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CollectionsRead but unowned (361), Ebooks (121), To read (120), Your library (3,215), Currently reading (5), Lent out (3), All collections (3,678)

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Tagsfiction (1,844), poetry (316), LGBT (233), 19th century (210), railways (202), detective (191), history (157), historical fiction (155), travel (140), short fiction (134) — see all tags

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About meEnglish expat in the Netherlands, lazy cyclist, P.G. Wodehouse fan...

About my libraryI try to keep it as a balanced mix of random historical accretion and purposive acquisition, which is what any good personal library should be. Contrary to common belief, I do occasionally get rid of books. But not often enough...

Areas of particular interest - not necessarily at the top of my current list of interests - include history, language & linguistics, literary theory, obsolete science & technology books, P.G. Wodehouse, poetry, railway history, travel, trams, and underground railways. And a few very dusty college textbooks.

In the fiction section I have a mix of English, Dutch, French and German, ranging from 18th and 19th century classics to heavy-duty modern literary fiction, but also including substantial chunks of early 20th century adventure stories, classic British detective stories, American LGBT writing from the 70s and 80s, British writers of the 50s and 60s, and even the odd Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett.
Current (early 2014) project is to expand my knowledge of the other Romance languages, so there have been quite a few books in Spanish popping up lately.
In other words, anyone looking for evidence of order and discipline had better avert their gaze.

Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, 18th Century British Literature, 2015 Category Challenge, Anglophiles, Awful Lit., Barbara Pym, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Best of British, Bikes and Bicycles, Cycles, Cyclists and Bikers, Books Comparedshow all groups

Favorite authorsPatrick Gale, Patricia Highsmith, James Morier, Barbara Pym, Simon Raven, Stevie Smith, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAthenaeum Boekhandel, Boekhandel Vrolijk Gay Lesbian Bookshop, Donner, Minster Gate Bookshop, Studystore Utrecht, The American Book Center, The Barbican Bookshop, York, Van Stockum Boekverkopers

Favorite listsClassic British Humor, Minimalist's bookshelf, Nobel non-laureates, non-male, Writers at Risk


Real nameMark Hodson

LocationDen Haag, Netherlands

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceApr 17, 2007

Currently readingMalena es un nombre de tango by Almudena Grandes
Illusions perdues by Honoré de Balzac
Meneer Beerta by J.J. Voskuil
Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
Así empieza lo malo by Javier Marías

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