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  1. I finished it yesterday so now I have to ask, what was the bugbear!? I will also admit that, although I loved it, I didn't love this one quite as much as the previous books.
  2. Woah, The Flavours of Love does sound dramatic! I'm glad you've enjoyed your last few books . And I know I already said this but your wall is brilliant!
  3. Willoyd's Reading 2020

    I have The Luminaries on my kindle and have wanted to read it for a while but I had no idea the author scripted Emma! That's really interesting.
  4. Read-a-thon 2020

    Glad you both had such a good read-a-thon! I ended up reading about a quarter of False Value (maybe a little bit more, I forgot to check the page number!). I had a more hectic weekend than I expected. My niece (who’s 14 and comes to my house after school) was attacked by another girl in the middle of the day on Friday. She was fine, luckily. But obviously Friday was taken up by that and then on Sunday I spent most of the day shopping and playing sims with her. The colours you chose sound lovely and relaxing (also purple is my favourite colour ). I’d love to see a picture! We really should have a general thread for these sort of things shouldn’t we, I might go and put one up now!
  5. Read-a-thon 2020

    I do think it was a good book overall, but it has a very slow pace, with lots of description and not a great deal of plot progression for large chunks. I did lose the motivation to read it at one point (because I just really couldn't see where it was going and I strongly suspected it was all just leading up to a romance) but I'm glad I carried on because the ending was more interesting than I expected. I will get round to reviewing it soon! Thank you @karen.d, you too! And thank you too @Athena, I hope you enjoy some reading and painting too! What colour have you chosen for your room?
  6. Read-a-thon 2020

    Me too! It took me ages to finish my last book (The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - it took me so long I was reading it during the last read-a-thon!) but I finally finished it yesterday so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some new things. I'm hoping I can finish False Value, the new Ben Aaronovitch book .
  7. There's a YA series by Serena Valentino that tells Disney stories from the point of view of the villain (so, for example, one is by Ursula from The Little Mermaid, one is by the Wicked Queen from Snow White etc.). I think the series is just called Villains. I'm afraid I haven't read any of them, so I can't recommend, but that's what popped into my head when I read your post! Welcome to the forum by the way
  8. Raven's Reads

    I thought the same thing with the last book and I think I left them together in the end, but I don't think it should feel like a cheat. They are always completely separate stories. We'd review it as a separate short story, so why not list it as one?
  9. Me too! Although it does make me wonder if they’ll go down a more comedic route with it. Unbelievably, I haven’t started yet! The book I’m reading now is taking me ages, its pace is not one of its strong points but I feel like I’ve gone too far to give up on it!
  10. Welcome to the BCF Book Adoption Agency! The books in this thread are all previously owned and are now looking for new homes. If you would like to adopt one of the books available, please reply in the thread below. BUT, before we get started, please read the following guidelines: Only active forum members with ten or more posts are eligible to enter. One week after the book appears on the thread, if more than one member has shown interest, I will hold a random name draw to discover which new home the book is going to. If you are a patreon supporter, you have the chance to request an extra entry to the random name draw. You can make your request either in this thread or in a personal message to me. You do not have to use your extra entry. All of the books in this thread will be available internationally. New: After one month of being posted, if a book has not been adopted, it will no longer be available. This will be made clear in the post the book originally appeared in. This is a completely new concept and there is a very good chance that things will need adjusting along the way. I appreciate your feedback here as much as your entries and any adjustments I do make to the guidelines will be clearly stated here. I've had this idea in mind for quite some time and I hope you'll all be as excited about it as I am Preparing to open the doors...
  11. What's the weather like?

    Forecast keeps saying snow but we’ve only had rain
  12. Whooooo? (I like this one!)
  13. Oh wow, that is a lot of books! I've heard good things about Queenie, what do you think of it so far?
  14. The BCF Book Adoption Agency

    The Book Collector is on its way to you @Onion Budgie . I'm making a small adjustment to the rules of this thread, as I've realised I can't leave books up indefinitely... so if a book has not been adopted after a month it will no longer be available (and I'll make that clear on the original post with that book, to avoid confusion). That way I can find the books new homes outside the forum!
  15. Site "not secure"

    It's because if you have google chrome version 68 or later it shows a 'not secure' warning when the site doesn't have an ssl certificate. Not having the certificate means information that goes through this site isn't encrypted, so it wouldn't be safe to share card details here, for example, because it's less difficult for someone to access information shared through the site. The software we use does have it's own security to keep your accounts safe and, to the best of my knowledge, that includes the passwords you might se for your account (although I'm happy to look further into how they secure that information). An ssl certificate would cost an extra £60 a year, on top of the software, hosting and domain renewal costs, and I honestly just can't afford to do that right now.
  16. Where do you read?

    I've seen people reading in my local Costa but I have no idea how they concentrate with all the noise and moving around! I find it much harder to read in public spaces, even in the library, small noises distract me much more than they would at home. I would say my favourite place to read is in bed, but I love being able to read outside when the weather's nice too. I've got a while to wait before I can do that again though... at the moment my book would probably blow away!
  17. I'm part way through another book (although seriously tempted to give up on it) so I haven't started yet. Thoughts so far??
  18. I love starting a fresh new book blog This year I've set my Goodreads goal to 50, again, and maybe this will be the year I make it! I'm also determined to keep my reading list here up to date, which I was really rubbish at last year. Quite a few books have been added to my shelf (and floor... and under my bed... and basically in every available space) since last January, so here we go... On My Shelf Abercrombie, Joe. Best Served Cold Abercrombie, Joe. Half a King Abercrombie, Joe. Half the World Abercrombie, Joe. Red Country Adams, Douglas. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adams, Douglas. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Adams, Douglas. Life, The Universe and Everything Adams, Douglas. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish Atwood, Margaret. The Testaments Ballantyne, R.M. The Coral Island Banks, Iain. The Bridge Banks, Iain M. The Algebraist Banks Iain M. Excession Banks Iain M. Feersum Endjinn Banks Iain M. Inversions Banks, Iain M. Look to Windward Banks Iain M. Matter Banks Iain M. The Player of Games Banks Iain M. Use of Weapons Barker, Clive. Weaveworld Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451 Brennan, Marie, A Natural History of Dragons British Myths and Legends vol. 1: Marvels and Magic. ed. Richard Barber British Myths and Legends vol. 2: Heroes and Saints. " British Myths and Legends vol 3. History and Romance. " Brontë, Anne. Agnes Grey Brontë, Anne. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Brontë, Charlotte. The Professor Brontë, Charlotte. Shirley Brontë, Charlotte. Villette Burton, Jessie. The Muse Butcher, Jim. Cold Days Butcher, Jim. Dead Beat Butcher, Jim. Proven Guilty Byatt, A.S. The Children's Book Caldecott, Andrew. Rotherweird Christie, Agatha. Murder on the Orient Express Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Clarke, Susanna, The Ladies of Grace Adieu Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories ed. Rex Collings Collins, Bridget. The Binding Collins, Wilkie. The Haunted Hotel and Other Stories Connolly, John. The Book of Lost Things Cox, Tom. Help the Witch De Muriel, Oscar. Loch of the Dead Dickens, Charles. Christmas Stories Vol. 1 Dickens, Charles. Nicholas Nickleby Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens, Charles. The Pickwick Papers Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose Evans, Claire. The Fourteenth Letter Faulks, Sebastian. Birdsong Fforde, Jasper. One of Our Thursdays is Missing Fforde, Jasper. The Woman Who Died A Lot Gaylin, Alison. Into the Dark Gowar, Imogen Hermes. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows Grossmith, George and Weedon. The Diary of a Nobody Halls, Stacey. The Familiars Hardie, Titania. The Rose Labyrinth Hardy, Thomas. Under the Greenwood Tree Harkness, Deborah. Shadow of Night Harkness, Deborah. Time's Convert Horowitz, Anthony. Magpie Murders Hoving, Isabel. The Dream Merchant Jemisin, N.K. Fifth Season Jemisin, N.K. The Obelisk Gate Jemisin, N.K. The Stone Sky Kidd, Jess. Things in Jars le Carre, John. A Most Wanted Man Lynch, Scott, The Lies of Locke Lamora Marston, Edward. The Iron Horse Marston, Edward. Murder on the Brighton Express Marston, Edward. The Railway Viaduct McDermid, Val. The Distant Echo Miéville, China. Kraken Miéville, China. The Scar Mirless, Hope. Lud -in-the-Mist More, Thomas. Utopia Morton, Kate. The Distant Hours Mosse, Kate. Citadel Mosse, Kate. The Taxidermist's Daughter Owen, Lauren. The Quick Peake, Mervyn. Titus Groan Peake, Mervyn. Gormenghast Peake, Mervyn. Titus Alone Perry, Sarah. The Essex Serpent The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Ed. Christopher Dolley Pratchett, Terry. I Shall Wear Midnight Price, Steven, By Gaslight Purcell, Laura. Bone China Russel, Craig. Brother Grimm Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale Stansfield, Katherine. The Magpie Tree Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men Taylor, Jodi, And the Rest is History Taylor, Jodi. A Trail Through Time Tolkien, J.R.R. Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wooton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Vance, Jack, City of the Chasch Vance, Jack, The Dirdir Vance, Jack, Emphyrio Vance, Jack, The Eyes of the Overworld Vance, Jack, The Gray Prince Vance, Jack, The Green Pearl Vance, Jack, The Houses of Iszm Vance, Jack, Madouc Vance, Jack, The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph Vance, Jack, Rhialto the Marvellous Vance, Jack, Servants of the fiddleh Vance, Jack, To Live Forever Vance, Jack, Wyst:Alastor 1716 Verne, Jules. Five Weeks in a Balloon Verne, Jules. From the Earth to the Moon Verne, Jules. Round the Moon Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Victoire, Stephanie. The Other World, It Whispers Wells, H.G. The Time Machine Wells, H.G. The Island of Dr. Moreau Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds Wells, H.G. The First Men in the Moon Wells, H.G. The Invisible Man Wesolowski, Matt. Six Stories Zusak, Marcus. Bridge of Clay Phew, I think that's all of them...
  19. I went to get Ben Aaronovitch's new Peter Grant book, False Value, today and was tempted by the sale shelf, so I also ended up getting The Five by Hallie Rubenhold and Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare's Fantasy World. And now I think I should start reviewing some of the books I've already read! Help the Witch by Tom Cox 3.5/5 - I really liked it. This book was completely different to what I expected. I imagined it would be a bit like Zoe Gilbert's Folk, but perhaps a bit darker (not that Folk isn't already pretty dark...) and less magical. I feel like varied isn't a strong enough word for the sheer range of subjects and styles it actually covers, but the only other word I can think of is mad, so lets stick with varied... There are haunted houses and giant, vengeful hares (those were more along the lines I expected), but there are also robots you can step inside and talking tomatoes. Cox clearly has a quirky and vivid imagination, and it was fun going on this 'varied' journey through generally unconnected stories. There was one story I didn't particularly like, which is mainly why I didn't give the book 4 stars. 'Speed Awareness' came after a part of the book I thought was really good, where you get to piece together a story through various listings in a newspaper, so maybe that made it seem more disappointing, but it really just felt didactic and predictable to me, to the point of being quite cheesy. It sticks out like a sore thumb from the rest of the book, which is genuinely original and clever. I can only imagine that maybe the author feels strongly about traffic accidents caused by speeding, which is fair, but it just seemed odd in the context of the book. An overall good and very interesting collection though, which I'd be happy to recommend. Soot by Andrew Martin 2/5 - It was ok The idea behind Soot sounds great. We basically begin in 1799 with a man who's in debtor's prison. A mysterious benefactor pays half his debt and buys him a month of freedom, on the condition that in that time he must find the killer of a murdered artist. The start is promising. We get introduced to some interesting and shady characters, learn a bit more about the murder and how our protagonist is going to trace potential suspects. I was quite hooked at this point, gathering clues as each suspect comes to light, but then it all went a bit downhill... I think part of the problem was that nobody really seems to care about the murder. There's really no urgency or emotion associated with it. The ending was poorly tied together and seems like the author intended there to be a second book, although I don't think there is one. I had fun reading this for maybe 80% of the book, but it fell flat by the end, so for that reason I would not recommend it.
  20. Got mine today! Have you tried the glow in the dark front cover out yet? It’s quite spooky!
  21. There was a man and he had eight sons. Apart from that, the was nothing more than a comma on the page of History. Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
  22. I think it was Maidstone, I'm not sure if he did a signing there though. Will have my fingers crossed for you today!
  23. I saw on twitter that some Waterstones shops already have their copies of False Value! Has anyone managed to get it yet?
  24. Ah, I forgot you taught year five @willoyd! Thank you! I’ve only recently discovered that horrible science and geography exist, I used to love the horrible histories books! Although, I will admit, I also loved Jacqueline Wilson books... It’s such a shame that schools don’t have any funding for books and it’s even more sad when kids say they don’t have any books at home. It’s really not surprising that they grow up not seeing reading as an enjoyable thing.
  25. I’m hoping you’ll all be able to help me with this. My friend is a year five teacher (so the children are all about 10) and he’s trying to find some good books to encourage them to read (the school seems to basically just have Michael Morpurgo). The only thing I could think of off the top of my head for that age is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. So I’m hoping you’ll be able to help me put together more of a selection! Preferably looking for more recently published books, rather than classics, and it’s fine if it features sad or difficult themes.