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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.

Andrea's reading in 2016

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Previous logs:




The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

Fool's Fate - Robin Hobb

The Pursuit of God - A W Tozer

Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster

Simply Christian - Tom Wright

Evil and the Justice of God - N. T. Wright

Ian Rankin - A Cool Head

Spectacles - a memoir - Sue Perkins

A Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood


Currently reading:


The Various Haunts of Men - Susan Hill

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Unread books on the bookshelf:

Acquired pre 2011

  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. The French Lieutenant's woman
  6. The Essential tales of Chekhov
  7. A Winter's tale
  8. Othello
  9. The Merchant of Venice
  10. Julius Caesar
  11. Twelfth night
  12. Collected works of Tennyson

Begin year size: 12
End year size: 

Acquired 2011

  1. Clean Code - Robert Martin
  2. Blodwen Jones a'r aderyn prin - Bethan Gwenas (a novel for welsh learners)


Begin year size: 2
End year size: 

Acquired 2013:


  1. The Four Loves - C S Lewis
  2. Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
  3. The Trial - Franz Kafka (audio)


Begin year size: 3
End year size: 


Acquired 2014:


  1. Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings - Edited by David Chalmers
  2. Godric - Frederick Buechner


Begin year size: 2
End year size: 


Books acquired 2015:

  1. Ian Rankin - A Cool Head
  2. Ian Rankin - Watchmen
  3. Pam Rhodes - Letting Go
  4. Susan Hill - The Various Haunts of Men
  5. Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
  6. JoJo Moyes - The Girl You Left Behind
  7. The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

  8. The Road Less Traveled

  9. Philosophy of Science. A very short introduction.

Begin year size: 9

End year size: 


Total Begin year size: 28

Max size: 28
Min size: 28
Current Size: 27
End year size: 

Edited by ~Andrea~

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The Wish List
Ambrose, David - Superstition

Alexander, Denis - creation or evolution: do we have to choose?
Beah, Ishmael - Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Bradbury, Ray - Farenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray - Something Wicked this way comes
Barker, Clive - Weaveworld

Brother Lawrence - The Practice of the Presence of God
Bugan, Carmen - Burying the Typewriter
Challis, Sarah - Footprints in the sand

Chalmers, David J - Philopsphy of Mind - Contermporary and Classic Readings
Chamberlaine, Diane - The Midwife's confession recommended
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

Faber, Michael - The Crimson petal and the White recommended

Foster, Richard - Celebration of Discipline

Gaarder, Jostein - Sophie's World
Greene, Grahame - Brighton Rock
Greene, Grahame - The Third Man & The Fallen Idol
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
Humphries, Alistair - Microadventures recommended

Jerome, Jerome K - My Life and Times

Jefferson Farjeon, J - Mystery in White recommended

Kasasian, M.R.C. - The Mangle Street Murders recommended (read by Emma Gregory)

Kempis, Thomas - The Imitation of Christ

Krauss, Nicole - Man walks into a Room recommended
Koontz, Dean - The Mask
Koontz, Dean - From The Corner Of His Eye
Koontz, Dean - False Memory

Lennox, John - God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?

Lennox, John - Seven Days that Divide the World.

London, Jack - White Fang

Mandel, John - Station Eleven recommended

Marion, Issac - Warm Bodies recommended
McKinley, Robin - Sunshine
Mercer, Jeremy - Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs
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)
Pargeter, Edith - The Heaven Tree

Penny, Stef - The Tenderness of Wolves recommended
Rayner, Jay - The Oyster House Siege

Sachar, Louis - There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom - recommended

Taylor, Jodie - Just One Damned Thing After Another - recommended

Tolkein - LOTR 

Tremayne, S.K - The Ice Twins recommended

Trueman, Terry - Stuck in neutral
Trigell, Jonathan - Boy A

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

Zevin, Gabrielle - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry recommended

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Goals for the year

  • Read at least 2 books from pre 2011 TBR including one Shakespeare
  • Finish Philosophy of Mind
  • Finish Clean Code
  • Finish Godric
  • Read more than 10 books which is all I managed last year! OK Let's try and aim for 15 this time!
  • TBR pile should shrink not grow like it did last year
Edited by ~Andrea~

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I have The Woman in White on my bookshelf too,  I loved The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins so I have high hopes for it  :smile: I love The Book Thief too, I hope you're enjoying it! Good luck reaching your goals this year :readingtwo:  ​ ​

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Happy Reading in 2016 Andrea!  :hug: Hope you enjoy your reading :) xx Glad you're enjoying The Book Thief.

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I finished The Book Thief a few days ago. I loved this book. The writing is wonderful, the characters wonderful but I did think it went on a little too long at the end  :lurker:

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I'm glad you liked it :). Shame the last part dragged a bit for you. I didn't really notice it myself, I loved the book. I'm glad you like the book though despite the bit at the end dragging.

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Glad you enjoyed The Book Thief. Haven't read it myself in a few years but I know I absolutely loved it, so I've been considering re-reading it for a while.

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Thanks both.


My reading is going well so far this year. I think my mojo is back. I'm loving the Robin Hobb, and managing to read some every day.

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Well my reading has been rubbish this year. I did finish the Robin Hobb and then started The Beach by Alex Garland (a re-read) but somehow my heart just isn't in it. It's been a bit of a stressy up and down year for me so far, and that hasn't helped my reading, but well, at least life's not boring!  :wacko:


Yup just checked - that's two books I've read and we're in July. Awesome  :roll:

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Awww, I hope you'll be able to read more soon. Sorry it's been a stressful and up and down year for you so far :(. I hope the second half of the year will be better for you.

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Oh no, hope you feel better and less stressy soon. It's hard to relax and enjoy a book when your head's not in the right place for it. :console:

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