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      June Supporter Giveaway   06/01/2019

      For the June giveaway I chose the theme 'The Gift of Reading.' One that I think we can all appreciate! The winner will receive four books, including:     The Gifts of Reading by Robert MacFarlane - 'An essay on the joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book.'   plus three little short but (hopefully) thought provoking reading gifts...   The Reckoning by Edith Wharton - 'Two moving stories of love, loss, desire and divorce, from one of the great chroniclers of nineteenth-century New York life.' Create Dangerously by Albert Camus - 'Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot in this powerful speech, accompanied here by two others.' It Was Snowing Butterflies by Charles Darwin - 'A selection of Darwin's extraordinary adventures during the voyage of the Beagle.'    As always, supporting members will be entered automatically into the random draw at the end of the month. If you want to be entered into the draw but don't support yet, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum   Good luck   


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  • Birthday 06/05/1964

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  • Reading now?
    The Lost Man by Jane Harper & The Last Hours by Minette Walters
  • Location:
    SE England
  • Interests
    Reading, walking, visiting places of interest, getting out of London.

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  1. How many books have you read this year?

    Just finished number 21.
  2. Brian's Book Log - Ongoing

    I've recently read the 2nd book in the series, and thought it was better than the first one, although she still makes some silly mistakes, she obviously hasn't learned her lesson though. But this was a more coherent story, I thought.
  3. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon - Florence is in her 80s, and when we first meet her she's lying on the floor of her flat in an old people's home, having fallen over, and whilst she waits for help, she looks back over her life and recent events at the home, which have turned her world upside down. It all started when a new man arrived, calling himself Gabriel Price, but Elsie is convinced he is really Ronnie Butler, an old friend from her younger years who supposedly drowned sixty years ago. Then strange things start happening in her flat, she's convinced that things are going missing or being moved around eg the elephant ornament which always faces the same way, and then there's the incident involving several Battenburg cakes (hence the UK cover). No one believes her at first, and, terrified she'll be sent to the dementia home instead, she insists that something sinister is going on. Then a weekend in Whitby changes everything, and Florence's memory of a long buried incident finally comes back to her, and she starts to worry that she may be in danger. I wasn't sure what to make of this, it's quirky and quite funny at times, but also sad, although there are some lovely friendships, I especially liked her friend Jack, though I had my suspicions as to Elsie's true identity. I did find that the middle section dragged a bit, and it only really came alive when the group went to Whitby, and discovered the truth about the real Gabriel Price. 7/10
  4. Easy mistake to make, I've done it myself When You're Gone - Bryan Adams and Melanie C
  5. Muggle Not's Reading List - 2019

    I think The Cruellest Month is one of the best so far as well.
  6. I'm the same Hayley, I have one book for commuting, which is usually lighter (both literally and in subject) and another for bedtime reading, and I try to make sure they're from very different genres, or at least different settings ie one present day and one historical. I did once have 2 books from the same genre on the go and as you say, they started to merge into one! Thought it was just me that had that feeling.
  7. What's the weather like?

    Quite sunny but very windy, rained a lot yesterday.
  8. What's the weather like?

    Back to cold, wind and rain!
  9. Me and Mrs Jones - Billy Paul
  10. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    The Girl on the Train - was OK, good cast, but apart from that it was pretty much B movie stuff.
  11. Busy reading

    He's brilliant in Still Crazy as well.
  12. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    Date with Malice by Julia Chapman - the 2nd in the Dales mystery series and this time Samson (a suspended Met Police officer who's returned to his hometown under a bit of a cloud) and Delilah (a local woman who has set up her own dating agency) find themselves investigating suspicious goings on at the local old people's home, where Samson's dad is one of the residents. Meanwhile he's still trying to get accepted by the locals after being away for so long, and Delilah's ex husband is threatening to sue her for custody of....their dog! On top of that Christmas is coming and, inevitably, Samson and Delilah find themselves becoming increasingly attracted to each other. Another enjoyable instalment in this "cosy crime" series. 7/10 Water Proof by Chris Crowther - this was given to me as a thank you present from a friend for looking after her dog recently for a weekend! She went to the Norfolk Broads and this book is set on the Broads, it's a cosy crime series with the main character being former Met police officer Jack Fellowes, who's now left the Force and done what he always wanted to do, ie live in the Broads, spending most of his time on the water, where he works as a Ranger. When an extremely unpopular local man is found murdered on his floating museum, there's a long list of suspects - the young eel fisherman who received a jail sentence thanks to trumped up charges, the young widow whose husband, a local boatyard owner, committed suicide after the man made him bankrupt (and who is also now threatening to force the widow out of their home), the local councillor with whom he's been having an affair and is all but blackmailing into pushing through his dodgy business deals....etc. Even the local vicar is in the frame and it's all down to Jack and the local police who try to figure out who the culprit is, even though it seems to be an open and shut case. An entertaining , gentle read with some lovely illustrations too. 7/10
  13. What's the weather like?

    Dull and drizzly this morning, think it will be like this for the next few days.
  14. What's the weather like?

    Had a lovely weekend, but cooler and breezier today, meant to rain a bit later in the week.