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      February already! And with February comes the next supporter giveaway. This month, with great thanks once again to www.thestorygift.co.uk , we have a brilliantly bookish set of 'storyteller' pencils (featuring famous first lines) and a retro library card notebook!      As always, you'll be automatically entered into the giveaway if you support the forum on patreon, or if your pre-patreon membership is still active. If you want to be involved in the giveaway but don't currently support, you can join the patreon at any point in February here:  www.patreon.com/bookclubforum . 

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  2. Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
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    ah think they've git mange 'n' ringworm as weel. Nae tae mention none o' thaim ur hoose trained. Aggie's kind o' git that reek aboot her, dinnae ye think?' Ginger scowled, 'Whit kind o' friend dae ye call yersel'? Ye'r nothing but a ...
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    showed a petty streak, whispering to the gingerr wonderrr, "Hey laddie, she's a wee touch semple, this gerral, it's very sad, but aaah'm her friend and confident confidante, did ye knae she's gawt fleas? Herrr house es swarrrmin' with cats, and ..
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    he could hae had me!' Foiled in her attempts to keep Aggie from ever getting aquainted with the opposite sex, and beaten in the boyfriend stakes, she ...
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  8. What's Up in February? - 2019

    Must find some reading for during the flight and while waiting for it.
  9. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Thanks Karen :-)
  10. Chrissy's Reading 2019

    I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the trilogy. I finished reading 'The Passage' a couple of weeks ago and have been worried about reading the next book, just in case it isn't as good as the first!
  11. Andrea's reading in 2019

    ooh! What a lovely book! Congratulations.
  12. Hello! I'm New.

    I'm a Canadian Author, addicted to heartfelt Romance. I'm fascinated with the elusive, obscure magical moments when new love first ignites. I enjoy writing, which is the perfect outlet for my over-active imagination, reading, landscaping and music, family is my everything. I have fan love for BBC's North and South, Game of Thrones and Outlander.I'm currently finishing the Passion series..
  13. A Book blog, 2019 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Colour me English by Caryl Philips This is a varied collection of essays which focus on race, identity and the nature of writing. Philips was born in St Kitts and came to Britain with his parents, being brought up in Leeds in the 1960s and 70s: “Leeds is the place I learned to read, write, play football, the place I was first called a nigger, the place I had my first kiss.” He writes eloquently about the racism of those days and makes a case for writers leading in the fights for justice: "There is a directness about storytelling, involving as it does human beings as the central players, which means that we often look first to our writers for news of who and what we are. Words cohering into language form the bedrock of our identity, and explain our human condition." There is a lot of variety here. Philips moved to America in 1990 and he writes about his time there and contrasts with Britain. He was in New York on 9/11 and writes movingly about that. There are essays on other writers, including Achebe, Baldwin, Ha Jin, Braithwaite, McKay amongst others: a reflection on the death of Luther Vandross: some historical reflections including a piece on African American sailors prior to the civil war: a number of reflections on the slave trade in its many forms and on the African Diaspora: essays on Ghana, Sierra Leone, France and the far right in Belgium, not to mention one on Philips and another writer climbing Kilimanjaro: and a variety of others. All in all it’s an odd fit and there were one or two things that irritated me, particularly a comment on an encyclopedia about there being some women in there just to make up the numbers. On the whole this is a very good collection of essays. I was pointed towards writers I had limited knowledge of and the reflections on race, immigration and belonging are very telling. 8 out of 10 Starting Harry Patch, the last fighting Tommy by Harry Patch and Richard van Emden
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  15. A Book blog, 2019 by Books do Furnish a Room

    The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri I have had mixed feelings about Lahiri in the past, but I enjoyed this novel whilst being unsure of what Lahiri was trying to do with it. There isn’t a cast of thousands, but it is a family drama starting in India and moving to the US. The focus of the novel is two brothers Subhash and Udayan. They are born in Calcutta fifteen months apart, just after the Second World War. There is a patch of land near where they live in Tollygunge with two ponds and close to the exclusive Tolly club. The brothers are close and the reader is taken through childhood and into the mid-1960s towards college. Udayan is always the leader. The two brothers begin to drift apart. Subhash goes to college in Rhode Island to study. Udayan becomes involved in radical politics and joins the Naxalite movement, Maoist in politics and potentially violent. Udayan also marries Gauri, in secret, only telling his parents afterwards. Udayan is shot by the police on the patch of ground hear his home. Gauri is pregnant. Subhash returns for the funeral and marries Gauri, although they do not love each other. They return to the US. This all takes place in the first quarter of the book. The rest of the book follows Subhash, Gauri and her daughter Bela up to the present day. Lahiri captures the immigrant experience in America through the eyes of Subhash: “The difference was so extreme that he could not accommodate the two places together in his mind. In this enormous new country, there seemed to be nowhere for the old to reside. There was nothing to link them; he was the sole link.” The first section of the novel is gripping, however the rest is much more evenly paced and is really about living life and dealing with the past. There is a focus on family relationships. There is a sense of destinies displaced and the grinding mundaneness of life. There is a reality to this rather than elegance. And a story of fraternal bonds that linger beyond death. There are niggles, the relationship between Gauri and Subhash, for me didn’t ring true in the way it played out, especially in relation to Bela. The novel does play out the universal nature of human hopes and fears, it is well written and I enjoyed it. But it didn’t really do any more than that. I’m not sure what more I wanted, more of an edge perhaps. 7 and a half out of 10 Starting Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
  16. Thanks! It was so frustrating, because the writing itself was so good. The plot structure really let it down for me.
  17. I tried reading White Teeth some time ago, but gave up part way through. I can't remember my objection exactly, but I think I felt a disconnect with the characters, possibly for the reasons you describe. I remember thinking that the writing was very good, but it just didn't hook me in somehow. Well done for sticking it out
  18. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes Rachel Walsh is a girl about town living it up in New York City, and she sure likes to party, so much so that after a mishap on a night out (all a terrible misunderstanding) she ends up in rehab. She only agrees to go for the saunas and health spas (which is surely what rehab is all about) and to get her family off her back. Her little holiday however turns out to be somewhat different to what she was expecting. This is the first Marian Keyes novel I've read and I absolutely loved it! We follow Rachel's time at rehab, and also (through recollection) along the path that got her there. It's funny, warm, insightful, a bit naughty and very easy to read. It's not fluffy chick-lit by any stretch. Even though it's written with a good deal of humour it covers serious topics in a sensitive yet entertaining way. The main character Rachel, even though deeply flawed, still manages to be likeable and I enjoyed spending time with her and following her on her journey of self-discovery. This book made me laugh out loud on many occasion, and it made me cry too. Fabulous stuff.
  19. Andrea's reading in 2019

    My lovely Sherlock Holmes book arrived last week that I won in the monthly prize draw (thanks again @Hayley ). I meant to post pics sooner but I've been ill all week. Anyway - it really is a beautiful book, a real treat considering my usual books are beaten up old paperbacks from charity shops! Excuse my blurry camera work for the shot of the cover!!
  20. What's Up in February? - 2019

    Thank you both I've also been pottering about doing chores today.
  21. Yes it is a shame, I was expecting a lot from this book. I think it would have been better if this was separated into two books,as I think it would develop the ideas & characters better. Thanks for reading my review!
  22. Hayley's Reading 2019

    I have read all 3 books of The Winternight Trilogy and enjoyed all of them. They received a 4/5 rating from me. My only regret is that the Trilogy is finished, I would love to continue reading these books. Arden put a lot of work in her research for writing the books. Hayley, you have some really good reading to look forward to in book 3.
  23. Shame White Teeth wasn't so great for you . I enjoyed reading your review, though! You explained your reasoning very well .
  24. Thanks @Onion Budgie!! I'm so glad you liked it . The book may find itself in my shopping basket soon!
  25. I finished Bloom last night. @Athena -- It was a lovely, sweet and fluffy read. The artwork is toned blue, and simply but beautifully done. (Lots of baking in it, too! There's even a recipe for sourdough rolls included at the back of the book.) I'd definitely recommend it. Now to continue with A Passage to India...
  26. 'White Teeth' by Zadie Smith This novel has had quite a lot of attention in the past few years, particularly on BookTube. So when I saw it in my local charity shop, I decided to give it a go. I have to admit that upon starting it, I had very high expectations of it, so I was quite disappointed by the end. First, the positives. This is had some very good writing within it.. The way in which Zadie Smith writes, is funny and the characters were very believable. But the plot itself, was the main problem I had with this book. At the beginning, certain characters had a lot of attention and their stories seemed to be developing nicely and some of what happened to them, was really intense. But then suddenly, all of the focus of this story was completely shifted, onto another character and those who initially seemed important, became secondary characters, who were hardly mentioned in the rest of the book. Then more and more characters were added, without fully focusing on any one person. This meant that, by the end of the book, even though they believeable, I really didn't feel like I knew any of them Partly due to this, and the fact that every chapter felt like an individual short story, this made the flow of the plot stop and start all of the time, and, although some chapters were really enjoyable, for me they didn't link together well. Randomly also, there were almost essay-like chapters, which talked about the ideas of identity and race within a multicultural society and, even though these were really interesting and thought provoking, they didn't seem to belong within the story itself. So for me, the organization of the plot was really weak. The most disappointing thing for me, was the end. The different strands of story did kind of come together towards the end. It was all building up to something that I thought, would make a powerful ending. However, it felt like Zadie Smith had run out of energy by the end and couldn't be bothered to gives us reader a plausible and realistic conclusion. For some characters, they didn't really have any resolution at all. This made me feel frustrated about investing time on this book. I think this had some interesting ideas and the style of writing was really good, but the plot was terrible. This is shame, because this could have been brilliant.. My Rating ***
  27. What's Up in February? - 2019

    Hope you are feeling better very soon! I'll probably spend the morning cleaning the chickens out and doing odd jobs and pottering around the house, until my partner gets here. My brother and partner and gran are also coming over so shall be nice to see them all. thank you It should be a lovely day. He is also a rather sociable baby so I don't think it will faze him too much.
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