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I meant to blog about this in my last entry and was just completely crap and forgot.

Courtesy of annastan (who has blogged about it here and here) Jenna Frank at Murdock Middle High School is looking for donations of new or gently used books suitable for a middle school or high school audience. In return for donations received before 15th January, your name goes in a hat for a give-away of 2 $15 Amazon or Powells vouchers.

So if you're having a post-Christmas clear-out to make way for all your new swag or you're just trying to get ahead of your spring cleaning or you'd just like to help out then please consider making a donation. The postal address is here:

Murdock Middle High School
c/o Jenna Frank, Library
3 Memorial Drive
Winchendon, MA 01475


(And just so you know I put my money where my mouth is, I've got a box of books that will be posted this weekend).

And speaking of books, I also forgot to put up my current To Read Pile for 2011, so I've set it out behind the cut:



1. Untold Stories by Alan Bennett.

2. The Political Animal by Jeremy Paxman.

3. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

5. The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome by Robin Lane Fox.

6. Don’t Know A Good Thing Edited by Kate Pullinger.

7. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James.

8. The Accidental by Ali Smith.

9. The Collected Stories by Arthur C. Clarke.

10. On Writing by Stephen King.

11. The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft.

12. On Beauty by Zadie Smith.

13. Saturday by Ian McEwan.

13. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson.

15. Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre.

16. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood.

17. Changing Planes by Ursula Le Guin.

18. Down The Angel … And Up Holloway Edited by Pulp.net.

19. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.

20. China Shakes The World: The Rise Of A Hungry Nation by James Kynge.

21. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld.

22. The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London by Sarah Wise.

23. The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.

24. Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser.

25. Mother Tongue: The English Language by Bill Bryson.

26. Leviathan by Paul Auster.

27. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney.

28. The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

29. Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters.

30. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith.

31. The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

32. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

33. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi.

34. A Handbook On Hanging by Charles Duff.

35. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

36. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

37. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.

38. White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

39. Blood and Oil by Michael Klare.

40. Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis by Jeremy Leggett.

41. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass.

42. Power Down: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg.

43. The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.

44. Jaws by Nigel Andrews.

45. Nemesis by Bill Napier.

46. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond.

47. Gridlinked by Neal Asher.

48. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds.

49. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer.

50. Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker.

51. Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold.

52. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones.

53. Summer Chills Edited by Stephen Jones.

54. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur.

55. Past Magic by Ian R. MacLeod.

56. Innocent House by P. D. James.

57. My Side of the Matter by Truman Capote.

58. The Queen In Hell Close by Sue Townsend.

59. Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen by Gabriel García Márquez.

60. Otherwise Pandemonium by Nick Hornby.

61. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

62. The Diamond As Big As The Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

63. Happy Birthday Jack Nicholson by Hunter S. Thompson.

64. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

65. Making Money by Terry Pratchett.

66. Movie Idols by John Wrathall and Mick Molloy.

67. Kings of Comedy by Johnny Actob and Paul Webb.

68. Winter Warriors by David Gemmell.

69. Dark Moon by David Gemmell.

70. Glasshouse by Charles Stross.

ACQUIRED AFTER 1 JANUARY 2008

71. The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

72. The Golden Age of Censorship by Paul Hoffman.

73. Extras by Scott Westerfeld.

74. He Kills Coppers by Jake Arnott.

75. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.

76. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie.

77. Middle Eastern Mythology by S. H. Hooke.

78. The Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

79. The Penguin Book of Columnists edited by Christopher Silvester.

80. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

81. The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson.

82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

83. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer.

84. Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin.

85. The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock.

86. The Shadow Of The Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski.

87. The Beach by Alex Garland.

88. The Consolation Of Philosophy by Alain de Botton.

89. Regeneration by Pat Barker.

90. Empire by Niall Ferguson.

91. Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky.

92. How To Be Good by Nick Hornby.

93. The English by Jeremy Paxman.

94. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.

95. Wannabe A Writer? by Jane Wenham-Jones.

96. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch.

97. Checkmate by Malorie Blackman.

98. Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.

99. Necroscope by Brian Lumley.

100. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz.

101. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

102. Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry.

103. Dream-Songs by George R. R. Martin.

104. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

105. One For The Money by Janet Evanovich.

106. Two For The Dough by Janet Evanovich.

107. Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich.

108. Austerity Britain 1945 - 1951 by David Kynson.

109. Fuck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin.

ACQUIRED AFTER 1 JANUARY 2009

110. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

111. The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham.

112. The Graduate by Charles Webb.

113. Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen.

114. Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

115. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

116. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

117. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

118. Triskellion 2: The Burning by Will Peterson.

119. Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre.

120. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.

121. Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

122. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

123. A Journal Of The Plague Year by Daniel Defoe.

124. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle.

125. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers.

126. The Lady With The Little Dog And Other Stories by Anton Chekhov.

127. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox.

128. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

129. The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland.

130. Under Enemy Colours by Sean Thomas Russell

131. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik.

132. The First Rumpole Omnibus by John Mortimer.

133. Marketing Your Book: An Author’s Guide by Alison Baverstock.

134. The Faerie Conspiracies by Holly Stacey.

135. Midsummer Legend by Janet Foxley.

136. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer.

137. Family Britain 1951 – 1957 by David Kynaston.

138. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett.

ACQUIRED AFTER 1 JANUARY 2010

139. Nation by Terry Pratchett.

140. Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge.

141. Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan.

142. The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan.

143. Tunnels Of Blood by Darren Shan.

144. The City & The City by China Mieville.

145. The Digital Plague by Jeff Somers.

146. Angel of Death by J. Robert King.

147. A Web Of Air by Philip Reeve.

148. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr.

150. Heretic by Sarah Singleton.

151. Alice In Time by Penelope Bush.

152. The Liberators by Philip Womack.

153. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.

154. Sea Djinn by Linda Davies.

155. Fire Djinn by Linda Davies.

156. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow.

157. The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

158. Company Of Liars by Karen Maitland.

159. Beastly by Alex Flinn.

160. The Lost City of Z by David Grann.

161. Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett.

162. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

163. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory.

164. Loser’s Town by Daniel Depp.

165. The Oath by Michael Jecks.

166. The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans.

167. Of Saints And Shadows by Christopher Golden.

168. The Infidel by Bob Shepherd.

169. Last Argument Of Kings by Joe Abercrombie.

170. Time Riders: Day Of The Predator by Alex Scarrow.

171. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.

172. Clouds of Witnesses by Dorothy L. Sayers.

173. The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers.

174. Death Most Definite by Trent Jamieson.

175. Sorcery & Cecelia (Or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.

176. The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

177. The Electric Church by Jeff Somers.

178. Lustrum by Robert Harris.

179. Soulless by Gail Carriger.

180. Changeless by Gail Carriger.

181. The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan.

182. Forsaken: The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver. (STARTED)

183. Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge.

184. Ministry of Pandemonium by Chris Westwood.

185. Hailey’s War by Jodi Compton.

186. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.

187. A Summer Fling by Milly Johnson.

188. Vampirates: Demons Of The Ocean by Justin Somper.

189. RSVP by Helen Warner.

190. Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.