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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…     
~Andrea~

Andrea's reading 2013

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Previous logs:

2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

Read:

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle (e-book) - 15/1/13
Is It Just Me? - Miranda Hart (audio) - 17/1/13
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett (audio - read by Alan Bennett) 26/1/13
Son of Hamas - Ussan Yousef Mosab - 3/2/13

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes - 26/02/13

The woman who went to bed for a year - Sue Townsend (audio read by Caroline Quentin) - 27/02/13

The House at Pooh Corner - A A Milne and Alan Bennett (audio) 12/03/13

The adventures of Sherlock Holmes - vol 2 (audio read by David Timson) 25/03/13

Chocky - John Wyndham - 25/04/13

The Everlasting Man - G K Chesterton - 20/05/13

A very short introduction to metaphysics - Stephen Mumford - 27/05/13

The Men and the Girls - Joanna Trollope - 12/06/13

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - 18/06/13

Little Women -pt 1 - Louisa May Alcott (audio) 20/06/13

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (audio) 02/07/13

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness - 06/07/13

Wuthering Heights (audio) - 08/08/13

The ship of Magic - Robin Hobb - 14/08/13

The Making of Modern Britain - Andrew Marr (hardback) - 24/08/13

Philosophy of Mind - John Heil - 30/10/13

Seeking Spirituality - Ronald Rolheiser - 10/11/13

Currently reading:

Logic - A very short Introduction - Graham Priest

The Mad Ship - Robin Hobb

Six Easy Pieces - Richard Feynman

 

Total read this year: 21

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Unread books on the bookshelf:

Acquired pre 2009

1 Minnette Walters - The shape of snakes
2 Logic - A very short introduction
3 Wilkie Collins The Woman in White
4 Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (modern translation)
5 Alice through the looking glass - Lewis Carrol
6 Joanna Trollope - The men and the girls
7 Damaged - Cathy Glass
8 The Essential tales of Chekhov
9 Othello
10 The Merchant of Venice
11 Julius Caesar
12 Twelfth night
13 A Winter's tale
14 The French Lieutenant's woman

Begin year size: 14
End year size: 13

Acquired 2009

1 The Soldier's return - Melvyn Bragg
2 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Coleridge
3 Collected works of Tennyson
4 The Making of Modern Britain - Andrew Marr

Begin year size: 4
End year size: 2

Books acquired 2011

1 Clean Code - Robert Martin
2 Six easy pieces - Richard Feynmann
3 The everlasting man - G K Chesterton
4 Blodwen Jones a'r aderyn prin - Bethan Gwenas (a novel for welsh learners

5 The Case for Christ - Lee Strobel

Begin year size: 5
End year size: 4

Books acquired 2012

1 Flowers For Algernon - Daniel Keyes
2. A Wrinkle In Time - Madeleine L'Engle
3. A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness (xmas)
4. The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals - Wendy Jones (xmas)
5. Chocky - John Wyndham

Audio:
6. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes - vol 2 (read by David Timson) (xmas)
7. Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka (xmas)
8. Miranda Hart - Is it just me? (read by Miranda Hart) (xmas)
9. The House at Pooh Corner - A A Milne (read by Alan Bennett) (xmas)
10. The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett (read by Alan Bennett) (xmas)
11. The woman who went to bed for a year - Sue Townsend (read by Caroline Quentin) (xmas)

Begin year size: 11
End year size: 1

 

Books acquired 2013:

 

The Four Loves - C S Lewis

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (audio)

Little Women pt 1 - Louisa May Alcott (audio)

A very short Introduction to Metaphysics - Stephen Mumford

Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan

seeking spirituality - Ronald Ronheiser

Philosophy of Mind - John Heil

The Secret History - Donna Tartt

Room - Emma Donahue (audio)

The Sunday Philosophy Club - Alexander McCall Smith (audio)

Above Suspicion - Lynda La Plant (audio)

Bonkers - Jennifer Saunders (audio)

The Trial - Franz Kafka (audio)

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death - M. C. Beaton (Audio dramatisation)

Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet - - M. C. Beaton (Audio dramatisation)

 

Total Begin year size: 33
Max size: 33
Min size: 27
Current Size: 30
End year size: 30

Edited by ~Andrea~

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The Wish List
Ambrose, David - Superstition
Beah, Ishmael - Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Bradbury, Ray - Farenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray - Something Wicked this way comes
Barker, Clive - Weaveworld

Buechner, Fred - Godric
Bugan, Carmen - Burying the Typewriter
Challis, Sarah - Footprints in the sand
Chamberlaine, Diane - The Midwife's confession recommended here
Chesterton, G K - Orthodoxy
Conran, Shirley - Savages
Coupland, Douglas - Microserfs/JPod

Coben, Harlan - Six Years recommended
Du Maurier, Daphne - Rebecca
Du Maurier, Daphne - The House on the Strand
Dunant, Sarah - Transgressions (recommended)
Dick, Philip K - A Scanner Darkly
Greene, Grahame - Brighton Rock
Greene, Grahame - The Third Man & The Fallen Idol

Gaiman, Neil - The Graveyard Book recommended
Harwood, John - The Asylum
Haugen, Gary (IJM) - Just Courage
Highsmith, Patricia - The Talented Mr Ripley
Hinton, Susan- Rumble Fish
Hodgson, Burnett Frances - The Secret Garden
Hodkin, Michelle -The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Jerome, Jerome K - My Life and Times

Krauss, Nicole - Man walks into a Room recommended
Koontz, Dean - The Mask
Koontz, Dean - From The Corner Of His Eye
Koontz, Dean - False Memory
Koontz, Dean - Odd Thomas
London, Jack - White Fang

Marion, Issac - Warm Bodies recommended
McKinley, Robin - Sunshine
Mercer, Jeremy - Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs
Milne, A. A. Winnie the Pooh - complete short stories and poems
Mitchell, Margaret - Gone With the Wind
Moran, Caitlin - How to be a Woman recommended

Moss, Sarah - Night Waking recommended
Moyes, Jojo - Me Before You
Moyes, Jojo - The Last Letter From Your Lover recommended
Neville, Adam - Apartment 16

Semple, Maria - Where'd you go Bernadette - recommended
Phillips, Caryl - A Distant Shore (recommended here)
Pargeter, Edith - The Heaven Tree

Penny, Stef - The Tenderness of Wolves recommended
Rayner, Jay - The Oyster House Siege
Tolkein - LOTR
Trueman, Terry - Stuck in neutral
Trigell, Jonathan - Boy A

Vine, Barbara - King Solomon's carpet recommended
Wheatley, Dennis - The Haunting of Toby Jugg

Winter, Tom - Lost and Found recommended
Wyndham, John - The Kraken awakes
Watson, S J - Before I go to sleep
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos - The Shadow Of The Wind
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos - The Angel's Game
Ryan, Carrie - The Forest Of Hands & Teeth
Wroblewski, David - The story of Edgar Sawtelle
Zusak, Markus - The Book Thief

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Goals for the year:

Read "The Making of Modern Britain" by Andrew Marr. (Starting this book was a goal for last year which I only managed very late in December) There are four parts to the book so I'm aiming for one part per month, so I should be done by May.

  • part 1
  • part 2
  • part 3
  • part 4

Read a couple of my pre-2009 books.

  • one
  • two

Read all my 2012 books.

Read one of my shakespeare plays.

Edited by ~Andrea~

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OK - Thread Open :)

 

So I've started the year with three books on the go:

 

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - I'm really enjoying this one so far, though I must say it's a little strange. I'm looking forward to finding out what's really going on as I'm really not sure yet. (I hope things do come clear)

The Making of Modern Britain - Andrew Marr - This is really good so far. I'm not too far in but it's written in a very readable and lively style that makes it very engaging.

Is It Just Me? - Miranda Hart (audio) - This is ok so far. To be honest I was a little disappointed at first because I thought I'd love it, and actually began to worry I'd find it annoying, but now I've settled into the style and accepted it for what it is I am liking it and finding it quite amusing in places.

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Some great books there Andrea, notably A Monster Calls, The Shadow of the Wind, The Book Thief, Me Before You, The Time Traveller's Wife and a few from my TBR pile and wish list too, there are a fair few of us wanting to read Rebecca sometime soon!

 

Have a fantastic 2013 Andrea, reading and otherwise! :smile::readingtwo::smile:

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Othello is my favourite play Andrea. I'm planning on going to see the opera with friends in February.

 

Good luck with your reading this year in 2013 :smile:

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Eagerly awaiting your final thoughts on A Wrinkle In Time! And, hopefully at some stage, Flowers For Algernon. I think you will *really* like the latter. :D

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Hi Andrea happy 2013 reading.

I have either read those of your books below or have them on my TBR pile. Will be interested to read your reviews

 

Farenheit 451

Flowers For Algernon

Rebecca

A Scanner Darkly

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Time Travellers Wife

Before I go to sleep

The Shadow Of The Wind

The Angel's Game

The Book Thief (reading now)

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Happy reading in 2013 Andrea! There are a few there that are on my tbr pile too. Look forward to rwading what you think of them.

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OK - Thread Open :)

 

So I've started the year with three books on the go:

 

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - I'm really enjoying this one so far, though I must say it's a little strange. I'm looking forward to finding out what's really going on as I'm really not sure yet. (I hope things do come clear)

The Making of Modern Britain - Andrew Marr - This is really good so far. I'm not too far in but it's written in a very readable and lively style that makes it very engaging.

Is It Just Me? - Miranda Hart (audio) - This is ok so far. To be honest I was a little disappointed at first because I thought I'd love it, and actually began to worry I'd find it annoying, but now I've settled into the style and accepted it for what it is I am liking it and finding it quite amusing in places.

 

A Wrinkle in Time is on my TBR list this year, so I look forward to seeing your thoughts on that one! :)

Edited by ashleighjane

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Some wonderful familiar titles on your list Andrea - have a lovely 2013 :)

I noticed a list of Audio books too - and am curious about them.

How does the experience compare to reading?

Do you ever feel the urge to go back and "read" them, if you've liked the story?

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Thanks both.

 

Do you know, I've never re-listened to an audio-book but I do plan to re-listen to Great Expectations read by Hugh Laurie, and possibly Northanger Abbey too. I loved hearing To Kill A Mockingbird but I think if I re-experienced that then I'd want to actually read it in book form (possibly with a re-listen after I'd done that). I think I would probably want to re-listen to the Sherlock Holmes stories one day too (once I've forgotten them enough) just because they are so entertaining.

 

I generally listen to audio books in the car. I love the experience of having a book to get back to every time I make a car journey. It even makes driving to work feel like something to look forward to!

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Happy Reading in 2013, Andrea! I particularly loved these books:

 

Flowers For Algernon - Daniel Keyes

A Wrinkle In Time - Madeleine L'Engle

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness (xmas)

The House at Pooh Corner - A A Milne (read by Alan Bennett) (xmas)

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Andrea

It looks as if we are in the same club :those who have yet to read The Book Thief.

I have had it for a long time,but haven't attempted it yet. Everyone says how good it is,so I plan on tackling it sometime soon.

Good luck in 2013 with your reading .

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I finished A Wrinkle in Time last night. It was very enjoyable. It did start a little slow and seemed strange at first, but once the story got going it was good.

 

Next I'd like to get to the end of part 1 of The Making of Modern Britain. After that I'm thinking I might read The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price.

Edited by ~Andrea~

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I finished A Wrinkle in Time last night. It was very enjoyable. It did start a little slow and seemed strange at first, but once the story got going it was good.

 

Glad you enjoyed it! It is a bit strange. I've always wanted a dog named Fortinbras :D

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