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        I'm thrilled to (finally, sorry for the delay!) announce the January giveaway, with a Sherlock Holmes theme! Supporters can win a beautiful little hardback edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as a stylish a5 print by www.thestorygift.co.uk/, featuring some witty advice from the great detective.     As always, if you support on patreon or if you supported before patreon (and did so less than twelve months ago), you'll be entered into the giveaway automatically. If you're not a supporter but want to take part, you can support for this month here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum .   The winner will be selected at random on January 31st. Good luck!  
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Austen, Jane    -     Pride & Prejudice

Austen, Jane    -     Sense & Sensibility

Austen, Jane    -     Mansfield Park

Austen, Jane    -     Northanger Abbey

Barker, Clive    -     Abarat

Barton, Beverly    -     The Dying Games

Batchelder, Dennis    -     Soul Identity

Beever, Anthony    -     Stalingrad

Bradshaw, John    -     Cat Sense

Bronte, Charlotte    -     Jane Eyre

Bryson, Bill    -     At Home

Burgess, Anthony    -     A Clockwork Orange

Campbell, Ramsey    -     The House on Nazareth Hill

Campbell, Ramsey    -     The Gruesome Book

Campbell, Ramsey    -     The Height of the Scream

Campbell, Ramsey    -     Alone with the Horrors

Campbell, Ramsey    -     The Hungry Moon

Campbell, Ramsey    -     Ancient Images

Campbell, Ramsey    -     The Nameless

Chaucer, Geoffrey    -     The Canterbury Tales

Child, Lee    -     Jack Reacher series

Ciccone, Derek    -     Painless

Collins, Wilkie    -     The Moonstone

Coyne, Matt    -     Dummy

Defoe, Daniel    -     Moll Flanders

Dickens, Charles    -     Bleak House

Dickens, Charles    -     David Copperfield

Dickens, Charles    -     A Tale of Two Cities

Dixon, E     -     Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights

Donaldson, Stephen    -     The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Donaldson, Stephen    -     The 2nd Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Donaldson, Stephen    -     The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Eliot, George    -     The Mill on the Floss

Eliot, George    -     Middlemarch

Erikson, Steven    -     Malazan collection 1

Flaubert, Gustav    -     Madame Bovary

Follett, Ken    -     The Key to Rebecca

Forster, E M    -     Howards End

Gaskell, Elizabeth    -     Wives & Daughters

Gaskell, Elizabeth    -     North & South

Hardy, Thomas    -     Far From the Madding Crowd

Herley, Richard    -     The Penal Colony

Hill, Joe    -     The Fireman

Hobb, Robin    -     The Rain Wild Chronicles

Hobb, Robin    -     The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy

Homer    -     The Odyssey

Hoover, Thomas    -     Life Blood

Hoover, Thomas    -     Syndrome

Hugo, Victor    -     Les Miserables

Hume, David    -     The History of England Vol 1

Izzard, Eddie    -     Believe Me

Jacques, Brian    -     Redwall saga

James, E L    -     Fifty shades of grey

Jordan, Robert    -     Wheel of Time

Joyce, James    -     Ulysses

Kay, Guy Gavriel    -     Tigana

King, Stephen    -     Dark Tower

Knowles, James    -     The Legends of King Arthur

Littell, Johnathan    -     The Kindly Ones

Lovecraft, HP    -     Omnibus 1

Lumley, Brian    -     Vampire World

Lumley, Brian    -     Lost Years

Lumley, Brian    -     E-Branch

Lumley, Brian    -     Harry Keogh & other Weird Heroes

Lumley, Brian    -     The Touch

Mariani, Scott     -     The Shadow Project

McCammon, Robert    -     Blue World

McCammon, Robert    -     Boy's Life

McCammon, Robert    -     Mystery Walk

McCammon, Robert    -     The Wolf's Hour

Melville, Herman    -     Moby Dick

Meyers, Stephanie    -     Twilight saga

Milton, John    -     Paradise Lost

Mitchell, Margaret    -     Gone with the Wind

Mock, Elizabeth C    -     Shatter (The children of man)

Montgomery, L M    -     Anne of Green Gables

Morris, Stan    -     Surviving the Fog

Newman, Kim    -     Bad Dreams

Newman, Kim    -     Jago

Newman, Kim    -     Unforgivable Stories

Paoline, Christopher    -     Brinsingr

Partridge, Alan    -     Nomad

Pepys, Samuel    -     Diary of Samuel Pepys

Pratchett, Terry    -     The Science of Discworld 1 & 2

Pratchett, Terry    -     The Long Earth series

Pullman, Phillip    -     Once upon a Time in the North

Richardson, Samuel    -     Clarissa Harlowe (9 vol)

Rothfuss, Patrick    -     The Name of the Wind

Shakespeare, William    -     Complete Works of Shakespeare

Simmons, Dan    -     Hyperion

Smith, Clark Ashton    -     The Emperor of Dreams

Smith, Clark Ashton    -     Out of Space & Time vol 1

Steinbeck, John    -     East of Eden

Stephenson, Neal    -     Reamde

Tchaikovsky, Adrian    -     Empire in Black & Gold

Thackeray, William    -     Vanity Fair

Tolkien, J R R    -     The Silmarillion

Tolkien, J R R    -     The Children of Hurin

Tolstoy, Leo    -     Anna Karenina

Tzu, Sun    -     Art of War

Verne, Jules    -     A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Verne, Jules    -     20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Weeks, Brent    -     Shadow trilogy

Weis/Hickman    -     The Second Generation

Welsh, Irvine    -     Ecstasy

Welsh, Irvine    -     Glue

Welsh, Irvine    -     Porno

Welsh, Irvine    -     The Secrets of the Master Chef

Welsh, Irvine    -     Skagboys

White, Neil    -     Fallen Idols

Yekov, Kirill    -     The Last Ringbearer

 

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I've also had this challenge ticking away over the past couple of years, but I've never thought to post it before. Many years ago, there was a BBC poll for the nation's top 100 books. I've combined that list with a few other Facebook "100 books you must read" for something I'm slowly chipping away at in an effort to become more "widely read".

 

Some I have access to and some I don't, so the challenge will also be to track down those ones I haven't read - preferably without paying! :lol: 

AA Milne - Winnie the Pooh 
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
Alexandre Dumas - The Count Of Monte Cristo 
Alexandre Dumas - The Three Musketeers
Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones 
Alice Walker - The Color Purple
Anna Sewell - Black Beauty 
Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
Antoine De Saint - The Little Prince
Anya Seton - Katherine
Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Ransome - Swallows And Amazons
Arundhati Roy - The God Of Small Things
AS Byatt - Possession
Audrey Niffeneger The Time Traveler’s Wife 
Bill Bryson - Notes From A Small Island 
Bram Stoker - Dracula 
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Shadow of the Wind
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol 
Charles Dickens - A Tale Of Two Cities
Charles Dickens - Bleak House
Charles Dickens - David Copperfield
Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist 
Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre
Colleen McCollough- The Thorn Birds
CS Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia 
CS Lewis - The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe 
Dan Brown - The Da Vinci Code 
Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca
David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas 
Dodie Smith -I Capture The Castle
Donna Tartt -The Secret History
Douglas Adams - The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 
EB White - Charlotte’s Web
Emile Zola -Germinal
Emily Brontë -Wuthering Heights 
Enid Blyton - The Faraway Tree Collection 
Eoin Colfer -Artemis Fowl
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby 
Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden 
Frank Herbert - Dune 
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime And Punishment 
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Love In The Time Of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
George Eliot - Middlemarch
George Orwell - Animal Farm 
George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty Four 
Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird 
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones’s Diary 
Herman Melville - Moby Dick
Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory 
Ian McEwan - Atonement
Jack Kerouac - On The Road
Jacqueline Wilson - Double Act
Jacqueline Wilson - Girls In Love
Jacqueline Wilson - The Story Of Tracy Beaker
Jacqueline Wilson - Vicky Angel
James Joyce -Ulysses
Jane Austen - Emma 
Jane Austen - Persuasion 
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility
JD Salinger - Catcher in the Rye 
Jean M Auel - The Clan Of The Cave Bear
Jeffrey Archer - Kane And Abel 
JK Rowling - Harry Potter series 
John Fowles - The Magus
John Irving - A Prayer for Owen Meaney
John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men 
John Steinbeck - The Grapes Of Wrath 
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Joseph Heller - Catch-22 
JRR Tolkien - The Hobbit 
JRR Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings 
Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day
Ken Follett - The Pillars Of The Earth 
Kenneth Grahame - The Wind in the Willows 
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace 
Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland 
LM Montgomery - Anne Of Green Gables
Louis de Bernieres - Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Louis Sachar - Holes
Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
Malorie Blackman - Noughts And Crosses
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Mitchell - Gone With The Wind
Mario Puzo - The Godfather
Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night 
Meg Cabot - The Princess Diaries
Mervyn Peake - Gormenghast 
Michelle Magorian - Goodnight Mister Tom
Mitch Alborn - The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Nevil Shute - A Town Like Alice
Patrick Süskind - Perfume
Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials 
Raymond E Feist - Magician 
Richard Adams - Watership Down 
Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 
Roald Dahl - Matilda 
Roald Dahl - The BFG 
Roald Dahl - The Twits 
Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island 
Robert Tressell - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance
Rosamunde Pilcher - The Shell Seekers
Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children
Sebastian Faulks - Birdsong
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 
Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm
Stephen King - The Stand 
Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar
Terry Pratchett - Guards! Guards! 
Terry Pratchett - Mort 
Terry Pratchett - Night Watch 
Terry Pratchett - The Colour Of Magic 
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens 
Thackeray - Vanity Fair
Thomas Hardy - Far From The Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy - Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy - Tess Of The D'Urbervilles 
Various - The Bible
Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
Vikram Seth - A Suitable Boy
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Wilkie Collins - The Woman in White 
William Golding - Lord Of The Flies 
William Shakespeare - Complete Works of Shakespeare
Yann Martel - Life of Pi

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Discworld re-read

 

Also, now I've read the last Discworld :wibbly:, I want to do a Discworld re-read from start to finish.

 

The Colour of Magic

The Light Fantastic

Equal Rites

Mort

Sourcery

Wyrd Sisters

Pyramids

Guards! Guards!

Eric

Moving Pictures

Reaper Man

Witches Abroad

Small Gods

Lords and Ladies

Men at Arms

Soul Music

Interesting Times

Maskerade

Feet of Clay

Hogfather

Jingo

The Last Continent

Carpe Jugulum

The Fifth Elephant

The Truth

Thief of Time

The Last Hero

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Night Watch

The Wee Free Men

Monstrous Regiment

A Hat Full of Sky

Going Postal

Thud!

Wintersmith

Making Money

Unseen Academicals

I Shall Wear Midnight

Snuff

Raising Steam

The Shepherd's Crown

 

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I wish you a great reading year in 2018 :)! It's amazing you've been tracking your reading since 2005 :o.

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It's July, so I'm sure it's time for some quick fire reviews of the year's books so far. :lol:

 

Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
Assassin's Fate  by Robin Hobb

 

I've lumped these together as I can't now distinguish between the two of them. Suffice to say, I thoroughly loved this trilogy and it made me realise 
how much I had missed reading Robin Hobb. Years back I had skipped one of her series as I'd let myself get put off by reading a bad review of the first book (Dragon Keeper) whereas it was probably just saying it wasn't as good as her others, which would still be bloody good, I'm sure. Anyway, I now definitely need to go back and read those ones.

 

Song of Susannah by Stephen King
This made more sense this time around as I wasn't racing through it and although it was weird and perhaps slightly self indulgent 
(especially when Stephen King himself appeared in the story), it was a quick easy read. Pity I'm having more trouble with the final volume!


The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams (aged 2 1/4) by Katie Kirby

This is a funny little cartoony account of toddlerhood from the perspective of the toddler. It wouldn't surprise me if that was what they were thinking. A fun read.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

My first Round Robin challenge. When I first started reading this, I thought it rather twee. Then I had to remind myself that it was a kids book and I embraced 
the fact that I needed to get in the mindset of the age I was when I was reading things like Mallory Towers. After that point, although I think it was probably lacking a bit of excitement, I enjoyed it a lot more.  I can't say I'm champing at the bit to read the sequel though. :lol: 

 

How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb

An interesting account of Robert Webb's upbringing and how he often struggles against the "rules" of what it is to be a man. Funny, yet thought provoking.

 

The Unmumsy Mum Diary by Sarah Turner

Another really fun account of some more kid based trials and tribulations. Enjoyed it. :)

 

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

 

Another Round Robin choice. Anne reminded me a bit of a Pollyanna character. I can imagine that some people might find her quite annoying, but I find her quite engaging.

One odd thing I found about the book though, all the way through, right until the end, I thought the couple that took her on, were married, until right at the end when it intimated that they were brother and sister, which seemed a bit of an odd set-up! :lol: 

 

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins 

I really enjoyed Girl on a Train, so picked this up from the library when I saw it. It was a bit disappointed really. It kept me hooked as I went through it, 
but it didn't really have a stand out conclusion.  It seemed like it couldn't work out if it was trying to be a supernatural story or a straight mystery.
 

Dummy by Matt Coyne

Even though it's parenting through a man's eyes, I could still relate to this account so much. Especially when it talked about basically living in a hovel as soon as kids arrive. :lol: 
It was hilarious - highly recommended.


Believe Me by Eddie Izzard

I've always loved Eddie Izzard as a comic and it was great to read more of his life and upbringing and how he manages to keep succeeding with all the crazy goals he sets himself.
I think this mainly expands on the documentary of the same name, but I've not got round to watching that yet.

 

F*** You Very Much by Danny Wallace

This was a very interesting read based on how everyone is getting ruder (or apparently seemingly so). It's broken down into different section about things like road rage, teenagers, social media etc including this fab comment about road rage, which very much resonates with me:

 

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How many times have you been in a car and waited for the other person to say thank you? It's all you can focus on. After five seconds with no response, you immediately dismiss that person as an absolute ninnyhammer. You hate them for their arrogance, for their rudeness. And in that sixth second, when they *do* press their hazards or raise their hand, literally everything is forgiven. You think they're great again.You'd invite them round to your house, such is your relief. You're just grateful they're grateful.

 

It also talked about how when someone is rude to you, it stays with you all day and can affect your performance. So don't be rude to your doctor or else they might get something wrong!

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On 7/16/2018 at 1:56 PM, More reading time required said:

F*** You Very Much by Danny Wallace

This was a very interesting read based on how everyone is getting ruder (or apparently seemingly so). It's broken down into different section about things like road rage, teenagers, social media etc including this fab comment about road rage, which very much resonates with me:

 

It also talked about how when someone is rude to you, it stays with you all day and can affect your performance. So don't be rude to your doctor or else they might get something wrong!

 

 

I read this recently, but under it's original title I Can't Believe You Just Said That! I thought it was a very good read, funny at times as well. I like how the 'hot-dog incident' followed him throughout the book, and he just couldn't let it go. :lol:

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