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From Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom
Age 51
Joined Thursday, September 04, 2008
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I love books and love the idea of releasing them into the wild but don't have much luck with wild releases! Years ago when the BBC did their Big Read, I decided to read the top 100 books in order. I did 100, 99, & 98 then got bogged down in life but I'm back on track now and I've added the rest of the 70s to my wish list. (ETA Oh no, I never ready a single BBC Big Read book in 2012 or 2013 or 2014!!!! And Gormenghast really held me up as I needed to read book one of the trilogy first but they are so big. Now I think Bleak House is going to hold me up). Plus I've discovered there's a top 200 and after that I'm going to do the 1001 - but I do have a lifetime for that. Big plans!

I have a huge amount of unregistered books at home waiting for me to read them and I still can't resist a library sale so the pile keeps growing. I enjoy surprise roundabouts, so if you're involved in the Favourites, don't look at the bottom because they are listed below.

I've also combined my love of books with my rediscovery of the cinema. I now feel the need to read the book before I see the film. This has happened because I live near Scotland's oldest purpose built cinema which has been refurbished and opened again for business in 2009. I don't care if I'm a month or so behind and don't see the film immediately on its release, it's a wonderful little theatre. They also show classics occasionally so seeing Cary Grant or James Stewart on the big screen is a real treat.

Now I'm going to as many conventions and uncons as possible, I think I will follow the lead of other bookcrossers and add an NSS wishlist. I think the most important thing is I don't like chocolate, or coffee and I rarely drink fruit teas. So sweetie choices are something chewy - Haribo always goes down well. Check my wish list for books but they are sometimes quite obscure. I try and put foreign authors on here in the hope that overseas bookcrossers can help but it will always be up to date before a convention.

100-80 All read

79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens - reading next
78. Ulysses by James Joyce
77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
75. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
74. Matilda by Roald Dahl
73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist by Robert Tressell
71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1. Lewis & Harris by Francis Thompson
2. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (audio)
3. Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd (book group)
4. Insomniac City by Bill Hayes (roundabout)
5. The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage (audio)
6. S is for Silence by Sue Grafton (sprial)
7. Australia Street by John Kingsmill (SSM)
8. By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
9. The Postman by David Brin (roundabout)
10. The Taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor (audio)
11. Sail Away by Celia Imrie (audio)
12. True Romance by Helen Zahavi (SSM)
13. Cocktails for Three by Sophie Kinsella as Madeleine Wickham
14. Little Foxes by Michael Morpurgo (SSM)
15. The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen (book group)
16. T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton (spiral)
17. Dead Scared by SJ Bolton
18. My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay (book group)
19. Murder by the Barrel by Lesley Cookman (audio)
20. The Power of One by Bryce Courtney (roundabout)
21. Tales from Barra told by The Coddy by John Lorne Campbell
22. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
23. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (SSM)
24. U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton (spiral)
25. The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (audio)
26. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (book group)
27. Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans
28. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
29. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (roundabout)
30. Small Steps by Louis Sachar
31. The No2 Feline Detective Agency by Mandy Morton
32. The Rest is History: Extraordinary Antics of People in History by Mark Seaman
33. Marley & Me by John Grogan
34. After You by Jojo Moyes
35. The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
36. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (book group) - reading now
37. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
38. Naming the Bones by Louise Welsh
39. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
40. Milkman by Anna Burns
41. The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne
42. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (roundabout)
43. The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
44. The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood (uncon author)
45. V is for Vengence by Sue Grafton (spiral)
46. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
47. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
48. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (roundabout)
49. The Woods by Harlan Coben
50. The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggars (rounabout)
51. Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
52. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
53. A Wanted Man by Robert Parker (uncon author)
54. The Donor by Clare Mackintosh
55. The Wicked Mr Hall: The Memoirs of the Butler who Loved to Kill by Roy Archibald Hall
56. Five Go Parenting (Enid Blyton) by Bruno Vincent
57. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (audio) - reading now
58. Tell it to the Bees by Fiona Shaw (uncon author)
59. Future by Book Week Scotland
60. W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (sprial)
61. Adam Lyal's Witchery Tales by The Cadies & Witchery Tours
62. Normal People by Sally Rooney (roundabout) - reading now
63. My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
64. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey - reading now
65. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (bookray)
65. The Underdog by Markus Zusak
66. The House by the Dvina: A Russian Childhood by Eugenie Fraser
67. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
68. The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
69. Songs of a Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult (roundabout)
70. The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
72. The Good Guy by Dean Koontz

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Dancing Between the Beats by Lynn Nicholas
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
Islander by Patrick Barkham
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83¼ years old by Hendrik Groen (roundabout)

Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd

My favourite - The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Dark-Draco - The Postman by David Brin
Valpete - The Power of One by Bryce Courtney
Mcsar - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
originalslicey - The Nickel boys by Colson Whitehead
Math-Girl40 - Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Icila - The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggars
dutch-book - The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83¼ years old by Hendrik Groen
Cross-Patch - Normal People by Sally Rooney

January - The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (Aramena)
February - Bear Town by Fredrick Backman (Valpete)
March - Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (mcsar)
April - Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson (Math-Girl)
May - Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (Estelle1806)
June - Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (Lamilla)
July - We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Icila)
August - Lachlan's War by Michael Cannon (Fifna)
September - An Imaginary Life by David Malouf (Arvores)
October - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (dark-draco)
November - Insomniac City by Bill Hayes (caroline-M)
December - Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra (earthcaroleanne)

January - Submission by Michel Houellebecq (lamilla)
February - Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood (MathGirl40)
March - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (JudySlumps612)
April - The River at Night by Erica Ferencik (Aramena)
May - A Basket Brigade Christmas by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson (Weeder)
June - Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store: A Novel by Robin Sloan (Icila)
July - Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (Marsala)
August - The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (Fifna)
September - Wild by Cheryl Strayed (bookwormess)
October - Songs of a Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult (Estelle1806)
November - The Byerley Turk: The True Story of the First Thoroughbred by Jeremy James (dark-draco)
December - Why Did you Lie? by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

January - Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (My Favourite)
February - The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (alexotanil)
March - The Minaturist by Jessie Burton (fifna)
April - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Lilykip)
May - The Blue-Eyed Salaryman by Niall Murtagh (Icila)
June - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Billbooks)
July - Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Leahjett)
August - The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman (Lamilla)
September - The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Nataliec7)
October - The Children of Men by PD James (dark-draco)

January - Atonement by Ian McEwan (My Favourite)
February - A Month in the Country by JL Carr (elstaplador)
March - Horse Boy: The True Story of a Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son by Rupert Isaacson (Dark-draco)
April - Under an English Heaven by Robert Radcliffe (Lamilla)
May - Women of the Silk: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama (Fifna)
June - Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach (Icila)
July - The Humans by Matt Haig (My Favourite)
August - Sculptor's Daughter by Tove Jansson (elstaplador)
September - Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (Dark-draco)
October - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Fifna)
November - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (catsalive)
December - Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman (Icila)

January - The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (bluezwuzl)
February - Ignorance by Milan Kundera (Grovalskii)
March - Address Unknown by Katherine Kressmann Taylor (Lilyklip)
April - Room by Emma Donoghue (Icila)
May - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (marsala)
June - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Fifna)
July - Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andrie Makine (andrasthe)
August - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (katrinat)
September - Not Fade Away by Jim Dodge (Sarahmangan)
October - Son of the Circus by John Irving (dark-draco)
My Favourite – A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Target for 2020 - 83
Books read in 2019 - 112
Books read in 2018 - 99
Books read in 2017 - 86
Books read in 2016 - 82
Books read in 2015 - 84
Books read in 2014 - 92
Books read in 2013 - 64
Books read in 2012 - 83
Books read in 2011 - 66
Books read in 2010 - 84
Books read in 2009 - 65

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