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      July Supporter Giveaway   07/01/2019

      It's Christmas in July! The winner of the July Supporter giveaway will receive this beautiful Barnes & Noble edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as well as a special Charles Dickens tea by  theliteraryteacompany.co.uk .   I've been keeping this book a secret for so long (I couldn't wait until Christmas!) It's actually from a really lovely independent bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, the town of books. I'm so glad I finally get to show you! The picture doesn't even do it justice. A nice feature that you can't see in this image - the page edges are gold and (an extra surprise for the winner) the back is just as beautiful as the front! We also now have twice as much tea as previous giveaways!  (Thank you Literary Tea Company!)   As always, supporters are automatically entered into the giveaway and a winner will be chosen at random at the end of the month. If you want to enter this giveaway but you aren't a supporter, you can join in here https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum .   Good luck  


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  • Birthday 04/25/1992

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    The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
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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. Read-a-thon 2019

    I did @Athena, thank you I'm going to be keeping my fingers crossed that my next read-a-thon is as successful as yours @Brian.! Glad you enjoyed the books you picked too
  2. Apocalyptic genre

    I can’t actually think of any apocalyptic novels right now but I just wanted to say that it’s fine to ask for book recommendations in a particular genre. It definitely doesn’t count as self promotion if you just want to talk about the genre you love. That’s mainly what we do here all the time! And welcome to the forum
  3. Read-a-thon 2019

    I forgot to post my last update! I read 150 pages of Witch Born on Sunday, so I read 241 pages in total this read-a-thon. Not as much as I wanted to read but better than it would have been if it hadn’t been the read-a-thon. Hope you enjoyed your reading @Athena, even though you were tired from other things. @karen.d it’s a shame Inkheart disappointed you. I haven’t read it or seen the film but I had heard that it’s meant to be good.
  4. I also used to pretend to have a library! And to take books out of the library... I'd just swap roles when it was time to take them out . @Athena it's so lovely that you and your sister used to do that together! This thread has made me wonder how young we were when we became book lovers! What a lovely (and linguistically very satisfying) quote! It's amazing that you actually ended up getting goats too, I love goats!
  5. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Spotted another one in the twitter wilds: Orion publishing has 5 of Ian Rankin’s Rebus books for 99p (each) on kindle: Tooth and Nail The Black Book Mortal Causes Resurrection Men Even Dogs in the Wild Looks like it’s UK only though, and only for today.
  6. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Just saw on twitter that The Murder of Harriet Monkton by Elizabeth Haynes is 99p on kindle and kobo. The Binding by Bridget Collins is £1.99 on kindle too. Having this many amazing books on sale is dangerous, I think I need to set myself a monthly allowance
  7. Read-a-thon 2019

    @Brian. I'm so glad you liked it! Also wow, 720 pages!? That's great for two days!
  8. Should we be worried? @willoyd there's definitely an element of chicken and egg in this question. I have no doubt that our characters direct us towards certain books, but that complicates the question considerably! Your inclusion of Winnie-the-Pooh jogged an early reading memory for me. I also loved Winnie-the Pooh and can distinctly remember some of the illustrations, even though I can't remember the particular stories I read. Largely thanks to these books, I used to treat my toys as though they were alive, just in case they were when I wasn't looking. I'd gather them all together and read a story to them, so they wouldn't be bored, which probably did end up helping my reading ability! I was a strange child... I love your analogy of books as bricks in a wall!
  9. Read-a-thon 2019

    Thanks @Athena! I just checked the bottom left corner and it does have page numbers! It's a bit confusing still, because goodreads says it should have been 57 pages, there's a review on goodreads that says it was 19 pages and my kindle says it had 32 pages... The kindle version is also titled incorrectly, which I suppose might explain why there's different page numbers. Assuming my own kindle is correct, I read a total of 91 pages yesterday (Hunted Down plus 59 pages of Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling). I'm pretty happy with that and hoping to read another chunk of Witch Born later Hope everyone's enjoying their books!
  10. Read-a-thon 2019

    Yay, read-a-thon day I was out for a lot of the day but I just read Hunted Down: The Detective Stories of Charles Dickens. It was a lot shorter than I expected, so I just read it in one go (weirdly short actually, but I'll review it properly on my book log soon). It's also the first thing I've actually read on my new kindle! It doesn't seem to have page numbers... unless it's just me being stupid... but one short story down for me anyway! Did you like Rivers of London??
  11. Hayley's Reading 2019

    There are two spoilery things I can think of that happen in Lies Sleeping that definitely imply the story is going in a different direction now. Although I suspect it's not going to be too wildly different... Me too! I'm sure I remember seeing that it actually won an award (that might have been the hardback version though).
  12. Ah, that makes sense! I agree that Russia has a fascinating history too. I think I'd actually really Crime and Punishment, it's on my list! I actually meant do you think that being able to empathise with characters in books makes readers better at empathising with people in real life (sorry, my original post was really vague). But it was just a thought, anyway, I absolutely get what you're saying about real and fictional events having a different impact. I also really agree with how annoying it is when characters do ridiculous things - usually in horror films. Why do they hardly ever even try to turn the light on!?
  13. I thought that part of Lies Sleeping was great but it also just made me want to know more about Molly!
  14. Kindle and ebooks deals

    The Honours by Tim Clare (the author who did our last author interview) is £2.50 at the moment on kindle.
  15. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I really hope you like it now! I'm going to start reading Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling. My sister just finished reading it and gave it to me because she thinks I'll like it too. I'm planning to get some reading done on my kindle for the read-a-thon at the weekend though