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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

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  1. Your Book Activity - October 2019

    Finished The Polish Detective by Hania Allen. Really enjoyed this, although the ending was a little bit weak.
  2. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    I bought Stasiland recently. I've read a few books set in this era and I'm really looking forward to this one. More so after your review.
  3. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    I love the Brunetti series too Madeleine, although I'm only up to book 3.
  4. Currently reading And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. His books are amazing. It makes me want to reread A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kiterunner again.
  5. Finished The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Just about finished The Scent of Death by Simon Beckett.
  6. I finished Fatherland by Robert Harris today. Love his books. I'll probably start the Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen tonight. I'm also reading From the Cradle to the Grave: a biography of Michael Joseph Savage for some research I'm doing.
  7. Mona's Around The World Challenge

    I read the Kite Runner a few years ago and it has stayed with me since. It's such a good book. I've also read A Thousand Splendid Suns and that was just as good.
  8. Introverts & Extraverts

    I think I've got more introverted as I've got older. When I was younger I would be with groups of people a lot more, and not seem to mind. I didn't mind being alone, but didn't crave it as much as I do now. Now I find I really need to be alone a lot more, and really don't like being with large groups very much.
  9. Introverts & Extraverts

    That sort of workplace would drive me nuts Madeleine. I used to work in an open plan office, but only about 10-15 people max, but it was still sometimes too much interaction for me.
  10. Introverts & Extraverts

    I'm definitely an introvert. I much prefer time on my own than with others. Luckily my job is about 85% on my own in my own office, with minimal contact with others. That little contact I do have is just enough for me. Occasionally I cover reception, and after an hour or so of having that contact with other people I start to feel a little nuts, and need to be on my own again. My favourite time is the evening when I'm at home on my own reading. Now I live on my own it's even better.
  11. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    I think so too, Willoyd. The crowd numbers at events have dropped since these new regulations have come in, so it's backfired on them a bit. Edited to add: Not being able to take in even water is definitely a money thing. They charge way too much for drinks, including water, at their food stalls.
  12. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    Can only take empty bottles which can be filled at water fountains. Their rules are ridiculous even if you don't have health needs. Willoyd, I haven't been able to find salt tablets here and I don't know if he'd eat them. They should be a bit more flexible for health issues. He has type 1 diabetes (as well as other conditions) and they tell us he can just buy fizzy at their stalls if he needs sugar. Not always possible if you're in your seat and suddenly go low. Some of the foods they have are things like kebabs and wraps and Chinese food. They still sell fizzy drinks too.
  13. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    A healthy diet can mean different things to different people. Our local sports arena has recently implemented "healthy food" at their food stalls, and no outside food allowed. it really annoys me as due to health issues my son needs a high salt, high fat diet. Not what is usually considered "healthy". It now means we can't attend sports events as they won't allow anything outside in, even for health reasons, and it only takes an hour or so of inadequate sodium for him to become very ill. I really don't like when people try to push their idea of "healthy" on to others, whether that's low fat, paleo, low carbs or whatever else the latest fad diet is.
  14. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I've read a couple of other Robert Harris books and really enjoyed them, so I'm looking forward to this. I've heard a lot about it. My library didn't have it initially so I put in a request for purchase and they got it pretty quick.
  15. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I just finished Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Now reading Fatherland by Robert Harris.
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