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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…     
AbielleRose

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My TBR pile is so big right now I'm not sure if there even *IS* an end to it. I'm only on book #3 for the year, but the last month or so I haven't been able to focus on anything because of a few personal situations going on. 

 

To start with, I'm marking my progress in my Bullet Journal below. My goal right now is to try and get to 25. Hopefully, this is a low enough goal that even I can achieve it before the end of the year! :biggrin: On my Bullet Journal I'll be coloring in each shelf as I hit the corresponding number of books read. 

 

I'll leave a blank post below this so I can list my TBR pile (and pre-order pile... there are some really good books coming out this year!)

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(still in progress of building)

 

TBR Pile of Doom

Already Own

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (currently reading)

The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscaico

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones 

Beauty and the Beast Novelization by The Disney Writers 

The Shack by W.M. Paul Young

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heillig

Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Zodiac by Romina Russell

How To Hang a Witch by Adriana Mathis 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

 

Special Feminist/Strong Women in History Section

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

*Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank 

This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Camron

Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World by Laura Barcella

Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Make 'Em Laugh by Debbie Reynolds

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Ordered

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz

A Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Warcross by Marie Lu

 

 

 

 

 

Wishlist

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport

The 100 by Kass Morgan (looove the TV series) 

The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman

Starflight by Melissa Landers

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr.

Non-Violent Resistance by M.K. Gandhi

Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders 

Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai by Jim Colucci

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

 

 

*reread

Edited by AbielleRose

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The first novel I finished this year was Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I was a bit hesitant to trust Veronica's writing again after she broke my heart with her Divergent series' ending. One thing is for sure, she is extremely talented at creating worlds. Carve the Mark is a science fiction romance set in a solar system unlike any I've read about before. The characters, especially Cyra, are well written and come to life quickly.  Cyra's "gift" is a gift of pain. Not only can she inflict it if she touches another, but she feels pain herself all the time. I think part of why I connected so well with her is because I, too, suffer from a chronic nerve pain disorder. The way the author would describe the worst of Cyra's flares was exactly what I could relate to because its how I have spent much of my life over the last few years feeling. I've never read a novel with a character who shared that part of my own experience in life with before. 

 

Thankfully, it is just one book in a brand new series. I'm already looking forward to the next one. 

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I'm glad to hear you liked Carve the Mark! I've heard mixed reviews on it, some people liked it, some didn't like it so much. I'm glad to read a positive review for it and to read that the pain descriptions resonated with someone in chronic pain. I'll probably get the book when it's out in English medium sized paperback.

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I hope you enjoy it when you get it! I love Veronica Roth's writing style, but there was definitely some hesitation after what she did in Allegiant, lol. I wasn't 100% sure if I could trust her again.

 

Roshani Chokshi is an incredible writer. She's the sort who paints pictures with her words (she's Indian and her books are full of Indian culture that I've had to stop reading and Google. Its a bit hard to start and stop like that, but if you can handle it its soooooo worth it!) She's by far my favorite and most anticipated for future works. 

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