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      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. Previous logs: 2018 (14) 2017 (10) 2016 (9) 2015 (10) 2014 (19) 2013 (21) 2012 (19) 2011 (17) 2010 (19) 2009 (23) 2008 (26) 2007 (21) Completed: Secrets in the Dark - Frederich Buechner The Memory Game - Nicci French The Philosopher and the Gospels - Keith Ward Rachel's Holiday - Marian Keyes Introducing Psychology, a graphic guide - Nigel Benson High Hopes - Ronnie Corbett Introducing Psychotherapy a graphic guide - Nigel Benson, Borin Van Loon Gentleman Jim - Raymond Briggs Vortex Butterflies (a Dr Who graphic novel with David Tenant's doctor) Currently reading: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin Locke and Key, Head Games (book 2) - Joe Hill
  7. 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!
  8. Frank Michael's Reads 2019

    Hello and welcome to the forum
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Hello! I'm New.

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

    Thanks Karen :-)
  16. I tried reading White Teeth some time ago, but gave up part way through. I can't remember my objection exactly, but I think I felt a disconnect with the characters, possibly for the reasons you describe. I remember thinking that the writing was very good, but it just didn't hook me in somehow. Well done for sticking it out
  17. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes Rachel Walsh is a girl about town living it up in New York City, and she sure likes to party, so much so that after a mishap on a night out (all a terrible misunderstanding) she ends up in rehab. She only agrees to go for the saunas and health spas (which is surely what rehab is all about) and to get her family off her back. Her little holiday however turns out to be somewhat different to what she was expecting. This is the first Marian Keyes novel I've read and I absolutely loved it! We follow Rachel's time at rehab, and also (through recollection) along the path that got her there. It's funny, warm, insightful, a bit naughty and very easy to read. It's not fluffy chick-lit by any stretch. Even though it's written with a good deal of humour it covers serious topics in a sensitive yet entertaining way. The main character Rachel, even though deeply flawed, still manages to be likeable and I enjoyed spending time with her and following her on her journey of self-discovery. This book made me laugh out loud on many occasion, and it made me cry too. Fabulous stuff.
  18. Andrea's reading in 2019

    My lovely Sherlock Holmes book arrived last week that I won in the monthly prize draw (thanks again @Hayley ). I meant to post pics sooner but I've been ill all week. Anyway - it really is a beautiful book, a real treat considering my usual books are beaten up old paperbacks from charity shops! Excuse my blurry camera work for the shot of the cover!!
  19. What's Up in February? - 2019

    Thank you both I've also been pottering about doing chores today.
  20. What's Up in February? - 2019

    Oh dear that is bad timing. It's so annoying when appliances let us down. I've been off work sick all week (well working from home today and yesterday) and I'm going stir crazy! I haven't had a proper conversation for nearly a week! Anyway the sun is shining so I'm going to go for a little stroll. Yay - getting out of the house!
  21. Shakespeare

    I guess Shakespeare plays are usually classified very generally into comedy, tragedy or history, but as the following article says he often blurred the lines. https://www.thoughtco.com/tragedy-comedy-history-plays-2985253
  22. new here!

    Hi Polly and welcome
  23. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Oh that's good to know. This Charming Man is the other book I have on my shelf! Thanks Gaia.
  24. Hey great to see you Nollaig! I hope your mojo picks up soon.