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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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  1. General questions / discussions

    Yes, I’ll be interested!
  2. General questions / discussions

    Thank you Michelle. I’ve had a quick look at both GoodReads and LibraryThing. Visually, they are very fussy, like a busy cafe - LT less so. No doubt I’ll get lost, but might give LT a go 😅 I love the layout of this forum best of all. It’s very calm.
  3. General questions / discussions

    Ha, I was in the middle of sorting one out. ( will wait now) I recognise yours from Black Books. Great series - very funny.
  4. Here I am!

    Thanks. It’ll be goodbye soon...😢
  5. General questions / discussions

    Damn, that’s sad; just as I joined. 😖 I really liked this forum. Facebook is alien to me.
  6. US classics

    Is Slaughterhouse Five considered a US classic? I read it in my late teens, and at the time thought it was a masterpiece. Trouble is, I can’t remember much about it all, today. Maybe I should re- read.
  7. Are there any men who enjoy the Bronte novels?

    I know what you mean about Jane Austen and agree with you. At school ( all girls) we had both Jane Eyre and Pride and Predjudice as set books. Practically everyone finished reading Jane Eyre within a week, and by the end of the book had fallen madly in love with Mr Rochester. (including me!) Pride and Predjudice on the other hand was a chore to read. We slogged it out for a whole year. At the time, I remember it being all about manners a snobbism. Maybe we were too young at 12yrs? Although I didn’t enjoy reading Pride and Prejudice, I always enjoy watching the film and tv versions of the book. Oh, I meant to add... I know a man who enjoyed reading Jane Eyre. He liked her strong character.
  8. Hot Weather Favorites

    Grilled fresh sardines! I’ve got a craving for salty foods in this weather. Strange, because normally I’m a carnivore and not particularly fond of fish. I’ve also been snacking on crisps and salted nuts. As for dessert, I’m eating more fresh fruit than usual, blueberries ( with plain yogurt) strawberries and especially cherries. I love cherries!
  9. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    I’m watching The Naked Kiss. A film noir recorded earlier from The Talking Pictures channel. It’s a bit bizarre but looks promising.
  10. US classics

    That’s a great list. The only one I didn’t like was The Great Gatsby. I found it a bit boring. I agree with others - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Last of the Mochicans are worth reading..... also: A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Heminway In Cold Blood - Truman Capote The Call of the Wild - Jack London
  11. Fyodor Dostoevsky

    So after this one I can? Great 👍 (‘predictive text’ can be a nuisance when you can’t change it)
  12. Your Book Activity - July 2018

    I am reading The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen. It’s an old battered hardback copy which I found in the library. The title appealed to me, and after reading and liking the first couple of pages, I took it home.
  13. Your Top 10 Authors!

    The first that came to mind are: Charlotte Bronté Emily Bronté Charles Dickens R.L.Stevenson Graham Greene Michael Bulgakov Alexander Dumas Daphne du Maurier John Steinbeck Oscar Wilde
  14. Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Just to add ( I’m not sure how to edit here) a out of people seem to have good things to say about Dostoevsky’s The Brother’s Karamazov. I’ll try that one too.