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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…     
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I have recently finished Anybody Out There the 4th installment from the Walsh Sisters by Marian Keyes. I really enjoyed this one. 

I think when I have finished The Wind In The Willows which is another good read, I will start on Emma. 

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I have started 2 new books this morning.

 

Chickenhawk by Robert Mason, and The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.

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I'm almost halfway through Judas Unchained, The Commonwealth Saga book 2 by Peter F. Hamilton. It's a re-read for me. I haven't been doing a lot of reading the past few days, because I'm celebrating my birthday this weekend.

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6 hours ago, Onion Budgie said:

:sign0072: Athena, hope you're having a good one!

 

Thank you Onion Budgie!! I've had a great weekend :D!!

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Two books completed in quick succession: Vanessa and Her Sister (Priti Parmar) late last night, and Horatio Clare's Icebreaker this afternoon.  Both excellent, and well worth 5 stars (out of 6) each. 

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Just finished reading Catherine Bailey's fairly substantial tome, Black Diamonds for a book group  Can't say I was wowed, in marked contrast to the large number of rave reviews on Amazon.  Very well researched, but put together in far too breathless and melodramtic style, with plenty of, shall we say, decorative embellishment.  Reads more like a romantic saga than a history.  Rated at 3/6 (OK, but not unputdownable).

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Finished Susan Hill's ghostly novella, Dolly, in a single sitting this morning for one of my book groups.  Only occupied an hour or so, and whilst an easy enough read, not in the same league as The Woman in Black.  3/6.

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Having a bit of a reading fest this week: just finished CJ Sansom's Dissolution, the first of his Matthew Shardlake mysteries, set in Tudor times. A reread - last read back in 2008, and no, I didn't remember the solution! Very involving, and some interesting history (as well as a good mystery). 4/6.

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