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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     


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  1. *This thread is dedicated to a particular reading challenge which involves is reading (at least) one book by an author from each of the 198 countries in the world. *This post contains the list of 198 countries, everybody is welcome to participate and everybody is actively encouraged to suggest books from any country to add to the list! *I'll update the countries as we receive suggestions, up to a maximum of five books per country. Good luck! 1. Afghanistan - [" A thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini] ["The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini] ["A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear" - Atiq Rahimi] 2. Albania - ["Chronical in Stone" by Ismail Kadare] 3. Algeria - [ "The Attack" - Yasmina Khadra] ["The Last Summer Of Reason" - Tahar Djaout] ["The Outsider" - Albert Camus] 4. Andorra - ["Andorra" - Mich
  2. Rating System (from Goodreads) 1/5 - Didn't like it 2/5 - It was okay 3/5 - Liked it 4/5 - Loved it 5/5 - It was amazing January In The Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2) - Cara Hunter 4/5 Cuckoo - Sophie Draper 1/5 Silent Victim - Caroline Mitchell 3/5 If You Come Softly - Jacqueline Woodson 3/5 February Dying Truth - Angela Marsons 3/5 Fatal Promise - Angela Marsons 4/5 Total: 6/80
  3. I finished Bone White, sadly in the end it dropped from 4 stars down to 3 stars due to just being underwhelming. It was good until the spooky stuff became overtly spooky, particularly as it was short lived and quite thin. Not sure what to read next.
  4. Hi everyone! Thanks for the welcomes, tis good to be back. Mojo is picking up a bit - I finished Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons and it was a really solid installment in the Kim Stone series. I'm now about halfway through Bone White by Ronald Malfi, a sort of slow burning atmospheric spooky tale set in Alaska. Really enjoying it.
  5. Going back a little bit, but, I really need to read The Wasp Factory. It sounds like it's right up my street, but its one of those that has just sat on the wishlist for years.
  6. Hiya! It's good to be back, I really need to get more involved both here and Goodreads - don't remember the last time I wrote a review. Might try to start writing them again here and copying them over. I now have 2 'loved it' books - the latest book in the Kim Stone series was excellent. Thanks! So far I'm really enjoying the second Life's Library book, 'A Field Guide To Getting Lost' by Rebecca Solnit, it's way outside my usual comfort zone but it's really good. Thanks Gaia!
  7. I may or may not use this post for my Life's Library challenge. It's basically a book-every-six-weeks book club I've signed up to, lasting a year, and as I've signed up for the physical subscription I get a copy of the book, bookplates, a unique item, and the digital perks which include John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas podcast dicussing the book, discussion questions, printables etc, and we also get access to a Discord server to discuss with other people. The idea of the book club is to step outside your comfort zone and read books you might not otherwise read, and as it's only like 8 books over the course of a year, I thought I'd give it a go.
  8. My reading mojo has been a bit absent, and as a result, so have I! But I want to rectify that. At the moment I'm reading the 9th Kim Stone crime thriller, which is better than the last one (which only got great at the end), but also quite sad in many ways. Not sure if anyone else reads this series? Would love to discuss the end of book 8 and the impact it had on book 9. I'm also reading the second in John Green's Life's Library Book Club, which I've signed up for. I'm gonna start a book blog thread for 2019 in which I'll talk more about it, but suffice it here to say that I'm reading a non-fiction, part philosophical speculation, part memoir by Rebecca Solnit, called 'A File Guide To Getting Lost', which I'm quite enjoying. And thirdly, I have the graphic novel Blankets on the back burner. Not too far into it, but plan to start it at the weekend maybe.
  9. How many books have you read this year?

    I'm on 54 out of 75, don't think I'll be hitting my target! Mad to think I used to read over a hundred books a year, but that was before cross stitch took up a chunk of my spare time.
  10. What's the weather like?

    It's 24/25C here, but as there's never a breeze with it and it's always humid, it's quite oppressive heat. When there's a breeze it makes a world of a difference, but I can only recall one or two days that had anything other than dead air. So sick of it. Working from home to avoid going out in it. I hate heat anyway, but even OH's parents, who live in Portgual, found the heat a bit much here without a breeze.
  11. What's Up in July? - 2018

    I literally took a week off work because I was sick of going out in the heat. It's been 22-28 degrees every day for 4 weeks now. Ireland is officially suffering from 'a drought'. There's water restrictions in place and dead grass everywhere, because we're just not equipped to for this kind of extended heat. It's meant to go on for another 10 days. Cracking up.
  12. What's the weather like?

    There's more moisture in the air than air. I.e. 10000% humidity.
  13. Bobblybear's Book List - 2017

    Maggot Moon sounds interesting. I read (or started, not sure I finished it) another book by her. It has very mixed reviews, but I'm curious enough to try it!
  14. What's Up in May? - 2018

    You're so lucky, I'm jealous. I have sweat dripping down my face right now because it's so damn humid and there's no air conditioning in my office.
  15. Your Book Activity - May 2018

    Aww that's a shame, I thought it was one of her strongest novels, and really enjoyed it. Probably me, I like Anna McPartlin I recently finished One Click by Andrea Mara, which I was really looking forward to after loving her first book, but I was very underwhelmed by it. Still slowly working through Strange The Dreamer and also tearing through With Our Blessing by Jo Spain, the first of an Irish detective series which I'm loving.
  16. What's Up in May? - 2018

    I finally finished my Masters for the year (and perhaps forever, depending on how I feel in December!) It really was grueling, nowhere near as engaging or worthwhile as the cert before it. I was just aiming for passing grades by the end. Glad it's done, more time for me! Went to see Derren Brown last night, think it's the first time he's been in Cork. Was fun to see him live, although I've seen all the tricks in the show (as it's a Best Of), before, so that took away from it a little. Still, he got me a couple of times, and it was fun to see stuff like the blindfolded mind reading in real life. It's way too hot here for me now, over 20 (22-26 usually) degrees every day. I know that's not hot by most peoples' standards, but it's near 100% humidity all the time, doesn't go down below 15 degrees at night, so I basically just just have to turn my head and sweat pours out of every pore. On Monday I went to Smyth's with OH to pick up a new game, 45 mins total maybe in the sun, and I had a pounding headache for the rest of the day. Every time I took a damp cloth off my head there was an incredible pressure all along the surface of my head which felt like my brain trying to escape. Rotten. Hate heat and summer. Roll on Winter!
  17. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Directors, producers, writers some pair from one of those teams. Most recently seen films: Deadpool 2, The Expendables, and The Secret Life of Pets. Fantastic, brain-meltingly not my kind of thing, and bizzarely dark and unsuitable for kids, in that order.
  18. Your Book Activity - May 2018

    I've been on a bit of a fantasy kick lately, which I'm loving. I really need to be in the mood for fantasy/sci-fi/magical realism/things that sort of dip into those areas, but when I am in the mood they're some of my favourite books. I finished The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and really enjoyed it, and now am reading Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
  19. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    I was thinking of Widow when i said that, even though I'm fairly indifferent to her and Cap. But I'd still take them over any GotG characters. I like Stark and Banner and Paul Bettany's face. Also love Black Panther, but he's not core.
  20. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    They handled it as well as they could, but there were too many characters, with at least 1 core character doing basically nothing but showing up and kicking a bit of ass a couple of times. And I'd much rather have seen that character than other, imo poorer, characters who got bigger or more plot-centric roles.
  21. Your Book Activity - April 2018

    I'm reading The Bear and The Nightingale by... someone, I forget who. Really enjoying it, though it's quite meandering.I was a quarter of the way through before I felt like the characters were settling into position for the plot to begin, and I feel like it's just starting now around the third way mark.
  22. What's Up In April? - 2018

    In ireland you can now use this public services card they've brought in as ID instead of a passport, but apparently the cards are very contentious as they contain so much information about the card-holder! No news here really. Started the new job, it's quiet so far and I'm a little on edge as what the role will specifically entail is a little up in the air right now. Penny is doing well, aside from the fact that my partner lets her sleep in the bed without her cone on at night and she's picked the scab off her side so now it's red and sore looking. But she's most of the way healed, 5 weeks and 3000 euro later!
  23. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Infinity Wars. Very underwhelming. It was one big action with too many characters, totally misplaced humor, and exactly what Raven said in his spoiler tag. Ambitious, with some amazing moments, and enjoyable, but ultimately missed the mark.