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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. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

    I own this book but I'm really nervous to read it because of the mixed reviews I keep seeing of it. It's like if I choose not to try it out, I can still imagine that it will be great. Plus, I have the big soft cover so it looks really intimidating.
  2. Diana Gabaldon

    I love the series to bits and I also keep an eye out for any interviews I can find of Diana Gabaldon. I think it's so cool that she had written Outlander as a "practice" but then decided to try to get it published and it became such a phenomena. If you haven't read her blog, I highly recommend it.
  3. Books from Charity Shops

    Whenever I go to a used bookstore (usually a charity shop that also sells used clothes and the like) I pick up any books that I recognize from having heard them from elsewhere. A paperback is usually a dollar and a hardcover is two dollars.
  4. Have you ever visited a book fair ?

    I've always wanted to attend a book festival but I've never been able to find one near me, in Vancouver. I haven't been to any book signings either. There were a few that I was eyeing in Seattle but it was always at an inconvenient time. But I am not going to lose hope. One day I will make it to a bookish event and I will enjoy myself immensely. Until then I live vicariously through others.

    I love it when I find scraps of paper that people have used as bookmarks in library books. It feels creepy to admit, but it's always funny to see someone having used a shopping list or something random. I have a few bookmarks but they are all being used in books that I have stopped reading and recently I have been leaving my books open when I'm not reading them because I haven't gotten any more.
  6. New illustrated Harry Potter books

    I will probably try to find it at a library somewhere. I loved the illustrations in A Monster Calls, and the possibility of seeing a new edition of Harry Potter is tempting. But as I'm starting university this year I don't have the money to be spending on these.
  7. The Cursed Child

    Though it's reported that there are no plans for it to become a movie, I think that if it becomes popular enough that it could happen. Especially since Warner Bros have optioned the rights just in case. But if that doesn't happen I am sure that it will be filmed. Or something will happen so the play can be shared with many more people. There is no way that they would limit this play to London.
  8. Burned once, won't touch again.....

    When I was younger I read Rewind by Laura Dower. I don't want to say it scarred me because that seems a bit harsh but from what I remember it was the first time in my life where the main character was not only unlikable, but their entire life sucked. Until that point most of the books I read had the main character succeed in some way during the story even if it finished terribly for them. At the time I was shocked. On reflection I decided that it was weird and I didn't enjoy it so I should put it out of my mind so I can stop hoping that the main character will find some happiness. (I have a problem where no matter how horribly done a main character is, I will always support them.) But to understand this, I have to explain that the story was told in reverse so we see the conclusion at the beginning before moving back in time every chapter to see what happened before. This is a cool concept but it didn't work with this story because it was predictable and offered nothing more to the plot. Therefore, due to the stress this book put me under, I won't read anymore of Laura Dower's books.
  9. How many books have you read this year?

    I have read 76 but have put aside approximately 5 that I hope to pick up eventually. My goal is to get to 100 books by the end of the year.
  10. A-to-Z bookish survey tag

    A — Author You’ve Read The Most Books From: Even though it's a pseudonym, this has to be Nancy Drew. When I was younger I was obsessed with these books and have accumulated an enormous collection. B — Best Sequel Ever: I want to say A Court of Mist and Fury just because it stands out as so much better in contrast with the first book. There are many great sequels that are overshadowed by an amazing first book but for this one I liked the first one and loved the second. C — Currently Reading: I am in the middle of A Cuckoo's Calling my J. K. Rowling. I was hesitant to reading it because I didn't enjoy The Casual Vacancy by her but even though it is slow paced I am captivated by the characters and the story. D — Drink of Choice While Reading: It's either tea or water depending on the weather. E — E-Reader or Physical Book?: Physical book. I've found overtime that I get impatient with e-books and there are stories that I will hate when reading them on a screen but when I get it in physical copy I quite enjoy them. F — Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: I never picture myself with characters in books. I prefer to ship them with each other. G — Glad You Gave this Book a Chance: I was hesitant to read The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne because I struggle with classics but this book did not feel old in the slightest. The translator did an amazing job. I can't wait to read more by Verne. H — Hidden Gem Book: In recent years most of the books that I read are the big names ones that have gotten a lot of attention. If I have to give an answer it would be the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy pair-up books. I didn't discover these books until I was twelve, after having spent years reading both of them on their own, and my brain was blown. My first ship was Nancy Drew with Frank Hardy and the fact that there were hints of that in these books made me so happy. I — Important Moment in Your Reading Life: I have always read a lot but the moment I remember most clearly of instigating the most intense reading period of my life (grade 6) was The Fairest by Gail Carson Levine because I read the entire thing in one afternoon. Then during the entire year I would read minimum one book a day, hoarding them in my backpack during school so as soon as my school work was over I could read. J — Just Finished: I just finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins because, while it has been on my shelf for a long time now, I needed to read it before the movie came out. K – Kinds of Books You Won’t Read?: Any slow burning books that focus on family relationships or growing up. While they are great once and a while, I prefer more action. L – Longest Book You’ve Read: The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon has 1443 pages. M — Major Book Hangover: After reading books by Diana Gabaldon, Colleen Hoover, Cassandra Clare, J. K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss. N — Number of Bookshelves You Own: I have three bookshelves, as well as books lining my windowsill and desk. O — One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: I used to do a lot of rereading. My favourites were books by Cassandra Clare and Stephenie Meyer. P — Preferred Place to Read: On a lawn chair in the sun. Or anywhere by a lake. Camping is really my favourite spot. Q — Quote that Inspires You and Gives You All the Feels: Quotes are never that important to me. R — Reading Regret: I wish I could read a lot more classics. S — Series You’ve Started and Need to Finish: Some of the bigger ones are The Wheel of Time, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, and Runelords. All the others don't have all the books out so there is no way for me to complete them. T — Three of Your All Time Favorite Books: The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. U – Unapologetic Fangirl/boy for: I love Cassandra Clare books so much. They are so addictive. V — Very Excited for this Release More than Anything: Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss W — Worst Bookish Habit I buy used books without considering if I will actually be motivated enough to read them. When I buy them full price I always read them right away but it's when I only have to spend a couple dollars on them that I go crazy. X — X Marks the Spot – Start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book off it: Princess in Training by Meg Cabot. Y — Your Latest Book Purchase: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters Z — The Zzzzzzzzzzzzz Snatcher Book (Book That Kept You From Sleeping): The last one that I read that had this effect was The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
  11. I wish that J. R. R. Tolkien could have written more. The Lord of the Rings is the biggest influence for fantasy stories so his creativity for even one more novel could have shaped so much of what we read now.
  12. George R.R Martin

    I've read all the books out so far but I think I will stop now that the tv show is past them. I find his writing slow at times and it isn't until you get to the last quarter of his books that the action starts to pick up. The only reason I kept reading them was that they had more information that the tv show hadn't gotten to but now that I don't have to rely on them anymore I won't pick them up.
  13. Movies you are looking forward to in 2016

    I am really excited for Suicide Squad but there have been a lot of bad reviews lately so now I am starting to get nervous. I regret having read the reviews because even if there aren't any spoilers, I feel like I will be thinking about that when I watch the movie and it will hurt my experience. I'm also really excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Especially since JK Rowling has posted so much new content on Pottermore.
  14. The Last Film You Saw - 2016

    It was pouring rain yesterday so there was no better time then to go to the theatres. I saw Jason Bourne with my dad and my brother. I could not be more excited. I have watched the original trilogy so many times (I don't acknowledge the fourth one with Jeremy Renner) and read the Bourne Identity. It did not disappoint. The action scenes were unbelievable in their scope and the coordination involved because they lasted for long periods of time.
  15. Michael Grant

    I enjoyed the Gone series but it was a little long for me. I read them as they were coming out and never bothered to reread the previous one so by marathoning them they might prove to be more enjoyable as you get the full experience. The ending is certainly satisfying. I also have a friend who loved this series.