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      June Supporter Giveaway   06/01/2019

      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. Nice to see you back. :) Hope all is well with you.

  2. Thanks Janet - I am back! Had so much going on over Christmas and then forgot my User Name and Password... doh! Have done LOTS of reading since then and loads more on my Wish List!



  3. Hi Emm. You don't seem to have posted for a while so I hope all is well with you. :) Janet

  4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    I finished reading this last night and I absolutely loved it
  5. Martina Cole uses "and they were legion" not only in all of her books but also several times in some chapters! As in "he had his faults, and they were legion"...
  6. I've searched through this whole thread to see if anyone mentioned this book; i found it very disturbing, especially as you read child abuse storylines in the paper like this all the time...
  7. Usually 2... one "upstairs" book for bedtime & bathroom reading and one "downstairs" book for lunchtimes at work and for when hubby is on the PS3! Upstairs book is usually something i've read before and is generally quite light and fluffy.. I like a bit of chick-lit in the bath My new books are always reserved as "downstairs" books. Am I really weird LOL?
  8. Have just started The Girl Who Played With Fire and I love it already! The line "she ran out of patience and hit him over the head with a brick" perfectly sums up the Lisbeth we came to know and love in the first book... Can't wait to get home to read more
  9. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

    I finished reading this last night after only picking it up the night before - I don't know if I rattled through it so fast because it was so short (a mere 216 pages - half the length I usually even consider!) or because I had The Girl Who Played with Fire waiting for me on the bookshelf… Whilst I found the book quite easy to read, I felt that the book wasn't long enough to really delve into the story, or to flesh out the characters and issues as I would have liked. As others have commented, I would have preferred the story to be written from both perspectives, as I didn't feel any sympathy for Hanna, only the adulation from a young boy struggling with his own guilt. After reading a lot of excellent books this year, particularly translations, I was disappointed that this won't be one that I will be recommending to friends and family.
  10. Books that made you cry

    Despite hardly every crying at films (except Moulin Rouge which gets me every time...), and not even shedding a tear at my wedding, there are three books which have made me howl. In order of the amount of tears shed: 3) Goodnight, Beautiful - Dorothy Koomson (more of a lump in the throat) 2) Pay It Forward - Catherine Ryan Hyde (On a train... very embarrassing) 1) My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult (Cried inconsolably for hours...)
  11. Dorothy Koomson

    I read Marshmallows for Breakfast a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, then I bought Goodnight, Beautiful at a service station WH Smiths last year whilst driving up to Scotland. Omigod, it made me cry so much (although not as much as My Sister's Keeper... I was inconsolable for hours after that one!) Bought her other 3 books to take on honeymoon with me in January, I enjoyed My Best Friends Girl, but was disappointed with both the Chocolate Run and The Cupid Effect...
  12. Louise Bagshawe? Lesley Lokko?
  13. I've just finished this book and it was a book that I didn't want to end - hence me putting in my order for the next book in the series the moment I finished! I thought Lisbeth Salander was a fantastic main character and it makes a chance for a book to have such a vulnerable heroine. If the new book comes tomorrow morning I'm taking it to the V Festival with me
  14. Wow, thank you everyone!! My Amazon wish list has increased tenfold in the past 2 days... I guess everyone will know what to buy for my birthday
  15. I noticed you are reading The Girl With 'The Dragon Tattoo'. There is a thread about that book. I have it on my TBR pile. Is it a good book so far?


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