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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. Saving content

    When you say you don't want to keep this going for ages, do you mean the forum itself?
  2. Saving content

    @Michelle, I've been playing with my software and I'm starting to get the hang of it a little, although it saves an awful lot of rubbish, which I then have to go through and delete. Still, it's better than nothing! It took me a little while, but I've managed to get all of my own reading logs done, so saving the author interviews for you will be a piece of cake. I'm going to try and do a download of the whole site; I'm pretty sure my computer has the space for it! Then I'll look into setting up a Dropbox or similar for you and others to access. I probably won't be able to store everything there at once, but if people contact me and request certain things (like @Janet's reading logs), I can put them in there and that person can copy them out. How does that sound?
  3. US classics

    Absolutely agree with these (well, except the last two, which I haven't yet read).
  4. Share your memories

    😂 Sounds like something from a Jasper Fforde book! I must have been away the day that happened. Will you be joining us on FB, Raven? I would guess that you're not a fan of FB, but you could just make a new account for us especially? I remember the Jane Austen book circle too. I haven't re-read Austen since then, even though I loved every one of the books! My favourite memory would have to be something that took place outside of BCF: meeting @frankie in real life and having her spend a couple of months with me. I would never have met my bestie and had that opportunity if it weren't this forum, and I'll be forever grateful to @Michelle for making this happen. In general, I just have loads of good memories of book chat and supportive friends, especially in the depression thread when I was going through a really bad time in my life. And the excitement of reading everyone's new threads at the beginning of each year. And then there's the class clown, @Raven. I never knew why we let him in or let him stick around. But he's been good value, I suppose.
  5. Saving content

    So far I have one possible idea for saving threads. There's some free software for Macs called SiteSucker. You simply paste the website address in, and it downloads and saves the webpages to your computer. You can go to extremes and save the entire website this way (I accidentally started doing that, and stopped when it got to several GBs), or you can play with the settings and download, say, one thread (but I think it only downloads that one particular page of the thread unless you tell it to download everything linked to on that page). I'm trying to get my head around it and find the best way to efficiently download what I want. Anyway, it's a possible option for Mac users.
  6. Perhaps you could find it on this list?
  7. Read-a-thon 2018

    Ooh, maybe I'll be able to join in for once because I don't currently have work or plans for the weekend. I recently started rereading Arthur C Clarke's Collected Stories (950+ pages of small print), so maybe I could knock off a few stories. I'm entering every single story in the Contents tab of the Book Collector software as I go. I'm adding a synopsis for each story and a few words for a review, plus a rating and when I read it. This way I'll be able to look back in future and be reminded of what the stories are about and how much I liked them. I also have loads of books on the go because I keep starting books and not finishing them, so maybe I could make some progress in a few books.
  8. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    I'm sure she'll be great in it! Is anyone else watching The Handmaid's Tale? It's utterly brilliant!
  9. Goodreads

    I don't keep my wishlist books on Goodreads—only books I actually own. My shelves are so out of date though. I'm sure there are books on there that I long since got rid of, and many hundreds more that I've never added. 😕
  10. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    I'm looking forward to watching this! I haven't yet read the book, but I've seen the original movie several times. My dad loved that movie—particularly the pipe music.
  11. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    Yay! I've been binge-watching The Big Bang Theory from the beginning. I'm up to season 7.
  12. Raven's Reads

    Oy! But thanks for the review. I guess I'll give it a miss, especially if it can't match (or at least come close to) Wells's style of writing.
  13. I treated myself to a new book the other day: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I started reading it straight away (unusual for me!) and I'm about halfway through it. It's very readable and enjoyable—difficult to put down, which is just what I need in a book right now! Also recently finished How to Stop Time by Matt Haig—another excellent book.
  14. Halfway through my 15th book, which is ahead of my measly target of 26.
  15. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    American Horror Story - Coven