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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

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Well, 2010 has got off to an absolutely cracking start with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, which I absolutely loved! :D

 

This also counts as Sweden for my 'world' challenge.

 

I am so glad you liked it!

 

I can understand why it got a couple 1 stars probabl from people who never finished it because it can seem to drag a little for the first half, but once you get past that point it is amazing.

 

Janet! Trust me the Second one is even better. I read it on the plane back from the states and I did not sleep once even though it was an over night flight. every time I would drop off to sleep I would wake up wanting to read more.

 

I am hoping I get the final installment for when I nexct fly out in Febuary, if not I will have to buy it at the airport.

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Janet! Trust me the Second one is even better.

I am determined to read this within the next few months. :D

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Later today I'm going to start A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby. The lovely Noll sent it to me and I can't wait to get stuck in. :)

 

When Eric Newby, improbably earning his living in the London haute-couture trade, sent his fateful cable - 'Can You Travel Nuristan June?' - it was the first step on a legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul. Ill-prepared and inexperienced, Newby and Carless endured a month of hardship with great good humour in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth.

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I'm only on page 29 so it hasn't really got going yet - it's setting the scene - but I'm loving the writing style and I just know I'm going to love it. :lol::D

 

ETA: Also, it was written/published in the 50s, so fills the non-fiction slot for my decades challenge. This pleases me muchly! :)

 

75 (11.1.10 - 10pm)

135 (12.1.10 - 6pm)

263 (13.1.10 - 5.45pm :D )

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Awesome! I'm glad my choice is of both pleasurable and practical (as challenges go!) use!

 

I'm not even into that genre myself - I knew nothing about it prior to tracking down a suitable title for you, and yet upon discovering it I wanted to read it myself!

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Janet, I'm so pleased you liked the Eric Newby book - if you want to follow it up with another one of his, Slowly Down The Ganges is excellent.

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Thanks. I would definitely like to read some more of his. :lol: I've added that to my humongous Amazon wishlist. :D

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I've got this one on my wish (soon to be bought) list. It sounded wonderful, and it has been highly rated by children and adults alike. Can't wait to hear what you think of it. :lol:

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It's certainly a popular book! Someone else who has reserved a copy is about #33 on their library's waiting list!

 

It'll be worth the wait. :friends0:

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Hmm - I really don't know what to read next! I want to pick The Children's Book by A S Byatt seeing as I've been waiting for the paperback since last May when I first saw it in hardback - but it's a fairly long book and I don't know how much reading time I'll have over the weekend and I don't want it to be disjointed.

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I've decided on Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene. I've not read any of his novels before, but my Mum says I'll love this! :censored:

 

It also counts towards my 'decades challenge' - the 60s. :friends0:

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Sadly I've given up on Travels With My Aunt - for now, anyway. :lol: It's a shame as it's part of my 'decades' challenge and I got nearly half-way, but it just wasn't 'doing it' for me - I found that I my mind kept wandering as I was reading, which is never a good sign. It's a bit slow going.

 

I might try reading a chapter at a time alongside my next book, but I never normally try reading two fiction at the same time, so I don't know how that will go.

 

I've moved onto The Children's Book by A S Byatt. I'm only about 35 pages in so far, but it seems very promising. :D

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Well, I finished Dear Me..., but it was a real let down.

 

I don't know what to do now - my mojo still hasn't returned properly.

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I was led to believe that it was laugh-out-loud funny in places, and incredibly sad in others (from someone in Waterstone's - I didn't get the impression they were trying to 'sell' it to me, but perhaps they were?!) but I found it neither really. It was just okay.

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