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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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  1. 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!
  2. Perhaps you could find a sturdy satchel-type bag with a large enough pocket that could hold a book, and keep it separate from keys, water bottles, etc., that might be likely to damage it?
  3. Your Wish Lists

    Same as you, I use Goodreads and Amazon. The two combined work very well for me, but I'll watch this thread with interest in case anyone comes up with a better idea!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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!)
  8. 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!)
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Your Book Activity - June 2019

    I disagree with me too! I'm re-reading it right now, and am LOVING it.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. It's May! ALREADY. We had some warm weather in April, but now it's back to chilly again -- at least here in the UK. What's everyone reading this month? I finished Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie a few days ago. I enjoyed it, but aieeee, there was a fair bit of racism in this one. That's the one thing that spoils AC for me. I've just started Skirt and the Fiddle by Tristan Egolf. Only a few pages in, so can't tell if I'm going to like it yet or not.
  17. 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.)
  18. 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
  19. 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.)
  20. 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!
  21. Your Book Activity - May 2019

    I've just started The Charioteer by Mary Renault. One chapter in, and it's wonderful so far.
  22. Let us know how you enjoy it, if you do read it!
  23. 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.
  24. The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner is fantastically good. The time travel element doesn't kick in straightaway, but once it does...
  25. 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.