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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…     

Bel-ami

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  1. The best crime book in 2017

    Wow - there's a question - we are all so very different in our likes and dislikes Crime, romance, historical, mystery, horror, adventure, comedy, biography etc etc .... .... so many genres to choose from Hve you / do you read a lot?
  2. How about H.E. Bates' Larkins family series - a light-hearted look at rural English life in by-gone days. The Darling Buds of May, Oh To Be in England, When The Green Woods Laugh, A Breath of French Air and A Little of What You Fancy. Uplifting and fun. Or maybe try the Mapp & Lucia books by E.F. Benson? Again maybe old-fashioned, but a comedic look at the world, away from the modern pressures of life today. Good luck.
  3. The best crime book in 2017

    I haven't read it, but according to the UK's Crime Writers' Association, the best crime novel in 2017 was The Dry by Jane Harper
  4. US classics

    Thanks Hayley - have to admit I had forgotten Last of The Mohicans (which I have indeed read before) - I'll check out the House of Mirth for sure. and thanks Cechak - good call on Huck Finn and I will investigate the others also - that will all keep me very busy.
  5. US classics

    I've realised that my reading of US 'classics' is almost nil, so this year I'm going to try and get through some of the major omissions which focus on the development of US society or moments in history - maybe then I'll understand Americans a bit more! As it stands, I'm going to read / re-read* the following - please feel free to recommend any that you think I should add. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer* Uncle Tom's Cabin Little Women The Red Badge of Courage* The Scarlet Letter The Age of Innocence The Grapes of Wrath Of Mice and Men The Great Gatsby* To Kill A Mockingbird The Catcher In The Rye Catch 22*
  6. WWI Historical Fiction

    You could try The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre - grotesque, compelling, epic....
  7. Best Agatha Christie Books?

    Tommy and Tuppence for me too!
  8. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    I tend to forget the details of most of the books I read! (old age) - but I'll put anything by P.G. Wodehouse forward which I seem to forget quicker than most
  9. Your Top 10 Authors!

    Today it is.... HE Bates Guy de Maupassant JRR Tolkein Thomas Hardy George Eliot Kate Atkinson Balzac Victor Hugo Emile Zola Robert Harris
  10. Another mood reader here, and one book at a time - I've countless unread books on my shelves, but very often I'll browse them and not feel inspired, so will revert to the library or worse, have to make another purchase
  11. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Hello Chrissy - yes thank you! Just relocated some of my bookshelves and thought of how I hadn't visited the forum for a while - will try to be a more regular visitor! Hope all is well with you?
  12. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Light reading........ A hot English summer - When The Green Woods Laugh, HE Bates A summer holiday - A Breath of French Air, HE Bates Travelling (holiday) - Mr Finchley Discovers His England - Victor Canning
  13. Jackson Brodie

    Currently reading Case Histories - enjoying the style, the humour and the plot - full marks so far. Also I watched the BBC series long enough ago, for it not to cloud my image of Jackson too much.
  14. I watched the TV series 'back in the day' and have relatively recently started reading the books - have just finished the Spend Game. I can't helpful visualising Ian McShane as Lovejoy, albeit as a much rougher version than the TV version. Doling out a black eye to a lady isn't exactly the way to appeal to the modern reader, but that aside, I enjoy the books and will keep going through the list.
  15. Another one - it's non-stop crime thrillers or historical fiction and then just occasionally a classic or biography to make me feel a bit more highbrow
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