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      July Supporter Giveaway   07/01/2019

      It's Christmas in July! The winner of the July Supporter giveaway will receive this beautiful Barnes & Noble edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as well as a special Charles Dickens tea by  theliteraryteacompany.co.uk .   I've been keeping this book a secret for so long (I couldn't wait until Christmas!) It's actually from a really lovely independent bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, the town of books. I'm so glad I finally get to show you! The picture doesn't even do it justice. A nice feature that you can't see in this image - the page edges are gold and (an extra surprise for the winner) the back is just as beautiful as the front! We also now have twice as much tea as previous giveaways!  (Thank you Literary Tea Company!)   As always, supporters are automatically entered into the giveaway and a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the month. If you want to enter this giveaway but you aren't a supporter, you can join in here https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum .   Good luck  

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    Super Bookworm

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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 - July 2019

    I finished A Lovely View of Sea. It wasn't great, and all those spelling errors and typos did my head in. Why do publishers let themselves down in this way? I'm now about to start Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.
  2. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I've not heard of The Reader. (I'm very bad at keeping up with films!) I'm past the halfway point with A Lovely View of Sea. There's not much of a plot so far; just a precocious 12-yr-old kid wandering around New Brighton, talking to people. And there are hundreds of spelling errors and typos. It evidently wasn't proofread before publishing. A bit sloppy. I spent a couple of hours this evening reading Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman, and it was lovely, fluffy, and wondrous.
  3. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    Hi Luis, and welcome. No, I've never seen any film adaptation of the book. I'll be sure to watch it the next time it comes up on TV! I hope you're enjoying the book as much as the film?
  4. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I'm just about to start A Lovely View of Sea by Michael Carson -- it arrived in the post this morning. If it hadn't arrived, I would have begun reading Good Omens instead. So that one will be next. (The excitement about the new TV adaptation of that is infectious!)
  5. Writers' Biographies and Autobiographies

    To be honest, I'd recommend anything by Helene Hanff. All of her six books are autobiographical in one way or another, and they're all fab. (I wish she'd written more than six!)
  6. The Books That Shaped Your Personality

    Yes! I've worked with them on the last three Sherlock Holmes games, writing/editing dialogue and text. I'm so glad that you like them!
  7. Writers' Biographies and Autobiographies

    Ted Morgan wrote a wonderful, massively detailed and insightful biography of William S. Burroughs. I loved Joe Orton's diaries, which were published after his death. What a fascinating, complicated, hilarious character he was. John Lahr's biography of him was also very good. Helene Hanff's autobiography, Underfoot in Show Business, is warm, witty, and marvellous. I keep meaning to read George Plimpton's biography of Truman Capote, but there it still sits on my shelf, unread. Capote is one of my favourite authors, so I must read it soon. I've read Conversations with Capote by Lawrence Grobel, which is captivating.
  8. The Books That Shaped Your Personality

    I've been thinking about this. I can't think of any that shaped me, particularly, at a very young age. But -- I first read Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories in my early teens, and those DID change me, profoundly, in many ways, and still to this day. Back in the 90s, I joined Holmesian societies, wrote articles, and went to group meetings. I've been inspired to write my own Holmesian stories, and I freelance as a writer/editor for a games company that develops Sherlock Holmes adventure games. It's been a lifelong love of mine, and I don't see that ever fading.
  9. It's July, and it's HOT! What's everyone reading this month, between ice baths? I've 60 pages left of Wuthering Heights, and I'm really enjoying it. Teenage me obviously wasn't in the right mood for Emily Bronte, but present-day me definitely is. It's melodramatic bedlam, and every single character is foul -- much like our Tory government, in fact. I'm reading it at arm's length and in small chunks, because it's intense!
  10. Your Book Activity - June 2019

    I disagree with me too! I'm re-reading it right now, and am LOVING it.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.)
  14. 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.
  15. 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