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CollectionsYour library (762), Currently reading (1), Read but unowned (404), All collections (1,166)

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Tagsfiction (601), nonfiction (526), history (399), 20th century (291), 21st century (257), british fiction (246), historical fiction (183), american fiction (172), european history (169), fantasy (142) — see all tags

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About meTwenty-something Irish expat, studying post-graduate history abroad and struggling with a debilitating addiction to tea.

I'm posing myself a challenge to broaden the geographical range of authors I read—I read far too many British and American authors, I've realised, and don't stretch myself as much as I should. The map below shows my progress so far; the ultimate aim is to have read at least one book from every country in the world.

55: Afghanistan, Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Zimbabwe.

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Historical Fiction, Livejournalers, Medieval Europe, Reading Globally, Virago Modern Classics

Favorite authorsIsabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Pat Barker, Louis de Bernières, A. S. Byatt, Susanna Clarke, Dorothy Dunnett, George Eliot, T. S. Eliot, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sebastian Faulks, Neil Gaiman, Georgette Heyer, Robin Hobb, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kij Johnson, Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Lee, Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, Naomi Novik, Patrick O'Brian, Terry Pratchett, Mary Renault, Dorothy L. Sayers (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresDiesel, a bookstore - Brentwood, Hodges Figgis, Prairie Lights Books

Favorite librariesTrinity College Library, Dublin


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Currently readingErmengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours (Conjunctions of Religion & Power in the Medieval Past) by Fredric L. Cheyette

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Loved your review on McNamara's book. Also, reading in your profile the challenge you have given yourself made me laugh, this is great, what a wonderful idea! I see you still would like to read a book from the Netherlands. This is my home country, so if you need any ideas for titles or authors, please don't hesitate.
I just finished By the Lake (That They May Face the Rising Sun.) Thank you for your review. Yor words captured how I, too, felt about the book.
Phenomenal review of A Game of Thrones. Also of The Kite Runner. Regarding the latter, I love the way that finding one person who agrees with your opinion of a book shuts up the nagging voice in your head that wonders if you were too harsh.
wonderful review of The Kite Runner
Your review remark for 21 about the handwritten pages beyond page 114 of the typescript is exactly what I thought when I glanced at the book. I will start reading, and then I will be annoyed all over again.
Loved your review of America (The Book) -- I would totally sex up Jon Stewart too.
LOVED your review of I, Cladius, and agree with every word of it! Thank you!
Oh my gosh. I loved the Lymond Chronicles so much! I have the entire House of Niccolo series, as well, and have tried a couple of times to get into it, but just can't seem to. Maybe because he's no Francis Crawford...
For the magazine, I got to go to a couple of rare book dealers here in L.A., including a place called Heritage on Melrose. They have an amazing collection (very intimidating—nothing below $200) and they took me on a full tour, letting me look at and touch so many incredible things. I personally requested P&P, and they gave me the sales slip to give to you. It's a three-volume set from 1808 that belonged to novelist Sarah Burney. It costs $125,000.

So, not something I can get you for your birthday, but maybe we can go visit it while you're here!
Ha! You caved and got a paid account. I feel much better now.

Today I touched a first edition of Pride and Prejudice. Ask me how!
I did indeed see the Hewlett blog, oh shiny evil one! He is so adorable, I might die. I almost left a comment to tell him how much I wanted my magazine to cover his movie, if only it [the magazine] were not so stupid, but then I wussed out. I must love him from afar!
Dude, now you've got me hooked on this, and I'm wanting a paid account and everything. You are very evil. *g*
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