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CollectionsYour library (2,203), Currently reading (10), To read (835), Reviewed (885), Storage Box 2 (43), Storage Box 4 (39), Storage Box 5 (39), Storage Box 6 (17), Storage Box 13 (1), Course (260), ebooks (105), Borrowed (74), Owned but given away (294), Read but unowned (379), On Loan (146), Bookcrossing (81), Favorites (22), All collections (2,637)

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About meI grew up surrounded by readers so it was inevitable that I would learn to read at a young age - my primary school teacher was not impressed and told my mother that she had 'impinged on my creativity!

I read across the genres, some might say indiscriminately but have a particular love for the novels of the nineteenth century, especially Wilkie Collins, Trollope and Thackeray, and nothing can beat a good twentieth century murder mystery.

I think I may be an ex-bookcrosser, but if you see a BX tag this book is also registered on Bookcrossing.

I also seem to have acquired an English Masters, which is a relief.

About my libraryGrowing...

I have a second LT account, which is private - riverwillow2 - which I'm using for my wishlist books.

Here is a quick clarification of how some of my Collections are comprised.

"Your Library" means all books owned by me and physically in my home or on loan to friends and family

"On Loan" refers to books owned by me, in my library, and loaned out to friends and family.

"Borrowed" refers to books I've borrowed which are still with me.

"Bookcrossing" relates to books registered on, some of which may have been released.

All other collections should do what they say on the tin!

In an attempt to reduce the number of books languishing waiting to be read I joined the ROOT - 2013 Read Our Own Tomes Challenge with the intention of reading at least 100 physical books off my shelves during 2013 and getting my tbr mountain below 674 books, which I failed as I only read 77 ROOT books last year and my TBR total on the 1st January 2014 was a staggering 802 books. I am trying again for 2014 but am going for a lower total, 25 pre-2013 books, in the hope that I may read more and I'd like to be at 802 books or less on my TBR pile on the 1st January 2015. Books read towards this challenge so far are shown in bold on the below list:

Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
The Ngaio Marsh Collection (2)- Death in Ecstasy, Vintage Murder and Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh
The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer
Bed of Nails by Antonin Varenne
The Ngaio Marsh Collection (3) - Death in a white tie; Overture to death; Death at the bar; and The figure quoted… by Ngaio Marsh
Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
Empire State by Adam Christopher
Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
Marco and the Blade of Night by Phil Rickman
The Cold Calling by Phil Rickman
Mean Spirit by Phil Rickman
The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James
An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas
The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas
Heirs of the Body by Carola Dunn
The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Dog Will Have His Day by Fred Vargas
Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James
Midnight Pleasures by Eloisa James
Enchanting Pleasures by Eloisa James
Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James
The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
Once Upon A Tower by Eloisa James
As You Wish by Eloisa James

Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, Agatha Christie, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, BookCrossers, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Brits, Cats, books, life is good., Crime, Thriller & Mystery, E. F. Benson, Fforde Ffansshow all groups

Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Jane Austen, E. F. Benson, Christopher Brookmyre, Agatha Christie, Colette, Wilkie Collins, Jasper Fforde, Antonia Fraser, Neil Gaiman, Edward Gorey, Helene Hanff, Thomas Hardy, Hergé, James Joyce, Frank O'Hara, Terry Pratchett, Ian Rankin, Phil Rickman, Cari Rosen, Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Trollope, Richard Zimler (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBookseller Crow on the Hill, Foyles Bookshop Royal Festival Hall, Primrose Hill Books, South Bank Book Market, The Beckenham Bookshop, Watkins Books

Favorite librariesBeckenham Library


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Member sinceDec 2, 2007

Currently readingMuch Obliged, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll
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The Man in the Moss by Phil Rickman
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
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Many thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries, Riverwillow! Like you, I have a library that keeps growing faster than I can read...not helped by visits to the lending library in between! Best wishes, Sally
Did you see there's another Vargas in translation? It's still in hardback, but from a quick skim as I flitted past it appears to be quite an old one but it features the Apostles! Hurrah! waiting for the paperback as I have so many recent acquisitions which I need to get through.
How delightful to see someone else who has [[Eve Palmer]]'s [Plains of Camdeboo]. I had the pleasure of meeting her several times in Pretoria, and the privilege (hardly a pleasure!) of helping to tidy out when she died -- in fact, the family asked me to visit if I was ever near Cranemere (something I have yet to achieve). And Better Half still uses a plant press inherited from Eve Palmer. (Have to admit, I asked the family what was to become of it as it is the exact twin of mine, and I've only ever seen those 2 of that model.)
Hi I am so glad she likes them! :)

Merry Christmas to you both!

Check out Vargas' Three Apostles (I've probably got the name wrong).
Hi, as this is the one place I know you'll regularly be.....

Can I strongly strongly recommend The Intellectual Life Of The British Working Classes by Prof Jonathan Rose? (think I've got the author right, but you'll see it in Librarything and someone else has already given it a rave review) It's fab fab fab and I think you-know-who would also like it. Then, like early working class autodidacts, we could meet up to discuss.
Thank you, Karen! I'm making my way around here as best I can. Mostly I am tagging, tagging, tagging...and listening to a Georgette Heyer I haven't read (audio books yay! And, this one I got today from AudioGo, which is a UK company -- BBC Audio Books for the win!)

I'm glad you enjoyed my library. Now, of course, I must plunder yours to add to my ever increasing piles of books to be curious about (because, really, I can't in good conscience add a single book more to my To Get lists. They are already terrifying.) I'm finding this a very good place to meet interesting people who can articulate their thoughts about books clearly, which is quite wonderful.

I hope to meet up with you in the threads :D
Thank you for your wonderful SantaThing choices. Blake ticks several boxes (not least a long fascination with Blake and with Ackroyd). The who wrote Shakespeare question is one that has occupied me since childhood; I would so like it to be Marlowe but Occam's Razor says that it was Shakespeare himself. And Victorian scandal has its own special place so three out of three.

Where did you gain your MA? Did you enjoy the journey?

Thanks so much for the reply. I think I will take your advice and pick up the first book at the library. I always had my eye on it anyway but as I said...I'm not a big mystery reader so other books kept bumping it to the bottom of the TBR pile. I finally gave up on the idea of reading it but every time a new book in the series comes out, I find myself wishing that I had read it. Thanks again.
That's quite a dream! I read once that students who have these kind of dreams are the ones who do best, so hopefully this will be the case for you.

I'm afraid my 12 in 12 is going off track and so I am at least keeping track in the Club Read thread. This is a highly dangerous group, however, as every day there is at least one book I add to my wish list. Counterproductive, but fun!
Dear Karen

I am glad you managed to get the final book! Maybe we can pair next year for the SantaThing! Enjoy the books, I am sure you will find one out of the three that you will like.


How goes it? I've finally weaned myself off Facebook - they took away my scramble! so don't see what you're getting up to these days. Saw Janette last week - went to the BL for the illuminated manuscripts. She has another heart op on 21st Dec, fully conscious while they basically give her a heart attack, horrific. You must be close to finishing the MA now? Would you recommend it - if I ever get any money, not likely these days. I like the variety of the course and I gather the bushmen are for the chop, so to speak. Beth is having fun teaching autistic children in Switzerland and Miles is waiting for replies from UCAS from various unis - 2 offers so far. We're hoping someone will buy the house next year.

Did you enjoy The Radleys - saw you had it too, I wasn't too struck, seemed like a tame UK suburban version of True Blood with the clever ideas not quite clever enough, all that about Byron, Hendrix etc, somehow not thought through. I loved Stephen King's latest though, first I'd read of his. The voyage of poetic discovery continues, and I am doing an enormous amount of re-reading - Eudora Welty at the mo, which is quite interesting, seeing what holds up and what disappoints the old lady that delighted the girl. Am bitterly disappointed in series 3 of The Misfits - what happens to shows with season 3? they all jump the shark. But US comedy shows continue to rule (though I am developing a penchant for sweet Tom Hollander and his big brown eyes in Rev). I was interested by what you said re She-Wolves' beginning with Edward VI. I thought this worked quite well as most people only think of Mary, Jane Grey and Elizabeth as female rulers. And I was tickled by another review saying that the book was successful in finally making Eleanor of Aquitaine interesting - one of history's most fascinating women! There's no pleasing some people - perhaps she should have gone out and climbed mountains or something...

Anyway, hope work is flowing your way and not too stressful. Take care.
Thank you for stopping by! I loved Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, so it is wonderful to hear that there is a book by Mr Zimler that you consider even *better*! I have added it to my TBR list, thanks for the tip. I did find that I have to take my time with Mr Zimler's books. They can't be consumed like a movie theater box of popcorn...have to be savored. And sometimes I am just in the mood to munch (hence all the post-apocalyptic stories in my library).

You have some interesting titles in your library, particularly crime. No one does the crime novel quite as well as the English, IMO. I lived in Salisbury for 6 years, then came back to the States and missed my English authors dreadfully. Fortunately now though most UK books are published here too...we just have to wait a bit longer.

Keep reading! Cheryl

I've added the Inspector Singh and James Anderson to my wishlist - thanks for the extra recommendations! I can get hold of both at my local libraries.

I noticed you've been reading through The Dark is Rising series recently - I loved that series so much when I was younger. I need to reread it at some point...

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