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      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.
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Poppyshake's Reading Year 2018

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Books Read 2009

Books Read 2010

Books Read 2011

Books Read 2012

Books Read 2013

Books Read 2014

Books Read 2015

Books Read 2016

 

Total Books Read 2009 ... 49 - incomplete list (39 fiction, 9 non-fiction & 1 audio } male authors: 24 .. female authors: 25)

Total books read in 2010 ... 141 (94 fiction, 9 non-fiction, 4 short stories, 2 plays & 32 audio } male authors: 75 .. female authors: 66)
Total books read in 2011 ... 109 (71 fiction, 26 non-fiction, 1 short story & 11 audio } male authors: 54 .. female authors: 55)
Total books read in 2012 ... 89 (50 fiction, 27 non-fiction, 3 short stories, 1 poem & 8 audio } male authors: 48 .. female authors: 41)

Total books read in 2013 ... 109 (67 fiction, 21 non-fiction, 5 short stories, 1 poem, 1 essay, 1 collection & 13 audio } male authors: 57 .. female authors: 51 plus all those in the short story collection)

Total Books Read 2014 ... 73 (47 fiction, 15 non-fiction, 6 short stories & 5 audio } male authors: 36, female authors: 37)

Total Books Read 2015 ... 113 (83 fiction, 14 non-fiction, 2 short stories & 14 audio } )

Total Books Read 2016 ... 91 (57 fiction,15 non-fiction, 2 poetry books & 17 audio } )

Total Books Read 2017 ... 90

 

I'm going to try and keep it more simple this year. I'm not going to promise (or threaten :lol: ) to write any reviews as we all know how that's panned out over the last few years. Possibly I'll write a few words about books I love and/or hate. 

  

5/5: Loved it!

4/5: Liked it enormously .. would have been a 'loved it' but for .... :lol: 

3/5: Liked it!

2/5: Not really my cup of tea but, you know, tolerable!

1/5 Hated it .. probably abandoned it or SHOULD HAVE!!!

 

January 2018

1. Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller (audio) 4/5

2. Fated (Alex Verus #1) - Benedict Jacka 4/5

3. Memoirs of a Polar Bear - Yoko Tawada 4/5

4. Sky Song - Abi Elphinstone 4/5

5. My Sweet Revenge - Jane Fallon 2/5

6. Calling Major Tom - David M Barnett 5/5

7. The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight #1)  - Katherine Arden  4/5

8. The New Mrs Clifton -  Elizabeth Buchan 5/5

9. Autumn - Ali Smith  4/5

10. Three Things About Elsie - Joanna Cannon (audio) 4/5

11. The Polar Bear Explorers' Club - Alex Bell 4/5

12. How To Stop Time - Matt Haig

 

February 2018

13. The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) - Jonathan Stroud 4/5

14. The Very Thought of You  - Rosie Alison 2/5

15. Uncommon Type -  Tom Hanks 5/5

16. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon (audio) 4/5

17. Soul Eater (Chronicles of Darkness #3) - Michelle Paver 3/5

18. Everything I Know About Love  - Dolly Alderton  4/5

19. Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter 4/5

20. Mythos -  Stephen Fry (audio) 5/5

21. The Summer of Impossible Things - Rowan Coleman 3/5

 

March 2018

22. My Grandmothers and I  - Diana Holman Hunt  4/5

23. Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #25) - Agatha Christie 4/5

24. A Skinful of Shadows - Frances Hardinge (audio) 4/5

25. Neither Here, Nor There - Bill Bryson (audio) 4/5

26. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar

27. A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce #3) - Alan Bradley 4/5

28. The Rest of Their Lives - Jean-Paul Didierlaurent 4/5

29. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle -  Stuart Turton (audio) 5/5

30. The Woman in the Window - A.J. Finn (audio) 4/5 

31. Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading - Lucy Mangan 4/5 

32. Left of the Bang - Claire Lowdon 4/5

 

April 2018 

33. The Power - Naomi Alderton (audio) 3/5

34. After Me Comes the Flood - Sarah Perry 2/5

35. Make More Noise: New Stories in Honour of the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage  - Emma Carroll and others 4/5

36. The Grand Sophy -  Georgette Heyer (audio) 5/5

37. The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown 4/5

38. The Good People - Hannah Kent 4/5

39. The Pier Falls -  Mark Haddon 5/5

40. Dear Mrs Bird - A.J. Pearce (audio)  4/5

41. Sourdough - Robin Sloane 3/5

42. The Chrysalids - John Wyndham 4/5

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The Shameful Reckoning of My Books TBR

Progress 3/104  :unsure:

 

Link to Books bought/acquired in 2018

 

Fiction:

Akunin, Boris - Murder on the Leviathan

Akunin, Boris - The Death of Achilles
Atkinson, Kate - Started Early Took My Dog
Atwood, Margaret - The Blind Assassin
Barker, Pat - The Ghost Road

Barker, Pat - Toby's Room

Beauman, Ned - The Teleportation Accident 

Boyd, William - Any Human Heart

Bradley, Alan - A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce 3)

Bradley, Alan - I Am Half Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce 4)

Bulgakov, Mikhail - The Master and Margarita
Bullington, Jesse - The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

Burnett, Frances Hodgson - A Little Princess

Burnett, Frances Hodgson - The Secret Garden

Carey, Peter - Oscar and Lucinda

Carter, Angela - Nights at the Circus
Carter, Angela - The Passion of New Eve

Christie, Agatha - At Bertram's Hotel
Christie, Agatha - Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

Christie, Agatha - Death on the Nile
Christie, Agatha - Dumb Witness

Christie, Agatha - Five Little Pigs 

Christie, Agatha - Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Christie, Agatha - The Murder at the Vicarage

Christie, Agatha - The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Christie, Agatha - Third Girl

Collis, John Stewart - The Worm Forgives the Plough

Connolly, John - Nocturnes

Dennys, Joyce - Henrietta Sees it Through (Bloomsbury)

Drabble, Margaret - The Red Queen

Du Maurier, Daphne - The House on the Strand
Du Maurier, Daphne - Jamaica Inn

Eugenides, Jeffrey - My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead
Ewing, Barbara - The Circus of Ghosts (Mesmerist #2)

Fforde, Jasper - The Big Over Easy
Fforde, Jasper - The Fourth Bear 70

Fforde, Jasper - The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next #7)
Fitzgerald, F.Scott - The Beautiful and the Damned
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Tender is the Night

Gardner, Sally - The Red Necklace
Gibbons, Stella - Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm

Gogol, Nikolai - The Collected Tales
Gold, Glen David - Carter Beats the Devil  :lurker: 

Goss, Theodora - The Thorn and The Blossom

Greene, Graham - Brighton Rock

Haddon, Mark - The Red House

Haig, Matt - The Last Family in England

Hall, Louisa - The Carriage House

Harkaway, Nick - Angelmaker
Hay, Sheridan - The Secret of Lost Things

Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Hustvedt, Siri - What I Loved
Install, Deborah - A Robot in the Garden
James, Marlon - A Brief History of Seven Killings

Jonasson, Jonas - The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden 

Joyce, James - Dubliners

Kingsolver, Barbara - The Lacuna

Lakhous, Amara - Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio

Le Carre, John - The Spy who Came in from the Cold

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - The Autumn of the Patriarch

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - No One Writes to the Colonel

Morton, Kate - The House at Riverton
Murdoch, Iris - The Black Prince

Nesbit, E - The Railway Children

North, Claire - The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

O'Flynn, Catherine - The News Where You Are

Oksanen, Sofi - Purge
Orwell, George - Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Pratchett, Terry and Baxter, Stephen - The Long Earth

Radcliffe, Ann - The Mysteries of Udolpho
Ransome, Arthur - Winter Holiday

Rodriguez, Deborah - The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Sewell, Anna - Black Beauty 

Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck, John - The Pearl

Steinbeck, John - The Red Pony

Tartt, Donna - The Little Friend

Taylor, G.P. - Mariah Mundi & the Ghost Diamonds

Toksvig, Sandi - Valentine Grey

Udall, Brady - The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

Vickers, Sally - Miss Garnet's Angel

Whipple, Dorothy - Someone at a Distance (Persephone)

Williams, Nigel - East of Wimbledon

Williams, Nigel - They Came From SW19

Winterson, Jeanette - Sexing the Cherry

Winton, Tim - Cloudstreet

Wodehouse, PG - Right Ho, Jeeves

 

Non Fiction:

De Waal, Edmund - The Hare with Amber Eyes

Fitzgerald, Penelope - So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald

Grove, Valerie - Laurie Lee: The Well Loved Stranger

Hepworth, David - 1971 Never a Dull Moment 

Hodgson, Vere - Few Eggs and No Oranges (Persephone)

Last, Nella - Nella Last's Peace

Light, Alan - What Happened Miss Simone?

Manguel, Alberto - A Reading Diary

McGrath, Alistair E - CS Lewis: A Life

Ozma, Alice - The Reading Promise

Pratt, Jean-Lucey (Edited by Simon Garfield) - A Notable Woman

White, Florence - Good Things in England (Persephone)

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 2

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 3

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 4

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 5

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 6 

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Poppyshake's English Counties Challenge (the most famous books associated with each English county)

 

For more info visit the English Counties Challenge forum

 

Progress 31/48 (but some of those read will be re-read)

 

Bedfordshire: My Uncle Silas by H. E. Bates
Berkshire: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Bristol: The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young
Buckinghamshire: The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Cambridgeshire: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
Cheshire: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
City of London: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Cornwall: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier (on shelf)
Cumbria: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Derbyshire: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Devon: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Dorset: Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
County Durham: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
East Riding of Yorkshire: South Riding by Winifred Holtby

East Sussex: Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Essex: The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James
Gloucestershire: Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
Greater London: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Greater Manchester: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

HampshireWatership Down by Richard Adams

Herefordshire: On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
Hertfordshire: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Isle of Wight: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Kent: The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates
Lancashire: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Leicestershire: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend

Lincolnshire: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Merseyside: An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
Norfolk: The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

North Yorkshire: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Northamptonshire: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Northumberland: The Stars Look Down by A. J. Cronin
Nottinghamshire: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Oxfordshire: The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Rutland: Set In Stone by Robert Goddard
Shropshire: Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse
Somerset: Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore

South Yorkshire: A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines
Staffordshire: The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
Suffolk: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
Surrey: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Tyne and Wear: Another World by Pat Barker
Warwickshire: Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes

West Midlands: Middlemarch by George Eliot
West Sussex: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
West Yorkshire: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wiltshire: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Worcestershire: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

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WISHLIST

Fiction:

The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden

Bear Town - Fredrik Backman

Toymakers - Robert Dinsdale

Caraval (Caraval #1) - Stephanie Garber

Fly By Night - Frances Hardinge

Whistle In The Dark - Emma Healey

 

Non Fiction:

Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field - John Lewis-Stempel

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland - John Lewis-Stempel

The Wood: The Life & Times of Cockshutt Wood - John Lewis-Stempel

Where Poppies Blow - John Lewis-Stempel

Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell

Edited by poppyshake

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Books Bought/Acquired in 2018

 

Progress 21/42

 

Fiction: 

Aaronovitch, Ben - The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London #6)

Arden, Katherine - The Bear and the Nightingale

Barnett, David M. - Calling Major Tom

Bell, Alex - The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

Buchan, Elizabeth - The New Mrs Clifton

Carroll, Emma (and others) - Make More Noise

Didierlaurent, Jean Paul - The Rest of Their Lives

Divry, Sophie - Madame Bovary of the Suburbs

Driver, Sarah - Sky (The Huntress #2)

Fridlund, Emily - History of Wolves

Haddon, Mark - The Pier Falls

Haig, Matt - How To Stop Time

Hermes Gowar, Imogen - The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Hogan, Ruth - The Keeper of Lost Things

Jacka, Benedict - Fated (Alex Verus #1)

Kent, Hannah - The Good People

Kidd, Jess - The Hoarder

Lowdon, Claire - Left of the Bang

McCaughgrean, Geraldine - Where the World Ends

Nicholls, Sally - Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Niven, Jennifer - All the Bright Places

Paul, Laline - The Ice

Paver, Michelle - Oath Breaker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #5)

Perry, Sarah - After Me Comes the Flood

Pratchett, Terry - A Hatful of Sky

Rooney, Sally - Conversations with Friends

Smith, Ali - Autumn

Stroud, Jonathan - The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & co #1)

Stroud, Jonathan - The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & co #2)

Sukegawa, Durian - Sweet Bean Paste

Sund, Erik Axl - The Crow Girl

Tawada, Yoko - Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Udall, Tor - A Thousand Paper Birds

White, Frank - There Was a Time

 

Non-Fiction

Alderton, Dolly - Everything I Know About Love

Clark, Dodie - Secrets for the Mad

Ellis, Samantha - Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life

Hanks, Tom - Uncommon Type

Holman-Hunt, Diana - My Grandmothers and I

Mangan, Lucy - Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading

Nunn, Emily - The Comfort Food Diaries

Patterson, Sylvia - I'm Not with the Band

Edited by poppyshake

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Is your thread open?  If not, let me know and I'll delete.  :)

 

I just wanted to say what a lovely time I had with you guys and Claire yesterday.  The time flew by! 

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18 hours ago, Janet said:

Is your thread open?  If not, let me know and I'll delete.  :)

 

I just wanted to say what a lovely time I had with you guys and Claire yesterday.  The time flew by! 

It IS open Janet :D It's not entirely tidy and the books are strewn all over the floor but you're very welcome indeed :hug:

 

It was wonderful to see you and Claire, the best day I've had in ages .. here's to the next one! :kiss: 

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Have a great reading year!

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On 2/22/2018 at 9:50 AM, Athena said:

I wish you a wonderful year of reading in 2018, Kay :cows:!

 

On 2/25/2018 at 7:35 PM, karen.d said:

Have a great reading year!

 

On 3/3/2018 at 8:28 PM, bobblybear said:

Have a great reading year in 2018, Kay! 

Thank you all :hug: 

 

I've been shockingly remiss about updating this blog :blush: I could make lots of excuses but I won't .. I'll just try and do better. Usually I tail off towards the end of the year but this year I've started off badly .. perhaps I'll improve .. it'll be the reverse of all other years :lol:

 

My reading is still going relatively well so that's a positive. These are always the good reading months for me though .. when the days are still cold etc. Nothing much to distract, no days or trips out, no holidays (and I hardly ever read on holiday .. unless it's sitting on a beach weather .. which it hardly ever is :lol: ) no long walks in the sunshine. I love winter reading and I still count it as winter and will until the weather positively warms up. Today I did go out for a walk without a coat mind you so it can't be long now. 

 

Hope you're all having a good reading year so far :clapping: xx <3 xx  

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I'm glad your reading is going well at least :). For myself I don't think I read more in certain seasons compared with other ones. But I've only been tracking it a few years now, so who knows what hidden statistic could be there..

 

I hope you'll get some warmer weather soon :). Today here it's still cold right now but it is sunny and should warm up soon to a nice temperature :).

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Very very late to say this to you, poppyshake, but I wish you the most amazing reading year in 2018! :smile2:  I see you've read 34 books already?!? Bloody hell! :lol:  Guns ablaze! 

 

I saw on Goodreads that you'd already read Left of the Bang :o  And you'd given it quite a good rating!! :o I'm very pleased if you liked it! :smile2:

 

I've finally finished the Manson book I was reading for months and months. I'll be starting the Eleanor book this weekend! :smile2: I honestly cannot wait! The Manson book was non-fiction and it took me ages, and the book before that was a re-read, I think, so I'm ever so much looking forward to reading some new fiction!! :smile2:

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On 4/6/2018 at 8:19 AM, Athena said:

I'm glad your reading is going well at least :). For myself I don't think I read more in certain seasons compared with other ones. But I've only been tracking it a few years now, so who knows what hidden statistic could be there..

 

I hope you'll get some warmer weather soon :). Today here it's still cold right now but it is sunny and should warm up soon to a nice temperature :).

Thanks Gaia :) We did have some lovely warm weather last week .. but it's drizzly and cold again now :D Good job that reading is a hot and cold weather pursuit ! :lol: 

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On 4/6/2018 at 10:43 PM, frankie said:

Very very late to say this to you, poppyshake, but I wish you the most amazing reading year in 2018! :smile2:  I see you've read 34 books already?!? Bloody hell! :lol:  Guns ablaze! 

 

I saw on Goodreads that you'd already read Left of the Bang :o  And you'd given it quite a good rating!! :o I'm very pleased if you liked it! :smile2:

 

I've finally finished the Manson book I was reading for months and months. I'll be starting the Eleanor book this weekend! :smile2: I honestly cannot wait! The Manson book was non-fiction and it took me ages, and the book before that was a re-read, I think, so I'm ever so much looking forward to reading some new fiction!! :smile2:

Thank you my lovely .. I hope you have an amazing year too :hug:

I have indeed read Left of the Bang already and really enjoyed it .. thank you so much :hug:  You know how it is, a day turned up which seemed just the right day to begin it .. so I did :D

I hope you get on alright with Eleanor ... fingers crossed :clapping:

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20 hours ago, poppyshake said:

Thanks Gaia :) We did have some lovely warm weather last week .. but it's drizzly and cold again now :D Good job that reading is a hot and cold weather pursuit ! :lol: 

 

That's very true :lol:!!

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