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      It's May! The height of spring and a truly beautiful time of year so, when I saw this beautiful book cover, I knew we had to have it for the giveaway! May's winner will also receive the very first, completely unique, BCF bookmark!     As always, supporters will be entered into the giveaway automatically and a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the month. If you want to enter the giveaway but aren't currently a supporter, you can become one at https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.

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  2. Reading Habits

    Every single person differs in their relationship with books, personally, I'm an on and off kind of person. Either I read 12 books in a month ( a huge amount for me) or 2 books in a whole year. Obviously my habits depend on a huge amount of variables such as the stress I'm under, the pressure from my school and especially my spike in interest that comes from no where as I turn into a sort of mad man who's thirsty for knowledge and has no regard to sleep or any other general need of a human. But I'm more curious about the reading habits of other people as I've never discussed this, which fuels my curiosity in a very weird way. I mostly depend on sharp spikes in interests, which in my opinion is the worst way to read a book, I believe similar people exist and I'd like to also know their opinion on how they, in a way cope with this feeling and keep themselves motivated to complete a book.
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  4. Word Association

    association.
  5. A Book blog, 2019 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward This is the first Jesmyn Ward I have read, although as a little of it appeared familiar, I may have read an extract in a collection. It is set in Mississippi at the time of hurricane Katrina, in fact the twelve days leading up to it. It follows an African-American family who are desperately poor and living in the rural backwoods. The main protagonist is Esch, a girl of fifteen who lives with her three brothers and her alcoholic widowed father. Esch discovers she is pregnant at the start of the book. Her sexual experiences started at twelve with her brother’s friends and as she explains, "it was easier to let him keep on touching me than ask him to stop". Esch is literate and she is reading Greek mythology and there is a mythic quality to the story: a sensuality and physicality and some haunting descriptions. There is a good deal of pain and sorrow which is built up to be anything other than something to be got through and survived. There are several strands running through the novel. There is the preparation for the hurricane, family dynamics and Esch’s interactions with the unborn child’s father. One of Esch’s brothers, Skeet, owns a pit bull dog, which gives birth to a litter of puppies. Dogs and dog fighting are another theme and one which I struggled with as the descriptions are graphic and sickening. It is a powerful description of family life and all of the characters feel realistic and you end up caring about them, despite their lack of prospects and hopelessness. Despite the violence and oppression there is a humanity about the characters, particularly Esch and her linking her life to that of Medea: “I wonder if Medea felt this way before she walked out to meet Jason for the first time, like a hard wind come through her and set her to shaking.” The descriptive passages are excellent and Katrina is also almost one of the characters: “The murderous mother who cut us to the bone but left us alive, left us naked and bewildered as wrinkled newborn babies, as blind puppies, as sun-starved newly hatched baby snakes. She left us a dark Gulf and salt-burned land. She left us to learn to crawl.” There are issues and problems, but the whole is a powerful portrayal of those living at the edge of society. 7 and a half out of 10 Starting The Loony Bin Trip by Kate Millet
  6. Word Association

    word (I have had the bloody tune in my head ever since I saw macaroni! )
  7. Don't You Forget About Me ~ Simple Minds
  8. Tom's Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce I've seen the Mark Williams ones, and found them to be lovely.
  9. Your favourite Dinner choice?

    Oooo, I forgot egg and chips!
  10. Indubitably; my dear poppy, isn't it always thus?
  11. Game of Thrones

    I did not know that. Ygritte was then wrong when she told Jon Snow "You know nothing Jon Snow". He knew enough to marry Ygritte.
  12. What's the weather like?

    Same here, although still a bit cool in the shade, meant to be a bit unsettled over the weekend though, naturally! I'm actually wearing a Tshirt today.
  13. Maeve Binchy

    Long time since I've read anything by her, but agree, they're lovely books to get lost in. I remember particularly enjoying Evening Class, Quentins and Scarlet Feather.
  14. Game of Thrones

    Same here, I've been obsessed by shows before (the original X Files was probably the last one) and normally I wouldn't watch anything this graphic either, but it somehow got me, the characters I think, and the epic sweep, and the fact that a few years ago nothing like this would have been possible on TV.
  15. Your favourite Dinner choice?

    Roastie for me too, also egg and chips, and as a child, creamy (mashed) potatoes with peas - bliss!
  16. Game of Thrones

    George RR Martin has just said NZ can imprison him until he finishes Book 6 if he hasn't done it by the time he comes here in July next year for the World Science Fiction Convention https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=12233521
  17. Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes Love the Father Brown TV series
  18. Could it not have been figuratively speaking?
  19. We Don't Need Another Hero ~ Tina Turner
  20. cylindrical. Thanks Chrissy.😃😀
  21. Word Association

    code I clicked and thought what a novel and very funny association. Would make a good crossword clue.
  22. Coffee or Tea?

    A tea drinker, from a tea drinking family, it is my hot beverage of choice. I have coffee too, but only a cup a day.
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