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      Late Autumn Supporter Giveaway   11/27/2020

      I know that winter is well on the way, but I'm sneaking the autumn giveaway in here, right at the end of the season...     I thought this giveaway seemed particularly appropriate for this year: Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink.  I'm sure some of you will have heard of this book. It came out in September and has had brilliant reviews. It's been described as a love letter to reading and I think all of us have truly appreciated 'the comfort and joy of books' this year.  It is also a really beautiful hardback. Please excuse my picture-taking skills, it's really hard to get a good picture of something that's shiny!   As always, patreon supporters will be automatically entered into the draw. If you're not a supporter but you'd like to join our patreon you can do so here:  bookclubforum.co.uk is creating a book community | Patreon

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  2. I've been enjoying the Komi Can't Communicate manga, are you liking it ?
  3. Reading Very Long Books

    I get that longer books intimidate you, I get that too. I'm going to try next February to read a long book together with a friend. We might read for example 40-50 pages a day (I haven't discussed that with her yet, but I think 50ish pages should be the limit as otherwise it might be harder to make sure to read that many pages each day). It is a re-read for me, but I've been reluctant to re-read it because it is huge (it's The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, which I loved the first time I read it). I want to re-read it and the second book, so that I can read the third book and the recently come out prequel once it is available in smaller paperback. Anyway, when I do a buddy read together with a friend, I always read the pages of the buddy read first when I have spare time in the day and don't need to do anything else. Then if there is still time in the day to read and I feel like it, I will read in a book that I'm just reading by myself (which is usually shorter than the buddy read book). I find it helps me get through a book. That said, the longest book I have buddy read so far was 526 pages, so I haven't tried it yet with a longer book. Good luck reading your longer books!
  4. Forum Fixes - An Update

    I can see a small image in the Autumn Giveway post halfway through your text between paragraphs, but at the bottom it has text and a link that is supposed to be an image, but when I click on it to enlarge it, it gives a file broken icon. You are right that it could have changed after the FireFox update. It seems that FireFox finds the site not completely secure (the lock in the address bar as a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark on it) and maybe that's why it's blocking images..? But it's not giving me an option to unblock them. This (FireFox help page) says it's not blocking anything though. And it shows you how to unblock things.. but it doesn't look like I can. I guess if there are images in posts in the future I'll try using Google Chrome to view them, at least until I've figured out how to make the images appear in FF.
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  6. What's the weather like?

    We had thick frost yesterday - killed off my remaining busy lizzies! But it has been mild lately, and was much milder today,
  7. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    The Face in the Glass by Mary Elizabeth Braddon A collection of fourteen gothic tales from Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Braddon was a prolific Victorian novelist and short story writer. She is best known for Lady Audley’s Secret (on my virago shelves but not yet read). After a brief stint as an actress she spent her life writing. The Victorian era saw a great interest in ghost stories and the supernatural and these are some of Braddon’s efforts. Braddon is very good at setting a scene and creating atmosphere. On the whole they are typical Victorian ghost stories: there is plenty of melodrama, some unintentionally amusing moments. The women tend to be strong characters and there is even a vampire tale thrown in. Shadows and mirrors play their part. They aren’t all ghost stories and there is a little subversion going on. There is as much human evil as ghostly goings on, but there are a couple of standard ghost stories. One point to make is that Braddon isn’t a writer who ensures good triumphs and evil suffers. She is quite capable of developing likeable characters and then killing them off. If you enjoy Victorian gothic tales you will enjoy these. 6 out of 10 Starting Home Coming by Colin Grant
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    Come on Jill Lets go up the hill
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  10. I know that winter is well on the way, but I'm sneaking the autumn giveaway in here, right at the end of the season... I thought this giveaway seemed particularly appropriate for this year: Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink. I'm sure some of you will have heard of this book. It came out in September and has had brilliant reviews. It's been described as a love letter to reading and I think all of us have truly appreciated 'the comfort and joy of books' this year. It is also a really beautiful hardback. Please excuse my picture-taking skills, it's really hard to get a good picture of something that's shiny! bookclubforum.co.uk is creating a book community | Patreon
  11. Current readings are: 20% Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (PC Peter Grant/Rivers of London #5). Very different change of scenery, with PC Peter Grant in rural Herefordshire. 70% Komi Can’t Communicate 1# - Tomohito Oda 2% Nature’s Mutiny; How the Little Ice Age Transformed the West and Shaped the Present by Philipp Blom
  12. Thanks everyone . Things are still mad but I do feel more on top of things now I've had a bit more time to sort things out. I managed to book my sister in for a type of anxiety therapy that helped her before, for example. Luckily they can do it online via Zoom. I will actually get round to reviewing books on here again soon! I started reading two books this week, one is a book of short stories (The Other World, It Whispers) and the other one is part of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. I was originally planning to just finish the short stories first but they didn't hold my attention as much as I hoped they would. So far they've been more like snippets of stories than entire short stories, if that makes sense. I started to feel a bit like I was reading teaser chapters of a longer book. I always know I'm going to enjoy Jasper Fforde's weird book world though.
  13. What's the weather like?

    It's pretty cold in Bedfordshire and still very foggy at the moment.
  14. What's the weather like?

    We finally have the first real frost of the winter, lovely and sunny though.
  15. Christmas planning and chat

    Thanks Poppy, I usually get them gift cards but that's harder this year not knowing if the shops will be open in Jan or even still trading, sadly, though I know most are on line now anyway - I've had a couple of close shaves in the past when HMV were in trouble! But yes I think you're right, saying that after this year we should go back to just buying each other something sounds a good idea.
  16. Take Me Home - Sophie Ellis Bextor
  17. Reading Very Long Books

    I've left off reading long books for a bit, normally I'd have a shorter book on the go as well so maybe that would help if you needed a break from Clash of Kings (which does get better as it goes on, and the 3rd book is a real page turner!) and wanted something a bit lighter (literally as well as psychologically).
  18. The last one to post here wins

    Oh no Don't leave me alone. Me without company Dog without bone. 😂🤣
  19. Recently I decided to tackle some of the longer books (more than 700 pages) in my collection as I have been neglecting them due to their length. Even though I am enjoying the book I'm reading (Clash of Kings GOT) I have to admit that the size of it has me struggling a bit. I know this is just some kind of physcological thing as I am used to getting through books quite quickly. Surely I am not alone in this and does anyone have any tips on how to overcome this frustrating feeling?
  20. Christmas planning and chat

    A pretty, spiteful dwarf huh? We need photographic evidence.
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