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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…     
Janet

Janet's Reading Log 2008

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I finished The Boy in the Dress - what a fabulous book. Laura - I'd recommend it. :)

 

Moving on to my December bookworms choice now - The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts.

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Finished my 40th (and final) book of 2008 today - 1066 And All That by W C Stellar and R J Yeatman.

 

That's 10 more than 2007 and 20 more than 2006!

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What did you think of 1066 and All That, Janet? I have it on my TBR pile. Being non-English, am I likely to get the humour of it, do you think?

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I was trying to write a review yesterday but it wasn't coming out very well!

 

I don't want to put you off (and it's quite a thin book so hopefully I won't) but I think I might have enjoyed it more if I'd read it when I was 16.

 

I say this for two reasons - 1. the humour is rather 'schoolboy' in style and also a bit dated now (the book was first published in 1930) and 2. my memory for school history is not sufficient for me to have enjoyed some of the references - and history was my favourite subject at school!

 

I have to say I was pretty disappointed with it. It had some gems but for me, they were few and far between and I'd probably only rate it 5/10.

 

(Sorry!)

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Don't apologise! I appreciate the honest review. I think I'll definitely have problems with it then, but I'll have a crack anyway! :lol:

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