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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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Challenges - Master List

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There are lots of pinned challenges in this forum - some of which don't seem to be ongoing - or the people taking part haven't been on the forum for some time.


To make the forum tidier, I have therefore unpinned some of these challenges - but have provided a link to the formerly pinned threads so that if people wish to take one of the challenges they can easily find the resources they need.


I've left the 'Round the World' Challenge and the English Counties challenge pinned as they are current ones.


The English Counties Challenge


To read the books that are (where possible) most synonymous with each of the 48 English counties. 


The Olympic Challenge


Similar to the World challenge, but the idea is to read the countries participating in a particular games in the years between one Olympics finishing and the next one starting (so currently the challenge would be for Rio 2016 - having started after London 2012.


The Recommendations Challenge


This challenge last took place in 2009.   Participants' names were pulled from a hat and each person whose name was pulled was then given another participants' name to recommend a book for.


The Doorstep Challenge


No set time limit for this one.  It was for people who wished to read more books that were 500+ pages long. 


The Decades Challenge


This challenge is to read one book from each decade of the 20th century.  Some people (myself included) made the challenge larger by reading a fiction, non-fiction and a children's/YA book - and also added on the 2000s and some decades from the 1900s.

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