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      For the June giveaway I chose the theme 'The Gift of Reading.' One that I think we can all appreciate! The winner will receive four books, including:     The Gifts of Reading by Robert MacFarlane - 'An essay on the joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book.'   plus three little short but (hopefully) thought provoking reading gifts...   The Reckoning by Edith Wharton - 'Two moving stories of love, loss, desire and divorce, from one of the great chroniclers of nineteenth-century New York life.' Create Dangerously by Albert Camus - 'Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot in this powerful speech, accompanied here by two others.' It Was Snowing Butterflies by Charles Darwin - 'A selection of Darwin's extraordinary adventures during the voyage of the Beagle.'    As always, supporting members will be entered automatically into the random draw at the end of the month. If you want to be entered into the draw but don't support yet, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum   Good luck   


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  1. My policy is to read at least 100 pages (or about 1/5 to 1/4) of the book, in order to let the author finish introducing all aspects of the novel that will become relevant. If I am still genuinely bored with the book, I'll put it down -- more reluctantly so if it's a highly acclaimed book. An example is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath -- I've read dozens of positive reviews, but found it genuinely dull. I feel there must be something wrong with me, so I'll leave it on the shelf until I can work up some desire to finish.
  2. Short stories or books

    This. Buy this.
  3. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

    I've only just bought this book, and with the overwhelmingingly positive feedback from all angles, I can't wait to get started .
  4. Best Short Story Writers

    But surely Edgar Allan Poe deserves a mention as well. Surely one of the most prolific short story writers ever?
  5. Best Short Story Writers

    Chekhov. That is all.
  6. Dostoyevsky's style

    I thought Dostoevsky was an existentialist, and spent a lot of his time attacking nihilism?
  7. sirinrob's classic lists

    You read fast. I'm looking forward to those reviews, by the way =).
  8. And what a great video to go along with it too.
  9. A new first line of current book

    Now that's a good book, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Hope you'll do the same.
  10. Tennyson's Major Works

    Well it's a good thing I mentioned that, because I was very close indeed to buying that massive tome. My policy has always been to buy the best possible books when reading translations from non-English languages (because, being trilingual, I know how much is lost in translation, and can't shake the feeling of being cheated of the author's style and original intent when reading translated novels) and buying English texts in the cheapest possible edition -- it's not like they're going to change the text itself. But I guess when it comes to literature of such high quality, it's worth investing properly in a decent edition -- it could, and should, after all, last you for quite some years, perhaps even your entire life, provided you're careful.
  11. The best short novel of all-time ?

    Once I finish reading The Stranger in French (L'
  12. Tennyson's Major Works

    True, if you want commentary -- but otherwise, how cheap they are! Shakespeare's and Austen's collected works for less than
  13. I am sure you will :) I found it really easy to settle in and I have only been here a few weeks.



  14. Thank you very much! It's indeed a friendly place you have here; I hope I can settle in well :)