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      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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Janet's Log - Stardate 2014

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Books read In 2006 - 20
Books read In 2007 - 30
Books read In 2008 - 40
Books read In 2009 - 65
Books read In 2010 - 45
Books read In 2011 - 60
Books read In 2012 - 76
Books read in 2013 - 63

FICTION (34 read)
The Line of Beauty (2004) by Alan Hollinghurst - 3½/5
My Cousin Rachel (1951) by Daphne Du Maurier - 5/5
The Darling Buds of May (1958) by H E Bates - 5/5

Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons - 4/5
Summer Lightning (1929) by P G Wodehouse - 3/5
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (2013) by Helen Fielding - 4/5

The Color Purple (1983) by Alice Walker - 4/5

A Breath of French Air (1959) by H E Bates - 3/5

On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute - 5/5

Set in Stone (1999) by Robert Goddard - 5/5

The Elegance of the Hedgehog (2008) by Muriel Barbery - 3/5

A Very Long Engagement (1991) by Sébastien Japrisot - 5/5

Buster's Diaries (1998) as told to Roy Hattersley - 5/5

Trouble with Lichen (1960) by John Wyndham - 3½/5

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) by Rachel Joyce - 5/5

Sugar for the Horse (1957) by H E Bates - 3/5

The Dinner (2009) by Herman Koch - 2/5

A Kind Man (2011) by Susan Hill - 3½/5

The Radleys (2011) by Matt Haig - 4/5

The Beacon (2008) by Susan Hill - 3/5

Instructions for a Heatwave (2013) by Maggie O'Farrell - 3/5

When the Greenwoods Laugh (1960) by H E Bates - 3/5

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (2013) by Eve Harris - 4/5

Longbourn by (2013) Jo Baker - 2/5

Oh! To Be in England (1963) by H E Bates - 3/5

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands (2013) by Natasha Solomons - 4/5

The Shock of the Fall (2013) by Nathan Filer - 4/5
The Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood - 5/5
The Moon's a Balloon (1972) by David Niven - 4/5
Cutting for Stone (2009) by Abraham Verghese - 4/5
Walking Backwards to Christmas (2014) by Stephen Cottrell - 4/5

 

CLASSICS (3 read)
Moonfleet (1898) by J Meade Falkner - 3½/5
A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens re-read - 5/5

Nicholas Nickleby (1838) by Charles Dickens - 5/5

CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION (12 read)

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1982) by Sue Townsend - 5/5

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1984) by Sue Townsend - 4/5

The Witches (1983) by Roald Dahl - 3½/5

The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole, Margaret Hilda Roberts and Sue Townsend (1989) by Sue Townsend - 3/5

The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame - 4/5

The Tiger in the Well (1991) by Philip Pullman - 3½/5

The Fault in Our Stars (2012) by John Green - 3½/5

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013) by Neil Gaiman - 5/5

Daddy Long Legs (1912) by Jean Webster - 3/5

When Mr Dog Bites (2013) by Brian Conaghan - 4/5

Frost Hollow Hall (2013) by Emma Carroll - 4/5

Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by A A Milne - 5/5

 

NON-FICTION (11 read)
The Making of Tesco: A Story of British Shopping (2013) by Sarah Ryle - 3/5
Letters to Children (1985) by C S Lewis - 3/5
Murder at Wrotham Hill (2012) by Diana Souhami - 4/5

More Awkward Situations for Men (2011) by Danny Wallace - 3/5

Letters to my Children: Thoughts on the Future (2009) by Tony Benn - 3/5

The Seventeenth Child: Memoirs of a Norwich Childhood 1914-1934 (2006) by Ethel George - 4/5

Green Mountain Doctor (2000) by Colin Smith - 4/5

Goodbye to Yorkshire (1979) by Roy Hattersley - 3/5

Drawn from Memory (1957) by Ernest H Shepard - 4/5

The Moon's a Balloon (1972) by David Niven - 4/5

All Creatures Great and Small (1972) by James Herriot - 4/5

 

PLAYS

Pygmalion (1912) by George Bernard Shaw - 4/5

POETRY

Total read 57

1/5 - I hated it
2/5 - It was okay
3/5 - I liked it
4/5 - I really liked it
5/5 - I loved it
5*/5 - Outstanding

For how to read 'highlights' on the Nook, see

(With thanks to Claire!) Edited by Janet

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PAPER BOOKS ACQUIRED IN 2014 (TITLES READ IN RED!)
 
01. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst - £0 - finished 16.01.14 (06.01.14 - library) - Fiction
 
02. Murder at Wrotham Hill by Diana Souhami - £0 - finished 24.02.14 (13.01.14 - Sent to me by Roland Butter) - Non-fiction
 
03. The Darling Buds of May by H E Bates - £0 - finished 31.01.14 (19.01.14 - bought for me by Peter) - Fiction
 
04. Letters from Children by C S Lewis - £0 - finished 31.01.14 (30.01.14 - Borrowed) - Non-fiction
 
05. The Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham - £4.85 finished 15.05.14 (30.01.14 - Ebay) - Fiction
 
06. A Breath of French Air by H E Bates - £2.59 finished 17.03.14 (11.02.14 - Awesome Books online) - Fiction
 
07. Awkward Situations for Men by Danny Wallace - £1.25 - finished 28.02.14 (27.02.14 - Sue Ryder Shop, Westbury) - Non-fiction
 
08. The Witches by Roald Dahl - 0.75 - finished 01.04.14 (27.02.14 - Sue Ryder Shop, Westbury) - Children's
 
09. On the Beach by Nevil Shute - £8.99 finished 28.03.14 (09.03.25 - Blackwells, Oxford) - Fiction
 
10. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery - £2.59 finished 23.04.14 (15.03.14 - Awesome Books) - Fiction
 
11. The Seventeenth Child - Memories of a Norwich Childhood (1914-1934) by Ethel George - £0 finished 03.04.14
      (25.03.14 - Sent by a friend) - Non-fiction
 
13. When the Green Woods Laugh by H E Bates - £1.00 finished 31.07.14 (27.03.14 - Bookbarn)Fiction
 
13. Letters to my Grandchildren by Tony Benn - £0 finished 02.04.14 (28.03.13 – Library) - Non-fiction
 
14. Buster's Diaries as told to Roy Hattersley - £0.50 finished 07.05.14 (04.04.14 - Lion's Shop, Warminster) - Fiction
 
15. A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot - £2.44 finished 30.04.14 (10.04.14 - Waterstone's) - Fiction
 
16. Green Mountain Doctor by Colin Smith - £0 - finished 06.05.14 (20.04.14 - borrowed from my Mum) - Non-fiction
 
17. Goodbye to Yorkshire by Roy Hattersley - £1 - finished 24.06.14 (22.04.14 - Bookbarn) - Non-fiction
 
18. Sugar for the Horse by H E Bates - £2.69 - finished 26.05.14 (28.04.14 - Awesome Books) - Fiction
 
19. The Dinner by Herman Koch - £2.71 - finished 02.06.14 (01.05.14 - Ebay) - Fiction
 
20. Literary Strolls around the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean by Gordon Ottewell - £0 a book to dip into rather than read
      (16.05.14 - sent by Kay) - Fiction
 
21. Drawn from Memory by E H Shepard - £1 finished 09.07.14 (26.05.14 - Bookbarn) - Non-fiction
 
22. Oh! To be in England by H E Bates - £1 finished 21.08.14 (26.05.14 - Bookbarn) - Fiction
 
23. The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne £0.50 (06.06.14 - Lion's Bookshop Warminster) - Fiction
 
24. The Weather in the Streets by Rosamund Lehman £0.40 (13.06.14 - Book Sale outside a church in Salisbury) - Fiction
 
25. When We Were Very Young by A A Milne - £2.99 (13.06.14 - The Last Bookshop Salisbury) - Fiction
 
26. Now We are Six by A A Milne - £2.99  (13.06.14 - The Last Bookshop Salisbury) - Fiction
 
27. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - £3.46 finished 02.07.14 (20.06.14 - Tesco Online) - Fiction
 
28. Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell - £1.95 finished 22.07.14 (20.06.14 - Charity Shop Warminster) - Fiction
 
29. How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A.Cup by J L Carr - £2.50 (04.07.14 - Dorothy House Shop Bath) - Fiction
 
30. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer - £2.99 finished 10.09.14 (16.07.14 - WHS Wells) - Fiction
 
31. The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris - £0 finished 11.08.14 (18.07.14 - Borrowed from a friend) - Fiction
 
32. Longbourn by Jo Baker - £1.99 finished 18.08.14 (08.08.14 - Age UK Warminster) - Fiction
 
33. The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons - £1.39 finished 04.09.14 (21.08.14 - The Children's Society) - Fiction
 
34. Pies and Prejudice by Stuart Maconie - £1.99 (20.08.14 - Barnardo's) - Non-fiction
 
35. A Little of What You Fancy by H E Bates - £1.99 (29.08.14 - Oxfam, Bath) - Fiction
 
36. The Young by Ardizzone - £12 (30.08.14 - Slightly Foxed) - Fiction
 
37. Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne - £2.89 - finished 31.12.14 (04.09.14 - Ebay) - Children's
 
38. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby - £0 - abandoned (16.09.14 - Waterstone's Amsterdam - from Peter) - Fiction
 
39. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - £8.99 - finished 16.10.14 (27.09.14 - Waterstone's, Wells) - Fiction
 
40. Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton - £0 (16.10.14 - Borrowed from a friend) - YA Fiction
 
41. Round the Christmas Fire by various - £0 (30.10.14 - Amazon online with gift voucher) - Short Stories
 
42. Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch - £0 (31.10.14 - Borrowed from my Mum) - Fiction
 
43. A Literary Christmas by various - £0 (01.11.14 - Amazon online with gift voucher) - Short Stores
 
44. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - £2.81 - finished 01.12.14 (Amazon Marketplace) - Fiction
 
45. Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll Waterstone's - £6.99 - finished 27.12.14 (12.12.14 - Waterstone's Bath) - Children's

 

46. The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt - £0 (25.12.14 - Present from Kay) - Fiction

 

47. Stephen Fry presents Oscar Wilde's Stories For All Ages - audio book - £0 (25.12.14 - Present from Kay) - Audio Book

 

48. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald Waterstone's - £0 (29.12.14 - Waterstone's, Exeter) - Fiction

 

49. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond - £0 (31.12.14 - Waterstone's, Wells) - Children's

 

Total new books acquired in 2014: 49
Number of these read: 32
Books abandoned: 1
Total cost* of books acquired: £81.73
Library Books: 2
Library Books Read: 2

* Taking into account money off/vouchers/gift cards etc - so price paid, not necessarily cover price

Edited by Janet

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PAID-FOR KINDLE BOOKS 2014 (Books read in red!)

 

01. The Color Purple by Alice Walker - 26 February - £1.49 - finished 12.03.14

 

02. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer - 26 February - £0.99 - finished

 

03. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - 20 June - £0.99 - finished

 

04. The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris - 25 July - £0.99 - finished

 

05. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens - 21 August - £1.80 - finished

 

06. Mary Poppins - the Complete Collection by P L Travers - 2 September - £0.99

 

07. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo - 15 September - £0.88

 

08. The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven - 22 September - £0.99 - finished

 

09. When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan - 6 October - £0.98 - finished

 

10. Walking Backwards to Christmas by Stephen Cottrell - 6 November - £4.79 - finished

 

11. Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll - 18 December - £2.99 - finished

 

 

Titles read = Red

 

Total new paid-for Kindle books acquired in 2014: 2
Number of these read: 1
Books abandoned: 0
Total cost* of books acquired: £2.48

Edited by Janet

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TOTAL TO READ PILE 2013 and before (total left = 85/90)

2013
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens - finished 21.12.14 - 5/5
Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

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Web by John Wyndham
The Diary of a Provincial Lady (all four volumes) by E M Delafield
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce - finished 23.05.14 - 5/5
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers

The Making of Tesco: A Story of British Shopping by Sarah Ryle - 06.01.14 - 3/5
The Battle of Pollocks Crossing by J L Carr
The Misses Mallet by Emily Hilda Young

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier - finished 27.01.14 - 5/5
Set in Stone by Robert Goddard - 14.04.14 - 4/5
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A Life in Letters by George Orwell

The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman - finished 11.06.14 - 3½/5
Letters of Note by Shaun Usher
2012
The Day the Ceiling Fell Down by Jenifer Wayne
The Merchant of Venice (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
English Journey by J B Priestley
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

2011
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Life and Death of King John by William Shakespeare
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
Shakespeare's Wife by Germain Greer
The First Wife by Emily Barr
A Song of Sixpence by A J Cronin
The Green Years by A J Cronin
The Minstrel Boy by A J Cronin
The Northern Lights by A J Cronin
Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
Journals of a Somerset Rector (1803 to 1834) by Rev'd Skinner
Hitchhiking to Heaven by Lionel Blue
Family Life by Sally Magnusson
A Kind of Loving by Stan Bristow
The Travel Books of W Somerset Maugham by W Somerset Maugham

2010
The Chrisalids by John Wyndham
The Comedy of Errors (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
The Children of Knowle Green by Lucy Boston
Boogie up the River by Mark Wallington
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The Red House Mystery by A A Milne
Trumpet by Jackie Kay
Pre-2010

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
The Rye Man by David Park
The Bolter by Frances Osbourne
Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
Inside the Whale by George Orwell
Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell
The Man Who Was Thursday by G K Chesterton
The Third Man/The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene
King Soloman's Mines by H Rider Haggard
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K Jerome
The Chrisalids by John Wyndham
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Hamlet (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

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KINDLE BOOKS PURCHASED IN 2013 BUT UNREAD

 

1.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel - £0.20 (03.01.13)
 
2.  The 10pm Question by Kate de Goldi - £0.99 (11.03.13)
 
3.  The Long Bridge: Out of the Gulags by Urszula Muskus (Poland) - £0.99 (17.04.13)
 
4. Mrs Harris Goes to Paris/Mrs Harris goes to New York by Paul Gallico - £1.79 (28.04.13)
 
5. The Flatey Enigma by Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson - £0.99 (30.04.13)

6. Postcards From Nam by Uyen Nicole Duong - £0.99 (15.08.13)
 
7. The Fancy by Monica Dickens - £0.99 (28.09.13)

8. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker - £0.99  (03.09.13)

 

9. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord - £0.56 (23.10.13)
 
10. Purge by Sofi Oksanen (08.11.13) - £0.99 (07.11.13)
 
11. Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel by Ayse Kulin - £0.99 (02.12.13)

12. All Creatures Great and Small: If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet by James Herriot - £0.99 (26.12.13)

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MONTHLY BOOK SUMMARY 2014

JANUARY - 6 Books
The Line of Beauty (2004) by Alan Hollinghurst - 3½/5
Moonfleet (1898) by J Meade Falkner - 3½/5
The Making of Tesco: A Story of British Shopping (2013) by Sarah Ryle - 3/5
My Cousin Rachel (1951) by Daphne Du Maurier - 27.01.14
The Darling Buds of May (1958) by H E Bates - 31.01.14

Letters to Children (1985) by C S Lewis - 31.01.14 3/5

FEBRUARY - 6 Books
Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons - 09.02.14
Summer Lightning (1929) by P G Wodehouse - 13.02.14
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (2013) by Helen Fielding

Murder at Wrotham Hill (2012) by Diana Souhami - 24.02.14
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1985) by Sue Townsend - 26.02.14
More Awkward Situations for Men (2011) by Danny Wallace - 28.02.14
 
MARCH - 6 Books
The Color Purple (1983) by Alice Walker - 12.03.14 
A Breath of French Air (1959) by H E Bates - 17.03.14 
On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute - 26.03.14 

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1984) by Sue Townsend - 31.03.14
 
APRIL - 6 Books
The Witches (1983) by Roald Dahl - 01.04.14
Letters to my Grandchildren: Thoughts on the Future (2009) by Tony Benn - 02.04.14  
The Seventeenth Child: Memories of a Norwich Childhood 1914-1934 (2006) as told by Ethel George - 08.04.14  
Set In Stone (1999) by Robert Goddard - ( EC - Rutland) - 14.04.14  
The Elegance of the Hedgehog (2008) by Muriel Barbery - 23.04.14  
A Very Long Engagement (1991) by Sébastien Japrisot - 30.04.14
 
MAY - 6 Books
The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole, Margaret Hilda Roberts and Sue Townsend (1989) by Sue Townsend - 02.05.14
Green Mountain Doctor (2000) by Colin Smith - 06.05.14
Buster's Diaries (1998) as told to Roy Hattersley - 07.05.14
Trouble with Lichen (1960) by John Wyndham - 15.05.14 
The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame - 22.05.14 
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) by Rachel Joyce - 23.05.14 
 
JUNE - 5 Books
The Dinner (2009) by Herman Koch - 02.06.14
A Kind Man (2009) by Susan Hill - 10.06.14
The Tiger in the Well (1990) by Philip Pullman - 11.06.14

Goodbye to Yorkshire (1976) by Roy Hattersley - 23.06.14  

The Fault in Our Stars (2012) by John Green - 30.06.14

 

JULY - 6 Books

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013) by Neil Gaiman - 02.07.13   

The Radleys (2011) by Matt Haig - 07.07.14  

Drawn from Memory (1957) by Ernest H Shepard - 09.07.14  

The Beacon (2008) by Susan Hill - 17.07.14  

Instructions for a Heatwave (2013) - 22.07.14  

When the Green Woods Laugh (1960) by H E Bates - 31.07.14  

 

AUGUST - 3 Books

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (2013) by Eve Harris - 11.08.14

Longbourn (2013) by Jo Baker - 18.08.14

Oh! To be in England (1963) by H E Bates - 20.08.14

 

SEPTEMBER - 3 Books

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands (2013) by Natasha Solomons - 04.09.14

The Shock of the Fall (2013) by Nathan Filer - 10.09.14   

Daddy Long Legs (1912) by Jean Webster - 27.09.14  

 

OCTOBER - 2 Books

The Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood - 16.10.14  

The Moon's a Balloon (1972) by David Niven ( K ) - 24.10.14  

 

NOVEMBER - 1 Books

When Mr Dog Bites (2013) by Brian Conaghan ( K ) - 03.11.14  

 

DECEMBER - 8 Books

Cutting for Stone (2009) by Abraham Verghese - 01.12.14  

All Creatures Great and Small (1972) by James Herriot - 10.12.14  

A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens re-read - 12.12.14  

Walking Backwards to Christmas (2014) by Stephen Cottrell - 15.12.14

Nicholas Nickleby (1838) by Charles Dickens - 21.12.14  

Frost Hollow Hall (2013) by Emma Carroll - 27.12.14  

Pygmalion (1912) by George Bernard Shaw - 30.12.14  

Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by A A Milne re-read - 31.12.14    

Edited by Janet

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BOOKS I WANT TO OWN

 

J L Carr

A Day in Summer (1964)

A Season in Sinji (1967)

The Harpole Report (1972)

How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won The F. A. Cup (1975)

A Month in the Country (1980) - read a library copy in 2012

The Battle of Pollocks Crossing (1985)

What Hetty Did (1988)

Harpole and Foxberrow, General Publishers (1992)

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Thread now open for business.  Welcome one, welcome all.    :welcome2:

 

:D:flowers2:

 

Do grab a :JC_cookies:whilst you're here.  :smile: 

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Aha .. good  :D My nose has gone flat from pressing it against your window  :D 

 

Look at all those lovely Dickens?  :smile: what treats you have in store. I love your TBR .. it's long but manageable  :smile: 

 

Happy Reading lovely Janet  :hug:  and a very happy New year to you and your lovely family  :friends0:

 

Thanks for the cookie *munch munch*  .. I'll try not to drop crumbs  :blush2: 

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Happy new year and happy reading in 2014! :D

Edited by Devi

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Mmm, these cookies are delicious!

 

Happy Reading in 2014, Janet :)! I hope it'll be a good reading year for you. Great how you've split your TBR up into years, you must've been keeping track for a while!

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Happy New Year J and happy reading!

 

Will enjoy comparing notes on the counties and world challenges! :D

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Look at all those lovely Dickens?  :smile: what treats you have in store. I love your TBR .. it's long but manageable  :smile: 

 

Happy Reading lovely Janet  :hug:  and a very happy New year to you and your lovely family  :friends0:

Thanks, Kay - and to you as well.  :)  And a HUGE Happy New Year to you and Alan.  :hug:  I'm going to attempt one Dickens this year (maybe two...) but I'm not sure which to choose!

 

Happy new year and happy reading in 2014! :D

Thanks - and to you too. :hug:

 

Mmm, these cookies are delicious!

 

Happy Reading in 2014, Janet :)! I hope it'll be a good reading year for you. Great how you've split your TBR up into years, you must've been keeping track for a while!

Thanks - happy reading to you, too.  :)   Yes, I started keeping tally of my 'to read' pile in 2010.  I'm going to try to read at least one from each of the colours this year.  Not much of a goal really with 90 books, but baby steps...

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Ooh, lovely TBR lists  :smile: . Happy reading in 2014 Janet!

Thanks - and to you too. :D

 

Happy New Year J and happy reading!

 

Will enjoy comparing notes on the counties and world challenges! :D

Ditto, Alex - on both counts! :hug::D

 

Happy Reading this year. :smile: Fanks for the cookie. :D

And to you too, Chrissy. :hug:

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Peter and I had an impromptu few days away at the weekend.  We stopped at Lyndhurst in the New Forest and there was a Book Fair in the hall by the car park so we popped in and I came out with a gorgeous copy of A Christmas Carol.  :wub:

 

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Sadly it was absolutely hammering down with rain when we came out so we didn't actually get to see Lyndhurst.  It was a shame as I wanted to go and photograph Alice Liddell's grave.

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What a beauty ... you're really going to enjoy reading that this year :) (how many sleeps now Janet? :D)

 

Shame about the weather .. it's been beautiful today but it's so unpredictable at the moment :(

 

Re: Dickens. I don't think you can go far wrong by choosing any of them .. perhaps not Barnaby Rudge .. and maybe not The Old Curiosity Shop  :blush2: but any of the others (I'm guessing .. I've only read seven of them but have heard most of them though some were abridged.) Great Expectations, Bleak House, David Copperfield and The Tale of Two Cities are my faves though  :smile: 

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Book looks lovely Janet....I have to confess I haven't read one Dickens.

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What a beauty ... you're really going to enjoy reading that this year :) (how many sleeps now Janet? :D)

 356!   :D

 

I know - it's so gorgeous I just had to buy it!  :)

 

Re: Dickens. I don't think you can go far wrong by choosing any of them .. perhaps not Barnaby Rudge .. and maybe not The Old Curiosity Shop :blush2: but any of the others (I'm guessing .. I've only read seven of them but have heard most of them though some were abridged.) Great Expectations, Bleak House, David Copperfield and The Tale of Two Cities are my faves though :smile:

Thanks.  I will ignore Barnaby Rudge and TOCS for now - although I guess I'll have to tackle them sometime!  :giggle:

 

I don't know whether to try watching an adaptation first before reading one?   It helped having seen a version of Oliver Twist before reading the book...

 

Book looks lovely Janet....I have to confess I haven't read one Dickens.

 Thanks, Diane.  :)  I've only read two so far - they were both very good, although I know Dickens is considered a bit... waffly!

 

That's a beautiful edition of A Christmas Carol :)! It's so pretty.

Thanks - it's gorgeous, isn't it.  :)

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I don't know whether to try watching an adaptation first before reading one?   It helped having seen a version of Oliver Twist before reading the book...  :)

With Dickens I think it's often worth doing. The books are so detailed that it's still a joy to come to them after seeing a dramatisation as there's so much more back story etc and a much more extensive cast of characters. I did that with both Martin Chuzzlewit and Our Mutual Friend and I'm glad I did because I might have been a bit bamboozled otherwise. Possibly with Great Expectations or David Copperfield (or Nicholas Nickleby) it's not necessary but they have all had great adaptations.

I've got quite a few of them if you want to borrow them (why don't I live around the corner Janet  :mad: .. I'd so love to watch them with you  :hug: ) 

 

Willoyd will be here in a minute telling you not to watch them at any price :D

 

 

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