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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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  1. Andrea's reading in 2019

    I've heard of Anne Tyler but never read anything by her. Usually 'not much happens' would be a pretty damning review for a book but this sounds fascinating!
  2. 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!
  3. I agree with both comments above. If I'm carrying a book with a lot of other things in my bag, I try to put the book between two flat things. Like a notebook and my laptop, for example. If it's squashed shut then it shouldn't get damaged. I have actually seen book sleeves that you can buy to protect your book while travelling, but I can't recommend it as I've never tried one. The Story Gift shop sells them.
  4. Your Wish Lists

    Goodreads and Amazon for me too, mainly Goodreads. It would be nice if we could have wish lists on here. Maybe one day!
  5. Giveaways - Have Your Say

    That’s ok, this thread is always open to suggestions! I think seasonal prizes could be interesting, so there would be four giveaways a year? What does everyone else think about that? I realise reading your post Andrea that there’s some things I should probably explain about the giveaways and how I organise the forum costs! I don’t usually talk about the cost of running the forum because I feel like that shouldn’t be anybody else’s problem but mine, I knew that running the forum would cost money when I offered to take it on. But, especially for those of you who contribute to the forum costs with patreon, you should be able to understand how it works. If I explain simply here then just feel free to ask me anything you want to know: 1. The money you all donate through patreon goes towards the hosting cost, which we pay monthly. I would definitely not be able to afford this monthly cost by myself so you really are keeping the forum running when you contribute to the patreon. 2. Twice a year we have to pay for the software license. This is where the ads come in. I knew early on that patreon was not going to cover this cost as well. I’m happy to report though that so far this year we’re on track to pay for the software fully with Adsense! So, fingers crossed for that one but it’s looking good. 3. There are other costs, like renewing the domain, that are smaller and less frequent. I just cover those fully myself. 4. The giveaways. This is where I realised things got confusing. I plan out the money for the forum as shown above, but I don’t include the giveaways in that. I do not use the patreon money for the giveaway prizes, that money is entirely absorbed by the hosting cost, which I also add to. You should know that the prizes are always very low cost. You might have noticed that a lot of the things in the giveaways are from the same shops, which is because those places let me buy things at a discount in return for including a link to their shop on the forum when the giveaways are running. Some of them have even given us things for free. This small cost every month just comes from me and I genuinely don’t mind that. When I search for our giveaway prizes I feel like I’m shopping for presents for a friend. And yes that £5, for example, might be the difference between me buying a book for myself or getting myself a coffee or not but it’s absolutely worth it because it’s the way I feel I can say thank you to you all for keeping the forum going. I know, at the same time, that if I said I really can’t afford even a small extra cost this month, that you’d all understand, because you’re all genuinely lovely people. But while I can I want to do something to say thank you, because if you didn’t support we wouldn’t have a forum any more. (For the sake of being entirely clear, the book in this month’s giveaway isn’t from one of the usual shops, it’s from one of my favourite independent bookshops in Hay-on-Wye. When I visited there, months ago, they had a stack of them that were very heavily discounted, so I bought one in advance. I was going to keep it until December but then I was too excited to wait that long!) I do have some ideas for open giveaways, for everyone on the forum. I really like one idea in particular but there are still a couple of potential issues I need to work out before I announce it. But, everyone, do let me know your thoughts on seasonal, rather than monthly, supporter giveaways.
  6. I saw someone talking about this and thought it would make an interesting thread! What books did you read as a child, or as a teenager, that you think helped to shape you as a person? Or, alternatively, do you not think that books shaped the way you are now at all? I think Matilda was probably an early one for me. It made me want to try to read 'grown up' books, even though I was a child (which definitely improved my reading ability by making me challenge myself more) and I also wanted to be Miss Honey when I was older . Books of fairy tales were undoubtedly a big influence too. I read a lot of fairy tale collections and I know that there are a lot of modern arguments about fairy tales being a bad influence for girls, but I really think the point I took away from fairy tales was that if you're kind and good person, things will turn out right for you in the end. If you're horrible to other people, on the other hand, you're probably going to meet an odd and inventive end... like being rolled away in a barrel. As a young teenager, the Tiffany Aching Discworld books were definitely a huge influence. Tiffany as a character had a confidence that I really admired. She wasn't loud or cocky, she doesn't start with any particularly special powers (not compared to everyone else in Discworld anyway) and she doesn't always know what to do. But she just faced her problems and got on with it. When there were things she didn't know, she learnt. Not that I think I ended up like that, but I think it taught me that the best way to face a difficult situation is calmly and practically. Also that you don't have to have a big, loud personality to be confident (which is good because I am just a quiet person!) So.. what are yours? I feel like at least one other person must have Matilda!
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Read-a-thon 2019

    @Brian. I'm so glad you liked it! Also wow, 720 pages!? That's great for two days!
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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??
  17. 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).
  18. Yay, new book blog at last! 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 Arden, Katherine. The Girl in the Tower Adams, Douglas. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish 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 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. Blood Rites Butcher, Jim. Dead Beat Butcher, Jim. Proven Guilty Byatt, A.S. The Children's Book Christie, Agatha. Murder on the Orient Express Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Clarke, Susanna, The Ladies of Grace Adieu Connolly, John. The Book of Lost Things Dickens, Charles. Christmas Stories Vol. 1 Dickens, Charles. Nicholas Nickleby Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens, Charles. The Pickwick Papers Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Sign of Four Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Return of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Valley of Fear Doyle, Arthur Conan. His Last Bow Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose Evans, Claire. The Fourteenth Letter Faulks, Sebastian. Birdsong Gaylin, Alison. Into the Dark Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows Grossmith, George and Weedon. The Diary of a Nobody Hardie, Titania. The Rose Labyrinth Hardy, Thomas. Under the Greenwood Tree Harkness, Deborah. Shadow of Night Hill, Susan. The Woman in Black Hoving, Isabel. The Dream Merchant Jemisin, N.K. The Obelisk Gate Jemisin, N.K. The Stone Sky 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 Miéville, China. Kraken Miéville, China. The Scar Mirless, Hope. Lud -in-the-Mist More, Thomas. Utopia Morton, Kate. The Distant Hours Mosse, Kate. Citadel Owen, Lauren. The Quick Peake, Mervyn. Titus Groan Peake, Mervyn. Gormenghast Peake, Mervyn. Titus Alone The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Ed. Christopher Dolley Perry, Sarah, Melmoth Pratchett, Terry. I Shall Wear Midnight Price, Steven, By Gaslight Purcell, Laura. The Corset Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ruickbie, Leo. The Impossible Zoo: An Encyclopedia of Fabulous Beasts and Mythical Monsters Russel, Craig. Brother Grimm Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale 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, Showboat World 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 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 Acquired in 2019: Fforde, Jasper. Early Riser Littlewood, Alice. The Hidden People Martin, Andrew. Soot Last year I acquired 47 new books and read 14 of them. Since they have now all been moved to the 'on my shelf' list, I really need to start clearing those shelves and not getting more books!
  19. 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!?
  20. I thought that part of Lies Sleeping was great but it also just made me want to know more about Molly!
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. I'm thrilled to announce an upcoming interview with Tim Clare, author of the recently published 'The Ice House', which you may all recognise by its beautiful cover: You may also know Tim from 'The Ice House' prequel, 'The Honours', his memoir 'We Can't All be Astronauts', or even from one of his award winning stand-up poetry shows. Tim also presents a creative writing podcast and offers a free 8 week writing 'boot camp' in podcast form. If you have any questions you would particularly like to ask Tim, either post them here or send them to me via personal message by Wednesday .
  24. 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 )
  25. Kindle and ebooks deals

    For the Doctor Who fans, three Doctor Who books are on offer for £1.99 each on both kindle and kobo (because apparently it's Dalek month): Prisoner of the Daleks by Trevor Baxendale Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch The Dalek Generation by Nicolas Briggs