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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. Hey everyone! It's been years and I'm sure most people who might recognize my name are long gone(here's my old blog if you're curious), but I've recently been missing doing book stuff around here. In 2015 I quit my teaching job to pursue a career in illustration. Because of the busyness of that and trying to establish myself in a new field, it's been years since I've even had time to read. I figured something like this might help me stay accountable and do some goal-setting. I know it's the middle of the year, so I'm not going to give this one a year title, I'm just going to try to continuously update this thread as I read things. I hope that's okay/allowed as I've noticed most of these threads are made new each year. I'd like to keep using this one for a while, possibly into next year, and just make a new one if I go missing again for a while. I will mostly be reviewing/rambling as able about the books I'm digging through, with perhaps the occasional accompanying doodle. If you're into that kind of thing, then this is the thread for you. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Currently Reading: The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis Hoarders by Matt Paxton Aesop's Fables by Aesop Ice Hunt by James Rollins Sitting on the shelf in Que to be Read: Whispers at the Altar by Allan C.R. Cornelius Beowulf Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Mat Smay The Waking Land by Callie Bates Have Read since July 2018: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (4/5) Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado (3/5) The Torah (--) Recommended reads from years past: *Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake [review] **The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson [review] *The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman[review] *Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey **An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina *A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin [review] *The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett *War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Key: ** = Highly recommend! * = Recommend X = I didn't care for the book, would not recommend -- = Historical/Religious document that I read to inform myself All unmarked books mean that I enjoyed the read My review ratings can be interpreted as such: 0/5: Paperweight 1/5: Could've done without reading this one, hardly any redeeming qualities 2/5: A "meh" book--unmemorable/had a lot of problems I couldn't read around 3/5: Pretty okay. You won't die if you miss it, but not awful. 4/5: Quite enjoyable, would read again. 5/5: You absolutely should read this. It reeks of awesome.(you may assume that any title with * by it gets this rating from me)[/url]