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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.
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Displacement : A Travelogue - Lucy Knisley  ( a graphic art memoir )

 

Graphic artist Lucy Knisley volunteers to accompany her grandparents on a cruise. Both in their 90`s, frail, and with the Grandmother suffering from dementia, Lucy tries to remain positive and compassionate, while dealing with both her relatives and the behaviour of some people towards them. There`s some unbelievable rudeness towards two elderly people and Lucy is unflinching in describing her Grandparents issues. 

 

The day-by-day details of the cruise are interspersed with the Grandfather`s WW2 memoirs so you get a sense of who he was, as well as how he is now. 

 

It`s the sort of book you would like school children to read, to give them a better understanding of frailty and mortality. Not an easy read, but so worthwhile. :(

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I`ve read 31 books this month, which I last managed in 2015.  :018:

 

 

Dude. That's 1 book per day, if you don't read any other books this month! :thud: Next month you'll have read more books than I read last year altogether. 

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Dude. That's 1 book per day, if you don't read any other books this month! :thud: Next month you'll have read more books than I read last year altogether. 

 

:doowapstart:  I`m sure you`ve read other stuff though ( ? ) ; I`m currently plowing through a massive stack of newspapers , cos I stopped reading them in order to concentrate on doing a big reread. :) So - probably no more books this month, so I can get the papers out of the  house and into the recycling box, ready to be picked up at the end of the week.

 

I`ve had years when I didn`t read much cos I wasn`t well, or had so much else going on. You could factor in all the time you spent with that doggie last year as time well spent. :D

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Books read : 31                        TBR 887              New Books Bought : 29                       Total Cost :     £62.13

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Nope, I've not read much other stuff... My mojo's not been that great in the past year. Life changes and work and whatnot. I wish I could say it's quality over quantity, anyway, but I don't think I had a very quality-rich reading year, either :D Oh well... 2017 will be better! :yes: I'll try and get inspired by you lot who read so much! 

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I`ve read 31 books this month, which I last managed in 2015.  :018:

 

Well done, that's a lot :D!! *claps*

 

I managed it in 2015 and 2016 but not this year. This year I'm slowing down my reading (and reading less children's books and more books for adults and young-adults). I've read 10 books so far this month. Soon 11, and then I'll post about the past two books.

 

I'm proud of you :D. Good luck reading all the newspapers!

 

With used online books, I also think ` that book could vanish ! I must buy it now ! `  :doh:

That's true! I think the same thing when I'm in the charity shop or at a library sale or at the book fair. I'm unlikely to find it again at such a bargain, if I find it again at all (in the case of older books). 

 

Books read : 31                        TBR 887              New Books Bought : 29                       Total Cost :     £62.13

Woohoo, books read is more than books bought! For how long though.. :D.

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Nope, I've not read much other stuff... My mojo's not been that great in the past year. Life changes and work and whatnot. I wish I could say it's quality over quantity, anyway, but I don't think I had a very quality-rich reading year, either :D Oh well... 2017 will be better! :yes: I'll try and get inspired by you lot who read so much! 

 

What about a reread, to get you back in the swing ? :)

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Wow! Can I just say Wow! :D

 

:D  When you`re rereading, you save lots of  time which you usually spend thinking ` ooh, what shall I read now...`. :)

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Well done, that's a lot :D!! *claps*

 

I managed it in 2015 and 2016 but not this year. This year I'm slowing down my reading (and reading less children's books and more books for adults and young-adults). I've read 10 books so far this month. Soon 11, and then I'll post about the past two books.

 

I'm proud of you :D. Good luck reading all the newspapers! 

 

Thank you ! :D  I`m almost halfway through the newspapers now, which is pretty good. :)

 

 That's true! I think the same thing when I'm in the charity shop or at a library sale or at the book fair. I'm unlikely to find it again at such a bargain, if I find it again at all (in the case of older books).  

 

And if I don`t buy it - and later look it up and change my mind - then it`s like a missed bookortunity ( which I think should be a word - a mix of book and opportunity... :giggle2: ). 

 

Woohoo, books read is more than books bought! For how long though..  :D.

 

 

I think we all know the answer to that one.  :giggle:

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And if I don`t buy it - and later look it up and change my mind - then it`s like a missed bookortunity ( which I think should be a word - a mix of book and opportunity... :giggle2: ).

I like that word :D.

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Blimey, how many books in a month? :o  At this rate, you're sure to get that TBR down. Actually, with your book buying habits, possibly not. ;):giggle2:

 

Every time I`ve made grandiose plans to get my TBR down - only buy 1 book if I`ve read 1 book, etc - there`s a grandiose fail.  :giggle:

 

Newest plan - not to buy any books till March.  :D  We`ll see how that goes.  :hide:

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What about a reread, to get you back in the swing ? :)

 

That's always an idea, but lately when I've tried that, it's not worked :( But luckily the book I've now picked to read is really good: How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry :smile2: Perfect stuff! 

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That's always an idea, but lately when I've tried that, it's not worked :( But luckily the book I've now picked to read is really good: How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry :smile2: Perfect stuff! 

 

Excellent ! Hope that`s completely fixed your mojo. :)

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Hey, I wanted to let you know I've been reading Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project since January. It's February now so I read February's entry yesterday. I don't know if I'll keep it up like this until December though. I might want to finish it sooner :giggle2:. So far I like it :).

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Hey, I wanted to let you know I've been reading Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project since January. It's February now so I read February's entry yesterday. I don't know if I'll keep it up like this until December though. I might want to finish it sooner :giggle2:. So far I like it :).

 

Ooh, great ! :D  I`m still rereading Happier at Home, the `sequel`, which goes from Sept. to May ( I think ). :) I might even re-reread The Happiness Project. :)

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Ooh, great ! :D  I`m still rereading Happier at Home, the `sequel`, which goes from Sept. to May ( I think ). :) I might even re-reread The Happiness Project. :)

Nice :)

 

Noooo ! Death in Paradise news.  I`m a bit sad, but happy at the newbie. :)

That's sad :(. But I hope the new person will do a good job, I liked him in Father Ted :).

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Going through one of those one thing after another phases ( illness, wrenched shoulder, dizzyness, migraines ) and just came back from visiting a friend/neighbour whose husband just died of Alzheimer`s. So sad. :( 

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Awwww, I'm so sorry to hear that :(. That's very sad.

 

I hope you feel better soon :empathy::friends0:.

 

Aw, thank you.  :friends0:

 

My friend had been a friend of my Mum`s - who`s been dead for almost 20 years now - and I feel so sad for her, knowing what she`s going through. :(

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My friend had been a friend of my Mum`s - who`s been dead for almost 20 years now - and I feel so sad for her, knowing what she`s going through. :(

:(

 

 

Maybe on a more positive note, how is Xiao-Xiao?

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