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Member: vestafan

CollectionsYour library (1,603), Currently reading (3), To read (1,077), Read but unowned (301), Favorites (3), Kindle (32), All collections (1,904)

Reviews11 reviews

TagsCrime (371), 1001 (268), Virago Modern Classics (235), Guardian 1000 (226), read10 (87), read09 (85), read12 (84), read11 (79), Contemporary fiction (63), Classic fiction (62) — see all tags

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About meI'm a librarian by training - I have been working from home on a web site and am a freelance information specialist (apparently). Married, no children, but we have recently adopted two cats, Lyra and Blizzard, and are well and truly under the paw.

About my libraryMany years ago I realised that you didn't have to read every book you owned before buying more, and since then, the brakes have been off. Moving to a smaller house three years ago forced some ruthless pruning of the collection, but there are still boxes of books in the garage that have never been unpacked. I mainly read fiction, with a particular fondness for crime, as well as modern and classic fiction. I'm also interested in literary criticism, the psychology of music and World war II social history. Although I part with most of my crime novels when I've read them, I am trying to collect the works of Henning Mankell, Sjowall and Wahloo, Alexander McCall Smith and Lindsey Davis. I also like the Persephone books and Virago Modern Classics.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Barbara Pym, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Knitters Inc., Persephone Readers, ROOT - 2014 Read Our Own Tomes, Virago Modern Classics

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Taylor (Shared favorites)

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Real nameSue

LocationRural Lincolnshire

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Member sinceFeb 3, 2009

Currently readingMusic and the Mind by Anthony Storr
Do They Think You're Stupid? by Julian Baggini
Death Bed (BOOK 4 in DI Geraldine Steel Series) by Leigh Russell

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Good Morning! Yes, I do recommend Charlotte Gray and Suite Francaise (though I'm a little fuzzy on my remembrance of the latter). I also recommend Skeletons at the Feast, it's really good too.
Welcome to the 999 challenge...
I didn't want to post this in your thread so I hope you don't me writing you here. If you're looking for suggestions on WW2 books, I read several last year. You'll find them in my library under the tag "NaNoWriMo 08".
Looking forward to seeing what books you pick for your crime category.
Have a great day!
Found it. They look fab. I think I'll join the Virago Book Group.
I was just re-reading my 50 books challenge and you recommended two authors to me - Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor. Pym looks interesting so many thanks for that. Elizabeth Taylor - there is nothing. Is it a typo or are you one of the first - if the latter catalogue one of her books soon!
Thanks for your note. You must catalogue your Elizabeth Taylor books - I looked her up and it was empty. Barbara Pym is very familiar to me but I cannot remember reading any of her books. I must give her a try. Yes. The influence of history on Novels is really absorbing. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, for instance, wouldn't be a viable plot in today's texting society.

Keep in touch.

Hi vestafan,
Just wanted to come over and say hi! I've seen your posts in the Virago group and now your books are popping up on my homepage. I see you just added Girls High by Barbara Anderson - for a New Zealander I read far too little NZ fiction, but I enjoyed that one. I'm in the middle of Thinks... at the moment.
Welcome to LT and to our Virago Group, Sue!
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