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      April Supporter Giveaway   04/01/2019

        "If you look the right way you can see that the whole world is a garden."   In honour of spring, the April giveaway is a print of this wonderful quote from The Secret Garden (thanks, once again to www.thestorygift.co.uk) along with a Secret Garden tea (Victoria Sponge flavoured!) from the  Literary Tea Company! (You can find them both at their own website theliteraryteacompany.co.uk and at their etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiteraryTeaCompany ).   As always, patreon supporters will be entered automatically and if you don't support but want to be included in this month's giveaway you can join the patreon here: www.patreon.com/bookclubforum A winner will be chosen at random on the last day of the month!

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  • Birthday 04/25/1992

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    The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
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    Female
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    Birmingham (UK)
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    Apart from reading, I like playing the guitar and writing sometimes :)

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  1. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    That's really interesting regarding boxes in supermarkets. The only supermarket I've ever known to provide boxes is Lidl and they've stopped doing it now, at least in the shop near me. I would definitely use a cardboard box, which I can either reuse or recycle when I get home, rather than buy a plastic bag if I don't have a bag with me. Also an interesting point about butchers. I think it's good to support local businesses and I would be sad to see my local butchers go, but I also like to check the origin of meat that I buy (whether it's free range etc.) and since not everything is labelled in the butchers you can't always tell without quizzing the butcher, which just feels awkward if there's a queue. I'm glad you enjoyed your last two books. I've never read a Maigret story but I think I would like them, I'll have to keep a look out for some. I assume you don't need to read them in order?
  2. Thanks @Athena I don't mind being able to guess what happens next sometimes, as long as it's just because you've worked it out and not because the story is unoriginal, if that makes sense. I might see if they have the series in my local library next time I'm there, to give the first one a try. Although I do have a very large tbr pile at the moment...
  3. Great reviews! I've looked at the Wayward Children series myself and the main thing that put me off was the length to be honest. I saw a few reviews on Goodreads that suggested the books had a wonderful concept but the potential wasn't fulfilled because they were so short. So it's good to know that you enjoyed them anyway. One of the other things I read was that the plot became very predictable, did you find that in the series? The Weight of Stars sounds like a really interesting concept too, I agree that the cover and the page edges are really nice!
  4. Hayley's Reading 2019

    This month has been a very slow one for my reading so far. I've been away from home a couple of times (although one of those was a trip to Hay-on-Wye, which is always exciting because it is literally a town full of books) and had a lot of work to get finished at the same time. I did buy a couple of books, both ones I've been looking at for a while: The Princess Bride by William Goldman and the first five books of the Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin. I've heard very good things about both so I'm looking forward to reading those! I finished Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin over the weekend, so a quick review of that: Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin 3.5/5 - I liked it This book imagines a future (2198 to be exact) in which Earth has been destroyed by wars relating to overpopulation. Humans now either live on colony worlds, which were hastily established and have very little of the technology previously available on earth, or in the ships which originally transported people from Earth. The ships have all of the technology and they use their knowledge to trade with the colonies. As part of the ships policy to avoid overpopulation, children aged fourteen are dropped off on a random colony world to fend for themselves (the Trial). If they can survive for a month, they come back to the ship as adults. The book is written in first person from the perspective of Mia Havero, who lives on a ship and is approaching her own Trial. Mia isn't always very likeable. She's actually a bit of a bigot and, although this is intentional and related to her early life on the ship, it's sometimes a bit frustrating when she fails to see the obvious because of her own prejudices, especially when she's supposed to be very intelligent. However, maybe the book wouldn't have had the same impact if Mia didn't have the personality she does. There's a strong philosophical element to the story, but it doesn't come across as didactic and it still has good pacing and enough detail about the ship and the colonies to keep things interesting. Shakespeare's Sonnet 94 is printed at the end of the book (the one with the last two lines 'For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; / Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds') clearly showing where the inspiration for the concept came from. I like the idea of exploring one of Shakespeare's sonnets in science fiction form, I think that's a really interesting concept and I'd definitely read something like that again (if it exists). A good, interesting, read overall. While I wouldn't count it with my absolute favourites, I would recommend giving it a try. I think I'm going to read Melmoth by Sarah Perry next.
  5. What's Up in April? - 2019

    I hope your back is better now @Madeleine! Easter already! It's my nan's birthday on Sunday too so I'm going for lunch with her and some other family members, which should be nice. I also saw the first bluebells of the year this week! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend too!
  6. Read-a-thon 2019

    I had a really chaotic weekend for the read-a-thon but I did manage to finish Rite of Passage. It was only a total of 70 pages but I'm glad I finished it Glad you both enjoyed what you read too!
  7. Amazon Ratings/Reviews

    I'm not sure if it's funny or worrying that they occasionally publish this story as though it's a problem they've only just discovered!
  8. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    I'm glad you've enjoyed your last few books. Land of Plenty sounds really interesting. I do think we're quite disconnected from the whole process of where our food comes from and that definitely doesn't help with larger environmental issues. I'm not surprised that Morrisons came out a little better. My local supermarket changed from Sainsburys to Morrisons last year and I would definitely say that they seem to be more openly concerned about the environment. The bags for loose fruit and vegetables are all paper, there are reusable boxes to buy for your fresh meat and fish, local eggs you can put in your own carton and (I noticed this one recently) a slightly more expensive bottle of milk, where the extra money goes to the farmers. I'd be interested to know if you do find a more in-depth book on the subject. That's a nice set of books acquired in March too!
  9. Hello!

    Hi Kevin, welcome to the forum I think there are a few Arthur Conan Doyle fans here (me included!), what other types of books do you like?
  10. Giveaways - Have Your Say

    Thanks @Chrissy, it’s really great to know you’ve liked the giveaways so far All member giveaways would definitely be as well as, not instead of, supporter ones. I’ve had an idea for an all-member one for a while though so I might put that plan into action soon!
  11. Giveaways - Have Your Say

    Thank you @vodkafan! Those are really great ideas and I didn't know you could get literary action figures! I now really want some quirky desktop toys myself though... The only one we couldn't really do is tickets to events, because I'd have to make sure there was a suitable event for every supporter and that would be very difficult to organise with members in different countries! I actually really enjoy putting the giveaways together and I've been lucky to speak to some really lovely people in the process, so I don't mind at all doing them every month! I've been getting all our prizes from small business too so it's nice to support them. I'll definitely put some thought into books we could do
  12. What's Up in April? - 2019

    April has come so fast! There seems to be a lot of Birthdays in April, it's my nans birthday, my birthday and then my sisters birthday at the end of this month! Hope you have a great time with your family @Athena
  13. What are you eating just now?

    @muggle not I didn't realise beans on toast is a British thing! They're baked beans, in a tomato sauce (not like ketchup tomato sauce though, these are orange.) I'm including a stock image because I think I'm just making them sound weird... They're lovely with the crunchy toast. Chips and beans is also a personal favourite... as is sausage, mash and beans
  14. Giveaways - Have Your Say

    When I started doing monthly giveaways for supporters I said I would give it a six month trial because I didn't know if it would work. This month is the sixth (how fast has that gone!?) so I want to know how you all feel about the giveaways (and giveaways generally, this is a question for all members, not just supporters) now that trial period is over. If you don't want to post your opinions publicly, just send them to me as a personal message and please be totally honest! I promise I won't be offended if you don't like my ideas or if you'd like things to be done a bit differently. I want the forum to be the best it can be for all of us. Don't feel obliged to answer all of these, but these are the main things I'd really like to know... How do you feel about the items featured in the giveaways? Are they generally things you would like to have? Is there a thing you would like to see more of? Would you like to have giveaways open to all members, not just supporters? Would you enter, if we did have open giveaways? What type of thing would you enter for? If you wouldn't enter a giveaway, why not? Would you prefer giveaways to be less frequent? (For example, they could be seasonal, rather than monthly) Do you have any ideas for the giveaways? Even if you don't think they'd be possible, I'd love to know what you think!
  15. "If you look the right way you can see that the whole world is a garden." In honour of spring, the April giveaway is a print of this wonderful quote from The Secret Garden (thanks, once again to www.thestorygift.co.uk) along with a Secret Garden tea (Victoria Sponge flavoured!) from the Literary Tea Company! (You can find them both at their own website theliteraryteacompany.co.uk and at their etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiteraryTeaCompany ). As always, patreon supporters will be entered automatically and if you don't support but want to be included in this month's giveaway you can join the patreon here: www.patreon.com/bookclubforum A winner will be chosen at random on the last day of the month! (As long as I remember that it is the last day of the month this time )
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