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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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    Books, budgerigars, Sherlock Holmes, and PC gaming.
    Student of the Tarot, collector of crystal skulls.

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  1. Your Book Activity - June 2019

    I disagree with me too! I'm re-reading it right now, and am LOVING it.
  2. Your Book Activity - June 2019

    I've reached the last quarter of The Charioteer. The pace is *finally* picking up. I had faith, I knew it would. It's almost exciting now! Andrew or Ralph? If it isn't Ralph, I'll be disgruntled. Come on, Laurie. Next up will definitely be Wuthering Heights. After reading all of your above comments, I can't wait to re-meet all of those ghastly characters!
  3. Books in the rest of 2019

    I have a couple. A Lovely View of Sea by Michael Carson is coming out at the end of this month. I've followed this author since his first novel, way back in 1988. I'm excited to see what this new work of his is all about. He has a light, whimsical sense of humour which I'm fond of. I'm also looking forward to Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman, which is an LGBTQ+ graphic novel due out in early July. Those are the only two I can think of right now! I imagine the rest of 2019 will also see me ploughing through a couple more Agatha Christies, because I find them such wonderful comfort reads.
  4. What Are You Watching Now? - 2019

    Me too! What a fantastic series. (And I want a greatcoat like Anne's; I'd swish it like nobody's business, and probably take an eye out.)
  5. And now we're into June! What's everyone reading this month? I'm halfway through The Charioteer by Mary Renault. I'm enjoying it, but the pacing has slowed to a crawl. I'm hoping the second half gets a move on! After I've finished this, I'm thinking about re-reading Wuthering Heights. I last read it in my late teens, and can remember NOTHING except that it was a bit of a slog.
  6. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "It was the first time he had ever heard the clock strike ten at night." The Charioteer by Mary Renault
  7. The Gaming Box

    I've played Secret Files: Tunguska *many* times on PC, and it's such a great game! I hope you enjoy it! (There are two sequels, and they are equally as fun, I'd recommend them.)
  8. Your Book Activity - May 2019

    Yes, I'm loving it! I've not read anything by Renault before, so this is a nice surprise. The "Charioteer" is currently stuck in a World War II veterans' hospital, with a wonky knee. The characters are all very well drawn. I'm looking forward to whatever happens next... I hope your book picks up soon!
  9. Your Book Activity - May 2019

    I've just started The Charioteer by Mary Renault. One chapter in, and it's wonderful so far.
  10. Let us know how you enjoy it, if you do read it!
  11. Your Book Activity - May 2019

    I've almost finished Skirt and the Fiddle by Tristan Egolf. I have NOT enjoyed it! The humour is so outlandishly, grimly farcical, that I lost patience with it about a third of the way in. Reading it in small chunks now because it's making my eyes roll out of their sockets. The two main characters are abhorrent. Don't know what I'm going to read next. Something GOOD.
  12. The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner is fantastically good. The time travel element doesn't kick in straightaway, but once it does...
  13. One that comes immediately to mind is Hello Darling, Are You Working? by Rupert Everett, which I read earlier this year. It's not 100% autofiction, but it does have a LOT of events from and similarities with his own life. If I can think of any more, I'll add them! Edit: I thought of another one: The Temple by Stephen Spender.
  14. Your Book Activity - May 2019

    As far as I can recall, the novel is only affected by mention of the broken figurine and the poem itself. It's a *great* novel otherwise. It does get a bit wearing when it seems that every other novel by AC has problematical racist elements to it... She's still one of my favourite writers, but...
  15. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "I was told nothing of the show beforehand." Skirt and the Fiddle by Tristan Egolf