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      April Supporter Giveaway   04/01/2019

        "If you look the right way you can see that the whole world is a garden."   In honour of spring, the April giveaway is a print of this wonderful quote from The Secret Garden (thanks, once again to www.thestorygift.co.uk) along with a Secret Garden tea (Victoria Sponge flavoured!) from the  Literary Tea Company! (You can find them both at their own website theliteraryteacompany.co.uk and at their etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiteraryTeaCompany ).   As always, patreon supporters will be entered automatically and if you don't support but want to be included in this month's giveaway you can join the patreon here: www.patreon.com/bookclubforum A winner will be chosen at random on the last day of the month!

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  2. My reading mojo took a major nose dive shortly after reading Dead Drop for some reason. I managed to get my way through The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwtiz (3/5) and also listened to the audiobook of Battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings (4/5) before it completely ground to a halt. It's been one of the longer lulls in my reading and it came about completely unexpectedly. Over the last 2 or so months I must have picked up over a dozen books but never made it past 20 or 30 pages before putting it back on the bookcase. It got so bad that I wasn't even reading during quiet times at work, something which I've always done. I've been spending a lot more time outdoors watching and photographing wildlife so I guess all is not wasted but it's still frustrating. I think that it's finally passing as I'm 3/4 of the way through The Mechanic: The Secret World of the Forumla 1 Pitlane by Marc 'Elvis' Priestley. Fingers crossed it continues well for the rest of the year.
  3. Travel Plans

    We have finally chosen and booked our Asian trip and so we will be off to Malaysia in September. Only a few weeks until we hike the West Highland Way, the year seems to be absolutely flying by.
  4. What's the weather like?

    We had our first rain shower of the day here.
  5. Giveaways - Have Your Say

    Quite a late reply from me as I've been off the forums for quite a while. I think the items in the giveaways have been really cool with a nice variety of different things. Open to supporters makes sense but I would have no objections to opening them up to all members a few times a year. It would probably be a good idea to get people to make an 'I'm in' reply to a thread to capture everyone who wants to take part. As a supporter I've been automatically entered but if it were the case that the prize was something I already had or something I know I wouldn't read then I would skip it. Any frequency is fine with me, I think it's pretty amazing that you do giveaways at all. Books and quirky stationary items are always welcome.
  6. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Thanks Madeleine. I was thinking of tryng another one so I will give Sense and Sensibility a go.
  7. What's Up in April? - 2019

    Drilling is a nightmare, hopefully it won't last too long - they're refurbishing the building opposite us (our old office building) and sometimes they're drilling nearly all day, it's been driving us crazy. Everywhere seems so much noisier now I had a migraine over the weekend too which didn't really go until Sunday evening. At least it's a short working week!
  8. Sweet child o' Mine - Guns 'n' Roses
  9. Andrea's reading in 2019

    I think this one and Sense and Sensibility are her best books, have a go at Sense, I think you'll like that one too. I don't much like her other books and am not a big Austen fan generally - A Level English probably put paid to that ! I do intend to re-read Persuasion at some point though.
  10. Sweet Home Alabama ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
  11. Yesterday
  12. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Well this book surely needs no introduction, however... Mrs Bennett, the mother of five daughters (and no sons) is obsessed with finding a husband for each of them. You can't blame her really since the family estate is entailed on Mr Bennett's cousin, and as such she fears destitution for herself and her daughters in the event of her husband's demise. The story focuses on witty young Elizabeth Bennett and her potential suitor, the aloof Mr Darcy. We follow the family and the wider society of rural Hertfordshire through the ups and downs of nineteenth century love, courtship, money and manners, with a generous dose of Austen's witty social commentary thrown in. I didn't intend to read this! I was arranging some books on my bookshelf and I just happened to pick it up and have a peek at its famous opening line. Well, I got so drawn in that this became my unintentional read for April! I've never actually read this all the way through before. I think I got about half way through when I was about 17 and needed to read it for A Level. While I remember enjoying it, I think I had so much reading and other work to do that I ended up just relying on the notes for the second half! And since then I've never been bowled over by Austen. I've read Persuasion (in the last few years) and I think half of Emma (when I was a lot younger - but after my first attempt at P&P). I found Persuasion to be a pleasant read but it didn't blow me away. However this read of P & P was an absolute joy. I think it says something that I didn't even intend to read it, but the writing, the dialogue and the characters were all just so intantly engaging that I was hooked as soon as I glanced at the first page! I've read quite a few classics, and often find them to be a bit longwinded. They might be good overall but there are always those few pages (or chapters) where you just wish they'd had a good editor (cough Victor Hugo, cough)! However, this in some ways felt like a much more modern novel in that the writing was tight and lean, with no extraneous waffle, or description. Every word was there for a reason. I felt the characters sparkling from the page, and the story is constantly moving with plenty of little twist and turns to keep you on your toes. Of course the story was very familiar to me having seen so many adaptations (particularly the one with Colin Firth and Alison Steadman - which is surely the Queen of all P&P adaptations) so there were no surprises, but even so it was utterly absorbing and gripping. I came away understanding why this famous novel is so esteemed, it's an absolute masterpiece! I think it may actually gone to my number one spot. It was such a treat! I liked it by the way. Can you tell?
  13. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) - The Doors
  14. Hello!

    Thanks for the welcomes! Other books I like, well I've got rather stuck in my ways recently and seem to alternate between British crime series invariably with a DCI in the title and pulpy adventure series with a troubled ex-special forces fella righting the wrongs of the world. I occasionally branch out to sci-fi but find the more technical books that put the sci over the fi get a bit tedious. I like a biography now and then, but again seem to feel let down a lot. People I think will have interesting stories to tell often disappoint and others I wasn't looking forward to can hold surprises. I'm currently reading a detective book from a series set in Manchester by Bill Rogers. The stories are good but they're self published and the editing and proof reading are atrocious!
  15. What's Up in April? - 2019

    I'm sorry about the flat tyre ! Awww baby goats are adorable . I had a nice weekend, on Saturday my brother and his girlfriend came by and we had a barbecue. On Sunday I did a lot of chores and laundry and cleaning. On Monday my sister came by in the morning and we had a nice long chat. After that though I got a migraine and I spent the rest of the morning and the afternoon and evening resting as I felt too awful to do much. Gladly today my head and nausea are a lot better and I slept better last night than I did from Sunday to Monday night. Today the roadworks on my street have begun. They're going to create a speedbump on the road by the edge of our garden. So it's been a noisy morning, with them drilling the asphalt away. It could have been worse though. They took a break at lunchtime and then went back at it. I had an important meeting with the city council today. Gladly it went well, the lady was very kind and understanding. I'm feeling worn out from it this afternoon, but I was expecting that. Hopefully I'll feel a bit more rested tomorrow, this afternoon I'll try to rest as I feel too tired to do much to be honest. I wish everyone a good week .
  16. What Are You Watching Now? - 2019

    Is anyone watching Line of Duty? Last week's episode - OMG
  17. Last week
  18. What's Up in April? - 2019

    Had a flat tyre on Thursday night which meant I only had the spare tyre on the car for Friday and couldn't travel very far, finally managed to get a new tyre on Saturday, went to a friend's for dinner on Saturday night which was nice despite the lights fusing just as she served the first course! Yesterday went to a country fair and saw some gorgeous baby goats, turned down the offer to bottle feed them, wish I had done it now but it was fun watching everyone else do it, it was a free for all! Not sure about today, looking like it might rain. Hope everyone's enjoying the long weekend.
  19. What's the weather like?

    Similar forecast here, although the rain clouds are already building.
  20. Whisky in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
  21. What's the weather like?

    Huh, I really thought I had replied in this topic! The weather has been lovely here too. They predict it will get less nice on Wednesday and on, but it's been nice having a week-ish with really nice weather. Though it's been pretty dry, so I suppose for nature it's not bad that some rain is predicted .
  22. Hi, welcome to the forum! I've added spoiler tags to your spoilers, here's how you do it yourself: Click the 'eye' icon in the reply box, you can find it next to the 'emoticon' icon. If you click this icon, a Spoiler box will appear in the reply box. Type your spoiler in the Spoiler box. I didn't find it hard to get into Allegiant when I read it many years ago, but I do like the book less than Divergent and Insurgent. A lot of people feel that way, so it's not just you! From what I recall it does get a bit better later on in the book, but it has been some time since I read the trilogy so I can't be 100% sure.
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