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      March Supporter Giveaway   03/02/2019

      So March has crept up on us and I'm thrilled to finally show you the GREAT (he he...) March giveaway!     This time we have a gorgeous print of The Great Gatsby's most famous line from thestorygift.co.uk AND a Great Gatsby tea from the Literary Tea Company! This particular tea is Peach Blossom (which sounds delicious and I kind of wish I could keep it myself...) and the tin features another Gatsby quote.  If you'd like to see the other literary teas available (there are lots, I spent ages looking) you can find them both at the Literary Tea Company's etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiteraryTeaCompany) or at their own website, theliteraryteacompany.co.uk .   As always, supporters are automatically entered into the giveaway and if you're not a supporter but want to be included in this months giveaway you can become a supporter on patreon here... https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum .   A winner will be chosen at random on the last day of the month. Good luck!  


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  1. What's Up in March? - 2019

    I can hardly believe it's March already! I hope the anti-depressants help Coran feel better in a while . I've been to Portsmouth, it's a lovely place. I'm glad you enjoyed your time there . I don't drive either, so I can understand it being difficult to get around, especially when public transport isn't so great where you live. I hope things go well with Coran's assessment next week. It's almost weekend! (depending on where you live..) I'm looking forward to seeing my grandparents this weekend and have a good time with my parents and grandparents and my partner. I also hope to do some reading this weekend. I wish everyone a great weekend !
  2. Book Titles A to Z

    Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  3. What's Up in March? - 2019

    I hope you have fun on your holiday !
  4. For anyone who may be interested, I just uploaded a video giving book reviews of all the books I read during the BCF March Read-a-thon. I don't really want to type out reviews for all of these books right now, but if there is a specific one anyone is interested in, feel free to ask and I'll try to write a bit about it (if you can't / don't want to watch the video).
  5. I can hardly believe it's that time of the year again! 2018 has gone by fast in some ways! Welcome to my 2019 reading log! It's always fun making a new one . Links to my previous logs: Athena's Reading List 2013 Athena's Reading List 2014 Athena's Reading List 2015 Athena's Reading List 2016 Athena's Reading List 2017 Athena's Reading List 2018 Links to posts within this thread: Books read in January 2019 Books read in February 2019 Books read in March 2019 Books read in April 2019 Books read in May 2019 Books read in June 2019 Books read in July 2019 Books read in August 2019 Books read in September 2019 Books read in October 2019 Books read in November 2019 Books read in December 2019 Books abandoned/DNFed in 2019 Statistics of books read in 2019 My favourite books, series and authors Books recommended to me by people from BCF in 2019 Films, TV & Video Games I Watched / Played in 2019 Previous Statistics: Books read Jun - Dec 2012: 43 Books read in 2013: 143 Books read in 2014: 254 Books read in 2015: 502 Books read in 2016: 425 Books read in 2017: 236 Books read in 2018: 262 Pages read in Jun - Dec 2012: ~25000 Pages read in 2013: ~37000 Pages read in 2014: 62932 Pages read in 2015: 112787 Pages read in 2016: 95007 Pages read in 2017: 52853 Pages read in 2018: 60308 Link to my BookTube Channel Gaia Athena
  6. Thanks, you too ! I looked up what country the authors were from after I was home from the library. It's cool that they are Finnish ! Thanks for your kind words It's really nice you made a new friend and that she loved the book !! That's awesome ! Thank you . I think it's also on Twitter and maybe on book blogs .
  7. Read-a-thon 2019

    Thanks Karen, I'm really glad to hear that ! I wish you lots of fun with your friend ! I hope you can join us on the other days . It'd be nice to read on the train too ! It's awesome you'll be joining us .
  8. Read-a-thon 2019

    Hi everyone, it's 2019 now, so I thought I'd post the schedule for the monthly BCF read-a-thons in 2019 . The aim is to read ((a) book(s)) during these days. You can read whichever book(s) you like. General rule: The read-a-thons take place on the first time that a consecutive Friday, Saturday and Sunday all fall in the same month (exceptions may be made). The dates for 2019 are (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): January: 11th, 12th, 13th (exception) February: 1rst, 2nd, 3rd (* not so handy for those who want to start on Thursday, bit close to January's dates) March: 1rst, 2nd, 3rd (* again early in the month) April: 5th, 6th, 7th May: 3rd, 4th, 5th June: 7th, 8th, 9th July: 5th, 6th, 7th August: 2rd, 3th, 4th September: 6th, 7th, 8th October: 4th, 5th, 6th November: 1rst, 2nd, 3rd (* early in the month, I might be unavailable for this one myself) December: 6th, 7th, 8th I hope some of you will join me again in 2019 for our monthly read-a-thons !
  9. 'She woke up to the sound of screaming.' The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum.
  10. In this topic we can post about films/movies we've seen in 2019. Since it's January 1rst I haven't actually seen any movies yet in 2019, but we might watch one in one of the next few days.
  11. Read-a-thon 2019

    The next read-a-thon is scheduled to be on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April. It's not ideal planning for me as I have several appointments that week and my grandfather will have his birthday that weekend and I plan to attend. I don't know how anyone would feel about moving it to another weekend? For example to have the April read-a-thon on the 12th, 13th and 14th of April. Would that work for anyone?
  12. Thanks so much for your long answer ! I do feel pressure on BookTube. Yeah I'm inclined not to make a video and just explain it in a comment if someone asks, what you are saying makes a lot of sense . I'll ask it in the read-a-thon 2019 thread, how others would feel about moving the April read-a-thon . Yes, I have read some books by autistic authors! Making a video about recommendations of books by autistic authors sounds like a great idea . It's autism week too that week, not sure if that's an international thing too (I think so?) but it's autism week in my country, the first week (ish) of April. I've been planning about making a video about autism memoirs for a while, but making one of recommendation of fiction books by autistic authors sounds like a great idea too ! Thanks again for your answer!
  13. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me . Yes, I do feel you got to know the characters, especially the main few characters. Maybe not quite as much as if it had been a long textbook novel but I found it sufficient . Thank you! I did enjoy most of the books I read . I've decided most read-a-thons make me feel too stressed though and I'm too much of a mood reader for them, so going forward I plan to mostly just do the BCF read-a-thon . But read-a-thons are such a thing on BookTube, that I'm also worried about offending anyone if I make a video about it. Most people on BookTube (as far as I know) do read-a-thons and love them, and most read-a-thons have challenges limiting you to specific books. But I'm such a mood reader, it doesn't work like that for me. I can do the graphic novels & manga, because it doesn't take me that long to read them, and I read them from a variety of genres so it works okay with my mood. I posted about not doing read-a-thons on Twitter a while ago but no one from BookTube responded or liked the Tweet so.. I'm not sure if I want to make a separate video explaining or whether I'll just let my behaviour going forward, show how I feel (if that makes sense). There is an Actually Autistic read-a-thon in the beginning of April, and some time ago I said I'd partcipate (I thought it'd be in the second half of April), but it takes place at the same time as the BCF read-a-thon and I can't do both at the same time (because none of the graphic novels and manga I want to read for our read-a-thon, are written by actually autistic authors). On top of that, during that week I'm pretty busy with a couple of appointments and one day going to my granddad's birthday. But I don't know how others feel about moving the BCF read-a-thon, ahhh the dilemmas haha. I guess I do have a short story written by an autistic author, so I could fit that into the BCF read-a-thon as it's short and it'd still be by an autistic author, but.. heh. I had also hoped to read C. G. Drews' newest book for the autistic read-a-thon but it's out on the 4th of April and will probably take a few days to ship to me, so I'll probably receive it after the Actually Autistic Authors read-a-thon is over. Sorry for the long post . I guess I needed to tell these things to a friend .
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  15. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I look forward to hear your thoughts on it, I've heard some mixed reviews so would love to hear some more opinions on it . Haha, I'm so glad you enjoyed it ! I'm currently reading The Question of the Dead Mistress, book 5 in the An Asperger's Mystery series, by E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen. So far it's good .
  16. The Gaming Box

    Have fun ! I didn't do a lot of the wormholes I'm afraid, the way to fly into them had me a bit confused so I only did a couple. In Pokémon Crystal (my first Pokémon game) I picked Chikorita, and in every game since I've always picked the water starter. Blue is my favourite colour. Astrology says as a Scorpio water is my element, and I do feel like it is (though I don't actually go swimming much or anything) (well that and the earth, but not air or fire). I love water moves and you always needed a water Pokémon because of Surf (except in the more recent games) (I love Surf btw).
  17. What's the weather like?

    It just started hailing here. Yesterday we had a thunderstorm with rain and hail. I was in the bathroom and saw the lightning strike one of the houses in the area behind our back garden (across the train tracks that are between us and the area of houses, at the end of our garden). I've never seen lightning strike down before like that, it was a bit scary.
  18. "Eventually this whole business with Heart is going to kill him." Ship It by Britta Lundin
  19. The Gaming Box

    I'll be picking the water type (I almost always pick water). The grass type looks really cute too . I hope so, that'd be great ! Have fun collecting all the Pokémon ! I usually try to do that before I finish the story, like, I try to collect them as I go.
  20. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    Thanks for remembering, it's good to know what you thought of it ! I have this on my TBR, I enjoyed Point Horror in my youth so maybe I'll like it haha. Another one on my TBR! So glad you loved this .
  21. A few book reviews. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro: I really liked this book when I had just finished it, but someone I interact with on YouTube didn't like the book and pointed out some reasons why, and that made me revise my opinion and liked it less too. It's a book about a black gay teenager in California, who has anxiety. It's also about racism, though the word is never mentioned. A lot of things are going on at his black school vs. the white police. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: This is a book about a teenager in Harlem who likes slam poetry. Her mother is quite religious and has strict ideas of how girls should be. The book is written in verse (in poetry format). I didn't quite get on with this format, but I did like the characters and the story of the book. Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie: This is a graphic novel (well, omnibus) and it is based on Marguerite Abouet's youth of growing up in Ivory Coast in the 1970s. The book is about Aya and her two friends and their families. It's a graphic novel series and originally has 6 volumes, the first 3 are collected in this omnibus I read, the latter 3 are collected in a second omnibus. EDIT: I feel I should probably say that I have several more videos recorded but not posted - I've been reading a lot and I've been making some tag videos. So I have actually already read omnibus 2 in the beginning of March, but I'm still catching up with my videos as I don't want to post too many in too short a time-span. I'll post about the books as I put the videos up.
  22. I really liked Flowers for Algernon, glad you liked it too . Good luck with your writing !