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  1. What are you eating just now?

    I've actually never tried potato salad. I really like potatoes cold, but I've never really liked mayonnaise, so I've always just assumed I won't like it! That sounds amazing and extremely healthy! Rhubarb is something I would like to grow, my nan used to grow lovely rhubarb. I actually prefer it raw to cooked in a crumble though! I went to see my parents and had fish and chips tonight, which was lovely
  2. Reading Slump

    Definitely agree. Having a few possible methods to try when you're stuck can only help! Also, funnily enough, the book mentioned at the end of the article, Gingerbread, is one I've had my eye on for a while!
  3. Posting Links

    This is one of the issues we need to get the developers to fix. For some reason embedded links just won't work since the last update. The links work fine but, annoyingly, it doesn't look as nice! Sorry about that!
  4. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Orbit has a few books for 99p on kindle at the moment (no idea when it ends, it just says 'for a limited time'). There are two epic fantasies: The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks and Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J Parker as well as A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
  5. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    Did that level of difficulty make it more fun or just frustrating?? I definitely agree. I think it's really hard to get a combination that's colourful and vibrant but doesn't clash. Your blankets do that though! If they picked colours that don't go together, would you sneakily change it?
  6. Reading Slump

    That's very interesting, especially the Spring/Summer 2020 reading slump. It's funny, and yet perfectly understandable, to think that big world events impact reading in such a widespread way. On the other hand, I'm not sure they really is a failsafe cure for a reading slump. I think it's going to be different for everyone and every circumstance. For me, the "break glass in case of emergency" book the article talks about wouldn't work, because even if I've saved a new book by an author I absolutely love, I'd just feel like I wouldn't appreciate it properly if I wasn't truly in the mood for it. Sometimes, if I feel in a bit of a slump, I actually start reading something I'm not sure about at all, even something that I expect I might not finish.
  7. Victober

    Okay, as it has been a week now, I'd like to make a second suggestion! Challenge Suggestion 5: Read something from a Victorian periodical (non-fiction, short fiction, serialised novels and poems all count). Here's a link to all the periodicals edited by Dickens, in case anybody wants to have a browse before deciding: Welcome to DJO .
  8. Folio Society

    I know it would take a very long time, but it would also be interesting to see the differences in the text through different editions if you were to read the whole collection! You could just claim it was intentional and start a collection .
  9. This review really reminded me of a book I read a long time ago but I could not remember what it was and it's just popped into my head - the Faerie Wars Chronicles by Herbie Brennan. I like the idea that in Bones of Faerie there are more noticeable magical impacts on the human world though, I seem to remember Brennan's book mainly involving the main character being in the world of Faerie. I might have to look out for this one! I've also thought about reading this before and your review has made me want to again!
  10. Folio Society

    I’m really just guessing there too! I just thought it because they make a point of the art in the description of the book. Could be a marketing thing too though I suppose, by suggesting that it’s collectible art. I like the term ‘liveries’ for covers, it makes it sound as though the story is dressed in uniform . That is an interesting way to collect. I suppose you’d end up being able to see the history of that books publication and how it was styled differently over time, which would be good. What book does she collect?
  11. Folio Society

    It sounds to me like the Dante’s Inferno set is that much because of the art work. I also can’t imagine paying £700 for a book (imagine how many books you could buy with that much!), but I suppose there are people who spend that much and more on art. Again, like art I guess! Those really expensive ones always have a small limited number as well, to make them more collectible. I have a few folio society books but they’re all second hand. I think the most I’ve paid is £30 for a set of Bronte books. They were bound in silk but the sun has bleached the colour. I actually like them the way they are, but I assume that sun ‘damage’ is why they were that price. Most of the ones I have were cheaper than or the same price as a normal hardback. They all definitely are for reading, but it does also make me happy to look at them because they’re so pretty .
  12. PaulGM's Reading

    I'll try to emotionally prepare myself before reading then! That doesn't sound promising. I have to admit, it's not a book I'd have picked up at all from the description if I didn't already know the author.
  13. Folio Society

    I was reading today that the new autumn collection from the Folio Society is out and I know a few people on here love their books - so I wanted to share! I also thought it would be nice to have a specific thread for these books, to talk about them generally. The new collection is here: Latest Book Releases | The Folio Society They're all beautiful, but there's none in this set that I would spend a lot of money on. The really expensive one in this set is The Divine Comedy, which is £700! If I was going to splash out on one of their current editions, I'd buy Mr Rabbit's Symphony of Nature and Other Tales by Charles van Sandwyk, because the font and the illustrations are so beautiful. If could really really splash out, I'd get the His Dark Materials trilogy. The spines and slipcase of that are ridiculously pretty by themselves. But it is £155...
  14. Victober

    You don’t need to follow the categories from the first post, we’re doing our own version, so throw any suggestion in there! Whatever you think people will enjoy most. We’ll all vote at the end to decide which challenges to go with