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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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Another year begins and so many books to buy, borrow, devour and enjoy. 
 
   :readingtwo:

 

2016's Reading 

 

 1) Descent Series by SM Reine (7 books)
 2) Seasons Of The Moon by SM Reine (4 books)
 3) The Cain Chronicles (SOTM) by SM Reine (7 books)
 4) The Ascension Series by SM Reine (7 books)
 5) The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh
 6) Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
 7) Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine
 8) Chill Factor by Rachel Caine
 9) Windfall by Rachel Caine
10) Firestorm by Rachel Caine
11) Thin Air by Rachel Caine
12) Gale Force by Rachel Caine
13) Cape Storm by Rachel Caine
14) Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine
15) Thrones, Dominations by Jill Paton Walsh
16) Undone by Rachel Caine
17) Unknown by Rachel Caine
18) Unseen by Rachel Caine
19) Unbroken by Rachel Caine
20) Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch
21) Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
22) Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
23) Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
24) Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
25) Conjurer by Carole & John Barrowman
26) Spirit Legacy by E.E. Holmes
27) Spirit Prophecy by E.E. Holmes
28) Spirit Ascendancy by E.E. Holmes
29) The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
30) The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner
31) The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner
32) The Next Accident by Lisa Gardner
33) The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner
34) Gone by Lisa Gardner
35) Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
36) Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
37) Percy Jackson & The Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan
38) Percy Jackson & The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
39) Percy Jackson & The Battle Of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
40) Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
41) The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
42) The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan
43) The Mark Of Athena by Rick Riordan
44) The House Of Hades
45) The Blood Of Olympus
46) Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
47) A Symphony Of Echoes by Jodi Taylor
48) A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor
49) A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor
50) No Time Like The Past by Jodi Taylor
51) What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor
52) Lies, Damned Lies & History by Jodi Taylor
53) The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor (+ The Little Donkey)
54) Hogwarts / Incomplete & Unreliable Guide /Stories of Heroism, Hardship & Dangerous Hobbies /Power,  Politics & Pesky Poltergeists by JK Rowling
55) The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson
56) The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
57) The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
58) Summer Shadows by Joss Stirling
59) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
60) Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley
61) Magyk by Angie Sage
62) Flyte by Angie Sage
63) Physik by Angie Sage
64) Queste by Angie Sage
65) Syren by Angie Sage
66) Darke by Angie Sage
67) Fyre by Angie Sage
68) Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling & John Tiffany

 

 

2017's Books Read (RR = Re Read)

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 1) Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

 2) Two Weeks Notice by Rachel Caine

 3) Terminated by Rachel Caine

 4) The Something Girl by Jodi Taylor

 5) Spirit Legacy by EE Holmes - RR

 6) Spirit Prophecy by EE Holmes  - RR

7) Spirit Ascendancy by EE Holmes - RR

 8) Glass Houses by Rachel Caine - RR

 9) Dead Girl's Dance by Rachel Caine - RR

10) Midnight Alley  by Rachel Caine - RR

11) Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine - RR

12) Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine - RR

13) Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine - RR

14) Fade Out by Rachel Caine - RR

15) Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine - RR

16) Ghost Town by Rachel Caine - RR

17) Bite Club by Rachel Caine - RR 

18) Last Breath by Rachel Caine - RR

19) Black Dawn by Rachel Caine - RR

20) Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine - RR

21) Fall of Night by Rachel Caine - RR

22) Daylighters by Rachel Caine - RR

23) And The Rest Is History by Jodi Taylor

24) A Bachelor Establishment by Jodi Taylor 

25) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - RR

26) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare - RR

27) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare - RR

28) City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare - RR

29) The Things We Learn When We're Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

30) Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling RR

31) Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets by JK Rowling RR

32) Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling RR

33) Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling RR

34) Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix by JK Rowling RR

35) Harry Potter & The Half Blood Price by JK Rowling RR

36) Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling RR

37) The Butterfly Tattoo by Philip Pullman

38) Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

39) Time Travelling With A Hamster by Ross Welford

40) Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

41) Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch

42) Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

43) Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

44) Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

45) Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

46) Rivers Of London : Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch, Cartmel, Sullivan & Guerrero (Graphic Novel)

47) Rivers Of London : Black Mould by Ben Aaronovitch, Cartmel, Sullivan & Guerrero (Graphic Novel)

48) Rivers Of London : Night Witch by Ben Aaronovitch, Cartmel, Sullivan & Guerrero (Graphic Novel)

49) The Hanging Tree by by Ben Aaronovitch

50) Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

52) A Symphony Of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

53) A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

54) A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor

55) No Time Like The Past by Jodi Taylor

56) What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor

57) Lies, Damned Lies, And History by Jodi Taylor

58) And The Rest Is History by Jodi Taylor

59) X8 Short Stories by Jodi Taylor

60) White Silence by Jodi Taylor

61) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

62) Hunting In Bruges by EJ Stevens

63) Shadow Sight by EJ Stevens

64) Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

65) Magnus Chase & The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

66) Killman Creek by Rachel Caine

67) Shadow Sight by EJ Stevens

68) Ghost Light by EJ Stevens

69) Burning Bright by EJ Stevens

70) Birthright by EJ Stevens

71) Tales From Harborsmouth by EJ Stevens

72) Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

73) Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

74) Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

75) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

76) Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris

77) Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

78) Dead To The World by Charlaine Harris

79) Dead As A Doornail by Charlaine Harris

80) Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

81) All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

82) From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris

83) Dead & Gone by Charlaine Harris

84) Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris

85) Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

86) Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

87) Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

 

 

2018 Reading

 1) Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris

 2) Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris

 3) Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris

 4) Shakespeare's Trollop by Charlaine Harris

 5) Shakespeare's Counselor by Charlaine Harris

 6) Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

 7) Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

 8) An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris

 9) Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris

10) Whispers Of The Walker by EE Holmes

11) Plague Of The Shattered by EE Holmes

12) Awakening of The Seer by EE Holmes

13)The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman

 

I am having to throw a rough 'Wot I may have read' list up, as it has been so long since I kept my list up to date.  Here goes!....

14) Magyk by Angie Sage

15) Flyte by Angie Sage

16) Physik by Angie Sage

17) Queste by Angie Sage

18) Syren by Angie Sage

19) Darke by Angie Sage

20) Fyre by Angie Sage

21) The Steam Pump Jump (SS) by Jodi Taylor

22) White Silence by Jodi Taylor

23) Dark Light by Jodi Taylor

24) The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

25) The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde

26) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

27) Lost In A Good Book by Jasper Fforde

28) The Well Of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

29) Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

30) First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

31) One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

32) The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

33) Midnight Crossroads by Charlaine Harris

34) Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

35) Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

 

That is all I can currently recall. I had a long old stretch of no reading, then danced back into books for a while, and am back in a no reading rut again now. No worries! Ebb and flow. :)

I'm just going to throw a few titles down, as I recall them. I shall make a greater effort in 2019 to make note, and review. 

 

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

 

 

 

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Have good reading year Chrissy... :readingtwo:

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I wish you a great reading year in 2016, Chrissy. May it be filled with a lot of good books :).

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I hope you have a wonderful year of reading, Chrissy—a year that at least matches last year, which seemed to go quite well for you! :)

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1) Descent Series by SM Reine (7 books)


 2) Seasons Of The Moon by SM Reine (4 books)


 3) The Cain Chronicles (SOTM) by SM Reine (7 books)


 4) The Ascension Series by SM Reine (7 books)


 


Elise Kavanagh is good at one thing: killing demons, angels, and gods. For years, she was the death that supernatural creatures feared. More myth than woman, she walked the Earth as the embodiment of vengeance. James Faulkner is a powerful witch, and the only person she trusts.


 


Together they are Kopis (sword) a fighter, and Aspis (shield) the supporting witch. The Descent and Ascension series are gritty urban fantasy books that tell their story as they travel Earth, Heaven and Hell and all the dimensions in between. The Descent and Ascension series are fast paced stories with interesting characters of depth. Adam, Eve and Lilith,  Angels from the exalted to the fallen and the demonic forces on earth and in hell. 


 


We skip backward and forward in time as the story unfurls itself to understand what has come before, and what may be coming. Destinies, sacred oaths, immortality and the bending of the rules governing life, loyalties and redemption seeking all all here. Huge and complex themes are brought to the reader through Elise as she fights the forces of evil and attempts to bring justice to an increasingly uncertain reality.


 


Seasons Of The Moon and The Cain Chronicles tell the story/stories of Rylie Gesham, Seth and Abel Wilder, their families, friends and acquaintances. Werewolves, Witches, Kopis and the governmental forces that are chasing them down, the series builds at a fast pace as the players and series cross over at times with the Descent and Ascension books.


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 5) The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh

 

Being a huge fan of Dorothy L Sayers and her Lord Peter Wimsey creation, I have read not only her books, but additionally the four books that Jill Paton Walsh has written (with permission) using the characters.

 

I had thought that her last book The Attenbury Emeralds,  was to be the final book, and felt it had been a really good and fitting finale. So it was with a hint of trepidation that I picked up The Late Scholar. 

 

It is a proper Sayers' mystery in so many ways, and in itself is a fine story. Unlike her previous works with the Sayers' characters however,  this one didn't quite ring true and at times felt contrived . There were occasions when a few out-of-character moments made me actually wince, and overall it read as an unnecessary add on to what I had felt had been an accomplished continuation / homage to the original books.

 

I'm glad that I read it, but consider the earlier book to be the more fitting final book.   Let's hope there are no more. 

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Weather Wardens Series ;6) Ill Wind by Rachel Caine, 7) Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine, 8) Chill Factor by Rachel Caine, 9) Windfall by Rachel Caine,10) Firestorm by Rachel Caine,11) Thin Air by Rachel Caine,12) Gale Force by Rachel Caine,13) Cape Storm by Rachel Caine,14) Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine

 

Life has been so busy of late I wanted to escape into another place completely when I could actually sit down to read, and Rachel Caine's  The Weather Warden series allowed me to do just that. 

 

The series centres on Joanne Baldwin, who is part of the secret worldwide Weather Warden organisation that attempts to control the weather across the globe, keeping the extremes down to a minimum and humanity safe. They do this using their own special elemental gifts, and the coerced assistance of the Djinn, ancient, magical and mythical creatures. When it works, it works well, but as Joanne is to discover over the course of the 9 books, things are never quite what they seem, a balance must be kept at al times and in all areas, and that people are capable of appalling acts against each other. 

 

Witty, fast paced and following a genuinely refreshing and original story arc, the reader is swept along with Joanne. I enjoyed the series enormously, despite feeling hesitant during the early books as to whether the series worked, or if it could maintain the same level of compelling activity throughout the nine books. I couldn't predict the story at any time, and could only avidly read on to discover what would happen next. A very satisfying read, perfect for an active period in my life where I needed vividly depicted characters encased in a compelling story that changed scenes regularly enough to allow me to zip through it without recourse to going back and forth. 

 

If you are in need of a distracting fast paced read, and enjoy immersing yourself your reading world for a time, then these are the books for you. 

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I had no idea this series had 14 books! I own books 3 - 6. I'm glad you enjoyed reading these books :). Nice review!

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They were enjoyable books. The first few really establish the main character of Joanne, and the relationships between the Wardens, the Djinn and everyone's role in keeping the weather ticking over. The later ones expand the original idea and gets into politics and positioning of things. An intriguing idea well written I thought.

 

Didn't mean to spook you with how many Gaia, but here are 9 of them, not 14.  - the numbering was for my list of keeping track. :blush2:  I had wondered where the author could go with the series, or whether it would feel like she was padding out the later books, but she maintains a good story and fast pace throughout. 

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Ah thanks :).

 

Oh :doh: sorry for misreading! 9 seems like a more managable number for a series :P. It's nice to know the series was enjoyable throughout :).

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16) Undone by Rachel Caine, 17) Unknown by Rachel Caine, 18) Unseen by Rachel Caine, 19) Unbroken by Rachel Caine

 

Four books that form a 'spin off' from Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series. The same time frame and events form the backdrop to both series, but these four focus on Cassiel, a former Djinn and her Weather Warden partner Luis and the events that directly effect them. 

 

Cassiel briefly appears in the last book in the WW series, Total Eclipse, ​and I was intrigued enough by her and Luis' appearance in that book to want to read her separate adventures. As with the WW series, these four are well paced and imaginative with decent character development and a solid story that makes you want to read on. The overlap of Djinn and human sensibilities is an interesting one that at times looks to answer perennial questions of mankind - the notion of empathy, family, hope etc.

 

Rachel Caine has enabled me to keep on reading during a busy time when my mojo might easily have taken a holiday. The WW and Outcast four books are definitely 'keepers' to aid me in future potential wobbly mojo times.  :smile:

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I didn't know there was a spin-off series. I'm glad you enjoyed reading these books :).

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I bought another Rachel Caine book a little while ago, and meant to mention it to you. It's called Ink and Bone and is the first in a new series called Novels of the Great Library. I haven't read it yet, but it's a Rachel Caine book set in a library ... It's gotta be good, hasn't it? :D

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I didn't know there was a spin-off series. I'm glad you enjoyed reading these books :).

 

I only discovered them when I looked on fantasticfiction.com, it wasn't immediately apparent that they were connected to the series until you actually read the blurb for them. I may have also bought the Revivalist series by her too. I thought that having enjoyed the Morganville Vampires, The Weather Wardens and the Outcast series by her I may as well go the whole hog. Which leads me onto........

 

 

I bought another Rachel Caine book a little while ago, and meant to mention it to you. It's called Ink and Bone and is the first in a new series called Novels of the Great Library. I haven't read it yet, but it's a Rachel Caine book set in a library ... It's gotta be good, hasn't it? :D

 

Me too! For the same reasons!  :D

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