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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 2011

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Finished The Christmas Train by David Baldacci - 4/10. Completely lacking in substance and written like a Mills and Boon book!

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The Christmas Train is a nice easy read Janet...enjoy:readingtwo:

 

 

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Whoops - I appear to have bought another book! :lurker: In my defence, it was only £2.81 and it's been on my Wishlist for ages!

 

A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh - this is a children's book about the plague village Eyam. I've read, and thoroughly enjoyed Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks about the same village so I've wanted to read this for yonks! :)

 

It will also count towards my Decades challenge. Win win! ;)

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Hey Janet, just read your review of The Elephant Keeper, which was great. It does indeed look like it could be a delightful little read. Thank you for letting us know your thoughts on it, for you've encouraged me to add it to my wishlist. I know I shouldn't be adding books to my wishlist with them being so easy to purchase on my Kindle, but it seems I'll allow myself to cave for this one.

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No worries Janet about the non liking of the book :D

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I do hope you enjoy it, Ben. :)

 

And thanks, Diane. It wouldn't do if we all liked exactly the same things, would it! :)

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I do hope you enjoy it, Ben. :)

Cheers, I'll let you know how I get on when I get hold of it and give it a read.

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Forgive me, forum members, for I have sinned and bought another book. :blush:

 

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh.

 

I swore I wasn't going to buy lots of new books in 2011 - and this is number 4! Oh dear! :giggle2:

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:lol: Uh-oh, I think you're in trouble Janet! It's not even the end of January yet!

 

 

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I know! :blush: Hubby and I had a morning/lunch out together today - we went to a little market town called Devizes - they had loads of charity shops - what can I say - I'm easily tempted! :lol:

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Using this as my defence:

Technically, I would say you didn't buy this book, it was a gift, just one you chose yourself. It definitely shouldn't count against you, and I'm pretty sure a good defence lawyer could argue against you having "bought" it, so you should not have any guilty feelings or think you've let yourself down in any way, Janet. You are hereby absolved of any responsibility for having increased your TBR pile. :friends3:

Today I purchased book 5 of 2011 - The Hundred and Ninety-nine Steps by Michel Faber

 

Looking at my Amazon Wish List I added this on 29 June 2007!!

 

It counts towards my Europe (and therefore my World) Challenge as the author was born in the Netherlands. :)

 

ETA: Thanks again for the defence, Claire! :giggle2::hug:

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You're more than welcome, Janet, especially since you're "acquiring" a book I've just read and really liked! :lol:

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Oooh, excellent! :)

 

The lovely guy in Waterstone's was raving about Michel Faber - apparently he's his favourite author of all time!). I will look forward to it.

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Finished my first non-fiction book of 2011 - As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee. 87½/10 - review to follow. :)

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Only 87½/10? Can't wait to see what did it dropped that ½ / 2½ / 12½ for? (Obviously not quite sure what your marking scheme is :giggle2: )

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Whoops - it should have said 9/10 anyway, not ½ anything! :lol: I don't know what happened there! :blush:

 

ETA: On reflection, I can't think of anything to criticize it for so I'm going to make it 10/10 - I loved it as much as Cider With Rosie. :)

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I bought another book today - Yes Man by Danny Wallace. It was only 50p in a charity shop and looks brand new. What's a girl to do*?!

 

*Stop going anywhere near shops is probably the answer to that!

 

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I loved it as much as Cider With Rosie. :)

 

 

When I was at school a teacher refused to let me read Midnight Express by Billy Hayes during quiet reading time & she tried to force Cider With Rosie on me instead. Consequently I didn't get round to reading it till I was an adult & I didn't think much of it either, I think I was predjudiced against it , which just goes to show how someone can have a negative influence on your reading instead of a positive one.

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That's a shame, but you're right - probably her trying to force you to read it didn't help much.

 

I tend to like reading about England in the early 1900s (fiction or non-fiction) so it was right up my street, but I imagine some people would find it very dated or even maybe a bit twee. :)

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I finished The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps by Michel Faber on Friday, and the children's book A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh today - both were excellent reads! :D

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I bought book 7 yesterday, but it's okay because I've already read it, so it sort of doesn't count! :giggle2:

 

The Triple Echo by H E Bates. Thoughts to follow.

 

I really must try to catch up on my reviews!

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Yesterday I finished The Autobiography of a Super-tramp by W H Davies.

 

Today I bought another book. :lurker:

 

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines for £1.49 in Age UK, Shaftsbury.

 

I’m not clear as to whether this is a children’s/YA book or not? It’s in the Telegraph’s “100 Children’s books…” list and I believe it’s studied at KS4 in the UK (Years 10 and 11) but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not an adult book. If it’s classed as an adult book then I can use it for my decades challenge. If not, well it doesn’t matter - I’ve had it on my Wish List for quite some time.

 

Annoyingly I also bought an Orwell book that I thought I needed and discovered it's one I already have - it's Shooting the Elephant I'm missing. Grr. Still, this has far nicer print so I'll pass the old one on.

 

Total new books acquired in 2011: 8

Number of these read: 4

Total cost of books acquired: £10.53

 

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