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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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Janet's Reading Log 2008

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Books read in 2006 - 20

Books read in 2007 - 30

 

FICTION

 

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan - 6½/10

The Book Thief by Markus Zusac - 10/10

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - 9½/10

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones - 9½/10

Strange Meeting by Susan Hill - 7/10

Shopaholic and Baby[ by Sophie Kinsella - 6/10 (if a bit fluffy!)

For One More Day by Mitch Albom - 8/10

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming - 4½/10

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler - 6½/10

The Outcast by Sadie Jones 7½/10

The Ingenious Edgar Jones by Elizabeth Garner 9/10

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks - 10/10

East of the Sun by Julia Gregson - 6/10

No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay - 8/10

The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe - 8/10

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson - 7/10

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 10/10

Entertaining Angels by Joanna Bell - 8/10

Playing With The Moon by Eliza Graham 9/10

A Room With A View by E M Forster - 4/10 (Reading Through The Decades Challenge)

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett - 6.5/10

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - 10/10

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - 8/10

Engleby by Sebastian Faulks - 7/10

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas - 9/10

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - 7/10

The Shack by William Paul Young - 5/10

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - 10/10

 

CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION

 

Peter Pan by J M Barrie - 7/10

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - 10/10

Forever by Judy Blume - 7/10

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams - 10/10

 

NON-FICTION

 

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - 7½/10

The Road to Wigan Pier - George Orwell - Part 1 = 7/10

..............................................-.... - Part 2 = 3/10

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee - 10/10

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson - 7½/10

Eating for England by Nigel Slater 2½/10

Escape by Carolyn Jessop - 8/10

Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry - 9/10

1066 And All That by Stellar and Yeatman - 5/10

 

Number of books read in 2008 = 40

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Finished On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. I read it in less than 24 hours which is good for me, even if it was only about 160 pages long!

 

Not the most exciting book in the world, but I did enjoy it.

 

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The Diary of Anne Frank - I've never managed to read this before, despite trying a few years ago (and giving up because the print was tiny!).

 

I did feel that it was rather repetitive, but that only mirrors the life that Anne lived. For her age (13-15) the diaries show remarkable language skills and that Anne was a highly intelligent girl.

 

7½/10

 

I'm reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusac now. About of a quarter of the way in and I'm loving it!

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Finished The Book Thief

 

I loved it! It was absolutely fantastic - one of those books that you can't stop reading... and yet you don't want it to end either.

 

I finished it this morning at my Mum's house (I stayed the night). When I turned up I told her about it, she'd cut it out of the paper at the weekend because she wanted to read it, so I was able to leave it behind for her.

 

I got into it straight away. The story was great and I loved the quirky centred information bits!

 

Definitely a 10/10 for me.

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I finished Water for Elephants yesterday.

 

Another brilliant book. 9½/10.

 

2008 is shaping up to be an excellent year book-wise. ;)

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Finished Strange Meeting by Susan Hill at the weekend. It's about WW1. The subject is beautifully handled and written.

 

7/10

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Shopaholic and Baby

 

I wouldn’t go so far as to say to anyone that they must read this book as it doesn’t have a lot of substance, but it’s funny and light-hearted and was the perfect antidote to the gloomy (even though I enjoyed it!) previous book that I read!

 

I'm not sure whether Ms Kinsella is planning a sixth Becky book or whether she'll quit on a high!

 

7/10

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1.gifJanet, I am so glad you enjoyed 'The Book Thief' :lol:

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For One More Day by Mitch Albom 8/10.

 

A great, and quick, read. This was my freebie book from NewBooksMag. :)

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*Brushes away cobwebs and blows off dust!*

 

I read Casino Royale by Ian Fleming in April 4½/10 and Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler in May 6½/10

 

Apart from that, I've been reading John Clare's poetry (beautiful, close observations of the English countryside - the seventh Romantic poet - eg the unknown one!), Will Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (10/10) and masses of WW1 poetry (Dulce Et Decorum Est is probably my favourite poem) and prose, including the excellent Out of the Dark anthology.

 

Now my A Level is out of the way, I don't know what to read. I wanted something 'fluffy' so started Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon, but I only got about 20 pages in and I'm finding it rather boring - and the protagonist a bit irritating, so I think I might try Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee instead.

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And this is why I love you.

:roll:

 

I enjoyed most of it actually - even the really bleak stuff - but Owen is definitely my favourite, with Sassoon a close second.

 

Popular choices both - and with good reason!

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Dulce Et Decorum Est is probably my favourite poem

 

I had to look up this poem to see what you were talking about. I was hoping that by some chance it would be a poem that I remember studying back in high school, and it was! I've thought of it periodically over the years - it's one that really stays with you isn't it? Thanks for bringing it to my attention again.

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I had to look up this poem to see what you were talking about. I was hoping that by some chance it would be a poem that I remember studying back in high school, and it was! I've thought of it periodically over the years - it's one that really stays with you isn't it? Thanks for bringing it to my attention again.

Yay! :roll:

 

I was vaguely familiar with it before the course - and like you said, it's definitely one that stays with you.

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Oh we did that at school as well. It's a great poem.

 

Dulce est decorum est pro patria mori *rushes off to find it and red it again*

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