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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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It's actually a novella, part of the wider Inspector Gamache series, but on Amazon it says it's only 98 pages!

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7 hours ago, Madeleine said:

It's actually a novella, part of the wider Inspector Gamache series, but on Amazon it says it's only 98 pages!

True, but it is still part of the Inspector Gamache Series. Yes, it is only about 96 pages. I am now reading Glass Houses by Louise Penny. Our library has 15 of the books in the series and I am just reading them as they become available at the library rather than wait to read them in sequence.

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It's a good series, some of the books have different titles though in the UK and US, and they've changed some of the UK editions now to have the US titles, so it gets a bit confusing!

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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens continues to be one of the most popular books in the U.S. In our library in Greensboro, NC the hold list for the kindle version is huge:

 

Library Copies: 61

People waiting in total: 1722

People waiting per copy: 28

 

 

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15. Glass Houses - Louise Penny - 3/5 - enjoyable read

16.Jet - Russell Blake - 3/5 - fast paced and enjoyable

17. Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny - 3/5 enjoyable read

18. The Priory of the Orange Tree - 4/5 - I really enjoyed this book although in the first third of the book there was some slow paced reading. maybe I should have given the book a 3.5 rating but I am glad that I read it. It is huge as it is 835 pages long.

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How many of the Louise Penny books have you read now, Muggles?

I'm only up to No. 3.

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11 hours ago, muggle not said:

18. The Priory of the Orange Tree - 4/5 - I really enjoyed this book although in the first third of the book there was some slow paced reading. maybe I should have given the book a 3.5 rating but I am glad that I read it. It is huge as it is 835 pages long.

 

I have this one on my wishlist, I'm waiting for a smaller sized paperback release though. It's good to know you liked it :).

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On 5/6/2019 at 11:38 PM, poppy said:

How many of the Louise Penny books have you read now, Muggles?

I'm only up to No. 3.

I have read 3 of her books but one was a Novella. It is time for me to read another of hers. I am still on hold at the library for the first book in the series; Are you getting close at the library for the book by Delia Owens.

 

 

On 5/7/2019 at 8:43 AM, Athena said:

 

I have this one on my wishlist, I'm waiting for a smaller sized paperback release though. It's good to know you liked it :).

What has been your favorite book so far this year. I am always looking for a good read. :)

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13 hours ago, muggle not said:

What has been your favorite book so far this year. I am always looking for a good read. :)

 

I had a look through my list, and while I've read some nice books this year, there's only a couple that'd be called favourites, most of the books I read range from enjoyable but not perfect to meh it's okay. I don't think the favourite books are what you'd be interested in though, but I'll list them anyway.

 

Bianca Toeps - Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit (Dutch autism memoir I recently read)
Debbie Tung - Book Love (comic strips about books and reading)
Ellen Forney - Marbles (graphic memoir about a woman with bipolar disorder)
Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau - Bloom (graphic novel about two teenage boys in a bakery)

 

I hadn't really noticed that most of the books I've been reading, have been enjoyable but not perfect, and not many new favourites!

So, thanks for bringing that up, maybe I need to be more selective of what I choose to read, or something. I don't know. Maybe I've become more critical! I'm trying to be :).

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On 5/9/2019 at 9:45 AM, muggle not said:

I have read 3 of her books but one was a Novella. It is time for me to read another of hers. I am still on hold at the library for the first book in the series; Are you getting close at the library for the book by Delia Owens.

 

 

 

 

I'm second in line now, Muggle 😊

I think reading the first Inspector Gamache book will give you a little more background to a lot of the recurring characters. 

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On 5/10/2019 at 3:56 AM, poppy said:

 

I'm second in line now, Muggle 😊

I think reading the first Inspector Gamache book will give you a little more background to a lot of the recurring characters. 

Louise Penny is a very popular author in the U.S. I am only #38 in line on Still Life by Penny. Take a look at the number of holds on book #1, Still Life, in the series.:

Your place in line: 38

Library copies: 6

People waiting in total: 116

People waiting per copy: 19

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19. Elevation - Stephen King - 3.5/5 - A relatively short story by Stephen King but I enjoyed it. Doesn't compare though to his other books.

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On 5/12/2019 at 1:05 AM, muggle not said:

Louise Penny is a very popular author in the U.S. I am only #38 in line on Still Life by Penny. Take a look at the number of holds on book #1, Still Life, in the series.:

Your place in line: 38

Library copies: 6

People waiting in total: 116

People waiting per copy: 19

 

Would it be worth getting it on Kindle instead, Muggle? The earlier ones are quite cheap for you. Depends how patient you are 😄

If I saw a waiting list like that, I'd give up 😟

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OK, I bought Still Life from Amazon for my kindle. I also put book #2 of the Series on hold at the library. I am #31 on the wait list but there are 6 or 8 copies. :)

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9 hours ago, muggle not said:

OK, I bought Still Life from Amazon for my kindle. I also put book #2 of the Series on hold at the library. I am #31 on the wait list but there are 6 or 8 copies. :)

 

Hope you enjoy it, Muggles :)

I gave book one a 3.5  - 4 star rating.

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20. Still Life - Louise Penny - 3.5 - 4. I would probably rate this book closer to a 4 . It was the type of book where you could get involved with all the characters, and there were many of them. I enjoy a book like this once in a while where it isn't fast paced and you can just enjoy the reading. This book certainly did introduce you to all the people in the Canadian town of "Three Pines".

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5 minutes ago, muggle not said:

20. Still Life - Louise Penny - 3.5 - 4. I would probably rate this book closer to a 4 . It was the type of book where you could get involved with all the characters, and there were many of them. I enjoy a book like this once in a while where it isn't fast paced and you can just enjoy the reading. This book certainly did introduce you to all the people in the Canadian town of "Three Pines".

 

Glad you enjoyed it, Muggle :)

(just had notification that Where the Crawdads Sing is waiting for me at the library.)

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6 hours ago, poppy said:

 

Glad you enjoyed it, Muggle :)

(just had notification that Where the Crawdads Sing is waiting for me at the library.)

You are in for a treat. I just read an interview with the author, Delia Owens, done by Amazon. You shouldn't read the interview though until after reading the book. The book has been a best seller in the U.S. for 10 months now and it still is ranked #1. 

Owens was afraid that no one would read her book. She is overwhelmed that people are enjoying the book. Turns out it is the most popular debut novel in recent memory.

It has similarities to "To Kill A Mockingbird" in writing style (at least to me).

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Now I am worried that I have built up Where The Crawdads Sing so much that you will be disappointed in it. :(

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10 hours ago, muggle not said:

Now I am worried that I have built up Where The Crawdads Sing so much that you will be disappointed in it. :(

 

It is always a little nerve wracking when making a recommendation. I have raved about my favourite books, only to have "It was alright.....but...." in response! :smile: I have this on my wishlist - and am looking forward to it! 

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11 hours ago, muggle not said:

Now I am worried that I have built up Where The Crawdads Sing so much that you will be disappointed in it. :(

 

You can stop worrying as far as I'm concerned Muggle. I've read about 70 pages and am absolutely loving it. Beautifully descriptive writing and have already fallen in love with Kya. :)

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15 hours ago, Chrissy said:

 

It is always a little nerve wracking when making a recommendation. I have raved about my favourite books, only to have "It was alright.....but...." in response! :smile: I have this on my wishlist - and am looking forward to it! 

 

I do hope that you read "Where The Crawdads Sing". I also hope that you like the book as much as I did. :)

 

13 hours ago, poppy said:

 

You can stop worrying as far as I'm concerned Muggle. I've read about 70 pages and am absolutely loving it. Beautifully descriptive writing and have already fallen in love with Kya. :)

 

Ah, Kya. What a special person. You have a lot of enjoyment in front of you and a few tears to wipe.

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Ah, Kya. What a special person. You have a lot of enjoyment in front of you and a few tears to wipe.

 

A simply wonderful book. 5/5 for me, something I rarely give. Beautifully written prose. Loved the ending! Thank you so much for the recommendation Muggles, I can always rely on you to point me in the right direction ... you haven't put me crook yet :D
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On 5/31/2019 at 8:33 PM, poppy said:

 

A simply wonderful book. 5/5 for me, something I rarely give. Beautifully written prose. Loved the ending! Thank you so much for the recommendation Muggles, I can always rely on you to point me in the right direction ... you haven't put me crook yet :D

Ah, glad that you enjoyed it. Where The Crawdads Sing is one of my favorite books. Kya was a special person.

 

21. The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny - 4/5. This may  be one of my favorites of the Armand Gamache series by Penny Louise, at least so far. :)

 

 

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I think The Cruellest Month is one of the best so far as well.

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