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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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    This too shall pass
  • Birthday 11/24/1980

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    SE England
  1. My reading mojo remained pretty strong last week so I managed to finish off 2 more books. The Black Prince by Robby Robinson. This was loaned to me by one of the guys I work with. I'm not a fan of bodybuilding but the guy who lent it to me assured me that although Robby is a bodybuilder his story is interesting on its own and he wasn't wrong. Robby came from a poor background and found peace with a small group of friends who spent their time working out. Racism was never far away but he found an acceptance in the gym that wasn't readily available outside. Eventually he found his way into the top tier of bodybuilders and encountered corruption, more racism, and an industry widely controlled by one guy who pretty much decides who would be successful and who wouldn't. In an attempt to escape this he moved to Europe to continue to compete and do seminars with young bodybuilders. He also covers his frustrations and how modern bodybuilding has become a competition in who has got the best access to drugs. (4/5) The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist. I can't remember if I found this at work or bought it from a charity shop but I uncovered it while moving some books around at home. The basic premise is that the main character Dorrit moves into the Second Reserve Bank Unit on her 50th birthday. In the unit she is guaranteed to have a comfortable life with loads of things to do and similar people to keep her occupied. The catch is that the occupants are required to donate their time for experiments and their organs to others more important so as to be a benefit to society. Their time will come to an end when they are required to make 'the final donation' and they die. Although I enjoyed this book I was left wanting more from it. The premise is sooo good and is the exact kind of thing that really interests me but it just didn't quite work for me. I kept feeling like there was a message behind the story but for the life of me I just couldn't put my finger on it. There are clear divisions between those in the society who have children and those who don't but I have no idea what the underlying reason for this was. (2/5)
  2. I have to admit that I know nothing about it, I bought it on the strength that it was the Man Booker prize winner for 2018. I tend to avoid buying books based on awards wins but I do like to try to pick up books that are outside what I would usually read from time to time and this one jumped out at me. I still have my copy on the bookcase as I haven't got round to dropping it off at the charity shop yet. If you want to I'm happy to send it to you just drop me a PM with your email.
  3. Your Book Activity - June 2019

    The year is passing so quickly I can barely keep up. I've managed to finish 2 books last week, The Black Prince by Robby Robinson, and The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist.
  4. Going Paperless

    One thing I would suggest is that you keep a backup of anything important and don't rely solely on a cloud service. Although it is very rare, they can lose things and you could find yourself stuck without being able to retrieve what you need to. I'm sort of half and half, I use google calendar and have done for years. One of the things I like best is that you can set recurring tasks to automatically populate in the future. I am terribly forgetful so this helps to ensure I pay my bills etc when they are due each month. I also like the fact that I have it set up to send me an email each morning of what is due that day. Despite this I still tend to write daily to-do lists with the little things I need to do when I'm not working. I also keep loads of notebooks with various things in them. I have tried quite a few electronic ways of keeping notebooks but I can never stick with them as easy as I can an old school notebook.
  5. Time for another one of my infrequent (i do try to be more regular) updates. I have finished another 3 books and I'm on track to read 30 books by the end of the year at my current rate. I'm not particularly happy about this and I'm hoping to push my pace up. I finished Munich by Robert Harris and scored it 4/5. I like his writing style and I don't think I've read a book of his that I didn't enjoy, particularly his historical fiction. After watching the first episode of the HBO series Chernobyl I realised I wanted to know more about it so I bought Atomic Accidents by James Mahaffey (5/5). This book covers a wide range of accidents covering the history of human nuclear development. It's an absolutely fascinating book which I devoured in the course of a few days. Finally, yesterday I finished The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (3/5). I enjoyed the book but I didn't think it was amazing. As it's the first in a series of books I will probably go on to read more in the series when I come across them in charity shops.
  6. What Are You Watching Now? - 2019

    The excellent Chernobyl. I really liked the fact that a podcast series was created alongside each episode to expand on certain things and to explain why they deviated from the true story on the odd occasion that they did.
  7. 13, I expected to be higher by this point of the year.
  8. Your Book Activity - May 2019

    I enjoyed it but I didn't think it was his best work, in my opinion that would be the Cicero series.
  9. 'It was more comfortable than I could have imagined.' The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
  10. More football

    I don't support Spurs so the nerves were fine but it was another crazy game. I have to admit that I wanted Ajax to win because I don't like finals involving 2 teams in the same league but it should be a great final anyway.
  11. More football

    That Liverpool comeback last night almost killed me, I haven't been that tense in the last 10 minutes of a game for years.
  12. Your Book Activity - May 2019

    I stayed in bed this morning to finish Munich by Robert Harris which is always the sign of a good book. As the weather is absolutely foul at the moment I think I'll spend the rest of the day so I need to decide what to pick up next.
  13. Andrea's reading in 2019

    I love that book cover.
  14. I am about halfway through Munich by Robert Harris and the mojo is returning as I'm really enjoying it. I popped into Waterstones the other day and ended up picking up some more books despite struggling to read much for the last few months. I picked up Lament for the Fallen - Gavin Chait Milkman - Anna Burns A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin The Templars - Dan Jones
  15. What's Up in May? - 2019

    I'm off for until the weekend, just in time to enjoy the rain Shouldn't grumble though, after working the coming weekend I am off the hike the West Highland Way, a 151km long distance hike from just outside Glasgow to Fort William in Scotland.