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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 Reading List - 2018

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22 hours ago, More reading time required said:

Ah yes, that's a nice viewpoint on it. :)

 

When I was young, I used to think "Mother's Day, Father's Day? When's Kid's day?". Now I'm older and have children of my own, I know now that that's *every* day! :lol: 

 

Me too, though with me it`s, ` every day`s the cat`s day`. ;)

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'The Bees' by Laline Paull

 

It took me a while to decide if I would finish this read but I kept with it. Not my usual genre but it was recommended by others. Interesting incite as to what could be going on inside a hive. Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, but she also has a curious mind and also a maternal instinct, which really only the Queen has. She wants to know more and does so working her way up to forage and more. She know she is forbidden to go to certain areas of the hive, but her curiosity is strong and her body tells her she has to seek out the part of the hive she is banned from without being caught. Laline's imagination and descriptions of 'bee hive' life is strong, and I found this was what kept me going. It is brutal at times, but nature can be anyway. Exciting but sad in parts. I would say I was about half way and I knew I had to continue. It didn't disappoint.

 

There is only one Queen and all bees must 'Accept, Obey and Serve' at all times, but can it always be done?

 

3/5  (Thank you to @poppyshake for the recommendation though)

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You did so well to keep going with it Diane :hug: ... I'm glad it eventually improved for you :) 

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'What Alice Forgot' by Liane Moriarty

 

Alice bangs her head at the gym and when she wakes up can't remember the last 10yrs or that she has children and also getting a divorce. Over time things start to piece together with help from family and friends. Will she get her memory back and will she want to go back to how things were if she does. Will she like what she remembers time will tell.

 

Enjoyable read but found it a bit too long. Slightly repetitive at times, but was glad I got to the end and didn't give up on it.

 

3/5

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I think I enjoyed The Bees more than you did. :)

 

Is that the first Liane Moriarty book you have read? I read Big Little Lies and loved it, but have yet to read any of her others. 

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@bobblybear...no I've read The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies too.

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'Keeper of the Light' by Diane Chamberlain

 

Oh yes...another page turner for me. I do love her books. Good characters, a lighthouseOlivia and Paul, Annie and Alec but what is there connection?  Annie is the victim of fatal shooting to which Olivia is on call for. Why is her husband so obsessed/in love with Annie? She needs to find out. Their lives intertwine and truths from the past are finally unveiled. Can the past be healed? Twists and turns along the way...I do like to be kept guessing and it didn't disappoint.

 

Another two in this trilogy...off to start the next one, Kiss River. Hoping it is as good a read.

 

4/5

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I'm glad you liked Keeper of the Light! I hope you enjoy the other two in the trilogy too :). I read all three of them last year.

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@Athena...I'm sure I will...just started 'Kiss River'.

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'Kiss River' by Diane Chamberlain

 

A good follow on from 'Keeper of the Light'. I wasn't sure in what direction this book would go, but it was good. Again the 'light' from the first read takes a staring role and why is Gina so desperate to have it lifted from the sea. What does it's secret hold and how can she have it raised to find the answer she so desperately seeks to answer her question? Will it help with the finances she so desperately needs to full fill her need to adopt. I did wonder how all this  would tie in with the storyline. There were a couple of twists as always, which I love in her books. I enjoyed the diary entries chapters to understand more of the history. You could probably read it as a stand alone, but I think reading 'Keeper of the Light' would be best. As always a good drama, with a bit of mystery and romance thrown in.

 

Now off to start the third one 'Her Mother's Shadow'...I'm hoping it ties in with the other two.

 

4/5

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On 7.5.2018 at 2:18 AM, Inver said:

'What Alice Forgot' by Liane Moriarty

 

Alice bangs her head at the gym and when she wakes up can't remember the last 10yrs or that she has children and also getting a divorce. Over time things start to piece together with help from family and friends. Will she get her memory back and will she want to go back to how things were if she does. Will she like what she remembers time will tell.

 

Enjoyable read but found it a bit too long. Slightly repetitive at times, but was glad I got to the end and didn't give up on it.

 

3/5

 

I enjoyed What Alice Forgot less than you, I have to say! I gave it 2/5. 

 

On 19.5.2018 at 7:36 PM, bobblybear said:

 

Is that the first Liane Moriarty book you have read? I read Big Little Lies and loved it, but have yet to read any of her others. 

 

In my humble opinion, Big Little Lies is Liane Moriarty's best novel by far. I did enjoy The Husband's Secret, too, I gave it 4/5 (BLL got 5/5). Those two stand out for me. The others that I've read (What Alice Forgot 2/5, The Hypnotist's Love Story 2/5 and Truly Madly Guilty 3/5) I can't remember much about and I wouldn't personally recommend them. 

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22 hours ago, Inver said:

'Kiss River' by Diane Chamberlain

 

A good follow on from 'Keeper of the Light'. I wasn't sure in what direction this book would go, but it was good. Again the 'light' from the first read takes a staring role and why is Gina so desperate to have it lifted from the sea. What does it's secret hold and how can she have it raised to find the answer she so desperately seeks to answer her question? Will it help with the finances she so desperately needs to full fill her need to adopt. I did wonder how all this  would tie in with the storyline. There were a couple of twists as always, which I love in her books. I enjoyed the diary entries chapters to understand more of the history. You could probably read it as a stand alone, but I think reading 'Keeper of the Light' would be best. As always a good drama, with a bit of mystery and romance thrown in.

 

Now off to start the third one 'Her Mother's Shadow'...I'm hoping it ties in with the other two.

 

4/5

 

I'm glad you enjoyed Kiss River :). Her Mother's Shadow does tie in with the other two :).

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'Her Mother's Shadow' by Diane Chamberlain

 

The final book in the trilogy 'Keeper of the Light' and it was a great read. Lacey has to come to face the prospect that her mother's murderer could be up for parole. How will she cope with this but to add to it all her best friend dies and has asked that she take care of her daughter. But why her? The book deals with the family relationships when Mackenzie comes to stay and her own feelings towards her mother, with secrets and the usual twists along the way to reveal the truth. Great characters from the previous two books and some new all intermingle to the plot. A good read to end the trilogy. I do love her books. Wonder which one I will up next off my shelf.

 

4/5

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On ‎27‎/‎07‎/‎2018 at 8:44 AM, Athena said:

I'm glad you enjoyed this trilogy, Diane :)!

Thanks... always enjoy her books. Sad to hear this thread and forum will be closing though...:(

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'The Little Pieces of You and Me' by Vanessa Greene

 

Easy read...two friends with a bucket list of things they want to do. But something happens that will change their plans. Don't take your future for granted as you never know what might happen to change it all in the blink of an eye.

 

3/5

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