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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. How do you decide what to read next?

    Yay! Hi Sarah Echo -- what a beautiful name! I love re-reading books too. It's funny how you can experience a book in a totally different way when you read it for the second time. <3 <3
  2. How do you decide what to read next?

    Hi Will! I love all of these points. I've never heard of Slightly Foxed -- will defo check it out. I'll also keep an eye on recommendations, conversations and the book challenges here. I like the idea of doing a challenge to help me to read more.
  3. How do you decide what to read next?

    Hey --- I know they're tricky questions (!!) but I'm so so happy you took time to answer! I love a good mooch. Do you have any favourite newspapers or reviewers? I love John Crace's "Digested Read" in The Guardian (it's also available as a podcast now). I like how you explore the world around the book, i.e. the cover, the blurb, the interview with the author etc. That's defo a good tip. Finally, I also love seeing what other people read (even if I don't share their tastes). It's great to get an insight into other people's bookshelves and learn what they enjoy reading. :)
  4. How do you decide what to read next?

    Thanks so much for this response. I also like finding things by wandering through my favourite bookshops (bookshop browsing is THE best way to spend time!). I guess I sometimes feel like I'm just seeing the same things in the bookshops or that things are too mainstream? I love your honesty in that you judge books by their covers (!), I have to admit that I do that too. I also love to genre-hop and keep some different genres on the go at once.
  5. Hey everyone, I love reading and mainly read classics --- I'm trying to make it through the Russians and have a strong interest in 20th century modernist fiction. As a result, I almost totally miss out on contemporary literature and, most of the time, don't have a clue what new stuff to read or where to find tips for great new contemporary fiction/non-fiction. - How do you discover new books to read? - How do you decide which books to read? - What are your most trusted sources for books? Thanks, Sarah