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Jan 28, 2008
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Ellie
About My Library

I have a bit of everything in my library, but at the moment I'm especially partial to supernatural-leaning horror-with-depth (think Tremblay, Masterton, Wesolowski), smart romcoms, books by autistic and LGBTQIA+ authors, and non-fiction about society and social issues. I've become a total audiobook convert in the last couple of years, especially since I have to take strong painkillers multiple times a day; being able to switch to listening when I'm drowsy really helps. Most of the books on my physical shelves are unread, because I'm quite good at letting go of books I've finished with and tend to only keep my favourites. It's been a very long time since I've been able to go book shopping thanks to my hip dysplasia/arthritis, but after my hip replacement this year the first things on my 'stuff I want to do' list involve finally getting back into actual bookstores, charity shops and the library. :)

About Me

I'm a 37 year-old English lass, autistic, LGBTQIA+, living in Derbyshire with my lovely mum (who doubles as my long-suffering carer) and our three cats, Millie, Domino and Leo. Things that make me happy include bright flowers, ducks, trees, smart comedy and books/movies/TV shows that feel like they were written just for me. ♥ I've been struggling to read since my hip replacement in May (undiagnosed dysplasia, long story) but I'm slowwwwly enjoying my library's audiobook offerings as and when I can focus without falling asleep!



MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2023

Heartstopper Volumes 1-3 - Alice Oseman
Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty
Love in Lockdown - Chloe James
Battle Royale - Koushun Takami
Small Town Pride - Phil Stamper

THE LAST THING I...

Watched: A bunch of Charlotte Dobre videos
Consumed: Coffee and Viennese biscuits
Listened to: Panic in Four Minutes: Part 1 by VoicePlay ♥
Bought: A can of jellybeans and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, on my first proper trip out post-hip replacement!

BOOKS READ IN 2024

January
1. A Different Sort of Normal - Abigail Balfe, read by the author (nf)
2. This Winter - Alice Oseman (f)
3. The Patient - Jasper DeWitt, read by Edoardo Ballerini (f)
4. Heartstopper Volume 4 - Alice Oseman (f)
5. It Happened One Summer - Tessa Bailey, read by Charlotte North (f)
6. Disappearance at Devil's Rock - Paul Tremblay, read by Erin Bennett (f)
7. Solitaire - Alice Oseman, read by Jayne Entwistle (f)

February
8. Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty, read by Caroline Lee (f)
9. Bang, Bang, You're Dead! - Narinder Dhami, read by Lisa Coleman (f)
10. Deity (Six Stories 5) – Matt Wesolowski, read by Simon Mattacks et al (f)
11. Heartstopper Volume 5 - Alice Oseman (f)
12. How to Be a Woman - Caitlin Moran, read by the author (nf)
13. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge, read by the author (nf)
14. Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston, read by Ramon De Ocampo (f)

March
15. The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick, read by Ray Porter (f)
16. Well Met - Jen DeLuca, read by Brittany Pressley (f)
17. The Dinner - Herman Koch (f)

April
18. More Than A Woman - Caitlin Moran, read by the author (nf)
19. Osgood As Gone (Spectral Inspector 1) - Cooper S. Beckett (f)
20. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell, read by Andrew Wincott (f)

May
21. Nick and Charlie - Alice Oseman (f)
22. Fifty Shades Freed - E.L. James (f)

June
23. Over the Hills and Far Away: My Life as a Teletubby - Nikky Smedley, read by the author (nf)
24. The Pallbearers' Club - Paul Tremblay, read by James O'Connell and Gemma Carfi (f)

July
25. The Dark - Sharon Bolton, read by Lisa Coleman (f)
26. Reading Allowed: True Stories & Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library - Chris Paling, read by David Thorpe (nf)

Books in bold are my favourite so far!

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Derbyshire, England
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Bookstores: High Peak Bookstore & Cafe, Scarthin Books, Waterstone's Chesterfield

Libraries: Chesterfield Library