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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.


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    La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
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    Bear, DE, USA
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    Books (obviously), travel, politics, web design, cats
  1. Hi everyone, I’m thinking about developing a new website to help with something I personally find frustrating as a book lover. I’d really welcome your comments! I feel that it takes too long to discover great books that fit my tastes (fantasy, etc.) There’s so many books and lists of books out there, but not enough guidance for choosing among the options when I’m deciding what to read next. I have to start a lot of books that I don’t finish because I don’t like the writing style or pacing. My favorite books are ones I discovered after a *lot* of looking around online. So I’m thinking about developing something like a “Rotten Tomatoes for books,” where each book gets a number score based on how critics and blogs have reviewed it. The site could also have Netflix-style categories (like “young adult novels set in the US with male protagonists”) to give recommendations if you tend to like books with specific elements. Would you find a site like this useful? Or if no, why not? Both answers are very welcome!
  2. I absolutely loved this trilogy and can't wait for the TV series! The actress that will play Diana looks just how I pictured her. If anyone can recommend other books that have similar themes (and are also smart and well-written like this trilogy), I would love to know!
  3. Reading big difficult books

    A few thoughts: - Do you read in cafes? I find that being in a cafe helps me focus on and even enjoy difficult reading without it feeling too much like "work" (i.e. if I were sitting in my home office or at a library.) - Tracking your progress through the books could help with maintaining the motivation to keep going? Goodreads has a function where you can easily update what page you're on in books that you're reading and your network of friends will see the update. - You could participate in or follow online discussions about the book, even if it's on the work in translation: this could help with digesting and engaging in the ideas as you're working through the book.