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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. I'm part way through another book (although seriously tempted to give up on it) so I haven't started yet. Thoughts so far??
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. Got mine today! Have you tried the glow in the dark front cover out yet? It’s quite spooky!
  7. 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
  8. I actually thought we already had a thread of this but I can't find it so maybe I imagined it! I see the question on twitter sometimes and always find it interesting to read the answers, so what's the first line (sentence) of the book you're currently reading? Mine's: 'My sainted mother taught me the seven acts of corporeal mercy: to feed the hungry; refresh the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the traveller; comfort the sick; visit those imprisoned; and bury the dead.' (The Corset by Laura Purcell) (which I think might win the prize for most semicolon's in a first sentence )
  9. I think it was Maidstone, I'm not sure if he did a signing there though. Will have my fingers crossed for you today!
  10. I saw on twitter that some Waterstones shops already have their copies of False Value! Has anyone managed to get it yet?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Bookstagram

    Hi, I’m afraid you can’t promote the account here, so your link has been removed, but you can certainly use this thread to talk about bookstagram and how it works in general.
  14. As it’s Valentine’s Day and there are hundreds of romantic quotes everywhere, it got me thinking about my favourite love stories in books. Wuthering Heights is one you see a lot of when anyone mentions romance but it’s always felt more tragic than romantic to me. Yes there is love, but it’s jealous, violent, abusive love and... well it might be realistic but it’s definitely not my favourite. So what are your favourite examples of love in books? I’m really just throwing this question out there because I haven’t decided what my own favourite example is yet. Although I do really like Terry Pratchett’s quote about love from Sourcery: ‘And what would humans be without love?’ ‘RARE’ said death.
  15. Newbie Member

    Hi Dani, welcome to the forum! What do you like to read?
  16. Aww, I was enjoying them
  17. Read-a-thon 2020

    I'm glad you're enjoying The Coffin Dancer (I just looked it up and it does sound good!) and I hope you feel better soon!
  18. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Just saw this and remembered how close the publication date for the new one is Anyway, what I actually came to say... Rebellion publishing has quite a few ‘first in series’ fantasy and science fiction books for 99p until the 17th February: http://www.rebellionpublishing.com/post/3287
  19. What's the weather like?

    I just had to google what Donnen und Blitzen meant because all I could think of was Santa’s reindeer! Did you notice a lot of birds in your garden in the bad weather? I looked out at one point and had 11 pigeons in mine! There are a few trees down near me but nobody hurt by them, luckily. Today we’ve had rain, hail, sun and a bit of snow. I saw cherry blossom buds for the first time this year though, as well as some yellow crocuses and a single daffodil. I love seeing those first signs of spring coming
  20. Read-a-thon 2020

    Thats good to know because I imagined it would be fairly fast paced! Glad you enjoyed Sawkill Girls, I don’t usually go for creepy reads either but I read a few last year and loved them all! I randomly really felt like reading Terry Pratchett yesterday, so instead of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock I read 111 pages of Sourcery (and it was SO good, I forgot how much I love that book!) I’m pretty happy with my progress this read-a-thon
  21. The BCF Book Adoption Agency

    Yay I’m so happy this one’s going! I’ve been dying to talk about this book with someone!
  22. 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. 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...
  23. Independent Bookshop Offers

    We already have threads to post amazon/kindle offers, so I thought it might be nice to have an indie bookshop version. Their books are obviously not going to be as cheap as amazon, but I think they're more likely to have interesting bundles, signed editions etc. This was partly inspired by something I really wanted to share. Bert's Books (which I've ordered from a couple of times now and it's brilliant, if you haven't heard of it) are doing a crowdfunder to open a physical bookshop and some of their rewards for donating are amazing. Some of them are really expensive but they're things like going for a walk with Patrick Gale, getting to name a character in a book (a few authors are doing that one) or getting a handwritten Bronte Mysteries short story by Bella Ellis. There are quite a lot of signed books (and bundles of signed books) but they are still between about £40-£60. But even if you just donate £5, you get 15% off from Bert's Books for the next six months! I've gone for the discount and I really hope they make enough money to open the physical shop (even though it will be too far away for me to visit, the world needs more bookshops!) The crowdfunding page is here if anyone wants to have a look https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bertsbooks . (I've just realised, when I went to get that link, that they only have 1 day left, so not long to get the rewards!) Another interesting thing I discovered at Christmas, which I can now share here, is that the Big Green Bookshop has signed copies of 'Get Good' by Tyler Blevins. If any of you are into Fortnite streams, he's better known as Ninja. It's one of only two places in the world you can get a signed copy of this book (the other is in New York). My nephew is a huge fan, so I got him the book for Christmas. I don't think any of you are particularly interested in Fornite, but I'm sure you know others who are, so here's the link if you're interested http://www.biggreenbookshop.com/signed-copies/signed-get-good-by-tyler-blevins-aka-ninja-/prod_1009.html .
  24. The BCF Book Adoption Agency

    First of all, a quick note of apology for how quiet this thread has been. I had no idea just how busy the end of 2019 (and the beginning of 2020) was going to get. But, to make up for it, I have three books ready to be adopted... The Book Collector by Alice Thompson. This book has only been previously owned by me, so is obviously in excellent condition because I take care of my books . If you saw my review of this last year you'll know that I finished it in one sitting and felt genuinely stunned afterwards. I fully recommend it. Blurb to help you decide: In Edwardian England, Violet has a fairy tale existence: loving husband, beautiful baby son and luxurious home. She wants for nothing. But soon after the birth of her baby the idyll begins to disintegrate. Violet becomes obsessed with a book of fairy tales her husband has locked away in a safe. Paranoid hallucinations begin to haunt her and she starts to question her sanity. Meanwhile, vulnerable young women are starting to disappear from the nearby asylum. Soon Violet herself is interned in the asylum for treatment only to discover, on coming out, that her husband has hired a nanny while she has been away, the beautiful, enigmatic Clara. The brutality of the asylum is nothing compared to the horrors that now lie in wait. Award-winning novelist Alice Thompson turns her attention to the fairy tale in this uncanny gothic nightmare of murder and betrayal within the confines of a seemingly perfect family. Help the Witch by Tom Cox. Can I start by apologising for the quality of this picture! 'Tom Cox' is done in a shiny pale gold and I must have got a shadow across it as I took the photo. But anyway, this book has, again, only been owned by me and is in perfect condition. I haven't reviewed this one yet (I only finished it in January) but it would be good for anyone interested in modern takes on folktales and quirky fiction about the landscape of Britain. The blurb: As night draws through the country lanes, and darkness sweeps across hills and hedgerows, shadows appear where figures are not; things do not remain in their places; a new home is punctured by abandoned objects; a watering hole conceals depths greater than its swimmers can fathom. Riddled with talismans and portents, saturated by shadows beneath trees and whispers behind doors, these ten stories broaden the scope of folk tales as we know them. Inspired by our native landscapes and traversing boundaries of the past and future, this collection is Tom Cox's first foray into fiction. Funny, strange and poignant, it elicits the unexpected and unseen to raise our hackles and set imaginations whirring. This is a fun one, What Would Alice Do? subtitled 'Advice for the Modern Woman' with a foreword by Lauren Laverne. This little square hardback is actually new, but I ended up with two of them, so one needs adopting! Inside there are a number of illustrations and quotes from Alice in Wonderland, which are very funny alongside snippets of advice for modern life (like 'never criticise the person doing the catering' or 'if all else fails, leave'). If you like Alice in Wonderland this is a great book to flick through and cheer yourself up.