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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

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  1. Some thoughts on the books I read during the past ~30 days. I went on holiday so I read some books on my Kindle, as well as some paperbooks. Video 1 (Note: the second half of the video is me talking about my YouTube channel). Books mentioned: Peter F. Hamilton - Commonwealth Saga 1: Pandora's Star (re-read) I really enjoyed re-reading this adult epic space opera hard science-fiction book. Book 1 in a duology, I'm currently re-reading book 2. Susan Hatler - Kissed by the Bay 6: All About That Kiss I enjoyed reading this romance book. I wanted to read book 7 in the series as well, but somehow something is wrong with the (international) file (namely that it contains completely the wrong book). I've reported it to Amazon but as far as I can tell, I don't think it's fixed yet. A. C. Buchanan - This Other World Science-fiction short story about an autistic woman living on an alien planet as an immigrant. Jay Bell - Like & Subscribe Short story, m/m romance. It was a nice read. Jay Bell - Language Lessons Short story, m/m romance. Liked this one a bit less than Like & Subscribe. Ada Hoffmann - Fairest of All Free short story: http://futurefire.net/2019.50/fiction/fairest.html I absolutely loved this. It's a magical, beautiful story with autistic characters and I loved it. Josine Bouwmans, Ina van Berckelaer-Onnes, Sander Begeer - Autisme en ADHD in een Persoon An autism and ADHD memoir, I liked it but wished it was longer. Shawn Inmon - Rock 'n Roll Summer Free piece through the author's newsletter, about a summer and a concert festival the author went to when he was younger. Shawn Inmon - One Last Stop Free short story through the author's newsletter, about a trucker and a girl in a bar. C. G. Drews - The Boy Who Steals Houses YA contemporary fiction about two autistic teenager brothers and found families. Because their father abuses them, and later on their aunt abuses them, they decide to run away from home. I loved this book so much. Elise Cordaro - Anders gaat ook Autism ADHD memoir. I pre-ordered this in March, it came out in September. I really loved this book. Very recognisable and the author also had some interesting tips and advice. Brandon Sanderson - Dreamer Short story that is kind of weird to describe without giving too much away. It was okay, wasn't a big fan. Vanessa Greene - Summer Evenings at the Seafront Hotel Short rom-com story about a girl who works as a receptionist at a hotel, it was enjoyable. Hanneke Hendrix - De Verjaardagen A Dutch author's debut novel about two misfits/outcasts who live in the same small village. Boris has a tendency to destroy things, Lies has a skin disease and because of that wears bandages. I really liked most of the book but I wasn't so keen on the ending. Video 2, the books I read during the BCF October 2019 read-a-thon: Books mentioned: Natsuki Takaya - Fruits Basket 11: Volume 11 Natsuki Takaya - Fruits Basket 12: Volume 12 The next 2 volumes in the Fruits Basket manga series. I loved volume 11, volume 12 was good but not as good as 11. Ann M. Martin, Gale Galligan, Braden Lamb - The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels 7: Boy-Crazy Stacey The newest Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel, based on the novel Boy-Crazy Stacey. It was an enjoyable, nostalgic read. Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 2: Volume 2 A YA m/m romance graphic novel (the author releases pages on the Tumblr page for free, but I wanted to read the paperbook). I loved this volume, just like the first one. I love Nick and Charlie's relationship. Raina Telgemeier - Smile 3: Guts Book 3 in the author's graphic memoir series. Guts takes place when Raina is in middle-school. She has an upset stomach and at first thinks it's a virus/bug. But she keeps having an upset stomach. Great mental health representation. I really enjoyed this one. I'm currently re-reading Peter F. Hamilton - Commonwealth Saga 2: Judas Unchained and I also started to read Veronica Henry - A Night on the Orient Express today, together with a friend from BookTube. Thanks for stopping by in my thread! I hope you are doing well too!
  2. On top of my head, I'd list these 3: Bianca Toeps - Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit (autism memoir) Elise Cordaro - Anders gaat ook (autism memoir) Nicole Melleby - Hurricane Season (middle-grade contemporary fiction story involving mental health)
  3. Read-a-thon 2019

    Your bike ride and spending time with your family sounds nice . I hope you enjoyed your weekend of reading . I spent most of yesterday with my family, and after we got back home I felt too tired to read. Just before bed I did manage to read a bit in Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton (book 2 in the Commonwealth Saga, a re-read for me). I don't feel I read lots, I read 4 out of 5 books on Thursday (I started a day early because I knew I wouldn't have much time and energy in the weekend), but at least I got through the ones I really wanted to read . I hope you'll join me again for the next read-a-thon, in November .
  4. Read-a-thon 2019

    I have read these books: Natsuki Takaya - Fruits Basket 11: Volume 11 Natsuki Takaya - Fruits Basket 12: Volume 12 Ann M. Martin, Gail Galligan (col. Braden Lamb) - The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels 7: Boy-Crazy Stacey Alice Oseman - Heartstopper 2: Volume 2 Raina Telgemeier - Smile 3: Guts I'm spending time with my family today, so I doubt I'll be reading much. But we will see. How is your reading going, @Hayley?
  5. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  6. Book Titles A to Z

    Accessing the Future, a science-fiction short story anthology themed around disability by a bunch of different authors & 2 editors. They are. Kathryn Allan, Djibril Al-Ayad, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Nicolette Barischoff, Comebab, Sarah Pinsker, Margaret Killjoy, Fabian Alvarado, Joyce Chng, Samantha Rich, L. E. Badillo, Sara Patterson, Kate O'Connor, Rachel Keslensky, Tony MacNutt, Louise Hughes, Vincent Konrad, Jack Hollis Marr, Petra Kuppers, Pandalion Death, A. C. Buchanan, A. F. Sanchez, Jane Baker, Rachael K. Jones, Tostoini, David Jón Fuller, Derek Newman-Stille.
  7. That sounds like an interesting read, I look forward to read/hear your thoughts on it.
  8. Favourite chick-lit author?

    I recently managed to find a second-hand copy of it! It has been out of print on my usual website for so long, that when I found a second-hand copy from the UK I ordered it (I don't normally do that, because often they don't arrive - I'm still waiting for my second-hand copy of another book, oh well. But gladly this one did arrive!). I haven't read it yet but I have high hopes I'll like it based on you liking it so much .
  9. The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi
  10. Favourite chick-lit author?

    Yes, Chris Manby and Chrissie Manby are the same author. As far as I know, Chris Manby are her older books, Chrissie Manby are her newer books. I've read quite a few of them and liked all of them.
  11. What a great interview! It was really interesting to learn more about indie publishing .
  12. Book Titles A to Z

    I can't think of anything for X, and no one has posted in a little while, so I'm moving onto Y.. You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino
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