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CollectionsLibrary loan (9), Your library (3,526), Movies (31), Music (49), Read but unowned (740), Favorites (9), Book Group Reads (63), Children's/YA Books (165), 5 Star Books (111), Prize-winners (47), All collections (4,358)

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About meBooklover, book-buyer and blogging about it for 11 years - do visit 'AnnaBookBel' - see the link below. A materials scientist by training, I worked in industry for ages before becoming a mum, I now work as a school Lab Technician and Health & Safety Officer.

About my libraryI buy far too many books, my unread now outnumber my read ones, it's a nice struggle! I aim to read over 100 books each year, and to review most of the books I read - Do let me know what you think, (expanded reviews and comment are on my blog 'AnnaBookBel' http://www.annabookbel.net/ and also http://shinynewbooks.co.uk where I am Co-Editor).

While I mostly read contemporary and 20thC literature, I also read widely from much genre fiction (crime, SF&F, YA etc) and non-fiction (esp good biographies and popular science/medical books). I believe the best children's novels are every bit as good as adult ones too! The best of my daughter's books are included in my collections, alongside my own childhood favourites still on the shelves. Books I've read but not kept are only included where they're important, as part of a series, or I've reviewed them - these are tagged 'not kept'.

In 2019 I read 132 books and 21 earned 10/10.
In 2020 I've read 22 books (to early March) and 5 have earned 10/10 so far:

- The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch (NF)
- A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
- The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
- A Life in Words: Paul Auster in Conversation with IB SIegumfeldt (NF)
- It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track by Ian Penman (NF)

My Books of the Year:
2019 - Slow Motion Ghosts by Jeff Noon
2018 - To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
2017 - The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard; A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes (joint winners)
2016 - Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
2015 - Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
2014 - Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
2013 - Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo
2012 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Groups37 oldies in 2011 challenge, Bloggers, Children's Fiction, Detectives, Fairy Tale Readers, Folio Society devotees, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Ladybird Ladybird, ReadItSwapIt, Undiscovered Gemsshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Paul Auster, Beryl Bainbridge, J. G. Ballard, Iain Banks, Nicola Barker, Nina Bawden, Lawrence Block, Christopher Brookmyre, John le Carré, Raymond Chandler, Tracy Chevalier, Lauren Child, Jonathan Coe, Michael Connelly, Amanda Craig, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sally Gardner, Pascal Garnier, Laurie Graham, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Russell Hoban, Alice Hoffman, Nick Hornby, Antoine Laurain, Elmore Leonard, Deborah Levy, David Lodge, Ian McEwan, Paul Micou, Magnus Mills, Patrick Ness, Richard Russo, Marcus Sedgwick, Georges Simenon, Salley Vickers, Evelyn Waugh, Angela Young (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBlackwell's Oxford, Mostly Books, Oxford University Press Bookshop, The Bookstore, Waterstones Oxford

Homepagehttp://www.annabookbel.net/

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