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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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  1. Audible Daily Deals

    I know there are a few Audible users on here. I keep forgetting to check the Deal of the Day so I thought this thread might help in the same way as the 'Kindle Daily Deals' thread does. Today's Audible deal is My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell for £1.99. It's a great book. The narrator is Nigel Davenport. I haven't heard any books by him so I can't really comment on his reading skills but from the sample I've listened to he sounds good.
  2. I'm going to copy a few people's ideas and use this as an index, but I'm going to simplify my blog too! Books read In 2006 - 20 Books read In 2007 - 30 Books read In 2008 - 40 Books read In 2009 - 65 Books read In 2010 - 45 Books read In 2011 - 60 Books read In 2012 - 76 Books read in 2013 - 63 Books read in 2014 - 57 Books read in 2015 - 69 Books read in 2016 - 86
  3. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Ooh, I've been meaning to try something by this author. Thanks.
  4. Matt Haig

    Someone recommended that to me last week - it sounds good.
  5. Willoyd's Reading 2017

    Yes, congratulations.
  6. We listened to it in the car on holiday in Norfolk (where it's set) in May. We both enjoyed it - me more than Peter. I'm definitely planning to listen to or read the second one.
  7. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie The ‘blurb’ A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passeneger plane… From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over to his right sat a pretty young woman, clearly infatuated with the man opposite; ahead, in seat No.13, sat a Countess with a poorly-concealed cocaine habit; across the gangway in seat No.8, a detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp. What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman. On a plane returning from France to Croydon airport, Poirot gives up his seat in order that two women can sit together and settles down to try to sleep. However, before the plane lands a woman is discovered to be dead. At first it seems like it might have been an allergic reaction to a wasp sting, but Poirot knows differently when he discovers a dart. It soon turns out that there is a suspect, and it's Poirot himself! It seems that in the act of kindness in giving up his seat, he has put himself under suspicion. Luckily for Poirot, Inspector Japp has been assigned to the case, and he and Poirot, with some unlikely help in the shape of a crime writer who was also on the fated journey, investigate the murder – which can only have been carried out by one of those travelling on the plane… As usual, there are plenty of twists and turns in the story, and the usual red herrings. We didn't solve this one before Poirot (that's only happened a couple of times!) and the reveal, when it came, was very clever. We're taking a break from listening to Poirot books – but I'm sure we'll find our way back to them before too long! The paperback edition is 272 pages long and is published by HarperCollins. It was first published in 1935. The ISBN is 9780008129538. 4/5 (I enjoyed it) (Finished 30 April 2017)
  8. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I hope so too. I thought it was excellent.
  9. Pubs in books

    How could I forget that, @willoyd! Although I haven't read PP yet, we spent our wedding night in the Leather Bottle in Cobham! There is a pub in Bath called the Sam Weller. I guess it must be named after that character too.
  10. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    We went to the Bronte Parsonage on Monday in Haworth - it was really very interesting. They are undergoing a project at the moment to recreate Wuthering Heights in people's handwriting, so I got to write out a line, and when the book is finished it is going to be bound and exhibited during 2018 at the museum! I got to keep the pencil too! We then went to Oakworth station which features in the Lionel Jeffries film version of The Railway Children which is one of my favourite books and films. We bought a couple of platform tickets so I could take some photos, and the stationmaster (he's not called that but I can't remember his proper title!) came out and spent an hour with us showing us behind the scenes stuff that's not normally open to the public! We watched two steam trains and one electric train come in, and the electric one was being shunted so we chatted to the drivers. Fascinating stuff.
  11. Pubs in books

    We had a family celebration (my Aunt and Uncle's golden wedding) at the Peveril of the Peak hotel, @Alexi Ooh, and that reminds me about the pub in Rutland that featured in our Counties book! I have also been into the hotel that featured in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge - The Kings Arms Hotel in Dorchester.
  12. Pubs in books

    I've only just noticed this thread, @KEV67 - I'm surprised nobody else has posted in it. The most obvious one I can think of is Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. I would like to visit the inn one day, although it is, obviously, very commercialised. Not a pub, but Dickens also mentions the hotel The Royal Victoria and Bull in Rochester - I drank many a Midori (yuk!) in there as a late teen/early twenty gal! I'm going on a London Literary Pub Crawl with my husband in August, so I'll report back then.
  13. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I have two days to finish it, @Alexi and I'm only on about page 30! The writing is a bit odd. I'm hoping to have a good slog at it on Thursday morning! I'm going to Swansea by train on Friday and back on Sunday - I'm trying to decide whether to download a new audio book or read something on my Kindle. We're going to Yorkshire on Sunday (hubby is picking me up from the train in Bristol) - we started The Lewis Man by Peter May (book 2 of a trilogy) on Saturday and are enjoying it, so we should get a lot done on the journey up.
  14. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I preferred Middlemarch and Silas Marner, but it was good, @Lau_Lou. I guessed the ending... and was completely wrong! That's some haul.
  15. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I finished The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot today. I've been reading other things alongside it, so it took me a month. I'm moving on to Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin, which is a Book Club book.
  16. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    Quite a few people here have read it, including me. I thought it was very good. My Mum has read another one of his too, and was a bit disappointed. I think I have one on my Kindle!
  17. Your Book Activity - June 2017

    I'm another who really enjoyed The Miniaturist, @bobblybear I've read a couple of his books. Dated (obviously) but still a good read.
  18. I see loads of people reading in my area (around Bath in Somerset). I have a friend who goes on long walks reading a book - I have to say I've never done that. I'm so clumsy and can trip over nothing, without factoring reading into the equation! I always have a book with me, wherever I go, just in case there is a reading opportunity!
  19. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    Hehe - thanks!
  20. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    Thanks, @Lau_Lou
  21. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    Hehe, thanks, @Athena. I have 16 so far. A drop in the ocean of the hundreds of editions out there. I'm not sure how it started really. It is one of my absolute favourite books and I re-read it every year.
  22. Alex's Reading - 2017

    Oh no! You'd better renew it online... or start saving! Good luck with the move. Are you moving far from where you currently live?
  23. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    Thanks. And yet, here I am procrastinating!
  24. Alex's Reading - 2017

    I read it the first time for this challenge (three years ago, it seems - wow, I had no idea we'd been doing it that long!) and really enjoyed it. The writing is simply gorgeous. This is one of my favourite passages... "remembering the stranger’s origins and preferences he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked, straw-covered flask containing bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes"
  25. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    I'm so behind with my reviews. AGAIN! In the past few weeks I have bought two new editions of A Christmas Carol. Just how many editions would be too many? Asking for a friend... I am also so chuffed, because I've been collecting the John Wyndham Penguins with the colour illustrations by Peter Lord. There are 10 in total, and I've had six of them but hadn't found any for a few years. So I was very chuffed to find one in a second-hand shop in Lyme Regis on Saturday. Imagine my surprise then to find another one in the Oxfam shop in Salisbury yesterday. Just two left to find!