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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      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…     
Kylie

Kylie's Literary Adventures in 2018 and Beyond

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501 Must-Read Books
 
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The books listed below are only those that I have on my TBR pile.
 
Total read to 1 January 2018: 79/501
 
TBR as at 1 January 2018: 109
TBR as at 1 January 2018: 109 (0 read, 0 acquired)


Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
Peter Ackroyd London: The Biography
Henri Alain-Fournier Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Estate)
Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales
Saint Augustine Confessions
Paul Auster The New York Trilogy
JG Ballard The Crystal World
Pat Barker The Regeneration Trilogy
Alfred Bester The Demolished Man
Jorge Luis Borges Ficciones
Pierre Boulle Planet of the Apes
Ray Bradbury The Martian Chronicles
Mary Elizabeth Braddon Lady Audley's Secret
John Brunner The Sheep Look Up
William S Burroughs The Naked Lunch
AS Byatt Possession
Italo Calvino Cosmicomics
Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales
JM Coetzee Disgrace
Wilkie Collins The Moonstone
Wilkie Collins The Woman in White
Edmund Crispin The Moving Toyshop
Simone de Beauvoir Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
Louis de Bernieres Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe
Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa The Leopard
Philip K Dick The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals
Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose
Michael Ende The Neverending Story
William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury
Sebastian Faulks Birdsong
Henry Fielding Tom Jones
Ford Maddox Ford The Good Soldier
Elizabeth Gaskell North and South
Edward Gibbon The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
William Gibson Neuromancer
Gunter Grass The Tin Drum
John Howard Griffin Black Like Me
H Rider Haggard King Solomon's Mines
Knut Hamsun Hunger
Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure
Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter
Robert Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land
Frank Herbert Dune
Homer The Iliad
Robert Hughes The Fatal Shore
Victor Hugo Les Misérables
John Irving The World According to Garp
Christopher Isherwood Berlin Stories
Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day
Henry James The Portrait of a Lady
Franz Kafka Diaries 1919-1923
Stephen King It
Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Ursula Le Guin Left Hand of Darkness
Stanislaw Lem Solaris
Primo Levi The Periodic Table
Ira Levin Stepford Wives
CS Lewis Out of the Silent Planet
David Malouf An Imaginary Life
Katherine Mansfield Bliss and Other Stories
Gabriel García Márquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
Mary McCarthy The Group
Robert McCrum et al. The Story of English
Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Herman Melville Moby Dick
Walter M Miller A Canticle for Leibowitz
AA Milne The Red House Mystery
Rohinton Mistry A Fine Balance
Thomas More Utopia
Sally Morgan My Place
Toni Morrison Beloved
Iris Murdoch The Sea, the Sea
Vladimir Nabokov Speak, Memory
E Nesbit Five Children and It
Flann O'Brien The Third Policeman
Flannery O'Connor A Good Man is Hard to Find
George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London
Mervyn Peake Gormenghast
Edgar Allan Poe The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Edgar Allan Poe Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque
Marco Polo Travels in the Land of Kubilai Khan
Beatrix Potter The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time

Philip Pullman Northern Lights
Anne Radcliffe A Sicilian Romance
Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons
Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire
Philip Roth The Human Stain
Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses
Françoise Sagan Bonjour Tristesse
Jean-Paul Sartre Words
WG Sebald Austerlitz
Hubert Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn
Olaf Stapledon Last and First Men
Christina Stead The Man Who Loved Children
William Styron Sophie's Choice
Patrick Suskind Perfume
Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace
PL Travers Mary Poppins
Mark Twain A Tramp Abroad

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther

Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited
Edith Wharton The House of Mirth
TH White The Sword in the Stone
Oscar Wilde De Profundis
Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse

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TBR Books on Multiple Lists
 
Gilmore Girls Challenge GG
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die 1001
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001C
501 Must-Read Books 501
 
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart 1001 501
Paul Auster New York Trilogy 1001 501
Pat Barker Regeneration Trilogy 1001 501
Jorge Luis Borges Ficciones 1001 501
William Burroughs The Naked Lunch 1001 501
AS Byatt Possession 1001 501
Michael Chabon The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay GG 1001
Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales GG 501
JM Coetzee Disgrace 1001 501
Wilkie Collins The Moonstone 1001 501
Wilkie Collins The Woman in White 1001 501
Simone de Beauvoir Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter GG 501
Louis de Bernieres Captain Corelli's Mandolin 1001 501
Don Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote GG 1001
Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe 1001 1001C 501
Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa The Leopard 1001 501
Charles Dickens Oliver Twist GG 1001
Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose GG 1001 501
Bret Easton Ellis Less Than Zero GG 1001
Michael Ende The Never-ending Story 1001C 501
William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury GG 1001 501
Sebastian Faulks Birdsong 1001 501
Henry Fielding Tom Jones 1001 501
F Scott Fitzgerald Tender is the Night GG 1001
Ford Madox Ford The Good Soldier GG 1001 501
Elizabeth Gaskell North and South 1001 501
Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire GG 501
William Gibson Neuromancer 1001 501
Nikolai Gogol Dead Souls GG 1001
Gunter Grass The Tin Drum 1001 501
Knut Hamsun Hunger 1001 501
Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure 1001 501
Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter GG 1001 1001C 501
Robert Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land 1001 501
Barry Hines A Kestrel for a Knave 1001 1001C
Homer The Iliad GG 501
Victor Hugo Les Miserables 1001 501
John Irving The World According to Garp 1001 501
Christopher Isherwood Berlin Stories 1001 501
Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day 1001 501
Henry James The Portrait of a Lady 1001 501
Tove Jansson The Summer Book 1001 1001C
Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible GG 1001
Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1001 501
Stanislaw Lem Solaris 1001 501
Andrea Levy Small Island GG 1001
Gabriel García Márquez One Hundred Years of Solitude 1001 501
Mary McCarthy The Group GG 501
Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter GG 501
Herman Melville Moby Dick GG 1001 501
Toni Morrison Beloved GG 1001  501
Toni Morrison Song of Solomon GG 1001
Iris Murdoch The Sea, the Sea 1001 501
Vladimir Nabokov Speak, Memory GG 501
E Nesbit Five Children and It 1001C 501
Flann O'Brien The Third Policeman 1001 501
Alan Paton Cry, the Beloved Country GG 1001
Mervyn Peake Gormenghast 1001 501
Edgar Allan Poe Various Stories GG 1001 501
Philip Pullman Northern Lights 1001C 501
Mario Puzo The Godfather GG 1001
Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons 1001C 501
Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire 1001 501
Philip Roth The Human Stain 1001 501
Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things GG 1001
Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses 1001 501
WG Sebald Austerlitz 1001 501
Christina Stead The Man Who Loved Children 1001 501
Robert Louis Stevenson Kidnapped 1001 1001C
Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom's Cabin GG 1001
William Styron Sophie's Choice GG 501
Patrick Süskind Perfume 1001 501
Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels 1001 1001C 501
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina GG 1001
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace GG 1001 501
Jules Verne Around the World in Eighty Days 1001 1001C
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited 1001 501
Edith Wharton The House of Mirth 1001 501
TH White The Sword in the Stone 1001 501
Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway GG 1001
Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse 1001 501
John Wyndham Chocky 1001 1001C

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Frankie and Poppyshake's Must Read Books

TBR as at 1 January 2018: 51
(23 Frankie, 28 Poppyshake)
TBR as at 1 January 2018: 51 (0 read, 0 acquired)

TBR Pile (readcurrently reading, TBR):

***Frankie*** (Updated 2013 List)

Fiction (38)
Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale Read
Jane Austen Northanger Abby Read
Iain Banks Wasp Factory
Robert Bloch Psycho
John Boyne The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Read
John Boyne Crippen TBR
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange Read
Truman Capote Breakfast at Tiffany's Read
Michael Chabon The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay TBR
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower Read
Agatha Christie And Then There Were None Read
Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Read
Michael Cunningham A Home at the End of the World TBR
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Little Prince Read
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities Read
Emma Donoghue Room Read
Daphne du Maurier My Cousin Rachel
Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex Read
Michel Faber Under the Skin Read
Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair Read
Helen Fielding Bridget Jones's Diary TBR
Fannie Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe TBR
John Grogan Marley and Me
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Read
Matt Haig The Last Family in England TBR
Daniil Harms Incidences
Joanne Harris Gentlemen & Players
Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises
Siri Hustvedt The Summer Without Men
Kazuo Ishiguro A Pale View of Hills
Lloyd Jones Mister Pip TBR
Stephen King Green Mile
Andrey Kurkov Death and the Penguin Read
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird Read
Jeff Lindsay Dexter series TBR
Väinö Linna The Unknown Soldier
Jennifer Lynch The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind Read
LM Montgomery The Blue Castle
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons Watchmen TBR
Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye
Haruki Murakami Sputnik Sweetheart Read
Sofi Oksanen Purge TBR
Ann Patchett Bel Canto
Dan Rhodes Gold Read
Anne Rice Interview with a Vampire TBR
Sapphire Push!
Diane Setterfield Thirteenth Tale Read
Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Read
Bernard Shaw Pygmalion
Anita Shreve The Weight of Water
Linda Lay Shuler She Who Remembers
Garth Stein The Art of Racing in the Rain Read
John Steinbeck The Wayward Bus
Robert Louis Stevenson Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Read
Bram Stoker Dracula Read
Patrick Süskind Perfume TBR
Vikas Swarup Q&A
Donna Tartt The Secret History Read
Voltaire Candide Read
Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five Read
Sarah Waters Fingersmith TBR
Irvine Welsh Trainspotting TBR
Elie Wiesel Night Read
Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest
Carlos Ruiz Zafón The Shadow of the Wind Read
Markus Zusak The Book Thief Read
 
Young Adult (6)
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden Read
Georgia Byng Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Diana Wynne Jones Fire and Hemlock Read
Astrid Lindgren The Bill Bergson series
Astrid Lindgren Brothers Lionheart TBR
Lois Lowry Anastasia Krupnik series Read
Lois Lowry The Giver Read
LM Montgomery Emily of New Moon series TBR
Chris Priestley Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror Read
JK Rowling Harry Potter series Read
Angela Sommer-Bodenburg The Little Vampire
Sue Townsend The Secred Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ Read
 
Non-fiction (10)
Sylvia Beach Shakespeare and Company TBR
Charles Bukowski Ham on Rye TBR
Augusten Burroughs Running with Scissors Read
Augusten Burroughs A Wolf at the Table TBR
Mötley Crüe The Dirt Read
Alain de Botton How Proust Can Change Your Life TBR
Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl Read
Ronald Hayman The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath TBR
Lesley McDowell Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers TBR
Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Mary Roach Stiff: The Life of the Human Cadavers Read
Ann Rule The Stranger Beside Me Read
Flora Rheta Scheiber Sybil TBR
Deborah Spungen And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Murder
 
***Poppyshake*** (Updated 2013 List)

Fiction (25)
Joe Abercrombie The First Law Trilogy
Clare Allen Poppy Shakespeare TBR
Jane Austen Northanger Abbey Read
Jane Austen Pride & Prejudice Read
Julian Barnes Arthur & George TBR
David Benioff City of Thieves
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights Read
Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Read
John Connolly The Book of Lost Things Read
Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers Read
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Read
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities Read
Charles Dickens Great Expectations Read
Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment Read
Daphne du Maurier Rebecca Read
Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex Read
Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair Read
Jonathan Safran Foer Everything is Illuminated Read
Neil Gaiman Neverwhere Read
George & Weedon Grossmith Diary of a Nobody Read
Joseph Heller Catch 22 Read
Emma Henderson Grace Williams Says it Loud TBR
John Irving A Prayer for Owen Meany TBR
Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go TBR
Shirley Jackson We Have Always Lived in the Castle Read
Stephen Kelman Pigeon English TBR
Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible TBR
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird Read
Lauren Liebenberg The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter & Jam TBR
Karen Maitland Company of Liars
Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall TBR
Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude TBR
Cormac McCarthy The Road Read
Herman Melville Moby Dick TBR
Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind Read
Nancy Mitford The Pursuit of Love Read
Toni Morrison Beloved TBR
Iris Murdoch The Sea, The Sea TBR
Paul Murray Skippy Dies TBR
Annie Proulx The Shipping News
Dan Rhodes Gold Read
Willy Russell The Wrong Boy
Mary Ann Shaffer The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Read
Dodie Smith I Capture the Castle TBR
Kathryn Stockett The Help TBR
Mari Strachan The Earth Hums in B Flat
Donna Tartt The Secret History Read
Sarah Waters The Little Stranger TBR
Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse TBR
Markus Zusak The Book Thief Read
 
Young Adult (5)
Lewis Carroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Read
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of being a Wallflower Read
Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl series
Cornelia Funke Inkheart Read
Neil Gaiman The Graveyard Book Read
Sally Gardner I Coriander
Kenneth Grahame Wind in the Willows Read
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Read
CS Lewis The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Read
AA Milne Winnie the Pooh Read
Mary Norton The Borrowers TBR
Terry Pratchett Wintersmith TBR
Chris Priestley Tales of Terror series Read
JK Rowling The Harry Potter series Read
Jonathan Stroud The Bartimaeus trilogy TBR
JRR Tolkien The Hobbit Read
JRR Tolkien Lord of the Rings Read
Sue Townsend The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ Read

Non-Fiction (12)
Andrea Ashworth Once in a House on Fire
John Bayley The Iris Trilogy
William Blacker Along the Enchanted Way
Bill Bryson Notes from a Big Country TBR
Bill Bryson Notes from a Small Island Read
Augusten Burroughs Running with Scissors Read
Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl Read
Susan Hill Howards End is on the Landing TBR
Nick Hornby The Complete Polysyllabic Spree Read
Brian Keenan An Evil Cradling
Laurie Lee Cider with Rosie TBR
Mary S Lovell The Mitford Girls TBR
Mary S Lovell The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters TBR
Alexander Masters Stuart: A Life Backwards TBR
Sylvia Plath The Journals of Sylvia Plath Read
Lorna Sage Bad Blood
Jeanette Winterson Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal TBR
 
 
Frankie and Poppyshake Combined (including updated lists)
Jane Austen Northanger Abbey Read
Jane Austen Persuasion Read
Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Read
Roald Dahl Matilda Read
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities Read
Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex Read
Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair Read
Cornelia Funke Inkheart Read
Nick Hornby The Complete Polysyllabic Spree Read
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird Read
Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind Read
Dan Rhodes Gold Read
Mary Ann Shaffer The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Read
Kathryn Stockett The Help TBR
Donna Tartt The Secret History Read
Markus Zusak The Book Thief Read

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My Favourite Books
 
NEWISH are books I added in 2014–2016, NEW were added in 2017, NEWEST were added in 2018.
 
Fiction
Jane Austen Emma
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
John Banville The Book of Evidence

Brian Bilston You Took the Last Bus Home NEW

Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange
Italo Calvino If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
John Connolly The Book of Lost Things
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens Great Expectations
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
Daphne du Maurier Rebecca NEWISH
Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Christo
Mark Dunn Ella Minnow Pea
Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex
Michel Faber The Crimson Petal and White
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
Jonathan Safran Foer Everything is Illuminated
George Grossmith Diary of a Nobody
Joseph Heller Catch-22
Susan Hill The Woman in Black
Jack Kerouac On the Road
Jack Kerouac The Town and the City
Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon
Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
Erich Maria Marquez All Quiet on the Western Front
Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind
Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
George Orwell Animal Farm
Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men
Bram Stoker Dracula
Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
John Kennedy Toole A Confederacy of Dunces
Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray
Tim Winton Cloudstreet
Markus Zusak The Book Thief

Young Adult
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Suzanne Collins Hunger Games (trilogy)
Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth
John Marsden Tomorrow, When the War Began (series)
A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh
Walter Moers The 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear
Lucy M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter (series)
Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Non-Fiction
Bill Bryson Down Under
Bill Bryson A Walk in the Woods
Byll Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything

Vincent Bugliosi Helter Skelter NEWEST

Truman Capote In Cold Blood
AB Facey A Fortunate Life
Tim Flannery The Explorers
Tim Flannery The Birth of Sydney
Anne Frank The Diary of Anne Frank
Helene Hanff 84 Charing Cross Road

Elizabeth Kolbert The Sixth Extinction NEW

Erik Larson Dead Wake NEWISH
Erik Larson The Devil in the White City NEWISH
Steven D. Levitt Freakonomics
Sylvia Plath The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Andrew Solomon The Noonday Demon
Martin Toseland A Steroid Hit the Earth

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My Library

Most of my library has been dismantled and packed into boxes. Soon all of my books and bookcases will be put into storage while I sell my house and find another place to live. Hopefully by the end of 2018 I'll have a new house and my library set up again, in which case I'll post pics here. :)

Check out what my library looked like in 2011!

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I've finished setting up my blog for 2018. :) I had an abysmal reading year in 2017. I didn't post in my thread after February, and I didn't catalogue most of my new purchases throughout the year, so I had a lot of work to do to get everything up to scratch! I hope to be around the forum a bit more this year.

 

Happy reading everyone! :readingtwo:

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Wow, you have so many amazing lists :D! I wish you a great year in 2018 (reading & otherwise) :readingtwo: . I look forward to see you around the forum more :)!

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Happy new reading year, Kylie :) 

 

2 hours ago, Kylie said:

My Library

Most of my library has been dismantled and packed into boxes. Soon all of my books and bookcases will be put into storage while I sell my house and find another place to live. Hopefully by the end of 2018 I'll have a new house and my library set up again, in which case I'll post pics here. :)

Check out what my library looked like in 2011!

 

We've just come out of the other side of having all our books in storage while we were renovating our living room.  Just before Christmas we starting bringing the books back and putting them out of the new shelves my partner has built.  They'll have to come down again when the work starts again now that Christmas is out of the way, so they're not organised as the moment and it's driving me mad! :lol: When we do organise them properly, we're going to get an app and software to scan them all so we can catalogue them properly. 

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Happy 2018 Kylie! I remain in awe of your library. Hope to see more of you around here this year. :) 

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On 09/01/2018 at 3:30 AM, Athena said:

Wow, you have so many amazing lists :D! I wish you a great year in 2018 (reading & otherwise) :readingtwo: . I look forward to see you around the forum more :)!

 

Thanks Gaia. :) I haven't managed to catch up with everyone's reading lists yet. I need to read your summary for 2017!

 

On 09/01/2018 at 4:07 AM, chesilbeach said:

Happy new reading year, Kylie :) 

 

We've just come out of the other side of having all our books in storage while we were renovating our living room.  Just before Christmas we starting bringing the books back and putting them out of the new shelves my partner has built.  They'll have to come down again when the work starts again now that Christmas is out of the way, so they're not organised as the moment and it's driving me mad! :lol: When we do organise them properly, we're going to get an app and software to scan them all so we can catalogue them properly. 

 

Thanks Claire. :) I miss my books already! It's horrible not being able to display them nicely on our shelves, isn't it? I have to admit that one of the major things on my checklist when looking for a new home will be the amount of wall space for my bookcases. I'll be downsizing, so it's going to be difficult, but I'll make it work one way or another! :D

 

On 09/01/2018 at 9:12 PM, Alexi said:

Happy 2018 Kylie! I remain in awe of your library. Hope to see more of you around here this year. :) 

 

Thanks Alexi. :) I hope to be around more often too!

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My reading year is off to a great start. I finished Matt Haig's Father Christmas and Me and read Richard P Feynman's Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman! and Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. All excellent books!

 

Now I'm about three-quarters of the way through Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter. It's utterly engrossing, so despite it's length and small print, I'm flying through it. So glad that I finally got around to reading it (with a nudge from @frankie!)

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I went to the book fair a couple of weekends ago and came home with the following. Books with 'n.a.' next to them aren't added to my TBR pile for different reasons  (basically they're all nicer editions to replace the ones I already have, except in a few instances, where I'll also be keeping my original edition). It wasn't the greatest book fair for me in terms of special finds, but it was still pretty great. :)

 

Fiction (26)

Margaret Atwood Hag-Seed
Paul Beatty The Sellout
Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita (n.a.) (50th anniversary deluxe edition)
Mikhail Bulgakov A Young Doctor's Notebook
Agatha Christie The Sittaford Mystery
Agatha Christie Three Act Tragedy (n.a.)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Little Prince (n.a.)
Hugh Edwards Islands of Angry Ghosts
Joseph Heller Closing Time (n.a.)
Joseph Heller Something Happened (n.a.)
ETA Hoffman Tales of Hoffmann
Andrey Kurkov The President's Last Love (n.a.)
John le Carré The Russia House
John le Carré The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Ann M Martin Stacey McGill, Super Sitter
JD Salinger The Catcher in the Rye (n.a.)
John Scalzi Lock in
Natasha Solomons The Song Collector
Emily St John Mandel Last Night in Montreal
Jeff VanderMeer Acceptance
David Walliams Gangsta Granny
PG Wodehouse Doctor Sally
PG Wodehouse The Little Nugget
PG Wodehouse Love Among the Chickens
PG Wodehouse The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
PG Wodehouse Tales of St Austin's

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Richard Bradford Literary Rivals
James Bradley The Penguin Book of the Ocean
Bill Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything (Illustrated) (n.a.)
Rachel Carson Silent Spring
Brian Cox Wonders of the Universe
Richard Dawkins The Blind Watchmaker (n.a.)
Tim Flannery The Birth of Melbourne    
AC Grayling The Age of Genius
J Mellentin Haswell Manual of Mosaic
Henry Hitchings Browse
David Hunt True Girt
Naomi Klein This Changes Everything
Helen Macdonald H is for Hawk
Simon Sebag Montefiori The Romanovs
Diana Mosley The Pursuit of Laughter
Robert J Nemiroff The Universe: 365 Days
Edward W Said Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient
Carl Sagan Billions and Billions
Carl Sagan The Varieties of Scientific Experience
Dava Sobel The Glass Universe
Don Watson Bendable Learnings
Don Watson Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words
Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde: A Life in Letters
John Wright The CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook

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Wow you're as organized as ever Kylie!

 

A lot of my books are packed away too as I'm allegedly decorating my dining room. (I started stripping the paint last year and not much has happened since then.) It'll be nice to get my books back out. I'm sure you feel the same!

 

Good luck with selling your house and finding a new place :)

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On 8.1.2018 at 1:23 PM, Kylie said:

Read in 2018
 
Books read:

2018: 6*

 

 

Six books already? Well done Kylie! I'm waayyyyy behind!! 

 

On 8.1.2018 at 1:23 PM, Kylie said:

 

Vincent Bugliosi Helter Skelter 10/10

 

 

10/10 for Helter Skelter? Wowwwww!!! :exc:   I don't know why, but I didn't dare to imagine you'd like it that much!! But I'm super happy you did!! :smile2:  Holy smokes, missy!!! :cool:

 

 

On 8.1.2018 at 1:25 PM, Kylie said:

Acquired in 2018


January (0)

:angcat:

 

 

:lol:   Making the most of not buying any books in January! :cool:

 

 

On 8.1.2018 at 4:40 PM, Kylie said:


Most of my library has been dismantled and packed into boxes. Soon all of my books and bookcases will be put into storage while I sell my house and find another place to live. Hopefully by the end of 2018 I'll have a new house and my library set up again, in which case I'll post pics here. :)

 

I'm only stating the obvious here, but I hope you can sell your house soon and find a new amazing place to live in! I'm sorry that I don't get to visit your home, the one I've lived in, because I loved it so very much! And we had some pretty fabulous times there :D  :friends3:    But I will come and visit your new place at some point!! :smile2:

 

On 8.1.2018 at 4:47 PM, Kylie said:

 I had an abysmal reading year in 2017. I didn't post in my thread after February, and I didn't catalogue most of my new purchases throughout the year, so I had a lot of work to do to get everything up to scratch! I hope to be around the forum a bit more this year.

 

2017 was crap on an ugly platter. Let's make 2018 amazing!! :readingtwo:  Happy reading Kylie!! 

 

 

5 hours ago, Kylie said:

I went to the book fair a couple of weekends ago and came home with the following. Books with 'n.a.' next to them aren't added to my TBR pile for different reasons  (basically they're all nicer editions to replace the ones I already have, except in a few instances, where I'll also be keeping my original edition). It wasn't the greatest book fair for me in terms of special finds, but it was still pretty great. :)

 

An amazing haul! :D  I will say, though, that apart from the n.a. books and the Wodehouses, I didn't recognize all too many titles on the list! Did your Mom buy an awful lot? :)

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I hope you enjoy all your new books, Kylie :)! I liked Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, I hope you do too. It's nice you found a BSC-related book too, I hope it's good! I'm glad you had fun at the bookfair :)!

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Happy reading in 2018, Kylie! You have so many books to keep you busy! :D

 

Helter Skelter is a brilliant read, isn't it? 

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Wow, I haven't updated my log since June! :( 

 

I'm in the middle of a big book purge at the moment because I'm moving soon and have to put my books in storage. :( I've removed over 100 books that I no longer want to read, have read but don't want to keep, or that are extra editions. I took some to a local secondhand bookstore and received $50 store credit, and I'm taking the rest to Canberra tomorrow to donate to their next book fair. My mum is coming with me, and she has loads of books too.

 

Now comes the task of removing the books from all the places I have them catalogued. :o I have quite a bit of work to do on my lists before the new year!

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Wow Kylie, that sounds like a difficult task moving so many books! Well done on donating some books you have no interest in (anymore). Good luck with the move, I hope everything goes well :empathy:. Will your books be able to come out of storage after you've settled into your new home?

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Good luck with the purge! It's a pain, but also good to get rid of some books that you no longer feel like reading. :)

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