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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. I was all for Kylie winning, to be fair.
  2. What's the weather like?

    Cold. Snow, rain, wind.. the usual. Has been like this for weeks. *sigh*
  3. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    You'll have good fun with Cannery Row too. Aye, well even if Frankie does Birdsong - I'm not sure what she's had recommended already - I'll do Human Traces. I didn't start out with the intention of doing all my suggestions as well, but as there's only a couple I've read, I think I'll do them. Also, I notice people have already read some of their Round Robin challenge books - are we going to post/talk about our reads here? Or are people just intending to use their main reading threads? (I only ask because I haven't bothered to make one this year - at least not yet.)
  4. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    I don't think you'll be disappointed. Woops, sorry Claire, was clearly still going off your 2017 TBR list. Not to worry, as you can imagine I had more than one choice for most people. So, I'll go with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Not usually my cup of tea, YA, but the pretty much universal acclaim for this has made me pay attention to it. Hope it's as good as the ratings suggest.
  5. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Right, sorry for the delay folks, here are my challenges as follows. Enjoy! @willoyd: I'm going to go for La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. I thought I remembered you saying you enjoyed the His Dark Materials books, so checked your ratings and I see you're a fan of Northern Lights. I thought this was a really enjoyable addition to the series - prequels, 'equals', whatever he wants to call them - and am looking forward to seeing what he has to offer with the rest of The Book of Dust novels. @Madeleine: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Has been on my list for, well, ages, and it seems like one that's easy to bypass when it comes to the old TBR lists. I'm hoping that this may prompt me to get to it as well during 2018. @chesilbeach: Hi Claire, was going for The Essex Serpent until I saw that Alexi had made that terrific choice. I reckon you'll love it. As for my choice, I'll go with Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner simply because I've been meaning to read it to, and this might tempt me into action. @karen.d: I was going to pick Ulysses but I don't think I have it in me. So, I'll go with Bram Stoker's Dracula. Enjoy. (Great list by the way, can't go far wrong with a lot of those choices...) @Alexi: The Beach by Alex Garland. I've heard good things about this and will read myself now I'm making you. @chaliepud: Right you, time to read some Steinbeck. I'm going with East of Eden because it's a masterpiece... but I deliberated for a long time and you have a lot of great books on that TBR of yours, not just by Steinbeck. @Little Pixie: Don't see your list of challenges in the main thread, so I hope nobody has suggested this already... but, The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier. Mainly because Rebecca is an all-time favourite of mine and I still haven't read anything else by her. (Unforgivable!) I will read this as well. If you need a different suggestion, drop me a message. @frankie: I'm going to go with Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong but if it has already been suggested, Human Traces. (I'll read too, in that case.) @More reading time required: So glad Frankie has suggested East of Eden, can't wait to see how you get on. I'll go with Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd and again I'll join you with it. -- If anyone needs different suggestions for any reason, let me know! Happy reading, all.
  6. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Thanks, Hayley! Great choice - have heard nothing but great things for this. Oooh, good one, and you're dead right, I've already been passing it over quite a bit since I added it to the list. Fingers crossed it's good for us both. Thanks, Karen. Nice! I've only ever read Wide Sargasso Sea but have been meaning to get to this for a while. Thanks, Claire. Thank you! Hobb has been on my list for years and years and I've just never got around to any of her work. Thanks for making me do so. On another note, I'll get everyone's challenges to them by the end of the week. Sorry for the delay, has been a busy few days.
  7. Round Robin Challenge 2018

    Benji's Challenge Lists Challenges to me 1. Willoyd: SPQR by Mary Beard 2. Madeleine: Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres 3. Claire: Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys 4. Karen: Watership Down by Richard Adams 5. Alexi: The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig 6. Chaliepud: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 7: LP: 8. Frankie: 9. MRTR: Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb Challenges from me: 1. Willoyd: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman 2. Madeleine: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 3. Claire: 4. Karen: Dracula by Bram Stoker 5. Alexi: The Beach by Alex Garland 6. Chaliepud: East of Eden by John Steinbeck 7: LP: The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier 8. Frankie: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks 9. MRTR: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  8. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    That's great. Is my Goodreads 'want to read' list okay? It's not an exact TBR but I own, or am able to get hold of, the vast majority of the list. If that suffices, it can be found here. Very much looking forward to being involved. Shall check out everyone's lists shortly and get my challenges to you all.
  9. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Is it too late to join this? Seems like a lovely way of reading something from your TBR that you might not have ordinarily picked out. The year is well under way and I see you already have a healthy number of people partaking, so I'd understand if I'm a bit too late to the party...
  10. Free Books

    Hi Brian, noticed that you rated The Rookie highly on Goodreads and I'd be interested in reading it myself - sounds right up my street. I notice your wishlist is empty at the moment, though...
  11. More football

  12. It's not Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown, is it? Remembered a publishing friend on Twitter going on about it upon release. Had a quick look and it sounds similar to what you're after...
  13. Ben's Books 2017.

    So, I don't really know this best place to put this, but I'm probably not going to be around much for the foreseeable. Been hit for six by something I didn't see coming and it's going to take me a long time to recover - if I ever do. I might keep the first bit of the thread updated with books I've read, but I don't know. Just thought I'd mention it.
  14. Ben's Books 2017.

    Hey pontalba, many thanks - and you too! It's been a great start to the year, here's hoping it carries on... Yep, like many others I've made the reading log much more simple this year, and that goes for reviews too! I'd rather just put less pressure on myself and write when I want to write. Reading is first and foremost this year. The rest will come or it won't.
  15. What's Up in January 2017

    Sounds like a sensible idea to me, Claire! Strange weekend for me so far. Went out for lunch with the girlfriend yesterday as she was going out with some work friends during the evening and I wouldn't be seeing her. It was nice but I've really been suffering this week with some horrible, splitting headaches. They come over me all of a sudden and nothing will help, not even painkillers. Think I might need to book in for the opticians, as something definitely isn't right... Spent Sunday morning with my book and the tennis, and now I'm not sure what to do as my head is leaving me just wanting to sit in a dark room and do nothing. Will probably try flick through a book before the football later, but we'll see.