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      For the June giveaway I chose the theme 'The Gift of Reading.' One that I think we can all appreciate! The winner will receive four books, including:     The Gifts of Reading by Robert MacFarlane - 'An essay on the joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book.'   plus three little short but (hopefully) thought provoking reading gifts...   The Reckoning by Edith Wharton - 'Two moving stories of love, loss, desire and divorce, from one of the great chroniclers of nineteenth-century New York life.' Create Dangerously by Albert Camus - 'Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot in this powerful speech, accompanied here by two others.' It Was Snowing Butterflies by Charles Darwin - 'A selection of Darwin's extraordinary adventures during the voyage of the Beagle.'    As always, supporting members will be entered automatically into the random draw at the end of the month. If you want to be entered into the draw but don't support yet, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum   Good luck   

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  1. "Around The World" Reading Challenge!

    I did something very similar to this and bought around six of the books from it ready to get going about a year ago but they are ALL still languishing in my 'yet to read' pile. I will update when I have actually started one, although some on the list I have read already. Khaled Hosseini is a superb writer and I've enjoyed everything of his I've read
  2. The most disturbing work of fiction that you have ever read

    Although it wasn't a disturbing book on the whole, there was one incident in Apples by Richard Milward that I found absolutely chilling, in that no reference was made to it afterwards whatsoever, even though it was an unimaginably horrible thing to consider happening in real life. My only thought is that the author is quite young and so probably was trying to write to shock for the sake of it, or just thought it was funny. Has anyone read it and do they know which bit I'm talking about? (Don't want to give spoilers)
  3. Fyodor Dostoevsky

    I brought Crime and Punishment in a charity shop about a year ago and am yet to read it but definitely intend to at some stage (I have a HUGE 'still to read' pile.) I am interested in the subject, having written a little about UK prisons in my own work, and so am looking forward to it
  4. Ulysses by James Joyce

    I did once read this book right to the end and I can't say I'm glad I made the effort. I can't even really remember what it's about if I'm completely honest, but it reminded me of a supposedly legendary jazz saxophonist named Roscoe Mitchell I once saw perform at a festival - it just seemed like a random blur of notes to me, and this is the literary form of a random blur of notes. It's arguably quite well written but in terms of accessibility there's not even a hint... or maybe I'm just thick and don't get it
  5. What book should I read?

    Have you read 'Ready Player One'? I've not seen the film but I hear it's very different to the book, and I think you would like this one if you're into dystopian kinda books