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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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Everything posted by bobblybear

  1. Rest in Peace

    Just read that Andrea Levy passed away today. She wrote Small Island and The Long Song among others. Really saddened to hear this because I enjoyed her books so much.
  2. I finished War of the Worlds on Audible and now I'm listening to Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan. I'm also reading Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World by Haruki Murakami.
  3. I've finished The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Very good, but unsure about the ending. Next up will be A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips. I've also finished listening to Roots by Alex Haley and Jaws by Peter Benchley. I've now started listening to the Jeff Wayne's Musical version of The War of the Worlds.
  4. The Last Film You Saw - 2019

    I just watched The Shape of Water. So fantastically bizarre...I really enjoyed it.
  5. Bobblybear's Book List - 2019

    Thank you. It's not often that I buy physical books but I couldn't resist. And they are fairly light so will be easy to read in bed.
  6. Welcome to my 2019 book list!! Hopefully it will be kept more up to date than my 2018 list (which I started halfway through the year, and only ran to 2 pages ). My format is going to stay the same as previous years. For some reason, I've always categorised books by the year they were purchased....which means I am really cringing when I see how many books I purchased 5+ years ago but have yet to read. My aim is to reduce my TBR pile, but unfortunately it just seems to be growing year on year. Oh well, there are worse problems to have so I'm not too bothered by it. I haven't listed my treebooks (I didn't list them in 2018 either), mostly because I had a massive cull in early 2018 and I just don't have the energy to go through my bookcase and list them all. I will hopefully read some of them this year, but I expect most of my reading with be done on my Kindle. Anyway, enough rambling from me. I hope everyone has a great reading year in 2019 and I look forward to reading everyone's posts in the coming year.
  7. I finished Them by Jon Ronson, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then I read Noughts and Crosses by Marjorie Blackman, which I didn't particularly enjoy (I'm just not keen on Young Adult). Now I am reading The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It's good so far, and I haven't read the synopsis beforehand so I have no idea where it's heading. I'm also still listening to Jaws (Peter Benchley) and Roots (Alex Haley). I feel like I've been listening to them forever. Two hours remaining on both, so nearly done. Yesterday on Kindle (Monthly Deals for February) I bought: A Captain's Duty - Richard Phillips (Captain Phillips was based on this book; I love that movie. The Talisman - Peter Straub and Stephen King. I've read this before but it was only £0.99 Feral - George Monbiot.
  8. Them: Adventures With Extremists is very interesting so far. It's only a short book so I will probably finish it this weekend.
  9. Karen.d's Reading List 2019

    I must get around to re-reading it again. It's been so long ago that I read it, and I hardly remember any of it so it will be like reading it for the first time as well.
  10. Bobblybear's Book List - 2019

    Yeah, I loved the look of The Almanac. I could have bought it on Kindle (as it was the Daily Deal a couple of days ago) but it's the kind of book that is definitely worth getting a physical copy of. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World does sound a bit strange but then again, all of Murakami's books are pretty 'out there'.
  11. Bobblybear's Book List - 2019

    I don't often purchase physical books anymore, but picked up these gems today.
  12. I finished His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet which was very good. Now I think I will read Them: Adventures With Extremists by Jon Ronson.
  13. The Last Film You Saw - 2019

    Life...a sci-fi/horror. I really enjoyed it.
  14. What are you eating just now?

    Two squares of white chocolate.
  15. I've finished The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F Hamilton. Some parts were a real struggle, as there seemed to be more characters and words than were necessary for the plot. It was a bit of a relief to finish it. I still have the other 2 in the series on my Kindle to be read at some point. I'm also still listening to Jaws and Roots on Audible, both very good. I'm now reading With The End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix, which is such a good read. Kathryn Mannix has worked as a palliative care doctor/consultant for the past 30+ years, and here she shares a handful of experiences about hospice care and the dying process (not only the physical side). So, so good.....one of the most interesting books I've read. After that, I intend to move on to His Bloody Project by Graeme Burnett.
  16. A Book blog, 2019 by Books do Furnish a Room

    The Jeanette Winterson book sounds very interesting. I have added it to my wishlist.
  17. I finished The Salt Path (which annoyed me in parts - more of that when I get around to writing a review), and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (loved this one). Now I'm listening to Roots by Alex Haley, while reading The Reality Dysfunction (by Peter F Hamilton) and With The End In Mind (by Kathryn Mannix). I've also started listening to Jaws by Peter Benchley. It's good, and I'm listening with my husband who doesn't read at all. He loves the movie so he's enjoying it.
  18. Brian's Book Log - Ongoing

    I read a book on the Dyatlov Pass Incident last year. The one I read was by Alan Baker, and it was a chore. He too focused heavily on the alien theory, and while I don't remember that much about it, I recall it getting pretty silly.
  19. I thought it was average, and so haven't bothered with the sequels. I much preferred The Casual Vacancy. Different genre though. I'm listening to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which I am loving. The narration is superb and really brings the characters and story to life. This is probably my favourite audiobook so far. I'm also still reading The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F Hamilton (seems to have picked up the pace after sagging a bit in the middle) and The Salt Path by Raynor Winn.
  20. Bobblybear's Book List - 2019

    Yes, ok to post. Happy reading year to you too.
  21. Willoyd's Reading 2018

    Great review! Wilding sounds like something I would enjoy, so I have added it to my wishlist.
  22. Horror Recommendations

    Dark Matter by Michelle Paver is one of the creepiest books I have read. What about The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson? That one has received a lot of attention, what with the recent Netflix series.
  23. Chrissy's Reading 2019

    It could have been timing or mood, sometimes it's just not the 'right' time to read a book. I've had this with a few books, where I have tried them but couldn't get into them. Then a few years later, I will pick them up again and it really grabs me this time. Those books are right up my alley, so I will definitely be giving them another go.
  24. Athena's Reading List 2019

    Have a great reading year in 2019, Athena!
  25. Frankie reads 2019

    Have a great reading year in 2019, Frankie!