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      So March has crept up on us and I'm thrilled to finally show you the GREAT (he he...) March giveaway!     This time we have a gorgeous print of The Great Gatsby's most famous line from thestorygift.co.uk AND a Great Gatsby tea from the Literary Tea Company! This particular tea is Peach Blossom (which sounds delicious and I kind of wish I could keep it myself...) and the tin features another Gatsby quote.  If you'd like to see the other literary teas available (there are lots, I spent ages looking) you can find them both at the Literary Tea Company's etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiteraryTeaCompany) or at their own website, theliteraryteacompany.co.uk .   As always, supporters are automatically entered into the giveaway and if you're not a supporter but want to be included in this months giveaway you can become a supporter on patreon here... https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum .   A winner will be chosen at random on the last day of the month. Good luck!  

Eliza1

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About Eliza1

  • Rank
    Settling In
  • Birthday 10/05/1982

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  • Reading now?
    Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away - Christie Watson
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location:
    Galway, Ireland
  • Interests
    Reading, writing, Yoga, Running, cooking, Music, Movies
  1. Weight Loss and Getting in Shape

    I lost about 2 stone last year from not eating healthily, skipping meals etc and I put it all back on again. Luckily I caught it in time and now I eat healthily and go for a run every other day and practice yoga. I tend to put weight on my stomach also which is annoying, first place it goes on and the last place it comes off. I've just resigned myself to the fact now and with healthy eating and the exercise, hopefully one day I'll wake up and it won't be there anymore
  2. Dips

    I found some really nice dips on a site called Prevention RD. It's written by a girl who struggled with her weight all her life and managed it through weight watchers. Loads of tips on it each week and she blogs daily. Really nice site
  3. Eliza's Reading 2012

    Glad it brought back memories It really is one of those hidden Gems of the Literary world.
  4. I'm reading Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson . Really Enjoying it so far!!!
  5. Eliza's Reading 2012

    Of Human Bondage - William Somerset Maugham Orphaned at an early age and growing up under the care of his uncle William Carey, Philip Carey gives up his career in Academia. He travels to Germany, Paris, and London exploring the beautiful and dangerous world of the Parisian apprentice artist, turning his hand eventually to Medicine. Trying his hand at different ways of life, Philip encounters the worlds of love, friendship, poverty and death. Meeting characters along the way such as the enigmatic, failed poet Cronshaw and the Spanish Engineer Athelny. He makes lasting friendships and endures a torturous, heartbreaking love for the ambitious, indifferent Mildred. "Of Human Bondage" is the poignant story of a mans struggle between truth and idealism, and his light at the end of the tunnel. Comments First thought you are likely to have (and I did have it), is that this book is set in the late 1800's, early 1900's. So old fashioned? Yes. But as a classic, I think it is a must read. The story telling is absolutely amazing, I didn't want to put it down. The main character is Philip and you travel with him throughout his adolescent years, seeing him grow up from being a spoilt little boy full of silly ideals, to a man with a lot of integrity, a truly good person. There is a lot of soul searching throughout this book and much description of art and art decor from the period and even before. But these are few and far between and wind throughout the story so you don't really notice. I would really recommend this. In my opinion it's one of W. Somerset Maugham's best works. A lot of home truths within that make you stop and think. Very heartfelt and satisfying. I would give this a 7/10
  6. Eliza's Reading 2012

    Hi everyone, I had a reading blog last in 2010/2011 which unfortunately I didn't keep up. I've made a new resolution this time to review every book I read along with a synopsis. I don't have a list as at the moment I am compiling it, so I will update in the future! My reading is generally at random as I pick up and read any book that takes my fancy. Hope this blog is useful for some members down the line! Eliza.
  7. Halfway through Of Human Bondage now, really enjoying it. Watched a Louis Theroux Documentary last night on Indian spiritual Gurus. Quite interesting, makes you wonder why people are compelled to go and live that life. I'm trying to lose a bit of weight at the moment. So I've lost a quarter of a pound in the last two days. I can't seem to stop eating junk!
  8. 100 books

    I've read 37 on the list! I'm amazed I've actually read that many!
  9. Waiting for the Sun - The Doors
  10. All about Kylie

    Oh your a mod now! yay, good for you
  11. The Last Film You Saw ~ Part 2

    I've started watching the Borgias with Jeremy Irons. Really enjoying that... last film I saw was The Hunger Games in the Cinema. Wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was, I'd never read the books so I didn't know what it was about. Really enjoyable. I've bought the last two books now to read.
  12. Dirty Old Town - The Dubliners
  13. Reading Comfort Zones

    I've read books that I thought would be difficult to read, like some of Charles Dickens works. I'm not lazy but I usually would stick within my comfort zone and read something that didn't take very much concentration or thought. I set myself a challenge and I really enjoyed it! I don't let anything put me off the classics now although I did find it difficult to read Bleak House and I gave up In terms of disturbing works, there is nothing I won't read, it's good to get an insight into everything possible, that is what life is about really. The closest I've come to being out of my comfort zone in those terms is when I read "She's come undone" by Wally Lamb. I found that novel really raw and I thought about it a lot afterwards. A really good experience though in retrospect.
  14. Set fire to the rain - Adele
  15. Haven't been on in a while, how is everyone? I'm making my way through the Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter. They are brilliant Started watching the series from the 1980's too!
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