and have to stop in whenever I pass any likely places... ;-)
Just dropped by to say hi - and realised we must be closer than I thought! If we've both favourited Scarthin and Brierlow Bar, you must be nearby... I'm intrigued, it doesn't happen very often on somewhere as far-reaching as LT!
Ellie
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