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Member: happyanddandy1

CollectionsYour library (503), Currently reading (1), To read (98), Read but unowned (2), Favorites (8), All collections (503)

Reviews162 reviews

TagsFiction (230), TBR (103), from charity book shop (60), non fiction (43), Read 2008 (33), Library loan (28), Read 2007 (28), Michael 2008 (21), Autobiography (19), read (19) — see all tags

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About meI read every day usually at bed time as the day is so busy with kids and work etc. I read intensively on holiday and take a large collection with me. I have a husband and 2 children. My children of 20 and19 have picked up the reading bug and I believe its the foundation of their fantastic intellect and vocabulary.

About my libraryI love modern fiction written by women. I realised this after scanning my bookshelves! Ann Tyler is top of my list. I buy paperbacks or loan from the public library. I am hesitant about joining a book club as I cannot read books that I would never choose myself. I am trying to widen the range of books I read with the help of BCF members.
I still haven't completed adding all the books in the house yet.

GroupsEarly Reviewers, Happy Heathens, Knitters Inc., ravelry, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsKate Atkinson, Monica Dickens, John O'Farrell, Carol Shields, Barbara Trapido, Anne Tyler (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresTwo Jays Bookshop

Favorite librariesBob Lawrence Library, Kenton Library, Wealdstone Library

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Real namePaula

LocationLondon UK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceAug 14, 2006

Currently readingAccidental Husband by Jane Green

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Did you know "We need to Talk About Kevin" has been made into a film?
Liked your review of the Monica Dickens book. I have never read any of hers, will have to look out for them in the charity shops.
Hi Paula, how do you enter the book you are currently reading, I can't find it. I must have used it once, because I did have some entries there. Help!!
Hi Paula I am back making entries on Library Thing, because I felt keeping a note of all my books and my reading was getting out of hand. I am about to read your latest reviews. Particularly interested in the Kate Atkinson one.
Hi - just thought I'd let you know that I've just finished 'Once Upon a Time in England' - this has to have been one of the best reads for me this year. I've posted a review.

Hope you're keeping well.

Unfortunately I was unlucky this time - I do have the Rachel Cusk on my wishlist though,which is where you may have seen it - will have to wait until it arrives at the library and read it then. I really enjoyed 'Arlington Park' (very Virginia Woolf I thought).

Happy reading - let me know what you think of it.

I'm reading The Woman in Black at the moment - have had very little time to read lately but hope to put that right tomorrow as I'm on leave and plan to ignore the housework! Hoping to read Once a Time in England soon - it's in our branch at the moment.

Judy :)
I went on LibraryThing last night after months of absence and happened to check out your page for inspiration so it's really funny that you've written today. What's even stranger is that last week someone returned 'Once a Time in England' to the library and it caught my eye. I tried to read the synopsis but someone came to the counter before I had the chance. When I noticed that you'de read it I made a mental note to track it down this week and bring it home - it looks good.

We often have similar taste in reading:)

Hope things are well - it's good to hear from you again.

JudyB :)
Yes I got the ER copy - It's my third ER book although I never did receive the first. Of the 2 I have had this is the best by far.
Hi Happyanddandy1

I've just noticed you've started reading Once Upon a Time in England - let me know how you find it. I'm about 3/4 of the way through and I've felt all sorts of things about the book from high to low - it's been a strange reading experience for me so far!
Hallo Happy & Dandy 1
Thank you for your comment but it was sent to me, also DAVID MITCHELL, but not the one you intended your message for. Librarything have a number of publications listed under one DAVID MITCHELL but in fact there are several. My book, written in two volumes, is called A BOY FROM NOWHERE and you can read about it on my PROFILE
or on my website You may also like to see what those 'down under' are reading about me. If so - please visit:
May I add one thing - if you do buy my book you will read how I was greatly inspired as a boy by a British films called DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT the theme music of which was THE WARSAW CONCERTO. I badly wanted to learn to play piano - alas, coming from a poor family there was no money for lessons. So I announced that I would teach myself ! Everybody broke into peals of laughter of course - but I succeeded. After publication of my Volume One people asked me WELL- SO YOU TAUGHT YOURSELF TO PLAY PIAN0 - BUT HOW WELL ? It is not for to say how well and so I burned 2 CDs which serve as a demonstration of the level I managed to achieve. If you do buy my book I would be happy to send copies of these CDs to you. You can communicate with me via the HOME page on my website where there is an option to send me an email.

Hiya....just passing by! Hope you are well. Keep forgetting to pop on here actually until a certain 'anniekirk' said 'hello'
I will be interested in his comments
I have read Life class. Found it a bit strange, the war scenes are vividly described. The ending was a bit strange I thought.
Who did you get the bronze helper badges from. Don't understand. Is it to do with your course. Sorry for the late reply .Mum
Hi Paula, tracked you down on here. Just dropped in to say hello and send hugs. Lov Mum xxx
Hey, how you doing? You not on BCF anymore? Hope you are well. Take care xxx
Haven't seen you arond the book club forum recently. Hope things are OK!! I haven't been on here for ages again.
Hi Paula

I asked one of the ladies I help if she would let me order a book on her behalf for her to read. It was 'Worldwide Adventures in Love' and as I'd hoped she thought it was wonderful and found it a quick read. She said it was nice to read something so different.

Just thought I'd share that with you.

Hope you're keeping well.

That's a shame but we'll definately keep in touch here.

Take care
Judy x
Hi - thanks for adding me! I hadn't realised that we shared so many books - great minds think alike!

I just noticed you've read The Outcast by Sadie Jones - I can't rate it highly enough - I though it was superb!
Hello - Be Nosey all you like - hehe! Isn't that what the internet is for?!
I know, I haven't been able to update in a while! I had to go for paid membership as well! I just find this the easiest way to keep track of books I own as I have them all over the place at various family members houses, my own placem the garage etc lol!
Hi Paula, interesting that we share 78 books. I must check out more of your books as there must be others that I would enjoy. Thanks for letting me know.

Mary :-)
Yes it is a shame, I hope she is ok......

Blimey you have a lot of messages! Little miss popular! ;)

Hey Paula -
You are now top of my 'Members With The Same Books' list we share 55 books so far.
I have been swapping books via RISI which is great and obviously your recommendations have been having an effect on my choices.
K xXx
yes Anne Tyler is a favourite. Haven't worked out tags yet, are they a way of grouping your books?
Hello yes still adding books I think we have 71 now! This site has been really useful to me as I am terrible at remembering which books I have read. At least now I should not buy the same books. Looks like we like similar authors.
Hey P,
Since I visited the charity shops today we now have 45 in common!
Thanks for the comment - I like being able to lay out my profile a little. :)
Thanks for the recs - I might give Breathing Lessons a go. t/c, g x
Hi there, thanks for your message! :o) I see you're a fan of Anne Tyler - I've tried 5 of her books and have found them abit hit and miss, but I really enjoyed 'The Amateur Marriage'. Do you have a personal favourite or one that you would especially recommend? Kind regards, g x
Just wandering around and saying hello to people. :)
Thanks - it's always nice when others see the same similarities. It was interesting to read more about the writer - thanks for the tip off.

I think she'll really enjoy it - it's certainly suitable for someone of that age. Hope she finds it a good read - I did! :)

What book did you get for Helen?

Hey Paula - not started Pippa yet but glad to hear your enjoying it, I plan to start tonight or tomorrow.
Hi Paula

Thanks for adding me as an interesting library. I'll be back later to mooch through yours. We only share 10 so that leaves me 336 to rootle around in. Catch you later.

Yes - absolutley sure.
Hey Paula -
I am glad to hear the book has arrived safely. Please dont worry about the book - I dont want it back, keep it or pass it on to whoever. If I had though I could have registered it on my Bookcrossing but he ho!
K xXx
Hey Paula -
I have a wee recipe book addiction and although Delia's bible is great I think she has sold out of late - frozen mash and tins of mince? EH? Needless to say I wont be buying her most recent book.
Hi Paula
Yours is the first Librarything page I have visited, how exciting! - we share 19 books so far but I have a feeling it will be a lot more.
Happy Reading
Karol xXx
Hi Paula

I'm nearing the end of 'Reading in Bed' having had a lovely quiet day today in which to read a huge chunk of it. It's good and I'm finding myself thinking about the characters when I put it down. It took me a while to get into but that may have been because I wasn't giving it the time it deserved. Anyway it comes with my recommendation. Hope you enjoy it too - look forward to reading your comments.

bye for now

lol pinch away!
Hey, been nosing on your list and you have some fantastic books there. I love the Earths children books. I have promised myself them for 2008 I have read them previously but lost em (dont ask !!!) I really must get my self going and list more of my books.
Hello, hope this works, bit of a newbie! Nice to see some familiar names tho
Christine (Chicken)
So far we only share 1
Hi HandD

Thanks for your message - hope you enjoy Black Swan Green. I found it grew on me as I read it.

Happy reading!

Hi H&D fancy seeing you here lol :-)
Hi Happyanddandy

Good to see you here. The 20 books we share are real good ones (some of my favourites).
My other half, but I dont know what he calls himself - possibly Captain Kirk. How are you today?
Have you noticed another person has joined us?
Just checked on Amazon and they dont have the book cover either. M
Re book covers; when I search for them, the edition I have doesnt have a cover. I dont know why. For example, I put in the ISBN number for the Barbra Streisand biography and nothing came up, so I put in the full title and the edition I have doesnt have a cover given. Search me xx
How about Jean Auel - The Clan of the Cave Bear (don't worry it's not horror!!) Nici x
Nice to see you!
As we only share two books, perhaps I should expand my reading and try one of your books - what would you recommend? Nici x
Hello from me!
26, that's quite a lot, think I've read and enjoyed all of them too!
Aha! Another BCF-er! I've got you on my watch list... :)
Hiya! Yes, I have different names for different forums. I get bored easily, and I also don't particularly want to be recognised too easily. Like to keep a bit of anonimity(sp?).
I think we are taking over the web...:)

Nice to see you here! : )

Nici x
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