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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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Diane's 'Mixed Bag' Reading Challenge

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This reading challenge will be on going and I may add or change the list as I think of others to add or take away. I feel this won't be completed in the year hence the on going part... :D 

 

I look forward to trying to find books related to the list. :readingtwo: 

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A book you read in school

A book from your childhood

A book published over 100 years ago

A book published in the last year

A non-fiction book - 'The Penguin Lessons' by Tom Michell (Jan 2017)

A book written by a male author - 'Rough Music' by Patrick Gale

 A book written by a female author - 'Song of the Skylark' by Erica James

A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson)

A book that became/is becoming a film

A book published in the 20th Century

A book set in your hometown/region

A book with someone’s name in the title - 'Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure' by Lynn Reid Banks

A book with a number in the title - '6 Rainier Drive' by Debbie Macomber (Jan 2017)

A book with a character with your first name

A book someone else recommended to you - 'The Bees' by Laline Paull

A book with over 500 pages - 'House Rules' by Jodi Picoult

A book you can finish in a day - 'Harry the Poisonous Centipede' by Lynne Reid Banks

A previously banned book

A book with a one-word title - 'Reflection' by Diane Chamberlain

A book translated from another language

A book that will improve a specific area of your life

A memoir or journal - 'Life After You' by Lucie Brownlee (Feb 2017)

A book written by someone younger than you

A book somewhere you have visited/or a place name in title  - 'A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore

An award-winning book

A self-published book

A book with a season in the title

A book with a colour in the title - 'The Black House' by Peter May (Feb 2017)

A book with a café/tearoom/restaurant theme 'The Beach Cafe' by Lucy Diamond (Jan '18)

A book with an animal/bird either in title/character 'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah

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Good luck with this challenge Diane :hug: Looks good and not too specific .. it gives you a lot of leeway :) 

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Same one as I'm doing Diane, good luck! :)

I've added another 4 Hayley....I like things to be a round number. I pinched it from you, but I might change things though if I find other categories.

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Hope you have fun with the challenge Diane. Just think, if all the books you read this year fit in with one of the categories, you'll have reached your 30 book target! :)

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I've added another 4 Hayley....I like things to be a round number. I pinched it from you, but I might change things though if I find other categories.

Ah, I hadn't noticed as I was looking at it on my phone and for some reason your font shows as italics on there so I can only read it properly with my glasses on and obviously can't have had them to hand. :)

 

I'll add the exra 4 to mine if you don't mind, they look fun! :)

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Is this based on the Popsugar annual challenges?  These categories all look very familiar - many of the have featured in the past couple of years.

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I've been doing this challenge on another book forum, only managed about half of them last year though.

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Hoorah...managed 3 so far, but I'm sure it will get more difficult.

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Well done.  Don't forget, you can always ask us all if you need help with suggestions ... I'm sure we can come up with some good uns! :D

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 Thanks Claire. Having already added to the list I might even change some I don't think I'll manage to do if I think of something else for an idea.

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If I am not visiting anywhere this year, what should I do about the book set at a place you will be visiting this year?

Doubt if I will do that one.....I'm not being strict with this, if I think of something else to substitute with I will.

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I have the same title written twice, but there is the potential there to move it to another category if I get around to reading another book that would fit in.

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A book by someone older than you maybe?

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind...:)

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Other alternative ideas for challenge titles

 

A flower in the title

A food in the title

A building in the title

A family member in the title

A garden in the title

A Christmas read

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On ‎10‎/‎03‎/‎2017 at 2:17 AM, dragonmyst said:

If I am not visiting anywhere this year, what should I do about the book set at a place you will be visiting this year?

@dragonmyst...I altered the title slightly and put /or a place name in the title.

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Managed to add another to title to fill in a gap...slowly slowly.

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This challenge won't be completed this year...definitely an 'ongoing' one.

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That is good, managed to add two more books to the list in September....one for someone's name in title and female author.

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I'm not starting this again for 2018. I've decided I will just keep adding to it if and when I read something that fits in.

 

First one added for 2018 was for the café/restaurant theme.

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