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      March Supporter Giveaway   03/02/2019

      So March has crept up on us and I'm thrilled to finally show you the GREAT (he he...) March giveaway!     This time we have a gorgeous print of The Great Gatsby's most famous line from thestorygift.co.uk AND a Great Gatsby tea from the Literary Tea Company! This particular tea is Peach Blossom (which sounds delicious and I kind of wish I could keep it myself...) and the tin features another Gatsby quote.  If you'd like to see the other literary teas available (there are lots, I spent ages looking) you can find them both at the Literary Tea Company's etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiteraryTeaCompany) or at their own website, theliteraryteacompany.co.uk .   As always, supporters are automatically entered into the giveaway and if you're not a supporter but want to be included in this months giveaway you can become a supporter on patreon here... https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum .   A winner will be chosen at random on the last day of the month. Good luck!  


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  1. What are you listening to?

    The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit.
  2. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    Thank you! I started it last night and so far so good!
  3. Flowers for Algernon is a wonderful book, very poignant and as you say, beautifully told. I loved it.
  4. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I've been fancying reading some graphic novels lately (though I'm never sure which ones to go for as I don't know that much about them) so I picked up a few from the library. Whether I finish them all before they need to go back is another matter. I got: Gentleman Jim - Raymond Briggs Vortex Butterflies (a Dr Who one with David Tenant's doctor) Locke and Key book 2 - Joe Hill (I read the first one last year) And a Star Wars Clone wars collection of 6 stories.
  5. Andrea's reading in 2019

    High Hopes by Ronnie Corbett I've always been a big fan of Ronnie Corbett. I loved him in the Two Ronnies (especially the chair monologues) and in Sorry! He's always made me laugh and struck me as a nice chap so I was looking forward to reading this. The reviews on Amazon were a bit mixed though so I wasn't sure what to expect. Having read it I can understand some of the criticism. There are a LOT of anecdotes and name-dropping and I sometimes felt that he was talking more about other people than he was himself. The first half of the book focuses a lot on his early career in cabaret and vaudeville and there were so many people and anecdotes and incidents that I found my head spinning a bit. I think I'd have preferred a gentler, more flowing and personal narrative with some self-refection. I mean there is some of that but not as much as I would expect in an autobiography. Perhaps he is just not a particularly open person and prefers not to wear his heart on his sleeve. I enjoyed it more as it went on however and found the second half where he talks about The Two Ronnies and Sorry better somehow (whether it was that I'd settled into the book's style by then, or that he'd found his flow as an author, I can't say). He has a quite incredible memory for detail though and has led an interesting life in the theatre and he seemed very much to fit in with that show-business lifestyle. I enjoyed it overall, it made me chuckle in places and I found it a pleasant read.
  6. Frankie reads 2019

    Ooh fantastic! Nice to see your mojo is back in town. I too am doing a lot better this year than last year!
  7. Frank Michael's Reads 2019

    Hello and welcome to the forum
  8. Great reviews Karen! Very interesting to hear your thoughts on Eleanor Oliphant. I haven't read it myself but have wanted to for some time. I will do some more research before I commit myself to it based on your review.
  9. Ooh I love the Farseer (Assassins) trilogy. I don't know much about any of the others but I am a huge Robin Hobb fan. I would say Farseer ticks your boxes. There is plenty of magic, and a little romance too. They are great reads that kept me gripped all the way through. Also, if you like them, then there are other trilogies set in the same world to enjoy too.
  10. Like Sarah Winman

    I haven't read anything by this author so can't really help you, however the books do sound intriguing. But welcome to the forum anyway I hope someone here can offer some suggestions. Also,Take a look at the reading blogs section. You'll soon find plenty of books you want to read if you're anything like me.
  11. Introducing Paperback Bliss

    Welcome Karen!! Lovely to have you here. Don't worry about your reading preferences being a poor fit. We are a varied bunch of readers and always have been. Also this has always been a very friendly forum and I've never encountered any book snobbery and I've been here 12 years or so. In fact the only thing that would be frowned upon here would be book snobbery I think! Good luck with the book cull! That's always a challenge.
  12. Andrea's reading in 2019

    I would defiitely recommend this book Hayley. I was very pleasantly surprised. This is proper grown up comic fiction - not twee at all. It really is a shame about the covers. Thanks Chrissy
  13. Hello! I'm New.

    Hello Melanie and welcome to the forum! I hope you enjoy it here. What are your favourite books?
  14. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Thanks Karen :-)